Sometimes when you’re reading a speech, you miss something which strikes you only when you see it in isolation. And so it was when, in these posts, I caught this line from the President’s speech Wednesday to the United Nations:
For those who question the character and cause of my nation, I ask you to look at the concrete actions we have taken in just nine months.
Instead of referencing this nation’s achievements in the 232 1/2 years prior to his inauguration, Mr. Obama tells us what he has done since he took office.
He may talk about “responsibly ending a war” in Iraq, but he doesn’t mention the word, victory, nor the tyrant we overthrew, a tyrant who, by the way, had repeatedly snubbed his nose at the United Nations, you know, the institution he was addressing.
He does not mention how we helped liberate a continent from fascist tyranny. And the only time he mentions the President who led us to that great victory (a word absent from his discourse) was to reference his “vision for this institution” (i.e., the United Nations).
Nor did mention how Presidents of both parties stood strong against communism and for freedom, waging and subsequently winning the Cold War, bringing down the Iron Curtain and bringing freedom and economic growth to the long-suffering peoples of central and eastern Europe. Well, he did reference the Cold War, just once, reminding us that it was “long-gone.” Does he even appreciate how American policies made that so?
He does not mention the great promise of this nation, how our ideals have inspired people around the world and how millions flock to our shores eager to share in the promise of America. He does not once mention the word, “liberty” and mentions “freedom” only twice (and neither time in reference to the principles undergirding this republic).
But, he mentions his promise to close Guantanamo even as his administration admits it doesn’t have a plan to do so. Now, there is nothing wrong with him listing his team’s accomplishments and its plans. But, to do so as a means to rebut “those who question the character and cause of my nation” is the height of hubris, almost the definition of narcissism.
Perhaps, the President does have an appreciation for the greatness of this nation, but he sure doesn’t show it in his speeches, particularly those to foreign audiences.
SOMEWHAT RELATED: Laura at HotAir’s Green Room responded to this line by cataloguing Obama’s blunders of the past nine months,