Surreal: Obama celebrates Iraqi sovereignty

posted at 9:52 pm on June 30, 2009 by Allahpundit

In which the guy who was against the war every step of the way, including the surge, pays tribute to Iraqi independence in the aftermath of Saddam. I know I’m supposed to goof on him for statements like this given his record but I quite like them, just as I liked his speech to U.S. troops for “getting the job done” back in February. It’s a rare case of The One subordinating his ego to the demands of the office. He was wrong on the surge and he knows it, but rather than try to downplay its effect, he’s willing to recognize progress where he sees it. This suits his agenda too, of course — the more independent Iraq is, the easier it is to bring the troops home — but that’s fine by me. A win/win situation is ideal. So long as it really is win/win.


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If AP gets your hopes up about anything other than MegMac possibly being a miniature porpoise (instead of a Blue Whale), then you might need some help…

Upstater85 on June 30, 2009 at 10:37 PM

I thought I saw her at sea world this past week…..but, then I realized it was just a beluga whale.

HornetSting on June 30, 2009 at 10:39 PM

blatantblue on June 30, 2009 at 10:39 PM

You yoots don’t know nuthin’… :-)

coldwarrior on June 30, 2009 at 10:40 PM

I thought I saw her at sea world this past week…..but, then I realized it was just a beluga whale.

HornetSting on June 30, 2009 at 10:39 PM

Yes, you got to be careful with these famous people… I thought Nancy Pelosi died last week, but then I realized it was really just MJ

Upstater85 on June 30, 2009 at 10:41 PM

blatantblue on June 30, 2009 at 10:37 PM

Thanks, BB. Cute picture btw. No one is hiring for what I do so I’m thinking I might have to start my own thing. Glad you found something.

txag92 on June 30, 2009 at 10:41 PM

If AP gets your hopes up about anything other than MegMac possibly being a miniature porpoise (instead of a Blue Whale), then you might need some help…

Upstater85 on June 30, 2009 at 10:37 PM

LOL!

progressoverpeace on June 30, 2009 at 10:41 PM

Upstater85 on June 30, 2009 at 10:41 PM

Same plastic surgeon, apparently.

coldwarrior on June 30, 2009 at 10:42 PM

I have an idea?

HornetSting on June 30,2009 at 10:36PM.

HornetSting:

Well an idea is an idea,o’kay,I’ll tread carefully here,so
you would like to put forth,

a Liberal Wacking Day!

I hope its similar to the Simpson episode of Snake Wacking Day!hehe:)

canopfor on June 30, 2009 at 10:43 PM

You yoots don’t know nuthin’… :-)

coldwarrior on June 30, 2009 at 10:40 PM

I can picture you working back at your old job, blasting that song in your office.

txag92 on June 30, 2009 at 10:41 PM

Necessity is the mother of motherfcking invention!

You can do it!

blatantblue on June 30, 2009 at 10:44 PM

Same plastic surgeon, apparently.

coldwarrior on June 30, 2009 at 10:42 PM

It’d explain where MJ got his nose from…

Upstater85 on June 30, 2009 at 10:44 PM

You yoots don’t know nuthin’… :-)

coldwarrior on June 30, 2009 at 10:40 PM

OMG. I watched “My Cousin Vinnie” last night. Always makes me laugh and I’ve seen it at least 50 times.

txag92 on June 30, 2009 at 10:44 PM

Well an idea is an idea,o’kay,I’ll tread carefully here,so
you would like to put forth,

a Liberal Wacking Day!

I hope its similar to the Simpson episode of Snake Wacking Day!hehe:)

canopfor on June 30, 2009 at 10:43 PM

We could call it Snake Wacking Day! We’ll serve tea and steroids to make sure they get in a good ‘whack’.

HornetSting on June 30, 2009 at 10:47 PM

txag92 on June 30, 2009 at 10:44 PM

Have had a thing for Marisa Tomei since that movie came out. Of course, she did have a small part in Toxic Avenger back in the day.

coldwarrior on June 30, 2009 at 10:48 PM

worst
song
ever

blatantblue on June 30,2009 at 10:39PM.

blatantblue:

I think,the song ‘Ring my Bell’,or that stupid song,

‘I never been to me’,is worse,or worser!:)

canopfor on June 30, 2009 at 10:50 PM

‘I never been to me’,is worse,or worser!:)

canopfor on June 30, 2009 at 10:50 PM

Agree 100%.

coldwarrior on June 30, 2009 at 10:51 PM

Have had a thing for Marisa Tomei since that movie came out. Of course, she did have a small part in Toxic Avenger back in the day.

coldwarrior on June 30, 2009 at 10:48 PM

Friendly advice

If you like Tomei

Do yourself a favor and watch the Wrestler with her and Mikey Rourke

Let’s say, lots o’ Tomei nude

blatantblue on June 30, 2009 at 10:51 PM

blatantblue on June 30, 2009 at 10:51 PM

Go to your corner, young man! No pizza pony bagel bites for you. Bad boy!

