“But Mr. Obama can’t even get along with Canada, which is like getting into an argument with Norway over a chicken recipe.”
Via National Post:
President Barack Obama may not be everything his fans originally hoped he would be, but until recently he’s at least appeared easy enough to get along with.
Maybe the frustrations of office are getting to him. These days, he seems to be having just as difficult a time finding friends among foreign leaders and allies as he does with Republicans in Congress.
Even before he cancelled an upcoming summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin, Mr. Obama found himself bickering with leaders with whom he’d prefer to be on good terms. The U.S. sends Egypt more than $1 billion a year in military aid and worked closely with former president Hosni Mubarak, but on the weekend the de facto military ruler of Egypt — how’s that for a title? Julius Caesar could have claimed the same one — accused Washington of abandoning the country.
“You left the Egyptians, you turned your back on the Egyptians, and they won’t forget that,” said Gen. Abdel Fattah al-Sisi.
OK, Putin can be a pain, and Egyptians are more than a little volatile these days. But Mr. Obama can’t even get along with Canada, which is like getting into an argument with Norway over a chicken recipe. For months the governments in Ottawa and Alberta have been sending representatives to sweet-talk Washington heavyweights on the merits of the Keystone XL pipeline, which would send Alberta crude to the Gulf Coast. There may be valid arguments against the pipeline — though Mr. Obama’s own State Department has shot down most of them — but the negotiations had been friendly and respectful enough until Mr. Obama gave an interview to the New York Times openly mocking the jobs figures put forward by proponents.