December 26, 2009

IT'S ALMOST LIKE THEY HATE AMERICA, NOT A SPECIFIC PRESIDENT:

Saying No to Obama: The U.S. president is popular, but world leaders are finding it easy to defy his wishes. (Shmuel Rosner, Dec. 26, 2009, Slate)

The president has made many mistakes. Some were seemingly harmless—like his failed last-minute attempt to bring the Olympics to Chicago. And some were far more worrisome, such as Obama's disastrous meeting with Saudi King Abdullah, in which the king "launched a tirade" about refusing to "show reciprocal gestures to Israel," as Obama had requested.

Still, these mistakes don't explain the shift back to the all too familiar Bush-years pattern of saying no to the American president. It isn't just that that no one has cut Obama any slack. World leaders seem to be taking pleasure in rebuffing him, disappointing him, even, in some cases, mocking him. French President Nicolas Sarkozy famously called Obama an "inexperienced, ill-prepared" leader.


Just wait until he greenlights the Israeli attack on Iran and see if he's still well-liked.

Posted by Orrin Judd at December 26, 2009 8:05 AM
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