Obamateurism of the Day

posted at 8:01 am on April 12, 2012 by Ed Morrissey

Remember how Barack Obama promised to use “smart power” in his foreign policy to rebuild relations with America’s allies? Earlier this month, Obama had a perfect chance to demonstrate his skills in this area when he met with America’s literal closest allies, Canada and Mexico, at the so-called “Three Amigos” Summit. If you kept up with Obama’s performance in the American media, Investors Business Daily notes, you’d just think that little happened outside of the standard grip-and-grin photo ops and a few good meals.  However, if you read the reporting from Canada and Mexico, you’d get a very different picture:

Canada has also all but gone public about something trade watchers have known for a long time: that the U.S. has blocked Canada’s entry to the eight-way free trade agreement known as the Trans-Pacific Partnership, an alliance of the U.S., Australia, New Zealand, Vietnam, Malaysia, Peru, Chile, and Singapore. Both Canada and Mexico want to join and would benefit immensely.

U.S. media dutifully reported Obama’s false claim that Canada, our top trading partner, is too protectionist — for whom, we don’t know. Malaysia maybe? — even as it’s good enough for NAFTA, the trillion-dollar trade treaty that is the world’s largest.

“Every country that is participating is going to have to make some modification,” Obama told the press.

Canada’s take was far more blunt: “Our strong sense is that most of the members of the Trans-Pacific Partnership would like to see Canada join,” said Prime Minister Stephen Harper, in essence revealing that it’s the Obama administration alone that is blocking Canada, and suggesting that payback on energy was coming.

So much for Obama’s early claim that he was going to clean up the “mess” President Bush left with our allies and make friends with the world. One amigo muscling another out of a trade alliance isn’t friendly.

How about Mexico?  The American media failed to report that Felipe Calderon took a few shots at Obama over Operation Fast & Furious, which made matters even worse:

Excelsior of Mexico City reported that President Felipe Calderon bitterly brought up Operation Fast and Furious, a U.S. government operation that permitted Mexican drug cartels to smuggle thousands of weapons into drug-war-torn Mexico. This blunder has wrought mayhem on Mexico and cost thousands of lives.

The mainstream U.S. press has kept those questions out of the official press conferences, while Obama has feigned ignorance to the Mexicans and hasn’t even apologized.

In short, the summit was a diplomatic disaster for the U.S. and its relations with its neighbors north and south. … [I]t underscored the Obama administration’s indifference to anything more than its own political interests.

IBD says that a North American summit should have been a “no-brainer.”  Sounds like the approach taken by Obama, all right.

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Our country’s in the very best of hands.

What next, a trade embargo against evil Canadian goods, like cars with kilometers-only speedometers?

KingGold on April 12, 2012 at 8:04 AM

If a tree falls in the woods and nobody is there to hear it, does it make a sound?

forest on April 12, 2012 at 8:06 AM

Chairman One-bama has not worked a day in his life.

NickDeringer on April 12, 2012 at 8:10 AM

Maybe it is because both Mexico and Canada have never really worked a day in their lives?

Oh, wait, that’s Mrs. Romney.

Maybe Canada and Mexico demanded equal pay for equal work?

No…that’s not it either…that’s the women working in the Obama White House.

Maybe, according to Obama, Canada and Mexico just don’t matter?

After all, according to Obama, most Americans, white, tax paying, hard-working, bible clinging honest Americans don’t matter much to Obama either. Why should our northern and southern neighbors be treated any better?

Obama. Still a putz.

coldwarrior on April 12, 2012 at 8:12 AM

That more Americans don’t see who Obama really is demonstrates the evil nature of the Obama’s Lapdog Press.

Breitbart was right.

Josiah on April 12, 2012 at 8:16 AM

POS

AH_C on April 12, 2012 at 8:16 AM

The list that most in the country doesn’t know about gets longer.

docflash on April 12, 2012 at 8:17 AM

Canada is too “European” for Øbama‘s tastes. If he had found two busts of Churchill in the WH when he moved in, he would have sent the other one to Canada.

petefrt on April 12, 2012 at 8:18 AM

Excelsior of Mexico City reported that President Felipe Calderon bitterly brought up Operation Fast and Furious, a U.S. government operation that permitted Mexican drug cartels to smuggle thousands of weapons into drug-war-torn Mexico. This blunder has wrought mayhem on Mexico and cost thousands of lives.

Thousands? Would someone please clarify this one for me? I was under the impression that “hundreds” had been killed.

visions on April 12, 2012 at 8:18 AM

Seems everything King Barry touches – turns into
Well, you know.

He’s got the Touch.

TimBuk3 on April 12, 2012 at 8:19 AM

visions on April 12, 2012 at 8:18 AM

Meaningless…really. According to AG Holder they were “white Hispanics” so a few dozen here, a few hundred there, a couple thousand…doesn’t really matter. It is all about Trayvon.

coldwarrior on April 12, 2012 at 8:22 AM

Domestic transformation is well on its way… ole Buzz Lighthead is now onto bigger things… the world.

