Make no mistake. This is a self-loathing, nation-loathing man who is more than hellbent on taking America down a few notches to assuage his liberal guilt.
In the twisted, socialist mind of one Barack Hussein Obama, our best years are not, nay, must not be in front of us; rather we must atone for the best years we've already had and for having had the audacity of greatness amidst such worldly suffering (much of it caused, incidentally, by socialists and their policies).
Barack Hussein's message of "hope," as far as I can figure out, is a "hope" based on the premise that America is no longer the leader of the free world, but rather that America takes a back seat in world leadership to the "enlightened" European intelligentsia. You know, the ones who have become 'O so tolerant' of Sharia law and other "progressive" policies.
Leadership and the preservation of the free world, not to mention increased prosperity and a better life for Americans and their progeny, is simply not in the cards in Barack Hussein Obama's vision of America.
In fact, when's the last time you've even heard him allude, with but a modicum of conviction, to freedom or prosperity or the greatness of America?