A man so profoundly wrong for the times, he leads people to run into the arms of another man who is also profoundly wrong for the times.
It’s a sad state of affairs.
Charles Krauthammer comments on Obama’s bad vacation optics and more at the The Washington Post:
The split screen told the story: on one side, images of the terror bombing in Brussels; on the other, Barack Obama doing the wave with Raúl Castro at a baseball game in Havana. On one side, the real world of rising global terrorism. On the other, the Obama fantasy world in which romancing a geopolitically insignificant Cuba — without an ounce of democracy or human rights yielded in return — is considered a seminal achievement of American diplomacy…When Brussels intervened, some argued that Obama should have cut short his trip and come back home. I disagree. You don’t let three suicide bombers control the itinerary of the American president. Moreover, Obama’s next stop, Argentina, is actually important and had just elected a friendly government that broke from its long and corrupt Peronist past. Nonetheless, Obama could have done without the baseball. What kind of message does it send to be yukking it up with Raúl even as Belgian authorities are picking body parts off the floor of the Brussels airport? Obama came into office believing that we had vastly exaggerated the threat of terrorism and allowed it to pervert both our values and our foreign policy. He declared a unilateral end to the global war on terror and has downplayed the threat ever since…
In the face of [world events], Obama remains inert, unmoved, displaying a neglect and insouciance that borders on denial.His nonreaction to the Belgian massacre — his 34-minute speech in Havana devoted 51 seconds to Brussels — left the world as stunned as it was after the Paris massacre, when Obama did nothing. Worse, at his now notorious November news conference in Turkey, his only show of passion regarding Paris was to berate Islamophobes…Whatever the reason, he seems genuinely unmoved by a menace the rest of the world views, correctly, with horror and increasing apprehension. He’s been in office seven years, yet seems utterly fixed on his campaign promises and pre-presidential obsessions: shutting down Gitmo, rapprochement with Iran, engagement with tyrants (hence Havana), making the oceans recede (hence the Paris climate trip). Next we’ll see yet another useless Washington “summit” on yet another Obama idee fixe : eliminating nuclear materials. With the world on fire, the American president goes on ideological holiday.
Thomas Lifson, the American Thinker: 15 times Obama talked down America on his trip to Cuba and Argentina:
Wouldn’t it be nice to have a president who actually thinks America is a good country, with a noble history of creating a nation depending on the consent of the governed, freeing its slaves at great cost in blood and treasure, twice saving Europe from tyranny, rebuilding and democratizing its vanquished enemies, and providing a cornucopia of invention and culture to all humanity?