American Arrogance

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Real Estate Broker/Owner with Daytona Condo Realty, 386-405-4408

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. FunCoast realty logo

Jon Zolsky, your Daytona Beach, Florida connection
www.Beautifulflorida.com

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Hugh Krone
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Mitchel,

Once again why is it impoosible for an Obama supporter to admit he made a mistake what good does comparing his mistake to one of Bush'. move on

Apr 08, 2009 03:10 AM #21
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Hugh,  As an American I don't think Bush made a mistake or Michelle Obama. I believe in our declaration of Independence that All Men (and woman) are created Equal. 

I've met royalty and Presidents. I've traveled all over the world I understand other customs.  I also treat my cleaning lady with the same respect as "royalty" I'm not an Obama supporter. I'm an American.

Apr 08, 2009 03:32 AM #22
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I gotta side with Mitchell's last comment.  Personally, I didn't find this arrogant in the least bit.  Now, if they would have slapped royalty on the behind... then perhaps;)

Apr 08, 2009 04:02 AM #23
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Jon, Excellent Post. It is about respect and respect of the office.

For instance his appearance on Leno. He is not a pop culture icon. He is the President of the United States as America. Respect it!!!!

His media appearances are lowering the bar on the dignity of the Oval Office. As I noted, "the President's 'Special Olympics' faux pas is really a bit much, not just for its complete cluelessness, and the very indignity of a comedy appearance amid national crisis ..."

Apr 08, 2009 04:43 AM #24
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Tina Allen
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I think anyone visiting anywhere, including those visiting America, should follow the rules of the land....just like the saying "When in Rome, do as the Romans do."  If you don't want to abide by certain understood etiquette...then don't go. 

Apr 08, 2009 04:53 AM #25
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You are truly right on with your post. Who cares what Europe thinks about us. We have bailed them out financially and militarily through WWI &  WWII and kept them safe from the commies for decades. They are offended by our arrogance, come on get real.

Apr 08, 2009 08:01 AM #26
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Jon:

Normally I hate being redundant as I responded to another post on this same issue.  But in this case it seems appropriate because some folks seem to have it twisted.....again!

The Queen actually put her arm around Michelle first noting how tall she was.  Then Michele reciprocated briefly by putting her hand on the Queen's shoulder.  It was my understanding that also at that moment they both looked down and were discussing shoes.   

Lastly, as you may (or may not) remember the last time the Queen was touched was back in 1992 when Auzzie Prime Minister Paul Keating dared touch her royalty therefore earning the nickname "The Lizard of OZ."

Oh but Michele and the Queen seems to be girlfriends now as the Queen was heard saying to Michelle,"Now that we've met will you please stay in touch..."  Pardon the pun! 

Anyway, its ironic how London ending up being the host for the G20 meeting when it is basically the seat of all the financial shenanigans. 

 

Apr 08, 2009 09:23 AM #27
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I wrote a post about this same thing. These people have no clue.

Apr 08, 2009 12:07 PM #28
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Obama is proving how a man who has no experience gets elected by the most liberal media sensation and the most money elections can buy.

John F. Kennedy found out how inexperienced he really was for the job when he met the Russians and came away weaker nd more dangerous and put the world and America in danger of nuclear devastion..ie, the Cuban Missile Crisis.

Now, Obama makes his tour of Europe, trying to win favor and apologize for George Bush and the arrogance of Americans.

He comes out more weaker than ever, North Korea sends up missiles, and Obama runs to the United Nations, again putting America weaker and weaker to do anything.

Bowing to the Saudi Prince...proving to some that he is a secret muslim but shaming all who know that no President of the United States bows to any king or queen.

Arrogance, perhaps now some here in America can see the arrogance of the liberal left that they have no answers to the real problems in the world.

Appeasement and apologies will get us killed.

Apr 08, 2009 01:08 PM #29
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Robert - I am not sure I would agree with you. Looks like when he is here, we are losing so much money, that maybe he shoud stay in Europe and pat the Queen on the back.

Gary - Hope your stimulus package will help you through the tough times

Apr 08, 2009 04:31 PM #30
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Mike - Arrogance is against his own country first and foremost.

Hugh - I think the European trip is simply a failure. Historically it reminds me Mikhail Gorbachev meeting Reagan in Reykjavik, where Gorbachev failed miserably. Actually, Obama reminds me Gorbachev a lot. Of course, we had different take on Gorbachev. Where for Russians the relationship went from total fascination (like with Obama) to hate, in America he was credited with many things that he did not do, they happen because he was weak and could not prevent them, or Reagan's policies. I do not believe there will ever be a monument to Gorbachev in Russia, but I will not be surprised to see a monument to Reagan... if they get to senses.

Apr 08, 2009 05:21 PM #31
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Mitchell - thanks for the link, it was funny. Hey, I am not trying to say he is the only President who goofed.

But he is the one, who everyone looked at to not goof. But if you look at the failure to get the Europeans together in was on terror, and get an agreement from Russian and China, this is just a photo shoot op.

Mike - Thanks. I am flattered.

Jason - I think arrogance is when you tell to the world that your country acted arrogantly. We did not need these apologies, and we do not need them to like us. As for the Queen,

Apr 08, 2009 05:40 PM #32
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Alice - I think you are absolutely right. It all sounds very lightweight. I thin k what we fail to see is that he is sounding lightweight, and at the same time sharging our future at unprecedented pace. Is that a tactic, so that we delay stopping these things from happening

Tina - Isn't it what every reasonable person would have done? Do we need to acknowledge that Presidents are not reasonable?

 

Apr 08, 2009 05:45 PM #33
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Jon, your findings of arrogance are only "arrogant" when you are scratching around trying to find something wrong with Obama.  If you want arrogance, how bout when bush gave Andrea Merkle, Chancellor of Germany an unsolicited shoulder rub?  Or how bout his winking at the Queen?  Or maybe when he announced to the world "bring em on?"  And lastly landing on an air craft carrier in a jet? 

Apr 09, 2009 02:38 AM #34
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Jon, how come your thinking always echoes mine? I always think the worst enemy of USA is USA itself, especially its arrogance.

Apr 09, 2009 03:24 AM #35
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Jon - Your response to me was the substance I was talking about.  Please keep writing about things like that!

Apr 09, 2009 07:11 AM #36
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William - Yes, we do not need to bow  to Europe, not to anyone else. But knowing how to behave wouldn't hurt either

Greg - I saw the following (Click Here)

Nicholas -  It would be difficult to keep prasing this trip based only on the fact that Europe is so happy with him.

Apr 09, 2009 06:12 PM #37
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Jon,

Ignorance is bliss.  They should have know the protocol, or at least an advisor should have given them the heads up...then again...

 

Karen

Apr 10, 2009 01:22 PM #38
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I meant they should have known the protocol, typo.

Apr 10, 2009 01:27 PM #39
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Terry - That was not the plan. Yes, I know about Bush, I have seen it. I am not trying to put it all on Bush. His rubbing the German Chancellor was beyond funny. She looked absolutely confused, as she did not know how to respond.

But having said that, Bush was not apologizing for he predessecor's administration arrogance. Obama did.

And that changed the "smell" of the whole thing. It became hypocrisy

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