Obama’s European “Blame America” Tour
- 12 April 2009 by Author 0 Comments
Obama’s European “Blame America” Tour
By Richard Larsen
Published – Idaho State Journal, 04/12/2009
There is a common malady that afflicts many of our American comrades, known as the Bush Derangement Syndrome (BDS), where everything wrong with the world is blamed on our former president. A corollary to that is BAS, or the “Blame America Syndrome.” Regrettably our president seems to have contracted both.
Less than three months into a new administration and America’s role as a world leader is capitulated and subservience shown by our president to foreign powers. During his trip to Europe last week for the G20 meetings in London (what some pundits have called Obama’s “Bash America Tour”), the new president clearly evidenced his BAS.
To cut a little slack, however, we have to remember that he’s a rookie at this. After all, he only had been a community organizer and a State Senator before advancing to the U.S. Senate. And he’d only served there for 143 days before he began running for president. So we can attribute to his naïveté the full-waist bow to the King of Saudi Arabia (how’s that for subservience?), the gift of an Apple iPod to the 82 year-old Queen of England (loaded with Obama’s speeches and some other things), Michelle’s repeated touching of the Queen (I didn’t go to Harvard, yet even I know that’s anathema!).
And we’re not just talking about minor things like on Saturday when he referred to “Austrian” as a language. No, that’s just one of those verbal faux pas like when he referred to visiting all 57 United States during the campaign. And not like the answer to a BBC reporter’s question about causes for the global financial meltdown. Although that rambling diatribe did generate some immensely humorous missives with the BBC and The Guardian that make for some enlightened reading for those who swallow hook-line-and sinker the American mainstream media twist of the trip. But even that vapid answer followed the pattern for the rest of the trip: blame America for everything, and by default, blame it all on George W. Bush.
Two brief examples characterize his theme in Europe. In Strasbourg he said America “has failed to appreciate Europe’s leading role in the world.” Really? In what way is Europe pre-eminent to the United States except in secular socialism? In one fell swoop, America is no longer the one remaining super-power of the world and anti-Americanism is legitimized by the “leader of the free world.”
He further subordinated America’s global leadership role when he stated that our country has “shown arrogance and been dismissive, even derisive.” He must have been reading Jimmy Carter’s books, for he sounds just like him.
Syndicated columnist and analyst Charles Krauthammer said of Obama’s actions in Europe, “When Kennedy arrived in Paris, he did not attack Eisenhower and the United States. When Obama was elected president, he became president of all of the United States, including Americans who opposed him, and he owns American history, including a past he may not have wanted to engage in. I think what he did is, in order to gain the adoration of the crowd, he denigrated his country in a way that I think is disgraceful.” I couldn’t agree more.
Among his inscrutable statements was one to the Turkish Parliament, where he said, “We will convey our deep appreciation for the Islamic faith, which has done so much over the centuries to shape the world — including in my own country.” If he was speaking of ancient history, I would understand where he was coming from. But there have been precious few significant contributions to the world from the Muslim world for 600 years. Their extremists have provided us with cause for increased security at airports and other segments of our infrastructure. Maybe that’s what he was referring to.
For all his efforts at American obeisance to Europe, European pundits were not nearly so impressed as was the American media who still maintain a “slobbering love affair” with the new president. Perusing analysis from UK sources, for example, his efforts fostered more derision than praise.
Seems to me that last year when Michelle said she was proud of America for the first time, she was echoing the sentiments of the entire Obama household. How sad that the President of the United States should have such apparent disdain and contempt for the country that he leads.
Richard Larsen is President of Larsen Financial, a brokerage and financial planning firm in Pocatello, and is a graduate of Idaho State University with a BA in Political Science and History and former member of the Idaho State Journal Editorial Board. He can be reached at email@example.com.