HornetSting on June 30, 2009 at 10:52 PM

blatantblue on June 30, 2009 at 10:51 PM

Haven’t seen “Before the Devil Knows You’re Dead?” Excellent, umm, cinematography on that one…

coldwarrior on June 30, 2009 at 10:53 PM

Suck it Obama!

(Damn I wish HA had a fonts button, I’d made that as large as possible)

As was pointed out today by Krauthammer, the one word Obama didn’t use was DEMOCRATIC, lest he give credit to President Bush.

Thank you W!

Texas Gal on June 30, 2009 at 10:55 PM

Suck it Obama!

Texas Gal on June 30, 2009 at 10:55 PM

+1000.

HornetSting on June 30, 2009 at 10:56 PM

Sarah Palin

or Marisa Tomei?

hm

blatantblue on June 30, 2009 at 10:59 PM

blatantblue on June 30, 2009 at 10:59 PM

Someday, kid, I’ll have to show you the ropes…

Sarah Palin and Marissa Tomei. :-)

coldwarrior on June 30, 2009 at 11:01 PM

blatantblue on June 30, 2009 at 10:59 PM

Russell Crowe (circa Gladiator) for me. :)

txag92 on June 30, 2009 at 11:01 PM

coldwarrior on June 30, 2009 at 11:01 PM

I’m a realist!

blatantblue on June 30, 2009 at 11:02 PM

Russell Crowe (circa Gladiator) for me. :)

txag92 on June 30, 2009 at 11:01 PM

His wifey in that movie was hawt

blatantblue on June 30, 2009 at 11:03 PM

Someday, kid, I’ll have to show you the ropes…

Sarah Palin and Marissa Tomei. :-)

coldwarrior on June 30, 2009 at 11:01 PM

ROTFLMAO

txag92 on June 30, 2009 at 11:03 PM

blatantblue on June 30, 2009 at 11:02 PM

I’m just trying to avoid the topic…that Chicago guy, some sort of former community organizer…on TV a lot, too much…what’s his name?

coldwarrior on June 30, 2009 at 11:03 PM

His wifey in that movie was hawt

blatantblue on June 30, 2009 at 11:03 PM

He had a wife? I didn’t get past the loincloth.

txag92 on June 30, 2009 at 11:04 PM

txag92 on June 30, 2009 at 11:04 PM

Oh, now we are approaching tawdry….not a bad thing, mind you… :-)

coldwarrior on June 30, 2009 at 11:05 PM

coldwarrior on June 30, 2009 at 11:03 PM

Avoid away.

I don’t pay much attention to the gentleman

He had a wife? I didn’t get past the loincloth.

txag92 on June 30, 2009 at 11:04 PM

Just have sausage for breakfast tomorrow — you’ll be okay

blatantblue on June 30, 2009 at 11:06 PM

It’s a rare case of The One subordinating his ego to the demands of the office. He was wrong on the surge and he knows it, but rather than try to downplay its effect, he’s willing to recognize progress where he sees it.

AP you really are a tool.

The guy is taking credit for something he was dead set against from day one. He talks about all of the hurdles the military had to surmount to achieve victory and he and his fellow Dems were the biggest hurdle. I can’t figure out if you’re an idiot or you think the way to get hits on this site is to push our buttons. If it weren’t for Ed, this place would be a ghost town. I usually just let it go but occasionally I have to let you know we’re not as dumb as you think we are.

jnelchef on June 30, 2009 at 11:06 PM

hm

blatantblue on June 30,2009 at 10:59PM.

blatantblue: I’d stick with Leggs Diamond,Sarah!

canopfor on June 30, 2009 at 11:07 PM

Buuuuuuuuuuuuusssssssssssshhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh!!!!!!!!!!!!!

lavell12 on June 30, 2009 at 11:08 PM

txag92 on June 30, 2009 at 11:04 PM

Oh, now we are approaching tawdry….not a bad thing, mind you… :-)

coldwarrior on June 30, 2009 at 11:05 PM

She drifts dirty easily

blatantblue on June 30, 2009 at 11:09 PM

txag92 on June 30, 2009 at 11:04 PM

Oh, now we are approaching tawdry….not a bad thing, mind you… :-)

coldwarrior on June 30, 2009 at 11:05 PM
She drifts dirty easily

blatantblue on June 30, 2009 at 11:09 PM

SO NOT TRUE!

txag92 on June 30, 2009 at 11:15 PM

Allahpundit, master of psychology! Hoping for 1000 comments?

