Ready … Set … Now Count Those Words!

Here’s George Will, taking a break from distorting and misrepresenting climate science to promote the latest right wing talking point: Barack and Michelle Obama are malignant narcissists.

Will proves this by counting words in their Copenhagen speeches. This isn’t simply a weak argument; it’s not an argument at all. It’s an empty, silly, meaningless exercise that proves absolutely nothing, except how desperate people like Will are becoming.

Both Obamas gave heartfelt speeches about … themselves. Although the working of the committee’s mind is murky, it could reasonably have rejected Chicago’s bid for the 2016 Games on aesthetic grounds — unless narcissism has suddenly become an Olympic sport.

In the 41 sentences of her remarks, Michelle Obama used some form of the personal pronouns “I” or “me” 44 times. Her husband was, comparatively, a shrinking violet, using those pronouns only 26 times in 48 sentences. Still, 70 times in 89 sentences conveyed the message that somehow their fascinating selves were what made, or should have made, Chicago’s case compelling.

Here are some even more damning word frequencies than those uncovered by brainiac George Will: in President Obama’s speech, he used the word “we” no less than 24 times, “us” 5 times, and “our” 10 times!

Socialism! Collectivism! We’re doomed! [Run around screaming…]

UPDATE at 10/6/09 11:38:54 am:

Here’s another well-known speech, clearly given by a malignant narcissist of the first order:

I say to you today, my friends, so even though we face the difficulties of today and tomorrow, I still have a dream. It is a dream deeply rooted in the American dream.

I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: “We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal.”

I have a dream that one day on the red hills of Georgia the sons of former slaves and the sons of former slave owners will be able to sit down together at the table of brotherhood.

I have a dream that one day even the state of Mississippi, a state sweltering with the heat of injustice, sweltering with the heat of oppression, will be transformed into an oasis of freedom and justice.

I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.

I have a dream today.

I have a dream that one day, down in Alabama, with its vicious racists, with its governor having his lips dripping with the words of interposition and nullification; one day right there in Alabama, little black boys and black girls will be able to join hands with little white boys and white girls as sisters and brothers.

I have a dream today.

I have a dream that one day every valley shall be exalted, every hill and mountain shall be made low, the rough places will be made plain, and the crooked places will be made straight, and the glory of the Lord shall be revealed, and all flesh shall see it together.

(Hat tip: Killgore.)

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