VietVet_Dave on April 12, 2012 at 8:22 AM

Dear Canada and Mexico,

We are profoundly sorry that Obama is such an imbecile.

Truly,
The USA

St Gaudens on April 12, 2012 at 8:23 AM

Thousands? Would someone please clarify this one for me? I was under the impression that “hundreds” had been killed.

visions on April 12, 2012 at 8:18 AM

Jay Carney could probably give you an authoritative clarification.

DaveDief on April 12, 2012 at 8:24 AM

Its amazing how the press is able to protect the president from fast and furious.

magicbeans on April 12, 2012 at 8:26 AM

Jay Carney could probably give you an authoritative clarification.

DaveDief on April 12, 2012 at 8:24 AM

Oh lolz…and first thing in the morning.

A beer for you, sir…

MooCowBang on April 12, 2012 at 8:26 AM

coldwarrior on April 12, 2012 at 8:12 AM

…what coldwarrior said!

KOOLAID2 on April 12, 2012 at 8:26 AM

And almost nothing about this here in the U.S. The MSM, is going to do everything it their power to get this guy re-elected. Public watchdogs, what a joke!!

lahlon on April 12, 2012 at 8:28 AM

This black mark on American history, (pun, not racist) has got to go, by the time he’s done the only allies we will have left are the ones who smile to our face and bomb us when our backs are turned. We might end up at war with ourselves if we let this idiot continue ……. oh…. wait ….what !!!!!!!!!!

angrymike on April 12, 2012 at 8:30 AM

Public watchlapdogs, what a joke!!

lahlon on April 12, 2012 at 8:28 AM

FIFY.

And, yes, water is wet. :-)

coldwarrior on April 12, 2012 at 8:31 AM

Sounds like a job for…Tapperman!!!

Please, Jake, a question or two about this for the Carney guy today, OK???

coldwarrior on April 12, 2012 at 8:33 AM

How the heck do you tick off Canada? You’d have to actively try to annoy Canada to annoy Canada.

rbj on April 12, 2012 at 8:34 AM

You gotta love that community organizer foreign policy.

bflat879 on April 12, 2012 at 8:35 AM

And almost nothing about this here in the U.S. The MSM, is going to do everything it their power to get this guy re-elected. Public watchdogs, what a joke!!

lahlon on April 12, 2012 at 8:28 AM

only against Republicans … even moderate Republicans … never mind what they do to anything conservative ….

conservative tarheel on April 12, 2012 at 8:35 AM

Canada is too “European” for Øbama‘s tastes. If he had found two busts of Churchill in the WH when he moved in, he would have sent the other one to Canada.

petefrt on April 12, 2012 at 8:18 AM

Are you referring to Caucasian? Usually, being “European” is considered a good thing by the Left.

Gladtobehere on April 12, 2012 at 8:35 AM

KOOLAID2
I had better go, I might say something about our dear leader that will get me in trouble, oh this idiot makes me sick……..later…,…>:-)

angrymike on April 12, 2012 at 8:41 AM

Number 45,324 in the “We told you what would happen if you voted for this inexperienced DOOFUS” file.

Of course, if this even gets reported, the libs will rise up to defend him as TEH FORIN POLISEE GENIUS and us knuckle-dragging rubes are just too stupid and RAAAACIST to understand the deapth of his intellectual superiority over Mexico and Canada. Or something.

crazy_legs on April 12, 2012 at 8:43 AM

Since we get a lot more of our oil from Canada and Mexico than we do from any other country this must be another part of President Buffet Tax’s green energy plan.

Kissmygrits on April 12, 2012 at 8:48 AM

When the day of retribution comes, I think we will find the obama lapdog press bet on the wrong horse. I suspect they will then be the center of attention.

Old Country Boy on April 12, 2012 at 8:55 AM

Thousands? Would someone please clarify this one for me? I was under the impression that “hundreds” had been killed.

visions on April 12, 2012 at 8:18 AM

300 proven fatalities; many, many thousands more–because the guns that weren’t apprehended fell into cartel hands.

herm2416 on April 12, 2012 at 8:59 AM

Another day of worthlessness and incompetence for Barack Obama. Where’s the news? It’s a dog bites man story at this point.

NoDonkey on April 12, 2012 at 9:00 AM

When the day of retribution comes, I think we will find the obama lapdog press bet on the wrong horse. I suspect they will then be the center of attention.

Old Country Boy on April 12, 2012 at 8:55 AM

I would like to see them forced to wear cheerleader outfits with pom poms during their broadcasts.

ghostwalker1 on April 12, 2012 at 9:01 AM

I would like to see them forced to wear cheerleader outfits with pom poms during their broadcasts.

ghostwalker1 on April 12, 2012 at 9:01 AM

I would like to see them hung.

MooCowBang on April 12, 2012 at 9:07 AM

Time for another Apology Tour, Mr. President?

