Was George Bush Junior a Narcissist?
I sometimes wondered if former President George Bush (Jr.) was a narcissist, and after reading about the mother-component in narcissism about an hour ago, I was reminded of reading about his attempt to get his mother’s love when he had accomplished some sports achievement, but wasn’t able to obtain it. I forget where I read that, but if anyone knows let me know.
Sports and School
Like many boys of his generation, Bush daydreamed about being a major league ballplayer. Texas generally and Midland, in particular, is known for football, but baseball was young George’s passion. In 2000, at a time when his presidential race against Al Gore had tightened to a virtual dead heat, Bush appeared on Oprah Winfrey’s show and agreed to answer an impromptu quiz on things like his favorite food and best song. He hesitated in answering some of the questions — but not the one about his “fondest” childhood memory. “Little League baseball in Midland,” he replied.
This was the game of his father and grandfather, and when it came to baseball his father made time for him. Georgie played three years for the Central Midland Cubs with Big George as the manager. Later, at Yale, Bush would not match the diamond exploits of his father or grandfather — he would never rise above the level of relief pitcher on the junior varsity team — but as a Little League catcher he was good enough to make the Midland All-Star team. Forty years later, Austine Crosby, a retired Sam Houston Elementary School teacher, recalled how young Bush organized games at recess, mitt in hand. “He was a nice boy, one you remember, and always a help to me in the room,” she said. “He was always ready to play baseball. He’d round up the other boys, get a game going. He was quite the organizer.”
This is how former Sam Houston Principal John Bizilo remembers him, too. “Old George was a class clown,” he recalled. “He was a pretty active boy. He wasn’t mean or vicious, but he was the leader of his clan.” Bizilo will be remembered in a historical footnote as the educator who once paddled Little George in the fourth grade for what seems like the harmless prank of painting sideburns on his face to imitate Elvis Presley. But the principal’s strongest memories about Bush revolve around sports. “University of Texas football was king around here then, but George liked baseball better,” he said. “He was a pretty good little player. Well-coordinated for his age, and aggressive. I’d hit fungoes to the boys before school and during recess, and he always caught more than his share. He’d run those flies down.”
At San Jacinto Junior High School, Little George did play football — quarterback — and ran, successfully, for class President. In Houston, Bush was enrolled in the eighth grade at the Kinkaid School, a private school in the city’s wealthiest neighborhood. Bush made friends easily there and was elected a class officer as well. Two years later, he was off to boarding school, in Andover, Massachusetts, like his father, where he established himself as the “high commissioner” of an informal spring intramural league for stickball, an urban version of baseball played with a rubber ball and broomstick. Colin Campbell (Class of ’63) remembers Bush as a young person of considerable skill and charm who had the perfect combination of traits “for this goof-off afternoon sport … (which) had kind of a subversive element to it.” – Millercenter