Left, Right agree: Obama’s G-20 performance worst ever

posted at 3:00 pm on November 14, 2010 by Ed Morrissey

First, let’s hear from the usual suspects.  The Wall Street Journal looks at Barack Obama’s performance at the G-20 summit as well as his trip to Seoul and pronounces it the worst ever for an American President.  The editors are disgusted by the performance, but in the end say failure was the right outcome:

Has there ever been a major economic summit where a U.S. President and his Treasury Secretary were as thoroughly rebuffed as they were at this week’s G-20 meeting in Seoul? We can’t think of one. President Obama failed to achieve any of his main goals while getting pounded by other world leaders for failing U.S. policies and lagging growth.

The root of this embarrassment is political and intellectual: Rather than leading the world from a position of strength, Mr. Obama and Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner came to Seoul blaming the rest of the world for U.S. economic weakness. America’s problem, in their view, is the export and exchange rate policies of the Germans, Chinese or Brazilians. And the U.S. solution is to have the Fed print enough money to devalue the dollar so America can grow by stealing demand from the rest of the world. …

The world also rejected Mr. Geithner’s high-profile call for a 4% limit on a nation’s trade surplus or deficit, which would amount to new political controls on trade and capital flows. This contradicts at least three decades of U.S. policy advice against national barriers to the flow of money and goods. We don’t like to see U.S. Treasury Secretaries so completely shot down by the rest of the world, except when they are so clearly misguided.

But this is the Wall Street Journal, Obama’s defenders will say.  The capitalists at the WSJ don’t like Obama anyway.  Well, that’s certainly true, as the Journal has provided one of the few substantial media platforms that has bothered to look critically at Obama’s performance rather than his public-relations profile.  But how about looking 3,000 miles west to San Francisco, the heart of Nancy Pelosi-style progressivism, to see how his G-20 performance looked from that perspective?  Interestingly, it looks as though Obama has truly delivered consensus when one reads the San Francisco Chronicle editorial from yesterday’s edition:

Shellacked at home, shellacked abroad. President Obama’s Asia trip is extending a losing streak with the latest setback – a refusal by other major financial powers to follow his lead to revive the global economy.

The president’s nostrums, which began with a call for stimulus-style pump priming by other nations, had evolved into a plan to ease wild swings in currency values and overboard trade imbalances. But he got next to nothing in showdown meetings with other leaders of the G-20 nations, or major economic powers. U.S. leadership, once taken for granted, has all but vanished, and no one’s in charge.

Of course, as the Chronicle notes later in the article, Obama could hardly be said to be providing a lead to follow.  He arrived at the G-20, fresh from his rebuff from Seoul over a trade agreement that George Bush had wrapped in a tidy bow three years ago and Democrats rejected, insisting that the industrialized nations refrain from currency manipulations — while defending the second round of quantitative easing that the Fed introduced to do just that.  Obama learned the hard way that few people will follow a “Do as I say, not as I do” model of leadership, and may end up touching off a currency war as a result.

In 2008, we warned about the dangers of putting a man in the White House with no executive, military, diplomatic, or private-sector experience.  It should shock no one to find that American leadership has utterly vanished on the international stage when we elect someone incapable of providing that leadership.  The lesson from both the Right and Left coasts’ media is that Barack Obama is in way over his head and doesn’t have a clue how to get back to the surface.

Update: West, not east, to Frisco, obviously.


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S. Korea is an enigma. We have so much leverage with them ,if used, should have them co-operating. Wondering why
this was not quietly used before the Prez arrived. Is it his in-experience showing again? or is he weakened by the recent election?

jeanie on November 14, 2010 at 5:21 PM

unseen on November 14, 2010 at 3:23 PM

hehe….
http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_3jjLKqkyHPQ/TNyss_Z-ZqI/AAAAAAAAAZE/ld3QhfPmzX0/s1600/driving.jpg

Palin/West 2012

tencole on November 14, 2010 at 5:21 PM

the worst ever for an American President.

