Obama’s speech to “the Muslim world”: Who cares?

posted at 12:05 pm on June 3, 2009 by Karl

The media and punditocracy is ramping up the hype for Pres. Obama’s allegedly “historic” Speech to the Muslim World in Cairo tomorrow. Christopher Dickey preemptively laments that Obama will not use the occasion to apologize for every grudge Muslims nurse against the evil American empire. Joseph Loconte notes that so far, Obama has not followed through on his campaign rhetoric about his ability to address the failures of contemporary Islam. Paul Wolfowitz hopes Obama will use the Cairo speech to recommit to “the freedom agenda,” but fears he will not. Wolfowitz and Reza Aslan both note that Obama is not even speaking to the “Muslim World” in all of its diversity, but really to Arab (and perhaps Persian) Muslims. Lisa Anderson, provost of the American University in Cairo, suggests Obama’s real audience is domestic. She is probably closest to the truth.

Although the latest Gallup poll shows that U.S. leadership approval ratings are up in a number of Arab nations, the numbers remain dismal and are actually down in Lebanon and the Palestinian Territories. (An earlier Gallup poll showed a plurality thinking that the outcome of the US presidential election would not make a difference to their countries.) Polling in Arab countries by Shilbey Telhami and Zogby International shows that — much like America — Obama is personally popular but deep skepticism remains on policy issues. Considering that the Obama administration plans on keeping large numbers of troops in Iraq, has no viable plan for closing Guantanamo Bay, etc., Obama’s honeymoon with the Arab street — modest as it is — will likely be short-lived.

Furthermore, the oppression that prevails throughout most of the Mideast means that in the short-term, public opinion does not matter as much as the opinion of the oppressors. When Obama finishes speaking to the Muslim World, it is far more likely than not that the Muslim World will still not be speaking to him. The president’s platitudinous piffle will undoubtedly send a thrill up the collective leg of the lapdog press here in America. Elsewhere, it will be remembered about as well as his equally “historic” trip to Turkey last month.

Update (AP): My thoughts exactly. To believe that half an hour of pap will advance the ball in the Middle East, you’d have to believe that tensions there are based largely on “cultural misunderstandings,” not wholly irreconcilable goals like the right of return. It’s worth doing simply because it’s a costless exercise, but as with anything Obama does, the media hoopla is wildly disproportionate to the actual effect. A productive use of righty bloggers’ time this afternoon will be to seize on the passages inevitably touted by the press as “breakthroughs” and then comb through Bush’s speeches for their analogs, of which there are bound to be many. Exit question: Will The One address the lingering “cultural misunderstanding” about whether the Holocaust happened? It’d be nice to find common ground on that, at least.

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Show time. Isn’t this a self validation tour?

Did MO wear a burka?

seven on June 3, 2009 at 12:08 PM

I care about any damage done or possible bridges mended, hopefully not with glue made out of us…

abobo on June 3, 2009 at 12:08 PM

Dear Leader has met the Kind of SA already. Did He bow again? Is there any video of them meeting, and if not, why not?

rbj on June 3, 2009 at 12:09 PM

The only thing they are interested in is how many times he’s going to throw Israel under the bus.

wildcat84 on June 3, 2009 at 12:10 PM

OBAMA

stands for…..

One Big Ass Mistake America

jake-the-goose on June 3, 2009 at 12:11 PM

The only way ChimpyO will make a difference with this speech would be to completely abandon all of our policies across the globe. And in that case, even the lap dog media couldn’t save him from our wrath.

csdeven on June 3, 2009 at 12:11 PM

I’m sick of his speeches.
I’m sick of looking at him.
I’m sick of his robotic voice.
I’m sick of his head rotation.
I’m sick of his arrogance.
I’m sick of his ignorance.
I’m sick of his phoniness.

Someone make it go away.

fogw on June 3, 2009 at 12:11 PM

csdeven on June 3, 2009 at 12:11 PM

Chimpy-O’s would make for a really cool, if slightly musky brand of breakfast cereal. Goes good with waffles!

abobo on June 3, 2009 at 12:14 PM

Let’s all say it together — “Pahwk-eee-stahwn.”

LASue on June 3, 2009 at 12:14 PM

Apologize, bitch!

Little Boomer on June 3, 2009 at 12:15 PM

Apologize, dhimmi!

