Obamateurism of the Day

posted at 8:05 am on February 10, 2011 by Ed Morrissey

Let’s pose a little history test. What American President said this, and where did he say it?

[N]o system of government can or should be imposed on one nation by any other.

I could have made it a little easier by including the phrase that preceded it — “So let me be clear:”. Yes, that was a quote from Barack Obama, in a June 2009 speech he delivered in Cairo. Apparently, Obama figured that the Egyptians wouldn’t remember that. Wrong:

A top Egyptian minister accused the United States of imposing its “will” on its Arab ally, as the White House warned that Cairo had failed to even reach a “minimum threshold” for reform.

Who set the “minimum threshold”?  Obama?  Isn’t that the same as imposing a system of government on Egypt, and on Obama’s timeline as well?  Obama made that speech to draw a distinction between his “smart power” diplomacy and the supposedly reckless and arrogant foreign policy of his predecessor, George W. Bush.  Only it seems that Obama’s been a lot more reckless and arrogant than Bush ever was with what had been a decades-long American ally in a very unstable region.

And that’s the impression Egyptians have as well:

“When you speak about ‘prompt,’ ‘immediate,’ ‘now,’ as if you are imposing on a great country like Egypt, a great friend that has always maintained the best of relationship with the United States, you are imposing your will on him,” Abul Gheit said.

Gheit isn’t the only one in the region to notice, either:

Saudi Arabia has threatened to prop up President Mubarak if the White House tries to force a swift change of regime in Egypt. In a testy personal telephone call on January 29, King Abdullah told President Obama not to humiliate Mr Mubarak and warned that he would step in to bankroll Egypt if the US withdrew its aid programme, worth $1.5 billion annually.

America’s closest ally in the Gulf made clear that the Egyptian President must be allowed to stay on to oversee the transition towards peaceful democracy and then leave with dignity.

“Mubarak and King Abdullah are not just allies, they are close friends, and the King is not about to see his friend cast aside and humiliated,” a senior source in the Saudi capital told The Times.

Obama might want to consult his own speech to the Egyptians from less than two years ago.  (h/t: HA reader Severn)

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Only it seems that Obama’s been a lot more reckless and arrogant than Bush ever was with what had been a decades-long American ally in a very unstable region.

miss me yet?
-W

cmsinaz on February 10, 2011 at 8:11 AM

Seems all O’s comments and promises have an expiration date.

TimBuk3 on February 10, 2011 at 8:11 AM

“Hillary where did you put that reset button again?”

Mord on February 10, 2011 at 8:11 AM

What the president actually meant:

Generally speaking [N]o system of government can or should, for the most part, be imposed on one nation by any other, except sometimes.

myrenovations on February 10, 2011 at 8:14 AM

Attaboy, barry, now you’ve got everybody in the Mid-east thinking that you’re a real idiot.

JimK on February 10, 2011 at 8:15 AM

Unless you’re Israel, Honduras, or now, Egypt.

Wethal on February 10, 2011 at 8:15 AM

DC’s Bob comment? Gibbs always comes out and explains to us what Obama meant. Think the Middle East will fall for it?

IowaWoman on February 10, 2011 at 8:15 AM

Gibberish is hanging up his golden tongue on Friday…

Fallon on February 10, 2011 at 8:19 AM

But, I thought Smart Power! was supposed to fix all of this?

kingsjester on February 10, 2011 at 8:23 AM

Unless you’re Israel, Honduras, or now, Egypt an American ally.

Wethal on February 10, 2011 at 8:15 AM

FIFY

unseen on February 10, 2011 at 8:24 AM

Greater humiliation is to come. Egypt will not obtain any form of democracy. It will either be a case of: “the King is dead, long live the King”, or the army takes over.

OldEnglish on February 10, 2011 at 8:24 AM

LMAOOL.
On a public computer at the med center. Getting some strange looks from visitors.
;)

OmahaConservative on February 10, 2011 at 8:25 AM

Attaboy, barry, now you’ve got everybody in the Mid-east thinking that you’re a real idiot.

JimK

There, Jim. I fixedit for you.

Crusader Rabbit on February 10, 2011 at 8:26 AM

kingsjester on February 10, 2011 at 8:23 AM

great post KJ

cmsinaz on February 10, 2011 at 8:27 AM

cmsinaz on February 10, 2011 at 8:27 AM

Thankyaverymuch!

kingsjester on February 10, 2011 at 8:28 AM

Give me a break. This presidenting is hard stuff.

