Remember when Gordon Brown met with President Obama and presented him with a stupendously stellar gift? A wooden pen fashioned with materials salvaged off a sunken slave ship? I mean seriously, the thought that went into such a personal and historically apropos gift is beyond complimentary. Obama, in turn, gave Brown 25 DVDs of American movies, movies that Brown could’ve probably picked up on a guest pass at Sam’s while in the states. Seriously.
So of course the English are up in arms about this faux pas of societal niceities. Obama’s excuse?
He’s “too overwhelmed” to worry about a stupid present for our longtime ally, Britian.
Wait – I thought he was The Messiah? The second-coming? The super-hero? I mean, he was portrayed as such in his Riefenstahl-esque campaign marketing materials.
Sources close to the White House say Mr Obama and his staff have been “overwhelmed” by the economic meltdown and have voiced concerns that the new president is not getting enough rest.
British officials, meanwhile, admit that the White House and US State Department staff were utterly bemused by complaints that the Prime Minister should have been granted full-blown press conference and a formal dinner, as has been customary. They concede that Obama aides seemed unfamiliar with the expectations that surround a major visit by a British prime minister.
But Washington figures with access to Mr Obama’s inner circle explained the slight by saying that those high up in the administration have had little time to deal with international matters, let alone the diplomatic niceties of the special relationship.
Allies of Mr Obama say his weary appearance in the Oval Office with Mr Brown illustrates the strain he is now under, and the president’s surprise at the sheer volume of business that crosses his desk. [my emphasis]
A well-connected Washington figure, who is close to members of Mr Obama’s inner circle, expressed concern that Mr Obama had failed so far to “even fake an interest in foreign policy”.
He’s overwhelmed because he was utterly unqualified for the job. He’s surprised? What did he expect: that he could just hire Stevie Wonder to play at his fancy parties every night and screen movies in the White House theater while the country withers?
Of course he’s surprised; he spent a mere 150 days actually doing his job as a senator before he convinced himself that he could take on an exponentially greater task.
The message that this sends to our allies and enemies is damaging, indeed. It says that we don’t have time to make time for our allies, our chief comrades in this war on terror – in which we’re involved regardless if we’ve got troops in Iraq or Afghanistan or not. It says that we’re vunerable, that our president is weak, unorganized, and can’t be bothered with foreign policy: the utmost concern and responsibility of a president aside from national security.
Can you imagine the uproar were this George W. Bush instead of Barack Obama? Exactly. Thanks to Obama, we’ve now got a government so big and gluttonous it’s forgetting its responsibilities.