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.
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.