Still Below 50% Barack Obama Bows To Banker China

The Gallup poll now measures Obama’s approval by Americans at 48%. Gallup is not alone. The Celestial Choirs are booing the Boob. Obama is a chump offering chump change.

No amount of Senate or House shenanigans will flim-flam the American public into supporting the further looting of household incomes with the IRS acting as the Frank Nitti style enforcer for insurance companies and Big PhaRma along with their government cronies.

No amount of publicity stunts will save this Humpty Dumpty who went to the Wall and had a great fall. Obama’s publicity stunt to China and other Asian countries was universally acclaimed as a triumph of boobery.

The New York Times summarized the boobery in Asia:

Instead, with the novelty of a visit as America’s first black president having given way to the reality of having to plow through intractable issues like monetary policy (China), trade (Singapore, China, South Korea), security (Japan) and the 800-pound gorilla on the continent (China), Mr. Obama’s Asia trip has been, in many ways, a long uphill slog.

So it is no wonder that on the last day of the toughest part of his trip — the China part — Mr. Obama took a hike: a brisk, bracing 30-minute climb up the Great Wall. At around 3:30 Wednesday afternoon, Mr. Obama’s mile-long motorcade arrived at the Great Wall’s Badaling section, which snakes over jagged, rocky mountains.

The Chinese are not impressed with mile long publicity stunts.

But Mr. Obama quickly discovered that popularity on the Asian streets did not necessarily translate into policy successes behind closed doors in the Kantei, the Japanese White House, let alone in the Great Hall of the People in Beijing.

While in China for his latest publicity stunt, Obama figuratively bowed before Banker China. We’re not talking the “kiss my ass” bow in the latest Saturday Night Live sketch which reads more like serious history than comedy:

Close to a trillion debt to China… serious recession…. how many jobs has the “stimulus” created? – so far, none…. how exactly is extending health care coverage to 30 million people going to save you money?… I know what a “clunker” is…. Each of your plans to save money involves spending even more money – this does not inspire confidence… I suppose if I really wanted to get our money I could call and say I was a Wall Street banker who needs his bonus…. What steps?…. Do I look like Mrs. Obama… Why are you talking to me like I was Mrs. Obama?…

As Obama continues to spend, spend, spend with more plans to spend, spend, spend, – Big Media continues to protect Obama. The latest bit of protection is the little coverage of the China bow. Have no doubt, even though the Obama bow to banker China was figurative, Obama bowed.

At 90 degrees Obama bowed to the Saudi King and at 90 degrees Obama bowed to the Emperor of Japan. But in China Obama outdid himself with the equivalent of a 45 degree bow which lowered his lips to Chinese government shoes.

The Obama bow in China was figurative, not literal. Obama bowed to the power of China – the American banker. Americans can be sure that our Chinese money masters will be as kind as Snidely Whiplash on a nasty day.

The Obama bow to China is the latest Obama scam soon to arrive with a flurry of publicity stunts. Here’s what happened:

President Barack Obama gave his sternest warning yet about the need to contain rising U.S. deficits, saying on Wednesday that if government debt were to pile up too much, it could lead to a double-dip recession.

With the U.S. unemployment rate at 10.2 percent, Obama told Fox News his administration faces a delicate balance of trying to boost the economy and spur job creation while putting the economy on a path toward long-term deficit reduction.

His administration was considering ways to accelerate economic growth, with tax measures among the options to give companies incentives to hire, Obama said in the interview with Fox conducted in Beijing during his nine-day trip to Asia.

But first Obama will spend more, lots more.

All the flim-flam talk by Obama that soon he will stop the wild spending is an attempt to bamboozle more money from China. This latest flim-flam is also an attempt to bamboozle the American public that the “charge it to the Chinese” spending spree will eventually end. We don’t believe Obama for a second.

“It is important though to recognize if we keep on adding to the debt, even in the midst of this recovery, that at some point, people could lose confidence in the U.S. economy in a way that could actually lead to a double-dip recession,” he said.

Obama is destroying the American economy with his spend, spend, spend and “charge it to the Chinese” Obamanomics (Obamanomics is “voodoo economics”). But Obama will soon hold countless publicity stunts to convince Banker China and the American taxpayer that he is not a wastrel and a destroyer of worlds.

To get the truth Americans have to rely on anything but Big Media “news sources”. Big Media will protect Obama and his booberies as long as possible. But the truth is seeping out.

It is not only via not very funny “comedy” shows like Saturday Night Live that Americans get the truth. Like Soviet era dissidents or Chinese government opponents Americans discover daily that the official news outlets are mechanisms for lies. But the truth is seeping out. The truth is seeping out on Saturday Night Live and by listening in as photographers take pictures of the Boob In Chief.

All that Obama pretense about playing golf? Obama can’t play golf either. Or bowl. Obama is not ready on Day 5000 to play golf, let only be ready to govern. Obama “sucks” say the photographers whose pictures don’t tell the story. The official pictures paint Obama as a tiger of the links, but the photographers elbowing their sides in secret clownishness say “Obama sucks”.

Slowly, the truth is seeping out. Obama can’t do anything right – not even bow, bowl, golf or speak without TelePrompter.

The truth is seeping out. Next time Obama bows, Americans need to kick him in the change purse and back to the slimy depths of Lake Michigan and Corrupt Chicago.


65 thoughts on “Still Below 50% Barack Obama Bows To Banker China

  1. After reading your latest post admin:

    I’ve revamped my comment from yesterday’s thread-

    OMG- Last night’s SNL video tops all for insulting the lying sack taking up valuable space in our WH-

    Groundbreaking ridicule coming from SNL should set the tone from here on in- Hollywood finally “GETS IT!” YAY!

    The carefully worded comments coming from castrated cable carnivores paid to ignore Obama’s gaffes and idiotic actions should set them into a feeding frenzy following suit with insult after insult until Obama cries: “Uncle George, Get Me Outta Here. I can’t take it anymore!!”

    RUN this poser president Tar and Feathered out of town on a rail asap!

