For all his fighting talk, however, the president’s capacity for action in domestic policy is becoming ever more constrained as this year’s mid-term elections approach.
White, Anglo-Saxon and Protestant? That was then. By 2043 at the latest, whites in the United States will be a minority. Europe's fear of drowning in a sea of immigrants elicits only a tired smile in America.
Is this the beginning of a big negotiation revolving around the return of a man who disclosed the spying activities of the NSA and other Western secret services?
If the president were after approval from overseas, he probably would have had to blow up the National Security Agency headquarters.
For a long time the United States has served as an international judge, keen to make irresponsible remarks on the internal affairs of other countries while often ignoring situations in its own country.
Having lost a great deal of international credibility over the past decade, the U.S. now finds itself in a delicate position.
Despite the president's rhetoric qualities it was merely a "bread-and-butter" speech in the end.
It’s a long way from 'Yes we can' to 'I surrender,' but Barack Obama seems to have gotten there in a little over six years.