Great news: Obama fumbled Brown visit because he’s in over his head

posted at 4:19 pm on March 7, 2009 by Ed Morrissey

After insulting Gordon Brown during the British prime minister’s visit this week by ignoring protocol and cheaping out on the traditional gift exchange, the UK media has erupted in outrage.  The Obama White House has now started to recognize the firestorm the new President created with our closest ally, and wants to assure the Brits that he meant no disrespect.  Instead, Obama apparently wants to assure them that he’s simply in over his head and floundering (via Radio Equalizer):

Sources close to the White House say Mr Obama and his staff have been “overwhelmed” by the economic meltdown and have voiced concerns that the new president is not getting enough rest.

British officials, meanwhile, admit that the White House and US State Department staff were utterly bemused by complaints that the Prime Minister should have been granted full-blown press conference and a formal dinner, as has been customary. They concede that Obama aides seemed unfamiliar with the expectations that surround a major visit by a British prime minister. …

Allies of Mr Obama say his weary appearance in the Oval Office with Mr Brown illustrates the strain he is now under, and the president’s surprise at the sheer volume of business that crosses his desk.

A well-connected Washington figure, who is close to members of Mr Obama’s inner circle, expressed concern that Mr Obama had failed so far to “even fake an interest in foreign policy”. …

The American source said: “Obama is overwhelmed. There is a zero sum tension between his ability to attend to the economic issues and his ability to be a proactive sculptor of the national security agenda.

“That was the gamble these guys made at the front end of this presidency and I think they’re finding it a hard thing to do everything.”

I’m not sure which is worse.  At least if he meant to snub Brown, it would suggest a certain competence at this brand of diplomacy.  Instead, we’re told that the Obama White House and their staff are just a bunch of incompetents who got in over their heads.

Which is, of course, the point we made continuously over the last two years.


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Change you can believe in.

MarcusBrody on March 7, 2009 at 4:21 PM

Well, poor baby.

Of course he’s in over his head. He knows how to run for an office, but once he’s won, he then runs for the next office. Only this time, he got the big prize, and now he has to actually do something.

I don’t feel the least bit sorry for him.

JenWestin on March 7, 2009 at 4:23 PM

OMG

publiuspen on March 7, 2009 at 4:23 PM

Sources close to the White House say Mr Obama and his staff have been “overwhelmed” by the economic meltdown and have voiced concerns that the new president is not getting enough rest.

Awwww. The poor thing needs some more road trips and partying, babayyyy!

ddrintn on March 7, 2009 at 4:24 PM

“gird your loins”

every since his first national security meeting he has had a deer in headlights look, i dont think he actually thought he would be elected.

trailortrash on March 7, 2009 at 4:24 PM

Sources close to the White House say Mr Obama and his staff have been “overwhelmed” by the economic meltdown and have voiced concerns that the new president is not getting enough rest.

Perhaps he should stop making pointless trips, vis-a-vis Ohio to the graduation of 25 policemen. Or maybe cut the White House parties down to just five nights a week.
Pussy.

carbon_footprint on March 7, 2009 at 4:26 PM

Unnamed sources.

Laughing about the gop talking about competence.

Hilarious.

getalife on March 7, 2009 at 4:26 PM

Well idiot, what the hell did you think being leader of the free world (for a while) would be!
God, I swear we have lost out minds electing this freak!

And no, I don’t feel the least bit sorry for him. I loathe him even more. Arrogant, pompous ass!

katy on March 7, 2009 at 4:26 PM

Just what we need, a ******* idiot with a radical liberal agenda-but I repeat myself…

jsanderssr on March 7, 2009 at 4:27 PM

Once again, thank God we didn’t end up with Palin a heartbeat away from the Presidency. She’s just NOT READY. And McCain is just to old and befuddled to handle such a complex office.

On the other hand, I was sure that the immense executive experience gained by running the most expensive campaign in history would translate into a smoother first 100 days.

(Remember waaaaaay back in November when the NYT editorialists were wishing that Obama could take over sooner?)

notropis on March 7, 2009 at 4:27 PM

I seem to remember a few people questioning the lack of executive experience for prez “O,” but were told that was not important. Those same people downplayed the only 1 of the 4 (prez and vice-prez)who happened to be a governor of our largest state.