Little Boomer on June 3, 2009 at 12:17 PM

They will be getting exactly what their money bought! And of course he will be careful, this time, to not have the press take pictures of him bowing and scraping and kissing the ring of his most high potentate and benefactor (I guess soros won’t be there, however, or he’d have to bow twice.)

Bambi on June 3, 2009 at 12:17 PM

Nothing to do with me!

OldEnglish on June 3, 2009 at 12:18 PM

Is the Arab World going to apologize for the Arab slave trade (which was bigger than the Atlantic slave trade)? Slavery was legal in Saudi Arabia until 1962.

Apologize!

Realist on June 3, 2009 at 12:18 PM

I’d like to know how to reconcile Iran’s “Death to the Jews” cultural difference. I guess what this really means is that whatever wrongs there are in the world, it may not matter if it is cultural. If Obambi is excusing the desired destruction of Jews and the rampant mysogyny in the muslism world as a “cultural difference”, then would not slavery and racism in the West also be a cultural difference?

bloggless on June 3, 2009 at 12:18 PM

A muslim politician making a speech in a muslim country to his fellow muslims. Why the big deal?

bill30097 on June 3, 2009 at 12:19 PM

The only ones thrilled by Bozo’s speech to his Muslim brethren are the US media. The overseas press already sees him for what he is (or perhaps it’s what he isn’t…)

n0doz on June 3, 2009 at 12:21 PM

HEY ALLAH! Debbie Schlussel is maaaaaaad at you! Better apologize, pronto.

bloggless on June 3, 2009 at 12:22 PM

I’d like to know how to reconcile Iran’s “Death to the Jews” cultural difference. I

…….

Leahy said it was a poor choice of words.

Wrong thread?

Nope.

artist on June 3, 2009 at 12:22 PM

It’s worth doing simply because it’s a costless exercise

It is not costless; we are paying to be insulted. On top of that, each time he signals surrender to our self-identifed enemies, he brings us that much closer to the next military or terrorist attack.

Vashta.Nerada on June 3, 2009 at 12:22 PM

Is everything Obama does historic? Nevermind…

gwelf on June 3, 2009 at 12:23 PM

Elsewhere, it will be remembered about as well as his equally “historic” trip to Turkey last month.

Every move Obama makes according to the press is “Historic”.

The Obama administration and their friends in the press have to build up his trips and speeches as “historic” because they rarely provide any real answers,solutions,or results.

Obama’s great,historic, race speech in Philadelphia ended up having to be pretty much recended,throwing Rev.Wright under the bus after he exposed himself at the press club for the propagandizing bigot that he was.

Historic trip during the G20 produced nothing but handshakes and photo ops.No combat troops for the NATO mission in Afghanistan.Obama’s stimulus plans shot down by the Germans and French.No takers on Gitmo prisoners.

Historic policies and bills passed through Congress without even reading them that has quadrupled our deficits,and done nothing for massive job losses and building up the backbone of our economy,the small business sector.

Another historic apology tour by Obama is going to do nothing but reveal that the only entities that his administration will come down hard on is Republicans and Israel.

Everything is done with grand announcements and claims of “historic” significance so as to blind the people with these bright lights of spin so they won’t be able to see the grim reality of no answers,no solutions,and no results.

Baxter Greene on June 3, 2009 at 12:25 PM

The entire exercise is absurd.
Can you imagine the uproar if he said he was giving a speech to the Christian world? The Hindu world?
No, only these murderous savages and their supporters deserve being addressed specifically.

Sefton on June 3, 2009 at 12:26 PM

Me, too. I am sick of listening to him. His words hold no conviction or truth, so why listen?

Yet another “historic” moment for Bubblehead. Everything he does is “historic”.

MSM – “historic” does not necessarily mean great or correct. The German extermination of the Jews in WWII was historic, but it was not correct.

This speech is just some more ass-kissing by our “President” while he destroys our country.

I wish someone could record the back room conversations Bubblehead has with our arab ‘friends’ – _those_ I would find to be extremely interesting.

Timothy S. Carlson on June 3, 2009 at 12:27 PM

It is not costless; we are paying to be insulted. On top of that, each time he signals surrender to our self-identifed enemies, he brings us that much closer to the next military or terrorist attack.
Vashta.Nerada on June 3, 2009 at 12:22 PM

…that should be “self-proclaimed enemies”, since they officially declared war on us back in 1978…

Friendly21 on June 3, 2009 at 12:28 PM

I want audio of his historic fart.

