When the leader of the free world feels the need to justify his presence at West Point by saying that he’s not weak and that he believes in American exceptionalism, you know there’s a problem in the Oval Office.
When the new graduates aren’t buying it and give their commander in chief the cold shoulder, you know it’s a really big problem.
There’s a whole long list of reasons why Obama is not liked by his own troops, beginning with abandoning Iraq and everything that U.S. troops had fought to accomplish in that country, and continuing all the way through using the military for social experiments in gay marriage, persecuting Bible-believing Christians and following a schizophrenic foreign policy that promotes Muslim extremism and gives courage to Russian and Chinese belligerence.
The Administration that began by apologizing to many of the world’s dictators is now a figure of fun throughout the world, which sees America perpetually being given wedgies by Russian President Vladimir Putin.
So there was a class of young men and women who have been trained to show strength, pride and honor, being talked at by Steve Urkel, who was compelled to try to prove his bona fides in the face of his miserable record.
Obama said he would “work with Congress to ramp up support for those in the Syrian opposition who offer the best alternative to terrorists and a brutal dictator.”
That sentence alone would have been far more convincing if the “opposition” we’ve supported and funded in Syria wasn’t known by the world to include al-Qaeda operatives and an array of brutal monsters who have raped and killed Christians, and in at least one documented case, eaten the heart of a fallen enemy.
It also would be more believable if it hadn’t been uttered by a president who, in his last State of the Union speech, hadn’t told the world that he viewed Congress as irrelevant and that he would rule by his pen and phone.
Obama also spent a good chunk of his speech telling West Point grads that “America must always lead on the world stage. If we don’t, no one else will,” then describing a foreign policy that relies heavily on allies and the United Nations.
What Obama described as leading sounded more like rabble rousing as he used the word “partners” or “partnership” 16 times.
“I believe in American exceptionalism with every fiber of my being,” Obama assured the graduates. Where other presidents have talked about American exceptionalism, Obama makes it about himself, and the fact that he feels he has to prove that he is a believer speaks volumes.
While the graduates were understandably elated to have finished their studies, the response to Obama was tepid at best — not a healthy indicator from a stadium full of people who are more knowledgeable about American politics than your average citizen.
“By most measures,” the president said, “America has rarely been stronger relative to the rest of the world. Those who argue otherwise – who suggest that America is in decline, or has seen its global leadership slip away – are either misreading history or engaged in partisan politics.”
Or possibly, they just see through you, Mr. President.