The gratuitous, self-congratulatory German speech cemented Barack Obama as candidate for President Of The World in my mind last election, but this really takes the cake:
In the coming days, I’ll also be meeting with leaders abroad to discuss a strategy for growth that is both balanced and broadly shared. It's a strategy in which Asian and Pacific markets are open to our exports-and one in which prosperity around the world is no longer as dependent on American consumption and borrowing, but rather more on American innovation and products.
Of an Administration that has traded in nothing but idiotic naïveté over the past year, this mutton-headed statement stands above and beyond, at levels of Stupid I haven't seen in a generation.
What we see here is an American president who is operating under the moronic assumption that the only thing stopping the World from prospering is America herself.
Our overseas operations are, to him, illegitimate signs of trenchant colonialism that we should continue to apologize for; our Treasury notes, a newfangled form of slavery for which we cannot retreat quickly enough. And yet, woven throughout every single action taken by this White House so far, I see a constant and continuing pattern of apology that is utterly stunning coming from someone who claims to be the chief executive of the United States of America.
If Barack Obama wants to be named King of the World, let him resign and get elected as such in the United Nations. Seeing how that hasn't happened yet, and until it actually does happen, is it too damn much to ask that he actually try representing pro-American interests overseas for once?
(Be sure to read the whole text of his remarks, by the way. There's plenty of 10th Grade Liberalism to be found there, but I really don't have the energy to deal with anything more than the above.)
Update: Dan Riehl has some interesting thoughts about other areas of this speech. Better he than me!