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.