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Friday: Gag me with a spoon

The Obamas hobbitize the Queen in protocol faux pas

The Obama's "hobbitize" the Queen in protocol faux pas

The NYTimes has a nauseating account of Barack Obama’s international debut at the G20 conference in London.  Our apprentice president had his very own press conference where he couldn’t help but conjure up the memories of Churchill and Roosevelt, regretting that it wasn’t just Great Britain and America running things anymore.  Now, every other country has to get into the act, so accommodations must be made.

But the silliest part of this account was the brave leadership he showed at wordsmithing:

In a premiere diplomatic tour that has already been scrutinized for every blemish, Mr. Obama has, thus far, gotten some not-so-good reviews — several European news outlets complained that he seemed aloof — and some raves. (President Nicolas Sarkozy of France called him “very helpful.”)

Mr. Sarkozy was referring to Mr. Obama the mediator. For a tense hour on Thursday, Mr. Sarkozy and President Hu Jintao of China were going back and forth about tax havens. In a large conference room at the Excel Center, surrounded by 18 other world leaders, the two men sniped at each other, according to officials in the room.

Mr. Sarkozy wanted the big communiqué produced by the Group of 20 to endorse naming and shaming global tax havens, maybe even including Hong Kong and Macao, which are under China’s sovereignty. Unsurprisingly, Mr. Hu was having none of it. He appeared angry that Mr. Sarkozy was effectively accusing China of lax regulation, and that the French leader was asking China to endorse sanctions issued by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, a club of wealthy nations that Beijing has yet to join.

According to accounts provided by White House officials and corroborated by European and other officials also in the room, Mr. Obama escorted both men, one at a time, to a corner of the room, to judge the dispute. How about replacing the word “recognize,” Mr. Obama suggested, with the word “note?”

The result: “The era of banking secrecy is over,” the final communiqué said. “We note that the O.E.C.D. has today published a list of countries assessed by the Global Forum against the international standard for exchange of tax information.” Hong Kong and Macao did not appear on the list.

It was not a Middle East peace accord. But Mr. Obama had his first moment as a statesman.

Amazing.  That Harvard Law degree finally gets some exercise.  Well, I know *I* feel safer now.

This is an interesting spin on the conference.  It’s all Obama’s baby.  The conference did manage to accomplish something but it sounds like the Europeans get the edge.  The Europeans got some concessions on the transparency of the banking transactions  and more money for International Financial Institutions while not ceding an inch on providing more stimulus to their own countries’ economies.  Sarkozy called Obama “very helpful” in a way that suggests that the more mature leaders were able to conduct business without him getting in the way.  “Let’s have a little tiff that Obama can settle off in the corner while the rest of us get some work done.  Oh, and can anyone find a teleprompter?  Maybe he can give a speech or something.  Just keep him out of our hair.”

Oh and American workers can just take an old, cold tater and wait:

Answering a question from a reporter from China, Mr. Obama managed to acknowledge that he had to care most about how American workers and companies were affected by globalization, while still making the argument for why globalization was in America’s best interest.

***“Look, I’m the president of the United States. I’m not the president of China,” Mr. Obama said. Then he added, “It is also my responsibility to lead America into recognizing that its interests, its fate, is tied up with the larger world.”

Mr. Obama said that if America neglected or abandoned poor countries, “not only are we depriving ourselves of potential opportunities for markets and economic growth, but ultimately that despair may turn to violence that turns on us.”

“Unless we are concerned about the education of all children and not just our children, not only may we be depriving ourselves of the next great scientist who’s going to find the next new energy source that saves the planet, but we also may make people around the world much more vulnerable to anti-American propaganda.”

Oh, brother, where to start?  How about here *in* America where our teachers are woefully unprepared to teach science and math at a world class level?  Any American child who wants to be the next scientist discovering anything has to run a gauntlet of the educational establishment’s goal to assimilate students and produce perfect accountants.  Resistance is useless!  If you’re lucky enough to have parents who can afford private tutoring you may get a degree in a science field but find that globalization has taken your job to India.

Does he even know what goes on in his own country?  He isn’t president of the world.  His job is to shore up our dying research industry in America, not the rest of the world.  We were once leaders.

*sigh*

Ok, Nicolas, the joke is over.

*** Am I the only one who hears nails on a chalkboard when he starts his sentences with “Look” then follows that with a Bushesque description of his job title?  Both he and Bush have a tendency of talking to us like we might not be aware of his constitutional obligations.  He has to keep reminding us that he is President of America, as if in a global economy, we might not already know.  Can you imagine Hillary talking like this?

