Perusing the news on the internet tonight, I find a striking contrast between two articles about Barrack Obama’s European jaunt. Specifically, I want to look at articles from Foxnews.com and Breitbart.com.
The Fox article was about Obama’s non-political rally in Germany. The rally was before 200,000 adoring Germans in Berlin Thursday. The campaign made every attempt to convince us, with very little success, that this was not a campaign speech. Obviously he was just an ordinary United States Senator putting on a rally. Happens all of the time. One of the things that is hurting his credibility on the whole “not a rally issue” though is that we have had at least two incidences in which his staff have insisted he is the President of the US. Now, they may do things differently over there in fancy, shmansy Europe but in the US of A, we elect our presidents. They don’t get to anoint themselves. Lastly, why is he spending so much time sucking up to people in Germany? Why isn’t he here explaining to us why he opposes measures to lower gas prices?
Now we have the Breitbart article. This article tells us that he scrapped plans to visit wounded American troops in the hospital. What the Hell. These troops need to suck it up and get over this refusal to meet with them. Don’t they understand that he already met with troops in Iraq and Afghanistan. Why he even played basketball with them. I mean, how many troops can one person visit? The troops will just have to understand that he doesn’t need them, he already got enough photo-ops to make him look like a real honest to goodness Commander in Chief.
Quoting Robert Gibbs, Obama’s campaign spokesman, "it would be inappropriate to make a stop to visit troops at a U.S. military facility as part of a trip funded by the campaign." Which causes a little confusion since we thought this visit to Germany wasn’t for campaigning. Is he campaigning or is he using campaign funds for a non-campaign trip and if he is, is this legal?
I’m not going to spend a lot of time on the issue of whether the ungrateful little bastard should have shown some respect for the troops that were wounded defending the country he wants to be president of. This goes without saying. I mean he could have at least pretended he cares and used them for a photo backdrop. Evidently he was in too much of a hurry to board the plane to go onto France. Don’t even get me started on this.
In his speech to the adoring Germans, Obama proclaimed himself “a fellow citizen of the world”. I personally think that if he wants to be President he should worry less about being a citizen of the world and worry more about being a citizen of the United States. One place to start would be to set a side a little more time for wounded American troops and a little less time for the Germans and the French.