He was supposed to be the savior, a President so great that the people the world over would look upon him and suddenly love America. He predicted it himself, as it turns out, in a radio interview late in 2007.
Here’s the interview via Weasel Zippers:
I took the time to type up the transcript because this is such a powerfully naive set of statements from the future President:
Obama: Well, I truly believe that the day I’m inaugurated, not only does the country look at itself differently, but the world looks at America differently. If I’m reaching out to the Muslim world, they understand that I’ve lived in a Muslim country, and I may be a Christian, but I also understand their point of view.
Interviewer: Although you were a little kid when you lived in Indonesia, right? Is that what you’re talking about?
Obama: Well, it’s not just that. My sister is half-Indonesian. I traveled there all the way through my college years. And so I’m intimately concerned with what happens in these countries and the cultures and perspectives that these folks have. And those are powerful tools for us to be able to reach out to the world, and when you combine that with my work on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, on everything from nuclear proliferation to issues of genocide, then I think that the world will have confidence that I am listening to them and that our future and our security is tied up with our ability to work with other countries in the world. That will ultimately make us safer.
It’s quite alarming to consider that the President actually believes (or at least he used to) that merely his presence in the White House would calm tensions with radical islamists across the world.
Perhaps this helps explain why the White House seems so incredibly baffled by the attacks and protests that have now spread to over 20 countries in the Middle East and around the world. White House spokesperson Jay Carney even claimed in his daily press briefing today that the protests were not of the United States but merely the anti-Muslim YouTube video. How then would the Obama administration explain the chants of “Obama, Obama, we are all Osamas?"
The truth is President Obama’s foreign policy not only failed to heal American relationships with the Muslim world, it made the United States more vulnerable to attack in the process. Aside from pure naivety, how else do you explain the fatal unpreparedness of our embassies on September 11th of all days?