We have the fact that recent history has shown that no Senator has been elected as prez, until now. Maybe there is a reason for this.

ny59giants on March 7, 2009 at 4:27 PM

God help us if we are attacked!!!

katy on March 7, 2009 at 4:27 PM

Makes me feel so much better. Obama isn’t vindictive and racist, he’s just “overwhelmed”.

Thanks MSM for vetting our next president before he got into office. I guess performing a job turns out to be a wee bit more difficult that applying for a job, which is all Obama has ever done.

Mord on March 7, 2009 at 4:28 PM

“. He struck a reassuring tone, saying Americans should not be frightened of the future, and he said he had no trouble sleeping at night.”

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/03/08/us/politics/08obama.html

Double think..

the_nile on March 7, 2009 at 4:28 PM

If it’ll make his health and peace of mind any better, Obama can call it a day and take Joltin’ Joe with him…we can have a do-over…(to avoid President Pelosi, who truly makes Obama look like another Lincoln)…

ddrintn on March 7, 2009 at 4:28 PM

Gee, and I was told that it wasn’t a problem to have a chief executive with no executive experience….

That’s what I get for listening to Christopher Buckley….

jimmy the notable on March 7, 2009 at 4:29 PM

getalife

Ridiculing unnamed sources.

Hilarious.

notropis on March 7, 2009 at 4:29 PM

I’m sure I remember hearing (many times) that Obama has no experience to run “anything”, much less the country. It didn’t take long for him to prove it. Maybe if he stopped having parties and flying all over the country compaigning, he might not be so tired. Do I feel bad for him? Nah!!!!!!

quint906 on March 7, 2009 at 4:29 PM

notropis on March 7, 2009 at 4:27 PM

If he took over any sooner, the Dow would be worth 2,000 by now.

jimmy the notable on March 7, 2009 at 4:29 PM

And McCain is just to old and befuddled to handle such a complex office.

Yep, paraphrasing someone at Ace’s: It’s like choosing the young, sexy doctor to perform your surgery over the wrinkled old doctor. Enjoy your sponge sutured inside your abdomen America.

carbon_footprint on March 7, 2009 at 4:29 PM

Maybe he ought to stay home instead of wasting my gasoline.

baldilocks on March 7, 2009 at 4:30 PM

I don’t let the “I’m too tired” excuse work for my wife, why should I let it work for Obama?

/insert sarc here (if she happens to read this)

innominatus on March 7, 2009 at 4:30 PM

Unnamed sources.

Laughing about the gop talking about competence.

Hilarious.

getalife on March 7, 2009 at 4:26 PM

You were a tad more amusing when you were Alfie.

carbon_footprint on March 7, 2009 at 4:31 PM

Amazing isn’t it…for 8 years a man who the left claimed was dumb as a box of rocks handled the duties and fought two wars and managed to keep us from being attacked again all the while looking completely in control and calm. Obama, faced with nothing even close to that scale, can’t seem to get his act together and is already falling apart under the strain. It’s no wonder the economy is continuing to slide into a dismal pit, even without his pitiful excuse for a plan of raising taxes and spending, unless the man in the Whitehouse can instill confidence he can’t lead the way.

Anyone want to make odds on how long it takes before Darth Barry has a complete meltdown in front of the world?

This is what happens when you hire incompetence!

BadMojo on March 7, 2009 at 4:31 PM

I could have told you he was over his head more than a year ago, in a senate seat.

Vashta.Nerada on March 7, 2009 at 4:31 PM

Well he had no problem implementing a full out strategy to target Rush Limbaugh. Priorities are obviously a problem.

msmveritas on March 7, 2009 at 4:31 PM

This is what happens when you campaign on fluff, you get fluff…and surrounded by fluff all around him….

but hope and change will prevail????

robo on March 7, 2009 at 4:31 PM

Poor baby needs to suck on his cig? Aww. How cute.

RandyChandler on March 7, 2009 at 4:31 PM

Keeping this in mind, think about GWB. He did it all with complete competence and the world hating him, demeaning him and threatening to kill him every chance they got.

