Then-candidate Barack Obama, October 2, 2007:
Instead of retreating from the world, I will personally lead a new chapter of American engagement. It is time to offer the world a message of hope to counter the prophets of hate. My experience has brought me to the hopeless places. As a boy, I lived in Indonesia and played barefoot with children who could not dream the same dreams that I did.
So how’s that “new chapter of American engagement” in the world’s “hopeless places” working out?
Why, it’s almost as if all that talk during the campaign was so much meaningless blather or something.