Last night’s Guildhall dinner in honour of Ronald Reagan’s centenary was a truly glittering and warm occasion.
The British roasted lamb and the sunny Californian chardonnay evoked the close Anglo-US relationship of Reagan and Thatcher as much as the fine speeches by Condi Rice and William Hague.
But guests were left asking, where on earth was the American ambassador to London, Louis B Susman?
“Why is our ambassador not here on Independence Day? No excuse. How is it that America is not represented in this room by our ambassador? It is appalling that no representative of our government is in this room. This has the feel of petty partisanship.”
It used to be that when we elected a President to office, he was expected to set aside petty partisanship, and instead represent all Americans in our activities abroad. With this group of knee-jerk idiots, however, this historic trend is no longer, since the self-congratulatory morons in the White House seem to think that America begins and ends with their own shallow intellects.
The end result of all of this vanity results in incidents like this: Instead of honoring a great American for his accomplishments in attaining world peace -- and who wouldn't consider the end of the Cold War as exactly that? -- this White House instead decides to make a political point on the matter. (Or worse, like all of the other brainless idiots at Harvard, they have done so because they credit Gorbachev for ending the Cold War rather than Reagan, the evidence to the contrary notwithstanding.)
If this were an isolated incident, I might be willing to give him a pass, but we've seen this continued anti-American trend consistently over the past two years. Our diplomatic force under this President is more interested in boosting his image, rather than the country that he purports to "serve." And considering that Obama claimed that his election would increase America's standing in the world (yet another claim that was repeated mindlessly by the dolts in the press), the Administration's immature, totally political actions after the fact -- such as this weekend's little politically-correct celebration in Pakistan -- have resulted in exactly the opposite of that. Who could have guessed that celebrating gay rights in Pakistan, a country that's still not exactly up to speed on women's rights, would have ended up generating so much animosity? Well, aside from pretty much everyone, that is.
America has been fooled once, which is a shame on Obama's supporters and the media (though I repeat myself, to borrow Ace's latest line).
Let us not be fooled twice, lest we ourselves become the fools.