Obama's most telling comments all underscore this same message. He says all patriotism is equal -- the patriotism of Greeks, of British, of everyone. He rips American "arrogance" while overseas. He excoriates American consumerism, all the while maintaining that if we don't consume more, we'll go bankrupt. He says it's unfortunate that America has a leading role in the world.
When President Obama says that we're all better off than we were four years ago with his policies, he's not lying -- he's speaking the truth according to his own lights. He believes we are better off -- people aren't as jealous of us. We're taking responsibility for destroying the global economy, and now we're going to sublimate our national needs to the needs of the international community.
There's only one problem with this: It's false. The rest of the world still despises us, only now they think of us as easy marks, too. That's why Obama's quest to make himself the world leader at the expense of America will ultimately fail -- no matter how hard he attempts to escape his role as leader of the free world, he will never be able to. He is stuck in an identity twilight -- he's American, but a world citizen; he's rich, but an advocate of the downtrodden; he's corrupt, but an advocate of transparency. The American public now has the responsibility of solving his psychological dissonance by throwing him out of office, allowing him to fully embrace his global agenda without the baggage of his national identity.