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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What I don’t get is how to you not win a “slam dunk” free trade deal with S Korea?

lorien1973 on November 14, 2010 at 3:02 PM

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.

Wha? The 0ne Hit W0nders why he can’t sell his second single, “Do As I Say, Not As I Do” during his 2010 Asian Tour?

His label, Circle D Records, is struggling both domestically and in foreign markets.

ted c on November 14, 2010 at 3:08 PM

People are judging Obama by a completely unfair standard. America’s Community-Organizer-In-Chief behaved precisely as everyone – on both sides of the aisle – have always expected him to behave. He was simply out of his element.

Obama’s “failure” was only an issue of micro-geography. Of course he had no business whatsoever being INSIDE the building. But he would have been perfectly at home with a megaphone leading the rabid Communist protestors out on the street.

logis on November 14, 2010 at 3:10 PM

What I don’t get is how to you not win a “slam dunk” free trade deal with S Korea?

lorien1973 on November 14, 2010 at 3:02 PM

We didn’t defend them when they had a little missle blow up a military ship.

I have a feeling, Obama has made it where we have no allies, even if he stepped down and someone else was the POTUS.

upinak on November 14, 2010 at 3:12 PM

Is it ok for me to say, bho is one blooming idiot? To the rest of the world, I am so sorry this man is our president, he and his team are an embarrassment to our Republic. I only hope to goodness we can undo the damage he has done.
L

letget on November 14, 2010 at 3:13 PM

What I don’t get is how to you not win a “slam dunk” free trade deal with S Korea?

lorien1973 on November 14, 2010 at 3:02 PM

Seems like Obama thought S Korea’s environmental standards were too strong. Can’t make this stuff up:

link

beancounter on November 14, 2010 at 3:13 PM

American leadership has utterly vanished on the international stage when we elect someone incapable of providing that leadership

we are witnessing a show….a bad one at that.

ted c on November 14, 2010 at 3:15 PM

Ed, did you mean to say, “But how about looking 3,000 miles west to San Francisco…”?

youngturk on November 14, 2010 at 3:15 PM

beancounter on November 14, 2010 at 3:13 PM

WOW! HAHA

upinak on November 14, 2010 at 3:15 PM

Well on the way,
Head in a cloud,
The man of a baritone voice is talking perfectly loud
But nobody ever hears him,
or the sound he appears to make,
and he never seems to notice,

But the fool on the hill,
Sees the sun going down,
And the eyes in his head,
See his world spinning ’round.

And nobody seems to like him,
they can tell what he wants to do,
and he never shows his feelings,

But the fool on the hill,
Sees the sun going down,
And the eyes in his head,
See his world spinning ’round.

Joe Mama on November 14, 2010 at 3:16 PM

What I don’t get is how to you not win a “slam dunk” free trade deal with S Korea?

lorien1973 on November 14, 2010 at 3:02 PM

Obama also wanted it altered to allow for greater US imports, and the South Koreans weren’t stupid enough to agree to that without some concession by the US…..and the negotiations started over again.

Wethal on November 14, 2010 at 3:16 PM

Like Rush said about Obama:
“The least competent man in any room he enters.”

Extrafishy on November 14, 2010 at 3:16 PM

For those of you too young to remember Carter, it was something like this, except it’s worse with Carter 2.0.

Wethal on November 14, 2010 at 3:17 PM

Is it ok for me to say, bho is one blooming idiot? To the rest of the world, I am so sorry this man is our president, he and his team are an embarrassment to our Republic. I only hope to goodness we can undo the damage he has done.
L

letget on November 14, 2010 at 3:13 PM

stop apologizing. We all knew this was going to happen when he was elected.. heck even the world knew. No need to keep apologizing for a failure when we need to look towards the future and figure out how to fix it…. with or without our elected officials.

upinak on November 14, 2010 at 3:19 PM

Presidents aren’t supposed to go aboard and get involved in policy except to sign something or at least make positive progress. Of course, even before the election, Obama reserved the right to meet with any foreign leader, anywhere, anytime, for any reason. Because he would be the President and no one’s going to tell him what to do or not to do. Well, good for you. This one was a disaster.

Paul-Cincy on November 14, 2010 at 3:19 PM

Strategic failure.

The 0bama regime’s real goal is to transfer the wealth of the industrialized nations and squander it on the poor ones – so that all the world will be poor, and ripe for one world government.

