Wow. Everyone knows Obama can’t resist apologizing for America’s shortcomings when he visits foreign countries, but announcing the demise of American Exceptionalism at a town hall in Mumbai is a new low, even for him.
Speaking at a town hall meeting in Mumbai, he said, “I do think that one of the challenges that we are going face in the US, at a time when we are still recovering from the financial crisis is, how do we respond to some of the challenges of globalization? The fact of the matter is that for most of my lifetime and I’ll turn 50 next year – the US was such an enormously dominant economic power, we were such a large market, our industry, our technology, our manufacturing was so significant that we always met the rest of the world economically on our terms. And now because of the incredible rise of India and China and Brazil and other countries, the US remains the largest economy and the largest market, but there is real competition.”
Methinks our president is ashamed of “our terms.” Just a hunch, I guess. Remember when he said this at the Summit of the Americas last year?
I know that promises of partnership have gone unfulfilled in the past, and that trust has to be earned over time. While the United States has done much to promote peace and prosperity in the hemisphere, we have at times been disengaged, and at times we sought to dictate our terms.
Maybe I’m being paranoid, but I sense another hat-in-hand, crow-eating, polish-dictators-boots-with-Old-Glory moment here. What’s so bad about “our terms?” Many lives have been saved and captives freed because of “our terms.” Hurray for “our terms” if “our terms” mandate food for the hungry and victory over terrorism. Yes, victory. The “v” word that “worries” Obama, he tells us, “because, you know, it invokes this notion of Emperor Hirohito coming down and signing surrender to MacArthur.”
Tragically, though, this new era of American Mediocrity, sans “our terms,” that Obama christened in Mumbai is rapidly becoming authentic, because of the Groveler-in-Chief’s continuing ruinous economic policies.
Be that as it may, one still wishes for the good old days when the President of the United States was a guy who busted his vest buttons with pride in his country. That was kind of nice — and important, considering that anything less dishonors millions who have given their lives for the cause of freedom around the world.
But instead, we have a president who stands on foreign soil and pronounces America “arrogant, dismissive, and derisive” and declares that our best days are behind us. But then what can you expect from the protégée of Frank Marshall Davis and Reverend Jeremiah Wright.
Great. Now I’m upset. I need something to make me feel better.
That’s more like it.