Worse than Carter’s various botchanalias? Yes, it just might be.

itsnotaboutme on November 14, 2010 at 5:22 PM

hehe….
http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_3jjLKqkyHPQ/TNyss_Z-ZqI/AAAAAAAAAZE/ld3QhfPmzX0/s1600/driving.jpg

Palin/West 2012

tencole on November 14, 2010 at 5:21 PM

ohhh! there’s a whole lot of schadenfreude wrapped up in that lil’ cartoon!

snap!

ted c on November 14, 2010 at 5:24 PM

Wethal on November 14, 2010 at 4:13 PM

And then there is THIS one…..
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PkdqasetNgk

tencole on November 14, 2010 at 5:27 PM

So, other than the fact that this fiasco has created another nail to use in Obama’s political coffin it was a complete waste of money. Well, then I say it’s still money well spent. I want him out, and shamed… Never to be propped up with false accomplishment and/or Peace Prizes again.
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RalphyBoy on November 14, 2010 at 5:27 PM

BO does not care about us.
He wants all of us ranchers to go out of business.
The ND Stockman’s Ass’n has been working with S Koreans in trying to establish a way to get the beef they want from us.

Badger40 on November 14, 2010 at 5:16 PM

So a private group has to do what the White House is unwilling or unable to do.

Pathetic.

sharrukin on November 14, 2010 at 5:35 PM

Just more mysterious Obama behavior. Why on earth would he allow himself to come off so badly? Does he have some kind of happy hope that they’ll all go home and think about the wisdom of his ideas and call on the phone and say they’re sorry and go along with it? There really is something wrong with this guy but nobody seems to have a name for it. It’s as if he simply doesn’t care, after all he tried his best and they are all the fools for not listening. Okay, let’s move on to the next failure.

jeanie on November 14, 2010 at 5:38 PM

How come I’m reminded of… ‘Well, besides that, Mrs. Lincoln, how was the play?’

Greater than Epic Fail… Titanic Fail!

ajacksonian on November 14, 2010 at 5:39 PM

Greater than Epic Fail… Titanic Fail!

ajacksonian on November 14, 2010 at 5:39 PM

But why? Doesn’t he notice his failures? At some point does he actually look in his cherished mirror and admit to himself that he’s a dud? And if not, why not? What makes this guy tick? What kind of deviant approach to life has him considering a second term? The only thing that comes to mind is the economy excuse–that must be what he pins his self opinion on. If the economy gets better we’ll all love him? Will we? I won’t.

jeanie on November 14, 2010 at 5:47 PM

Wondering why this was not quietly used before the Prez arrived. Is it his in-experience showing again? or is he weakened by the recent election?

jeanie

While narcissism and inexperience are dangerous by themselves, the combination is disastrous.

chimney sweep on November 14, 2010 at 5:53 PM

We’re being governed by the guys in the faculty lounge, who sit around and say, “If I were running the country, I’d do it this way.” Well, they are. Things always work better when you’re a community organizer and all you have to do is complain about things and never really do anything.

bflat879 on November 14, 2010 at 5:56 PM

In 2008, we warned about the dangers of putting a man in the White House with no executive, military, diplomatic, or private-sector experience.

But…but…but….we were told that if Barry got elected THE WORLD WOULD LOVE US!

What happened? Seems no one is buying Mr Empty Suit.

GarandFan on November 14, 2010 at 5:58 PM

Pathetic.

sharrukin on November 14, 2010 at 5:35 PM

I agree. This shouldn’t be an issue.
I know the courts rules in the govt’s favor in abt ’08 on this.
But I can’t seem to find recent info on whether Creekstone is still appealing this.
Bottom line-the govt refused to let a private company use another company to test for a disease to assure their customers the beef they are buying is free of BSE (mad cow disease).
And though the disease is rare & rarely transmitted to humans, Asian markets are still concerned enough to pay a premium for beef tested.
So why would the govt stop this?

