White House sources say symptoms, while sporadically evident in Obama’s first term, grew stronger and more disturbing after his reelection.
“It used to be every now and then,” said a source with daily access to the Oval Office. “But after Obama won the second election he is doing it every time I walk in. There he is, with his shoes on top of that lovely antique table, soles pointing towards everyone in the room.”
“Obviously this affects staff morale,” said the source. “When all you get to see of the leader of the free world is the underside of his shoes it undermines his authority.”Professor Eric Wick at Harvard Medical School said that while he could not speak about this specific case, feet-on-table syndrome is often caused by underlying factors such as a slacker personality and a spoiled background. Combined with a psychological need to communicate the attitude “I am too good for this place”, the syndrome makes the sufferer dominate furniture in a convention-breaking and provocative manner.
“The prognosis is bad,” said professor Wick. “Unless there is decisive early intervention to halt the pattern of behaviour, feet-on-table syndrome only gets worse, with the sufferer withdrawing further into a life of aloofness and poor tabletop hygiene.”