After his UN speech this week, I saw several references to President Obama as the first "post-American" President.
I think the better term would be the first "anti-American" President.
Having listened to various speeches given by President Obama over the last eight months, I have come to believe that he really dislikes the United States and what it stands for.
He never seems to express a genuine pride in his country, nor does he seem to have much interest in our nation's great accomplishments. Rather, he seems to be obsessed with our flaws and imperfections. Indeed, as evidenced by his repeated apologies to the international community, he seems almost embarrassed by the country he now leads.
None of this should be a surprise. There were many red flags raised during the campaign. His frequent and life-long associations with leftist radicals who regularly spew contempt and hatred for the US was a blatant warning sign. As was his wife's declaration that she had never been proud of her country.
Lest anyone think his association with leftist radicals was a thing of the past, we need only look to the story of his former "green jobs" czar, Van Jones. Mr. Jones was appointed to his high-level position despite being a self-proclaimed communist radical with a trail of inflammatory comments in his wake. Moreover, Mr. Jones, according to news reports, was greatly admired by those closest to the President. Who knows how many other such radicals are hidden away in the depths of this administration.
I also cringe when President Obama talks domestic politics. He repeatedly demonizes businesses and corporations as being greedy and corrupt. Yet, he conveniently forgets that these businesses are led by fellow Americans and provide employment and prosperity to tens of millions of Americans. By the way, I do find it quite audacious for a Chicago machine politician to be throwing around charges of greed and corruption and to be proposing government, of all things, as the antidote. Despite his denials, he seems to have major issues with free-market capitalism, the engine our nation's tremendous prosperity.
In the end, I cannot help but to conclude that President Obama is the first American President whose core feelings toward his country are not gratitude and pride, but contempt and embarrassment.