Daggett on June 3, 2009 at 12:28 PM

I’m just going to say it… I hate that muslim ba$tard. I want him gone.

ErinF on June 3, 2009 at 12:29 PM

I’ll actually be surprised if one of the extremists Islamic groups doesn’t bomb something in Saudi Arabia or Egypt sometime between now and next Thursday to show that no matter how much Obama panders to the Muslim world, he’s never going to be BFFs with the fanatics. But other than something truly horrific, I doubt it’s going to make any sort of dent in the current path the administration is taking on Middle East policy.

jon1979 on June 3, 2009 at 12:29 PM

Baxter Greene on June 3, 2009 at 12:25 PM

Let’s not forget His historic nationalizing of the US Economy…

Friendly21 on June 3, 2009 at 12:30 PM

Again…….

…… I don’t think Obama and the State Run Media will tell us the truth as to what he actually says to the Muslim world.

Just sayin’……

Seven Percent Solution on June 3, 2009 at 12:31 PM

Anything called “historic” in advance is noteworthy, but not groundbreaking.

I wonder how many of many of you have the same feeling as me: “What the hell is our president doing?”

thebrokenrattle on June 3, 2009 at 12:31 PM

I have a historic announcement to make: Obama is a moron.

Thank you and have a nice day.

Metro on June 3, 2009 at 12:33 PM

Did MO wear a burka?

seven on June 3, 2009 at 12:08 PM

Her designer sleeveless version will be all the rage.

Seriously, I don’t think she’s making this trip. The media there will not fawn all over her for some reason I can’t figure out why in heaven’s name they would not.

Brat on June 3, 2009 at 12:34 PM

Let us never forget His historic quote:

“Americans have Muslims in their families or have lived in a Muslim majority country. I know, because I am one of them.” – President Obama: Address to the Turkish Parliament, April 6, 2009

Friendly21 on June 3, 2009 at 12:36 PM

It will be at least as memorable as his historic speech on race during the campaign where he talked about… stuff.

Ferris on June 3, 2009 at 12:38 PM

I wonder how many of many of you have the same feeling as me: “What the hell is our president doing?”
thebrokenrattle on June 3, 2009 at 12:31 PM

A rhetorical question, right? Or where you asleep before the last election? He’s just doing what he was going to do when elected.

Friendly21 on June 3, 2009 at 12:38 PM

The only apology I want to hear from Obama is after we finally nail Bin Laden with a predator drone – “Did we kill your leader? Oh, so sorry, but it had to be done”.

America looks weak to the rest of the world now. We _are_ weak, as long a Bubblehead is making the decisions. Either we will have to make concessions to our enemies or they will attack us, because they know Obama won’t do a damn thing to stop them or retaliate.

The somali pirate situation was a fluke – don’t expect future situations to be handled as well as that one. And even the pirate situation, after a 5 day standoff, was turning into a clusterf***, saved only by our military.

But what can we do? Pelosi trashes the CIA, and gets away with it. By rights, she should be out on her ass. But she’s still speaker, protected by her dhimmicrat cronies and the MSM. How can we expect them to go after Bubblehead?

Too. Damn. Cynical…

Timothy S. Carlson on June 3, 2009 at 12:39 PM

Obama Speaks – It sends a thrill up my leg

And makes me want to pee on the floor…

Kuffar on June 3, 2009 at 12:40 PM

Obama’s speech to “the Muslim world”: Who cares?

Israel, and those of us who support her, better care. The last time the world saw such an appeaser was during the Great Depression, just before World War II. Neville Chamberlain’s appeasement of Hitler led to the Holocaust.

Loxodonta on June 3, 2009 at 12:41 PM

Christopher Dickey preemptively laments that Obama will not use the occasion to apologize for every grudge Muslims nurse against the evil American empire.

If he did, he’d have to apologize for a whole lot of stuff. Such as:

Equality of the sexes.
Counting a woman’s testimony equal to a man’s in court.
Women baring their hair.
Women baring their arms.
Women holding positions of authority.
Dating.
Men and women touching outside of marriage.
Women being alone with men who are not their husbands or family members.
Extramarital sex.
Onscreen kisses in movies.
Pornography.
Homosexual romance.
Music.
Eating pork products.
Drinking alcohol.
Atheism.
Secularism.
Religious freedom.
Gossip magazines (based on the prohibitions of scandalizing).
Gambling.
The Fifth Amendment (concealing testimony is forbidden).
Lending money with interest.

