I am not the least bit qualified to psychoanalyze anyone, let alone the president of the United States.
However, I am entitled to ask what I think is a pertinent question: Why does Donald Trump seem so fixated on comparing his record with that of his predecessor, Barack Obama?
Good grief! He did it again this week.
Trump said he has been tougher on the Russians than the former president ever was. Wrong!
Trump has said his 2017 inauguration drew the largest crowd in history, even more than Barack Obama’s 2009 inaugural. Wrong again!
The president has sought to repeal Obama-era executive orders at every turn.
Trump seeks constantly to denigrate the former president’s accomplishments while trumpeting his own made-up victories.
I know he sees the same reports that have come to others’ attention. Try this one, for instance: Historians are starting to rate Barack Obama’s presidency among the top 10 in U.S. history; these historians already have labeled Trump’s tenure as president as the worst ever.
That’s got to grate on Trump. Yes? The president and his allies certainly are going to suggest that the comparisons are part of some “liberal bias” that favors Obama over Trump. That’s their right. I would merely disagree with that assertion.
Trump’s obsession with Obama’s record and the continual attempts — trite and shallow as they seem — are bothersome. They suggest to me a startling insecurity in the current president.
How strange. Oops. I just slipped in a bit of psychoanalysis.
Since I’m no doctor, I’ll just leave it at that.