What was the guy thinking? In researching my new book Welcome to Obamaland, I discovered that Obama’s judgment is pretty dreadful – but this? My favourite theory so far – suggested by presenter Greg Garrison – was that it was a move calculated to please his Lady Macbeth. At the moment in Britain, we’re still in the “Doesn’t she look fabulous in a designer frock” stage of understanding of Michelle Obama. Gradually, though, we’ll begin to realise that she is every bit the terrifying executive’s wife that Hillary Clinton was. Or, shudder, Cherie Blair.
We may just LURVE Michelle’s fashion sense. But Michelle doesn’t reciprocate our affection, one bit. Her broad-brush view of history associates Brits with the wicked white global hegemony responsible for the slave trade. Never mind that a white, Tory Englishman – William Wilberforce – brought the slave trade to an end. Judging by her record, Michelle does not make room for such subtle nuance.
Tell the truth, I don’t know if I buy that. Oh, I can believe that the First Lady might have a grudge against the British government; name a lefty academic type that hasn’t developed one in the last eight years (resentment at feeling secret shame is hardly an unknown psychological condition). But I’m not sure that it was the primary motivation here. Although it’d be a comfort, in its way: it would suggest that the snubbing of Great Britain by the current government was motivated by an emotional reaction. That’s somehow better than the alternative; which is that Obama just didn’t care.
Moving on, has anybody read the author’s Welcome to Obamaland: I Have Seen Your Future and It Doesn’t Work? I’m pretty sure that I can guess the contents from the title, mind.
Crossposted to RedState.