StateofDisbelief found this video of Obama’s side vacation in Europe:

133 Responses

  1. Nope. He isn’t the president of the world, and knows who to bow to (hint – boy Kings, not girl Queens). I don’t know what’s more embarrassing – his behavior or our media coverage of it
    http://edgeoforever.wordpress.com/2009/04/03/of-war-rape-bowing-to-saudis-and-ugly-blue-eyes/

    • What’s more embarrassing is that the MSM in their failure to inform the American people of the real behavior of its president abroad, are not raising the real problem coming from Saudi Arabia.

      Not only it has a stranglehold on our oil supply but it has been actively in the past few months funding and supporting the Taliban and Al-Qaida in Pakinstan and Afghanistan, against our troops, our interests and our allies.

      The conduct of O is not only irresponsible to our country, but dangerous.

    • wow-those pics are shocking….

      thx edge

  2. Maybe we could convince Mr. Smooth Move Ex-lax there really was a “president of the world” and get him to spend the next four years running for the job.

  3. RD, Off thread. How are you doing with Broke? Is she back in school?

    • Yep, she’s back. I had a long talk with her guidance counselor who said she would speak to her teachers. Today, Brook has to present her Greek deity that she invented. Her name is Intrepida, Goddess of Adventure and Journeys. Her creation goes like this: One day Hephaestus wanted to make a gift for his wife Aphrodite. But her beauty outshone all of the earthly gems and metals. So he decided to make a necklace out of star for her. He went on a long journey to gather some but when he brought them back, they were too hot to work with. He let them cool and they turned into Intrepida.
      Her symbols are the walking stick and the monarch butterfly. Her appearance varies on the age of the viewer. She has snowy braids and sparkling indigo eyes. Her motto is “I never do anything twice.”
      Should be worth an A. It sure beats the Goddess of Righteous Death that her friend is doing.

  4. I’m just glad Obama didn’t pat the Queen on the ass and call her “sweetie”

    • I’m not one to criticize fashion or anything but I find it interesting that Michelle managed to make the Queen look like a fashion plate. MO looks positively frumpy in that suit.

      • She’s “all that and a bag of hips.”

        • My gal’s a corker,
          She’s a New Yorker
          I buy her everything to keep her in style
          She’s got a pair of hips
          Just like two battleships
          Hot Dog! That’s where my money goes!

          • There was a song that we sang at summer camp when I was a kid with the line:

            “She had two hips like battleships, one stayed home while the other took trips”

            The song was something like “Catalina Madelina Rubensteina Hiawatha”

      • Michelle managed to make the Queen look like a fashion plate

        something no one has been able to do in well over 50 years. They keep dressing Michelle like she’s not as tall as she is….can someone get her a freaking taylor?

    • I’m glad he didn’t say anything about deadender menopausal women.

      • I am suprised that she couldn’t run the country when she couldn’t even run her own house.

  5. The Independent UK says Obama played a key role in brokering an agreement at the G20, and the headline will set heads spinning in conspiracy land.

    “Obama Hails the New World Order.”

    http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/politics/obama-hails-the-new-world-order-1661088.html

    • The comments are a riot! These guys really need to stop saying “New World Order,” or they are going to end up with a bunch of militias taking up arms in various places around the U.S. I hope everyone is preparing for a long hot summer in the rust belt. It’s going to get really ugly.

    • Wow! So the Randy Weavers of the world got it right, Tres scary, y’all.

  6. Is everybody watching TOTUS?

  7. myiq” I think you mean Catalina Madalina Ookatocka Wockatocak, Ocamocapoca was her name.

    A Ten ton truck hit Mataleeeeennnnn

    Driver had to buy a new machine?

    • Hello mother, hello father,
      Here I am at Camp Grenada.
      Camp is very entertaining,
      And they say we’ll have some fun if it stops raining!

      I went hiking with Joe Fivey,
      He developed poison ivy.
      You remember Lennard Skynard,
      He got tomain poisoning last night after dinner!

      All the counselors hate the waiters,
      And the lake has alligators!
      And the head coach wants no sissies,
      So he reads to us from something called ‘Ulysses’.

      No, I don’t want (this should scare ya),
      But my bunkmate has malaria!
      You remember Geoffrey Hardy,
      They’re about to organize a searching party!

      Take me home, oh mother, father.
      Take me home, I hate Grenada.
      Don’t leave me out in the forest,
      Where I might get eaten by a bear!

