Reporting on how President Obama was down in North Carolina at a Hillary Clinton rally, Business Insider quotes him as saying:
“We won’t win this election, potentially, if we don’t win North Carolina. I hate to put a little pressure on you, but the fate of the republic rests on your shoulders. The fate of the world is teetering.”
I find that language rather fascinating. And no, it has nothing to do with the word “potentially,” which is placed in quite the awkward position in that address.
I mean, is North Carolina potentially pivotal or excruciatingly pivotal? Which one is it?
But moving on... The fact that he has to exhort anyone to vote for a hailed feminist saint against the supposed second coming of Hitler is entertaining. It makes me smirk that the race is so close: that someone as uncouth and unstable as Donald Trump is giving someone as publically praised, polished and political as Hillary Clinton a run for her money.
Then there’s Obama’s claim that “the fate of the world is teetering” on this American election.
Put that way, he almost makes it sound like America is special. Yet hasn’t he promoted the idea throughout his political career that America is anything but? That America is, in fact, a deeply flawed, racist, sexist, bigoted place clinging to its “guns and religion”?
Oh, he’s paid lip service to American exceptionalism before when put on the spot or when trying to score political points. But those declarations are easily belied when he says that America is exceptional in the same way “the Brits believe in British exceptionalism and the Greeks believe in Greek exceptionalism.”
And since actions speak louder than words, it’s also worthwhile to point out how he’s bowed to foreign leaders, let Iran and Russia walk all over this country, and made belittling statements about us on the world stage in apology for America’s past sins, both real and imagined.
All of which strongly suggests – even states – that, in his mind at least, America isn’t anything worth striving for.
Yet now, all of a sudden, it is? Now we’re the keepers of the republic ideal? Now that his party might lose power, there’s so much good we’ve done and can still do?
It’s amazing how convenient America’s attributes are in a liberals’ hands. Isn’t it.