Obama Frustrated by International Failures

Obama’s Asian tour was not the highly successful endeavor he would have liked, or maybe even that he expected. The trade deals with India he took credit for were already in the works and the 50,000 jobs he boasted about were being “supported” by those deals, not created. The spin was on to make it look like he achieved much more than he did.

On his stopover in Korea, he failed to get the free trade agreement he expected. This was quickly followed by failure to get other countries to pressure China on its manipulation of currency. The White House vehemently denies that these were failures, but Obama’s frustrated reaction to questions indicated otherwise.

When asked by Sheryl Stolberg of The NY Times if his relations with other foreign leaders were a bit rocky now compared with previous summits, Obama shot back: “That’s not how I remember it”. When asked about complaints from foreign leaders, he was quick to retort: “What about compliments?”

There is a lot of frustration in those terse answers, indicating that the seams of the Anointed One’s cloak are coming apart. He is not used to the media asking tough questions, let alone questioning his actions. This is a “new world order” that he is not prepared for and he is showing his displeasure with flashes of anger.

One can easily get the idea that international failures are more disconcerting to Obama than domestic ones. He has always given the impression of wanting to be an international citizen more than just an American one. His desire to “transform” the United States points to a dissatisfaction with this country that he doesn’t seem to have with foreign nations. The media tried to make him king of the world, but that fairy tale has ended.

Combined with failure to talk Iran out of its nuke program, failure to talk Russia into following his lead, and failure to lead the world in energy policies, these latest setbacks show that Obama’s international influence has been terribly inflated by the press – much like his ego.

David J. Hentosh

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