Vladimir Putin, overheard in conversation with colleagues at the recent G20 meeting, referred to an image of Barack Obama on a video screen and laughed, “He’s a child . . . he’s a child!”
Indeed. West Africans use a simplified version of English that includes nouns that succinctly describe personalities. I’ve already identified Mr. Obama as a confusionist. Another apt west African tag is small boy. (In contrast, a true leader is a big man.)
I was puzzled at first by Obama’s refusal to utter the phrase “radical Islam”, his seeming lack of empathy for the victims of Friday’s massacre in Paris by ISIS, and his insistence that the US accept tens or hundreds of thousands of Muslim refugees from Syria. It does though make sense when we listen to his own words:
The future must not belong to those who slander the Prophet of Islam.
The sweetest sound I know is the Muslim call to prayer.
We will convey our deep appreciation for the Islamic faith, which has done so much over the centuries to shape the world — including in my own country.
As a student of history, I also know civilization’s debt to Islam.
Islam has a proud tradition of tolerance.
. . . etcetera
Putin has it right. Obama’s reign of error is that of a child — a narcissistic small boy avenging his father. Such a neurotic character served Shakespeare well, but is unfit to be president.
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