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President Obama Needs to Mourn (Review essay)

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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.

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Thomas James Farrell is professor emeritus of writing studies at the University of Minnesota Duluth (UMD). He started teaching at UMD in Fall 1987, and he retired from UMD at the end of May 2009. He was born in 1944. He holds three degrees from Saint Louis University (SLU): B.A. in English, 1966; M.A.(T) in English 1968; higher education, 1974. On May 16, 1969, the editors of the SLU student newspaper named him Man of the Year, an honor customarily conferred on an administrator or a faculty member, not on a graduate student -- nor on a woman up to that time. He is the proud author of the book (more...)

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