History made in Strasbourg today
April 4, 2009
Today’s Strasbourg town hall was a milestone.
In 60 minutes Obama took blame for our arrogance in the Bush years, told Europe to lose its anti-Americanism, that America is changing but Europe needs to change too, reminded us all that France is our oldest friend, and how we brought Europe and Japan to their feet after WWII with the Marshall Plan.
Of course, the media has no patience for important thing like a re-invigoration of our alliances. I switched over to CNN where David Gergen and AC were discussing how Obama had been rebuffed because he couldn’t get major troop commitments for Afganistan.
Does anyone really expect that after 8 years of Bush the Europeans will just say ‘yes America, anything you want’ like that? I mean the man is good, but he can’t walk on water!
Sure we could throw our weight around and TELL our allies what to do. And how would that be change? In fact it would be a continuation of the last eight years.
Instead, Obama is leading.
UPDATE 4/5: Jack Welch calls it “masterful”. At least I’m glad the pundits let sane people do the talking sometimes.