Not even a month and the image of Barack Obama as President has become much clearer. Unfortunately, what he is projecting is not Mr. World Leader but more like a mongrel cur begging for attention.
The first clue came when he signed the Executive Order promising to close Gitmo in a year. He had no clue what the plan was for dealing with the prisoners after the closing nor did his advisors, yet he still signed the thing.
When he asked other countries to house some of the prisoners when Gitmo closes, the answers were illuminating. France only wants the non-dangerous ones, not surprising since their dangerous ones are burning cars. Italy flatly said no since there are no Italians incarcerated.
While France and Italy were closing their doors to the Obama overture about Gitmo. Obama himself was busy barricading a door that has stood open for more than half a century symbolizing steadfast alliance. The President has managed to annoy our long time ally the United Kingdom with just one action. Without prompting from Britain, he cavalierly returned to the UK a bust of Sir Winston Churchill that has been in the Oval Office since 9/11 when it was loaned to the United States. Not sure what to do with this unasked return, the bust now resides in the UK ambassador’s office.
He spent much of the campaign advocating the invasion of Pakistan. Now the country is unraveling. So it comes as no surprise when President Obama asked Pakistan to keep the father of the Pakistan atomic bomb A.Q. Khan in prison least he pass more nuclear secrets to North Korea or Iran, Pakistan let him go free.
His first interview with a foreign news service was with Al-Jazeera. When his pre-written speech was parsed for meaning, it was very simplistic. He basically told the radical Islamic world to give him a chance to show how nice he can be to them.
The new U.S ambassador to the U.N. just apologized to the likes of Libya and Cuba for not being nice to their countries under the Bush administration. Meanwhile they sent praise to Venezuela for the people striking down term limits so Hugo Chavez can try to become despot for life.
Vice President Biden went to Munich to meet with European allies and Iran to try and get Iran to give up its nuclear ambitions. Instead Iran launches a satellite and proceeds ahead to becoming a regional nuclear superpower.
The piece de la resistance in lap-doggery has to be the newly enacted stimulus bill. When one wades through the 1,000+ pages of it, this size rivals that of the still stalled EU Constitution when collated, one does not see President Obama’s fingerprints on it. With all the little earmarks and special allocations, one sees the greedy and grasping claws of Rep. Nancy Pelosi, Sen. Harry Reid, and their Congressional allies on it. But like a well trained circus act, he signed it.