Sunday, 25 March 2012

Punching Above Our Weight

In the past week....some Danish observer came to discover that President Obama recently had a meeting with the Danish Prime Minister....and the comment made was: "We have no stronger ally than the Denmark. They consistently punch above their weight.”

He thought he'd heard that before, and went looking.  The President had made the same quote for twenty-odd countries that had come to visit the White House.

We have no stronger ally.....than the Netherlands....and they were consistently punching above their weight.

We have no stronger ally....than Ireland....and they were consistently punching above their weight.

We have no stronger ally....than the Philippines....and they were consistently punching above their weight.

We have no stronger ally....than Norway....and they were consistently punching above their weight.

I'm pretty sure that Peru is punching above their weight.....so is Nigeria....and probably even El Salvador.

In fact, there's probably over one hundred nations in this category.

What idiot writes up the script for the President?  Well....it would be interesting to meet the guy.  I'm pretty sure that he comes in around 9AM....sips coffee for four hours....has a light lunch in DC....watches some afternoon game-show.....and somewhere around 3PM.....writes the next day's text for the President.  It's typically eight lines, and six of them are identical to what he wrote yesterday.  My humble guess is that the guy makes $85k a year....just writing garbage.

As for Denmark?  Well....the Danes tend to have a sense of humor and to be honest.....they don't know much about fighting above the belt or below the belt.  Danes don't fight much.  I'd even be honest enough to say that the typical Dane works hard, pays an extraordinary amount of taxes, and probably would like to drink more booze after work but they really can't afford it because of all the alcohol taxes.

I suspect that some Americans are looking at the this commentary and asking themselves....could the United States be punching away....below our weight?  Could we be a washed-up Rocky.....trying to engage on another bout with some heavyweight but we simply don't have the strength to punch away?  Is this the best that we can do?

I'm hoping Tonga is scheduled for meeting the President in the next month or two....and when the President gets around to some kind words.....I would offer these:

"Tonga is one heck of a nation.....slugging away and continually punching above their weight."

At least it'd be slightly different.  The Tonga guys would be happy enough over that.