For a long time, it’s been obvious that Obama doesn’t subscribe to the idea of American exceptionalism. Instead of arguing that America’s form of government is among the best in the world, Obama has been preoccupied by apologizing for what he sees as America’s faults at every opportunity.
It’s clear Obama doesn’t think America is as great as the rest of the world, and now, thanks to remarks he made to the Finnish and Norwegian heads of state, we now know who Obama thinks is truly exceptional.
In fact, he seems so smitten by this bloc of countries, that he said he’d be willing to put them “in charge” of the rest of the world in an “international order.”
While many took his comments as a joke — or as a bit of political pandering — it fits the worrying narrative that Obama wants to create an international order that holds ultimate power over the citizens of the world.
President Barack Obama recently greeted the Norwegian Prime Minister and Finnish President with such high praise, that many are wondering if its a sign that Obama intends to put them in charge of the world order he seems intent to create. That may seem crazy, but he literally said as much in the middle of his speech:
In their own region and with the world, the Nordic countries are a model of cooperation and they consistently punch above their weight in meeting the challenges of our time. Our Nordic partners are not large countries, but there are almost no issues that we deal with — whether in terms of security or economics or humanitarian assistance — where the Nordic countries are not some of our most reliable and effective and important partners. And that’s why I wanted to invite them here today, because sometimes we have a tendency to take our best friends for granted, and it’s important that we not do so. They have been extraordinarily important for us in shaping and maintaining an international order that is rule-based, that is fair, that is just.
So I really do believe that the world would be more secure and more prosperous if we just had more partners like our Nordic countries. There have been times where I’ve said, why don’t we just put all these small countries in charge for a while? (Laughter.) And they could clean things up.
They may have laughed, but this isn’t the first time Obama has called for a new world order, and it won’t be the last. Obama may be termed out of office soon, but he appears do be acquiring as much power as he can before he does.