March has not been a particularly good month for President Barack Obama. After seven years, the disdain he has earned in the eyes of other world leaders has come home to roost, and he still continues to earn it with his outrageous behavior and comments.
Obama is to visit the U.K. next month to speak to Parliament about England remaining in the European Union. While many British lawmakers see Obama interfering with an upcoming national referendum on the issue, such concerns will not deter him from lecturing them.
Obama’s trip to London will take place after Queen Elizabeth 90th birthday on April 21, and he asked to meet with her. He learned this month the Queen—who lives 25 miles outside London at Windsor Castle—reportedly is “refusing” to return to London to do so. If Obama wishes to meet, he will have to come to her.
On March 20, Obama arrived in Cuba, patting himself on the back for making an “historic visit“—the first sitting U.S. president in 88 years to do so. Unsurprisingly, Cuban President Raul Castro—who usually meets foreign heads of state at the airport—was not there to greet Obama. Although a meeting with Castro took place the next day at the presidential palace, the affront to Obama by failing to greet him at the airport was obvious.
During Obama’s visit, photographs taken of the president conveyed his hypocrisy and naiveté.
To put one Obama photograph into context requires recalling his lecturing Americans on racial symbolism after the mass shooting of black church-goers in Charleston, South Carolina. As the white gunman’s website displayed a Confederate flag, Obama suggested it was time the flag be retired to museums for symbolically representing racism against blacks.
Against this backdrop, the Obama photograph taken in Havana’s Revolution Square showed him at attention in front of a five-story government building’s mural of Marxist revolutionary leader Che Guevara.
Che embraced hatred as a catalyst for imposing change upon the world, observing in 1966:
“Hatred is the central element of our struggle! Hatred that is intransigent…hatred so violent that it propels a human being beyond his natural limitations, making him violent and cold-blooded killing machine. We reject any peaceful approach. Violence is inevitable. To establish Socialism rivers of blood must flow! The imperialist enemy must feel like a hunted animal wherever he moves. Thus we’ll destroy him! These hyenas are fit only for extermination. We must keep our hatred alive and fan it to paroxysm! The victory of Socialism is well worth millions of atomic victims!”
Little separates Che’s 1966 thinking from that of ISIS today.
But more embarrassment by Obama in Cuba followed, evidenced by his un-presidential response to the Brussels bombings. As other world leaders acted (U.K. Prime Minister David Cameron called for emergency meetings), Obama-attending a baseball game-exhibited little concern as he performed “the wave.”
Among Obama’s critics was former NBC news personality Tom Brokaw who said as leader of the Free World, it was time for him to act presidential.
Meanwhile, Obama’s penchant to lecture others did not extend to addressing Castro’s allegations of human rights violations by America but it did extend to criticizing Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz. When it was suggested the Cuban regime is “quaking” over the prospect of a Cruz presidency, “I personally would not disagree…”
From Cuba, Obama went to Argentina where he proceeded to undermine everything this country stands for.
Speaking before young Argentinians, Obama-asked about charitable funding-digressed to a lecture on capitalism and socialism.
The wisdom Obama shared was shocking:
“So often in the past there has been a division between left and right, between capitalists and communists or socialists, and especially in the Americas, that’s been a big debate. Those are interesting intellectual arguments, but I think for your generation, you should be practical and just choose from what works. You don’t have to worry about whether it really fits into socialist theory or capitalist theory. You should just decide what works.”
Obama, not content to leave it there, then praised Cuba’s free education and health care, although acknowledging its economy is “not working.” He left listeners believing the two systems equal, failing to explain while socialism has repeatedly failed, capitalism has succeeded.
Ironically, Obama praised Cuba’s socialism as Michelle wore a gown to a state dinner for which the average Cuban would need work 23 years to afford.
Pundit Jim Hoft wrote about Obama’s failure to promote capitalism’s virtues:
“This man is so destructive, so harmful and so ignorant. The Marxist in the White House is erasing the lines between two dangerous ideologies and the one that made the US great, just as he erased our borders. This is a man who would be at home in communist China.”
Meanwhile, as Belgians continued locating and identifying victims’ body parts after the Brussels bombings, a clearly detached-from-reality Obama was pictured dancing the tango, his partner’s leg wrapped around his.
Obviously, Obama’s need to carve out some kind of legacy for himself with this trip outweighed the need to cut it short to emphasize the seriousness of the terrorist attacks.
Back in the U.S., Obama’s failures as president—failures that will leave us with a much more dangerous world upon his departure—have not deterred him this month from requesting an 18% pay hike for ex-presidents—the highest such increase sought and one, not coincidentally, coinciding with his upcoming departure from office.
A president whose extravagant family vacations have cost taxpayers millions (totalling $45 million by 2014) apparently needs financial assistance to continue that lifestyle out of office.
Obama’s disastrous leadership gives rise to late comedian Rodney Dangerfield’s oft’ used punch line, “I get no respect”—and, based on the events of this month, deservedly so.
A version of this piece previously appeared on http://www.theblaze.com/