During the same week the American ambassador to Libya was murdered and his dead body dragged through the streets by celebrating mobs, the president of the United States found time to go on the David Letterman show to demonstrate his sense of humor and how cool he is.
But Barack Obama did not have time to meet with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, leader of a nation repeatedly threatened with annihilation by Iranian leaders working feverishly toward the creation of nuclear bombs.
This was an extraordinary thing in itself, something that probably no other president of the United States could have gotten away with without raising a firestorm of criticisms and denunciations. But much of the media see no evil, hear no evil and speak no evil when it comes to Barack Obama — especially during an election year.
Nor was this public rebuff of a publicly requested meeting with Netanyahu unique in its expression of disrespect, if not contempt, for both the man and his country.
Despite his glowing assertions of his commitment to Israel, especially in speeches to American Jewish groups, Obama has been working against Israel's interests from his first day in the White House. As in many other contexts, what Obama says and does are often opposite.
The vision in which Obama has been steeped is one in which white Western nations have oppressed and exploited nonwhite, non-Western nations, becoming rich and arrogant at other people's expense. It is a vision that calls out, not for justice, but for payback.
When Jeremiah Wright said, "white folks' greed runs a world in need" — and Obama, by his own account, was moved to tears — it captured in a few melodramatic words what a whole series of Obama's mentors and allies had been saying for decades. No wonder it resonated with him.
Despite hopes that Barack Obama's election as president of the United States would mark the beginning of a post-racial era in America, no hope was ever so completely doomed from the outset.
Anyone who looks beyond Obama's soothing words about race to his record, from his joining self-segregated black students in college to his appointing Al Sharpton as a White House adviser, can see the contrast between rhetoric and reality.
Obama is not the first leader of a nation whose actions reflected some half-baked vision, enveloped in lofty rhetoric and spiced with a huge dose of ego. Nor would he be the first such leader to steer his nation into a historic catastrophe.
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