Jim-Rose on June 30, 2009 at 11:16 PM

SO NOT TRUE!

txag92 on June 30, 2009 at 11:15 PM

It is and you know it

blatantblue on June 30, 2009 at 11:16 PM

It’s a rare case of The One subordinating his ego to the demands of the office. He was wrong on the surge and he knows it, but rather than try to downplay its effect, he’s willing to recognize progress where he sees it

.

NO … he’s… NOT!

It pained him .. his ego… to even speak about it!

He COULDN’T ignore the ELEPHANT.. in the room!

Poor little Obama… bless his heart… he INHERITED… a success and can’t deal with it honestly….

Because he is soooooooooooo invested in being the ANTI-BUSH!

Texas Gal on June 30, 2009 at 11:16 PM

It is and you know it

blatantblue on June 30, 2009 at 11:16 PM

Like Bozo, I will never admit to anything.

txag92 on June 30, 2009 at 11:20 PM

Like Bozo, I will never admit to anything.

txag92 on June 30, 2009 at 11:20 PM

You don’t kiss and tell – I respect that

blatantblue on June 30, 2009 at 11:21 PM

Like Bozo, I will never admit to anything.

txag92 on June 30, 2009 at 11:20 PM
You don’t kiss and tell – I respect that

blatantblue on June 30, 2009 at 11:21 PM

Right, BB…you are soooo funny!!!!

ladyingray on June 30, 2009 at 11:26 PM

Right, BB…you are soooo funny!!!!

ladyingray on June 30, 2009 at 11:26 PM

I’m with Lady on that one.

txag92 on June 30, 2009 at 11:27 PM

txag92 on June 30, 2009 at 11:27 PM

I’m always down for a tag team

blatantblue on June 30, 2009 at 11:28 PM

xag92 on June 30, 2009 at 11:27 PM
I’m always down for a tag team

blatantblue on June 30, 2009 at 11:28 PM

No words.

txag92 on June 30, 2009 at 11:34 PM

No words.

txag92 on June 30, 2009 at 11:34 PM

Leave ‘em speechless all the time

blatantblue on June 30, 2009 at 11:34 PM

Leave ‘em speechless all the time

blatantblue on June 30, 2009 at 11:34 PM

Wow…you have such nice dreams when you sleep…

ladyingray on June 30, 2009 at 11:38 PM

Wow…you have such nice dreams when you sleep…

ladyingray on June 30, 2009 at 11:38 PM

Dreams are just plans for the future

blatantblue on June 30, 2009 at 11:39 PM

Dreams are just plans for the future

blatantblue on June 30, 2009 at 11:39 PM

Yes they can be….unless there are zombies in your dreams…i don’t like those kind of dreams….can you promise better dreams?

ladyingray on June 30, 2009 at 11:42 PM

ladyingray on June 30, 2009 at 11:42 PM

I’ll be getting seasick in bed tonight — no dreams

After 4 hours in the ocean, you can still feel the rockin’ back and forth in your head while you lay down

blatantblue on June 30, 2009 at 11:44 PM

blatantblue on June 30, 2009 at 11:44 PM

I’m so sorry…which is why I don’t get on boats….I get seasick!!!!

But you be sure and let me know when you wake up and everything is C-A-L-M….

ladyingray on June 30, 2009 at 11:47 PM

Anyone notice how the media has covered the non-withdrawal withdrawal? You’d think Obama had pulled all the troops out of Iraq.

Of course, none of us would be shocked at the media carrying water for The One’s administration, but boy did they fill up their canteens this time.

RightWinged on June 30, 2009 at 11:49 PM

I can NOT believe that on this day, this special day for Iraq, that we announce we are going to send BIDEN to Iraq, to work with the Iraqis on “problems that were never resolved ie power sharing”

That schemer in Chief! He WANTS to make Iraq fail- why else would you send the guy who wanted to partition Iraq@!!

And then, when Biden ruins everything that has been accomplished the Dems and O will be able to say that “look, we told you it was never going to work” so that O looks like he was right all along and that Bush was wrong.

DYTH O.

journeyintothewhirlwind on June 30, 2009 at 11:52 PM

I’m sure Barry hated to make this speech. He would have rather given us a sermon about how we lost the war and he was right, from the beginning.