CarpeFishem on June 3, 2009 at 12:42 PM

Arabs remember that Obama is white and a very watered down Muslim. If he doesn’t practice it, it doesn’t count. The speech will go in one ear and out the other.

qestout on June 3, 2009 at 12:43 PM

Obama’s proposed speech is indeed historic. It is a radical, 180° shift in American foreign policy from an America that is proud, strong and projects strength to contain enemies of Liberty, to an American that ignores or threatens our traditional allies while apologizing to and appeasing a culture not known for spreading liberty, but for spreading terror to achieve the submission of its enemies.

Loxodonta on June 3, 2009 at 12:44 PM

Is everything Obama does historic? Nevermind…

gwelf on June 3, 2009 at 12:23 PM

Barnacle on Morning Joe today: Everyday of Obama’s presidency is historic.

qestout on June 3, 2009 at 12:47 PM

I’m so weary of that man.

jewells45 on June 3, 2009 at 12:48 PM

Obama’s proposed speech is indeed historic. It is a radical, 180° shift in American foreign policy from an America that is proud, strong and projects strength to contain enemies of Liberty, to an American that ignores or threatens our traditional allies while apologizing to and appeasing a culture not known for spreading liberty, but for spreading terror to achieve the submission of its enemies.

Loxodonta on June 3, 2009 at 12:44 PM

Opo. Well said.

And depressing, because it’s true.

Timothy S. Carlson on June 3, 2009 at 12:49 PM

It’s only historic because, thus far, no-one else has been that stupid!

OldEnglish on June 3, 2009 at 12:54 PM

What Obama should say to Muslims is something like, “I have the utmost respect for Islam. It is a Great Religion of Peace and is filled with able and righteous people perfectly capable of acting like adults and protecting and governing their own countries. Therefor I have decide to get America out of their way by removing all American troops from Iraq and Afghanistan, post haste.”

MB4 on June 3, 2009 at 12:55 PM

abobo on June 3, 2009 at 12:14 PM

hahaha

csdeven on June 3, 2009 at 12:58 PM

Mahmoud Ahmadinejad smiles with approval. Mission Accomplished.

Steve Z on June 3, 2009 at 12:58 PM

If there were only a way to have some fun during the speech…I’m thinking “Bruce Almighty”…….

BobMbx on June 3, 2009 at 1:00 PM

What Obama should say to Muslims is something like, “I have the utmost respect for Islam. It is a Great Religion of Peace and is filled with able and righteous people perfectly capable of acting like adults and protecting and governing their own countries. Therefor I have decide to get America out of their way by removing all American troops from Iraq and Afghanistan, post haste.”

MB4 on June 3, 2009 at 12:55 PM

+100

Daggett on June 3, 2009 at 1:01 PM

Loxodonta on June 3, 2009 at 12:44 PM

ChimpyO is acquiescing to people whose culture celebrates death. He is deluded if he thinks they would rather live in a world that accepts all religions as opposed to dying (and killing) for their cause at the drop of a Burka.

csdeven on June 3, 2009 at 1:02 PM

This is boring.

Once again, we are engaged in a “what’s the value of speeches” debate.

One of the central claims of conservatives is that the Palestinians and many of the neighboring countries are not honestly engaged in the negotiations for peace with Israel. We have seen time and time again that peace gets derailed by a fringe group taking heinous actions against either their own people or others. In addition, we also see people building illegal settlements that Israel is slow to remove. It is no secret that these actions hinder progress for real peace.

Now the solution tried in the past has been to staunchly support Israel while condemning all other actions by Hamas and other Palestinian groups. We have not seen an end to the bloodshed or any inroads to the path of peace between these two groups of people.

Many people here have constantly repeated the definition of insanity repeating something over and over again to get the same results. Sadly, people here are still not getting the message.

I really don’t understand the opposition. We speak directly to the people whose opinions we need to change and support we need. They don’t listen, fine; we have lost nothing. But if they do, then we have a win-win. The middle-east is one step closer to peace, we have sacrificed little and yet we gain a whole lot.

