Gordon Brown landed back in London a sadder but wiser man. The Fleet Street correspondents reported sneeringly that he (and they) had been denied the usual twin-podia alternating-flags press conference. The Obama administration had supposedly penciled one in for the Rose Garden, but then there was that catastrophic snowfall (a light dusting). This must be the first world leaders’ press conference to be devastated by climate change.
That’s going to leave a mark! On the other hand, it’s as reasonable a theory as anything else, I guess, and it sure sounds a lot better than “I’m overwhelmed” or “I’m just tired.”
Mr. Steyn goes on to read the future:
I would make a modest prediction that in 2012, after four years of the man who was supposed to heal America’s relations with a world sick of all that swaggering cowboy unilateralism, those relations will be much worse. From Canada to India, the implications of the Obama ascendancy are becoming painfully clear. The other week Der Spiegel ran a piece called “Why Obamania Isn’t the Answer,” which might more usefully have been published before the Obamessiah held his big Berlin rally. Written by some bigshot with the German Council on Foreign Relations and illustrated by the old four-color hopey-changey posters all scratched up and worn out, the essay conceded that Europe had embraced Obama as a “European American.” Very true. The president is the most European American ever to sit in the Oval Office. And, because of that, he doesn’t need any actual European Europeans getting in the way — just as, at his big victory-night rally in Chicago, the first megastar president didn’t need any megastar megastars from Hollywood clogging up the joint: Movie stars who wanted to fly in were told by his minders that he didn’t want any other celebrities deflecting attention from him. Same with world leaders. If it’s any consolation to Gordon Brown, he’s just not that into any of you.
I think it’s worse than that. Not only is President Obama not just into any of the world leaders, he’s not into most Americans. He simply can’t identify with us, our interests, our problems, our hopes and fears. His up-bringing was almost completely non-American. His young adult years were spent seeking out radicals and socialists, and his early middle age was spent hustling his way up the Chicago political ladder.
He doesn’t know any middle-Americans, and wouldn’t know how to relate if he did.
So no, he’s just not that into any of us: leaders of our allies, American citizens, celebrities. So just who, beside himself and his coterie of race-baiters, America-haters, tax-cheats, strong-arming pay-for-players is Obama into? I’m almost afraid to find out.