Psychology Today examines several signs that you’re dating an abuser — signs which America should have easily picked up on in 2008, and most certainly should have identified in 2012.
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Five years ago, Barack Obama burst onto the American political scene, charming and sweet-talking his way to the presidency, wining and dining the people with grandiose promises. America fell in love almost instantly. Since then, as we have learned more about the real man behind the mask, our nation has been on one bad date after another, slowly learning that the President isn’t exactly the man he claimed to be. And now, our country finds itself in an abusive relationship with the man we once fell head over heels for.

Charisma. Charm. The handsome young man with the “perfectly creased pant“. He offered hope. He offered change. He promised to stem the tides. He promised to heal our wounds. And we believed him.

Based on these attributes, America took the plunge, going on that first date with Obama in November of 2008. We didn’t look carefully into his background as we might with other relationships. We didn’t care. His words were enough to sweep the country off her feet. Soon, we embarked on a serious relationship with the President.

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