      Take me home, I promise that I will not make noise,
      Or mess the house with other boys.
      Oh please don’t make me stay;
      I’ve been here one whole day!

      Dearest father, darling mother,
      How’s my precious little brother?
      Let me come home if you miss me;
      I would even let Aunt Bertha hug and kiss me!

      Wait a minute; it stopped hailing.
      Guys are swimming, guys are sailing.
      Playing baseball; gee that’s better.
      Mother, father, kindly disregard this letter!

  8. Spoke yesterday to some Brits which were surprised that the Great Zero was stunned by a question in the press conf and went into mumble mode – I guess no teleprompter in sight. That’s what happens when Europeans dont only see some cut footage on TV but experience first hand the real extent of the oratory skills of BO.

  9. Yesterday a local grocery store ran a special on 2 pounds of hamburger, taco shells, picante sauce, sauce, sour cream, taco seasoning, shredded cheese and a gallon of iced tea for 5 bucks. There was a traffic jam, lines and they ran out. People are broke, hungry and scared. And our First Couple is grabbing old ladies, driving around London in the gas guzzler of all time, taking world leaders into the corner for a time out, and posing for pictures making sure he looks like a lunatic and the thug Berlusconi is in on the joke. I did not think I could dislike this person any more that I already did but I can and do.

    • That’s sad. I notice the grocery stores around here are having sales on canned beans and big bags of rice and other in expensive staples.

      • It is alarming. This used to be a relatively prosperous town and the average number of children per household is higher than the national average. Two high paying industrial manufacturers locally have all but closed in the past year and there is nothing to replace them. Highly skilled metal workers (oil and gas equipment) are asking my hubby if they can drive farm equipment for a week or two. We are very worried about these young families and trying to figure out ways to help them.

    • Why did he go to France for a townhall? Isn’t the G20 engaging enough to ward off his perennial boredom? He really does seem like he’s campaigning for President of the World.

      Remember when he took Joe Lieberman aside when Lieberman had the audacity to defy him during the campaign?

      He is the most overrated President ever. All accolades, no substance.

  10. MyIQ, off thread and about H&R commenting. Am I missing a geek trick to have my screen automatically refresh with new comments? That’s one of the problem I have to keep up with commenting.

    • If there’s an automatic refresh, I don’t know about it. I usually refresh pretty often on a new thread.

      • Good enough. That what I do too. Just wanted to know if I was out of the loop (hah).

  11. The Telegraph says the Queen loved Michelle and deliberated bent protocol by hugging her back.

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/comment/5096120/NOW-THATS-A-FIRST-LADY.html

    • Let’s not confuse manners and professionalism with friendship.

      The Queen is a constitutional monarch whose long practiced job is to facilitate the policies of the British Gov.

      She is well versed enough in meetings with foreign dignitaries to have immediatly understood that Meeeechelle faux pas would be front page news.

      So in true professionalism, she briefly put her arm around Meeechelle to difuse the whole incident.

      That’s class!!

      • Barack is trying to figure out to get her to give him Prince Charles’ spot.

      • I agree. The point I was making is that all of the British papers are still spinning the message that Barack and Michelle are wonderful, charismatic, the coolest couple in the world. I was expecting to see more criticism.

        • Yes, I know that the so-called press is absolutly cluless about professionalism and class. I just wanted to speak out against that “they are pals” propaganda.

    • Keeping the attention on the hug also helps people forget that Obama bowed to the Saudi King.

      • He bowed to the Saudi KIng? Since when does the President bow to a dictator?

        • A lot of the right wing sites have videos of the exchange and/or pictures. I’m not particularly upset by either the hug or the bow, although all in all, the bow was a little more troubling. I can understand showing respect, but a bow implies subservience.

        • Shows that he has no clue – probably saw a medivial movie with Charles Heston and picked up the move!

        • I did bow, folding in two. Went as low as he could. Complete deference. Nobody has confirmed the kiss of the ring because the footage was from the back. But …

        • edgeoforever has the pics-first comment on this post-it shocked me.

        • the correct answer is NEVER!!!!

      • I still want to see what kind of gift he brings the Saudis when on a State visit.

