On Monday, during a fundraiser in California, President Obama declared that Europe's debt problems and their inability to solve them was "scaring the world." He went on to explain that Europeans "have not fully healed from the crisis back in 2007 and never fully dealt with the challenges that their banking system faced" and that "they're trying to take responsible actions, but those actions haven't been quite as quick as they need to be."
This of course is coming from a President who has done nothing to deal with our own country's enormous debt crisis and who is in fact eager to incur even more debt with another useless stimulus bill (now called a "jobs bill" though the last stimulus failed to produce the jobs it promised, which is perhaps why Harry Reid doesn't seem too eager to bring this new bill to a vote despite the President's demands to "pass this bill"). Yes, Europe has serious debt problems, but for President Obama to be lecturing our allies about not being "quite as quick" in dealing with a debt crisis is downright hypocritical.
When his all-too-common finger-pointing is directed at Republicans, President Obama's search for a scapegoat is swallowed as merely the typical Beltway politics of our permanent political class. But pointing fingers at our allies when they are working to get their own financial house in order is counterproductive and can have a serious negative affect on our ability to lead the free world.
One German newspaper denounced the President's comments as "overbearing, arrogant, and absurd." Another wrote: "The gloomy state of the economy is putting a damper on Obama's future prospects. The optimism of the past is gone, replaced by a cheap search for a scapegoat." And still another wrote: "That's not how friends talk to each other. That applies particularly to friends who have themselves failed to get a handle on their own, self-made crisis."
Can we blame them for feeling this way? Keep in mind this was a President who was supposed to make the rest of the world "like" us again.
It's about time the President showed some leadership and took responsibility rather than campaigning on blaming everyone else for the financial mess his policies have exacerbated.
Between President Obama's hypocritical lecture poking our allies in the eye again and one Democrat governor's call to postpone lawfully mandated elections for two years, I suppose nothing should surprise concerned Americans anymore. But that doesn't mean we have to accept these misguided memes. 2012 can't come soon enough.
- Sarah Palin