The good news is that others see through the charade. In The Telegraph, British commentator Peter Osborne concludes "this week's visit by Barak Obama has been a national embarrassment" while offering some encouragement:
So while this week’s formalities looked antique, we actually witnessed something that is wholly contemporary. When the relationship between Britain and the United States really was the hinge on which the world was constructed – think Churchill and Roosevelt, Macmillan and Kennedy, Reagan and Thatcher – nobody needed grand state ceremonial occasions to make the point. Now that it matters very much less, we do.
|A perfect illustration of "government efficiency" is that it takes two to feed one.|
Yet while American police brutalize American citizens, including veterans, for dancing on Memorial Day weekend and the ongoing collapse of the dollar continues to impoverish normal people, at least the state's leading enforcer has chosen to occupy himself elsewhere. His absence has encouraged fissures in the federal government's happy-face veneer, such as awkward announcement that the president uses a robo-pen to sign new legislation and even the genesis of a dancing revolution.
|A USD Index chart shows a 15% loss in the dollar's value over the past 12 months.|