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Obama’s Grandiosity About Himself/His Animosity Toward his Predecessor

Given a weekend cluttered with events, I have not had as much time to blog as I would like, so apologize if I appear to be hitting the same theme in subsequent posts.

One reason I return to the President’s grandiosity is that I was struck by the apparent contradiction in the President’s behavior or perhaps it was a form of compensation.

Here we have a Chief Executive who offers testimonials to his own greatness while bowing before unelected monarchs, being the first president to do so since Nixon (there’s that Nixon comparison again).  He praises himself with his words, while with his body, he offers an image of obeisance to other world leaders.

In Japan, he also claimed to be the “first Pacific President.”  Why can’t he leave it to others to indicate the fields he has pioneered?  And anyway, that claim is not entirely accurate, as Ed Dricoll notes.

One of the Anchoress’s readers e-mailed her to point out something else the President has said in that speech in Tokyo, making up a claim out of whole cloth (or media misinformation) “I know that the United States has been disengaged from these organizations in recent years.

Um, no.  The media may have made it appear that Mr. Obama’s predecessor was so disengaged from international organizations, including those to which he was then referring, “multilateral organizations” which “advance the security and prosperity of this region”, i.e. Asia.  But, the facts, as the Anchoress reminds us, tell a different story:

Obama is outright lying, there. In myriad ways, Bush was actually very attentive to our Asia and Pacific alliances, was swift and generous in aiding Indonesia after the 2004 tsunami (pdf), and -but it got no press- managed to forge an environmental agreement that went way beyond Kyoto. . . .

Last time I checked, India, in particular, was loving Bush. And Australia has been a strong alliance in our military coalitions, and elsewhere.

Well, maybe Obama wasn’t lying; he’s just willfully ignorant of his predecessor’s efforts and accomplishments.

And the Anchoress in her must-read post, notices something a number of other bloggers (and not just those on the right), including yours truly, have also been noticing:  the incumbent “likes to indiscreetly bash the former president wherever he goes, whether his hammer is weighted with reality or make-believe.

He could just say that as President of the United States, he is committed to strengthening our ties to and cooperation with such international organizations.  He can show this commitment without maligning his predecessor.  Instead, he seems to be attempting to rewrite history to conform to his jaundiced worldview.

If things really were as bad as he claims they were under Bush, well, then he wouldn’t need say anything.  People would already know.  And a simple expression of a a desire to improve/strengthen relationships would suffice.  And they wouldn’t make him look petty.

But, his comparisons suggest an absence of confidence in himself.  And a failure to let go of his campaign rhetoric.  And his inability to live up to that campaign’s definition of his promise, you know that postpartisan leader who’d bring us together.



  1. Actually, you are right, as an Australian I find the comment made by Obama to be no more than fantasy. The USA has been a big support in the Asia-Pacific region, and under Bush had a very strong partnership with Australia (less so with New Zealand until there was a change of NZ govt). So this kinda makes a lie where those comments are concerned.

    However, the big, big news is that once again the man has behaved like a craven appeasing fool with his bowing to the Emperor of Japan. What he did was against Protocol.

    Now I did see the picture of Richard Nixon and there is a very huge difference in what took place. First of all, Nixon did not give a deep craven bow to Akihito. The photograph that I saw actually shows a mutual bow of respect which was not more than an inclining of the head. Second, and this is important, Nixon did not shake the Emperor’s hand at the same time. In other words it cannot be argued that Nixon breached protocol by nodding his head but Obama did breach Protocol.

    As I have posted elsewhere, “it is the body language, stupid”. When a head of state bows before another head of state in such a craven, cowardly, appeasing manner, then he or she is sending a signal of submission to that other head of state, he or she is indicating that the other head of state is in fact superior to that person.

    The signals that were sent both in Saudi Arabia and now Japan are enough to make people feel even less safe, because they are signals that are being picked up by the leadership of countries that have been our enemies for a very long time (think Russia, Iran, etc). The Arabs would not look kindly on the craven sniveling bow, unless of course they read into it that Obama was surrendering the USA to Sharia law. Fortunately the Japanese are no longer war hawks. In Japan, prior to the second world war, the Emperor was seen as a god, a divine being, and it was customary for the people to bow down before the emperor and not look him in the face, but that is the people of Japan, not the head of state of another country.

    Some people have posted pictures of all the other heads of states and their greetings with the Japanese emperor. In every single case there is a shake of the hand, there is direct eye contact. With Obama there is no direct eye contact. That in itself is very telling. Mind you he never makes eye contact with the cameras when he is public speaking either.

    All I can say is what an incredibly craven fool…. he has no wisdom, none whatsoever.

    Comment by straightAussie — November 16, 2009 @ 4:52 am - November 16, 2009

  2. Perhaps all this bowing is because he wishes we would do that to him

    Comment by PatriotMom — November 16, 2009 @ 5:45 am - November 16, 2009

  3. Indeed…..much of the “Bush bashing” was/is simply the mainstream media, which is overwhelming left-liberal in outlook, pounding Bush again and again becasue

    a) Bush does not defend himself (I believe he thinks it isn’t classy)

    b) The pounding makes Barry Soetoro look good, as the Great Redeamer of the Planet (what a joke).