Star20 on July 1, 2009 at 12:16 AM

which the guy who was against the war every step of the way

Not true.

Aquateen Hungerforce on July 1, 2009 at 12:54 AM

what an unadulterated moron…. and that opinion is gathering speed.

ultracon on July 1, 2009 at 2:46 AM

Remember General “Betray Us”?

Our troops dragged this one across the finish line, while Obama and Murtha and the rest booed from the side lines.

Well Done.

GunRunner on July 1, 2009 at 2:53 AM

My problem with this is I can’t trust that what he says is genuine. He has an agenda, no matter how humble he may sound to some. To me it sounds like another speech, written to placate the people and lull them into thinking he is middle of the road.

I don’t like him.
I didn’t from the beginning once I started learning about him.

This is just something has no choice in doing and reads it like someone who really just wishes it would all go away once and for all. His sympathy for those who have died in the name of Freedom is laughable.

Miss Molly on July 1, 2009 at 2:57 AM

HornetSting on June 30, 2009 at 10:12 PM

Then, they need to make the point-
obama, you have no right to celebrate. This victory is NOT YOURS. This victory belongs to the brave men and women, who fought for our freedom and for our fine country, even when the YOUR party”

You are so right HornetSting, not one single Dumbrat should be given any credit. Where are the Victory Parades for the finest fighting force in the world.

old war horse on July 1, 2009 at 3:27 AM

Being liberal means never having to admit you’re wrong.

Django on July 1, 2009 at 3:47 AM

A village in Kenya is missing its idiot.

Geochelone on July 1, 2009 at 4:19 AM

OT:Obama now stands against President Uribe, the most popular anti Communist president in Colombian history (and our staunchest ally in Latin America), and makes common cause with the most hated Communist dictators in Latin American history; Chavez, Ortega, and the Castros.http://www.laprensahn.com/index.php/Ediciones/2009/07/01/Noticias/Uribe-defiende-principio-de-la-no-intervencion

elduende on July 1, 2009 at 4:40 AM

President Alvaro Uribe of Colombia stands with democracy and against Zelaya and Chavez!!!!

Says the principal of non-intervention is the one that needs to guide the actions of all nations with regards to the Honduran situation. Basically says that this is a Honduran internal matter and all outside actors need to butt out

El presidente de Colombia, Álvaro Uribe, defendió este martes el principio de la “no intervención” externa ante la crisis política en Honduras.
“El respeto a la no intervención debe ser a todas las horas, frente a todos los casos, no puede ser sesgado, no puede ser en este caso no intervención, en este caso sí intervención”, dijo Uribe a la prensa tras un discurso en el Centro Woodrow Wilson, un instituto de estudios.

http://www.laprensahn.com/index.php/Ediciones/2009/07/01/Noticias/Uribe-defiende-principio-de-la-no-intervencion
Uribe has more guts in his pinky than Obama, the supposed, leader of the free world.

elduende on July 1, 2009 at 4:41 AM

I blame Bush.

BKennedy on July 1, 2009 at 6:45 AM

“There are some who say I’ve been wrong all along on Iraq….”

American troops have ceded control (and helped keep my ass out of the fire) and helped responsibly (even though I’ve acted irresponsibly in my past)

With this handover comes responsibility (and me relinquishing any blame for any poor outcomes)

Those that have tried to pull Iraq into the abyss (and guys like me who tried to push it into the abyss) are on the wrong side of history (like I was and currently am on many issues.)

ted c on July 1, 2009 at 6:50 AM

How does this guy attempt to stand on both sides of these issues? I’ve heard what he’s said on Iraq, I’m a soldier and I cannot begin to accept or even acknowledge his praise on the successes there. These successes were not because of him, they’re in spite of him and his ilk.

ted c on July 1, 2009 at 6:51 AM

A village in Kenya is missing its idiot.

Geochelone on July 1, 2009 at 4:19 AM

Can we please send him back?

ladyingray on July 1, 2009 at 7:14 AM

No thanks to you Ochimpy. Had you had your way, our troops would have come home in defeat and humiliation.

csdeven on July 1, 2009 at 7:30 AM

Don’t forget we are still in Afghanistan. Ochimpy can still F that up and blame it on Bush.

csdeven on July 1, 2009 at 7:40 AM

Just read the quote from Obama regarding Iraq and something struck me. He mentions “there are those who will test Iraqi security forces” and “I’m confident that those forces will fail”. Now, I know what he meant and so will most people. But he only referred to “forces” as Iraqi troops and/or police and clearly said he hopes the “forces” fail. I would hope a master orator would not make such an flub on such an important topic. Unless he said something between those lines that referred to the bad guys as “forces” this seems like it could be seen by some as supporting the bad guys. Which, again, he doesn’t.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/06/30/AR2009063002295.html

brainy435 on July 1, 2009 at 8:10 AM

Don’t forget we are still in Afghanistan. Ochimpy can still F that up and blame it on Bush.

