Photo: Ronald Wilson Reagan at Normandy, June 6, 1984; Barack Hussein Obama skipped the trip for fear of giving France special treatment.
Strange thing has happened. I am practically at peace with the presidency of Barack Hussein Obama. Well, not really, but I have found a way to take the sting out. The fact is, it has dawned on me that this is not an American presidency we are living through. Why? It has become clear that BHO does not have American interests at heart. In other words, this 44th presidency of our country is in fact a kind of global-oriented caretakership--dangerous, transformative, but something I hope someday we are able to look back on as a kind of evil regency. As such, BHO's processional through Europe, the surrender of US banking sovereignty, the bow to the Saudi "king," the pandering to Islam (perfected by GWB, folks) becomes an out-of-Oval-Office experience to behold; a chapter of horror-history happening at some weird remove.
Maybe this is classic denial; I don't know. All I know is when I saw the Telegraph story that Obama had nixed a visit to Omaha Beach in Normandy out of concern fro German feelings or some such rot, I was glad. I don't want him to go there.
According to the Telegraph:
White House officials travelled to France at the start of March to discuss a visit by Mr Obama to Omaha Beach, the site of the American Cemetery, established in 1944 just after D-Day and where 9,387 American personnel are buried. Among them is Theodore Roosevelt Jr the eldest son of the 26th US President.
French officials and senior American military officers walked with White House staff through the cemetery discussing how the two presidents might follow the same route. But even before their trip, the White House had decided that Mr Obama would not travel there this week.
"It wasn't going to happen," said an American official in Washington. "We went through the motions to placate President Sarkozy but giving special treatment to France was not on our agenda.
"During this trip, we wanted to maintain a balance between the British, German and France".
See what I mean? Obama was not drawn to ground hallowed by American blood and courage to pay his respects. His proposed visit to Normandy was nothing more than a political calculation that added up to more "special treatment to France" than the global caretaker's "agenda" had room for.
Frankly, I hope it stays that way.