I Miss “W”.

katy on March 7, 2009 at 4:31 PM

“…And get all this f***ing Churchill sh*t outta here. Where’s my smokes?”

whitetop on March 7, 2009 at 4:31 PM

Is anyone surprised that O and his staffers are a bunch of boobs? What have any of them ever done except shout at the people who DID know what they were doing? Maybe the British should do a bombing run over DC to get their idiot attention.
Well, at least I have confidence in the military, but how long will it take for these morons to screw that up, too?

tcn on March 7, 2009 at 4:32 PM

Wow! So that explains everything. Guess we’ve no reason to worry anymore. /s

coldwarrior on March 7, 2009 at 4:32 PM

Maybe if he stopped having parties and flying all over the country compaigning, he might not be so tired.

quint906 on March 7, 2009 at 4:29 PM

He just needs to throw some Earth, Wind and Fire in the 8-track and chill.

ddrintn on March 7, 2009 at 4:32 PM

God help us if we are attacked!!!

katy on March 7, 2009 at 4:27 PM

Sadly, I don’t think if is the appropriate word here.

Vashta.Nerada on March 7, 2009 at 4:32 PM

“People say he looks tired more often than they’re used to,” the strategist said. “He’s still calm, but there have been flashes of irritation when he thinks he’s being pushed to make a decision sooner than he wants to make it.

Huh. “Present” doesn’t cut it anymore?

Spirit of 1776 on March 7, 2009 at 4:32 PM

In over his head, my big ol butt. (yeah, he is, but that’s a copout on this) His worldview has a disdain for America and anything Western. (Churchill bust, anyone?) Protocol stuff like that, there are tons of career flunkies who know this stuff inside and out.

bikermailman on March 7, 2009 at 4:32 PM

My mama always told me……..

Stupid Incompetent is as stupid incompetent does.

Dr.Cwac.Cwac on March 7, 2009 at 4:33 PM

The Reader of The Free World hit a sour note? You don’t say?

I imagine reading the teleprompter 10 times a day can be draining. All that reading probably left him feeling lythargic when placed in a circumstance whereby someone could actually be responsive to what was said.

Frankly, most of this should have been handled by underlings and isn’t the business of the President to figure out the pomp and ceremony. However, this provides insight into the quality of the folks surrounding the Great Reader. Apparently there is more to this job than simply reading prepared text. Who woulda guessed. More evidence of winging it by the Great Reader.

moxie_neanderthal on March 7, 2009 at 4:33 PM

Unnamed sources.

getalife on March 7, 2009 at 4:26 PM

These unnamed sources are trying to give cover for your boy’s incompetence. You should be grateful for the effort.

Spirit of 1776 on March 7, 2009 at 4:34 PM

“…sheer volume” What on earth did he think he’d be doing? running around the country doing speaking engagements and giving parties?

jeanie on March 7, 2009 at 4:34 PM

In over his head, my big ol butt. (yeah, he is, but that’s a copout on this) His worldview has a disdain for America and anything Western. (Churchill bust, anyone?) Protocol stuff like that, there are tons of career flunkies who know this stuff inside and out.

bikermailman on March 7, 2009 at 4:32 PM

Yeah, I think you’re right. They know the shabby gift puts Obama in a bad light, so they’ll send out some flunky yo whisper that it’s just because Dear Leader is soooo vewwwy tired after these grueling 40-whatever days.

ddrintn on March 7, 2009 at 4:34 PM

He just needs to throw some Earth, Wind and Fire in the 8-track and chill.

ddrintn on March 7, 2009 at 4:32 PM

Keep my EWF out of this! :)

baldilocks on March 7, 2009 at 4:35 PM

*to LOL

ddrintn on March 7, 2009 at 4:35 PM

notropis on March 7, 2009 at 4:29 PM

I learned that from the right.

Not sure if he was happy with that used bomber jacket w gave him that he donated to charity.

And having a press conference with questions about radio entertainer is not very dignified.

Have not heard any complaints from Brown but he did say this:

“Gordon Brown has condemned California’s ban on gay marriage as “unacceptable” and warned people to be vigilant against all forms of discrimination.”

getalife on March 7, 2009 at 4:35 PM

This is what happens when you campaign on fluff, you get fluff…and surrounded by fluff all around him….

robo on March 7, 2009 at 4:31 PM

Obama’s a fluffer?

