‘Yes we can’ could mean we can all pitch in and clean my house

I’m a Brit lover like no other. Next to Israel, I think the Brits are the best friends we could ever have. I love reading their opinions about America because it’s interesting to see how the rest of the world views us. But sometimes they are a little arrogantly off the mark about things over here.

Anna Pukas, in her column from the ExpressUK is just a little off kilter in her assessment of the Obama regime. She makes some good points about the weakness of this regime and then she falls back on the false reporting and propaganda (for instance, about Gitmo) to back up her assertions. She says, for example, the Obama has been “stymied by a hostile Republican led congress.” Can’t she count? He had both houses of Congress for nearly 2 years and now he still has the Senate. And yet, he still couldn’t and can’t get anything done.

She complains about the aggressive cowboy leadership of George W. but laments that Obama has no clear goals and has shown no leadership for the world since he was elected. You can’t have it both ways, Anna. You want America to lead or not? Or is it about the personality of the leader that you object to?

On this point, she is correct and why the American people, as well as the rest of the world,  is feeling insecure: What is President Obama doing about anything? The most alarming answer – your guess is as good as mine – is also, frankly, the most accurate one. What the President is not doing is being clear, resolute and pro-active, which is surely a big part of his job description.

It might be easy and fine for Brits to travel by bicycle, train and foot since England is about the size of  Alabama and as the United Kingdom, it’s about the size of Oregon. But take a look at a map, Anna. America is 48 more of those states and many are pretty danmed huge. So to lament your that  “American love affair with the car and oil remains undiminished despite any alleged commitment. But the White House appears to shy away from any tough action,” is really to misunderstand the size of my nation and traditions of the American people

The energy with which Obama entered the White House seems to have all gone in the push to bring in health care reform, which many Americans didn’t want (or still don’t realise they want). No, Anna, most Americans realise that we don’t want it and that we don’t like it. Period.

But here again is another mostly accurate truism from Pukas:
All of which means that it is starting to look as if Obama and the Democratic Party have but one aim in mind for the rest of this presidential term: to get elected for a second. That means not doing anything that might upset any number of special interest or niche groups, which in effect means not doing very much at all. So, not too many harsh but necessary measures to tackle the financial deficit; no clear direction on where America goes with Afghanistan, even though the war there is going nowhere except from bad to worse.

Puka’s complaints are valid and the same as most Americans share, but most of her examples to bolster those complaints are not.

Yes we can was a noble and powerful mantra which secured for Barack Obama the leadership of the free world.

“Hope and change” and “Yes we can” are not clear or meaningful slogans, let alone “noble and powerful.” All they do is incite emotion. Yes we can what? Elect an inexperienced, naive, amateur president? We sure did that.

Now, “Drill Baby Drill” – there was a clear, concise message.

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7 responses to “‘Yes we can’ could mean we can all pitch in and clean my house

  • nooneofanyimport

    Excellent post Roxy. It’s kind of funny, isn’t it, to read the outsider’s view of US politics and see how poorly she grasps American issues and culture.

    You are completely correct about the fact that they “misunderstand the size of my nation.” I can give you an example of my own. During my family’s 3 years in the UK, I had a number of different Brits ask me, “what is the weather like in America this time of year?” I would pause and ask, what part of America?” And they would answer, oh yeah, it’s not the same everywhere over there, is it?

    Uh, no. It isn’t.

    • roxannadanna

      Yep and thank you, L. You know, I had a similar experience in London. We’d ask a local how far and where to a place and their response was “oh it’s a 15 min walk from here.” Or it was a 5 minute walk to someplace. Everything was usually within walking distance. No body drives over there LOL. It was kinda funny to us.

  • Freedom, by the way

    btw Roxannadanna–I’m adding you to my blog roll.

  • Freedom, by the way

    Pukas was right about one thing — “starting to look as if Obama and the Democratic Party have but one aim in mind for the rest of this presidential term: to get elected for a second”. I agree with you, the rest of the world doesn’t really “get” America. But honestly, I’m o.k. with that. You don’t have to understand us. Just respect us. I’m afraid respect is something the US has lost with this president.

    • roxannadanna

      I agree and she was right, it IS all about getting re-elected next year for them. All about votes and polling.
      I also agree that they don’t really understand us and like you, I don’t care as far as that goes. But they do mislead and misinform their readers with some of their reporting – as she does in her op-ed piece.

      Thanks for stopping in and posting!

  • AFVET

    You noticed that the British and the French were willing to commit to enforcing the no fly zone.
    It appears that Obama sat in the back of the room with his hands in his lap, espousing the mantra we have come to expect from him,…I’m not sure.
    If the rebels in Libya were non-union, he would have bombed them into oblivion.

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