The BOob is a pushover – that is the message from Barack Obama’s European vacation. The news from Asia is not much better as North Korea sizes up Obama and sees a dwarf.
World leaders sized up Obama and decided he is a celebrity wannabee. So world leaders gave Obama the soul craving celebrity he wants for himself and then smartly picked the pockets of Uncle Sam while Obama grinned.
This is all in keeping with the Obama history of self-agrandizement and doing nothing, zero, for anyone else. During the European Vacation Obama backslapped as if he was back at Harvard University bamboozling conservatives and liberals in order to advance himself. During the European Vacation Obama grinned and laughed and cameras popped but Americans were about as comforted as Obama’s freezing Chicago constituents. During the European Vacation Obama insulted America in order to make himself more popular.
World leaders took a page from Madame Mao, the “White-boned Demon” and flattered and built up Obama on a pedestal so high Obama became irrelevant.
Social power and popularity can be potent weapons if you are Louis XIV of France, the “Sun King”. But Obama’s yearning for celebrity, social power, and popularity are to fill a void in his fatherless self not to help America nor Americans.
Big Media won’t say Obama was made a fool of and mocked by real world leaders. Big Media prefers to focus on the sleeveless scowler and praise her clumsy protocol pratfalls.
World leaders saw Obama, shuttered their eyelids, smiled, and whispered “Sucker”.
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Obama is whining and wants the Security Council of the United Nations to do something about North Korea’s latest slap in the Obama face. Obama whines that North Korea violated international “rules”. This risible plea from Obama made us laugh because Obama, of all people, now wants words to “mean something”. Here is what Obama yelped: “This provocation underscores the need for action, not just this afternoon at the Security Council but in our determination to prevent the spread of these weapons,” Mr. Obama said. “Rules must be binding. Violations must be punished. Words must mean something.”
Any doubt that North Korea wanted to deliberately slap Obama in the face, throw a shoe at him, is dispelled by the timing (which the hapless New York Times labels an “irony”).
Mr. Obama’s comments on North Korea were delivered here at the end of a historic speech before more than 20,000 people that, in a twist of irony, was planned in advance to lay out Mr. Obama’s plans to stop the spread of nuclear arms. That North Korea had fired a rocket over Japan and into the Pacific just hours before Mr. Obama’s speech lent his message an added urgency, Mr. Obama said, although White House officials disputed any suggestion that the secretive government in the North timed its rocket launch to coincide with Mr. Obama’s speech.
It is clear to anyone allowed to tell the truth or who wishes to accept reality that the North Korea missile launch, ready and able to be fired for days, was designed to “coincide” with yet another Obama speech.
Will the United Nations provide Obama with another heaping helping of celebrity but zero action?
The Security Council resolution bans ballistic missiles for military use, and some suggest it would be tough to come down hard if there was any sign that a satellite really was the payload, even if the technology could also be used to launch a nuclear warhead.
The ambiguity means any decision on how to respond will be political, said Daniel Pinkston, a Seoul-based analyst for the International Crisis Group, a Brussels-based think tank that provides detailed analysis about North Korea.
“It’s pretty clear already: I think the Chinese and the Russians, but particularly the Chinese, are not going to support additional sanctions,” he told reporters Friday.
“It really depends upon the views of the permanent five members of the Security Council. And if China or Russia do not support this, then nothing’s gonna happen.”
The North Korean launch early Sunday morning “was a bold act of defiance against President Barack Obama, Japanese leader Taro Aso, Hu Jintao of China and others who pressed Pyongyang in the days leading up to liftoff to call off a launch they said would threaten peace and stability in Northeast Asia. “I urge North Korea to abide fully by the resolutions of the U.N. Security Council,” Obama said in Prague, Czech Republic, calling on Pyongyang to refrain from further “provocative” actions.”
Perhaps it is time for Obama to make matters worse and hold one of his naive promised meetings with North Korea’s dictator “without preconditions”.
The long-range North Korean rocket hit Obama squarely on the nose, with impunity. International condemnation will amount to Obama style words, words, words. North Korea, with nuclear weapons and a missile delivery system, will no doubt be considered by Big Media to be an Obama triumph.
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Obama’s European Vacation reminds us of a bar scene in the film Casablanca in which a “dark European” warns a fellow bar patron “I beg of you, Monsieur, watch yourself. Be on guard. This place is full of vultures, vultures everywhere, everywhere.” The warning coincides with the expert pick pocketing of the hapless bar patron by the “dark European”.
Barack Obama went to Europe to bask in the celebrity spotlight and opportunity for myriad publicity stunts. Obama will temporarily satisfy his need for celebrity adulation but Americans will get nothing other than bills from this Obama concert tour.
President Barack Obama is learning the limits of personal diplomacy.
Warmly greeted by European leaders and the public alike as a welcome relief from his predecessor, Obama’s appeal hasn’t enabled to him to bridge differences on key economic and military issues with American allies.
Obama left the G-20 summit in London without securing any further commitment by individual countries to enact more stimulus spending. And Saturday he departs from NATO’s gathering in this French-German border town without a pledge by allies to send further combat troops to Afghanistan to bolster the American military surge there.
Obama will get applause and frat-boy style back-slapping. Americans will get the bills from the “sucker”.
But in his first real taste of diplomacy, Obama is finding out that, like in domestic politics, the gushing praise that other leaders may bestow doesn’t necessarily translate into support for the entirety of his agenda. In other words, simply not being George W. Bush wasn’t enough.