  2. Bravo, Admin!

    “No amount of publicity stunts will save this Humpty Dumpty who went to the Wall and had a great fall. Obama’s publicity stunt to China and other Asian countries was universally acclaimed as a triumph of boobery.”



  3. Mrs. Smith,

    Just my humble opinion, but the only reason “Hollywood” now gets it is because their ratings are sinking and they can no longer make excuses/whitewash/worship the joker in the Oval Office.

  4. “It is not only via not very funny “comedy” shows like Saturday Night Live that Americans get the truth. Like Soviet era dissidents or Chinese government opponents Americans discover daily that the official news outlets are mechanisms for lies. But the truth is seeping out. The truth is seeping out on Saturday Night Live.”

    Isn’t it pathetic that even though the SNL skit wasn’t that funny (and went on far too long, IMHO)we’re so desperate for the ‘truth to seep out’ that those of us who know the truth (and have known the truth) are glad the SOB’s plummeting ratings forced them to acknowledge Squat’s floundering failure? Although the “Who do you think I am – Mrs. Oobama? line did crack me up. (But TTTT it’s easier for me to imagine HER making HIm assume the position than vice versa) Ewwwwwwwwww………

  5. LMAO!

    “He SUX!”

    Now THAT was funny! Also laughed when they said “Everyone has a red hat on.”

    BTW, anyone else notice Squat’s passenger looks a little like Blago? (Whatever happened to him?)

  6. JanH
    November 22nd, 2009 at 6:33 pm

    I agree- Obama also promised beau coup bucks to Hollywood and the state of CA to fund their industry with grants and Tax incentives…

    He’s done nada for Hollywood. When the reality hits home (read pocketbook) they figure out what is going on rather quickly- Even Arnolda is quitting the game. As far as I know, he’s not running for re-election. And that shrewish wife of his Maria Shriver, suddenly, after 4 years, discovered womens issues and concerns.

    Oprah retiring in 2011! She may be forced out early midway in 2010.. She needs to shoulder the blame for misleading the public into voting for the Flim-Flam man as…’THE ONE’ we’ve been waiting for! The Change-Hopium President!

    I’ve read even AA’s are complaining he’s getting nothing done for them as well.

  7. Mrs. Smith
    November 22nd, 2009 at 7:05 pm

    Even Arnolda is quitting the game. As far as I know, he’s not running for re-election. And that shrewish wife of his Maria Shriver, suddenly, after 4 years, discovered womens issues and concerns.

    With all due respect, Arnold cannot run for another term, because of term limits. Shriver has been into women’s issues for quite sometime. It is not something new.

  8. AMB90,

    I take offense at your post in the previous thread I just read.

    You talk about Sarah Palin in the “boondocks” of Western PA. While I don’t live in the boondocks of W. PA, I do live in what I’m sure you would consider the “boondocks of central PA. I live in a very mountainous region and the people here are real.

    The way you described Sarah sounded like I had tuned into MSNBC by mistake. You were no better than the likes of Chris Matthews and his ilk in describing the people of W.Pa and Sarah Palin.

    I have been a Democrat all my life, but I did vote in the general election for McCain/Palin. I would never vote for him again, but I would vote for Sarah if Hillary was not running.

    I’m not sure if you were talking about Sarah when you said the words “stupid is as stupid does” or if you were talking about one of the other people you mentioned.

    I just hope you weren’t refering to Sarah to being stupid. I think the reason so many people like her is because she is down to earth and they can identify with her and they trust her. That’s more than I can say about alot of people. Just because a person isn’t sophisticated doesn’t mean they are stupid. Again, I don’t know if you were referring to Sarah when you said that or not. I hope not.

    I don’t know if you come from a city or where you come from, but I wouldn’t think of putting you or anyone else down because of where they come from.

    The people in the area I live are the nicest people you’d ever want to live near. I really get tired of people putting others down because they live “in the boondocks”.

  9. I had trouble viewing the clip but what struck me was how perfectly manicured the lawns were in the ‘hood’ of those 3 healthy, young, well-nourished guys.

    Beautiful clean street with cars parked in front of each house and they’re still moaning about how 1 brother knows more about Italians than his own ‘people.’

    (I know it’s a video but interesting choice of location)

    victicrat – perfect description of what dims spout in the time of squat.

  10. birdgal
    November 22nd, 2009 at 7:23 pm

    TG- for term limits.

    Shriver teaming up with <a href=Soros’ Center for American Progress advocating Women’s issues IS news to me!

  11. OOps…

    Here is the link for Soros’ Center for American Progress..

    h… w…

  12. bluegirl,


    ABM is a good guy but once in a while his passion for HRC gets the best of him.

    He’s a longtime poster here and he’s not usually that gruff.

    There are many SP admirerers at 44 (I’m one of them) and I think it’s clear by the SNL skit last night that the left is terrified of her.

  13. The leaked documents paint a vivid picture of the clash between what General Stewart described as “war-war” American commanders and their British counterparts, who he said preferred a “jaw-jaw” approach.

    The British have always been jealous of the Americans since WW2. Self esteem isues.


    Ya all know I like SP. Hillary first, but I wouldn’t bat an eye voting for SP.

  14. bluegirl,

    Welcome from me as well. ABM90 is a staunch Hillary supporter just as I am. Some of the comparisons between Hillary and Sarah do not fit for me, but I respect your opinion. However, as basil stated, there are a lot of Sarah Palin fans here. There are also a few who, while not fans, wish her well. I fit into that category.

  15. Sarah Palin Book Signing in Grand Rapids, MI

    Andrea Mitchell sad and pathetic. Isn’t it hilarious that she’s being held back by the cops?


  16. Mrs. Smith
    November 22nd, 2009 at 7:34 pm

    That is indeed new. I hope the project is beneficial for the women of this country, since we could sure use all the help we can get. It sounds like the project has widespread support. Soros has his hands in everything. Shriver has long been an advocate for women and I hope she is successful in her endeavors. The recent women’s conference held in Long Beach last month has been in place for about 6 years and was started by Shriver and Arnold. It has grown immensely.

