Having fled from bitter and clingy Americans during this hot July, in search of gravitas, Barack Obama packed his tents and took his circus on a European Vacation. But gravitas is not a tourist trinket to be purchased cheaply. Gravitas is earned. Gravitas is purchased with experience and struggle for purpose.
Obama has none of these characteristics. George W. Bush is “the ignorant” (as the London Times dubbed it) Obama is ‘the arrogant’. The American people will snub him in NOvember.
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As Clinton approached, Kennedy made sure to make eye contact and indicated he wanted to shake her hand. Clinton leaned towards Kennedy over a row of seats and Kennedy leaned in towards her. They shook hands.
Obama stood icily staring at Clinton during this, then turned his back and stepped a few feet away. Kennedy may’ve wanted to make peace with Clinton but Obama clearly wanted no part of that.
As president, Obama has said he would meet with the U.S.’s enemies without precondition. But making nice with Clinton apparently is another mattter after the increasingly angry fight the two have waged, with charges and countercharges, for the Democratic presidential nomination.
We know Hillary is “likeable enough” so the Obama snub reeked of fear and arrogance.
But now Obama has chosen to snub bitter and clingy American troops in Germany, many of those troops are wounded and in hospitals.
George W. Bush (the ignorant) banned pictures and televised reports of the coffins of American dead arriving home for burial. “W” was busy exercising. Likewise Obama (the arrogant) found himself at the gym of the Ritz-Carlton in Germany instead of amidst the scarlet bandages and hosptial antiseptic stench of American wounded.
The alarm clock did not go off, or Michelle did not kick in with his wake up call, the maid is to blame, the hotel lost the mapquest directions, a gym session was necessary because the flab around the hips is sticking out due to all that good German chocolat, the troops would ask for autographs and maybe sell them on Ebay without giving him a cut of the proceeds, the excuses from the Obama circus flowed.
Andrea Mitchell of MSNBC was provided excuses by the Obama campaign – which blamed the Pentagon or someone other than Obama – for the ugly snub of American troops recovering in American bases in Germany. Andrea Mitchell did her job for the MSNBC/Obama propaganda ministry. Unfortunately for Andrea, like blood soaked bandages, the excuses had to be replaced rapidly. The Obama campaign excuses did not hold.
Chief Pentagon spokesman Geoff Morrell confirmed to Politico that Department of Defense officials cautioned Barack Obama’s campaign that his planned visit to wounded American troops in Germany could not be political in nature and that he would be barred from bringing along campaign staff and reporters. He also said that Cindy McCain recently requested to visit sailors aboard the U.S.N.S. Comfort and was denied.
“Sen. Obama is welcome to visit Landstuhl or any military hospital in his official capacity as a United States senator,” Morrell said in a brief interview. “But there is a DOD policy which governs campaigning and electioneering at military facilities that would have to be respected if he were to visit. That distinction was relayed and made clear to campaign, and they made a decision on their own based on that guidance.”
Morrell, in a subsequent interview, added that military officials told Obama he could only visit the military facility with his Secret Service detail and Senate staff.
Obama is too busy to ever do Senate work or visit the troops or do anything other than carnival bark at his Chicago circus.
As Chairman Of The Subcommittee On European Affairs, Barack Obama Has Failed To Hold Any Hearings On Afghanistan:
Barack Obama Has Served As Chairman Of The Subcommittee On European Affairs From 2007 – 2008. (U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee Website, www.senate.gov
, Accessed 2/15/08)
The Subcommittee On European Affairs Has Jurisdiction Over The Countries Of Europe As Well As NATO Activities. “Jurisdiction: The subcommittee deals with all matters concerning U.S. relations with the countries on the continent of Europe…and with the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, the European Union and the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe.” (U.S. Senate Committee On Foreign Relations Website, http://foreign.senate.gov
, Accessed 2/27/07)
· As Chairman Of The Subcommittee On European Affairs, Barack Obama Could Have Held Hearings On The Role Of NATO In Afghanistan. “[A]mbassador John Ritch, who served for two decades as the Senate Foreign Relations Committee’s senior staffer on European affairs and East-West relations…[P]oints out that as subcommittee chair, Obama could have examined a wide variety of urgent matters, from the role of NATO in Afghanistan and Iraq to European energy policy and European responses to climate change…” (Joe Conason, “Obama’s European Problem,” www.salon.com
Obama had a choice this week between the gym at the Ritz-Carlton and that horrid little trip to the hospital without photographers clicking like locusts.
