As Dr. Frank intimates, the first task at hand for President Obama is to work out a more realistic understanding of his mother and his father and their relationship. But to do this, Obama would have to undertake the work of serious mourning of nondeath losses in his early life. In other words, the real split that Obama should work to heal is the split in his own psychological world. As Bradshaw says, grief is the healing feeling. To help himself heal the split in his own psychological world, Obama needs to undertake serious mourning. If his grief work were to heal him from the split in his own psychological world, then he would emerge far more capable of following a policy of containment of the megalomaniacs in red states, instead of hoping in vain that he will somehow heal them through his big-sounding speeches.
To be sure, the megalomaniacs in red states do indeed truly need to be healed of their megalomania. However, they are not going to be healed by big-sounding speeches. To be healed, they will have to undertake serious mourning.
In the meantime, in the presidential campaign of 2012, President Obama should use big-sounding speeches to rally blue-state liberals against the red-state megalomaniacs. The Republicans are up to no good. So liberals should work against Republicans running for elective office.