Lovers of irony, and I count myself firmly among them, will have a great deal of fun with this column at the Washington Post by conservative commentator Jennifer Rubin, in which she opines that the Obama campaign is quaking in their boots at the prospect of Romney’s then-upcoming trip to England.
The Obama campaign can’t bear the thought that the well-traveled Mitt Romney will make a nice impression on his overseas tour. So it held today what can only be described as a petulant call with reporters, trying to spin the media that Obama’s trip abroad in 2008 was “substantive.” (If so, it was grossly inappropriate since the country had another president at the time.)
Simply delicious. And then she starts with the truly stupid:
Oddly, the spin call’s account of 2008 left out the Berlin speech. Why?
Maybe because it had long inane passages like this: “This is the moment when we must come together to save this planet. Let us resolve that we will not leave our children a world where the oceans rise and famine spreads and terrible storms devastate our lands. Let us resolve that all nations — including my own — will act with the same seriousness of purpose as has your nation, and reduce the carbon we send into our atmosphere. This is the moment to give our children back their future. This is the moment to stand as one.” Thunk. In reality he couldn’t even get the Summer Olympics to come to Chicago.
But there were also cringe-inducing portions like this (those who say Obama never apologized for America should take note): “I know my country has not perfected itself. At times, we’ve struggled to keep the promise of liberty and equality for all of our people. We’ve made our share of mistakes, and there are times when our actions around the world have not lived up to our best intentions.”
That passage is cringe-inducing? Only to those who have an allergic reaction to reality and prefer mindless nationalistic cheerleading to the truth.