James on March 7, 2009 at 4:35 PM

Who would have thought that a person with no serious leadership and executive skills would find the job of President of the United States difficult?

/heavy sarc

Dr.Cwac.Cwac on March 7, 2009 at 4:36 PM

“the president’s surprise at the sheer volume of business that crosses his desk.”

The last couple times we had a micro-manager in the Oval Office we had major problems. Huge problems. Delegate. That is what Cabinet and sub-cabinet posts are for, and having a chief of staff who does more than organize plots among selected media types to defame a private US citizen, might help a bit.

Guess this being Obama’s first real job…we should cut him some slack?

You can. I won’t.

coldwarrior on March 7, 2009 at 4:36 PM

Obama’s a fluffer?

James on March 7, 2009 at 4:35 PM

No. That’s the midstream media.

Dr.Cwac.Cwac on March 7, 2009 at 4:36 PM

Gee, President Bush had a hell of a time after 9/11. But we didn’t hear whining from the White House about any lack of sleep he was getting at the time.

Indeed, Mr Obama is very much over his head. Welcome to real life, Mr Obama, where you have to actually produce results and get things done instead of just campaigning and giving flowery speeches to quell the masses.

Weebork on March 7, 2009 at 4:37 PM

Beat me to it, Cwac. (the jokes on this crowd just write themselves, don’t they?)

bikermailman on March 7, 2009 at 4:38 PM

Well at least he is doing so well when it comes to domestic policy………………

Ampersand on March 7, 2009 at 4:38 PM

So starts the Tissue Presidency of Barry… the Boy Who Would Be King. (available in hard back at www-crymeariver-gov)

RalphyBoy on March 7, 2009 at 4:38 PM

And everyone said that Sarah Palin couldn’t handle the job and had less experience than Barky….I’m sick of the people in this country being led by the nose and being so dumb they can’t think for themselves. None of them were aware of the danger of this man, and now many of them don’t care or are putting their head in the sand. Unfortunately, we now have to live with what the “dumbed down” Americans have done to us and I can guarantee you that they won’t take responsibility for it.

shomegirl on March 7, 2009 at 4:39 PM

Weebork on March 7, 2009 at 4:37 PM

Shhhhhhhh…. There will be an extra dose of Hopium for you until you regain your senses.

/sarc

Dr.Cwac.Cwac on March 7, 2009 at 4:39 PM

Well,

With each passing day, I become more convinced that the “lightworker” never intended to win the presidency. He had planned all along to lose, knowing that the race card could be far more valuable if he lost the campaign than if he actually won the darned thing.

November 5th dawned with an “oh shoot… what do we do now” moment, and he and his cronies and sycophants have been making it up as they go along ever since.

It’s a far more believable scenario than what we are being led to believe happened, especially based upon the examples we’ve seen since he took office.

AW1 Tim on March 7, 2009 at 4:39 PM

He just needs a good nap. No cause for alarm.

DarkCurrent on March 7, 2009 at 4:39 PM

“…sheer volume” What on earth did he think he’d be doing? running around the country doing speaking engagements and giving parties?

jeanie on March 7, 2009 at 4:34 PM

yup

thomasaur on March 7, 2009 at 4:39 PM

I Hope Rush takes this and RUUUUUNS the HELL out of it Monday!!!!!

katy on March 7, 2009 at 4:39 PM

Give the man a break. Running a permanent campaign is somewhat time consuming.

Aristotle on March 7, 2009 at 4:40 PM

which is it? This article says he is not getting enough rest, but yet in discussions with opening relations to moderate taliban factions, he states that even with the current dire state the economy is in “I have no trouble sleeping at night”….

mldlalex on March 7, 2009 at 4:40 PM

I could have told you he was over his head more than a year ago, in a senate seat.

Vashta.Nerada on March 7, 2009 at 4:31 PM

You presume that he actually sat in a senate seat.