No trade agreement means more poverty, poverty is 0bama’s goal, thus his “failure” at the summit is actually a big victory for him, and George Soros.

Rebar on November 14, 2010 at 3:20 PM

Biff can’t close.

Barry, PUT THAT COFFEE DOWN! Coffee is for closers only.

esnap on November 14, 2010 at 3:21 PM

Joe Mama on November 14, 2010 at 3:16 PM

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WOUH0ds40Sk

Del Dolemonte on November 14, 2010 at 3:22 PM

that’s Ok because My President continues to have victory after victory while she leads from the front with common sense consitutional truths.

unseen on November 14, 2010 at 3:23 PM

With each passing day, it gets harder and harder to hide the fact that our president is a blundering fool.

Cicero43 on November 14, 2010 at 3:23 PM

Paul-Cincy on November 14, 2010 at 3:19 PM

+1

The staffs are supposed to have worked it all out ahead of time, and all the leaders do is the signing ceremony or the joint statements of goals, etc.

Wethal on November 14, 2010 at 3:25 PM

B+

Sonosam on November 14, 2010 at 3:27 PM

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.

Waterloo.

ontherocks on November 14, 2010 at 3:30 PM

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.

Give him something that he has truly earned….. The Barack 0bama Submariner Award…an award so unique and exclusive that it can only be issued to one man for his chart topping G-20 performance. He came with Hope, and he’s leaving with Bupkis. Strong work champ.

ted c on November 14, 2010 at 3:30 PM

President Sarah Palin`s apology tour will be justified and necessary.

You may commence with the rabid Palin trashing! :)

ThePrez on November 14, 2010 at 3:35 PM

For a man that is so smart he is bored with life, he sure does fail alot.

cobrakai99 on November 14, 2010 at 3:38 PM

To the People of Earth:

I’M SORRY

We did not do enough to defeat Obama. Now you have to pay the price, along with us. Hang on as we try to correct the problem over the next 2 years.

To Republicans:

Can we agree to never send another old crippled RINO into a presidential election? Let’s find a better way to honor our war heroes than nominate them as certain failures.

HelenW on November 14, 2010 at 3:38 PM

OT- Krugs has an idea about fixing the budget.

KRUGMAN: No. Some years down the pike, we’re going to get the real solution, which is going to be a combination of death panels and sales taxes.

Read more: http://newsbusters.org/blogs/noel-sheppard/2010/11/14/paul-krugman-recommends-death-panels-help-balance-budget#ixzz15I7URRNC

CWforFreedom on November 14, 2010 at 3:39 PM

HelenW on November 14, 2010 at 3:38 PM

I think the crippled part went too far. McCain earned his wounds with honor. I don’t agree with mcCain on much of anything but I do respect and honor his service to this country.

unseen on November 14, 2010 at 3:42 PM

just sign the damn deal with South Korea, it’s an easy WIN, or are you that much of an ideologue?

Daemonocracy on November 14, 2010 at 3:43 PM

Rush was right! Again…

ladyingray on November 14, 2010 at 3:43 PM

Maybe he he should have sent Biden. I heard Nobody messes with Joe.

trubble on November 14, 2010 at 3:43 PM

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.

When you walk the plank, expect to get wet.

Electrongod on November 14, 2010 at 3:43 PM

With each passing day, it gets harder and harder to hide the fact that our president is a blundering fool.

Cicero43 on November 14, 2010 at 3:23 PM

But sure can read a teleprompter !

How much longer can the LSM prop up this Soros puppet?

Sandybourne on November 14, 2010 at 3:43 PM

HelenW on November 14, 2010 at 3:38 PM

you call him a war hero but mock him as crippled in the same sentence?

Daemonocracy on November 14, 2010 at 3:44 PM

Why would he want an agreement with South Korea? They’re evil capitalists.

I imagine he prefers the looney tune up north.

mudskipper on November 14, 2010 at 3:45 PM

HelenW on November 14, 2010 at 3:38 PM

Disgusting comment.

ladyingray on November 14, 2010 at 3:46 PM

Hey, watching Kabuki and chewing gum at the same time is hard! If you add running a Kabuki adminstration on top of that, the job is damn near impossible!

drunyan8315 on November 14, 2010 at 3:47 PM

Rush was right! Again…

ladyingray on November 14, 2010 at 3:43 PM

isn’t that the truth. I have learned more from Rush Limbaugh than anything else. He is proven right, time and time again. Mr. Obama was, again, the most inexperienced and unqualified person in the room at the G-20. We flew him around the world to get his butt handed to him. He’s had that happen to him twice in two weeks—first, by us on Election Day, and then by the G20 on Friday.

at least he’s consistent…/

ted c on November 14, 2010 at 3:48 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.

