For the second time in as many months, President Obama has taken the nation that elected him president to task for its own lackadaisical economic performance on the global stage.This is the guy who just punted on building the Keystone XL pipeline - a huge project that would have provided jobs and given us energy from a friendly neighbor instead of more unstable and unfriendly countries. His ostensible reason for that decision was concern over environmental consequences of the pipeline even, as Aaron Goldstein points out, though his own State Department had released a study in August saying the proposed pipeline would not have significant environmental impact.
Obama told a group of CEOs today that the United States has gotten “lazy” and that America lost its hunger in promoting itself in a global marketplace.
“We’ve been a little bit lazy over the last couple of decades. We’ve kind of taken for granted — ‘Well, people would want to come here’ — and we aren’t out there hungry, selling America and trying to attract new businesses into America,” he told the CEOs who are gathered on the sidelines of the annual Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) meetings, which the United States is hosting this year in Hawaii.
But facts couldn't get in the way of Obama's political decision to mollify his environmentalist supporters.
And remember how he told Brazil that we looked forward to being their biggest customer for their offshore drilling? And that is all the while his administration has been blocking offshore drilling off our own coasts.
And now this guy gets up and lectures us that we're lazy and aren't promoting our country on the global market. He's just projecting onto Americans his own political cowardice when it comes to promoting our country on global markets.