President Obama, Please Go Home
Posted by Mats on 06/04/2009
Ian Martin at the UK Telegraph thinks it’s time for Obama to end the perpetual overseas campaign and go home
Isn’t it time for him to go home yet? It is good, in theory, that the new President of the United States is taking so much time to tour Europe. He arrived in London last Tuesday, has been to Strasbourg, Prague yesterday and now he’s off to Turkey. It shows, I suppose, that he cares about the outside world and that is ‘A Good Thing’. But his long stay means that we are hearing rather a lot from him, way too much in fact.
And it probably isn’t cheap dragging his 500 person strong entourage, including the guy tasked with dialing his Blackberry, around Europe, either.
Yet, we are told that he is a great orator and in one way he certainly is. He does have a preternatural calm in the spotlight and a mastery of the cadences we associate with the notable speakers in US history – such as JFK and MLK. But beyond that, am I alone in finding him increasingly to be something of a bore? (snip)
But Obama was only warming up. “When I was born,” (Everything usually leads back to him, you’ll notice)… “the world was divided, and our nations were faced with very different circumstances. Few people would have predicted that someone like me would one day become an American President.” (Him again)…
Come on, Ian, you know it is All About Barry.
“Few people would have predicted that an American President would one day be permitted to speak to an audience like this in Prague. And few would have imagined that the Czech Republic would become a free nation, a member of NATO, and a leader of a united Europe. Those ideas would have been dismissed as dreams”. (Not by Ronald Reagan they wouldn’t have been, when most of Obama’s Democrat friends thought the then US President’s robust approach to the Cold War made him a loony on the loose).
But, hey, it is All About Barry and his time in the spotlight. Good thing he is bringing his own doctors (doesn’t he trust socialized medicine countries?) in case he gets a sore throat. Meanwhile, Obama is in Turkey, getting all wishy-washy on the question of the Armenian “genocide” (paragraph 8 ) and calling Turkey a “critical ally” (paragraph 8, also.) Bet that makes Britain feel great, eh?