Publicity stunts, bread and Chicago circus style, are on tap today. Barack Obama will bathe himself in his adored Klieg lights as he appears via tape on all the Sunday morning political chat shows (except for Fox News). These appearances will be publicity stunts, ostensibly to promote health care insurance reform, but only someone who wants to believe Circus Queen and Tinkerbell need applause to live is still befuddled that health care is really on the menu.
Obama will appear on Big Media broadcast network outlets today to pretend to fight for something that is long dead. Universal health care reform died in Denver in August 2008. Barack Obama Is and Was the Enemy of Health Care Reform. Perhaps Big Media will ask Obama about his plots and schemes to kill health care reform in Illinois, but somehow we doubt the unmentionable will be mentioned.
Obama this week will also tour New York City and do his best to politically assassinate Governor David Paterson, make Israel defenseless, and hide the obvious contempt world leaders have towards the Tinkerbell president.
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The New York Times has a front page story on how Obama wants to throttle the African-American Governor of New York. Obama is a “racist”. Readers of Big Pink will not be surprised by the Times story because we have already written about the machinations of Chuck Schumer.
Chuck Schumer intends to get reelected easily and with big majorities and no one will stand in his way if he can help it. Chuck sees the problems Dimocrats face in 2010 and he will take no chances. Chuck will not go the way of Boxer or Reid or Dodd with tough reelection campaigns – not if he can help it.
And so Chuck Schumer, the U.S. Senator from New York is now working with labor unions and Dimocrats to get rid of African-American David Paterson.
Chuck Schumer hates Andrew Cuomo, the likely David Paterson replacement, but Chuck knows reelection will be easier with Cuomo at the top of the ticket than with barely double digits Paterson.
And remember, Andrew Cuomo cannot be the one to force Paterson out.
Today, the New York Times follows up on our reporting:
President Obama has sent a request to Gov. David A. Paterson that he withdraw from the New York governor’s race, fearing that Mr. Paterson cannot recover from his dismal political standing, according to two senior administration officials and a New York Democratic operative with direct knowledge of the situation.
The decision to ask Mr. Paterson to step aside was proposed by political advisers to Mr. Obama, but approved by the president himself, one of the administration officials said.
“Is there concern about the situation in New York? Absolutely,” the second administration official said Saturday evening. “Has that concern been conveyed to the governor? Yes.”
The political abortionist at the White House is Rahm Emanuel (ask Paul Hackett or Carolyn Maloney). The abortion is at the request of Chuck Schumer. The New York Times quotes the unnamed “political advisers” and reveals that it was African-American Representative Gregory W. Meeks of Queens who delivered the dead fish to Paterson.
The New York Times discusses the danger to Dimocrats in Congress and the state legislature in 2010. Governor Paterson is described as “resistant”. There is also fear of Rudy Giuliani running for Governor sparking armies of voters to the polls which would endanger any and all Dimocrats running in New York State.
Readers of Big Pink know U.S. Senator Schumer is the hand forcing Paterson out. Readers of Big Pink also know that Andrew Cuomo, because of his run against African-American Carl McCall years ago, cannot again challenge African-American Governor Paterson. Forget “content of one’s character”, this is skin color privilege Obama style. It’s “get a black to kill a black politics” and Obama is perfect for the job. According to the Times, Obama “could give them cover to abandon Mr. Paterson and endorse another candidate, most likely Attorney General Andrew M. Cuomo”. African-Americans will once again be taught the lesson they refused to accept in 2008: Obama cannot be trusted.
Readers of Big Pink will also recall (the New York Times gets this all wrong) that it was Chuck Schumer who El Kabonged Caroline Kennedy because he needed someone from above the Tappen Zee bridge to run on the ticket and Caroline Kennedy also would be a privileged attention getter he would have to babysit for two years.
By the way, Kirsten Gillibrand might have injured herself politically by this past week’s support of ACORN. Gillibrand was only one of seven Senators who supported ACORN continuing to get taxpayer money. This is sure to be a campaign issue – one which will not help Gillibrand – especially because she will have to explain why Chuck Schumer voted to block ACORN from taxpayer funds. Gillibrand will also have to explain why Governor Paterson supports an investigation of ACORN and has frozen current and future contracts with ACORN. Former ACORN lawyer Obama could not possibly be happy with Paterson blocking money to his thugs.
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The New York Times today also writes what we wrote about months ago. World Leaders And North Korea To Barack Obama: Sucker discussed the contempt world leaders have towards Obama.
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.
Today, the New York Times, politely restates what we wrote so clearly months ago:
Foreign counterparts flock to meet with him, and polls show that people in many countries feel much better about the United States.
But eight months after his inauguration, all that good will so far has translated into limited tangible policy benefits for Mr. Obama. As much as they may prefer to deal with Mr. Obama instead of his predecessor, George W. Bush, foreign leaders have not gone out of their way to give him what he has sought.
