The Insulter In Chief

For a long while, I tried to not despise Barack Obama.  Of course I disagreed strongly with his policy initiatives and the general direction that he wants to take the country.  But as a person, I felt that he believed he was doing what was right.  Yesterday, Obama did a great job of helping me get over that.  He’s often been referred to as the “Apologizer in Chief,” a reference to the fact that he generally apologizes for America when visiting foreign lands.  Well now he can add the title of “Insulter in Chief” to his list of titles.  

In my world, there are certain things you do and don’t do.  You do respect people.  That doesn’t mean you have to like them.  But you have to treat them with a level of respect and dignity.  You don’t air your grievances about someone behind their back.

That’s what Obama did to the American people yesterday in Laos.

And this time you can’t say that conservatives are somehow twisting his words and meanings.  All you have to do is read his remarks.  Let his words speak for themselves.

The American people are prone to laziness when it comes to learning about other cultures:

But because we’re such a big country, we haven’t always had to know about other parts of the world… If you you’re in the United States, sometimes you can feel lazy and think we’re so big we don’t have to really know anything about other people.

That’s an interesting jibe considering that elsewhere in his comments he talks about how our mix of cultures is something that makes America unique.

There were veiled references throughout that indicated that this isn’t the only thing he thinks America is lazy about.  And with references to himself in terms of his initiatives it’s clear that he feels part of his job (and challenge) is to constantly remind the American people that he is so very wise and we are so very under-educated, and that if we just would take time to learn we would understand why his way is so much better.

Using a hypothetical quote of what is wrong with America, he’s able to take the heat off of himself a little bit so he can suggest that he personally isn’t saying that America is not perfect – that we have our own problems.

Sometimes people say, “Ah, why are the Americans talking about these issues?  This is none of their business… America is not perfect.  Look, it still has racial discrimination.  It still has its own problems.  It should worry about its own problems.” And I agree with that in the sense that we definitely do still have problems we have to work on.

When I’m out with friends, I don’t talk about the things that are wrong with my wife.  I build her up.  I talk about how great she is, and why she is a model for others to emulate.  What I don’t do is talk about her flaws or imperfections.

In speaking of our superiority at the Olympics, that’s only because we are a nation of immigrants from other lands.  If a white president said the following, do you think that he would be called a racist?

We have, genetically, for whatever sport, we have people who fit the sport, right?

Wow!  So America is better in the Olympics than other countries because we have a global genetic pool to pull from?  How about we work hard – we train hard – and we give our all to be the very best that we can be.

Sure, he made some good comments about America in his remarks.  But when accompanied by the insults and apologies for what’s wrong with America that’s the same as telling your spouse, “I love you in spite of all your faults;” or worse, it’s like telling a bunch of guys at the bar that you love your wife even though she has all these flaws.

How long do you think your marriage would last if you approach it that way?