  12. […] unintentional humor Jump to Comments Not wanting to get outdone by the so called MSM, tabloids are continuing the circus. The Daily News crops a photo to make Obama look less foolish […]

  13. This is o/t, and the article is a few days old, but it really struck me. I had no idea this was going on.

    People are getting kicked out their homes during foreclosure processes, the homes are being vandalized, then when no one buys them at action, the banks dump them back on the former owners, who are then held responsible for cleaning them up and/or having them demolished.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2009/03/30/us/30walkaway.html?pagewanted=1&fta=y

    “SOUTH BEND, Ind. — Mercy James thought she had lost her rental property here to foreclosure. A date for a sheriff’s sale had been set, and notices about the foreclosure process were piling up in her mailbox.

    Ms. James had the tenants move out, and soon her white house at the corner of Thomas and Maple Streets fell into the hands of looters and vandals, and then, into disrepair. Dejected and broke, Ms. James said she salvaged but a lesson from her loss.

    So imagine her surprise when the City of South Bend contacted her recently, demanding that she resume maintenance on the property. The sheriff’s sale had been canceled at the last minute, leaving the property title — and a world of trouble — in her name.”

    • This is what my whole city is becoming. They have started to spraypaint a bright yellow “D” on some properties around here, one right across the street from me. I assume/hope that means “demolition”.

      These are (once) beautiful sturdy brick homes, built in the 20’s. Now shells of what they could be, copper plumbing ripped out, any aluminum siding long gone. On researching the county auditors website, these have have changed hands thru so many finance co.’s, most I’ve never heard of. For those still owned by individuals, we have tried reporting them to the health dep’t. It is easier for them to pay a couple hundred dollar fine than to try and fix them up. Noone really cares.

      These homes (7 on my street alone) were all once occupied, by families. They were the earliest victims of this housing crisis. These aren’t mcmansions, most of the families saw their mortgage payments go up so much, they were forced out. Once in a while someone comes along to cut grass on a couple of them during the summer, but that is rare.

      So in the meantime, those of us who are left try and take care of what we can to keep vandalism down and keep garbage to a minimum. There was a recent grant for demomlition of abandoned homes but nowhere near enough to clean everything up.

      Thanks for you links, sam, you find some good stuff.

      • That’s so awful! Why not just let people stay in their homes rather than let them sit empty?

        • Most of them are abandoned going on 5 yrs, way before any of us had a clue about how bad this was really gonna get. They figured they’d just rent somewhere else. A couple have died, leaving the property, but whatever family that was left just doesn’t seem to care or have resourses to clean it up.

          One house was sold on ebay and when they came from Cal. to see the property and surrounding area they just left, I think they were house flippers.

          No flipping going on around here.

  14. Dear Totus,

    Bill Clinton already taught us all about globalization. We are not ignorant fools. Now if you would like to help the president teach us some math or science that would be helpful.

  15. I have a noncontroversial comment that is stuck in moderation. It’s about banks dumping foreclosures.

  16. News

    US unemployment hit 8.5 per cent, its highest level since 1983, as the recession continues to savage the labour force.

    Non-farm payrolls shed 663,000 jobs, in line with economists’ expectations, bringing the losses since the recession began in December 2007 to 5.1m. Almost two thirds of the decrease happened in the last five months.

    “The loss of jobs thus far into the recession has been staggering,” said Joseph Brusuelas, Director of Moody’s Economy.com in a statement released before Friday’s payroll report. “We do not expect payroll losses will end before the beginning of 2010 and anticipate that the rate of unemployment will peak near 10% in the middle of next year.”

  17. I heard only one menition on the radio of France-Germany’s resistance to more stimulus spending and finally found out they refused to do it.

    In lieu of real coverage, I heard Lou Dobbs mocking critics of the “Michelle paws Queen” business. Jerk!!!! Forget “protocol” since when do good manners include pawing someone you’ve just met??

    In local news….the permanent campaign. Is your rep doing this??

    Non-Stop Campaigning Here in NM-CD2 By Bill Richardson’s Hand-Picked Freshman Rep Harry Teague, Who’s Splitting His Votes Pro/Con on Obama Policies

    http://insightanalytical.wordpress.com/2009/04/03/non-stop-campaigning-here-in-nm-cd2-by-bill-richardsons-hand-picked-freshman-rep-harry-teague-whos-splitting-his-votes-procon-on-obama-policies/

  18. The West’s Fatal overdose – on the summit from German magazine ‘Spiegel’

    http://www.spiegel.de/international/world/0,1518,617224,00.html

  19. In defense of hit-and-run commenting (just a wee bit of negative labeling there don’t ya think? and some emotional manipulation?)

    1) sometimes this place acts like a clique, you know, the in-crowd, and when other people are moved to comment, the crowd rolls over it and beyond.
    I say- no need to keep jumping up and down-going hey look at me
    over here, look at me.

