Self loathing: projection?

Joan Swirsky, The Canada Free Press, describes The President Who Hates His Country.

Bizarre and, yes, repugnant as it is to our essentially centrist country, America now has a president who has broken that time-honored tradition. Barack Obama, on the campaign trail and as the leader of the free world is the first U.S. president to proclaim to anyone within earshot that he, like his wife, is not proud of his country, and is all-too-willing to offer serial apologies – for America! – to Americans and foreigners alike.
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Scan you[r] memory. Can you think of any other leader in world history who so consistently badmouths his own country, or fails to defend it? I can’t.

Swirsky cites a long list of quotations, citations, and events as well as some of the responses. The focus is a worry about an elected leader who does not show an enthusiasm for what he leads but an additional worry should be how such behavior feeds the response and helps to build and support conspiracy theories and wild exaggerations. The previous administration did not provide anywhere near the stimulus for such things but they were built anyway, even when requiring a complete reversal of positions taken and historical revision. The list provided by Swirsky starts out with a fairly extensive list of incidents that could only be rationalized but never supported as a political will.

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