The United States of America is a manic depressive and this really pisses me off.
They do a wonderful thing. They elect Barack Obama as president. They cheer this great moment in their history with maniacal displays of jubilation that, quite honestly, embarrassed those of us with a more reticent way of doing things. But we all saw what a great thing they had done and we celebrated with them and we believed what they were telling us about the change that had come. Then, almost before the Obamas had moved their furniture into the White House, the US population descended into a deep depressive state and snuffed out the candle of hope it had lit only a few weeks earlier.
Okay, Obama has been pragmatic when some wanted idealism to rule the day and he has not lived up to all his electoral promise. But, heck, even Jesus Christ didn't live up to God's election manifesto, the Old Testament.
Obama is a good man (at least he is until it is proven otherwise which has not happened and, I personally believe, will not happen). Furthermore, he is the best the US has got. Yet even those who supported him before his election are being so negative about him that there is every chance that they will end up voting for Armageddon at the end of his first term in office.
The rest of the world thinks the US is crazy. We can see that, because of Obama's presidential style alone, his calm manner and his thoughtfulness, the world is a much safer place at this moment in time (I cite the fact that the world didn't end the day after North Korea bombed South Korea recently as complete and utter proof of this). None of us trust our political leaders completely, but Obama has already won more trust from us than we are normally prepared to give. That Americans turned against him so early on in his presidential career confuses the hell out of us. It also scares us because it makes them come across as immature and we know they have the biggest bombs of all.
Don't dismiss this rant as the words of just one, informed, Western European. When the Russian press starts saying exactly the same thing as I am then, really, Americans should start paying attention. And start acting responsibly. Their status on the world stage at the moment is higher than it has been since the end of WWII - higher than when JFK was running things, because Obama has even won the admiration of its old, Cold War enemy.
From PRAVDA (30th. November 2010):
By attacking the democratically elected President of the United States of America at a sensitive time in her country's history, Sarah Palin shows the tact of a boorish drunkard bawling obscenities at a funeral. If Sarah Palin is not some kind of a massive political joke in the USA, wheeled out to liven up the political scene from time to time with nonsensical and pastiche (one hopes) displays of sheer and utter ignorance, then it is worrying.
Just occasionally, one encounters a bar-room idiot whose party piece is belching loudly before falling backwards off his stool, bouncing off the floor on his backside with a background provided by guffaws of laughter, yet who winks knowingly as he is carried out with his feet scraping along the ground and says "Don't worry son, most of it is an act".
The act. It reminds one of Marilyn Monroe putting on the act of the dumb blonde. But an act it was, a character projected by a shrewd, intelligent and charismatic woman with the ability to invent a persona. Sarah Palin, however, is the real-life thing. And it is becoming patently obvious that it isn't an act.
And now she turns not only against the fibre and backbone of her country, but against its democratically-elected President, accusing him of being incompetent for not stopping Wikileaks. Where was she and where was her GOP before and during the 9/11 attacks? She accuses President Obama of not taking "steps" to assure the leaks were not published. What "steps"?
President Obama after all knows the difference between North and South Korea, he knows that Hawaii is the largest US island and not Kodiak and he does not use the expression "refudiate". If anything is a threat to the national security of the United States of America, it is this screaming, unrefined oaf with as much class as a searing release of flatulence followed by hysterical giggling at a state banquet. Is this what the people of the USA deserve?
To attack the President of the country at a time when the USA needs to close ranks and stand together to consolidate the enormous strides his intelligent and respectful approach has achieved in building bridges, when her party's period in government bombed them, Spankin' Sarah Palin comes across as a pitifully inadequate anachronism from the times of the Far West.
The United States of America has evolved. She has not.
COMMENT: So, there you have it. The rest of the world does not hate America, it just hates its idiots and unfortunately, in the past, Americans have been in the habit of electing their biggest idiots to the presidency. But this time they have not and they should take advantage of what may be a one off anomaly in their political history. In other words, they should "cut the complaining," at least to a reasonable level, and they should certainly stop allowing Sarah Palin to do the complaining for them. Believe me, she is what the world hears, and the US is in serious danger of being equated communally with someone who thinks fart jokes are funny. How stupid is that when they have a gentleman and a scholar as their official head of state and representative on the world stage.
Thanks to Our Trace for the link to the Pravda opinion piece.