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Friday, July 18, 2008

Obama's European Folly?

Barack Obama will be walking a fine line in the next week. On the one hand, he's trying to appear Presidential and pad his foreign policy experience credentials. On the other hand, he's veering dangerously close back into elitist territory. If he goes too far, he may feel a backlash.


Obama is touring Europe, not exactly a pastime to which blue collar Americans can relate. Given the current state of the economy, the weak value of the dollar, and high cost of travel it's not many Americans that can make the trip overseas. Obama can because he's running for office, but it doesn't look good. Plus, McCain's running around speaking to Auto Workers groups while Obama is sipping tea with the British Prime Minister.

Americans, as you may recall, don't exactly like Europe. We got sort of fussy about it a couple hundred years ago and told them to go f themselves. Ever since then, we've been bailing them out and resenting their superiority complex. Now Obama's going to be greeted like a rock star. By Europeans. Not exactly a group whose major endorsement your should be seeking.

The London Times compares Obama's trip to the Beatles American invasion (as did this blog):

You have to go back to the Beatles' first US tour to find a transatlantic trip freighted with the sort of pregnant excitement that attends the one Barack Obama is about to make next week.

The faces of the crowds expected in Berlin when he arrives on Thursday will be portraits of the same devotional ecstasy that greeted the Liverpool quartet on their way from JFK to Manhattan that February day in 1964. In London next weekend Gordon Brown will play Ed Sullivan to the Fab One, hoping to borrow, just for a day, a little of the superstar charisma to bolster his own ratings.

The three network anchors are traveling with Obama on the trip while McCain is running around fuming. I guess he didn't realize Obama would take him up on his double-dog dare to go to Iraq. Let's hope this ploy of McCain's to get Obama to Europe won't work to his advantage.

John Kerry lost to Bush because he was too elitist. Obama has so far managed to just keep that tag just far enough away that he may have a chance this November. Let's hope he doesn't blow it while enjoying his European vacation.

UPDATE

I told you so.

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