So we are an arrogant nation.
American Americans, African Americans, Spanish and Hispanic Americans, Chinese Americans, Italian Americans, Cuban Americans, Japanese Americans, and even Russian Americans like myself. And whoever I didn't mention here, you are also a bunch of arrogant schmucks.
The most arrogant Americans I have seen lately was our President and the First Lady. I think it is arrogant to go to another country as representatives of this great nation, and not to learn simple rules, protocols, etiquette.
Trying to hug the Queen was an act of arrogance. A very funny one. Watching the Queen, who was not agile enough to escape the First Lady's expression of love. Oh, the First Lady did not know better. She should have. Not prepare for meeting the Queen was arrogance. Unless, of course, the assistants forgot to tell her that these stubborn (but not arrogant) Brits still have the Monarchy.
And it is not such an innocent thing: it shows lack of respect, lack of culture, if you would, and this is what is called arrogance. Harvard is not a guarantee of sophistication, but it sure helps to know ones limitations. Not knowing them is arrogance.
So, he is preaching to the world and blames the country for arrogance, and at the same time exhibits the very American arrogance. Interestingly, he was also the only world leader blaming his predecessor. Mr. President, the election is over, you do not need to tell how bad Bush was, you already beat him 100 to 1 and spent way more money that Bush could even count.
So, even if Europe likes them very much (what a big deal, hugged the Queen, yeah, she survived anyway), do we need the world to see our highest official and his wife acting like a child peeing his pants at the party? The world pretended not to notice. They know the rules. They like children. Children are easier to control.
But we did. We also noticed that incredible bow by our President. I do not know about you, but I felt ashamed. As if he peed his pants in public.
This time showing lack of respect to the very country he is representing.
This is American arrogance.
P.S. I am not sure, but if the President goes to Iran and meets Khameini, should he kiss his shoe? Would be fun to watch.
Jon Zolsky, your Daytona Beach, Florida connection