Yes, we did!

d1carter on November 14, 2010 at 3:49 PM

Obama probably thinks that he didn’t spend enough time explaining how his deal works. The Koreans and everyone else probably didn’t understand the message.

If only the World can sink to his level of simplicity

Kini on November 14, 2010 at 3:51 PM

Even the most ardent Obama supporter should be embarrassed by the collapse of bilateral trade talks with South Korea. President Obama had correctly hailed the South Korea-U.S. free trade agreement (KORUS FTA) as critically important for the United States. The U.S. International Trade Commission estimated the agreement would increase U.S. exports by $10 billion—a jobs stimulus package that wouldn’t cost the federal government a dime.

But once again the trade accord was held hostage to narrow-minded demands by Congressmen and lobbying groups. Clearly, for the Obama White House, special interests trump national interest.

The media repeatedly mischaracterized the trade discussions this week as close to achieving an agreement. Sorry, but the agreement was already reached—over three years ago when the United States and South Korea signed the completed document. But the Administration adopted North Korea’s (and Speaker Pelosi’s) negotiating strategy—no agreement is final, even after signature.

What makes the debacle in Seoul painfully ironic is that the Obama team was pushing for concessions on beef that go beyond even what industry groups were advocating. The major beef exporter groups have publicly declared they are satisfied with the existing KORUS agreement and argued against further changes.

Several years ago, South Korea closed its market to U.S. beef after a few cases of mad cow disease were discovered. But American beef returned to South Korea two years ago and sales are rapidly climbing. U.S. beef is regaining market share and is on track to resume its position as the largest foreign importer.

The United States appears to have torpedoed the trade talks with last minute demands to force the Korean market open to U.S. beef over 30 months old—a minor category that would only provide a few percentage points of potential sales at best.

Pressure by U.S. automobile manufacturers and auto unions likely also played a part in the disintegration of the talks. One demand was to exempt U.S. cars from Korea’s more stringent emission standards—an odd request given the congressional leadership’s May 2007 demands that Seoul adopt stronger environmental standards.

Obama’s decision to allow the talks to collapse—and make no mistake, the decision was made at the presidential level—was a colossal blunder. It reflects serious shortcomings in his strategic thinking since it will have dramatic repercussions for U.S. foreign policy. Not only does it show the emperor has no clothes when claiming he favors free trade, but unless he can get this back in the very quick order he referenced in Seoul, the U.S. will lose all credibility in pushing other trade issues, such as the nine-nation Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal.

Walking away from the KORUS will hurt U.S. economic recovery, strain relations with a key U.S. ally, and undermine American trade objectives—a true trifecta of failure.

Link

visions on November 14, 2010 at 3:52 PM

maybe we need a new ‘bama brand pretzel to commemorate the accomplishment, or lack thereof.

tarpon on November 14, 2010 at 3:52 PM

If only the World can sink to his level of simplicity

Kini on November 14, 2010 at 3:51 PM

that is, we must continue to listen to his ad nauseum TOTUS reading until we finally get what he’s talking about and agree with him….

nahh. thanks.

ted c on November 14, 2010 at 3:54 PM

For those of you too young to remember Carter, it was something like this, except it’s worse with Carter 2.0.

Wethal on November 14, 2010 at 3:17 PM

That has been what my parents have been saying!

On a more serious note:

Not surprised. Obama is incompetent, but he used to be able hide it well under an elaborate false image. But now he no longer has that, and gradually the world is finally waking up.

Shogun144 on November 14, 2010 at 3:55 PM

Communists and dictators worldwide reject the “Cousin Eddie” Pinnochio Presidentes policies as too restrictive and anti-free trade! AWESOME!

Guess the Communists and dictators don’t like being told what to do by US Union Thugs and their Punk Presidente.

There can be no revitaliztion, no reform until the US Unions are busted and the heads of such imprisoned for their theft and graft!