“We made it clear to him that campaign staff and press would not be permitted to accompany him,” Morrell said of Obama. “We relayed those ground rules. They made a choice based upon the information we relayed to them. It was their choice. We had nothing to do with it.”
Like a starlet wrapped in cheap rabbit fur stole and slinky dress Obama wanted to be photographed. No photos, no visit. Snub ’em.
Military personnel at Ramstein Air Force Base, where the senator was to fly into, had already made arrangements to accommodate Obama’s traveling press pack and campaign staff while he visited the wounded troops, Morrell said.
Obama’s campaign tells a different story.
Of course. “Obama’s campaign tells a different story”. What a surprise. Soon, it will be racism that prevented Obama’s visit. It was a matter of priorities, and the gym came first. George W. would have done the same. If Obama had wanted to visit the injured, he would have. It’s that simple. It is doubtful that with his Big Media posse Obama would have been denied access, if, if, he followed the rules by not trying to exploit the injured troops.
Obama, who was not traveling with any Senate staffers, decided on the flight Wednesday from Tel Aviv to Berlin not to visit the hospital.
Trying to make clear that this was not an attempt to undercut the Democratic nominee, Morrell also noted that when McCain officials asked the Pentagon for permission to let Cindy McCain visit the massive U.S. hospital ship, the U.S.N.S. Comfort, the request was rejected.
“Had she gone with Sen. McCain, it would have been OK,” Morrell said, underlining the delineation between what are official and campaign activities.
Cindy McCain with two sons just out of Iraq service could not visit a hospital ship because her visit would clearly be political. Obama knew the rules:
My colleague Mike Allen reminds me that Obama has mixed a troop visit and politicking on the same day with a simple solution: Leave the press outside. [snip]
The campaign’s protective pool made its debut today. Your pool departed the Capital Hilton at 6:50 am, arriving by 7 am at the Omni Shoreham Hotel, where Senator Obama spent the night.
After holding outside for two hours, your pool drove to far Northwest Washington. Mr. Obama arrived at the main building of Walter Reed Army Medical Hospital at 9:20 am. He made no comments when he departed at 11 am. Your pool followed the motorcade to the Renaissance hotel for [the National Association of Latino Elected Officials], arriving at 11:15 am.
We have heard the excuses before. Obama always has an excuse. Obama votes “present” or fails to vote and makes it seem as if that was a monumental act of courage. When very close friends and confidants of more than 20 years become a liability Obama does a George W. and says ‘hardly knew him’ or ‘he’s not the person I thought I knew’. Blame the Staff:
They allege Obama has a penchant for blaming his staff for gaffes ranging from missing a union event in New Hampshire to circulating opposition research highlighting the Clintons’ ties to India and Indian-Americans to underestimating the amount of cash bundled for his campaigns by his former fundraiser, indicted businessman Antoin “Tony” Rezko.
“Barack Obama will not be coming to us,” a spokesperson for the U.S. military hospital in Landstuhl told Der Spiegel. “I don’t know why.”
Obama senior adviser Robert Gibbs told ABC News in a statement, “During his trip as part of the CODEL to Afghanistan and Iraq, Sen. Obama visited the combat support hospital in the Green Zone in Baghdad and had a number of other visits with the troops. For the second part of his trip, the senator wanted to visit the men and women at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center to express his gratitude for their service and sacrifice. The senator decided out of respect for these servicemen and women that it would be inappropriate to make a stop to visit troops at a U.S. military facility as part of a trip funded by the campaign.” [snip]
But the campaign of Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., issued the following comment on Obama’s decision.
“Barack Obama is wrong,” said McCain spokesman Brian Rogers. “It is never ‘inappropriate’ to visit our men and women in the military.”
An Obama adviser, Air Force Maj. Gen. Scott Gration (Ret.), later elaborated on Obama’s decision to skip the event.
“We learned from the Pentagon last night that the visit would be viewed instead as a campaign event,” Gration said. “Sen. Obama did not want to have a trip to see our wounded warriors perveived [sic] as a campaign event when his visit was to show his appreciation for our troops and decided instead not to go.”
Wounded American troops are learning what we know:
Obama simply cannot be trusted. Obama cannot be trusted on any issue. Obama cannot be trusted by his friends. Obama cannot be trusted by his enemies. Obama cannot be trusted.
Obama’s last snub will be the one delivered by the American Voter in NOvember – if the superdelegates do not snub Obama in August.