    Bush was neither great nor was he terrible. It would be interesting to compare the state of the economy, unemployment rate, number of jihadi attacks on the homeland, etc. between Hussein Obama and Bush.

    Comment by rssg — November 16, 2009 @ 8:11 am - November 16, 2009

  4. Many of we conservatives, criticized Bush because we felt he was too “international”, too “liberal”, not conservative enough.

    I believe a good part of Bush’s low approval number was conservatives showing disapproval of him being a liberal Republican.

    Comment by L5 — November 16, 2009 @ 8:13 am - November 16, 2009

  5. That is the muslim bow of subservience that he learned in Indonesia, I’ll guess.

    This man is so ignorant that he doesn’t know anything about bowing in Japan and apparently doesn’t even sit down to learn a few of the rules.

    He thinks the charm of his aura will paper over any gaffes. The Japanese emperor looked rather startled, as if Obama had done a backflip and then approached walking on his hands. Great job, President Clown.

    Comment by Anonny-nonny — November 16, 2009 @ 8:17 am - November 16, 2009

  6. Heh. Great comment, Annony-nonny 🙂

    In Japan, he also claimed to be the “first Pacific President.”

    What is that supposed to mean?

    I’m sure it’s yet another case of Obama praising himself for the world-changing circumstances of his birth and upbringing. But note that ‘pacific’ also means peaceful. Is Obama claiming to be the first President who ever cared about peace, or brought it to the world? I think he might be. Not conciously, but as a “Freudian boast”. (If American Elephant will permit me to use neologisms, in this case one that I’ve constructed to mirror the existing term, “Freudian slip”.)

    Comment by ILoveCapitalism — November 16, 2009 @ 8:53 am - November 16, 2009

  7. Obama continues to run against Bush, because that is how he got elected. Bush does not answer back because then Obama would be able to bring the ghost to life and shake a hoary finger at the root of all current misery.

    Obama and his speechwriters and handlers are totally working the messiah theme. He has come to straighten out the mess caused by the incompetent running dogs of yesterday and to set America on a new course of hope and change. Though his work is Herculean, his dedication and will to create a stronger, sun filled tomorrow remain undaunted. As the current calendar is measured BC and AD, there will be a new designation of AO (Anno Obamessiah) and we are now in year 1.

    As his disapproval ratings rise and his teleprompter dog and pony show wear increasingly thin, he just ratchets up his blasts at the past and puffs himself up like Barney Frank on steroids. I am beginning to wonder if Obamablowfish isn’t still pumping himself up with a little blow.

    Comment by heliotrope — November 16, 2009 @ 9:07 am - November 16, 2009

  8. Obama: An old Swahili term meaning “He-Who-Has-No-Class”.

    Comment by MarkJ — November 16, 2009 @ 9:21 am - November 16, 2009

  9. Obama’s obsequious genuflection to both the Saudi King and now the Emperor of Japan show how outta the loop he is when it comes to protocol…(Hell, who knows, maybe the dude was reminiscing about his king of the hill days as a youth in Indonesia)…. I’m gonna say its better than even money what’s her name, the chief of protocol, is gonna get an ear full when BO gets back to 1600.

    Hey Barry is unpredictable, remember during his visit to London and how the press let him get by with a quick nod when meeting the English Queen and her consort. I’m sure they let him slide cause his gift to her was so crappy and they could ream him on that ….But come on, this is the 2nd time POTUS has bent over to check the shine on a dude’s shoes ….Our Commander in Chief ain’t suppose to look like he’s reaching for his ankles .. Such a double standard is afforded this president, all one has to do is remember back to what Douglas Jehr of the NYT said after Clinton nodded at Akihito. The Times reporter tore him a new one even after Administration officials scurried to insist that the eager-to-please President had not really done the unthinkable. Hell, just imagine if “W” had done it, the political pontificators would have declared it an effin faux pas extraordinaire and demanded a public flogging on the steps of the Capitol.

    Speaking of pontif-what-evers…. why didn’t the Obamas bow to the Pope when they were in the Vatican? He’s not only a head of state, but the spiritual leader of 100s of millions of people around the world. Is he not deservant of at least the same expression of respect given a desert camel jock and a token Shinto monarch.

    Comment by Spartann — November 16, 2009 @ 10:10 am - November 16, 2009

  10. Obama has a mortal fear of appearing before male royalty with his fly open. He is overcome with a passion to check whether he zipped up when he confronts a king or emperor. He also has a natural reaction tendency to bow as he was trained to do in meeting with George Soros.

    I suggest he toke up before the event and just chill his way through it.

