Judging from the local drive time radio shows, we bitter, religious pistol-packers here in flyover country remembered only two things from Obama’s Berlin visit: the phrase “citizen of the world” and Obama’s failure to visit wounded troops at Landstuhl and Ramstein.
This morning the radio fairly crackled with callers incensed at what they perceive as Obama’s snub of American warriors while ingratiating himself with people who refuse to send any combat troops to Afghanistan. This was not conservative radio but your typical morning traffic and weather blowtorch. And it was in the bluest part of the state (although callers come from much of northern Ohio).
Last evening on a different station, people were put off by Obama proclaiming himself to be a citizen of the world when — according to several callers — he regularly gives indications he’s not particularly enthused about being a citizen of the United States. The litany was recited: Obama’s making a show of not wearing the American flag lapel pin; his wife’s claim that America is a “downright mean” country; Obama’s association with Bill Ayers, photographed stomping on the American flag; Rev. Wright damning America; Obama’s embarrassment that Americans can’t speak German and French; his wife’s being proud of America for the first time only because of her husband’s candidacy; his condescension toward the purportedly bitter folks clinging to religion; Obama’s delegation to the U.N. of the right to tell Americans how much we can eat and how far we can drive, etc — all the greatest hits.
Obviously, a series of anecdotes isn’t data. Surely, folks in other parts of the country were charmed by the sight of thousands of foreigners cheering Obama. Just an observation that here in Kucinichland not everyone swooned at Obama’s performance, fwiw.