"We can't drive our SUVs and eat as much as we want and keep our homes on 72 degrees at all times ... and then just expect that other countries are going to say OK," Obama said.
"That's not leadership. That's not going to happen," he added.
(I do wonder about that ellipses in the middle of that statement. What did the AP leave out?)
But anyway, who cares if other countries say it's OK or not? I certainly don't lie awake at night worrying that France or China or Ghana or [insert country that may or may not like us here] might not like me keeping my personal A/C on all day in my own personal house. I certainly don't shop at the grocery store thinking, "Hmmmm . . . I could by this package of string cheese, because it's just what we need, but what would Finland think? How could I show my face in that country after this burst of extravagance?"
Don't even get me started about Brendan's convertible. Obviously, we have no shame.
And what's with this "That's not going to happen" statement? Are we going to have the Secret Service patrolling restaurants? "Excuse me sir, but you look as if you're about to eat As Much As You Want. One more bite and you'll have to come with us."
Because if this man's serious about what he just said (and I know he's not stupid), because if America uses "what other countries think is OK" as the primary standard by which we write laws and live our lives, then that's what it'll come to. I'm just sayin'.