There is no way any taxpayer should be subject to the bailout of Union Pensions and they should not be anymore exempt from the Manchilds policies than the rest of us.

dhunter on November 14, 2010 at 3:56 PM

Bad messaging!!11!11

SouthernGent on November 14, 2010 at 3:58 PM

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

Hey, it’s the model that got him elected to the highest office in the land. You really can’t blame him for thinking it would work everywhere. But then, not everyone in the world is as stupid as 52% of the American electorate proved themselves to be in 2008.

AZCoyote on November 14, 2010 at 3:59 PM

And how much did this trip cost us? Lets see, at $200 mil/day – over $1 billion. For what?

humdinger on November 14, 2010 at 3:59 PM

“Yes We Can!!!!!!!!” Um, no, no you can’t. Way out of his pay grade. I hope this is the last Commie a-hole we elect in my lifetime…..

adamsmith on November 14, 2010 at 3:59 PM

Walking away from the KORUS will hurt U.S. economic recovery, strain relations with a key U.S. ally, and undermine American trade objectives—a true trifecta of failure. VICTORY
Link

visions on November 14, 2010 at 3:52 PM

Victory for the first Anti American President and the Anti-American Demrats and union thugs!

dhunter on November 14, 2010 at 4:00 PM

Anyone want to bet he thought he would be gloriously successful during this international trip to deflect everyone from focusing on his absolute rejection at the polls on 11/2? Instead he failed as miserably during this trip as he did at the polls.

Too bad we have to wait 26 more months to right this ship.

karenhasfreedom on November 14, 2010 at 4:01 PM

Actually, he did very well at the G20. He just hasn’t explained it enough to you yet.

SurferDoc on November 14, 2010 at 4:01 PM

that is, we must continue to listen to his ad nauseum TOTUS reading until we finally get what he’s talking about and agree with him….

ted c on November 14, 2010 at 3:54 PM

If only for then next two years, eventually, we’ll either get to his level of genius, or continue to knock on that skeletal frame that holds the flotsam of Grey Matter within our heads.

Kini on November 14, 2010 at 4:01 PM

The “Cousin Eddie” Presidente should go on vacation; it’s the only thing he’s good at!

dhunter on November 14, 2010 at 4:02 PM

Time once again for #1 on the “I Told You So” hit parade : A Golden Oldie:

http://blogs.telegraph.co.uk/news/geraldwarner/8157367/Barack_Obama_inauguration_this_Emperor_has_no_clothes_it_will_all_end_in_tears/

Dr. Carlo Lombardi on November 14, 2010 at 4:03 PM

What do you all think the Stock Market is going to do come Monday morning?

Kini on November 14, 2010 at 4:04 PM

At last Obama has his Chicago Olympics and Global Warming triumphs to point to.

No?

Well he still has those styrofoam columns.

pedestrian on November 14, 2010 at 4:05 PM

The “Cousin Eddie” Presidente should go on vacation; it’s the only thing he’s good at!

dhunter on November 14, 2010 at 4:02 PM

Without any adult supervision?

Kini on November 14, 2010 at 4:06 PM

Obama should just be viewed thru the prism of the unions. He has done what’s good for them at every turn.

If he can’t ram UAW cars down the throat of Korea, so be it.

At every stop, he is always saying that his job is to get jobs for business and the Workers.

He is not a free trader, never wants to be. He is a mercantilist. we will sell stuff to you one way or another….we will devalue our dollar so that your people will buy or worker’s stuff. We don’t care about you or your workers.

r keller on November 14, 2010 at 4:06 PM

Obama is printing $600 billion $$ that will end up going into the market. That is going to artificially cause prices to go up.

karenhasfreedom on November 14, 2010 at 4:06 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.

Even Hillary did, if you remember te “3 a.m. phone ringing” TV ad during the prmary.

Wethal on November 14, 2010 at 4:13 PM

karenhasfreedom on November 14, 2010 at 4:06 PM

And for those that esaped the big market declines it is going to mean those dollars in the banks at nearly no interest will be worth far less.

Looks like the Anti-Americans are winning spectacularly!

Does anyone besides Sarah intend on defeating them?

dhunter on November 14, 2010 at 4:14 PM

That is going to artificially cause prices to go up.

karenhasfreedom on November 14, 2010 at 4:06 PM

Obama is practicing a form of protectionism where the Unions will benefit at the expense of other world markets, including ours.

