Happy 4th: Obama warns of too much patriotism

Grumpy Obama. (Twitter)

Barack Obama continues to believe that he’s President of the World. As the United States quickly approaches its 241st birthday, Obama took to the podium in Indonesia to wag his rather bony finger at the people of the United States for failing to adhere to the precepts of Globalism instead of the old-fashioned notion of patriotism.

As Kyle Olson of The American Mirror notes, Obama may technically be on vacation in the Southeast Asian nation he spent much of his boyhood in, but he certainly is still enthralled by the sound of his own voice.

And in another Obama-esque break with protocol and tradition, the ex-president has seen fit that while on foreign soil to insult the duly and legally elected sitting president.

Cited by Olson from Britain’s The Guardian;

The former US president said some countries had adopted “an aggressive kind of nationalism” and “increased resentment of minority groups”, in a speech in Indonesia on Saturday that could be seen as a commentary on the US as well as Indonesia.

“It’s been clear for a while that the world is at a crossroads. At an inflection point,” Obama said, telling a Jakarta crowd stories of how much the capital had improved since he lived there as a child.

But he said that increased prosperity had been accompanied by new global problems, adding that as the world confronts issues ranging from inequality to terrorism, some countries – both developed and less developed – had adopted a more aggressive and isolationist stance.

Olson went on to cite, “While former presidents rarely criticize their successors at home, Obama took the unusual step of going to a foreign country to do it.”

Via Bloomberg:

Former U.S. President Barack Obama has pointed to the importance of the Paris climate accord while criticizing Donald Trump for pulling the world’s biggest economy out of the pact.

Trump said last month he would withdraw from the pact and seek to negotiate a better deal, in a move that attracted widespread criticism from counterparts in Europe and elsewhere. The decision by Trump to walk away from the 2015 agreement was also criticized by business leaders, with some describing it as a setback for the environment.

“In Paris, we came together around the most ambitious agreement in history to fight climate change,” Obama said Saturday in a speech at the opening of the Fourth Congress of the Indonesian Diaspora in Jakarta. He said it was “an agreement that even with the temporary absence of American leadership will still give our children a fighting chance.”

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