The Summit of the Americas (or, more appropriately, the Summit of the Anti Americans) is over. According to the various speakers, all the problems of South America are the fault of Yanquis, gringos and blue eyed Zionists. Moreover, all (including our president) agreed that the U.S. is guilty of both (1) neglecting South America and (2) interferring and meddling in South America (seemingly contradictory sins).
Of course, Obama has been criticized for sitting their smiling through the over long attacks upon America from Venezuela, Nicaragua, Bolivia, et al. (while Cuban delegates lurked in the hallway).
Obama's defenders respond to the criticism by asking, "What could he have done? Yelled, walked out, hit the guy?"
Valid questions. And then I remembered the debates . . .
Obama could have rolled his eyes with a "shut up, you old gas bag" look on his face, just like he did when Biden rambled on and on about how clean and articulate he was . . .
Obama could have used that crooked grin with raised eyebrows he tossed at Edwards, whenever Edwards would call for some populist program we couldn't afford (that Obama opposed then but supports now) . . .
Obama could have used the dismissive "she's nice enough" attitude while avoiding eye contact (the way he treats female opponents) . . .
Obama could have used the "he's a crazy old coot" chuckle that he always used against McCain . . .
Instead, Obama smiled and grinned and shook hands and thanked people for insulting gifts and listened respectfully as they trashed America.
Maybe Obama could have shown the same anger and annoyance in defense of his country that he shows in defense of his ambition.