Badger40 on November 14, 2010 at 6:01 PM

But I can’t seem to find recent info on whether Creekstone is still appealing this.
Bottom line-the govt refused to let a private company use another company to test for a disease to assure their customers the beef they are buying is free of BSE (mad cow disease).
And though the disease is rare & rarely transmitted to humans, Asian markets are still concerned enough to pay a premium for beef tested.
So why would the govt stop this?

Badger40 on November 14, 2010 at 6:01 PM

This is worse…

Many nongovernmental organizations, including the Center for Media & Democracy, point out that the USDA’s testing regime seems to be designed to avoid finding genuine cases of BSE.

I would guess that they are afraid of actually finding the disease, or are worried that test certified beef would outsell non-certified as well as USDA certification and therefore be a threat to themselves?

sharrukin on November 14, 2010 at 6:07 PM

I for one am weary of these ObaMao celebrity tours, where our nation’s media focus on Mrs. O’s shopping sprees, native dancing, and hopscotch games while they laud the Man-Boy’s nostalgia trip to the home of his youth. We get treats such as green-tea ice cream and a visit to a Buddha statue, where his negligent mom took him once.

There were a lot of corporate bigwigs along for this ride, yet ObaMao managed to alienate multiple nations and trading partners.

onlineanalyst on November 14, 2010 at 6:20 PM

How do foreign leaders really see Obama? It seems to me that they see him as a weakling of sorts. When even the President of S. Korea feels just fine about telling you to stuff it(sweetly of course), I think one ought to worry.

jeanie on November 14, 2010 at 6:28 PM

I think we better start worrying about what he’s going to do to us when he gets back. Somebody’s going to have to be punished… Let’s hope it’s his stupid advisors and not us.

/Raise their taxes, one and all! (evil obama laugh)

Key West Reader on November 14, 2010 at 6:40 PM

S. Korea is an enigma. We have so much leverage with them ,if used, should have them co-operating. Wondering why
this was not quietly used before the Prez arrived. Is it his in-experience showing again? or is he weakened by the recent election?

jeanie on November 14, 2010 at 5:21 PM

He doesn’t want cooperation, he wants to keep foreign cars out of the US market.

Surprisingly, GM supported this agreement because they have an investment in Korea.

http://www.politico.com/politico44/perm/1110/warning_shot_a702bdc1-a6d8-4208-8ec0-4d2ef4862d68.html

I thought Ford had a bigger investment there and Obama was out to punish Ford for not taking a loan.

pedestrian on November 14, 2010 at 6:40 PM

Key West Reader on November 14, 2010 at 6:40 PM

All I can say is: Don’t touch that dial.

kingsjester on November 14, 2010 at 6:49 PM

There really is something wrong with this guy but nobody seems to have a name for it. It’s as if he simply doesn’t care, after all he tried his best and they are all the fools for not listening. Okay, let’s move on to the next failure.
jeanie on November 14, 2010 at 5:38 PM

In one word: Narcissism.

Some people think of that as just meaning someone is vain or proud. But it’s much more than that. Pride, wrath, jealousy, or any other emotion can cause outbursts of bad behavior. But narcissism – seeing one’s self as the center of the Universe – is the root of true evil.

And Barack Hussein Obama is narcissism incarnate. Liberalism is the Cult Of The Ego, and Obama is its high priest.

As C. S. Lewis said: “It may be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies. The robber baron’s cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity may at some point be satiated; but those who torment us for our own good will torment us without end, for they do so with the approval of their consciences.”

logis on November 14, 2010 at 7:06 PM

Well, Obama doesn’t believe in American
exceptionalism; it’s no surprise that other
nations now feel the same way, thanks to him.

Paul_in_NJ on November 14, 2010 at 7:19 PM

I wonder if he knows how bad he really is.

His own party really used this trip to bash him here at home. Did anyone notice that? They were more brutal than we ever could be.

I don’t think I’ve ever seen anything quite this bad in politics before. This is really bad.

