One of the positions President Barack Obama vigorously campaigned on was “restoring America’s standing in the world”. In fact, he commented after only one year from winning his election in an interview with CNN the he believed this had already occurred:

I think that we’ve restored America’s standing in the world, and that’s confirmed by polls.

I wonder what “the polls” have to say today as we are being openly mocked internationally. Indeed, the UK’s Daily Mail ran a piece on Saturday that began with this indictment:

Probably not since the days of the Pharaohs or the more ludicrous Roman Emperors has a head of state travelled in such pomp and expensive grandeur as the President of the United States of America.

While lesser mortals – the Pope, Queen Elizabeth and so on – are usually happy to let their hosts handle most of the security and transport arrangements when they venture beyond their home shores, the United States creates a mini-America on the move to ensure that nothing is left to chance. . . .

The White House has, according to some reports, booked the entire Taj Mahal Palace Hotel in Mumbai, the city’s most luxurious. It is not uncommon for the grander heads of state to reserve a floor or two, but a whole hotel is unprecedented.

You read that correctly, the British, world leaders in over-done “pomp” and “grandeur” are mocking our President for just that. Further, they are openly saying the President places himself above the Pope and the British Crown. I thought this was a new age of hope and change, where the United States of America would not act like it was better than the rest of the world, where in the President’s own words:

To those nations like ours that enjoy relative plenty, we say we can no longer afford indifference to the suffering outside our borders, nor can we consume the world’s resources without regard to effect. For the world has changed, and we must change with it.

Yet the President travels around the world as if he were the greatest king of all-time, spending a reported, though not confirmed, $200 million per day of the “the world’s resources”, or $2 billion for the entire trip. Now I understand that the President’s security is of utmost importance, and I wholeheartedly agree that it must be. But if security is the reason for such an exorbitant expenditure, then why take the trip? America is suffering, the government is spending $1.35 trillion more than it takes in, and the President can blow $2 billion dollars over 10 days. Real leaders lead by example.

Meanwhile, China also does not look highly upon the United States of late either:

Cui Tiankai, a deputy foreign minister and one of China’s lead negotiators at the G20, said on Friday that the US plan for limiting current account surpluses and deficits to 4 per cent of gross domestic product harked back “to the days of planned economies”.

So if by “restoring America’s standing in the world”, President Obama really meant “being mocked by communist China for being more communist than China” and “being mocked by the British for holding himself up as greater than the Pope or the Crown”, he has accomplished his goals. Let’s consult the polls.

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