Obama and the crumbling of a liberal fantasy hero


Monday, July 1, 2013

The Financial Times

“It has taken a long time, but the world’s fantasies about Barack Obama are finally crumbling. In Europe, once the headquarters of the global cult of Obama, the disillusionment is particularly bitter. Monday’s newspapers were full of savage quotes about the perfidy of the Obama-led US.
“Der Spiegel, the German magazine that alleged that America’s National Security Agency has bugged the EU’s offices, thundered that “the NSA’s totalitarian ambition . . . affects us all . . . A constitutional state cannot allow it. None of us can allow it.” President François Hollande of France has demanded that the alleged spying stop immediately. Le Monde, Mr Hollande’s home-town newspaper, has even suggested that the EU should consider giving political asylum to Edward Snowden, the NSA whistleblower.
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This article does support Obama with these words:
“Mr Obama was living in a real universe, full of hard choices. It was his overheated critics who lived in a fantasy world.”
Ironic that Europe condemns Obama for several of the things I feel he does right. As far as I’m concerned, he needs more of Dick Cheney’s qualities.
One of the comments in this article:

“It has gradually dawned on President Obama’s foreign fan club that their erstwhile hero is using methods that would be bitterly denounced if he were a white Republican”

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