  17. “The British have always been jealous of the Americans since WW2. Self esteem isues.”

    um, is it really this black and white? Is there no possiblity that there is a little bit of truth in what the British say or is the American military perfect in every way?

    I tend to believe that there is jealousy on both sides of the equation as well as egos and self-esteem issues.

  18. And as far as the British being jealous since WWII, I take exception to that. The British fought long and hard for years before the Americans joined in. The casualties and destruction in Great Britain was tremendous.

    Yes the Americans came in during the last few years and helped turn the war around, but the British,Russians, and undergrounds of many countries sacrificed much before that happened.

  19. Can I hear a AMEN…from BP

    Enthusiasm for Palin, and Echoes of 2008 Divide

    FORT WAYNE, Ind. — When tickets to see Sarah Palin in Michigan ran out, people drove to her appearance here, three hours away.

    Thousands had lined up overnight, starting nearly 24 hours before she was to begin signing books, camping out in 39-degree weather for a moment with the woman many see as the great conservative hope, a role model, “one of us.”

    They brought their sleeping bags, their children, homemade chocolate Cheerios bars, and balloons to twist into animal shapes and hats for the crowd. And they brought their anger — about bailouts, jobs and health care.

    If Sarah Palin was the star attraction, Barack Obama was a constant presence in the clutches of conversation along the lines snaking to meet her.

    “It may not be this year, it may not be next year, but we’re going to take our country back,” said Sherry Haner, 54, who was standing in the cold on Wednesday outside a mall in Grand Rapids, Mich., hoping to make it into the overflow crowd after failing to get one of the 1,000 bracelets Barnes & Noble had handed out as tickets to the signing.

    “My goal is to make him a half-term president,” said Chris Schwartz, waiting inside with her daughter and friends, who had pitched tents outside the previous evening to get tickets. “We need to get enough people in Congress to stop him in his tracks. One term is too long.”

    More @ link

  20. JanH
    November 22nd, 2009 at 8:33 pm

    Yes they did, as they had to after appeasing Hitler. No doubt about it, but the British military was no longer supreme and it caused MUCH distress on both sides. My father was poisoned by a British cook while in England during WW2. He almost died. They hated the “Yanks” and still do.

  21. I got this email. Thought it would be of interest to you.

    Just Trying to share with you all…….

    It makes you wonder…..

    Subject: If George Bush was an Idiot… Great Reading

    If George W. Bush had been the first President to need a tele-prompter
    installed to be able to get through a press conference, would you have
    laughed and
    said this is more proof of how inept he is on his own and is really
    controlled by smarter men behind the scenes?

    If George W. Bush had spent hundreds of thousands of dollars to take
    Laura Bush to a play in NYC, would you have approved?

    If George W. Bush had reduced your retirement plan’s holdings of GM
    stock by 90% and given the unions a majority stake in GM, would you have

    If George W. Bush had made a joke at the expense of the Special
    Olympics, would you have approved?

    If George W. Bush had given Gordon Brown a set of inexpensive and
    incorrectly formatted DVDs, when Gordon Brown had given him a
    thoughtful and
    historically significant gift, would you have approved?

    If George W. Bush had given the Queen of England an iPod containing
    videos of his speeches, would you have thought this embarrassingly
    narcissistic and

    If George W. Bush had bowed to the King of Saudi Arabia, would you have

    If George W. Bush had visited Austria and made reference to the
    non-existent “Austrian language,” would you have brushed it off as a
    minor slip?

    If George W. Bush had filled his cabinet and circle of advisers with
    people who cannot seem to keep current in their income taxes, would you
    have approved?

    If George W. Bush had been so Spanish illiterate as to refer to “Cinco
    de Cuatro” in front of the Mexican ambassador when it was the 5th of May
    (Cinco de
    Mayo), and continued to flub it when he tried again, would you have
    winced in

    If George W. Bush had mis-spelled the word “advice” would you have
    hammered him for it for years like Dan Quayle and potatoe as proof of
    what a dunce he

    If George W. Bush had burned 9,000 gallons of jet fuel to go plant a
    single tree on Earth Day, would you have concluded he’s a hypocrite?

    If George W. Bush’s administration had okayed Air Force One flying low
    over millions of people followed by a jet fighter in downtown Manhattan
    widespread panic, would you have wondered whether they actually get what
    happened on 9-11?

    If George W. Bush had failed to send relief aid to flood victims
    throughout the Midwest with more people killed or made homeless than in
    New Orleans, would you
    want it made into a major ongoing political issue with claims of racism

    If George W. Bush had created the position of 32 Czars who report
    directly to him, bypassing the House and Senate on much of what is
    happening in America,
    would you have approved.

    If George W. Bush had ordered the firing of the CEO of a major
    corporation, even though he had no constitutional authority to do so,
    would you have approved?

    If George W. Bush had proposed to double the national debt, which had
    taken more than two centuries to accumulate, in one year, would you have

    If George W. Bush had then proposed to double the debt again within 10
    years, would you have approved?

    So, tell me again, what is it about Obama that makes him so brilliant
    and impressive?

    Can’t think of anything? Don’t worry. He’s done all this in 5 months —
    so you’ll have three years and seven months to come up with an answer.

  22. gonzo,

    I’m sorry about your dad.

    So the British appeased at the beginning, and the Americans and Canadians ignored what was going on until it was almost too late. They knew about the concentration camps. They knew about the slaughtering as well. Both countries froze immigration to mere trickles. So there were enough mistakes on both sides.

    And I respect your opinion as always, but I still believe there was enough jealousy to go around on both sides.

  23. birdgal
    November 22nd, 2009 at 8:26 pm

    Mrs. Smith
    November 22nd, 2009 at 7:34 pm


    Shriver’s involvement with Soros in women’s issues will be about as beneficial to women as Soros involvement with selecting our current president is to us. Shriver, the Kennedys, Kerry, Dodd, and the rest of the Soros privatized democratic Gulag are DOA to Americans.

    With all due respect, birdgal, there is no upside to the people or issues Soros has invested in with his malignant money.

