Obama’s bizarre and inappropriate trip to Copenhagen

Howard Sutherland writes:

Obama may be running out of gas, but he’s still a gasbag, and he is still relentlessly peddling pernicious notions. Check out the story, “Obama: U.S. Olympics would inspire world.” Following the Chicago Way, as always, Michelle and The One have whistle-stopped Copenhagen in Air Force One at our expense to pitch Chicago as an Olympics venue.

After heart-rending blather from Michelle about her MS-stricken father and his hopes for Chicago, B. Hussein took the podium to expatiate ingratiatingly about what a wonder it would be for the world to have the Olympics in Chicago. Other than the fact that he moved there and married a Chicago girl, The One didn’t really have much in the way of selling points. So he resorted to the old anti-American canard about how America is a “Nation of Immigrants,” intoning ponderously about the illusory strengths of our diversity and how: “At the beginning of this new century, the nation that has been shaped by people from around the world wants a chance to inspire it once more.”

If I were a non-American listening to this pretentious tripe/chutzpah/hubris, I think I would want a barf-bag handy. Actually, as an American I feel the same way! B. Hussein is a politician with no redeeming features. Save perhaps only one: he is so ridiculously over-the-top anti-American, alien, and arrogant that he may actually awaken a conservative opposition that would not have mobilized to oppose the anti-American follies of a President McCain (as indeed, with the exception of resisting amnesty, no such opposition appeared to GW Bush’s assorted liberal inanities).

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Sage McLaughlin writes:

I head a segment of O’s speech this morning on the way in to work, and I had the exact same reaction as Sutherland—I practically gagged. Does he actually believe that people from all over the world are so impressed by his personal story that they’re going to want to put the Olympic games in Chicago? When asking for the games to be played in America he said, “If you choose to walk this path with us—if you choose America‚Ķ” Walk this path with us? It rings so awkwardly, like so many of his weird turns of phrase that try to substitute grandeur for precision. The man combines cloying saccharine with towering grandiosity at every venue and for every purpose, and has absolutely no sense of proportion. I think that not a single one of his speeches will be remembered among the great works of American rhetoric, and in time will be seen for the one-note effusions that they are. [LA replies: in other words, he’s so infused with his messiahship, and so lacking in any other ideas, that he even portrays his self-interested and inappropriate bid to have the Olympics in his own city in messianic terms: “Walk this path with us.”]

I wonder whether when asking Michelle to pass the green beans he says something like, “My darling wife, if you should but deign to embark on this brave and wondrous journey with me, and pass to me those beans, we might for one brief shining moment hold that bowl of beans together, and the example that we set to our children will be an example to children everywhere, and the power of our bean-passing evangel will reach every dinner table in every home in each of these fifty seven states.” The guy just needs to give it a rest. I never imagined how threadbare and tired this routine would get, but then, even I never imagined he’d be quite this promiscuous with his use of BIG! GRAND! SPEECHES! He diminishes himself with every one of these gestures, but I honestly believe he is incapable of seeing the limitations of his manufactured, celebrity persona (which would have been vastly more effective over time as a member of the Senate than as a President).

Posted by Lawrence Auster at October 02, 2009 10:58 AM | Send

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