For the free-marketers here; that’d add up to a low risk / high return scenario.

ckoeber on June 3, 2009 at 1:02 PM

Baxter Greene on June 3, 2009 at 12:25 PM

Let’s not forget His historic nationalizing of the US Economy…

Friendly21 on June 3, 2009 at 12:30 PM

Are we on the road to serfdom?

According to Obama, we must have health care socialization because the greedy Doctors, Nurses, and Hospitals won’t provide services at a reasonable cost. Never mind they spent years acquiring the skills to do what they do. But GOVERNMENT MOTORS is the heart of American and deserves billions to remain inefficient and become the poster child for PROTECTIONISM. Wait and see.

IF WE DON’T GET SMALLER GOVERNMENT AND FREE MARKETS WE ARE GOING TO SEE OUR ECONOMY START TO COLLAPSE.

KentAllard on June 3, 2009 at 1:07 PM

fogw on June 3, 2009 at 12:11 PM

C’mon! Tell us how you really feel!

ladyingray on June 3, 2009 at 1:08 PM

Let’s all say it together — “Pahwk-eee-stahwn.”

LASue on June 3, 2009 at 12:14 PM

Ugh! Have you noticed that the state run media has started to pronounce it the same way as dear muslim leader?

HornetSting on June 3, 2009 at 1:12 PM

All bow down and Sheik yer booty. Come on Brian Williams you too can do it.

redrock on June 3, 2009 at 1:14 PM

Like His grandmother the Messiah is a self-proclaimed “Christian”, except she is gong to attend the Haj…

For all thoise who do not know: non-muslims are strictly forbiden from attending the Haj, no exceptions.

Friendly21 on June 3, 2009 at 1:14 PM

Our President should be warning Arabs about any further attacks on U.S. interests or allies instead of apologizing for killing the bastards who are committed to such aggression.

The Arabs are the ones who owe the apology.

orlandocajun on June 3, 2009 at 1:16 PM

You really want to be depressed? Take a look at this….

EXCLUSIVE: Al Qaeda eyes bio attack from Mexico…………. U.S. counterterrorism officials have authenticated a video by an al Qaeda recruiter threatening to smuggle a biological weapon into the United States via tunnels under the Mexico border, the latest sign of the terrorist group’s determination to stage another mass-casualty attack on the U.S. homeland.

Read it and weep…..

Knucklehead on June 3, 2009 at 1:06 PM

Pray for our Border Patrol, give them the strength to hold the line and protect our nation.
Heaven knows the obama adminstration and Ja-No won’t give them the tools to finish the job.
God Help Our Nation.

HornetSting on June 3, 2009 at 1:17 PM

Obama’s proposed speech is indeed historic. It is a radical, 180° shift in American foreign policy from an America that is proud, strong and projects strength to contain enemies of Liberty, to an American that ignores or threatens our traditional allies while apologizing to and appeasing a culture not known for spreading liberty, but for spreading terror to achieve the submission of its enemies.

Loxodonta on June 3, 2009 at 12:44 PM

Yep, because we have really projected strength with two 6+ year wars that we are endlessly stuck in. As for “ignoring or threatening allies” stab I guess the “screw the UN and practically every Western democracy; we are going in alone” is the de-facto standard for embracing allies.

ckoeber on June 3, 2009 at 1:20 PM

ckoeber on June 3, 2009 at 1:02 PM

I understand your fear. But what you fail to realize is that our strong policies have a dampening effect on much of the Muslim world. But they aren’t the problem, the extremists are, and as long as they are committed to their culture of domination, murder, and death, there is NOTHING anyone can do to abate their hatred except total and complete surrender to Islamic rule.

The aggressor sets the rules of the war. Fascist Islam has decided total domination is their goal. Well, we either give in or kill every one of those evil fascist bastards with extreme prejudice.

I vote the latter.

csdeven on June 3, 2009 at 1:23 PM

I guess the “screw the UN

ckoeber on June 3, 2009 at 1:20 PM

The UN aint worth a warm bucket of spit.

MB4 on June 3, 2009 at 1:23 PM

I wouldn’t call it costless — in all likelihood, P.BO will say something(s) that makes the Arabs view us as even more weak and vulnerable, inviting more violence and other bad behavior.

Count to 10 on June 3, 2009 at 1:24 PM

I vote that we get out of the muslims way and let them go at each other.

