Aw: British paper cranky at Obama for playing golf while Gaza burns

posted at 2:18 pm on December 30, 2008 by Allahpundit

The American media rises above such pettiness, of course, content instead to admire the uber-coolness of his shorts.

He joined a group of friends at a private club near his £6million rented, beach-front holiday home in Hawaii yesterday.

Meanwhile, 9,000 miles away in the Middle East, Israel rejected any truce with Hamas today and said it was ready for ‘long weeks of action’ in the Gaza Strip…

Mr Obama has made the decision to leave all comments to outgoing President George Bush, who has so far chosen only to attack Hamas.

On the golf course, his security team even turned away a letter from pro-Palestinian campaigners urging him to help stop the four-day-old violence.

It’s a further gloss on the boss’s point about how workout regimens magically shift from “creepy” to “disciplined” when it’s Obama doing the push-ups instead of Bush: When Dubya plays a round while bombs fall in the Middle East, he’s lazy and callous, but when The One does it, he’s taking a much-needed break from the rigors of planning to run the free world. Like Geraghty, I don’t begrudge him the respite — after two years of campaigning and with tough times to come, he needs it — but there is of course the tender matter of how the left’s beloved “international community” is perceiving this. Answer, per Reuters’s anecdotal evidence: Not real well.

“If Obama continues to remain silent … his silence will be seen and will have the operational effect of providing an endorsement for Israel’s war on Gaza,” said Paul Woodward of Conflicts Forum, an organisation aimed at changing Western policy towards Islamist movements such as Hamas…

Walid Kazziha, a professor at the American University in Cairo, said Obama would have to take bold steps if he wants to restore U.S. influence in the Middle East, widely seen as having greatly declined during eight years of Bush.

But the first signs do not suggest Obama will do that, he added. “If he was going to take a stand he would have said something. When he wants to say something, he can,” he said.

Exit question: Has Zinni figured out a way to make it up to them?

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Frankly, even though I’m no fan of Obama, I don’t care what the Brits have to say about him. Their whole country is crumbling from the inside out and their elected officials are a bunch of dhimmi apologists. Where are those headlines?

CarolynM on December 30, 2008 at 9:38 PM

Barack the Magic Negro didn’t have any problem interfering with Kenyan politics to help out his fellow Luo tribesman Odinga. Obviously the American/Israeli tribe doesn’t warrant the same blessings from The One.

kellyjane on December 30, 2008 at 9:44 PM

What’s he supposed to do? Hillary hasn’t been confirmed yet. She’ll be running the show anyway, along with taking the heat.

ddrintn on December 30, 2008 at 10:19 PM

uncivilized on December 30, 2008 at 4:41 PM

Absolutely right!!!

clinker46 on December 30, 2008 at 11:04 PM

What’s he supposed to do?

If he were to get directly involved, I’d be ticked unless Bush had requested his presence. He isn’t the President yet.

angelat0763 on December 30, 2008 at 11:44 PM

I hope to see this featured in Michael Moore’s upcoming film on Obama, á la his scene in Fahrenheit 9/11 where Bush tees off after talking about terrorism in Israel. I’m sure it’s in the works already.

Seixon on December 31, 2008 at 12:06 AM

“If he was going to take a stand he would have said something. When he wants to say something, he can,” he said.

He’s waiting to hear what Bush says about it. Then he’ll agree. But he’ll do it in that soothing baritone of his that sets Matthews’ inner-thigh-parts all a-quiver.

Because, if you’re an empty suit, you should at least be a smooth-talking, well-toned, and (above all) clean one.

Harpazo on December 31, 2008 at 12:41 AM

This is a man who voted “present” over 100 times rather than take a position on controversial issues.

Did anyone seriously think he would be willing to wade into these thorny issues?

My predication: President Obama will find a way to equivocate on every potentially controversial issue. He’ll follow the conventional wisdom (i.e., what the New York Times tells him to do) whenever possible, and when there is no CW, he’ll ignore the issue altogether.

ramrocks on December 31, 2008 at 2:25 AM

Do the Brits even know he’s not president yet? Other than flap his gums, what do they expect the big-eared freak to do abouth this…or is flapping one’s gums equivalent to action in Britain?

SKYFOX on December 31, 2008 at 5:05 AM

more involved, a greater presence on the ground and a commitment to do it throughout the term of an administration

The anti-semetics barry has surrounded himself with want to put American troops in direct conflict with the Israeli military.

peacenprosperity on December 31, 2008 at 8:49 AM

(sob, wimper, cry…wiping away tears)..”Leave President Elect Obama alone”..

..(blowing nose and wiping eyes..being a Republican I used a kleenex not my sleeve) President elect Obama is still studying the results of the poll to determine which side to far its 49/49 with 2% undcecided so he aint sayin nothin.
That doesn’t mean President Obama isn’t on the ball,(right now its a basketball or a golf ball depending on where the press cameras are) he is thoughtfully preparing by having his speech writers concentrate on “A HOPE for peace and a CHANGE, can’t we all just get along … Yes we can” type theme speech for when the poll results come in. It will be the usual Obama teleprompter talk saying nothing in particular and meaning whatever the listener wants it to mean.

philly_PA on December 31, 2008 at 8:52 AM

President Obama will find a way to equivocate on every potentially controversial issue

Just like clinton and carter. The demofascists give us ethically challenged, cowardly presidents so the republican presidents that follow have messes to clean up. The demofascists then point to all the prblems , blame the republican president and slowly take control of the country through the senate and judiciary. Eventually the president will be about as relevent as the queen.

peacenprosperity on December 31, 2008 at 8:53 AM

What is Barry going to do when there isn’t any “sitting President” between him and the world? Instead of glistening pecs, we’ll be treated to glistening streams of urine running down his firm, manly legs. He’s going to spend the next four years with his head in Michelle’s lap and his thumb in his mouth, crying.

UnEasyRider on December 31, 2008 at 11:23 AM

When you consider that his only job at this time is to assemble his cabinet he should be golfing. We do only have one president at a time.

jorb on December 31, 2008 at 5:44 PM

Believe me, his ghetto cow michelle would blow a gasket if he doesn’t pay attention to his family. Gotta know the sisters…..they keep the stones of their man in a lockbox. But, we never have had a Black couple in the whitehouse. Shit in da hood is different. She will run the show and if barry strays for another ho……hide that nuclear football….Happy new year!

texaninfidel on December 31, 2008 at 10:59 PM