Mark Steyn parses Obama’s best-known recent quote.
BO: We canâ€™t drive our SUVs and eat as much as we want and keep our homes on 72 degrees at all times, whether weâ€™re living in a desert, or living in the tundra, and then just expect that every other countryâ€™s going to say okay, you guys just go ahead and keep on using 25% of the worldâ€™s energy, even though you only account for 3% of the population.
MS: The very next line he said was thatâ€™s not leadership. In other words, Barack Obamaâ€™s definition of American leadership is you should find out what the European Union prime ministers want, and then you go ahead and do it. So heâ€™ll go and ask them, heâ€™ll go and ask these foreign countries what temperature would you like Americaâ€™s thermostat to be set to. You canâ€™t eat as much food as you want. Weâ€™re going to ask the foreigners how much food you think you ought to be eating. So heâ€™s ceding McDonalds drive-thru sovereignty to the European Union. And what it cumulatively comes across as is basically the 21st Century version of Jimmy Carter malaise, that itâ€™s the opposite of what America is â€“ optimism, progress, and more and more bountiful good for the country and for the planet. Heâ€™s saying no, the good times are over, weâ€™ve got to tighten our belts, even though you fat layabouts canâ€™t actually do that.