    If you take a few minutes in your spare time and read what wbboei has researched, written and published at h… you come away with the chilling knowledge Soros and his followers (Shriver at the head of the pack for Women’s issues) can never be Trusted to act in your best interest just like the candidate she helped elect for President.

  24. I will never forget Shriver, Caroline Kennedy, and Oprah’s endorsement of O. What ever they did in the past for women was distroyed when they took that action.

    You have to decide what is the issue you will go to the mat for. For women, it should be for Women. They betrayed every women when they endorsed and then supported O.

  25. NewMexicoFan
    November 22nd, 2009 at 9:27 pm
    I will never forget Shriver, Caroline Kennedy, and Oprah’s endorsement of O. What ever they did in the past for women was distroyed when they took that action.

    You have to decide what is the issue you will go to the mat for. For women, it should be for Women. They betrayed every women when they endorsed and then supported O.

    I do believe that Shriver, Kennedy, and Oprah did betray women with their endorsement of BO. It is astounding that powerful women chose to abandon women in their own pursuit of power and acceptance. We also saw this with the major “women’s” organizations. I want to think that Shriver’s project will do some good for women, but based upon her actions during the primary it is difficult to take her or any of the above very seriously. They cannot be trusted. They spew rhetoric, but their actions are totally different. There is a special place in hell for women who betray other women.

    Mrs. Smith, I will read the article. Thank you.

  26. jbstonesfan
    November 22nd, 2009 at 10:17 pm


    Secretary of State Clinton looks fantastic in that coat. The author of that article displayed her own culture ignorance and small mind. Another woman being catty and sexist. Look at the comments-they are mostly supportive and think that Hillary Clinton looks great. It is nice to see her wear something different. If MO came out in a burlap sack, people would say “doesn’t she look great? A real fashion statement.” Blah.

  27. Admin: Ha, thank you so much for that video of Obowme playing golf. You are so right he can’t do anything. Do you remember the “ceremonial” first pitch at the All Star game? The camera work was amazing but it still couldn’t hide his mama’s jeans.

  28. “There is a special place in hell for women who betray other women.”


    The Clintons did plenty for the Kennedys willingly and gladly when Bill was president. The Kennedy (all of them) did immense damage to Hillary during the Primary with their covert blindsiding support of BHO. Shriver being the most demonstrative claiming she felt ‘left out’ if she waited any longer to declare herself for Obama. grrrh- It still grinds my gears thinking about that night.


    “Mrs. Smith, I will read the article. Thank you.”

    I wish everyone here would give it a quick read, birdgal. Wbboei and confloyd worked for months on the Soros project connecting the dots to who is running the presidency from behind the curtain. Wbboei authenticates with links how Obama is following Soros’ blueprint to the letter, detailing the destruction of the middle class and the ultimate destruction of what is left of the Peace and Prosperity created by the Clintons. Destroying America itself.

  29. This is my first time commenting on this blog (although I am a long time lurker). I would just like to thank JanH for her post at 8.33. It was a very refreshing post.

  30. Unburied bodies tell the tale of Detroit — a city in despair

    htt p://ww

    The abandoned corpses, in white body bags with number tags tied to each toe, lie one above the other on steel racks inside a giant freezer in Detroit’s central mortuary, like discarded shoes in the back of a wardrobe.

    Some have lain here for years, but in recent months the number of unclaimed bodies has reached a record high. For in this city that once symbolised the American Dream many cannot even afford to bury their dead.

    “I have not seen this many unclaimed bodies in 13 years on the job,” said Albert Samuels, chief investigator at the mortuary. “It started happening when the economy went south last year. I have never seen this many people struggling to give people their last resting place.”

    Unburied bodies piling up in the city mortuary — it reached 70 earlier this year — is the latest and perhaps most appalling indignity to be heaped on the people of Detroit. The motor city that once boasted the highest median income and home ownership rate in the US is today in the midst of a long and agonising death spiral.

    After years of gross mismanagement by the city’s leaders and the big three car manufacturers of General Motors, Ford and Chrysler, who continued to make vehicles that Americans no longer wanted to buy, Detroit today has an unemployment rate of 28 per cent, higher even than the worst years of the Great Depression.

    The murder rate is soaring. The school system is in receivership. The city treasury is $300 million (£182m) short of the funds needed to provide the most basic services such as rubbish collection. In its postwar heyday, when Detroit helped the US to dominate the world’s car market, it had 1.85 million people. Today, just over 900,000 remain. It was once America’s fourth-largest city. Today, it ranks eleventh, and will continue to fall.

    Thousands of houses are abandoned, roofs ripped off, windows smashed. Block after block of shopping districts lie boarded up. Former manufacturing plants, such as the giant Fisher body plant that made Buicks and Cadillacs, but which was abandoned in 1991, are rotting.

    Even Detroit’s NFL football team, the Lions, are one of the worst in the country. Last season they lost all 16 games. This year they have lost eight, and won just a single game.

    Michigan’s Central Station, designed by the same people who gave New York its Grand Central Station, was abandoned 20 years ago. One photographer who produced a series of images for Time magazine said that he often felt, as he moved around parts of Detroit, as though he was in a post-apocalyptic disaster.

    Then in June, the $21,000 annual county budget to bury Detroit’s unclaimed bodies ran out. Until then, if a family confirmed that they could not afford to lay a loved one to rest, Wayne County — in which Detroit sits — would, for $700, bury the body in a rough pine casket at a nearby cemetery, under a marker.

    Darrell Vickers had to identify his aunt at the mortuary in September but he could not afford to bury her as he was unemployed. When his grandmother recently died, Mr Vickers’s father paid for her cremation, but with a credit card at 21 per cent interest. He said at the time it was “devastating” to not be able to bury his aunt.

    What has alarmed medical examiners at the mortuary is that most of the dead died of natural causes. It is evidence, they believe, of people who could not afford medical insurance and medicines and whose families can now not afford to bury them.