TimBuk3 on April 12, 2012 at 9:09 AM

“You don’t have anything to fear from an Obama presidency.”

- John McCain

Odysseus on April 12, 2012 at 9:11 AM

What else is new, Obama treating our allies like something Bo left on the west south lawn of the WH.

D-fusit on April 12, 2012 at 9:11 AM

That Hillary Clinton’s name appears nowhere in this discussion tells us all what we need to know about what evil entity is running foreign policy in the current dictatorship.

BTW, is it just me or do others think that Hillary has really let herself go? She’s put on massive pounds and has a hairstyle usually found on homeless people.

Happy Nomad on April 12, 2012 at 9:13 AM

Time for another Apology Tour, Mr. President?

TimBuk3 on April 12, 2012 at 9:09 AM

How about a farewell tour before Obama and his grifter wife and brats take their last publically financed vacation?

Happy Nomad on April 12, 2012 at 9:15 AM

IBD says that a North American summit should have been a “no-brainer.”

that’s why the USA sent a no-brainer to the conference.

Seriously, is there any true friend of the USA that Owe hasn’t ticked off?

katablog.com on April 12, 2012 at 9:22 AM

[I]t underscored the Obama administration’s indifference to anything more than its own political interests.

It’s all about re-election — nothing less or more. Petty, disingenuous, and self-serving thy name is Obama.

KS Rex on April 12, 2012 at 9:26 AM

[I]t underscored the Obama administration’s indifference to anything more than its own political interests

It is apparent that Obama’s political interests are contrary to our national interests and the cultivation of good relations with our economic allies.

onlineanalyst on April 12, 2012 at 9:41 AM

Brainlessly embroiling us in trade wars and senselessly murdering thousands through stunning criminal incompetence, all in the name of “smart power”.

That’s….

Winning the future, the baraka soetero way!

Let’s move!

GrassMudHorsey on April 12, 2012 at 9:41 AM

I would like to see them forced to wear cheerleader outfits with pom poms during their broadcasts.

ghostwalker1 on April 12, 2012 at 9:01 AM

NO ! I dont have enough bleach …. Imagine Keith O. dressed like that …

or Maddow …. ick …..

conservative tarheel on April 12, 2012 at 9:54 AM

And almost nothing about this here in the U.S. The MSM, is going to do everything it their power to get this guy re-elected. Public watchdogs, what a joke!!

lahlon on April 12, 2012 at 8:28 AM

When the regime goes full-dictator and starts lining “journalists” against the wall they will no doubt wonder what they did wrong. When the bullet meets the bone they still won’t have a clue. “We made him and saved him. How can he do this to us?”

swinia sutki on April 12, 2012 at 10:05 AM

Did Canada & Mexico want to join the Trans-Pacific Partnership when W was in office?

Cindy Munford on April 12, 2012 at 10:22 AM

How about Mexico?

Calderon has a legitimate gripe on F&F, and with that said…I should trust what the Excelsior has to say because…? The report that

This blunder has wrought mayhem on Mexico and cost thousands of lives.

is a bit of joke given the fact that Mexico had been overridden with violence and corruption way before F&F. Calderon has his own agenda which includes suing Arizona and doesn’t include any of his own apologies for all the mayhem that has ensued in the U.S. as a result of his own failings.

lynncgb on April 12, 2012 at 10:27 AM

Seems everything King Barry touches – turns into
Well, you know.

He’s got the Touch.

TimBuk3 on April 12, 2012 at 8:19 AM

I used to work with a guy like that; he was affectionately known as ‘The Anti-midas’…

affenhauer on April 12, 2012 at 10:29 AM

Does Canada punch above the waist? How about Mexico?

tbear44 on April 12, 2012 at 10:56 AM

Obama thought that he was displaying great diplomatic tact by not charging them $42.5k for face time and photo-ops.

Laurence on April 12, 2012 at 11:21 AM

IBD says that a North American summit should have been a “no-brainer.” Sounds like the approach taken by Obama, all right.

Hey!! That wasn’t nice!!

True, though. And funny. And sad.

tom on April 12, 2012 at 11:29 AM

Does Canada punch above the waist? How about Mexico?

tbear44 on April 12, 2012 at 10:56 AM

Weight. Above their weight.

Lil barry’s a boxing afficianado, don’tcha know?

Solaratov on April 12, 2012 at 12:30 PM

“Every country that is participating is going to have to make some modification,” Obama told the press.

Listening to Obama (like that one quote there, for example) is an effort in being patient with the simpleton who really believes he’s Napolean. Or King.

Lourdes on April 12, 2012 at 12:37 PM

Napoleon.

Lourdes on April 12, 2012 at 12:38 PM

It’s called the fecal touch.

gooeylong on April 12, 2012 at 1:56 PM

I hope all the illegal aliens that will be voting in November are reading the Mexican press./

iurockhead on April 12, 2012 at 2:10 PM

The American media failed to report

What Obamaturism?

AnotherOpinion on April 12, 2012 at 4:58 PM