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Danish Television Mocks President Obama

Posted by Steve Markowitz on March 24, 2012

In the early days of his presidency, most of the rough treatment Barack Obama received came from the political Right inside.  As time has progressed, as the Country and the world got to know the man and his policies, Obama has increasingly come under attack from some usually Left-leaning sources.

Most recently, Obama was the butt of some not so complimentary jokes on Danish television, a result of his welcoming comments for the Danish Prime Minister to the White House.   Danish Broadcasting Corporation host Thomas Buch-Andersen made a presentation that mocked the President.  As shown in the clip below, he translates for the Danish public Obama’s White House welcoming comments for Danish Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt.  Obama included a statement from boxing that Denmark “punches above its weight“, an attempt to say that they wield greater power than their relatively small size.  Buch-Andersen then followed with snips of the President welcoming other world leaders that used exactly the same phrase.  In addition, another often used phrase by the President in welcoming leaders was that they represented countries that were America’s “strongest allies“.  The resulting humor is clearly meant in a derogatory manner towards President Obama.

Since being elected, President Obama has proved adept at rhetoric and sound bites, but lacking in substance.  He has, however, accomplished a difficult task; he has made the Europeans forgot how weak George W. Bush looked on television.

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