    2) sometimes one has a comment and that’s all-no need for argument, no need to change anyone’s mind, just one person’s opinion put out as food for thought.

    3)some people are introverts and shy and others are extroverts and outgoing.
    It can take me a long time to post-have to find the right words-things are so easily misunderstood on the internet. Posting can take a lot of courage for some people, like myself.

    So calling it hit-and-run is unfair, and unwarranted. It denigrates what the person is trying to say, like well, they only have one post, so don’t bother to listen to them. Some people have a lot of posts and end up saying very little.

    • That isn’t hit and run commenting. Hit and run comments are trollish comments that are dropped into a thread by someone no one has ever seen before. Then the commenter disappears again, never to return. It’s an old internet term.

      These comments are negative or critiques. No one is talking about brief drop-ins from regulars who don’t comment all the time but drop in to say hi. Friendly drop-ins are always welcomed.

      BTW, that was just an off-hand comment by myiq. I understand that people are feeling sensitive, but I’m sure he didn’t mean that to be directed at people like you, bluelady.

      • Several people have responded to that comment but it was directed at none of them.

      • Thanks for explaining. I was nodding and agreeing with bluelady. I personally would love to comment more often, but it does seem that since I do not, I kind of feel not ..well,… not ‘welome’ but not part of the ‘in’crowd.

        • Trust me, you are welcome! The more the merrier. Just because some of us are bigmouths (I plead guilty) doesn’t mean we are a clique. Anyone who joins in in a friendly, open way is going to be welcomed here. I know that feeling of thinking there are cliques on a blog.

          Sometimes there are, but mostly it’s just a bunch of people joining each other for discussion and fun. I’ve never known people here to be unwelcoming to newcomers or infrequent commenters. Anyone who feels that way should just speak up. Sometimes people will read a comment and really like it, but not reply. It just happens.

          Lots of times I feel like no one even reads my comments. LOL! That’s my sensitivity kicking in.

          • Anyplace that would let me in has low standards and will let anybody in

          • Thanks for saying that, BB. I’m one of the seldom commenters, as I generally take a “Mr. Ed” approach to commenting, you know: “People talk and talk all day, but Mr. Ed will never talk unless he has something to say.” But I thoroughly enjoy the more chatty commenters, and I avidly read all of your comments.

          • i always read your comments.they are very good..

    • I tend to agree. Once I have said something I stand by what I said. I am not much interested in “debate”. I think it is something you do in college. If someone disagrees with me and is looking for me to argue with them, most of the time it isn’t going to happen except when I am in a crappy mood.

      • But we know who you are. You are not some troll who shows up one time to attack and then run away. That is what a “hit and run” commenter is. And if anyone ever mistook you for one, I’d set the record straight very quickly–though I can’t imagine it happening.

      • What if someone has questions?

        • if someone has questions and I am around I answer them and if the question is honestly a question and not a statement disquised as a question I am generally even polite. I am actually a really nice person, just very direct and more or less and imovable object rather than an irresistable force.
          I just feel no particular obligation to stick around to see if anyone has responded… and I really think debate on the internet quickly falls in to the category of unproductive mental masterbation.

    • Bluelady-you’re a regular commenter-not a hit and run. So, too are Teresa and Tucson…

      Hit and run tend to appear out of the blue, dump their bombs, stir up trouble and never come back.

      I don’t make a lot of comments either-well a few more just lately-but usually one or two a thread.

  20. Former AIG chief says that AIG was used to funnel money to other banks, including foreign banks.

    http://www.washingtonsblog.com/2009/04/fomrer-aig-chief-government-used-aig-to.html

    • http://foxforum.blogs.foxnews.com/2009/04/02/napolitano_fdic/

      “The Federal government committed extortion and they’re not being held accountable. What’s next? Listen to this: I recently met with the Chair and CEO of one of the country’s top 10 bank holding companies. His bank is worth in excess of $250 billion, has no bad debt, no credit default swaps, no liquidity problems, and no subprime loans. He told me that he and others were forced by Treasury and FDIC threats to take TARP funds, even though he did not want or need them.

      There is simply no authority in the U.S. Constitution for Congress to exercise the level of control it now seeks over private industry.

      The FDIC — with Treasury backing — threatened to conduct public audits of his bank unless his board created and issued a class of stock for the Feds to buy. The audit, which he is confident his bank would survive, would cost it millions in employee time, bad press, and consequent lost business.”

