After nearly 20 years of US-European Union summits held in Europe, the Obama White House has said that he will not attend them anymore. This year’s summit will be held in May in Madrid. Obama leaked this news out just days before Spain’s prime minister was to meet with Obama at the White House. The embarassment for Spain’s leader was a well-calculated snub for the EU. Obama’s motives here are suspect. Le Monde, the leading French daily, noted in an editorial Tuesday, “Bush wasn’t the problem; Obama isn’t the solution. … The allies are discovering that the misunderstandings go beyond personalities.”
Continental leaders now see that Obama has downgraded them in his foreign policy agenda with Asia, Africa, Indonesia and Australia now his primary focus. Possibly the embarassment for Barack, Michele, and Oprah over the Olympic games snub and the equally embarassing attempt at pandering to him with the Nobel peace prize “carrot” has finally sunk in. In the past, Obama’s arrogance and ignorance led him to believe the Europeans actually liked him. Guess again. Now it’s time to “get even”.