MB4 on June 3, 2009 at 1:25 PM

Magic Carpet Ride…….

soulsirkus on June 3, 2009 at 1:25 PM

Anything Carter II does seems to immediately deemed “historic”. Here’s my historic yawn…..*yawn*

This guy….obama….he’s nothing but a 2-bit fascist wannabee, and ultimately that’s how history will reflect him when it wakes up and comes to it’s senses.

Spiritk9 on June 3, 2009 at 1:27 PM

The UN aint worth a warm bucket of spit.

MB4 on June 3, 2009 at 1:23 PM

OK, so why accuse Obama of abandoning allies?

ckoeber on June 3, 2009 at 1:29 PM

I vote that we get out of the muslims way and let them go at each other.

MB4 on June 3, 2009 at 1:25 PM

Didn’t we try the “sit it out” approach before WWII?

ckoeber on June 3, 2009 at 1:30 PM

I understand your fear. But what you fail to realize is that our strong policies have a dampening effect on much of the Muslim world. But they aren’t the problem, the extremists are, and as long as they are committed to their culture of domination, murder, and death, there is NOTHING anyone can do to abate their hatred except total and complete surrender to Islamic rule.

The aggressor sets the rules of the war. Fascist Islam has decided total domination is their goal. Well, we either give in or kill every one of those evil fascist bastards with extreme prejudice.

I vote the latter.

csdeven on June 3, 2009 at 1:23 PM

I’ll approach this from a logical standpoint.

Where would you start? Go into Iran? Now?

You make such a charged assesment. Please fill in the details.

I for one am hoping that we finish the two wars we started.

ckoeber on June 3, 2009 at 1:33 PM

I guess the “screw the UN

ckoeber on June 3, 2009 at 1:20 PM
The UN aint worth a warm bucket of spit.

MB4 on June 3, 2009 at 1:23 PM

I wouldn’t screw it, I would pour gasoline over it and eradicate it.

HornetSting on June 3, 2009 at 1:34 PM

The UN aint worth a warm bucket of spit.

MB4 on June 3, 2009 at 1:23 PM

OK, so why accuse Obama of abandoning allies?

ckoeber on June 3, 2009 at 1:29 PM

I don’t have the patience to try and decipher your train of thought on your implication that there is some kind of disconnect here.

MB4 on June 3, 2009 at 1:36 PM

Didn’t we try the “sit it out” approach before WWII?

ckoeber on June 3, 2009 at 1:30 PM

We did. We also tried it during WWI and if we had stuck to it, remained totally neutral, there might not have been a WWII. We will never know, but in any case, always us the proper tool for the proper job.

MB4 on June 3, 2009 at 1:41 PM

ckoeber on June 3, 2009 at 1:02 PM

Oh my…you didn’t see them memo from yesterday; I’ll paraphrase:

The US does not have the right to impose its values or culture on other countrys. Only Obama has that right.

BobMbx on June 3, 2009 at 1:50 PM

Furthermore, the oppression that prevails throughout most of the Mideast means that in the short-term, public opinion does not matter as much as the opinion of the oppressors.

Don’t make the mistake of focusing too much on how the ruling elite receive Obama and the speech. Much of the impasse in the Middle East is economic and as long as the leadership maintain power using the usual imperialism and Israeli scapegoats for their woes the situation will not get any better. The street does matter and so does an increasingly independent media. If there is one thing that Iraq has shown is that real democracy needs more than the absence of a dictator to take root and flourish. Education, security, and a more advanced economy are required for real change in the region. A speech on its own will not advance any of these causes but it should help us improve our badly injured image in the region and that helps us fight terrorism and advance our commercial interests there.

lexhamfox on June 3, 2009 at 2:02 PM

If you take a step back and view matters dispassionately, this Obama-typical act of cynical idealism/idealistic cynicism serves our purposes in the following way: Keep the Islamic world divided, uncertain, hopeless, and backward, persuade the gullible that we give a ***ing **** what they think or what happens to them – or that it would really matter much if we did – while we go on about other more pressing business. If terrorists attack, and compel us to get nasty – for political reasons, not because they are really in a position to threaten us – we can pretend we tried (actually, Bush gave them a chance, though not much of one), and feel all the more unburdened by restraint as we definitively establish our deterrence for those who need another lesson.

It’s not fair, but that’s the way we roll. Sucks to be you, Islamic world.

And that’s about as close to a pro-Obama post as I’ve ever written.

