Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Obama Jumps The Shark?

In his continued efforts to thumb the Presidential nose at traditional American assumptions -- the assumption of American exceptionalism, the assumption of America's role as world leader, the assumption of the basic goodness of America, and the assumption that America has a special relationship with its Anglophile cousins, i.e., the UK, Canada, and Australia, U.S. President Barack Obama has announced that America's biggest ally is, wait for this,... France.

To which I say:

1. If the U.S. has no bigger or better ally than France, then America is, in effect, on its own.

2. In doing this, Obama has jumped the shark as a credible U.S. leader.

Am I right? Is this a shark-jump moment? Is this the moment -- or do you think Obama had already jumped the shark?

For me, this is it. His contempt for traditional American values, and traditional American allies, is palpable.

The Ball Bounces is declaring it: Obama has jumped the shark.


Anonymous said...

What he was doing was "saying something nice" to make the listeners (the French?) happy.

What was he going to say "cheese eating surrender monkeys".

Someone already beat him to that one liner.

The UK got their panties in a knot to get their oar in the water.


Joe said...

When Jesus was being nailed to the cross He spoke these immortal words, "Father forgive them for they know not what they are doing".

Following our Christian duty to pray for our leaders my prayer for Obama could be, "Father forgive him he doesn't know what he is doing." But then that seems a bit presumptuous on my part since I don't know the president's mind.

WTF said...

He could have simply stated the fact that France was America's first ally and continues to be one of America's best allies but NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO.

Frances said...

Weren't the French allies of the US just to spite England? As I recall my imperfect history of the War of Independence, the French were somewhat less than great allies: witness the abortive assault on Savannah, Georgia.

Anonymous said...

I think you are right, he has jumped the shark.

Here's a funny video:

"... nothing intellectually compelling or challenging.. bald assertions coupled to superstition... woefully pathetic"