The other nations can see through this like a snake oil salesman hawking a bottle of crap.

Kini on November 14, 2010 at 4:15 PM

And how much did this trip cost us? Lets see, at $200 mil/day – over $1 billion. For what?
humdinger on November 14, 2010 at 3:59 PM

This trip had two goals: 1) To separate Obama personally from the Democrats’ gigantic electoral bloodbath; and 2) to take America’s attention away from said bloodbath altogether.

This debacle may well seem to YOU like a horrifically inefficient use of your tax dollars. But to Obama, it was worth every penny.

logis on November 14, 2010 at 4:16 PM

Actually, he did very well at the G20. He just hasn’t explained it enough to you yet.

SurferDoc on November 14, 2010 at 4:01 PM

I hear he racked up some singles…then appears to have gotten thrown out at second.

But his pitching game is on fiyahh!

ted c on November 14, 2010 at 4:16 PM

I am having trouble believing that this guy could possibly be this monumentally stupid. Are we sure this isn’t deliberate? I mean just out of basic charity to the man’s intellect, shouldn’t we assume he is doing precisely what he means to do?

sharrukin on November 14, 2010 at 4:16 PM

Maybe Obozo thought he was going to see the Far East Movement like a G6 but got there and figured out it was the G20 only to be unprepared.

txag92 on November 14, 2010 at 4:18 PM

Two hundred bucks would have been too much for this fiasco.

And to top off all of the failures, we get that keeper photo of FLOTUS barefoot on hot bricks, dressed in a potato sack with a bag over her head, limping off to a mosque.

These devout Christians can’t find time for church here, but visit a mosque?

Oh Yeah!

ontherocks on November 14, 2010 at 4:21 PM

I am having trouble believing that this guy could possibly be this monumentally stupid. Are we sure this isn’t deliberate? I mean just out of basic charity to the man’s intellect, shouldn’t we assume he is doing precisely what he means to do?

sharrukin on November 14, 2010 at 4:16 PM

I don’t think stupidity is the right word. We’ve all worked with people who are intelligent, yet are a horrendous pain in the ass to deal with. The end result of dealing with the stupid, and the stupid-smart-arrogant types is the same—that is, nobody wants to work with you because they don’t believe they’re being dealt with in a reasonable fashion. Mr. Obama’s untrustworthiness is showing through in multiple ways. 1) Independent voters leaving him. 2) Democrat voters leaving him. 3) Democrats in Congress leaving him. 4) Staffers backbiting him and now 5) the G20 is ignoring him. This is a pattern. He is not trustworthy with people’s votes, with their interests, their information, nor their deals. He’s ending up holding an empty bag, time and again, and there is little reason as to wonder “why?” any longer.

ted c on November 14, 2010 at 4:23 PM

This debacle may well seem to YOU like a horrifically inefficient use of your tax dollars. But to Obama, it was worth every penny.

logis on November 14, 2010 at 4:16 PM

You forgot the overseas vote come 2012.

Kini on November 14, 2010 at 4:24 PM

Mr. Obama and Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner came to Seoul blaming the rest of the world for U.S. economic weakness.

This is the difference between leaders and followers. Followers blame and snipe. Leaders will lead. Leaders assume responsibility and develop plans, manage risk and encourage. Followers assign blame and point fingers. These two are weak sauce and they proved as much with their little trip to get bling.

ted c on November 14, 2010 at 4:27 PM

What have the Tingle Legs Matthews, Olberdorks, Catty Courics’, Charlie Gibbons’ wing of the DNC had to say about their Most Magnificent Messiahs’ vacation abroad?

MMM?

dhunter on November 14, 2010 at 4:28 PM

Rush was right! Again…

ladyingray on November 14, 2010 at 3:43 PM

God Almighty…

True_King on November 14, 2010 at 4:28 PM

From yesterdays QOTD: Vero Possumus, “Yes we Can” in Latin

People have been noticing Obama’s vanity for a long time. In 2008, one of his Harvard Law classmates, the entertainment lawyer Jackie Fuchs, explained what Obama was like during his school days: “One of our classmates once famously noted that you could judge just how pretentious someone’s remarks in class were by how high they ranked on the ‘Obamanometer,’ a term that lasted far longer than our time at law school. Obama didn’t just share in class—he pontificated. He knew better than everyone else in the room, including the teachers.