- barack

DuctTapeMyBrain on February 10, 2011 at 8:29 AM

“Obama might want to consult his own speech to the Egyptians from less than two years ago.”

WTF, two years with Obama is an eternity, or so it seems.

Yoop on February 10, 2011 at 8:34 AM

This won’t end well.

Key West Reader on February 10, 2011 at 8:34 AM

Smart power, baby!

Smart.

Power.

crazy_legs on February 10, 2011 at 8:38 AM

Only it seems that Obama’s been a lot more reckless and arrogant than Bush ever was with what had been a decades-long American ally in a very unstable region.

Hey, we don’t take orders from Kenya either.
/Egypt

ted c on February 10, 2011 at 8:39 AM

How anyone can support this buffoon is amazes me.

ButterflyDragon on February 10, 2011 at 8:40 AM

Obama made that speech to draw a distinction between his “smart power” diplomacy and the supposedly reckless and arrogant foreign policy of his predecessor, George W. Bush.  Only it seems that Obama’s been a lot more reckless and arrogant than Bush ever was with what had been a decades-long American ally in a very unstable region.

If you have lots of people on the administration who believe Egypt has been a wimp on pressing Israel since Sadat signed that damned peace treaty with Begin 33 years ago, the idea of instability in Egypt resulting in a government that”s more pro-Hamas and willing to go to war with Israel isn’t a bug, it’s an asset. Don’t think the Code Pink actinides roaming Cairo are the only Americans who think an Egypt run by the Muslim Brotherhood would be just the ideal way for this crisis to end.

jon1979 on February 10, 2011 at 8:41 AM

The One got nominated for a Nobel before he even took office…and heck, he won! So no doubt he just has to know what he’s doing…

JetBoy on February 10, 2011 at 8:41 AM

“Mubarak and King Abdullah are not just allies, they are close friends, and the King is not about to see his friend cast aside and humiliated,” a senior source in the Saudi capital told The Times.

ohh, wonderful. As many of you know, insulting an Arab does one thing—it turns every Arab against you. Saddam Hussein knew this and it strengthened him. When Saddam was left standing back in 1991, despite his overwhelming loss in Desert Storm, it is perceived as a “victory” for him–because he survived. If the same is done for Mubarak, it will not only harden Egyptian attitudes towards the US, but also most other Arabs, the Saudis especially.

this will, most certainly, not end well.

ted c on February 10, 2011 at 8:42 AM

Note to future Presidents…
If you get the urge to become King of the World, look back on the Obama era and study very hard.

Seriously what was this guy thinking going to Egypt and Germany to address their people. Who in their right mind would think those nations welcomed anything an American President had to say to them. WTF was that all about.

Keemo on February 10, 2011 at 8:43 AM

Why, the audacity of the dope!

onlineanalyst on February 10, 2011 at 8:49 AM

“Hillary where did you put that reset button again?”

Mord on February 10, 2011 at 8:11 AM

Scratch off “overcharge” and put some swirlies on it. They won’t notice.

mizflame98 on February 10, 2011 at 8:50 AM

Obama wants the Muslim Brotherhood f Terrorists in charge so ha can go over there and bow to them too. And he’ll throw in some prostrating, groveling, and self subjugation.

csdeven on February 10, 2011 at 8:53 AM

Obama might want to consult his own speech to the Egyptians from less than two years ago.

Yeah, he needs to re-read the part about Muslims inventing the arch and the wheel and apple pie and all.

Akzed on February 10, 2011 at 8:54 AM

“Hillary where did you put that reset button again?”

Mord on February 10, 2011 at 8:11 AM
Scratch off “overcharge” and put some swirlies on it. They won’t notice.

mizflame98 on February 10, 2011 at 8:50 AM

With the smart power(TM) in direct play right now, I wouldn’t be surprised if the swirlies ended up being the symbol of allah, which would then result in the entire middle east erupting in violence for insulting their prophet.

Key West Reader on February 10, 2011 at 8:55 AM

Keemo at 8:43 AM

Seriously what was this guy thinking going to Egypt and Germany to address their people. Who in their right mind would think those nations welcomed anything an American President had to say to them. WTF was that all about.

his effin’ effrontery

ziggyville on February 10, 2011 at 8:58 AM

I wonder if Hussein Obooba has recently consulted the Book of Beaks.

Couldn’t hurt.