WashJeff on March 7, 2009 at 4:40 PM

Brings to mind that old line about a dog that chases a car,,,,what does he do with it when he catches it.

retiredeagle on March 7, 2009 at 4:41 PM

Sources close to the White House say Mr Obama and his staff have been “overwhelmed” by the economic meltdown and have voiced concerns that the new president is not getting enough rest.

Every time Obama screwed up on the campaign trail, they would say he needed more sleep. It looks like they’re repeating the excuse here. What gives? Apart from his smoking, Obama is young and fit as a fiddle. Why is he so tired all the time?

Outlander on March 7, 2009 at 4:41 PM

Maybe, just MAYBE it’s time to cut out the Wednesday night parties. I think it would be better served as nap time.

Ampersand on March 7, 2009 at 4:41 PM

Not sure if he was happy with that used bomber jacket w gave him that he donated to charity.

getalife on March 7, 2009 at 4:35 PM

I don’t think Gordon Brown is in the habit of keeping any “official” gifts. Of course, the lefty tactic doesn’t account for facts, does it?

Still, I’d take a leather bomber jacket over 25 DVDs.

ddrintn on March 7, 2009 at 4:42 PM

Where were his trusted advisers on this one? It certainly couldn’t be because they have no concept of class and good manners.

jeanie on March 7, 2009 at 4:42 PM

Every time Obama screwed up on the campaign trail, they would say he needed more sleep. It looks like they’re repeating the excuse here. What gives? Apart from his smoking, Obama is young and fit as a fiddle. Why is he so tired all the time?

Outlander on March 7, 2009 at 4:41 PM

I guess that might turn just what he’s been smoking, eh?

AW1 Tim on March 7, 2009 at 4:42 PM

Well he had no problem implementing a full out strategy to target Rush Limbaugh. Priorities are obviously a problem.

msmveritas on March 7, 2009 at 4:31 PM

“You can’t just listen to Rush Limbaugh and get things done,”

Obama apparently listens to Rush.

the_nile on March 7, 2009 at 4:42 PM

I guess maybe Obama should have listened to Rush Limbaugh afterall.

Joe Pyne on March 7, 2009 at 4:42 PM

Brings to mind that old line about a dog that chases a car,,,,what does he do with it when he catches it.

retiredeagle on March 7, 2009 at 4:41 PM

And that is the comment of the ages!

BadMojo on March 7, 2009 at 4:42 PM

He just needs a good nap. No cause for alarm.

DarkCurrent on March 7, 2009 at 4:39 PM

Ya know, they made fun of President Bush for going to bed early.

Dr.Cwac.Cwac on March 7, 2009 at 4:42 PM

Unnamed sources.

Laughing about the gop talking about competence.

Hilarious.

getalife on March 7, 2009 at 4:26 PM

What? Wasn’t this something that was also “talked about” in the British press? Remember those guys who are our staunches allies, one of the few we have left? I thought Obambi was all about the European way of doing things, so your comment is brainless. You have obviously drunk so much kool-aid at this point that you’re saturated. Just go back to the Daily Kos of HuffPo and consort with your own kind.

College Prof on March 7, 2009 at 4:42 PM

I am sure he is stressed dealing with this bush depression but he is facing it head on.

getalife on March 7, 2009 at 4:42 PM

Keep my EWF out of this! :)

baldilocks on March 7, 2009 at 4:35 PM

You tell ‘em. And while you’re at it, ddrintn, don’t be dissin’ 8-tracks. Driving lost half its joy when my Mustang’s 8-track player died (and the rest when I sold the Mustang…. and real depression hit when I looked on e-bay last year and found out how much my Mustang would now be worth…. But, I digress.)

notropis on March 7, 2009 at 4:42 PM

Cue The Platters with the Obama Presidency theme song:

The Great Pretender

Lyrics: Buck Ram
Music: Buck Ram

Oh yes, I’m the great pretender
Pretending that I’m doing well
My need is such I pretend too much
I’m lonely but no one can tell

Oh yes, I’m the great pretender
Adrift in a world of my own
I play the game but to my real shame
You left me to dream all alone

Too real is this feeling of make believe
Too real when I feel when my heart cant conceive

Oh, yes, I’m the great pretender
Just laughing and gay like a clown
I seem to be what I’m not, you see
I’m wearing my heart like a crown
Pretending that you’re still around

Too real is this feeling of make believe
Too real when I feel when my heart cant conceive

Oh, yes, I’m the great pretender
Just laughing and gay like a clown
I seem to be what Im not, you see
Im wearing my heart like a crown
Pretending that you’re still around

meci on March 7, 2009 at 4:43 PM

“gird your loins”

INDEED.