European allies still refuse to send significantly more troops to Afghanistan. The Saudis basically ignored Mr. Obama’s request for concessions to Israel, while Israel rebuffed his demand to stop settlement expansion. North Korea defied him by testing a nuclear weapon. Japan elected a party less friendly to the United States. Cuba has done little to liberalize in response to modest relaxation of sanctions. India and China are resisting a climate change deal. And Russia rejected new sanctions against Iran’s nuclear program even as Mr. Obama heads into talks with Tehran.
Obama is a boob and foreign leaders know it. The New York Times puts a soft Kleig light on the issue, but Obama is a boob is a boob.
For an administration whose officials regularly boast of having what they call “the best brand in the world,” there is what Stephen Sestanovich calls growing “frustration with what other countries are prepared to contribute to advancing supposedly common interests.” Personal relations are important, said Mr. Sestanovich, a former Clinton administration ambassador with ties to the current team, but national interests still dominate. “That’s what American presidents generally discover,” he said.
That’s old reality. Now we have the new Hopium reality and the only thing that matters is Obama getting the publicity and attention he wants and… God Damn America. The chickens are coming home to roost.
James K. Glassman, who served as Mr. Bush’s last under secretary of state for public diplomacy and public affairs and now leads the former president’s new research institute, said popularity only went so far. “I wouldn’t say it’s not important to be well liked. It is important. But there are other factors involved,” he said. “What you need to do is find out where you have mutual interests.” [snip]
“The problem is he’s asking for roughly the same things President Bush asked for and President Bush didn’t get them, not because he was a boorish diplomat or a cowboy,” said Peter D. Feaver, a former adviser to Mr. Bush now at Duke University. “If that were the case, bringing in the sophisticated, urbane President Obama would have solved the problem. President Bush didn’t get them because these countries had good reasons for not giving them.”
In other words, Russia’s national interests did not change just because Mr. Obama arrived on the scene. India and China still worry about the economic impact of curbing greenhouse gas emissions. Europeans may like Mr. Obama but most of them still oppose the war in Afghanistan.
We’ve argued for years that Lord Palmerston was right about foreign policy but the Hopium addled and Dumb White People, in their Hopium dens and even at the New York Times, argued it was Obama’s “face” that would change the world and lead to chants from celestial choirs. Well, welcome to the world of reality at Lord Palmerston quoting Big Pink.
“Nations have no permanent friends or allies, they only have permanent interests.”
Obama this week will also host a publicity stunt featuring Benyamin Netanyahu and someone who might or might not represent Palestinians. It’s just a publicity stunt. It’s a publicity stunt for Klieg light loving Obama but it’s just a publicity stunt:
“The meeting does not mean negotiations,” a spokesman for President Mahmoud Abbas said after the White House announced the first encounter between Abbas and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu since the latter took office in March.
The summit will take place on Tuesday in New York during the U.N. General Assembly, U.S. officials said. They called it a mark of the president’s personal commitment to Middle East peace but played down the prospect of major immediate developments. [snip]
However, neither side has shown any shift away from the deadlock that was evident on Friday when Obama’s special envoy George Mitchell completed a week shuttling around the region.
Each blamed the other for a failure to re-launch talks that were suspended in December while Israel and Hamas fought in the Gaza Strip. Many analysts doubt Obama’s ability to end six decades of conflict in his quest to stabilise the Middle East.
Israel welcomed a meeting “without preconditions”. But Abbas spokesman Nabil Abu Rdainah repeated Palestinian demands, echoed by Washington since Obama took office in January, that Netanyahu should halt settlement expansion before full-blown talks resume.
Nations have interests and zero interest in fluffing Obama more than with Kleig lights. Just pat him on the head and make him happy but do nothing. Foreign leaders have taken the measure of Obama and he is a dwarf.
And whatever happened to that Iran deadline Obama had set? Nothing. Obama is a boob and a joke and foreign leaders know it. Just pat him on the head and make him happy but do nothing.
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Hillary Clinton is respected around the world and in New York. Obama is not respected anywhere.
Treachery, Fear, And Loathing, In New York will be displayed this week. And laughter, there’s always the laughter as more and more realize Obama is a boob.
This morning he is blitzing the airwaves, giving interviews to all America’s main television stations.
But for what? Mr Obama has tactics a plenty – calm and patient engagement with unpleasant regimes, finding common interests, appealing to shared values – but where is the strategy? What, exactly, did “Change you can believe in” – the hallmark slogan of his campaign – actually mean?
The President’s domestic critics who accuse him of being the sinister wielder of a socialist master-plan are wide of the mark. The man who has run nothing more demanding than the Harvard Law Review is beginning to look out of his depth in the world’s top job. His credibility is seeping away, and it will require concrete achievements rather than more soaring oratory to recover it.
In New York this week Obama will try to recover the achievements in reality he never had.
All Obama will find in New York is Fear and Loathing for his boobery.
All Obama will provide in New York is Treachery.