The smarties behind "2016: Obama's America" might turn out to be too clever by half. The documentary positions and packages Barack Obama as a wounded son longing to accomplish the dream of a socialist father from Africa. One takeaway message from the film could be that this candidate for the White House (second term) is, well, somewhat of a nut.
Readers of the book "A First-Rate Madness" by Nassim Ghaemi will then say that Obama is simply perfect to lead America during this time of economic and social crisis. Ghaemi's argument is that crazy leaders are the only ones who can get a nation through crisis times. Ordinary leaders like Mitt Romney can only function during ordinary times.
Among the nuts Ghaemi singles out are General Sherman, Winston Churchill, Abe Lincoln, and John Kennedy. Among the sane ones were, according to Ghaemi, Richard Nixon, both Bushes, and Tony Blair.
Crazy leaders possess the creativity, drive, compassion, and resilience to figure out solutions and motivate people to follow. Yes, they have their flaws. And in more staid eras they tended to vanish from the public scene because their super-human stuff wasn't easily absorbed into a society.
During the DNC, Obama supporters should play up the crisis in America and how the man who has been through the emotional wringer knows how to get America to the other side.