CK MacLeod on June 3, 2009 at 2:10 PM

Knucklehead on June 3, 2009 at 1:06 PM

I remember it was just the other day you were astonished by the lack of trolls at Hot Air.

Happy now?

Loxodonta on June 3, 2009 at 2:12 PM

Show time. Isn’t this a self validation tour?

Did MO wear a burka?

seven on June 3, 2009 at 12:08 PM

Michell declined the trip, for one of 2 reasons. 1. They couldn’t make a burka to cover that trunk, or 2. She couldn’t show off those faaaaaaabulous arms of hers.

capejasmine on June 3, 2009 at 2:13 PM

I vote that we get out of the muslims way and let them go at each other.

MB4 on June 3, 2009 at 1:25 PM

Didn’t we try the “sit it out” approach before WWII?

ckoeber on June 3, 2009 at 1:30 PM

Exactly. We were waiting it out to see how one of our enemies, Britain, would do against our other enemy–Germany.

It seems like you have perfected the art of drooling in written form, ckoeber.

smellthecoffee on June 3, 2009 at 2:14 PM

Every move Obama makes according to the press is “Historic”.

It’s true. He’ll be the first African-American to completely destroy America.

DrAllecon on June 3, 2009 at 2:18 PM

ckoeber on June 3, 2009 at 1:33 PM

Absolutely not. Outright war is a last resort and the nuclear option is the last resort reserved for states who engage in terrorism.

What I suggest is a continuation of the Bush policy. Strong sanctions and the threat of annihilation. These extremists think like 7th century thugs. They only understand victory and slavery. We must project superiority through toughness, not fancy dinner parties and slobbering apologies.

csdeven on June 3, 2009 at 2:19 PM

Muslims won’t believe an American president even if professes to having “Muslim roots”, Obama has drunk to much of his own kool-aid.

I never watch Obama anymore. I have damaged too many TV’s and computer screens.

izoneguy on June 3, 2009 at 2:25 PM

I’m sick of his speeches.
I’m sick of looking at him.
I’m sick of his robotic voice.
I’m sick of his head rotation.
I’m sick of his arrogance.
I’m sick of his ignorance.
I’m sick of his phoniness.

Someone make it go away.

fogw on June 3, 2009 at 12:11 PM

Waterboarding isn’t as painful as watching this POTUS.

ricer1 on June 3, 2009 at 2:28 PM

Obama is the mirror image of the Rolling Stones. For the Stones, every tour is a “farewell” tour, but for Obama, they are all “hello, it’s me.”

College Prof on June 3, 2009 at 2:29 PM

I wonder how many of many of you have the same feeling as me: “What the hell is our president doing?”
thebrokenrattle on June 3, 2009 at 12:31 PM

A rhetorical question, right? Or where you asleep before the last election? He’s just doing what he was going to do when elected.

Friendly21 on June 3, 2009 at 12:38 PM

Oh I knew it. I expected it. I knew I would be furious.
I just had no idea HOW furious it would make me.

thebrokenrattle on June 3, 2009 at 2:29 PM

izoneguy on June 3, 2009 at 2:25 PM

At first it was the idiocy that drove me crazy. Now it’s the pomposity. And all the straw men. Man, I think it is time to buy straw futures the way he is going through it. And they’re never even real. Why can’t he say things like, “There are some who think I am an overweening narcissist. To them I say. . .” Or, “There are many voices that would proclaim me to be the Emperor without clothes. I would respond to them by saying. . .”

But no, it’s always some fictitious cohort. “There are some who say that if we become a green country, we won’t be visible from above because of the trees. . . ” I just can’t stand it.

smellthecoffee on June 3, 2009 at 2:35 PM

Waterboarding isn’t as painful as watching this POTUS.

ricer1 on June 3, 2009 at 2:28 PM

Our only hope is the effect of his policies finally taking hold. Inflation, continuingly increasing unemployment, high energy costs, etc. Sooner or later someone in the media is going to pick some of the low hanging fruit lying around and criticize this guy–someone who had been isolated for, say, having asked a tough question once. THAT journalist will be greeted like a guy with snow-cones in the middle of the desert, and that may cause other journalists to take note. Something is going to tip public opinion, maybe Woodward’s book will start the drip drip? I still predict he’ll be as popular as Moussolini by the time he’s done wrecking this country.

smellthecoffee on June 3, 2009 at 2:43 PM

Wait a minute…

What about the Buddhist World?

