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Thursday, May 8, 2014

Obama vs. the World -- It's given him reason to feel disappointed -- By James Taranto, The Wall Street Journal

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The Nobel press release pretty much acknowledged that Obama's accomplishments were notional: "Only very rarely has a person to the same extent as Obama captured the world's attention and given its people hope for a better future." The Norwegians awarded Obama "the world's" highest honor simply for being who he was--or what they imagined him to be.

That sums up the story of Obama's early relationship with "the world." He was showered with adulation just for being himself. But somewhere along the way "the world" changed its expectations. Now he's being judged for what he's done, or hasn't done. Why shouldn't he feel let down? He thought they loved him for him.

"The world," of course is disappointed with Obama too. It gave him all that attention, invested in him all that hope. "His diplomacy is founded in the concept that those who are to lead the world must do so on the basis of values and attitudes that are shared by the majority of the world's population," said the Nobel press release. Such a vaporous sentiment was never going to have any real power in the hard world of diplomacy.

Obama's relationship with "the world" was based on reciprocal self-deception. It was bound to end eventually in mutual disappointment.
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