O yes, Obama is a tricky cat to type. But, luckily due to my vast experience in matters of typing I know how to avoid the serious delays that can be caused by over-analysis of these things.
First of all, what I know is this. If someone is difficult to type, they are probably an ISFJ or INFJ. How you like those apples?
Reason = extraverted feeling at the auxiliary function. Only two types have this, ISFJ and INFJ. Got it?
So, what is the deal with extraverted feeling at the auxiliary? The deal is that it gives both INFJ and ISFJ the ability to be chameleons. This has been well-noted in the INFJ type but overlooked in the ISFJ type. However, the reason that INFJs make such good chameleons is because of extraverted feeling. Extraverted feeling is the leading aspect of INFJ because the auxiliary function is the “frontline function” for all types. The dominant function is the “commanding function” for all types. So, what this means is that whatever function you see the most of in a person is generally their auxiliary. You don’t put the commander on the frontlines. It is just that simple.
Now, in regards to Obama, I have seen his Myers-Briggs type listed as INFJ, ENTP, ENFJ, INTP and even some others. But, the ones I just mentioned seem to be the most prominent. These are all wrong. But, you will notice that all those types prefer extraverted feeling over introverted feeling per their function stack hierarchies. So, that much is correct.
Back to Obama. OK, so the first thing that is noticeable about Obama is that he is a smooth speaker. The second thing that is noticeable about him upon listening to him for any length of time (say 5 minutes) is that he isn’t saying much of anything that can be latched onto as a point of definite resolve. Yes, he said he was going to end the wars in the Middle East and the illegal spying on Americans via the Patriot Act, but I am talking in the sense that when you are listening to somebody and they don’t really feel like they are talking about anything.
No, with Obama it is more a matter of how he is talking rather than what he is talking about. To be honest, I don’t really know what Obama is talking about and I really feel like I should for all the meaning that has been attached to the “wonderful things” that he said throughout his initial campaign up unto now. The basic truth with Obama is that it is hard to know what he really stands for. Sure, he has his smooth-sounding rhetoric that seems designed not to offend. Yet, what’s he talking about.
Herein lies the problem. I usually know what people are talking about. Even if they are expressing themselves poorly, I still know what they are driving at in most cases. I feel a certain thing that they stand for. With Obama I don’t feel that.
Possible reason = he doesn’t stand for anything.
Now, don’t get all in a ruckus if you like Obama. I assure you I am not the only one that holds this opinion of the man and it isn’t even a condemnation of him necessarily, more just an attempt to find out what kind of a person he is or isn’t.
So, in line with what I was just saying about my ability to usually be able to detect what a person is driving at, and my lack of ability to do so in the case of Obama, I must necessarily conclude that Obama is an ISFJ.
How did I arrive at this?
Well, ISFJ is one of the two types that uses the extraverted feeling auxiliary I mentioned above. Since chameleons do their best to blend in with their environments so as not to be detected by predators (or electorates) and since it is hard for me to detect what Obama is talking about when he speaks, I must necessarily conclude this way. Also, in evidence is the vast amount of all-over-the-place typings I have seen for him on the internet. This implicates extraverted feeling as an auxiliary function.
Yes, but couldn’t he be an INFJ by this logic?
No, he couldn’t once we recognize that INFJs always take a definite stand even if they do everything in their considerable power to cover their tracks on what they stand for. That is the difference. With Obama, I sense that he is trying to conceal that he doesn’t stand for anything at all. That smacks of introverted sensation as a dominant function. What does introverted sensation stand for? Comfort, ease, pleasantness, materiality, status quo, and in short, nothing radical or anything that is bound to upset one’s digestion.
You want an example of an INFJ president?
Thomas Jefferson was an INFJ. He is the one that authored the Declaration of Independence. Ring a bell?
Yes, that was basically the document that officially told the King of England to go fuck himself and that America would not stand for English encroachment on its affairs. And trust me, that was some serious shit. Jefferson stood for something. And notice the eloquence of the Declaration of Independence. That is Fe in the auxiliary. It is akin to telling someone (King of England) to beautifully and poetically go fuck themselves. That is the INFJ way.
Obama? When has he ever done anything even remotely like this? I have heard him pay lip service to all kinds of beautiful sentiments and actions (refer to his speech at the 2004 Democratic National Convention, the speech that many say got him elected for his first term in office), but I have never once felt that driving thrust of someone that has a strong vision for anything.
Well, it all makes sense when you realize that ISFJs are the equivalent of a bland and soothing meal that one is usually administered when they are sick or have an upset stomach. That was the state of the nation at the time that Obama was running for president. He came in the wake of the Bush Administration, 9/11, and the war on terrorism. The American public was scared to death of what was happening in the country and were seeking a leader that was well-spoken, temperate, and benign.
Obama showed up and was assuring people that we are all in this together and that there is no red or blue America, there is just the United States of America. Obama was calling for a pulling out of the Middle East wars on terrorism. He was seen as the opposite of the gung-ho and macho Bush administration.
But, Obama is really just business as usual. The only thing that really changed was the image and the talk. ISFJs are great talkers. And they have a gift for lulling you into what you really want to hear. They are not going to upset you with any hard truths. They are like chicken soup when you are sick. ISFJs will talk you up, soothe you, and make you feel nurtured and empowered. The visions they have are of places like Disneyland or Hollywood, places of unreality, which is ironic given that they are supposed to be realists. But, realism is more the extraverted sensation function. Hard reality. Believe it or not, introverted intuition has a strong hand to play in this as well. Another irony.
No, Obama has never done or said anything that would lead me to believe that he is anything more than a pleasant-sounding puppet that says what people want to hear.
Is there anything wrong with that?
I don’t know. Depends who you are. Many people just like to be told that things will work out in some way. Maybe, sometimes that is all you need. It really depends on the circumstances. How sick are you? Will soft medicine do? Or is it too late for that?
To these questions I don’t have the answer. But as to the question of Barack Obama’s Myers-Briggs type, it is ISFJ.
And one more thing. Don’t believe me. I am just me.
But, if you could see my pedigree you just might agree.