    Yet in recent weeks there have been signs of hope for Mr Samuels that he can reduce the backlog of bodies. Local philanthropists have donated $8,000 to help to bury the dead. In the past month, Mr Samuels has been able to bury 11 people. The number of unburied is now down to 55.

  31. bluegirl:I too live in the “boondocks or “Sticks.Both of these are terms that have been used to described distances rather than a putdown of the residents.Today they are called “suburbs”.I am not a writer or a scholar and I speak in terms of the past.We have here a generation gap of many years.I like SP but I belive she was “done In” by Her own party and the McCain team.They are the stupid ones for using her against Hillary>Last nite Sarah admitted to The vile Hannity that she is not interested in running again.She needs funds to fight legal expenses and get her family life back.The Repubs are throwing her at Hillary because there is no one in the field that can
    stop Hillary now.I will not apologize to anyone for my remarks.My anger is aimed at those that have taken our country to the banana groves of ridicule and mistrust.I wish Sarah well but there are too many similarities of the inexperience shown by SP and BO but their
    agendas are directly opposed.Hillary for POTUS and Sarah for VP.Great ticket.

  32. birdgal
    November 22nd, 2009 at 10:33 pm

    November 22nd, 2009 at 10:17 pm

    The author of that article is an idiot. From the picture it looks like a traditional Afghan coat (you see this type of art and fabric in northern India) and she wore it to show her cultural sensitivity. Style is the last thing on her mind on that mission.

  33. Linda192,

    Welcome and thank you for your comments.

    LOL…we don’t always agree, but this is a great place to argue honorably.

  34. 11/23/2009

    Obama’s Nice Guy Act Gets Him Nowhere on the World Stage

    By Gabor Steingart

    US President Barack Obama is back in the US after an Asian trip that produced few results.
    When he entered office, US President Barack Obama promised to inject US foreign policy with a new tone of respect and diplomacy. His recent trip to Asia, however, showed that it’s not working. A shift to Bush-style bluntness may be coming.

    There were only a few hours left before Air Force One was scheduled to depart for the flight home. US President Barack Obama trip through Asia had already seen him travel 24,000 kilometers, sit through a dozen state banquets, climb the Great Wall of China and shake hands with Korean children. It was high time to take stock of the trip.

    Barack Obama looked tired on Thursday, as he stood in the Blue House in Seoul, the official residence of the South Korean president. He also seemed irritable and even slightly forlorn. The CNN cameras had already been set up. But then Obama decided not to play along, and not to answer the question he had already been asked several times on his trip: what did he plan to take home with him? Instead, he simply said “thank you, guys,” and disappeared. David Axelrod, senior advisor to the president, fielded the journalists’ questions in the hallway of the Blue House instead, telling them that the public’s expectations had been “too high.”

    The mood in Obama’s foreign policy team is tense following an extended Asia trip that produced no palpable results. The “first Pacific president,” as Obama called himself, came as a friend and returned as a stranger. The Asians smiled but made no concessions.

    Lost Some Stature

    Upon taking office, Obama said that he wanted to listen to the world, promising respect instead of arrogance. But Obama’s currency isn’t as strong as he had believed. Everyone wants respect, but hardly anyone is willing to pay for it. Interests, not emotions, dominate the world of realpolitik. The Asia trip revealed the limits of Washington’s new foreign policy: Although Obama did not lose face in China and Japan, he did appear to have lost some of his initial stature.

    In Tokyo, the new center-left government even pulled out of its participation in a mission which saw the Japanese navy refueling US warships in the Indian Ocean as part of the Afghanistan campaign. In Beijing, Obama failed to achieve any important concessions whatsoever. There will be no binding commitments from China to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. A revaluation of the Chinese currency, which is kept artificially weak, has been postponed. Sanctions against Iran? Not a chance. Nuclear disarmament? Not an issue for the Chinese.

    The White House did not even stand up for itself when it came to the question of human rights in China. The president, who had said only a few days earlier that freedom of expression is a universal right, was coerced into attending a joint press conference with Chinese President Hu Jintao, at which questions were forbidden. Former US President George W. Bush had always managed to avoid such press conferences.

    Relatively Unsuccessful

    A look back in time reveals the differences. When former President Bill Clinton went to China in June 1998, Beijing wanted to impress the Americans. A press conference in the Great Hall of the People, broadcast on television as a 70-minute live discussion, became a sensation the world over. Clinton mentioned the 1989 Tiananmen Square massacre, when the government used tanks against protestors. But then President Jiang Zemin defended the tough approach taken by the Chinese Communists. At the end of the exchange, the Chinese president praised the debate and said: “I believe this is democracy!”

    Obama visited a new China, an economic power that is now making its own demands. America should clean up its government finances, and the weak dollar is unacceptable, the head of the Chinese banking authority said, just as Obama’s plane was about to land.

    Obama’s new foreign policy has also been relatively unsuccessful elsewhere, with even friends like Israel leaving him high and dry. For the government of Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, peace is only conceivable under its terms. Netanyahu has rejected Obama’s call for a complete moratorium on the construction of settlements. As a result, Obama has nothing to offer the Palestinians and the Syrians. “We thought we had some leverage,” says Martin Indyk, a former ambassador to Israel under the Clinton administration and now an advisor to Obama. “But that proved to be an illusion.”

    Even the president seems to have lost his faith in a genial foreign policy. The approach that was being used in Afghanistan this spring, with its strong emphasis on civilian reconstruction, is already being changed. “We’re searching for an exit strategy,” said a staff member with the National Security Council on the sidelines of the Asia trip.

    ‘A Lot Like Jimmy Carter’

    An end to diplomacy is also taking shape in Washington’s policy toward Tehran. It is now up to Iran, Obama said, to convince the world that its nuclear power is peaceful. While in Asia, Obama mentioned “consequences” unless it followed his advice. This puts the president, in his tenth month in office, where Bush began — with threats. “Time is running out,” Obama said in Korea. It was the same phrase Bush used against former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein, shortly before he sent in the bombers.

