“I speak to you not as a candidate for President, but as a citizen – a proud citizen of the United States, and a fellow citizen of the world.” Barack Obama 7-24-08.

Is anyone else completely sick and tired of this “citizen of the world” garbage. Look, I’m in the world but I’m certainly not a citizen of the world. If I was I wouldn’t know who to root for in the Olympics next month.

Hey, at least he’s a citizen of this world. We’re still trying to figure out where Dennis Kucinich came from.

But I wonder if by declaring himself a citizen of the world is Obama therefore renouncing his American citizenship making him ineligible for the Presidency. I’m being half-serious here in that I wonder if he feels that an Obama Presidency (shudder) might be responsible more to the entire world than to America. Because when someone declares themselves a citizen of the world what they’re really saying is that they want to be liked by hoity-toity Europeans.

The job of the President is to protect and advance the best interests of the United Sates. Not be loved by beret wearing snobs who scoff at America’s bitter taste for guns and religion. And guess what Europeans don’t get to vote in our election. Only Americans.

But Obama seems to fit in well over there. Look, Europe has been marching under the banner of secularism for decades now, decimating religion wherever they discover it. America has not been far behind her European friends but there’s still a chance for this country to shun the European model of an anti-life, anti-religion, anti-freedom culture. The choice is clear.

Obama seemed to be making choices even yesterday. When faced with the proposition of visiting American troops (including the wounded) he cancelled at the last minute. I guess he’d rather pander to the Germanic masses in messianic verbiage than visit American troops.

Der Spiegel’s reported on Obama’s priorities:

++ Visit to US Military Bases Cancelled ++

1:42 p.m.: SPIEGEL ONLINE has learned that Obama has cancelled a planned short visit to the Rammstein and Landstuhl US military bases in the southwest German state of Rhineland-Palatinate. The visits were planned for Friday. “Barack Obama will not be coming to us,” a spokesperson for the US military hospital in Landstuhl announced. “I don’t know why.” Shortly before the same spokeswoman had announced a planned visit by Obama.

And then to top it off Obama delivered an offhand comment to the press yesterday, according to Jake Tapper of ABC News:

Obama noted that in a break from his whirlwind schedule, “we’ve got some down time tonight. What are you guys gonna do in Berlin? Huh? Huh? You guys got any big plans? …I’ve never been to Berlin, so…I would love to tour around a little bit.”

So Obama decided to “tour around a little” and speak to Germans rather than visit American troops.

Citizen of the world, indeed. Well as far as I’m concerned the world can have him.