A nice catch by Jim Geraghty, which I've been meaning to get to all week. Soak in the following passage from a recently-published book about the President Obama, then feel free to justify your foolish ignorance in the comments section, you ingrates:
But amid the bad news and pressures of late 2009, the trip unexpectedly passed like a brief, happy fantasy for the president, a Nordic alternate reality where citizens were learned and pensive, discussions were thoughtful, and everyone was a fan. “It wasn’t hero worship,” said one adviser who accompanied them. “Okay, it was.” For one day, the Obamas lived in the dream version of his presidency instead of the depressing reality. At meals and receptions, they mingled with the members of the Royal Academy – government officials, academics…
[In his speech, the president] laid out standards that he privately must have known he would not reach. “The United States of America must remain a standard-bearer in the conduct of war,” he said. “That is why I ordered the prison at Guantanamo Bay closed. And that is why I have reaffirmed America’s commitment to abide by the Geneva Conventions.” He did not acknowledge that the effort to close Guantanamo was failing or ddress the questions of whether his detention policies violated those guidelines. “We lose ourselves when we compromise the very ideals we fight to defend,” he said. It was as if he had pressed some sort of rewind button to 2008.
The trip spurred a thought the Obamas and their friends would voice to each other again and again as the president’s popularity continued to decline: the American public just did not appreciate their exceptional leader. The president “could get 70 or 80 percent of the vote anywhere but the U.S.” [President Obama's old friend] Marty Nesbitt told [another old friend of Obama] Eric Whitaker indignantly.”
Granted, that anecdote was from 2009, so perhaps Team Obama has sobered up a bit -- but I doubt it. Think about it; all this griping came before the unwanted Obamacare push, before the midterm "shellacking," and before his approval rating started to hit new lows with some regularity. Obama, Inc. must really detest Americans by this point. The quote in bold perfectly encapsulates the arrogance, aloofness and insular nature of Obamaworld. They just know his greatness is undeniable, so it must be our fault that we don't fully "appreciate" how "execeptional" he is. This is also how many liberals view Americans, generally. We're too stupid to discern what's good for us, so we need a cabal of enlightened elites to inform us of what we must do, for our own good.
Guy Benson is Townhall.com's Political Editor. Follow him on Twitter @guypbenson. He is co-authors with Mary Katharine Ham for their new book End of Discussion: How the Left's Outrage Industry Shuts Down Debate, Manipulates Voters, and Makes America Less Free (and Fun).
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