I was as pleased as most Europeans with the election of Barak Obama in 2008. I certainly got the whole “History being made” thing. But even then I was realistic enough to know that Obama was going to be President of the United States and would act …as he saw it…in the interests of the United States.
He is not the “Leader of the Free World”. Thats an American myth. He has disappointed many people…liberals and to the left. And worse, he has been a total disappointment to the millions of Americans who actually believed in him in 2008.
So I cannot understand the hero-worship as he lands in Belfast tomorrow. Perhaps Belfast or Dublin are the only places who still think he has star quality. He hasnt. The best American President since World War Two was Martin Sheen.