In America, there is a failure to appreciate Europe's leading role in the world.
I must ask the question...actually, the statement BEGS the question: What leading role is Europe playing?
Security and defense? Not even for itself.
Well, maybe as a garden for cowards and ass-kissing girlie-men.
Neither in innovation, nor exploration.
Obama thinks Europe, I guess, is a unified nation, acting as one big offset to American hegemony. Put Germany, France and Great Britain in the same room and see what kind of...oh yea, we kinda did that this week and we saw outstanding leadership from...no one.
I can't think of a single thing that makes me think, "Europe does that so well, we should be doing that too!". Nothing. Obama of course thinks Europe does lots of things well - I guess. Ask him to name something Europe leads in and I can guarantee that a super-majority of Americans will say "and more power to them...no thanks!".
You know, come to think of it, if we HAD to have an 'actor' playing the leading role of President of the United States, we could pick from just about anyone that has played that part in the last 10 years and get lines delivered better and with more authority than the current understudy...
I have often been told this position is wrong, but experience says different. Leadership is an inherent quality - it can be nurtured, trained and directed, but it can not be taught or learned. Apparently, it can't be scripted on a teleprompter either.