Read the subtitles. Our allies aren't fooled.
See how many times the Bamboozler-in-Chief condescendingly refers to smaller countries as "punching above their weight". One time might be an off the cuff remark, but to repeatedly make the same condescending, even mildly insulting boxing comparison shows either a complete lack of imagination on the part of Obama and his speech writers, or the fact that there is no teleprompter in these Oval Office meetings, and trite, near meaningless phrases are all he can muster.
A little lesson in logic and language...not every nation can be our "closest" ally. They can be among our closest allies, but every nation cannot be the closest. Sounds a lot like empty flattery and pandering to me. Kinda reminds me of some lounge lizard Lothario, whispering to every woman in the room that she's the prettiest one there, hoping none of the other ladies can hear him.
To use another boxing metaphor, Obama has proven himself to be a flyweight in international affairs. Time for him to throw in the towel.
H/T Mind Numbed Robot, American Digest
Cross posted at LCR, Say Anything.