    There are many indications that the man in charge at the White House will take a tougher stance in the future. Obama’s advisors fear a comparison with former Democratic President Jimmy Carter, even more than with Bush. Prominent Republicans have already tried to liken Obama to the humanitarian from Georgia, who lost in his bid to win a second term, because voters felt that he was too soft. “Carter tried weakness and the world got tougher and tougher because the predators, the aggressors, the anti-Americans, the dictators, when they sense weakness, they all start pushing ahead,” Newt Gingrich, the former Republican speaker in the House of Representatives, recently said. And then he added: “This does look a lot like Jimmy Carter.”,1518,662822,00.html

  35. “And as far as the British being jealous since WWII, I take exception to that. The British fought long and hard for years before the Americans joined in. The casualties and destruction in Great Britain was tremendous.
    Yes the Americans came in during the last few years and helped turn the war around, but the British,Russians, and undergrounds of many countries sacrificed much before that happened”

    I take offense to this. Please get your facts right. The Canadain’s were involved from the beginning of WW2. They always seem to be forgotten. Just my thought.

  36. Obama is signing his own political death warrant with Healthcare reform. They are staring at major losses with this.

    Support for Health Care Plan Falls to New Low

    Just 38% of voters now favor the health care plan proposed by President Obama and congressional Democrats. That’s the lowest level of support measured for the plan in nearly two dozen tracking polls conducted since June.

    The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 56% now oppose the plan.

    Half the survey was conducted before the Senate voted late Saturday to begin debate on its version of the legislation. Support for the plan was slightly lower in the half of the survey conducted after the Senate vote.

    Prior to this, support for the plan had never fallen below 41%. Last week, support for the plan was at 47%. Two weeks ago, the effort was supported by 45% of voters.

    Intensity remains stronger among those who oppose the push to change the nation’s health care system: 21% Strongly Favor the plan while 43% are Strongly Opposed.

  37. Rasmussens looking bad today and here’s another thing:
    A legal team is going to New York to prevent the use of evidence provided by Germany in seeking a death penalty. Berlin wants to ensure that promises made by the US are kept if the suspects are found guilty.
    www dot,,4914841,00.html

  38. lol

    US most Dangerous Cities

    No. 1: Camden, N.J.
    No. 2: St. Louis, Mo.
    No. 3: Oakland, Calif.
    No. 4: Detroit, Mich.
    No. 5: Flint, Mich.
    No. 6: New Orleans, La.
    No. 7: Birmingham, Ala.
    No. 8: Cleveland, Ohio
    No. 9: Jackson, Miss.
    No. 10: Memphis, Tenn.
    No. 11: Gary, Ind.
    No. 12: Compton, Calif.
    No. 13: Baltimore, Md.
    No. 14: Richmond, Calif.
    No. 15: Kansas City, Mo.

    Did they purposely leave Chicago off that list.


    includes clip from show and transcript of O’s “boobery”…


    I don’t usually read Malkin but she hits the nail with this one…what a joke, MSNBC still playing the race card…and then you look at their staff and lineup…more hypocrisy…

  41. bradydundee,

    I am a Canadian. I’m sorry you took offense as it wasn’t my intention to ignore the Canadians. However, it is still true that Canadian and U.S. politicians were brutal in their immigration tactics during this time and that was what I was getting at.

  42. bradydundee,

    Further to “getting my facts right” as you so “politely” suggested…

    From Wikipedia:


    Early in the war, Canada’s commitment to the British-French forces in Europe was limited to one division. Canada’s military deployment reached corps-level strength for the invasions in Italy in 1943, and Normandy in 1944. Over the course of the war, 1.1 million Canadians served in the army, navy, and air force. Of these more than 45,000 lost their lives and another 54,000 were wounded.


    The United States of America was neutral early in the war, although it steadily grew ties with the Allies and began providing increased levels of assistance to them. The United States joined the Allies in December 1941 after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor.

    United Kingdom

    The United Kingdom was one of the original Allies, entering the war in 1939 to honour its guarantees to Poland.

  43. S,

    lol…”Chris Matthews appears to have lost that loving feeling for Barack Obama”

    Well that sure didn’t take very long.

  44. Chris Matthews says he talks, but he does not have discussion (I am parapharsing here). Then they go on to say not like it was during the campaign. Give me a break, he always talked during the campaign, and there were never any discussions. Get back to the campaign success??? He is using exactly what he used during the campaign, and in the job talk gets you NO WHERE.

    CM continue to make us think something that was not there, and ignore his experience that was worthless. So now live with it. You have done no service to your country by the fairy tale you created with O, and you are responsible for his inability to lead.

  45. White House lines up ‘good news’ stories for holiday period

    By Derek Wallbank | Published Mon, Nov 23 2009

    WASHINGTON, D.C. — White House officials are busy working to turn the traditional slow news vacuum of Thanksgiving week into constant stream of good stories in hopes that the charm offensive will help revive the president’s sagging job approval ratings.

    President Obama’s job approval ratings have been on a generally downward slide since his inauguration early this year, currently standing at less than 50 percent, according to a average of surveys. His approval rating in Minnesota is just 51 percent, according to a Rasmussen poll released earlier this month. It’s not unusual for a president in his first year — Ronald Reagan reached the 50 percent line in less time, for example — but it’s not a trend that officials want to continue.

    So White House officials have lined up a litany of “good news” stories for this week. First up in the queue this morning was education – where officials announced $260 million of public and private funds to be invested in science, technology, engineering and math education.

    Administration officials have another press conference scheduled this afternoon to talk about toy safety. On Tuesday, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh of India comes to town. He’ll be the guest of honor at Obama’s first official state dinner that evening.

    The annual White House holiday season traditions begin Wednesday, when the president will pardon a Thanksgiving turkey. Two days later, the White House Christmas tree arrives on a horse-drawn carriage.

    If everything goes according to script, the first Christmas presents will arrive at the White House next week — in the form of better job approval ratings.

