Europeans discover Obama’s arrogance

posted at 12:55 pm on April 7, 2009 by Ed Morrissey

While the American media paints Barack Obama’s European tour as a balm on strained relations with EU allies, Europeans have a much different reaction to Obama today.  After Obama endorsed Turkey’s bid to enter the EU, the Continental grumbling has broken through in the media — and the political class.  Der Spiegel reports that German and French officials have begun complaining about Obama’s arrogance in injecting himself into a European decision, including French President Nicolas Sarkozy:

US President Barack Obama says Turkey’s future is in the European Union. Not everyone agrees. Numerous politicians in Germany have gone on the attack, and even French President Sarkozy is unimpressed. Turkey’s role at the NATO summit has soured the mood. …

Now that Obama is in Turkey, however, some political camps — particularly in Germany — have discovered the political efficacy of Obama bashing. While in Ankara, Obama reiterated his support for Turkish membership in the European Union, a position he first voiced on Sunday in Prague. That doesn’t sit well with some.

“Turkey is bound to Europe by more than bridges over the Bosporus,” Obama told the Turkish parliament on Monday. “Centuries of shared history, culture and commerce bring you together. And Turkish membership would broaden and strengthen Europe’s foundation once more.”

It is a sentiment not universally shared in Europe. On Monday, a number of politicians, particularly in Germany, went on the offensive. “It is a meddling in the internal affairs of Europe,” Bernd Posselt, a member of the European Parliament from Bavarian’s conservative Christian Social Union (CSU), blustered in an interview with SPIEGEL ONLINE. “The EU is not Obama’s plaything. … He should accept Turkey as America’s 51st state instead,” he continued. …

Indeed, Sarkozy was quick to reject Obama’s support for Turkish EU membership. Speaking after the US president said in Prague on Sunday that membership for Turkey would “ensure we continue to anchor Turkey firmly in Europe,” Sarkozy said: “I have been working hand in hand with President Obama, but when it comes to the European Union it is up to member states … to decide.”

As Glenn Reynolds is wont to write, they told me that if I voted for John McCain, we’d continue to alienate our allies through diplomatic arrogance.  And they were right!

Once again, this is what happens when we elect a head of state with no experience in foreign policy, and an apparent lack of curiosity about policies and issues.  Even a moderately interested observer of EU politics would know that Turkey’s membership application has generated a lot of resistance and controversy.  A well-informed head of state would realize that the kind of declaration given by Obama would likely damage those prospects, as it would represent a challenge for the EU to show some autonomy from the US.

Instead, we elected a rookie, and he’s already acted more arrogantly and with less skill than his predecessor, whom Obama criticized indirectly but obviously in town-hall meetings in Turkey and France.  After this episode, George Bush and his careful handling of the Turkish question might gain some new respect from the EU.

Update: Yes, this has been the position of the US for a while, at least since 2006.  Notice that George Bush managed to voice it in a manner that didn’t tick off our allies and demonstrate American arrogance?  I guess Bush was just more adept at diplomacy than the new guy.


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Pardon my French, but Barack Obama can KISS MY RINGPIECE AND FUCK RIGHT OFF.

dcpolwarth on April 8, 2009 at 5:08 AM

Amazingly , I think it’s the same terms in Austrian.

the_nile on April 8, 2009 at 7:54 AM

The big speech in Berlin should have given the game plan to the Zeropeans, but they obviously missed it. If the E.U. lets Turkey in the Islamization will be a fait accompli within ten years of their joining. Without Turkey the E.U. will join the Umma in less then 40 years with some member countries joining sooner with the effect of having shari’a law being slowly implemented in Brussels.

Annar on April 8, 2009 at 7:59 AM

To the voting people of the USA: NO MORE POINTY HEADED IVY LEAGUERS!

Bevan on April 8, 2009 at 8:00 AM

To the voting people of the USA: NO MORE POINTY HEADED IVY LEAGUERS!

Bevan on April 8, 2009 at 8:00 AM

Remember, he is a lawyer. That, and Education, anchor the bottom of the barrel of things one can do at an Ivy league school. (Most of the Politically Correct XYZ Studies programs are down there too.)

Annar on April 8, 2009 at 8:05 AM

Pardon my French, but Barack Obama can KISS MY RINGPIECE

well, you know, who gives a f_ck what you want in the UK? the US needs turkey as an ally so we can protect you sorry asses.

sesquipedalian on April 8, 2009 at 8:08 AM

I heard Europe described as ‘decadent’ on one of the FOX shows last night(forget which). This terminology was then backed away from—but, too late. It’s just about the best description of Europe that I’ve heard in a long time. This country will be headed that way if obama and his cohorts get their way. So many liberals and moderates see this as desirable that I wonder if it can be stopped. The young people of this country may never know what pride of place and pride of achievement really means if those who would re-make us into Europe’s sad echoes of former integrity and lost self-respect get their way.

jeanie on April 8, 2009 at 9:18 AM

sesquipedalian on April 8, 2009 at 8:08 AM

Can you and your friend find less vulgar ways to express your opinion? Even with the bleeping and euphemisms, we still know what you’re saying.

chunderroad on April 8, 2009 at 12:58 PM

jeanie on April 8, 2009 at 9:18 AM

They are uninformed in world events. They don’t know countries are going bankrupt, economies have been stagnant for decades, unemployment is through the roof and entitlement programs are crumbling. Europe may or may not even be seen through the eyes of a tourist. They don’t speak the language, read the news, understand “la crise” and “le chaumage” but can order a cafe au lait from a “garcon” (which means “boy” :P). They think debt slavery is glamorous, because Europe has been propped up by our economy until now.

chunderroad on April 8, 2009 at 1:03 PM

Actually I finally got some enjoyment here from oscama’s stupidity. The Europeans resent American intrusions into their sphere of decisions but we’re supposed to quietly listen to their endless leftist criticism’s of us yahoos here who still believe in God. At least we still believe in OUR good God while they sink and slink farther and farther down the road to subservience to the evil mohammedan god.

cjk on April 8, 2009 at 2:40 PM

The time left under the rule of Obama: 1382 Days, 20 Hours, 14 minutes

But who is counting…..

JP1986UM on April 8, 2009 at 5:44 PM

Wow, Obama thinks the EU should admit Turkey because of ‘centuries of shared history’!???? Much of that shared history consists primarily of centuries of Turkish jihad to first capture Constantinople and then to expand their caliphate through the Balkans to the gates of Vienna.

Many suspect Obama is extremely ignorant of foreign affairs and history. I wonder if he could tell us Istanbul’s oringal name, or the origins of the croissant (aka ‘crescent roll’)? Or what the main plot line of Mozart’s “Abduction from the Serail” is about?

kd6rxl on April 8, 2009 at 8:10 PM

Many suspect Obama is extremely ignorant of foreign affairs and history.

kd6rxl on April 8, 2009 at 8:10 PM

Either a pineapple fell on his head as a child, or he grew up thinking the Muslims have it right. The Disney version of his childhood we get still puts him way outside mainstream America as we all know it.

chunderroad on April 9, 2009 at 8:46 AM

For the last time: he’s not naive; he’s MALICIOUS.

DrZin on April 9, 2009 at 2:16 PM

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