Obama finds the economic crisis (largely of the Democrats’ and his own doing) overwhelming.

Imagine terrorists flying airplanes into buildings and two wars ensuing. Democrats decided to scream awful unpatriotic things about our country (“The religious right loves their war. They love babies before they’re born.” “Bush lied, and people died!” “One million Iraqis murdered for OIL!” Then look how spending quadrupled when Democrats took Congress in 2006. Bush got blamed for it. Spending is no longer an issue under President Obama, though. They’ll blame Bush.

Well, get Little Lord Fauntleroy his binkie and his bahbah. Apparently the first real job he’s ever held in his life — an actual concern for those of us who take the Office of the President seriously — is too much for him. LMAO.

chunderroad on March 7, 2009 at 4:43 PM

Why would the protocol people be in over their heads? I assume they don’t have any responsibilities re: the financial crisis. Could they not hire any competent protocol staff in this economy? I somehow doubt it.

I’m sure the ex-Presidents could hook him up with competent staff if his admins bothered to ask. Jeez.

So, they have staff who can arrange all sorts of WH parties, but they can’t get official biz done. Yeah, great executive competence.

meep on March 7, 2009 at 4:43 PM

Weebork on March 7, 2009 at 4:37 PM
Exactly. President Bush handled not only a recession, but two wars.

Best quote of the article:
“A well-connected Washington figure, who is close to members of Mr Obama’s inner circle, expressed concern that Mr Obama had failed so far to ‘even fake an interest in foreign policy’.”

What was that quote that Obama chastised McCain with during the TARP mania? Something about multi-tasking?

youngTXcon on March 7, 2009 at 4:43 PM

Every time Obama screwed up on the campaign trail, they would say he needed more sleep. It looks like they’re repeating the excuse here. What gives? Apart from his smoking, Obama is young and fit as a fiddle. Why is he so tired all the time?

Outlander on March 7, 2009 at 4:41 PM

Everything you wrote is true according his 1-page doctor’s note he submitted to the press during the campaign. There’s some more openness and transparency for ya!

Dr.Cwac.Cwac on March 7, 2009 at 4:44 PM

mldlalex on March 7, 2009 at 4:40 PM

Good catch.

notropis on March 7, 2009 at 4:44 PM

And everyone said that Sarah Palin couldn’t handle the job and had less experience than Barky….

shomegirl on March 7, 2009 at 4:39 PM

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Don’t you just love making that point? Over and over again.

RalphyBoy on March 7, 2009 at 4:46 PM

“*Sources close to the White House say Mr Obama and his staff have been “overwhelmed” by the economic meltdown and have voiced concerns that the new president is not getting enough rest.”

If the Obama’s cut out the Wednesday night shindigs and President Obama spent less time sashaying around the country on ‘Marine One and Air Force One’ maybe he could get some rest…
…Then again if he is that “overwhelmed” he should do himself and America a favor and step down he could catch up on all that rest he badly needs and we could breathe a sigh of relief.
.

philly_nj on March 7, 2009 at 4:46 PM

He just needs a good nap. No cause for alarm.

DarkCurrent on March 7, 2009 at 4:39 PM
Ya know, they made fun of President Bush for going to bed early.

Dr.Cwac.Cwac on March 7, 2009 at 4:42 PM

Is it time for another 3AM commerical.

(phone picks up)

(snooring sound)

Voice on phone: Mr. President?

(snooring sound)

Voice on phone (louder): Mr. President?

(snooring sound)

Voice on phone (quieter, talking to someone else): We are so f*$ked.

WashJeff on March 7, 2009 at 4:46 PM

I am sure he is stressed dealing with this bush depression but he is facing it head on.

getalife on March 7, 2009 at 4:42 PM

It was just a recession until Obama started calling it a “depression” and threatening to raise taxes on “the wealthy” (small business owners) and causing a huge flight of capital then spending our children into debt slavery.

chunderroad on March 7, 2009 at 4:46 PM

College Prof on March 7, 2009 at 4:42 PM

Face it teach. The gop are losing elections for their competence.

