When accepting her Oscar for Places in the Heart in 1985, Sally Field famously said to her Hollywood audience
I haven’t had an orthodox career. And I’ve wanted more than anything to have your respect. The first time I didn’t feel it, but this time I feel it and I can’t deny the fact that you like me, right now, you like me.
Seem the President has taken a cue from Miss Field. He believes polls confirm confirmation America’s standing in the world has improved since his advent. But, as Dan Riehl notes the Democrat puts “a lot more stock in world polls than he does domestic ones.” Just as Sally wanted to have the respect of the makers and shakers in Hollywood, Obama wants us to be liked by world leaders.
It might be nice if he could translate that affection into action. Michael Barone finds that while Obama bowed to “the emperor of Japan last week, the world refuses to bow back“:
The mullahs of Iran have consented to something in the nature of negotiations, but their agreement in principle to allow the enrichment of nuclear fuel in France has, like many agreements in principle, turned out to be no agreement. Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and the mullahs have proved no more moveable by Obama’s emollient and respectful tones than by George W. Bush’s Texas twang.
Nor have we made any discernible progress on settling issues between Israel and the Palestinians, the first priority of Obama’s national security adviser. Obama’s insistence on a stop to natural growth of Israeli settlements — no new spare rooms for Grandma or the new baby — seems now to have been abandoned. Israelis are distrustful of the U.S., and the West Bank Palestinian leader is threatening to quit.
Obama’s unilateral concession to the Russians — abandonment of missile defense plans in Poland and the Czech Republic — has evoked statements from Russian President Dmitri Medvedev that sanctions against Iran may someday be necessary. But it’s beginning to look as if Medvedev is Lucy, sanctions are the football and Obama is Charlie Brown.
And just like Sally Field, Charlie Brown wanted to be liked too.
The above is only a partial listing of the president’s failure to achieve concrete results for the feelings he has. (Just read the whole thing.) Well, like Miss Field, Obama does have a prize. She has an Oscar statuette, he’ll soon have a Nobel medal.
Being liked may help you get jobs in Hollywood, but it doesn’t achieve results on the world stage.