Ok, so I’m having a rather difficult time trying to figure out whether Barry is merely looking through what has to be the most power pair of rose colored glasses ever created, or if he has now become delusional to point where, for the safety of the rest us and for the sake of the country, he should be committed and forced to spend what will be the rest of his time in office in a nice comfortable padded cell somewhere in one of our finer institutions for the mentally deficient. Now what has me bringing up this little quandary is the fact that Barry, just yesterday, chose to once again toot his own horn, doing so when speaking to a “town hall” gathering at the White House for fellows of his Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative (YSEALI).
Barry told the members of this group, “People don’t remember, when I came into office, the United States in world opinion ranked below China and just barely above Russia.” He went on to say, “But today, once again, the United States is the most respected country on earth, and part of that I think is because of the work that we did to reengage the world and say that we want to work with you as partners, with mutual interest and mutual respect.” And he then added, “It’s on that basis that we were able to end two wars while still focusing on the very real threat of terrorism, and to try to work with our partners on the ground in places like Iraq and Afghanistan.” And he was able to say all of this with a straight face!
He went on to say, “It’s the reason why we are moving in the direction to normalize relations with Cuba and the nuclear deal that we are trying to negotiate with Iran.” Yes, my friends, Barry is truly a legend in his own mind. But I would be very curious to know what it is that might be Barry’s source for his “most respected” characterization. I mean, I suppose it had to have come from somewhere. And who was it, exactly, that provided the answer to the question that was asked the question which allowed such a conclusion to be arrived at? And I’d also be more than a little curious know how the question was asked. Because when surveys are taken they can essentially be made in such way to arrive at whatever conclusion you want to reach.
Republican critics, including RINO Lindsey Graham, say Barry’s failure to leave a residual U.S. troop presence in Iraq has contributed to the ongoing disintegration of that country as well as the rise of the Islamic State. Barry’s so-called “re-set” with Russia has resulted in the worst relations with that country since the Cold War. His antagonism toward Israel’s prime minister has elevated tensions with that close ally. The leaders of Iran sneer at the Obama administration, even as Barry tries to negotiate a nuclear deal with the Islamic Republic. And anarchy has engulfed Libya, after Barry ordered air strikes to topple Moammar Gaddafi. And more recently, Americans were chased out of Yemen as the security situation deteriorated.
Charles Krauthammer described it this way: “He says we’re the most respected country in the world once again. You wonder what world, what planet, he is living on?” Charles went on to say, “And it is not just, as you enumerated, our enemies who have no respect for us — the Chinese, the Russians, the Iranians, of course, ISIS — you can go all the way down. It is our allies.” He said, “You think the Ukrainians respect us, or the Poles, the Lithuanians? How about Saudis? How about the Bahrainis? The king of Bahrain was supposed to come to the summit in Camp David with the president of the United States. He stiffs the president and the foreign ministry of Bahrain issues a statement saying on that day, where was the king? At a horse show in England. Now if that’s a sign of respect, we’ve got problems.”
Charles also pointed to Egypt: “Where did the president of Egypt go several months ago? For the first time in 40 years he goes to Moscow looking for assistance and for weapons. We had a monopoly in that area of influence. That is not only gone and dissipated, but there’s been a revulsion against the United States because we have checked out under Obama. And these allies who have depended on us for so long are finding themselves left hanging in the wind.” Over the course of Barry’s presidency our enemies have continued to become more emboldened because they see us as weak, and therefore they no longer fear us. And with no fear there is no respect. And despite what liberals think, respect is more important than being liked.
When Barry his idiotic remarks, he was responding to a question, “How do you want the world to remember you?” Barry responded, “Fondly, I hope.” He said, “I still have twenty months in office, so I’ve got a lot of work still to do.” And then he went on to say, “Obviously there are things I’ve been proud of.” He actually bragged about the non-recovery-economic-recovery, claiming we avoid a “terrible depression,” claimed to have saved the auto industry and averting an international financial crisis. And he said, “That’s an important legacy for me.” He also mentioned providing health insurance, ignoring completely that healthcare costs have skyrocketed when it was claimed just the opposite would happen and “educational opportunity.”
Barry insisted, “Internationally, we’ve reinvigorated diplomacy in a whole variety of ways.” And he pointed to his administration’s efforts to help encourage democracy in Myanmar. He said, “I think the people of Myanmar deserve the credit for this new opening, but my visit there didn’t hurt in trying to reinforce the possibilities of freedom for 40 million people. So that direct engagement, the work that we’ve done to build and strengthen international organizations, including on issues like public health and the fight against Ebola that is just the most recent example of that — I think we’ve been able to put our international relationships on a very strong footing that allows us then to work more cooperatively with other countries moving forward to meet the important challenges ahead.”
Earlier, Barry told the group that “Democracy is hard. I think that many of the things that are said about me are terribly unfair. But the reason Americans democracy has survived for so long is because people, even if they’re wrong, have the right to say what they think.” He went on to say, “George Washington, our first president, he complained terribly about some of the foolishness that was said about him. But part of the reason he’s considered one of our greatest presidents is because he set an example of recognizing that if democracy was to work, then you had to respect the rights of even those people who you disagree most with. Because otherwise there’s no way that a democracy can flourish over the long term.”
So as I mentioned earlier, either Barry has acquired for himself some rather powerful rose colored glasses, or he has embarked on yet another one of his many, and rather legendary, ego trips. Sorry, Barry, but you and your inflamed ego have done nothing but bring us even further down into the dirt. You have turned our once-great nation into a baby killing Sodom and Gomorrah where evil is called good and good evil. People from other nations look on us now with a mixture of disgust and contempt. Certainly very few fear us, and our enemies from the Middle East arrive every day by the truckload in Texas, Arizona, and Detroit. Russia does jet flyovers into our air space on a regular basis and China doesn’t regard us at all. Respected? Hardly!!