It was July 2008. Barack Obama was in Berlin, Germany, delivering a foreign policy speech. It was a time when every speech of his was fawned over. And, to be fair, it was a rousing speech. If you don’t remember it, it was the one where he declared proudly that he was a “citizen of the world.” The crowed erupted.
Fastforward to 2012. Here is Congressman Hank Johnson (D-GA) addressing the Turkic American Alliance back in March (which is just now starting to get noticed). During his appearance he tries to parrot Obama’s applause line of being a world citizen and says — but he seems to fall quite short with a very dull, non-energetic explanation.
“It used to be that it’s all about America … but we’re in new times now,” he says, before launching into his “world citizenry” explanation. Watch and see for yourself (and try to stay awake):
Now, the concept of world citizenry is much more important than how Johnson presents — important because there are plenty who are concerned about it. For example, “Real News From the Blaze” recently tackled the idea of the U.S. taking part in new U.N. talks about gun regulations.
But the video is good news for some: If you’re hesitant about the concept of world citizenry (since it’s often used as a means to some stunning government-regulation ends), then you want Johnson to be its spokesperson.
By the way, here’s Obama’s speech from Germany so you can compare it to Johnson’s:
This story has been updated.