I think the rest of the world is seeing Dr. Utopia Obama for what he is.

Kini on November 14, 2010 at 4:31 PM

Mr. Obama and Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner came to Seoul blaming the rest of the world for U.S. economic weakness.

And one must remember that Timmy claimed to be flummoxed by Turbotax.

Wethal on November 14, 2010 at 4:31 PM

Hey now, Barry is just the messenger. Soros just overestimated his skill.

Soros has buyers remorse.

esnap on November 14, 2010 at 4:32 PM

Can we agree to never send another old crippled RINO into a presidential election?

HelenW on November 14, 2010 at 3:38 PM

You mean “crippled” from the “crippling” that he got from fighting for our country? The “crippling” that he got from being tortured in a POW camp?

I don’t say this much HelenW, and I’m not even a real big McCain fan. But you can kiss my ass.

29Victor on November 14, 2010 at 4:35 PM

This is a pattern. He is not trustworthy with people’s votes, with their interests, their information, nor their deals. He’s ending up holding an empty bag, time and again, and there is little reason as to wonder “why?” any longer.

ted c on November 14, 2010 at 4:23 PM

I agree its a pattern and he most certainly behaves as if he inhabits a bubble of Invincible Stupidity.

What I wonder at is the idea that no one informed him of the facts, or that he would not listen. He is a product of certain people and chose those individuals and that environment. These were very anti-American people, and he was groomed by others to arrive at where he is. He obviously went along with that so he was capable of taking advice and minimally competent.

If he is as incompetent as he appears to be and unwilling to listen to advice, then how on earth did he ever reach the Senate much less the Presidency?

sharrukin on November 14, 2010 at 4:37 PM

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.

Sinking like a stone.

BuckeyeSam on November 14, 2010 at 4:38 PM

These devout Christians can’t find time for church here, but visit a mosque?

Oh Yeah!

ontherocks on November 14, 2010 at 4:21 PM

Here’s the photo from a link at American Thinker:
http://cripessuzette.files.wordpress.com/2010/11/cooch2.jpg?w=372&h=356

ontherocks on November 14, 2010 at 4:39 PM

If he is as incompetent as he appears to be and unwilling to listen to advice, then how on earth did he ever reach the Senate much less the Presidency?

sharrukin on November 14, 2010 at 4:37 PM

Somple, Unions and all the dead people that voted for him from Illinois got him the Senate seat. After that, it was the LSM that fell in love with the golden throat’ed teleprompter. Plus this.

Kini on November 14, 2010 at 4:44 PM

What I wonder at is the idea that no one informed him of the facts, or that he would not listen. He is a product of certain people and chose those individuals and that environment. These were very anti-American people, and he was groomed by others to arrive at where he is. He obviously went along with that so he was capable of taking advice and minimally competent.

If he is as incompetent as he appears to be and unwilling to listen to advice, then how on earth did he ever reach the Senate much less the Presidency?

sharrukin on November 14, 2010 at 4:37 PM

Its only in the political arena where the ephemeral “accomplishments” of an individual rarely add up to what they appear to be. If I’m not mistaken, he won his Senate seat by getting the opponent thrown off the ballot for some reason–or maybe that was a state seat, I can’t recall. However, he certainly didn’t arrive in the Senate with a stellar record of accomplishing anything.

ted c on November 14, 2010 at 4:53 PM

Let’s face it. He’s mentally ill.

Dhuka on November 14, 2010 at 4:59 PM

But…but…Obama was the only leader at the G-20 with a Nobel Peace Prize….

albill on November 14, 2010 at 5:01 PM

What a surprise, leftist economics doesn’t sell any better to other nations than it does within the U.S.!

This isn’t about Obama’s inexperience, it’s about his continued belief in massive government spending and regulation of business, opposition to free trade, and other thoroughly discredited leftwing economic theories.

rockmom on November 14, 2010 at 5:03 PM

Can we agree to never send another old crippled RINO into a presidential election? Let’s find a better way to honor our war heroes than nominate them as certain failures.

HelenW on November 14, 2010 at 3:38 PM

F-

Del Dolemonte on November 14, 2010 at 5:06 PM

I mean just out of basic charity to the man’s intellect, shouldn’t we assume he is doing precisely what he means to do?
sharrukin on November 14, 2010 at 4:16 PM

Suggesting that America’s First Black President may be responsible for his actions?