      ____________

      I really wish we had more transparency with respect to these bailouts.

      • Wow! That’s creepy!

      • Sam, we do many things in this country that are not laid out in the constitution. That is because it is not 1776 anymore. The world is much more complicated. I am a fan of more regulation. I think we have not regulated business nearly enough since Reagan. The early American government was very stingy with incorporation. If a company did not serve the greater good, they did not get permision to incorporate. Now any crook can be the president of his/her own mafia style monopoly.
        In particular if a company doesn’t want to be regulated or nationalized then they should stop seeking help from the government in the form of bailouts.
        That is nothing but socialism for them and serfdom for the rest of us.

        • Regulation is great, but forcing them to take taxpayer funds when they don’t need it? The administration tried to get Ford to take the funds too, and thank goodness they didn’t. They might have been forced into bankrupcy too.

        • That article was written by a judge.

          I understand it’s no longer 1776, and I’m not anti-regulation or even anti-legislation, but I don’t think that is what this story is about. This story echos the concerns I have about a centralization of power in the administrative branch along with a lack of transparency, accountability and oversight. (The Constitution, even though written in 1776 set up checks and balances and specifically separated powers because even in those times they knew how corrupting unlimited power could be.)

          It’s the “extortion” part of the story that bothers me. This particular bank was not looking for a hand out, but was made to take one anyways.

          I don’t intend to argue, I just wanted to clarify my take on the story. Sound and appropriate legislation and regulation is fine with me, extortion not so fine.

          • sorry if I sounded like I was answering you. I was answering the judge and telling you how I felt about what he said. didn’t mean to sound like a teacher.

    • I think others are becoming reluctant to partnership with the government.

      http://corner.nationalreview.com/post/?q=YjNjNDc3YzlkN2FkMmYzNTQ2MTVhZTc4Njg2ZmY3YWU=

      “The second blow to Geithner’s plan came from hedge-fund manager Ray Dalio, who wrote a letter to his investors explaining why he would not be participating. He nailed a lot of the problems with the plan, including the problem of “political risk”:

      Then there is the issue about the political risk, which we are more concerned about because there will be such a limited number of managers being allowed to participate in this program that it raises possibilities (or at least perceived possibilities) of them colluding because they all know each other. Either these investments will make a lot of money for their investors or the government will lose a lot of money — in either case, there will be reasons for politicians to complain and to focus on the five winners to see how they “abused” the system.

      Smart money managers will not willingly pin targets on their chests for Congress to shoot at.”

  21. Think you will like this: Bruni backs off from Obama kiss

    http://www.thesun.co.uk/sol/homepage/news/article2359022.ece

    • okay, I have really tried not to be mean about Michelle Obama, but wtf is that outfit in that newspaper photo.

      • At first I wondered if he had bad breath, but the story I read said she pulled back because he wasn’t responding. He stuck out his hand to shake instead.

    • She probably saw him slip Jill Biden the tongue.

  22. How long before Bruni is accused of being a racist? Someone go post this on dkos and watch the sharkfest begin.

  23. I hate to say this because fashion sense is pretty personal, but Michelle’s false eyelashes give her a look bordering on Bambi!

    • Oh, I didn’t notice she was wearing false eyelashes. Are those still in style? I’ve never tried them.

    • Yeah, what’s with that? The tell tale strip was very noticeable on TV yesterday.
      Have you ever seen a First Lady wearing obvious false eyelashes before? Not important but odd.

  24. Interesting contrasts today. This morning I watched as every single news show fawned and gasped and drooled over El Presidente Grandissimo Maximo and his ability to make whole countries swoon in glee….and yeah well you know.

    But interestingly, today’s Wall Street Journal (which never drank the Kool-Aid) has a very take on the Rainbow Tour. Oh, and please note that I am talking about the excellent news/feature side of the Journal, not its spittle-flecked editorial rantings.

    Also I can’t link, WSJ is subs-only but I’ll summarize.

    Headline: Obama Hits Resistance at G-20.

    The story then goes on to say that France and Germany are presenting a heavy challenge to BO’s economic leadership and said that after his hopey-changey speech, this happened:

    “French President Nicolas Sarkozy and German Chancellor Angela Merkel answered just hours later with a combative appearance of their own, demanding fat and strict international regulation of the world financial system; Mr. Sarkozy called it ‘non-negotiable.'”

    Hmmmmmm. Doesn’t sound like our pals over there had enough Kool-Aid to drink.

