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As Jonah Goldberg, Rob Long and John Podhoretz noted on the latest GLoP podcast, President Obama has been on a new-media tear of late. A few weeks back, he was interviewed by a group of YouTube celebrities that infamously included GloZell “Froot Loops” Green. Over the weekend he indulged the “brainiac-nerd types” at low-wattage retraction generator Vox.com. That interview was so reverential, Politico compared it to a Scientology recruitment film.
Today, Obama completed his trivial trifecta with a video by cat-GIF website BuzzFeed. The leader of the free world pranced around the White House with the ultimate totem of the me-llennial generation, a selfie stick. He tried on sunglasses, tried out different smiles, practiced stump speeches, and gazed longingly into the mirror. Watch it for yourself:
We realize that most politicians are narcissists. But even rookie state legislators understand that public demonstrations of self-regard turn off their constituents. The modern definition of narcissism includes those who desperately want others to love them as much as they love themselves. With this latest show, Obama reveals himself as an old-school Narcissus, content to gaze lovingly at his reflection as the world passes him by.