Obamateurism of the Day

posted at 8:01 am on April 18, 2012 by Ed Morrissey

It’s bad enough when Barack Obama panders at home.  It’s worse when he panders abroad.  And it’s downright humiliating when our President can’t even get his geography straight while selling our closest ally — and the principle of self-determination — down the river (via Fausta):

And in terms of the Maldives [sic] or the Falklands, whatever your preferred term, our position on this is that we are going to remain neutral. We have good relations with both Argentina and Great Britain, and we are looking forward to them being able to continue to dialogue on this issue. But this is not something that we typically intervene in.

First, the Maldives are on the other side of the globe from the Falklands; they’re in the Indian Ocean.  The term Obama wanted — and the one provided by the reporter in the press conference in the question — was Islas Malvinas, the name Argentina calls the British islands in the south Atlantic. Furthermore, the US doesn’t recognize them as the Malvinas; throughout the State Department website, the terms Falklands or Falkland Islands are used, occasionally with Malvinas in parentheses.

There’s a reason for that.  The US ended up backing the British in the Falkland Islands war in the early 1980s, albeit reluctantly, because (a) the people who live on the islands support British sovereignty, and (b) the Falklands are over 250 nautical miles from Argentina anyway.  The only legitimate claim Argentina has on the islands is traditional Argentinian politics, which these days is being driven by the large oil deposits in the Falklands region.  Under the auspices of both history and self-determination, Argentina has no business in the Falklands.

It would be nice if an American President stood up for self-determination, or at least for our ally.  But it would be at least something if Obama bothered to learn the names for the geography of the region before pontificating on it.

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KOOLAID2

angrymike on April 18, 2012 at 8:03 AM

He looks like a complete F’ng idiot.

ctmom on April 18, 2012 at 8:03 AM

Smart power from an idiot……….

angrymike on April 18, 2012 at 8:04 AM

Can he see the Maldives from his hotel room?

forest on April 18, 2012 at 8:06 AM

Good morning, sir, Mr. Morrissey! God has given us another glorious day :-)

cane_loader on April 18, 2012 at 8:06 AM

The first smart president, with no brain………..
Between Biden and Zero……IQ 79……..

angrymike on April 18, 2012 at 8:07 AM

Hey, do they speak Austrian in the Maldives?

Or perhaps President Fingerpointer confused the Malvinas with one of our 51st-57th states?

Maybe if there was a top 25 NCAA basketball program on the Malvinas, this dunce would have known the correct name of the islands.

What a stupid, stupid pseudo-man we have for President.

GrassMudHorsey on April 18, 2012 at 8:07 AM

Can we stop with the “don’t know much about history, diplomacy,, whatever” and just start saying “don’t know much about ANYTHING”?

NoFanofLibs on April 18, 2012 at 8:07 AM

On this one I’m inclined to give him a pass. He looks tired. Likely a slip of the tongue. Forked tongues are harder to operate.

cane_loader on April 18, 2012 at 8:08 AM

The Malvinas are in Asia, right?

Trafalgar on April 18, 2012 at 8:08 AM

Our 58th state!

NeighborhoodCatLady on April 18, 2012 at 8:08 AM

It would be nice if an American President stood up for self-determination, or at least for our ally. But it would be at least something if Obama bothered to learn the names for the geography of the region before pontificating on it.

This is a true OOTD. I’m curious why our super-smart Ivy League educated President or any of his equally super-smart staff don’t know anything about the Falklands. It isn’t as if the Summit of the Americas was a surprise. It isn’t as if the speechwriter didn’t have time to fact check.

BTW, anybody with the least knowledge of geography or history already knew that the Falklands or Malvinas are not the Maldives. Obama just made this country look stupid once again.

Happy Nomad on April 18, 2012 at 8:09 AM

What did you expect from an anti-colonialist?

The president would love to see the British “Empire” dismantled once and for all. Who cares about a few thousand souls on a God-forsaken island? Teach them to speak Spanish.

Elric on April 18, 2012 at 8:10 AM

Cain Loader
it may be glorious in your neck of the woods but I think global warming is unemployed in Ohio, it’s freezing here……….

angrymike on April 18, 2012 at 8:10 AM

The important question, however, is this: Do they punch above their weight?

michigansahd on April 18, 2012 at 8:11 AM

He looks like a complete F’ng idiot.

ctmom on April 18, 2012 at 8:03 AM

He makes our entire nation look stupid. But, at least he led us out of the darkness and into the light. :0

Happy Nomad on April 18, 2012 at 8:12 AM

The president would love to see the British “Empire” dismantled once and for all. Who cares about a few thousand souls on a God-forsaken island? Teach them to speak Spanish.