    The WSJ says that resistance to the American/U.K. financial schemes has solidified the alliance between France and Germany and that the two countries plan to put up “contentious” resistance that “continued to bedevil calls for G-20 unity.”

    Also, the WSJ notes in a small side item that Our Great Orator managed to snub and insult all non-England residents of the U.K. — that would be Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland — by referring to the U.K. as “England,” and further appalled the Scots “when Obama conceded one thing he loved about the U.K.–the Queen.”

    Jeebus, is he still letting that 23-year-old frat boy write his speeches? Can you imagine Hillary making these gaffes? No. Wouldn’t happen.

  25. Proofreading! Garrh…

    “a very different take…”

    And “fast and strict,” not “fat and strict,” although the latter has a joke in there somewhere I can’t quite get to…:)

  26. Not surprised.

  27. Iowa Supreme Court Overturns Ban on Same-Sex Marriage

  28. Rd, sometimes I have the weird sensation of reading
    my thoughts when I read your morning posts! lol

    *** Am I the only one who hears nails on a chalkboard when he starts his sentences with “Look” then follows that with a Bushesque description of his job title?

    wow… Using the word “look” is significant. One says “look” after a good amount of exasberation and effort etc. Barry reaches for the word” look” even faster than Bush did. It takes just one follow up question.

    Also that reminding us ( himself? ) he’s the President and the idea that his job is teaching us ANYTHING….is indeed so Bush like, how can it be accidental?

    It is also my responsibility to lead America into recognizing that its interests, its fate, is tied up with the larger world”.

    Barry Obama

    As you say, where to begin? That has to be his most chilling statement yet. So Barry’s job , as he sees it, is to get us to accept the working conditions of a 3rd world nation ? Well that’s how I interpret what he said.

    No wonder Barry has to keep reminding himself where’s he’s supposedly the President . His job is in schooling us ? The idea of Barry schooling anyone is laughable ….but this nation?

    help

    This is the polar opposite world view of Hillary….she goes on listening tours, not ” teaching” tours…but she teaches/ leads by example Barry!!!

    where to begin?

  29. New thread

  30. Every time he takes on one of his “tours” I’m inlcined to ask: “Who’s his opening act?” He’s such a celebu-pol. Except BO’s material lacks the depth of a Jonas Bros. dirge.

  31. When will this man stop talking and start doing?
    he has a promise but when will he deliver if ever?

    thanks

    • Barry’s talking IS his ” doing” ….his job is to teach us.
      Well, that’s what he says. I didn’t see anything like an action in his description of his job . It’s the same job he’s had for over 20 years….” teaching”

  32. Anyone want to see a video of Berlusconi embarassing himself in front of the Queen?

    http://tinyurl.com/cp28ms

  33. The relentless marketing of this guy as some kind of world savior is absolutely repellent. WHEN is it going to end?! It’s all advertising, no substance. Look at his much celebrated French Town Hall–so typical:

    CURL: In France, Obama takes no questions from French

    President Obama held a much ballyhooed town hall in Strasbourg, France, on Friday, touted by the White House as an outreach to Europeans on the second leg of the president’s “listening” tour.

    But the first person he called on was an American — and the third, too. At the end of the hourlong session, not a single French citizen got to ask the U.S. president a question.

    In all, Obama took just five questions from the thousands of people packed into a sports arena after delivering a lengthy speech read from a teleprompter. And the topics were on the light side; one asked about the family dog, another about whether “you regret to have run for presidency.”

    http://washingtontimes.com/news/2009/apr/03/curl-france-obama-takes-no-questions-french/

    • Guess he felt he couldn’t plant a french person in the audience and get away with it.

    • Remember when some asked Bush” how does your faith help you?” …..oh yeah those tough questions.

      It’s amazing how Barry keeps getting political mileage out of a dog, but doesn’t feel the need to actually get a dog others will care for .

      Everyone knows that if it was Hillary, she would have the dog way before this…and if she didn’t, the media would be runing non stop with the story.

      Doggate would be 24/7

      • We all know why he’s not getting a dog … (Afrocity told us why, and it’s the same reason his kids don’t get Xmas presents)

        • Exactly, but he keeps getting mileage out of that mutt even so. He was asked 5 planted questions and one was about the dog….it’s amazing. It’s a mini capitulation of the Barry thing. He’s never called on anything, even as he continues to gets the benefits.

    • Remember when he said e1 should speak a foreign language.

