Obama forgot to say “Mother, may I?” to the Chinese, but he did aggrandize himself

If you’re the powerful leader of a powerful nation, you tell the Chinese to release a jailed activist (who just won the Nobel Peace Prize) immediately.  If you’re an empty suit who admires Leftist authoritarianism , you let the Chinese set the time table (emphasis mine):

I welcome the Nobel Committee’s decision to award the Nobel Peace Prize to Mr. Liu Xiaobo.  Last year, I noted that so many others who have received the award had sacrificed so much more than I.  That list now includes Mr. Liu, who has sacrificed his freedom for his beliefs.  By granting the prize to Mr. Liu, the Nobel Committee has chosen someone who has been an eloquent and courageous spokesman for the advance of universal values through peaceful and non-violent means, including his support for democracy, human rights, and the rule of law.

As I said last year in Oslo, even as we respect the unique culture and traditions of different countries, America will always be a voice for those aspirations that are universal to all human beings.  Over the last 30 years, China has made dramatic progress in economic reform and improving the lives of its people, lifting hundreds of millions out of poverty.  But this award reminds us that political reform has not kept pace, and that the basic human rights of every man, woman and child must be respected.  We call on the Chinese government to release Mr. Liu as soon as possible.

As you can see, Obama also managed to refer to himself and his “Peace Prize” within the very second sentence of that statement.  Indeed, the self-referential phrases pepper this simultaneously arrogant and groveling speech.  In two paragraphs, he managed four references to himself.  If there was a Nobel Narcissism Prize, Obama would be the stand-out winner.

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  • http://ymarsakar.wordpress.com Ymarsakar

    People are a piece of work. They talk endlessly about Bush the X, and what do they do? They use their exalted “judgment” to vote for Obama, the New Man aka Messiah.
    If they hadn’t figured it out already I will tell them. Their judgment on Obama was screwed because they were delusional about Bush. One leads necessarily to the other.

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  • Libby

    Reminds me of Bill Clinton – I, me my, blah, blah, blah!
    I kinda love that he will forever have to live down receiving the Nobel Peace Prize before accomplishing anything. Seriously, just compare what he’s done (with 2 autobiographies!) to Mr. Liu Xiaobo.

  • jj

    He’s not the “powerful leader” of a powerful nation.  It’s a powerful nation, sure – but he’s a jug-eared twerp who somehow wandered in out of the rain and they gave him the keys.

  • http://bookwormroom.com Bookworm

    I know, jj.  I was say that, if he was in fact a powerful leader of a powerful nation, those words would never have left his mouth, pen, computer or press room.  Only a vain, weak weenie, leading his nation into oblivion would ever have said what he said.

  • 11B40

    Most of my experience dealing with Chinese people involves something I call the “shutter drop” which I (no red please) named for the sub-second eye flash that evinces their switch into total 100% stubbornness.
    The ChiComs don’t play that you tell me what to do and we do it stuff.  President Obama might as well have been talking to his teleprompters.
    In case our President hasn’t noticed, earlier this week the ChiComs told those illustrious awarders of Peace Prizes, “Don’t do it”.  A President with his record of accomplishment, if that’s not too strong a word, in foreign policy should have figured out by this time that sometimes keeping your mouth closed is the most viable option available.
    I’ve (I know, I know) been watching a bit of the ChiCom TV lately and they are on the march.  Not necessarily in the death and destruction way of our muslim brothers and sisters, but on the march.  They’ve been continuously uncooperative in terms of Iran, North Korea and the valuation of their yuan.  They are building up their navy and turning it into a global force from the northwest Pacific to the Indian Ocean and all points in between.  They’re, what I call, putting down stink.  They blew off the Choenan’s sinking by North Korea. They bumped fenders with the Japanese Coast Guard and then demanded that the offending captain, crew, and ship be released.  Japan pretty quickly complied. These things are almost unsubtle for Asians to do.  The message is simple, “Do you think the USofA is going to come save you, punk?”
    The ChiCom TV broadcasts many programs that have a fairly overt nationalistic message and purpose.  From variety programs celebrating the folk arts of their minorities to programs celebrating their 5000 years of history, the underlying message of how great is China (and the Party) is redundantly emphasized.  They recently showed a movie entitled “Railway in the Sky” about the building of the railroad into Tibet that Chairman Mao would have likely found enjoyable.  But then again, the Dalai Lama, the way he’s going these days, probably also would have liked it.
    The ChiComs see our President for what he is.  The sharks are circling. And hungry.