And yet his poll number hasn’t budged. That’s really weird.

petunia on November 14, 2010 at 7:21 PM

This disaster has a simple cause. 0 has stated that he knows more than any one about anything. He just knew he could take a treaty or anything else someone else has prepared and with his brilliant mind and personality negotiate something much better. This is a pattern well established in his 2 years. I don’t think he is capable of realizing he is not as brilliant as he thinks he is.

Oleta on November 14, 2010 at 5:20 PM

The Bamster is dangerous because he is an idiot that thinks he is brilliant.

An idiot that knows he’s an idiot is a fun guy. A brilliant man that knows he is brilliant might be arrogant, but not as dangerous as Bammie.

slickwillie2001 on November 14, 2010 at 7:25 PM

The Bamster is dangerous because he is an idiot that thinks he is brilliant.

slickwillie2001 on November 14, 2010 at 7:25 PM

No persons are more frequently wrong, than those who will not admit they are wrong. — Francois de La Rochefoucauld

Paul-Cincy on November 14, 2010 at 7:49 PM

Is Barry’s trip on failblog yet?

esnap on November 14, 2010 at 7:55 PM

this was not quietly used before the Prez arrived. Is it his in-experience showing again? or is he weakened by the recent election?

jeanie on November 14, 2010 at 5:21 PM

What is really funny is that most/all of these deals are set up in advance by .. anyone … anyone … the SOS and her/his department. So there is more than one failure going on here. Well I guess all of the smart people on the left and right have over looked this failure because Obama is such a tool all by himself.

whbates on November 14, 2010 at 7:56 PM

ObaMao is absolutely delusional. Look at this puff piece following his latest odyssey:
http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2010/11/14/obama-upbeat-day-asia-trip/

onlineanalyst on November 14, 2010 at 8:21 PM

What makes this guy tick?

jeanie on November 14, 2010 at 5:47 PM

George Soros

We’re being governed by the guys in the faculty loungeGeorge Soros

bflat879 on November 14, 2010 at 5:56.

Raise your hand if you think Soros is going to his grave, after spending more than half a billion dollars to destabilize the nation; getting his very own stooge elected President; but will stop short of ordering his stooge to unleash the terror attacks/riots, food shortages, martial law, energy blackouts, suspension of internet, elections, etc., that are so necessary for America, because, as Soros says, “America stands in the way of a global new world order”. Runaway inflation is just a heartbeat away.

The fulfillment of the madman’s dream is to destroy the U.S.A. As Glenn Beck says, he’s perfected his technique by collapsing four other governments, including destroying British Sterling, over the years.

Now, he’s so near to his ultimate ambtion, he can almost taste it. But we stubborn Yanks are going to need some further lessons.

It won’t be long now, because when the media, whose top editors and brass take their orders from Soros, start attacking obama, then obama must either pull the trigger on the “crisis/crises” or be pushed aside for another stooge (Clintons, I’d say if elections are sufficiently rigged to occur, or, if sooner than 2012 then, Biden, who will “do what he’s told if he knows what’s good for him and his family”) to do it.

Either way we are in uncharted and extremely dangerous waters. That’s why the earmarks kerfuffle is like fiddling while Rome burns. Obama/Soros and their hairtrigger control of the unions, millions of illegals and inner city blacks must be stopped or the riots/terrorist attacks will commence sure as God made little green apples. Obama and Biden must be removed from office, for if allowed to control the levers of power, these next two years will make the last two look like paradise.

The media attacking obama should give all of us the chills. It is a story only in that the media is the canary in the coalmine. Their disrespect of their god portends ominous and terrible things.

tigerlily on November 14, 2010 at 8:33 PM

Obama learned the hard way that few people will follow a “Do as I say, not as I do” model of leadership…

Millions upon millions of nitwit voters in 2008 to the contrary, of course.

Midas on November 14, 2010 at 8:55 PM

In 2008, we warned about the dangers of putting a man in the White House with no executive, military, diplomatic, or private-sector experience. It should shock no one to find that American leadership has utterly vanished on the international stage when we elect someone incapable of providing that leadership. The lesson from both the Right and Left coasts’ media is that Barack Obama is in way over his head and doesn’t have a clue how to get back to the surface.

