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Krauthammer’s Take: Obama Lives in His Own ‘Idealistic and Deluded, Undergrad Imagination’

Despite most Americans viewing global warming as unimportant, President Obama is focusing on the issue because he exists in his own “idealistic and deluded undergrad imagination,” Charles Krauthammer argued tonight. 

Shannon Bream, filling in for Bret Baier on Fox News’s Special Report, noted that only three percent of Americans consider global warming important and asked, “Why this continued campaign by the administration?”

“Because this president lives in a world of his … idealistic and deluded, undergraduate imagination,” Krauthammer replied. “This is as if the League of Nations and the U.N. and everything in between hadn’t happened.”

Krauthammer likened the COP21 gathering to the nuclear non-proliferation event Obama earlier organized: “Remember, Obama had a summit in Washington a few years ago to end nuclear proliferation. He thought it was a great event. I remember the one announcement of a success was that Canada had given away some extra surplus stuff, as if the threat of the world is from Canada.”

“He lives in a world where people get together — reasonable, educated, Harvard law school educated people from all over the world, and agree on futuristic designs that mean nothing, like the League of Nations, like the U.N., but we have learned something since then, he has learned nothing,” he continued. ”This global warming is the same thing. Nothing will come of it because it’s not a treaty, it would never get through the Senate, it’s not going to be binding on anybody.”

“And the great announcement he made when he was in China, is that we would radically reduce our emissions by 2025 and China would begin its reductions in 2030 — and he thought that was a triumph,” Krauthammer said. “Look, this is wonderful, he said, What greater rejection of those who would tear down our world than lead it? How about a serious air campaign over Syria? How about destroying their oil infrastructure for a start? But that doesn’t occur to him.”


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