And the Christian World?

And the3 Hindu World?

And the Jewish World?

And the Taoist World?

And the Jain World?

Etc., etc., etc.

Oh, that’s right, they’re not terrorizing the planet for the establishment of a theocratic nightmare state of eternal, tyrannical despotic homicidal madness and submission to the dismal dogmas of a pedophile warlord.

Forget I asked…

profitsbeard on June 3, 2009 at 3:28 PM

With a backdrop of a large American flag draped behind him,
and in the spirit of all of those brave souls who gave their all to further this great nation, Falderal steps humbly to the microphone.

Falderal: Hello, American patriots, I’m here today
to tell all who will listen, he is not, i repeat, he is
not my teleprompter.

Wild applause and whistling comes from the crowd. Falderal
smiles and waves.

Falderal: Thanck ya, Thanck ya very much!

falderal on June 3, 2009 at 3:30 PM

Can someone please tell me how Rahm Emanuel sits down and talks to these government officials from these Middle Eastern countries when he flies around the world with Obama? They are always spewing hate towards Israel and Jews, yet isn’t Emanuel Jewish? I am just puzzled by it. Look how Obama is treating Israel, yet his right hand guy is Jewish?

Only thing I can think of, is that Mr. Emanuel is ashamed of his ethnicity like Obama is his country, and all the others who are Arab are just being polite.

Just have been wondering about this….

Susanboo on June 3, 2009 at 3:30 PM

Obama will give the speech in Arabic without a teleprompter Just Watch.

lavell12 on June 3, 2009 at 3:33 PM

Is there someone in the Jewish community that can remove Emanuel from the Jewish faith like the Catholic church kicked Kerry and Pelosi out.

lavell12 on June 3, 2009 at 3:34 PM

Only thing I can think of, is that Mr. Emanuel is ashamed of his ethnicity like Obama is his country, and all the others who are Arab are just being polite.

Just have been wondering about this….

Susanboo on June 3, 2009 at 3:30 PM

Liberal Lexicon says:

Rahm = Jewish on election day

BobMbx on June 3, 2009 at 3:37 PM

Obama will give the speech in Arabic without a teleprompter Just Watch.

lavell12 on June 3, 2009 at 3:33 PM

I have received a text version of Obama’s entire speech from an un-named teleprompter. Here it is, in it’s entirety:

“Hello everyone, thanks for coming

Allahu Akbar

Thank you.”

BobMbx on June 3, 2009 at 3:40 PM

Susanboo on June 3, 2009 at 3:30 PM

I believe the Beatles answered that question. He is Blueish.

Limerick on June 3, 2009 at 3:40 PM

This speech will go down in history about as well as U.S. Grant’s to the Japanese government encouraging them to form their own Monroe Doctrine and Manifest Destiny. We all know how that worked out.

Limerick on June 3, 2009 at 3:48 PM

If there were only a way to have some fun during the speech…I’m thinking “Bruce Almighty”…….

BobMbx on June 3, 2009 at 1:00 PM

Everytime the TOTUS messes up its like in ‘Bruce Almighty’…

If the TOTUS did it more often it might make the idiot’s speeches worth watching…

Ltlgeneral64 on June 3, 2009 at 3:51 PM

At first it was the idiocy that drove me crazy. Now it’s the pomposity. And all the straw men. Man, I think it is time to buy straw futures the way he is going through it.
smellthecoffee on June 3, 2009 at 2:35 PM

I must profess that I keep hearing this “straw man” phrase, and don’t understand it, so I finally looked it up. Wouldn’t you know, I never heard it when Bush was in office, but now when I looked it up, the idiot defining it, used Bush as the example of someone who uses this argument, and disputed that Obama uses it at all.

So, just to find out what this phrase meant, I had to read all this garbage about how bad Bush was, and how great Obama is. Geez, I can hardly wait until the new Webster’s dictionary comes out, and under the word “messiah”, they have Obama’s name. When does it stop? BLAH,BLAH,BLAH,BLAH……

Susanboo on June 3, 2009 at 4:00 PM

Liberal Lexicon says:

Rahm = Jewish on election day

BobMbx on June 3, 2009 at 3:37 PM

Yeah, and that’s the other thing! How on earth does a Jew in his right mind vote for Obama?

Susanboo on June 3, 2009 at 4:03 PM

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