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The following American Spectator article paints a fairly embarrassing picture of current stand-in for a legitimate American President.
By Andrew Cline on 11.18.09 @ 6:09AM
Barack Obama was supposed to be America’s answer to the suave, European head of state. A debonair gentleman of the world, he would charm even the most sophisticated foreign leaders and prove, finally, that the United States is developed culturally, not just economically.
Then he gave some DVDs.
Ian Drury of London’s Daily Mail wrote on March 8, “As he headed back home from Washington, Gordon Brown must have rummaged through his party bag with disappointment.
“Because all he got was a set of DVDs. Barack Obama, a box set of 25 classic American films — a gift about as exciting as a pair of socks.”
Brown had given Obama a set of pens made from part of the HMS Gannet, a Victorian-era anti-slave ship. A desk that has sat in the Oval Office since 1880 was made from the timbers of the HMS Resolute, the Gannet’s sister ship. It was a stunningly thoughtful and unique gift left unreciprocated.
But even worse, Obama refused to hold a joint press conference with Brown or invite him for an official White House dinner. And to top it all off, he sent back a bust of Churchill that was lent to the White House after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.
Russia Today wrote that week, “Despite Barack Obama’s eloquent elocution, ivy school credentials and electric charisma, there is talk that he lacks the most crucial element of any great leader: judgment.”
Since March, Obama’s social gaffes have continued. In April he bowed to the Saudi king; in July he was photographed staring at the rear end of a 16-year-old girl and suggested that Cambridge Police Officer James Crowley was stupid; in October he refused to meet with the Dalai Lama; in September he refused five requests from Gordon Brown for a one-on-one meeting but found time to fly to Copenhagen to promote Chicago’s Olympic bid; and this month he sent Hillary Clinton to attend the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, then topped it all with an obsequious bow to the emperor of Japan.
Obama cannot even blame the Japan bow on proper protocol. It was anything but proper. It was so inappropriate that it even offended the Japanese. …Continue Reading
Hot Air has a related piece on its website:
posted at 8:05 am on November 18, 2009 by Ed Morrissey
Earlier this year, Hillary Clinton offered an amateurish moment of her own when she gave Sergei Lavrov a “reset” button. The idea itself was a cheap shot at the Bush administration, which had annoyed the Russians by pursuing a missile defense system in eastern Europe to counter the Iranian threat that the Russians had either ignored or actively fed. But the State Department fouled up by mistranslating the label, using the Russian word for “overcharge” rather than “reset,” and using Latin alphabet characters instead of Cyrillic, the norm for Russian.
Normally we wouldn’t apply that to Obama for this feature, but Obama himself declared that this diplomatic embarrassment actually worked as intended … despite any evidence to the contrary: …
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Gov. Sarah Palin has it right on the Ft. Hood Islamic Terror Attack on American soil!
Palin sounds very good here. Very good indeed. I am enormously encouraged. She gets better and better. Here’s an issue no politician will touch: so fearful are they of being labeled bigot, they will throw our troops on an IED and our nation under a bus. Palin has cojones and they are growing We love that.
Palin on Nidal Hasan: “Profile Away” Weekly Standard
I spoke to Governor Palin by phone this afternoon. Lots of interesting material, but to me the most interesting takeaways were the following:
1) I asked about Palin’s upcoming visit to Ft. Hood. “We had planned on that before the tragedy struck,” she said. She commented on the trail of evidence linking the alleged Ft. Hood shooter, Maj. Nidal Hasan, to militant Islam. “There were such clear, obvious, massive warning signs that were missed,” she said. “This terrorist, even having business cards” that identified him as an “SoA” or soldier of Allah. Palin blamed a culture of political correctness and other decisions that “prevented — I’m going to say it — profiling” of someone with Hasan’s extremist ideology. “I say, profile away,” Palin said. Such political correctness, she continued, “could be our downfall.” If the upcoming investigations into the attack reveal bad decision-making on the part of senior officials, Palin continued, those officials ought to be fired.
Palin visits Ft. Hood on December 4. She plans to donate all the royalties from her book-signing there to the families of the victims….Continue Reading
The victims of the Ft. Hood Terror Attack deserve Purple Hearts!
Obama’s attempt to call this anything other than a Islamic Terror attack are despicable!
At last – Obama’s teleprompter is giving him some advice! How about scraping Obama’s Socialist Healthcare and Cap & Trade (TAX) plans.
Wed Nov 18, 2009 6:14am EST
BEIJING, Nov 18 (Reuters) – President Barack Obama gave his sternest warning yet about the need to contain rising U.S. deficits, saying on Wednesday that if government debt were to pile up too much, it could lead to a double-dip recession.
With the U.S. unemployment rate at 10.2 percent, Obama told Fox News his administration faces a delicate balance of trying to boost the economy and spur job creation while putting the economy on a path toward long-term deficit reduction.
His administration was considering ways to accelerate economic growth, with tax measures among the options to give companies incentives to hire, Obama said in the interview with Fox conducted in Beijing during his nine-day trip to Asia.
“It is important though to recognize if we keep on adding to the debt, even in the midst of this recovery, that at some point, people could lose confidence in the U.S. economy in a way that could actually lead to a double-dip recession,” he said….Continue Reading