Back in 2007, then-presidential candidate Barack Obama promised that the day he was inaugurated, the world would look at America differently and the Muslim world would be less hostile to us:
[Because I could not find a way to embed the video without it going on autoplay, I removed it from the post and encourage you to follow the link above to watch it and hear another of Mr. Obama’s lofty (and unrealized) promises.]
Once again, Obama’s words as candidate have little relation to his record as president. The continuing riots in the Arab world, Michael Barone contends undermine
. . . perhaps fatally, one of the underlying premises of Barack Obama’s 2008 campaign and of his campaign now for reelection: that electing this man president will make the peoples of the world love America and Americans. I make a similar point in my as yet unpublished Sunday Examiner column, which should be accessible here when it goes online. The rioters in Cairo expressly reviled Obama and hailed Osama. They hate America and Americans. They hate our way of life and our freedoms. Obama’s election has made no difference; his campaign bragging about dispatching Osama bin Laden has perhaps got them hating us more. One powerful argument for reelecting him is being refuted by what we see on our television screens.
Emphasis added. Read the whole thing. “Events in Egypt, Libya, and elsewhere are not cooperating with Obama’s vision“, quips Barone’s Examiner colleague Byron York. “Must be the movie.”
*in our relations with the Muslim world.