True but being able to say “I told you so” doesn’t make the problem go away. We’re still stuck with the dope for another two years.

I agree though, I’m sick and tired of the fool proving us right all the freakin’ time because as we predicted, electing him would hurt this country.

Yakko77 on November 14, 2010 at 9:32 PM

Actually Obama succeeded in his trip.

He successfully reduced America before the eyes of the world leader.

AMERICA IS NO LONGER THE MOST POWERFUL NATION IN THE WORLD.
AMERICA IS NO LONGER THE RICHEST NATION IN THE WORLD.
AMERICA’S CAPITALISM WAS DEFEATED BY BIG GOVERNMENT SOCIALISM!

The reparation begins. Other countries may now take their chance to grab the No. 1 Superpower in the World title.

Congratulations to Obama and the Left. YOU HAVE SUCCEEDED IN YOUR GOALS IN JUST 2 YEARS. BRAVO!

[Average Americans, on the other hand, are suffering and crying ... and READY TO TAKE OUR COUNTRY BACK!]

TheAlamos on November 14, 2010 at 10:38 PM

tigerlily: The earmarks issue is significant because it will indicate whether there is any chance the Republicans can work together to accomplish what the people want.

GaltBlvnAtty on November 14, 2010 at 10:45 PM

tigerlily: The earmarks issue is significant because it will indicate whether there is any chance the Republicans can work together to accomplish what the people want.

GaltBlvnAtty on November 14, 2010 at 10:45 PM

Tru dat, but, imho, there are so many other pressing issues with which they can prove themselves, even though I wholeheartedly agree they should get to the earmarks because they are just a taxpayer provided bribery pool for the Congress. However, I don’t think they understand, even now, as to how much trouble we are in.

tigerlily on November 14, 2010 at 11:33 PM

The WH thought that it could shove last minute amendments down the throats of the South Koreans like they did in Obamacare. If the WH had succeeded, Obama will proclaim that his high IQ had brought about these changes to benefit union workers, blah blah. Alas the Koreans aren’t as stupid as Americans.

Birdseye on November 15, 2010 at 12:03 AM

Obama learned the hard way that few people will follow a “Do as I say, not as I do” model of leadership,

spot on…

cmsinaz on November 15, 2010 at 6:18 AM

The lesson from both the Right and Left coasts’ media is that Barack Obama is in way over his head and doesn’t have a clue how to get back to the surface.

barack is a post turtle (a turtle balanced on a fence post, legs dangling). He doesn’t know how he got there because he didn’t get there on his own, and he certainly doesn’t know how to get off!

DuctTapeMyBrain on November 15, 2010 at 7:40 AM

I would guess that they are afraid of actually finding the disease, or are worried that test certified beef would outsell non-certified as well as USDA certification and therefore be a threat to themselves?

sharrukin on November 14, 2010 at 6:07 PM

Yeah I really don’t know what the deal with this is.
USDA certified beef means absolutely nothing. And neither does USDA Choice or Inspected mean anything.
All I can guess, based on the government’s concentrated efforts to destroy the cattle producing industry, is that they are in bed with large slaughtering facilities to concentrate the slaughter market & turn it into what the poultry & pork industry are: Huge CAFOs (Concentrate Animal Feeding Operations).
Sale barns are going out of business left & right & buyer #s are drying up.
When we sold calves last week, we sold the highest & I fully believe it’s bcs there were a LOT of order buyers there, not just like the normal 3 that showed up at the barn we always sold at.
We were perplexed a little that we sold the highest even tho we only sold like 175 head (that’s not a lot) of steers & heifers & potloads of each go for the high $$, as well as high quality.
Our heifers brought an insane (I’m happy) price & I watched a bidding war happen in the stands between 3 buyers.
The free market worked that day for us.
The govt is doing its level best to destroy that.

