Europe loses hope

According to ABC News (yes, ABC news), Obama will be facing a chilly reception in Europe this week. 

The last time President Obama went to Europe, he was greeted with raucous applause and 200,000 Europeans choking a Berlin square, chanting “Obama” and “Yes We Can.”

This time, as the president heads to London this week to press the Group of 20 nations for a global economic stimulus plan, he’s likely to get a warm reception but cold comfort from many European leaders.

European Union chief Mirek Topolanek, the recently ousted leader of the Czech Republic, calls the plan the Obama administration has been pushing “a way to hell.”

Germany Chancellor Angela Merkel is also a skeptic.

“We must look at the causes of this crisis,” she said. “It happened because we were living beyond our means. … We cannot repeat this mistake.”

When the election all went down, and my liberal friends were running around all starry eyed, and one of the first things that they would say was how much the world was going to love, no not just love, but LOVE us now that Obama was going to be our saviorpresident.  I kept wanting to interrupt to find out why that even mattered, because, I always understood that if you are using popularity as a measure, you need to go back to junior high.  But they were just too lovestruck to get a word in, if you know what I mean.  (I did manage to ask one friend why Chicago, Philadelphia, New Jersey, and Michigan are not paradises, despite years of liberal rule- his response- “how should I know, I’ve never been to any of those places.”  Ah, explains so much.)

Thing is, I was quite sure that it didn’t matter whether or not we were popular, but it never really crossed my mind that we still, that Obama still wouldn’t be.  But of course he wouldn’t be- they hate the U.S.  Bush was just the figurehead of the time.  Still doesn’t matter.


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  1. […] 4, 2009 As I noted before, the great and grand hope of President Obama would be that EUROPE WOULD LIKE US AGAIN!  Now, I […]

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