  34. What a putz:

    In his opening remarks, he underscored European and American ties and appeared intent on improving the U.S. image abroad, which suffered under George W. Bush. “I’ve come to Europe this week to renew our partnership,” Obama said, bluntly claiming that the relationship between the United States and Europe had gone adrift, with blame on both sides.

    “In America, there’s a failure to appreciate Europe’s leading role in the world,” Obama said.

    Instead of celebrating Europe’s dynamic union and seeking to work with you, Obama said, “there have been times where America’s shown arrogance and been dismissive, even derisive.”

    […]

    “I think it is important for Europe to understand that even though I am president and George Bush is not president, al-Qaida is still a threat.”

    • I think it is important for Europe to understand that even though I am president and George Bush is not president, al-Qaida is still a threat.”

      “In America, there’s a failure to appreciate Europe’s leading role in the world,” Obama said.

      He has so much to teach us and the world ….will 2 terms be even enough? /snark

      • nope

      • WORM.. “my fellow americans are clinging to their guns and religion and are jingoist bigots who can’t hear a message of hope from a black man”…

      • I think it is important for Europe to understand that even though I am president and George Bush is not president, al-Qaida is still a threat.”

        He did an NLP (Neuro Linguistic Programming) trick there. By the time you get to the second phrase “al-Qaida is still a threat”, your brain has been primed to accept that phrase as truth, because the first phrase “I am president and George Bush is not president” is implanted as a concept you can trust because it’s a fact you know. The “even though” is the bridge that tricks your mind into unconsciously just believing the second part, because you’ve already verified in your brain the first part.

        ie: Even though A, then B. The construct is, if you can see A as true, you will automatically see B as true too, because of the way it’s phrased, and the obfuscation in the language.

        The NLP thing he’s doing is trying to scare people by implanting the fear “al-Qaida is still a threat”. Think about it. If you were a copy editor, you would want to edit that muddy sentence to “Europe must understand Al-Qaida is still a threat.” But presented that way, it’s a debatable fact to anyone who’s listening. If you heard it said like that, you might weigh that in your mind as maybe yes, maybe no, maybe to some degree, etc.

        But worded like he did:
        I think it is important for Europe to understand that even though I am president and George Bush is not president, al-Qaida is still a threat.”

        Think about it, the whole who’s president part is irrelevant. It’s only stuck in there as a device. It’s why it’s important to not listen to him directly too much.

        • It’s true it’s a NLP-fantastic analysis! thx

          I think he does it all the time.

          • thats why i don’t watch or listen to him.
            i hope the Queen doesn’t either..

          • Yeah he does. It’s fascinating, on a conceptual level, but it’s damn scary. I don’t watch or listen to him either. It makes my skin crawl, because I can almost feel myself being mindf**ked.

    • thank god we finally have a president who “hates america first”. Geez

  35. I am pleased that Gordon Brown did all right. He was being berated right, left and center.

    He was travelling, and working hard all over the world, as did Hillary (who, I’m sure had a lot to do with the relative success of the summit).

    Good article from the Independent UK.

    “A summit that shows the new balance of power:
    New alliances are forming, old ideologies are dying, the world is now a different place.”

    http://tinyurl.com/c4mu2r

  36. Maybe New Zealand is a good place….

    Since he is bent on letting the US fail. I just saw the news about NY. So sad. remember when McC said “Country First” — ?

    Yeah. That was why I could turn into a Republican. For the first time ever. Now though? I see no political personas to believe in — except blogging types.

    ps: I saw that Brook! What a fab imagination! Intrepida! I loved the part about not doing anything twice — at her age my best friend and I had this art assignment — the teacher drew everyone’s silhouette and then we had to paint what was in our heads in watercolor.
    Lord of the Rings was the book o’ the day…

    You know, it’s never too late to regain that inner 13 year old.
    Huh you guys!

    He is such a failure in our eyes — OMG.
    Unreal. Our gen. Unreal.

  37. R.D so happy to hear BROOK is doing better..

  38. In the video of Obama sticking his ass out behind him as he bends himself (and all Americans, past present and future) down to kiss the rich man’s (who calls himself king) hand. When he is and goes over to sit for a picture he finds that nice man from So. America has taken the prime spot. Obama gets him to stand up but not to budge (good on you South America). I can almost hear Obama saying “hey, she’s supposed to be my date”. Then he has to go to the next row and squirm his way as close as possible behind the queen so he isn’t too humiliated.

    I would love to hear that upon observing Obama deep bow to the Saudi rich man the Queen quickly signaled her protocol staff to put someone else beside her, or maybe that the staff did it on their own.

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