Badger40 on November 15, 2010 at 7:49 AM

SO much for Improving America’s image problem abroad

J_Crater on November 15, 2010 at 8:15 AM

I wonder if he knows how bad he really is.

petunia on November 14, 2010 at 7:21 PM

Nope.
And he never will.
His narcissism will shield him from ever feeling like a failure.
Plus, he, and his wife, can always fall back on blaming racism for any failures or rejection that they encounter.
It’s their ultimate defense mechanism trump card.

justltl on November 15, 2010 at 8:40 AM

justltl on November 15, 2010 at 8:40 AM

yepper

cmsinaz on November 15, 2010 at 8:42 AM

Poor old Jimmy Carter never had such a powerful psychological shield as the Obamas will have.

His ego was left out there all alone to do battle with a near universal regard of him as a buffoon.
I think that’s why he went nuts.
I’d bet that Jimmy fantasizes nightly about the world weeping at his funeral.
When he falls asleep, however, the killer rabbit visits him in his dreams.

justltl on November 15, 2010 at 9:00 AM

Obama complained of being treated like a dog…but here he is, dog-paddling his way around the world, barely keeping his head above water.
A pathetic and disappointing visual, our President with less authority then a third rate dictator, and less knowledge then most high school graduates…remember the favorite word of the left “gravitas”, it doesn’t seem to be anywhere near this Obama guy.

right2bright on November 15, 2010 at 9:06 AM

Too add:
The next leader has their hands full. The next leader no only has to undo all that has been done, but must regain the public and world trust in the Presidential office.
And each week that office is further tarnished and diminished.
As much as I like Palin, I don’t even see her taking this job.
Truly we need to have someone like a Reagan come forward, and I don’t see that type of leadership yet. DeMint has caught my eye…maybe rebuilding and strengthening our economy will be enough.
It’s like you see a hole, so you bring a shovel, when you get their it’s so large you need a small tractor, you come back and it’s larger and you need a large tractor, you run and get the tractor, and you come back and you now need a crane, dynamite, trucks, loaders, the hole just keeps getting larger because they don’t anticipate, they don’t plan, they just spend.

right2bright on November 15, 2010 at 9:12 AM

…the worst ever for an American President.

labrat on November 15, 2010 at 10:06 AM

When Democrats warned Obama of the coming electoral beat-down, he said, “The difference between 1994 and now is… you’ve got me.”

I don’t think that meant what he thought it meant. We’re just seeing the proof in everything he does, domestic and international.

RebeccaH on November 15, 2010 at 11:35 AM

S. Korea is an enigma. We have so much leverage with them ,if used, should have them co-operating. Wondering why
this was not quietly used before the Prez arrived. Is it his in-experience showing again? or is he weakened by the recent election?

jeanie on November 14, 2010 at 5:21 PM

Some reports have indicated that the agreement wasn’t reached because the WH didn’t deliver it to the South Koreans in time for them to go over it. You know, just like Pelosi did with the Health Care bill. If so, it’s a shocking display of executive-branch incompetence.

South Korea, it seems, won’t sign stuff until they’ve read it. Novel approach.

hawksruleva on November 15, 2010 at 11:54 AM

Update: West, not east, to Frisco, obviously.

It’s a Great Circle route, so either direction works. So now The Fiasco is in Frisco. Cool.

unclesmrgol on November 15, 2010 at 1:16 PM

<0's thought processes and policies are shaped by his past experience–experiences created by affirmative action. When you can just have a certain skin color and people will tell you you're smart, able, indispensible, and/or an important asset to an organization, you might start to believe it. When you go through all the best schools without a showing of merit, that reinforces the narcism and incompetence. <0 is the tip of the iceberg. For more, see how paying in cash and getting change at your local fast-food and big-box stores works. Same thing. No standards, no achievement, no competence.

Ay Uaxe on November 15, 2010 at 3:15 PM

– and the sun rose in the East, huh Ed?

leftnomore on November 15, 2010 at 3:33 PM

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