Psychiatrist Dr. Keith Ablow appeared on Fox News Wednesday to psychoanalyze President Barack Obama, claiming the president won’t negotiate with House Republicans because his father “abandoned” him and his grandmother “didn’t trust men of color.”
Steve Doocy of “Fox & Friends” introduced the segment by showing clips of the president referring to the shutdown as a “hostage” situation. Doocy asked Ablow if Obama’s “language” reveals anything about his personality.
So, the average person might hear partisan rhetoric, but what do you hear in the words the president’s using?” Doocy asked.
“Well, in the words ‘hostage taking… being held for ransom,’ he said that the Republicans are threatening to ‘blow the whole thing up,’ there’s a real victim mentality here,” Ablow explained. “And it really explains the president’s whole mentality and many of his policies, that if he feels victimized and believes millions and millions of us have been victimized by America, well then that explains why he wouldn’t negotiate with hostage takers and victimizers who have kidnapped him and threatened to destroy him.”
“So, are you suggesting that the president feels that he has been victimized by the Tea Party?” Doocy asked.
Ablow says the victimization of the 44th president started much earlier in his life.
“I think the president, going back to when his dad abandoned him, when his mother left him with his grandparents, when he describes his grandmother as intimating that she didn’t trust men of color, that all of those things led him to feel victimized, hurt and injured,” Ablow continued. “And he has extended it to this country. So, he comes to the corner office to right wrongs and to offer the mantle of victimization to as many people who will share it with him as possible.”
The forensic psychiatrist and author of many pscyhological thrillers offered a stark view of welfare recipients.
“More food stamps, don’t learn to feed yourself. Don’t find it within yourself to pull yourself up. Simply say, I’ve been victimized,” Ablow added. “Hence, I need more unemployment, more food stamps, more free health care. And you know why? Because those other people are bad. And that’s what we’ve been hearing from him.”
He said the president has taken his victim mentality “globally” on an “apology tour” to the world as the “victim-in-chief, the dis-empowerment president.”
“The Republican Party is all about autonomy – what can you make of yourself,” Ablow concluded. “That’s not the president or his party.”