  46. New documents: White House scrambled to justify AmeriCorps firing after the fact

    By: Byron York
    Chief Political Correspondent
    November 23, 2009

    Just hours after Sen. Charles Grassley and Rep. Darrell Issa released a report Friday on their investigation into the abrupt firing of AmeriCorps inspector general Gerald Walpin, the Obama White House gave the lawmakers a trove of new, previously-withheld documents on the affair. It was a twist on the now-familiar White House late-Friday release of bad news; this time, the new evidence was put out not only at the start of a weekend but also hours too late for inclusion in the report.

    The new documents support the Republican investigators’ conclusion that the White House’s explanation for Walpin’s dismissal — that it came after the board of the Corporation for National and Community Service, which oversees AmeriCorps, unanimously decided that Walpin must go — was in fact a public story cobbled together after Walpin was fired, not before.

    Walpin was axed on the evening of June 10, when he received a call from Norman Eisen, the special counsel to the president for ethics and government reform, who told Walpin he had one hour either to resign or be fired. The next day, congressional Republicans, led by Grassley, objected, charging that Walpin’s dismissal violated a recently-passed law requiring the president to give Congress 30 days’ notice before dismissing an inspector general.

    Pressed for the reason Walpin was fired, Eisen told House and Senate aides that the White House conducted an “extensive review” of complaints about Walpin’s performance before deciding to dismiss him. According to the new report, Eisen told Congress that “his investigation into the merits of removing Gerald Walpin involved contacting members of the Corporation for National and Community Service [CNCS] board to confirm the existence of a ‘consensus’ in favor of removal.” But Republican investigators later discovered that during that “extensive review,” the White House did not even seek the views of the corporation’s board — the very people whose “consensus” purportedly led to Walpin’s firing.

    Other than board chairman Alan Solomont, the Democratic mega-donor and Obama supporter who originally told the White House of his dissatisfaction with Walpin, “no member of the CNCS board had any substantive input about whether the removal of Gerald Walpin was appropriate,” according to the report. Only one other board member, vice-chairman Stephen Goldsmith, was even called by the White House, and that was on June 10, a few hours before Walpin was fired. According to the report, Goldsmith told investigators that “the White House had already decided to remove Walpin and wanted to confirm [Goldsmith’s] support for the action.”

    The new documents show the White House scrambling, in the days after the controversy erupted, to put together a public explanation for the firing. On June 11, less than 24 hours after Walpin received the call from Eisen, the board held a conference call. The next day, Ranit Schmelzer, who is part of the corporation’s press office, sent an email to board members giving them talking points to use if contacted by reporters seeking information about the matter.

    “Indicate that you support the president’s decision to remove IG Walpin,” was Schmelzer’s first instruction to the board. Then: “If asked why he was removed, indicate that the president lost confidence in Mr. Walpin.” And then: “If the reporter continues to press, say that you can’t get into details on a personnel matter, but you understand there were some performance-based issues.” Finally, Schmelzer advised the board to avoid “getting into any specifics about IG Walpin’s performance-based issues. The WH has stayed away from this and has counseled us to do the same.”

    The next day, June 13, after having instructed board members that the correct answer was to express support for the firing, the White House, for the first time, solicited the members’ actual views on the matter. In an email to the board headlined “Time-sensitive request from White House Counsel re IG matter,” corporation general counsel Frank Trinity wrote, “I was just contacted by Elana Tyrangiel, Associate Counsel to the President, seeking your assistance in responding to questions from members of Congress about President Obama’s removal of Gerald Walpin as inspector general. Specifically, the White House Counsel’s office would like to compile statements from board members and CNCS staff who were present at the inspector general’s presentation to the board immediately before the public board meeting last month.” Trinity said each member would receive a call from White House lawyer Tyrangiel, who “will prepare statements for your review for accuracy.”

    The mention of Walpin’s “presentation to the board” was a reference to a May 20 board meeting that played a key part in the White House’s evolving explanations for Walpin’s firing. After initially explaining that President Obama no longer had the “fullest confidence” in Walpin, the White House later changed its story to say that Walpin, who was 77 years old at the time, had become “confused, disoriented [and] unable to answer questions” at the May 20 meeting. Later, the White House cited other “performance-based” issues. But Republican investigators concluded that the key motive behind the firing was unhappiness with Walpin’s aggressive investigation of misuse of AmeriCorps funds by Kevin Johnson, the mayor of Sacramento, California who is a prominent political ally of President Obama.

    Through it all, the White House and top management of the corporation struggled to keep the story straight. By June 18, a week after the firing, with news coverage dying down — it had never been very intense in the first place — they felt they had succeeded. “I understand how much work you are doing to prevent and control damage from the IG matter,” Solomont wrote in an email to Eric Tanenblatt, a board member who had talked to the press. “I want you to know how much I personally appreciate all your efforts.”

  47. The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Monday shows that 28% of the nation’s voters Strongly Approve of the way that Barack Obama is performing his role as President. Forty-one percent (41%) Strongly Disapprove giving Obama a Presidential Approval Index rating of -13 (see trends).

    For the first time in the Obama Administration, the Approval Index has been in negative double digits for nine straight days. Among men, the President’s Approval Index rating is -20. Among women, it is -7.

    Support for the health care plan proposed by the President and Congressional Democrats has fallen to a new low of 38%. Sixty percent (60%) of voters believe passage of the bill will lead to higher health care costs.


    What is wrong with the woman? Is this about lust? I don’t find him attractive but I know woman who do. He has that bad boy about him also that younger woman are usually attracted to, but really? 7% after all this misogyny? Really? How about mammograms @ 60? That will really keep the costs down.

    Rush just said the lawyer for one of the terrorist is pleading innocent for 9/11.

    I saw that Hannity interview with SP and I did not hear her say that she wouldn’t run, actually she seemed VERY open to it if that is what the people want from her

  48. The New York Times is refusing to run the emails that the whislte blower hacked this w/e about the climate data. They didn’t mind running the pentagon papers, etc.

    We are @ a war with our own Gov and media for the truth

  49. Mrs. Smith
    November 22nd, 2009 at 7:05 pm

    I’ve read even AA’s are complaining he’s getting nothing done for them as well.

