Say it ain’t so!
Iain Martin of the Telegraph is becoming less enamored of our president, as Obama’s European Vacation goes on and on and on.
Barack Obama really does go on a bit
Isn’t it time for him to go home yet? It is good, in theory, that the new President of the United States is taking so much time to tour Europe… It shows, I suppose, that he cares about the outside world and that is ‘A Good Thing’. But his long stay means that we are hearing rather a lot from him, way too much in fact.
Mr. Martin is finding President Obama to be “something of a bore” and has no problem saying so:
His performance at the first press conference in London with Gordon Brown featured moments in which he sparkled – his riff on loving the Queen was a high-point. But most of the serious answers that I listened to were interminable, windy and not very impressive. At points there were pauses so long that it appeared he had simply lost his train of thought.
Today, we were treated to another set-piece Obama speech, and my didn’t he go on a bit? The crowd in Prague was huge, and initially wildly enthusiastic, but what he served up was not any more impressive than his damp squib in Berlin last year. Is there a computer which churns this stuff out for him?
It’s beginning to look like the bloom is coming of the rose. People are beginning to see our president for what he is: an inexperienced politican who is in over his head. The sad truth is, the more the world sees of him, the less impressed they are likely to be. You have to wonder how many times since his inauguration he’s wished that Sen. McCain won the election.
Mr. Martin gave us a fascinating glimpse into how the European press is beginning to feel about Obama. It’s a great article, and your must-read of the day. And the comments are entertaining as well!