President Obama returned from the latest leg of his America-Bashing tour quite a while ago, so my apologies right off the bat for taking so long to get this map updated. Also, the site I usually use to make the map is flaky for some reason, so I’m back to this more boring map till I figure out what’s up with that. I’m sure by the time Obama next travels overseas, it’ll be up and running.
First off, Turkey. Yes, I know you’ll say he didn’t go to Turkey on this trip. But a commentor noted on my most recent post that I’d left that off from his trip back in April. Your diligent blogger, I went back and checked out his speech to the Turkish Parliament, and found this passage:
The United States is still working through some of our own darker periods. Facing the Washington monument that I spoke of is a memorial to Abraham Lincoln, the man who freed those who were enslaved even after Washington led our Revolution. And our country still struggles with the legacy of our past treatment of Native Americans.
With that housekeeping taken care of, on to his Russia/Italy/Ghana trip:
In Russia, The One had this to say about the end of the Cold War:
Make no mistake: this change did not come from any one nation alone. The Cold War reached a conclusion because of the actions of many nations over many years, and because the people of Russia and Eastern Europe stood up and decided that its end would be peaceful.
While not exactly a bash of the US, when combined with his oft-repeated trope that “[b]y no means is America perfect”, it’s simply another unnecessarily self-deprecating cowtow. It counts in my book.
As for Italy, all I could find was this press conference he held in L’Aquila. While he does air some dirty laundry in response to a question about our current health-care debate, I didn’t find anything that rises to actual bashing of America. If somebody knows of something, please let me know via the comments section. But as for now, he gets a pass for that nation.
In Africa, the president visited the nation of Ghana where he said in a speech in Accra:
Yes, a colonial map that made little sense bred conflict, and the West has often approached Africa as a patron, rather than a partner.*
Here he faults not only the US, but the entire civilized world, apparently. And:
In my country, African-Americans — including so many recent immigrants — have thrived in every sector of society. We have done so despite a difficult past, and we have drawn strength from our African heritage.
…because you cannot speak of America in Africa without mentioning our ugly past. Give the president some slack, of course, because what’s he supposed to say, huh? Obviously, Ghana goes on the list.
Which brings our total (pending something I missed in Italy) to a whopping 11 nations (excluding his “alleged” own) from which the president has shown his contempt for the United States:
Trinidad and Tobago
-Nick (ColoradoPatriot, from HQ)
*I’ll have more to say about this and other things in this speech in an upcoming post.