You sir, are a RACIST!!!!

logis on November 14, 2010 at 5:10 PM

Dear POTUS:
Will you please let the South Koreans buy our beef?
They want it. In fact, S. Koreans have come here to ND trying to set up a feedlot etc so that they can buy our beef, which they love.
Also while you’re at it, Mr. President, will you please let private companies test their slaughtered beef for BSE so that the Japanese can buy the product they want from us & know without a doubt it’s safe? It is really strange how you won’t let companies test their cows for a disease so they can sell it to a trading partner, which wants that service.
Thanks for listening.

Badger40 on November 14, 2010 at 5:11 PM

Kini on November 14, 2010 at 4:44 PM

I can’t recall. However, he certainly didn’t arrive in the Senate with a stellar record of accomplishing anything.

ted c on November 14, 2010 at 4:53 PM

A stellar record is one thing, but this type of total incompetence is something else. He had to have listened to someone’s advice or been at least basically competent.

This isn’t Alvin Greene we are talking about here.

This sort of thing is what I mean…

What makes the debacle in Seoul painfully ironic is that the Obama team was pushing for concessions on beef that go beyond even what industry groups were advocating. The major beef exporter groups have publicly declared they are satisfied with the existing KORUS agreement and argued against further changes.

This is a gimme. Raise the issue and if they say no then sign the agreement anyway and take home a win. He needed a win after the elections and he must know that as do his advisors. He chose to push it to the point of losing the agreement and holding that position.

He has changed his mind on keeping troops in Afghanistan and trials and other things so the idea that he won’t alter his course once set isn’t true. The one thing that you can take to the bank is that what he chooses will cause dissension and/or be very bad for the country.

sharrukin on November 14, 2010 at 5:12 PM

But…but…Obama was the only leader at the G-20 with a Nobel Peace Prize….

albill on November 14, 2010 at 5:01 PM

was it hanging from that golden necklace that the dude in India gave him?

ted c on November 14, 2010 at 5:12 PM

If he is as incompetent as he appears to be and unwilling to listen to advice, then how on earth did he ever reach the Senate much less the Presidency?

sharrukin on November 14, 2010 at 4:37 PM

This is how most of Congress has been elected over the decades.
Too many folks would rather watch American Idol than educate themselves about their own country.

Badger40 on November 14, 2010 at 5:13 PM

Historically, Senators make lousy presidents. The tactics of the senate are not effective for presidents. And Obama had very little senate experience which means he knows even less about everything…

DJ Elliott on November 14, 2010 at 5:16 PM

The major beef exporter groups have publicly declared they are satisfied with the existing KORUS agreement and argued against further changes.

sharrukin on November 14, 2010 at 5:12 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

What makes the debacle in Seoul painfully ironic is that the Obama team was pushing for concessions on beef that go beyond even what industry groups were advocating. The major beef exporter groups have publicly declared they are satisfied with the existing KORUS agreement and argued against further changes.

This is a gimme. Raise the issue and if they say no then sign the agreement anyway and take home a win. He needed a win after the elections and he must know that as do his advisors. He chose to push it to the point of losing the agreement and holding that position.

sharrukin on November 14, 2010 at 5:12 PM

I guess I see your point. That is pretty stupid if he went further than the industry wanted to the point of letting the whole thing go down the tubes. He could’ve had an agreement and wound up with egg on his face instead.

Maybe he’ll say “Pun Intended!” to Jon Stewart again….

ted c on November 14, 2010 at 5:17 PM

This is how most of Congress has been elected over the decades.
Too many folks would rather watch American Idol than educate themselves about their own country.

Badger40 on November 14, 2010 at 5:13 PM

true. It’s a cost of freedom. There are those amongst us that are free to suck air, eat Cheetos and be dumbasses.

well, we’re just about out of Cheetos….

ted c on November 14, 2010 at 5:18 PM

Can we agree to never send another old crippled RINO into a presidential election?

HelenW on November 14, 2010 at 3:38 PM

I don’t know how you meant that, but I’m giving you the benefit of the doubt that you intended this as an example of the left’s characterization of McCain. The left didn’t want to honor his war record, but instead talked about how he could keel over at any minute. Obama mocked him as not being able to type.

txhsmom on November 14, 2010 at 5:20 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

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