    Yes, NYT reported about one week ago about the NAACP mildly trying to scold the president about jobs and the econonmy, especially as it pertains to their base, many of whom are not FABULOUSLY WEALTHY.

    NAACP, liberal talking heads and bloggers, etc., who supported Obama are not happy with him throwing them under the bus.

    But in order to save face, their criticisms are muted. The Times regularly says, “We wish he’d do more about…”, rather than say outright what a failure and a sellout he has been.

  50. Glad our girl was not with him during his cosmic intergalactic game changing mind altering epochal trip to Asia where he showed the world that he is mr. amateur hour. I am real sorry that big media does not love him as much as they did before. That Walprin matter tells you the kind of people we are dealing with in this administration. The man was doing his job for the country, it is critical of Obama so they label him mentally incompetent. Just like Uncle Joe Stalin.
    Amateur Hour at the White House
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    Info RSS Leslie H. Gelb, a former New York Times columnist and senior government official, is author of Power Rules: How Common Sense Can Rescue American Foreign Policy (HarperCollins 2009), a book that shows how to think about and use power in the 21st century. He is president emeritus of the Council on Foreign Relations.

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    Matters were made worse on the scene. It was not good optics for Obama to bow to Japan’s emperor. He seems to do this stuff spontaneously and inexplicably, as with his bow to the Saudi King some months ago. And it was truly unfortunate that Obama and his aides didn’t flatly insist that he be allowed to address the Chinese people directly on television and meet with non-stacked Chinese groups—as has been the case during previous presidential visits. Beijing’s leaders obviously didn’t feel confident enough of their own standing at home to give the popular Mr. Obama such access. But he and his team should have made it a precondition of the visit. Its absence left an unhappy taste.

    The Asia trip presented an important opportunity to carve out a new American leadership role in the world’s most dynamic economic region, and Mr. Obama missed it.

    The White House might try to blame the State Department (such an easy and delicious target) for the missteps. But State’s role in the conceptual planning of the trip was not central, and the department’s senior Asia hand, Kurt Campbell, surely knew better. It’s also hard to tar the National Security Council’s own senior Asia expert, Jeff Bader, another pro like Campbell. Perhaps even higher officials at the NSC dropped the ball. Perhaps Mr. Obama might take responsibility himself, as President Kennedy did after the Bay of Pigs fiasco in 1961. Now, that would truly clear the air—and open the door to some obvious and necessary changes in the administration’s decision-making machinery. Every decision, large and small, is shaped and made by the president himself and enforced by Denis McDonough, a deputy NSC adviser and the administration’s Lord High Executioner. Does Obama get enough pushback? Is he hearing a range of views? Can he see that his powerful intellect might profit from bowing to the voices of experience? If Mr. Obama reflects on the Asia journey and other mishaps, he might loosen the reins and bring in additional policy and diplomatic pros as inside counselors or outside advisers.

    If most Asia hands inside and outside the government had designed the Obama trip, here’s what they would have advised: Go beyond the usual and trite message of building mutual understanding and cooperation, and stop invoking the God of Multilateralism without spelling out America’s leadership role. Asia is now overflowing with multilateral organizations. Washington is a member of a few key ones, like Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation and the Asian Development Bank. But that has little to do with other new and key groupings such as the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (Russia, China, Uzbekistan, etc.) and ASEAN, the association of Southeast Asian nations. Asian nations are increasingly organizing themselves into these groups, and Washington hasn’t really figured out its role. Most Asian nations want that role to be a prominent one—in fact, the leadership position. They’re afraid of China, afraid that China won’t be as attentive to their concerns in the future as America was in the past. At the same time, they don’t want Washington to come into these groupings and cause problems with Beijing. They want Washington to figure out a leadership position constructed on the proven American ability to help solve common problems in the common interest. They want an America they remember, one that can get things done and doesn’t let problems fester.

    That U.S. policy was the main missing ingredient on Obama’s trip. Washington played architect and solidified its leadership in Europe after World War II with NATO, the Marshall Plan, and various trade and economic organizations like the World Bank. Asian nations are yearning for the same kind of creativity today from a brilliant American president in the new Pacific Era.

    Leslie H. Gelb, a former New York Times columnist and senior government official, is author of Power Rules: How Common Sense Can Rescue American Foreign Policy (HarperCollins 2009), a book that shows how to think about and use power in the 21st century. He is president emeritus of the Council on Foreign Relations.

  51. Rush just said the lawyer for one of the terrorist is pleading innocent for 9/11.


    not surprised.
    The brilliance of obama passeth all understanding. One or more of the terrorists were willing to plead guilty in military court but after holder got done weighing the equities and applying a 10 balancing test and decided it would be best to try them in civilian court, they now plead innocent. A bird in the hand is worth 7 flying out of the cage to freedom.

  52. Obama’s golf swing is symbolic of his presidency: nice back swing–no follow-through.

    His set up position is okay. Somebody has worked with him on it.

    His takeaway is sloppy. The club head moves outside the proper path. This will predispose him to a slice.

    His back swing is too steep. His arms are disconnected from the body. He needs drills to improve.

    His downswing lacks a sufficent lateral move and his head bobbles.

    His his hands release before impact which dissipates power.

    He will be inclined to hit high lazy slices and chunk alot of shots. His angle of attack is too steep.

    In essence, he needs alot of work.

    I suspect he shoots low 90s and shaves a few strokes off his score with his glass shafted pencil/

  53. The best thing i can throw out these days at Bambi supporters is

    Psalm 109:8

    Let his days be few; and let another take his office.

    Someone should billboard it.

  54. Exactly, moononpluto-

    Obama is a user. A ONE Way Street.

    As soon as he gets what he wants from you, he disappears into the ether.

    Many people are like that in todays world. Super-thin-skinned, just like him.

  55. Jan H
    Thank you for the information on Canada. I have relatives in Canada and they always complain about being forgoten. When you think of the population at the time of WW2 45,000 is a big sacrifice.
    Thanks again they will be happy. I know they cruse Hillery 44 and like myself think the world of Hillery Clinton and dream for what should have been and I feel was. It was stolen from her the Chicago way.

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