The response from our “liberal media” on the President’s historic stance on marriage equality? An AP Drudge bait piece on how Barack Obama has killed all the rainbow-farting ponycorns on the entire planet.
In Europe, where more than 200,000 people thronged a Berlin rally in 2008 to hear Barack Obama speak, there’s disappointment that he hasn’t kept his promise to close the military prison at Guantanamo Bay, and perceptions that he’s shunting blame for the financial crisis across the Atlantic.
In Mogadishu, a former teacher wishes he had sent more economic assistance and fewer armed drones to fix Somalia’s problems. And many in the Middle East wonder what became of Obama’s vow, in a landmark 2009 speech at the University of Cairo, to forge a closer relationship with the Muslim world.
In a world weary of war and economic crises, and concerned about global climate change, the consensus is that Obama has not lived up to the lofty expectations that surrounded his 2008 election and Nobel Peace Prize a year later. Many in Asia, Africa, the Middle East and Latin America were also taken aback by his support for gay marriage, a taboo subject among religious conservatives.
Whee! Firebagging is an international sport these days. Why hasn’t President Obama used BULLY PULPIT to make Congress fix Europe’s economy and close Gitmo and end all the wars and dammit he’s going to lose the vote in Rio and Dakar and Riyadh because he’s handing Republicans there a wedge issue!
This must be excellent news for Mitt Romney! Of course, the next paragraph is the kicker.
But the Democrat still enjoys broad international support. In large part, it’s because of unfavorable memories of his Republican predecessor, George W. Bush, and many people would still prefer Obama over his presumptive Republican challenger Mitt Romney.
That part of course is left out of the Drudge bait.