Regarding Mike McKinzie's pathetic attempt to label Obama as a narcissist (Letters, Herald, Jan 22): In McKinzie's own words he states that narcissism is a lack of empathy for others. Do you really think that someone who spent his formative years as a community organizer lacks empathy? Do you think Bush showed empathy during the Katrina fiasco? Or Laura Bush when she basically said that she didn't want a bunch of black people who lost their homes ending up staying in Houston? Did Bush show empathy to the families of those fallen in Iraq when he outlawed the use of returning coffins in media reports, but then ran his re-election campaign ads using video footage of flag-draped coffins?
Also, using McKinzie's own definition, narcissists "engage in fantasies of fabulous success, power or fame." Correct me if I am wrong, but didn't Obama just get sworn in as our 44th president? Last time I checked, being the U.S. president was the most important job in the world. How on earth can you say that this is just a narcissistic fantasy?
And then McKinzie goes on to attempt to discredit Obama for "having no substance" and being elected "mainly for the color of his skin." Well, I personally believe that Obama was elected because of his innate intelligence, charisma and empathy for the average American. As we all experience the hangover from Bush's disastrous presidency and our country endures this "Bush recession," and even if race was a factor in the election, it sure beats being elected president because you come from a wealthy oil family, are puppeteered by a group of right-wing religious ideologues, and because your daddy was president eight years earlier.
I say, let's give Obama a chance before we judge him, and get McKinzie a new dictionary. The first thing he should look up is "sore loser."
Peter Eaton, Durango