Phillip, who hails from England, says this:
America is still an idea, and needs to be written about. The world hates America because it is still an idea. America is whatever we want it to be - unlike Europe, [America] breathes unrestricted by doubt and genuflection. Generally speaking, in the rest of the world anything is possible. In America, meanwhile, anything is probable.If you take a moment to consider what he's saying, from across the pond America seems to him to be a bastion of rebellious irreverance, a place where individual achievement is likely.
He follows it up with this:
It is no coincidence that the two most hated nations on Earth - America and Israel - both belong to the realm of ideas, of idealism.Israel certainly doesn't bow before any nation. Self-confident enough to pursue its own self-interest, Israel gives the world the finger when it needs to do so.
America used to be like that. Then Obama came along and instead gives successful Americans the finger rather than the world. Which pretty much sums up why so many of us are pissed at him. America ought to celebrate my success with me. If it doesn't, then to hell with any detractors, no matter how presidential they might be.