Well what do you know?
President Obama in his weekly address practiced a little American exceptionalism, declaring Americans “the hardest-working people on Earth.”
Well, I have to give credit to the White House trying to immediately get a handle on that one. Declaring businesses too “lazy” about promoting themselves overseas – as he did earlier this week – and saying at a recent San Francisco fundraiser that we have “lost our ambition, our imagination” is just not the way to stamp your ticket to reelection.
Some jerk wrote an op-ed piece that went a little viral this week saying Obama had a “dark vision” of the country in general that went beyond frustration with the down economy.
So Obama prefaced the “hardest working people” phrase with this rare bit of healthy jingoism.
We may be going through tough times, but as I’ve said time and time again, the United States still has the world’s most dynamic economy, the finest universities, the most innovative companies . . .
Oh, wait, the jerk who wrote the op-ed piece was me.
I’m sorry, I have no idea if he was responding to me. It’s most likely a coincidence or a response to something else. But I figured out a little while back that what my parents rightly taught me about modesty has to be put aside once in a while, and if you don’t toot your own horn a little, you ain’t going to get heard.
Otherwise, the subtext of Obama’s address, recorded in Bali, is that he’s there in Asia creating jobs, jobs, jobs jobs – a word he used nine times in three minutes. Okay: jobs, jobs jobs, jobs, jobs. That makes nine.