'Maybe the copy key got stuck on the presidential speechwriter's keyboard.'
This one is worth a chortle or two. It reminds us how lucky we are to have such a smart president - at least that's what we're told, eh?
Thomas Buch-Andersen, host of the Danish TV show Detektor, mocked President Obama's political rhetoric in a recent episode. "Obama used a metaphor from boxing to explain Denmark's role in the world," says Buch-Andersen, introducing the segment.
He then roles the tape. "That's fairly typical of the way that Danes have punched above their weight in international affairs," President Obama says at a press availability in the Oval Office with Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt of Denmark.
"It's nice to be praised," Buch-Andersen remarks. "We punch harder than our weight class would suggest. But how much should we read into his words? According to Obama, are we doing any better than, say, the Norwegians?"
The TV host again turns to the tape, this time showing President Obama in the Oval Office with Norwegian prime minister Jens Stoltenberg. "I've said this before, but I want to repeat: Norway punches above its weight," Obama says.
Back to Buch-Andersen. "Hmm. So Norway packs a punch too. But what about the Netherlands? Here, their head of government, Mark Rutte, visits Obama."
The tape roles yet again. "We have no stronger ally than the Netherlands," says Obama. "They consistently punch above their weight."
The TV host continues, pointing to the similar rhetoric Obama used when Ireland's head of state came to town, and then the Philippines.
Buch-Andersen wonders aloud, "Maybe the copy key got stuck on the presidential speechwriter's keyboard."
A "reset" button for the Russians that was mistranslated. Naive letters to thugs and radical Islamists that are rejected with mocking laughter. Insulting conduct toward Israel and Great Britain. And now, the same condescending greeting to 5 different national leaders.
Is this the "smart diplomacy" we were promised? I forget, was it Moe or Larry who was the "smart" stooge?