So Obama is visiting Ireland, and I got the following essay by Bill Whalen from Ricochet:
I won’t bother asking if you think O’Bama is “Irish”.
But I am curious as to what you consider to be his genuine “home” — not a mailing address or what he files on his tax returns, mind you, but his true “old sod”.
Is it the White House, which at best is eight years of temporary lodging?
Is it the house back in Chicago that he and the family seem to rarely visit (something I find curious, given he has two daughters who were removed from their friends and neighbors).
Now that we’ve put the birther controversy to rest, is Hawaii the President’s real home?
Or is “home” the one place, anywhere in the world, where this President seems most at home — and that’s sately nestled behind a TelePrompter.
I believe this partly explains why some Americans aren’t comfortable with Obama as their leader — and never will be.
It’s not about philosophy, or practice, or presentation. Rather, it’s the idea that Obama is the first modern American president without a tangible, palpable anchor in the American soil — other than the keynote address as the 2004 Democratic National Convention and the presidential campaign trail ca. 2007.
Because he doesn’t come across as either deeply rooted in or noticeably enriched by Americana, this President at times sounds more like a detached observer of the people he leads, rather than one of them.
By European standards all Americans are rootless. I’m curious to see, though, where he’s going to move in 2013 once he vacates the White House.