- - Tuesday, June 2, 2015

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

Slowly, slowly, America is concluding that President Obama lives in a far different world than the rest of us, in a universe far, far away where it never rains and the skies are not cloudy all day. Obama World is quite a place. It was a bleak place before he arrived in our world in 2009. Republican monsters roamed the land, devouring women and children, threatening the freedoms of those fortunate enough to survive. The monsters made war after war on innocents, working assiduously to destroy the middle class and ruin the economy for everyone.

All that changed with Mr. Obama’s arrival, though the poor fellow has had a difficult time cleaning up the mess he inherited from George W. Bush. Still, he knows deep in his bones that he has straightened out the economy, which is growing at a very slow pace if growing at all, and the middle class and the poor he promised to help are thriving as never before. In Obama World all that we have to fear is fear of Matt Drudge, Rush Limbaugh and Megyn Kelly.

Mr. Obama’s greatest success has been the robust restoration of the image and reputation of the United States, which was on the ropes before he became the president. His firm and inviolate red lines in the Middle East, Asia and south of the Rio Grande have made America once again “the most respected country on earth,” as he put it last week to a group of Asian leaders. (“The exceptional nation,” an earlier president might have said.) He reminded them that he single-handedly ended two wars (though he forgot to say that he won neither and the raping and killing continue, despite the struggle of those who stood faithfully with us before we abandoned them.

Those of us not fortunate to live in Obama World see things differently, of course, because his wrongheaded critics won’t see what he has accomplished.

This restored respect is the result, he told his audience last week, of America’s “re-engagement” with the world under his leadership. This was news to the Asians, who come from a part of the world that is less stable by the day, frightened by the fear that America will abandon its friends lest it upset China. In Obama World the applause is deafening for Mr. Obama’s “pivot” to Asia.

Words mean different things in Obama World than in the dreary world the rest of us live in. How else explain that in our world his foreign policy, such as it is, is seen as further disengagement, rather than re-engagement, and who see his “ending” two wars as the result of his strategy, consistently applied, of “cut and run.”

Iraq and Afghanistan are fading away. Events have gone south in Libya and Syria, and the Chinese act as if they own the South China Sea. But in Obama World life is good, and getting better and better every day in every way. Mr. Obama can hang out with the Castro brothers in Havana, perhaps shooting hoops (Fidel has lost his slam dunk), and he’s on the verge of a “deal” with Iran, part of the legacy he wants to leave to us. We hear he might be working on another speech about it. We can wait.

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