At NATO, the president touted the 5,000 additional trainers and security forces and dismissed questions about why nations weren’t sending additional combat forces – even though the contribution is dwarfed by the 21,000 new American troops Obama has committed to the conflict since taking office.
Obama will get applause to his face from world leaders, and mockery and “sucker” behind closed doors.
Even France’s Nicolas Sarkozy managed to disappoint, despite gushing over Obama as “a U.S. president who wants to change the world and who understands that the world does not boil down to simply American frontiers and borders.”
At the same news conference Friday, Sarkozy said bluntly that, no, there would be no French boots on the ground.
Obama received a similar reaction from Germany’s Angela Merkel – a warm embrace and a cold shoulder to a big combat presence there.
The summit in London was equally disappointing. There, Obama had hoped European allies would pump cash directly into their economies to reverse a global economic meltdown, just the way Obama did with a $787 billion stimulus package at home. But the individual countries stopped short and only committed another $1.1 trillion in new International Monetary Fund lending and other guarantees for poor nations – not at all what Obama had in mind.
The embarrassment that is American Big Media continues to make excuses for the bumbling clod and continues to praise and sing for Obama:
To be sure, Obama can come home feeling like he notched some significant accomplishments on his European tour so far – not least of which was holding his own comfortably on his maiden voyage onto the world stage. He also began to forge personal relationships that he said several times he believes will pay off down the road.
Obama got alleged fans to say nice things about him in public and that is supposed to be a “significant” accomplishment. Obama got back-slapping smiles; Americans got back-stabbing hefty bills from Obama and his 500 aides.
Even Obama at some level knows he has been taken and treated as a rube. A good case can be made that Obama knows he indeed is a clod, a rube, an inexperienced, unqualified boob:
But Obama couldn’t completely disguise that his first trip abroad as the American president was a bit of an eye-opener. He hinted at this Welcome to The NFL moment in taking an open-ended question from an Austrian reporter at NATO about his impressions so far of the continent.
“It was also interesting to see that political interaction in Europe is not that different from the United States Senate,” he noted. There’s a lot of – I don’t know what the term is in Austrian– wheeling and dealing. And people are pursuing their interests and everybody has their own particular issues and their own particular politics.”
Hillary Clinton, John McCain, and this website have long known what Obama is only now beginning to discover, but still not fully understand nor fully appreciate – Lord Palmerston’s truism “Nations have no permanent friends or allies, they only have permanent interests.”
World leaders will be more than happy to dump “praise” of Obama in public in exchange for doing as they please and doing nothing to help American policy aims.
The summit’s co-hosts, French President Nicholas Sarkozy and German Chancellor Angela Merkel, both were quick to offer support for Obama’s new Afghan strategy of sending American reinforcements and bolstering the training of Afghan forces. But they would go no farther.
Obama received applause during his European vacation for his publicity stunts. Americans received insults from Obama when he spoke to European students, who are in Obama’s fan base.
“President Barack Obama has declared that America has “failed to appreciate Europe’s leading role in the world” and has “shown arrogance and been dismissive, even derisive” towards its allies. ”
His speech in Strasbourg went further than any United States president in history in criticising his own country’s action while standing on foreign soil. But he sought to use the comments, which amount to a mea culpa for recent American foreign policy, as leverage to alter European views of America and secure more troops for the war in Afghanistan.
Obama insulted Americans in order to get more troops for his war in Afghanistan and to get applause from students. No additional troops are coming for Obama’s war.
Obama received applause, America got nothing.
But though he continued to dazzle Europeans on his debut international tour, the Continent’s leaders turned their backs on the US President.
Gordon Brown was the only one to offer substantial help. He offered to send several hundred extra British soldiers to provide security during the August election, but even that fell short of the thousands of combat troops that the US was hoping to prise from the Prime Minister.
t two other allies made firm offers of troops. Belgium offered to send 35 military trainers and Spain offered 12. Mr Obama’s host, Nicolas Sarkozy, refused his request.
The derisory response threatened to tarnish Mr Obama’s European tour, which yesterday included a spellbinding performance in Strasbourg in which he offered the world a vision of a future free of nuclear weapons.
Obama received applause for his “spellbinding performance”. America got nothing.
Obama begged. “Europe should not simply expect the United States to shoulder that burden alone,” he said. “This is a joint problem it requires a joint effort.”
Obama threatened and fear-mongered: He said that failing to support the US surge would leave Europe open to a fresh terrorist offensive. “It is probably more likely that al-Qaeda would be able to launch a serious terrorist attack on Europe than on the United States because of proximity,” he said.
The presidential charm offensive failed to move fellow Nato countries. President Sarkozy told Mr Obama that France would not be sending reinforcements to bolster its existing force northeast of Kabul.
Germany, Italy, Poland, Canada and Denmark said that they were considering their positions. After a meeting with Angela Merkel, the German Chancellor, Mr Obama tried to apply further moral pressure. “I am sure that Germany, as one of the most important leaders in Europe, will be stepping up to the plate and helping us to get the job done.”
Obama is only now, when it is too late, beginning to learn that nations have interests, not friends.
World leaders this week pretended to be Obama’s “friend”.
Behind his back, world leaders whisper: “Obama is a boob. Obama is a sucker. Let’s roll him.”