On September 12, 2001, the United States was in possession of a rare gift amid all that tragedy--the sympathy and goodwill of the world. But instead of embracing it as a uniting factor, the Bush Administration acted like a malicious behemoth smashing a butterfly. They squandered this gentle precious thing by way of Iraq, evoking more hatred for America than ever before. This is the one thing I detest about the Bush Administration more than any other. America and its position in the world could have been so much different today, so much better.
I understand that Obama's recent travels were one way to address doubts about his ability to lead and handle foreign affairs. The reception he enjoyed surely proves that who we elect as president is very important to persons around the globe. That said, I must admit there was a certain hubris about Obama's international tour; and that it was picture perfect to a fault.
But there is one thing you cannot deny. Although McCain's camp would have us believe differently, Obama's international popularity is not rooted in superficial celebrity. It's rooted in hope--hope that the eight long years of the old-school, ham-handed, swing-the-lead, rich-white-guy, good ol' boy's club are over; that America will choose a uniting leader instead of a dividing tyrant.
You bet they want to like Obama.
The world has had enough of the circle-the-wagons Bush Administration. In this ever-shrinking global community, can we afford not to listen to them?
And one unrelated note to all the politicians: Want to see how to reduce our consumption of foreign oil? Take a look at John Q. Public, you dumbasses. He shaved eight billion miles of his monthly commute. You mother effers hear me? EIGHT BILLION miles. You just use less of the shit.
Okay, I have expended my quota of hyphens and modifiers for the entire month in this one post.