Are there any government agencies that are not broken after those long eight years of incompetence?

Teach it teach.

getalife on March 7, 2009 at 4:46 PM

I am sure he is stressed dealing with this bush depression but he is facing it head on.

getalife on March 7, 2009 at 4:42 PM

Hate to burst your tinfoil hat but…..

The economy was starting to stabilize in January. Ever since the inauguration, the stock market has tanked. All economists are saying that people are running from the stock market because of Obama’s policies and agenda. That recession became his depression on January 20.

Dr.Cwac.Cwac on March 7, 2009 at 4:47 PM

Geez.

I am a commercial law attorney with a moderate–not extreme–interest in politics and foreign affairs, and even I know that Obama was supposed to host Brown at a full-blown press conference, have a state dinner, and meet with the Browns as a couple.

Can’t ANYBODY on Obama’s team play this game?

If “no,” here’s a tip: Obama, pick up the freaking telephone and call Bush. He could tell you the protocol.

Oh, and don’t pretend like you are too busy with the economy. Want the economy to improve? Go back to Hawaii for a month. The economy will do better with you posing flexing your pecs in the surf than it will with you managing it.
__________

RJGatorEsq. on March 7, 2009 at 4:47 PM

I am sure he is stressed dealing with this bush depression but he is facing it head on.

getalife on March 7, 2009 at 4:42 PM

getaclue, everything was fine and dandy before the RATs took ove congress….moron.

right4life on March 7, 2009 at 4:47 PM

getalife on March 7, 2009 at 4:26 PM

..You’re starting to feel it, aren’t ya?…you picked a loser with a loser philosophy backed by a gaggle of poseurs.

Cheer up!..the worse is yet to come.

Itchee Dryback on March 7, 2009 at 4:47 PM

“Why would the protocol people be in over their heads? ”

I don’t know, but what’s really scary is that our new SecState couldn’t find anyone around her who could speak Russian (actually very surprising, given the company Hillary used to keep….)

Either that, or she called Condi Rice (a fluent Russian speaker) to ask how to say “reset” in Russian, and Condi punked her.

notropis on March 7, 2009 at 4:47 PM

1. totally f’ed up monetary policy check
2. totally f’ed up forign relations check
3. blame it all on el rushbo…….priceless

UNREPENTANT CONSERVATIVE CAPITOLIST on March 7, 2009 at 4:47 PM

mldlalex on March 7, 2009 at 4:40 PM

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Sorry… Teleprompter musta been down.

RalphyBoy on March 7, 2009 at 4:48 PM

Sources close to the White House say Mr Obama and his staff have been “overwhelmed” by the economic meltdown and have voiced concerns that the new president is not getting enough rest.

Not geting enough rest? Huh. Isn’t that just a polite way of saying that someone has gone off their toot?

MB4 on March 7, 2009 at 4:48 PM

Unnamed sources.

Laughing about the gop talking about competence.

Hilarious.

getalife on March 7, 2009 at 4:26 PM

You’re right; we had incompetent leaders who couldn’t conduct proper foreign policy. Okay? Now about that change… Weren’t we promised smart diplomacy and power that once again endeared us to our allies, whose ties have been damaged over the Bush years?

You’re justifying incompetence exhibited by a supposed brilliant orator and leader with the excuse that the party he railed against as incompetent was just that. At least Bush knew how to greet our greatest ally.

amerpundit on March 7, 2009 at 4:48 PM

Keep my EWF out of this! :)

baldilocks on March 7, 2009 at 4:35 PM

You tell ‘em.

notropis on March 7, 2009 at 4:42 PM

“Time to get back on the road
Gonna leave these troubles behind…” LOL

ddrintn on March 7, 2009 at 4:48 PM

Vashta.Nerada on March 7, 2009 at 4:32 PM

You’re right

katy on March 7, 2009 at 4:48 PM

I guess I’ve been told today that when Obama or Hillary step in it, they just need more sleep.

Marcus on March 7, 2009 at 4:48 PM

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