While I don’t think the average BO supporter’s IQ is close to three digits, they are smart enough to understand Afghanistan is clearly BO’s war at this point.

BO showed us what a classless prick he is by not mentioning Bush during that victory speech.

David in ATL on July 1, 2009 at 8:12 AM

Sorry Big A, I cannot be quite so charitable as you. Having baosted of how he would have left the Iraqis under the tyranny they suffered under – without saying how he was wrong about that (isn’t he supposed to be big on apologies?) and delighted about how wrong he was… no go. And the thumb in the eye to the Iraiqs of putting Biden on anything to do with Iraq is a calculated insult. There are a whole bunch of Iraqi parliamentary folks who are going to be livid that they man who wanted to cut their country up is now supposed to “help”.

No owning up to responsibility = no real giving credit either.

LTC John on July 1, 2009 at 8:21 AM

Obama: Taking credit for a triumph attempted to sabotage.

F.Y.B.H.O.

bluelightbrigade on July 1, 2009 at 8:23 AM

It would have been class to mention Bush among all the usual platitudes. The left are sleaze and as usual, Allah gives too much credit where it is not due.
Am I the only one complaining about Allah.

RobCon on July 1, 2009 at 8:28 AM

It would have been class to mention Bush among all the usual platitudes. The left are sleaze

Ditto.

[And no.]

bluelightbrigade on July 1, 2009 at 8:53 AM

This speech is like tithing from stolen funds: you aren’t getting credit where it matters.

Akzed on July 1, 2009 at 9:04 AM

Obama is the biggest phoney I have ever heard speak. For the life of me I can’t figure out why he chose politics over acting…he could win an Academy Award and he would get all the adulation he constantly craves. And if I hear one more time about his Cairo speech having to do with anything that is going on I’m going to puke.

NJ Red on July 1, 2009 at 9:29 AM

My faith has always been with our Citizen Soldiers in Iraq to do their best, and put the politics aside to provide the breathing space and hand up necessary to a fallen people to help them secure their freedom.

That is hard, hard work and when left undone it becomes undone.

As it is abroad, so is it at home.

Liberty’s Great Tree needs watering with the blood of tyrants and patriots to provide the soothing shade of freedom. Teaching that cost in a far off land is hard.

Not doing it is fatal. Particularly after winning a conflict… which is not thoroughly done by any estimation. Well must we keep in mind that simple truth that ‘Live free or die’ is not a slogan but the operation of how secure your liberty. When you cannot stop government from taking your freedom, you are soon back to watering the Great Tree once more.

Personally.

“You must pay the price if you wish to secure the blessing.” – Andrew Jackson.

ajacksonian on July 1, 2009 at 9:42 AM

The ridonkulous thing about this is the fact that Iraq couldn’t have been getting any better until the Cairo speech was made. It was only after that speech that any kudos could be handed out to any progress toward democracy in the Middle East.

Andalusia on July 1, 2009 at 9:47 AM

The One subordinating his ego to the demands of the office.

If he was really doing that he would say that he and others were WRONG.

aikidoka on July 1, 2009 at 10:13 AM

Thank you President Bush.

No thanks are warrented for the pretender named Obama.

BottomLine5 on July 1, 2009 at 10:39 AM

Whenever I hear Obama speaking about progress in Iraq I want to puke.

God Bless You, President George W. Bush.

David2.0 on July 1, 2009 at 11:16 AM

it’s called victory and obambi can’t bring himself to say that.

rjoco1 on July 1, 2009 at 1:24 PM

Could his statements have contained ANY LESS PASSION ???
This obligatory recognition just sort of interrupted his day, for cripes’ sake. Arrrgghh.

Thanks, W and all of our troops !!
Mission accomplished.
STILL praying for ALL of our service members who have to bear up under this abhorrent CinC.

pambi on July 1, 2009 at 2:02 PM

It’s a rare case of The One subordinating his ego to the demands of the office.

No, it’s the all-too-common instance of “success has many fathers,” AP. Had he said, “I was wrong on Iraq,” then you’d have a point. As it stands, you’re just coddling.

spmat on July 1, 2009 at 2:49 PM

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