Akzed on February 10, 2011 at 8:58 AM

I’m holding out hope that NASA is going to somehow make the Egyptians feel good about themselves.

pain train on February 10, 2011 at 9:08 AM

Words mean things, Obama…

tims472 on February 10, 2011 at 9:13 AM

I’m putting my money on the army to take over, well because they already were in charge, you can pay me now. Obummer seems to be taking that leader of the free world title a little too seriously. He’s really clueless when it comes to Arab culture and how they think about themselves.

Kissmygrits on February 10, 2011 at 9:16 AM

He’s really clueless when it comes to Arab culture and how they think about themselves. Kissmygrits on February 10, 2011 at 9:16 AM

He needs to brush up on his Middle Eastern history.

Akzed on February 10, 2011 at 9:18 AM

Seems all O’s comments and promises have an expiration date.

TimBuk3 on February 10, 2011 at 8:11 AM

Even his bowing and scraping? Damn, I thought that was the most solid characteristic of the guy. What can I count on if I can’t count on that?

SKYFOX on February 10, 2011 at 9:20 AM

How many years since Sadat’s assassination?

OkieDoc on February 10, 2011 at 9:24 AM

I would love to know how The Won takes these little public humiliations. Is he such a narcissists that he feels sorry for the people who don’t recognize his awesomeness or is he such a spoiled brat that he gets pi$$y because no one has ever said no to him before?

Cindy Munford on February 10, 2011 at 9:34 AM

Job is too big for a one time community shake down artist.

FireBlogger on February 10, 2011 at 9:48 AM

Seems all O’s comments and promises have an expiration date a shelf life.

TimBuk3 on February 10, 2011 at 8:11 AM

FIFY

Shy Guy on February 10, 2011 at 10:01 AM

Hey guys don’t ya know how hard this has been for Obama? After all, he said in a conflict he would take the side of muslims…easy when only one side is muslim, but now both sides are… so what’s an obama to do? He took the wrong side in Iran by siding with the establishment so now he tried to make up for that by siding with brotherhood ….geeezzzz He must be so frustrated he hasn’t been able to use this crisis to make himself look good for reelection…I’m sure he is wondering what is wrong with those Egyptians not falling all over themselves to make him look good.

tinkerthinker on February 10, 2011 at 10:19 AM

That “Smart Diplomacy” just keeps paying more and more dividends each day.

Hey! Anyone seen or heard from our Secretary of State?

GarandFan on February 10, 2011 at 10:22 AM

The part about this that really is striking to me is the administration’s absolute arrogance. Like they see nothing wrong.

ORconservative on February 10, 2011 at 10:29 AM

Evidently NASA is failing at their new job.

Dhuka on February 10, 2011 at 10:52 AM

[N]o system of government can or should be imposed on one nation by any other.

But it’s perfectly fine to impose unfunded mandates, confiscatory taxes, irrational regulations, et al on your own citizens.
I see.
Thanks for being “perfectly clear“.

Amendment X on February 10, 2011 at 10:53 AM

It’s a sad day for America when little Bammie has to be lectured on Mideast diplomacy by the King of Saudi Arabia. Maybe we now understand why Bammie bows to the King.

slickwillie2001 on February 10, 2011 at 11:28 AM

So let me be clear,
I am not George Dubya Bush.
Therefore, I’m better.

Haiku Guy on February 10, 2011 at 12:12 PM

King Adullah,
I kissed your ring! wasn’t that enough?
Barry

tomshup on February 10, 2011 at 1:10 PM

Apoligies to the King for the typo above….Abdullah!

tomshup on February 10, 2011 at 1:11 PM

C’mon people! Remember he’s focusing on gol…er jobs like a laser. Next thing you’ll expect him to walk and chew gum at the same time.

chickasaw42 on February 10, 2011 at 4:06 PM

I hope General Petraeus reconsiders his refusal to run in 2012. At the rate the incompetent incumbent is going, the whole world may be in flames in another two years.

Adjoran on February 10, 2011 at 10:38 PM

Remember Iran? Obowma said “we mustn’t meddle” while the Iranian students were in the streets begging for political assistance.

Once again, Obowma’s on the wrong side of the issue.

dthorny on February 11, 2011 at 1:36 AM

C’mon Egypt, Obowma won a Nobel prize, do what he wants…errrrr, do what George Soros wants.

dthorny on February 11, 2011 at 1:38 AM