A Danish TV show host says Obama used a boxing metaphor about the country of Denmark, and then turned around and used it for Norway, Sweden, The Netherlands, Ireland, and the Philippines as well – all while speaking to heads of state or leading government officials – and all in front of a rolling camera. Obama is a loose cannon. Even if this recurring theme is scripted, Obama knows he has used the phrase previously when speaking to a head of state. Undignified. Embarrassing for this country.
About Denmark: “That’s fairly typical of the way that Danes have punched above their weight in international affairs,” President Obama says at a press availability in the Oval Office with Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt of Denmark.
About Sweden: “I’ve said this before, but I want to repeat: Norway punches above its weight,” Obama says.
About The Netherlands: “We have no stronger ally than the Netherlands,” says Obama. “They consistently punch above their weight.”
Ireland: Ireland consistently punches above its weight.
The Philippines: …a small country, and using a phrase from boxing, and punches above its weight.
The remainder of the video shows Obama saying over and over, “we have no stronger ally,” “closest and strongest allies,” but in the video, Denmark is not a strong ally, or a close ally.
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Obama: Punching above its weight (video)