We all recall WORM – What Obama Really Meant.
During the primary and the general election campaigns Obama said foolish things all the time. Afterwards, the Obama campaign would trot out a paid operative to correct and clean up after Obama. Big Media would join in immediately to help Obama cover up his foolish statement. Big Media and paid campaign operatives would spin the Obama foolish statements and tell us all What Obama Really Meant.
Now the Polish Government is getting the WORM treatment. Obama has become a Polish joke.
According to the Web site of Polish President Lech Kaczynski, in a conversation yesterday between him, Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk, and President-elect Barack Obama, the newly-elected American president said “that the anti-missile shield project will be continued.”
Obama also “expressed hope that the political and military cooperation between the two countries will be continued,” the Polish President’s Web site says, per Bloomberg News.
Obama disputes this characterization.
Senior foreign policy adviser Denis McDonough in a statement said, “President-elect had a good conversation with the Polish President and the Polish Prime Minister about the important U.S.-Poland alliance. President Kaczynski raised missile defense but President-elect Obama made no commitment on it. His position is as it was throughout the campaign, that he supports deploying a missile defense system when the technology is proved to be workable.”
In August, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and the Polish government signed an agreement for Poland to host 10 interceptor missiles, but Obama has not been a forceful advocate of this program and Polish leaders are concerned that Obama may ultimately end the project.
“The American administration has changed. Whether the Americans’ decisions will change, we don’t know,” Tusk told the Gazeta Wyborcza newspaper. “If the Americans decide to stop or suspend the project, for example because of financial reasons, we will just accept this information. We can’t build it ourselves.”
Russia opposes such a system, and almost immediately after Obama was elected Russia President Dmitry Medvedev announced plans to put missiles in an area between Poland and Lithuania to “neutralize” the missile defense system.
Instability is a WORM hazzard under the inexperienced, unqualified Obama. The Europeans are worried about the Russians and now they have to worry about WORMy Obama.
The Post provided a lot of good campaign coverage, but readers have been consistently critical of the lack of probing issues coverage and what they saw as a tilt toward Democrat Barack Obama. My surveys, which ended on Election Day, show that they are right on both counts.
With a long recitation of stories and photos published by the Washington Post, the ineffective ombudsman at the Washington Post proves the bias at the Washington Post. Now that voting is over the ombudsman decides to tell the truth about the bias while praising the Post’s coverage and team.
The very late and useless ombudsman comes up with this amazing revelation:
But Obama deserved tougher scrutiny than he got, especially of his undergraduate years, his start in Chicago and his relationship with Antoin “Tony” Rezko, who was convicted this year of influence-peddling in Chicago. The Post did nothing on Obama’s acknowledged drug use as a teenager.
Newsweek editors after the election declare Obama “creepy” and “manipulative“. Tom Brokaw admits, as Charlie Rose concurs, that they have no idea who this Frankenstein creature from Chicago is. The Post’s ombudsman now finally admits that their prideful election “coverage” was fairly useless.
In early coverage, I wasn’t a big fan of the long-running series called “The Gurus” on consultants and important people in the campaigns. The Post has always prided itself on its political coverage, and profiles of the top dogs were probably well read by political junkies. But I thought the series was of no practical use to readers. While there were some interesting pieces in The Frontrunners series, none of them told me anything about where the candidates stood on any issue.
In Poland Obama is a Polish joke. In America, the joke is on us.