My office is full of eclectic curiosities collected from previous careers and travels. There’s a shellacked piranha from my trips to Brazil and a replica of a sign Ronald Reagan had on his desk in the Oval Office which reads “It Can Be Done”.

On one wall hangs a picture of the Lincoln Memorial taken at night with the following quote written on it:

I was born an American; I live an American; and I shall die an American; and I intend to perform the duties incumbent upon me in that character to the end of my career. I mean to do this with absolute disregard for personal consequences.

These words are attributed to the venerable lawyer and Massachusetts senator Daniel Webster (1782-1852). I keep this on my wall to remind myself that there really is something special about being an American. Since its founding some 233 years ago, no nation has sacrificed more for the freedom and well being of this world than has America. No nation has freed more people from tyranny and despotism than has America. For this effort we have taken no treasure and asked only for land sufficient to bury those of our countrymen who gave the last full measure of devotion in order that others might breathe free.

Daniel Webster understood this. Abraham Lincoln understood this.

Barack Obama does not understand this basic fact about the nation he purports to lead. You need not take my word for this supposition. Read just some of the reaction to his speech before the assembled dictators, thugs, and terrorists gathered in New York for the UN General Assembly. His speech – during which he saw fit not to chastise Iran but rather unload on Israel – was warmly received by the audience.

The One spent his time on the world stage apologizing for the past “unilateral” actions of his nation. I wonder if he’s given much thought about what kind of world he would live in had America been a little less “unilateral” over the past 65 years or so.

Leadership, Mr. President, is often very lonely. Had you ever been in a position where you had to make the tough calls and take the unpopular course of action, you’d have figured that out by now. Sadly, we’ve got to sit here and watch you continue to bumble and fumble your way through on-the-job training we can ill afford.

Where do I get my change back?