It is time the Washington caught up with Europe! This is certainly not about cocking a snook at anybody -- it is just very rewarding to see that, finally, European leadership has paid off. Finally, the U.S. is "back in the game."
Much to Barack Obama's credit, he is not acting presidential on this European tour. He said it in Berlin, and he repeated in Paris: "I'm not here as a presidential candidate, I'm here as an American senator."
The speech is a brisk, affecting affair. There are big cheers when Obama talks about nuclear disarmament and dealing with climate change, but the crowd's response to "defeating terror" is noticeably muted.
Each time Obama steps on a new stage, the press criticizes his rhetoric as high-falutin' but devoid of content. Do they think Berlin was the perfect time to announce a new initiative for the earned income tax credit?