    Comment by heliotrope — November 16, 2009 @ 10:51 am - November 16, 2009

  11. It was disgusting to see the US President…perhaps unintentionally…demean himself in the presence of the Japanese Emperor. A discrete, mutual and exactly-equal simultaneous nod of heads between Heads-of-State is all that was needed or acceptable as a gesture of mutual-respect and regard. The Obamaessiah groveled like a Imperial Palace servant of the lowest-rank. Where’s the White House or Tokyo embassy protocol officer???

    Body language is called that precisely for that reason, it’s a language. They teach you that in business school, and highlight it in almost any tourist travel guide.

    No American citizen or official should bow to any monarch, national leader, or even the Pope, period. A brief nod of respect is for their position/office is more than sufficient. For the President of the United States, leader of the Known Universe, to even do this should be reserved for only special friends of America when visiting them as a guest…and never a bow. Otherwise the POTUS is first-among-equals.

    Comment by Ted B. (Charging Rhino) — November 16, 2009 @ 10:58 am - November 16, 2009

  12. … maybe Obama wasn’t lying; he’s just willfully ignorant of his predecessor’s efforts and accomplishments.

    Not willfully, exactly, just so isolated for so long from everything outside his radical left-wing enclave, he never had the opportunity to learn both sides of any issue. But, he’s the leader of the free world anyway. 🙁

    Comment by DoorHold — November 16, 2009 @ 12:07 pm - November 16, 2009

  13. Sad when the guy everyone loves to hate has more class than the post-racial post-partisan great speaker.

    Comment by plutosdad — November 16, 2009 @ 1:50 pm - November 16, 2009

  14. First reports out of China reveal that it was an interesting initial meeting between the Chinese Premier and President Obama. Upon greeting the Chinese Premier in The Great Hall, the U.S. President warmly extended his hand and asked if he’d ever shaken the hand of a black man. The Premier’s Chinese interpreter translated the question to the Chinese Premier who heartily laughed then responded. The Chinese interpreter looked puzzled and initially didn’t respond to the U.S. President whereupon the President Obama asked, “What did he say?”.
    The interpreter sheepishly replied, the Chinese Premier said, “Mr. Kettle is pleased to meet you, Mr. Pot!”

    Comment by Spartann — November 16, 2009 @ 3:30 pm - November 16, 2009

  15. This just in: Obama is in China to meet with Chinese President Hu Jintao and it is certain that one of the topics will be China’s recent statements that the country will not participate in any sort of global cap-and-trade program because it would hurt China’s economy.

    Number of vehicles in Obama’s motorcade from the Beijing Airport? SEVENTY-ONE.

    Comment by Sean A — November 16, 2009 @ 4:03 pm - November 16, 2009

  16. that must be a misprint I can see SEVENTEEN vehicles not 71.

    Comment by Gene in Pennsylvania — November 16, 2009 @ 7:23 pm - November 16, 2009

  17. Gosh I wish Obama would stop embarassing America when he jaunts around the world. He gives the Queen of England an i Pod of his own speeches. He bows to Saudi Kings. Bows to the ankles to Japanese Emperors. Has 71 vehicle motorcades. I’m humiliated. Come home Mr President come home.

    Comment by Gene in Pennsylvania — November 16, 2009 @ 7:26 pm - November 16, 2009

  18. Daniel, never apologize for light blogging. It’s not like we’re paying you.

    Otherwise yes, the premise of your post is correct, everything with Obama is all about him and how the world was a mess before he was elected. He is the most narcissistic president we’ve had since maybe TR.

    Comment by Tom the Redhunter — November 16, 2009 @ 9:12 pm - November 16, 2009

  19. Daniel, never apologize for light blogging. It’s not like we’re paying you.

    Umm… True in the major sense intended… but GP has a tip jar, you know. Upper right corner of the home page. 😉

    Comment by ILoveCapitalism — November 16, 2009 @ 11:20 pm - November 16, 2009

  20. My father who is also conservative said the character of a person comes out when you watch their speeches on mute.

    Comment by Kevin — November 17, 2009 @ 12:43 am - November 17, 2009

  21. Obama has a mortal fear of appearing before male royalty with his fly open. He is overcome with a passion to check whether he zipped up when he confronts a king or emperor. He also has a natural reaction tendency to bow as he was trained to do in meeting with George Soros.

    I suggest he toke up before the event and just chill his way through it.

    Comment by heliotrope

    Upon reflection :), and looking at the picture again, it suddenly came to me that Obama was behaving like those people from San Francisco in South Park (the episode about the Prius and the cloud and of George Clooney being such a bore when he finally won an Oscar). In other words, he let “one” fly and he bent over to sniff his own odour…. ROFL

    Comment by straightAussie — November 17, 2009 @ 11:02 pm - November 17, 2009

  22. I saw the video of Nixon and the “bow” which was a non-bow by Nixon. He greeted Mao with a hand-shake, as two equals. The “bow” was some kind of acknowledgment after the actual greeting. It is not even in the same ball-park.

    Anyway the Obot will never achieve what was achieved by Nixon on the world stage – even though most of us did not like him, Nixon will be remembered as the one who opened up China to the West again.

    Comment by straightAussie — November 18, 2009 @ 1:45 am - November 18, 2009

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