President Obama Blames Horse He Rode in On
At the G20 meeting in Europe last week, President Barack Obama criticized American attitudes toward Europe and said the United States had shown arrogance and had been both dismissive and derisive at times. Instead of standing on the world stage and applauding the greatness of his country, he opted to blame the horse he rode in on.
Recognizing the weakness in the new American president, world leaders reacted in different ways:
- Russian President Dimitri Medvedev saw President Obama's weakness as an opportunity for his country to gain the upperhand in negotiations over both nations' nuclear arsenals, our proposed missile defense system in Europe and Russia's dealings with Iran.
- German Chancellor Andrea Merkel rebuffed Obama's appeal for more government spending as a means of easing the world's economic crisis; and
- Leaders of several NATO nations replied with a firm "No!" when asked by Obama to send more troops to Afghanistan.
Hopefully, President Obama will learn a lesson or two from the events of his first overseas trip. If he doesn't, it's going to be a long and dangerous four years for the United States of America.
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