Forty-one years ago today, Martin Luther King Jr. was gunned down. Many thought at the time that his dream might have died with him. Some two generations later the dream while not fully attained is much more realized than many could have imagined. For the first time in American history we have a black man as President of the United States and this week Barack Obama made it clear that he is also the leader of the free world. On a tour of Europe that started with the G-20 summit in London, Obama has held unprecedented town hall meetings with the citizens of France and Germany. He has taken questions from ordinary folks in these countries and they seem to look to him for salvation to the same degree that we do.
In this week’s video address, Obama discusses the outcome of the G-20 summit and the vital importance of international cooperation. Whether the agreements made at the G-20 bear real fruit remains to be seen. On HBO’s “Real Time with Bill Maher”, conservative pundit David Frum said that Obama ultimately failed in his mission to get massive foreign stimulus going in Europe. Germany’s Angela Merkel famously declared prior to the summit that no one would dictate to her how to spend German money.
The one thing that is irrefutable is that Obama is succeeding at restoring our good name abroad. Our foreign allies now see a President intent on listening and not just playing cowboy. This can only be a good thing.
And now the President of the United States of America: