Okay. So for many, many months those of us with a clue and some emotion-free logic flowing in our brains realized that Mr. Obama would not be the right choice for our country (not that we had very good choices all the way around).
Well, it seems that his “splash” overseas was more like a ripple, as far as French President Sarkozy’s administration is concerned.
Mr Sarkozy is pouring cold water on President Obama’s efforts to recast American leadership on the world stage, depicting them as unoriginal, unsubstantial and overrated. Behind leaks and briefings from the Elysée Palace lies Mr Sarkozy’s irritation at the rock-star welcome that Europe gave Mr Obama on his Europan tour earlier this month.
The American President’s call “to free the world of the menace of a nuclear nightmare” was hot air, Mr Sarkozy’s diplomatic staff told him in a report. “It was rhetoric – not a speech on American security policy but an export model aimed at improving the image of the United States,” they said. Most of Mr Obama’s proposals had already been made by the Bush administration and Washington was dragging its feet on disarmament and treaties against nuclear proliferation, the leaked report said.
Personal pique and French politics are also behind the souring of Mr Sarkozy’s self-promoted honeymoon with the United States. On the personal side, the French President is needled by the adulation for an unproven US leader whose stardom has eclipsed what he sees as his established record as a world troubleshooter. “The President is annoyed by what he sees as the naivety and the herd mentality of the media,” said a journalist who is privy to Elysée thinking.
I hate to say, “I told you so, ” but…
Mr Sarkozy has put out a version of the proceedings at the London G20 economic summit which casts him as hero, in the classic French role of intransigent defender of principle in the face of the American steamroller. This is to counter last week’s reports of Mr Obama saving the day by persuading President Hu of China to accept Mr Sarkozy’s demands for naming tax havens.
According to the leaks, Mr Sarkozy shamed Mr Obama into intervening: “You were elected to build a new world. Tax havens are the embodiment of the old world,” he is quoted as saying. He also reprimanded Mr Obama for setting US goals for climate change that were inferior to Europe’s, according to his staff.
Again, according to the Sarkozy version, at the Nato summit in Strasbourg, Mr Obama was meekly yielding to Turkey’s refusal to endorse Anders Fogh Rasmussen as the alliance’s new Secretary-General. It took pressure from Mr Sarkozy and Chancellor Merkel of Germany to stiffen him up and change his mind, say the French.
(H/T: Times UK)
Well, of course he’s a “meek” weakling of a man. He wants to appease everyone. Obama is also too quick to try to impress people to gain their approval. We saw this in his flip-flopping throughout the campaign and we will see it for the next four years (hopefully, not eight).
I think this is funny. He thought he’d go into Europe and come out looking like the number one son/promised child. However, what Obama fails to see is that there will always be a bias against the United States, no matter the European country (few exceptions). We have to be strong and present ourselves as such. What people like Sarkozy want us to do is assume the position and say, “Thank you sir, may I have another”–no matter how much you try to make nicey-nicey and no matter how much you think you can part the seas. You don’t have divine powers, dude.
Get used to Obama…you can’t be everyone’s friend, nor are you going to be able to please folks that couldn’t give a rats patootie about the United States and its interests.