Elric on April 18, 2012 at 8:10 AM

I’m pretty sure Obama would insist the residents of the Falklands learn to speak Argentinian.

Happy Nomad on April 18, 2012 at 8:14 AM

There’ll be a “First of all, you’ve got to understand. . . .” coming from the LSM soon.

TimBuk3 on April 18, 2012 at 8:14 AM

Happy Nomad
please finish……… into the lite weight class………..;)

angrymike on April 18, 2012 at 8:15 AM

Cain Loader
it may be glorious in your neck of the woods but I think global warming is unemployed in Ohio, it’s freezing here……….

angrymike on April 18, 2012 at 8:10 AM

It’s a perfect, sunny, wonderful, 58-degree south Louisiana morning! Your discomfort at least is allowing us a wonderful last little taste of early spring, right vefore the heat and steam get switched on full blast!

This is one of the most beautiful mornings I have ever seen in Louisiana. Simply superb :-)

cane_loader on April 18, 2012 at 8:17 AM

I’d bet those once-British subjects on the Maldives probably aren’t too thrilled either.

Expecting the armed angry Argentinians to be swarming across their beaches any moment now?

When China demands Diego Garcia and Gan Airfield…wanna bet Obama says “Sure…why not?”

Maybe when Iran demands the islands back, wasn’t some Persian Moslem holy man connected with the Maldives in the way way back?

Gee, and only a week or so ago, Obama told everybody in front of PM Cameron, that the US and Britain were allies, tied together, through thick and thin?

Yeah, right.

Obama. Still a Putz.

[A popular slogan back in 1982: "The Falklands. British and Forever Free Since 1833!!" Bet they still have a statue of Churchill somewhere on the islands.]

coldwarrior on April 18, 2012 at 8:18 AM

This is one of the most beautiful mornings I have ever seen in Louisiana. Simply superb :-)

cane_loader on April 18, 2012 at 8:17 AM

For all the years I lived in New Orleans, I learned to enjoy this brief season before having to hibernate for the summer.

Happy Nomad on April 18, 2012 at 8:21 AM

Aaaah, what a douche this guy is.

Maldives? How do you trip over that term versus Malvinas when FALKLANDS is the term Americans use.

My Brit friends think Obama is a moron. So do my Italian friends. And Danish friends. They can see the fraud that was presented to the world in all its glory after 4 years. I doubt you’ll see the “world opinion” pushing Barry’s 2nd term. It’ll be silence…

Renwaa on April 18, 2012 at 8:23 AM

coldwarrior on April 18, 2012 at 8:18 AM

We mock Obama’s ignorance but the really scary part of all this is that he and his staff didn’t catch the Maldives comment. THESE ARE THE PEOPLE RUNNING OUR FOREIGN AFFAIRS.

Happy Nomad on April 18, 2012 at 8:23 AM

Double-take here… here I am giving Barry a pass for a slip of the forked tongue, when the whole problem is that if we’re a British ally, he should have been calling them the FALKLANDS, and never made that slip!

DOH!

/facepalm

No coffee yet, folks….

cane_loader on April 18, 2012 at 8:24 AM

He looks like a complete F’ng idiot.

ctmom on April 18, 2012 at 8:03 AM

Looks like?

Finbar on April 18, 2012 at 8:24 AM

Renwaa on April 18, 2012 at 8:23 AM

Nice. Your brain has more RPMs than mine so far this A.M.!

cane_loader on April 18, 2012 at 8:25 AM

Between Biden and Zero……IQ 79……..

angrymike on April 18, 2012 at 8:07 AM

If each of them had half a brain-they’d still only have half a brain.

annoyinglittletwerp on April 18, 2012 at 8:26 AM

I doubt you’ll see the “world opinion” pushing Barry’s 2nd term. It’ll be silence…

Renwaa on April 18, 2012 at 8:23 AM

I’m guessing the Nobel prize people are also wondering what the hell they were thinking back in 2009.

Happy Nomad on April 18, 2012 at 8:26 AM

Smart power. Why do people think this bozo is smart again? Just imagine if Bush had said it. 50% of us are fools.

Huckabye-Romney on April 18, 2012 at 8:27 AM

Eating dog melts the brain.

wildcat72 on April 18, 2012 at 8:27 AM

“Uh, um… ”

*teeth sucking noise*

“That we are going to remain neutral…”

President “Present!” strikes again.

Fallon on April 18, 2012 at 8:28 AM

Granted he’s an idiot and probably couldn’t find anything on a map. But at least he’s siding against a long standing ally.

CorporatePiggy on April 18, 2012 at 8:28 AM

cane_loader on April 18, 2012 at 8:17 AM

Lubbock has 3 temps: Hot, very hot, and hot as Hades! The weather is awready actin’ drought-like.

annoyinglittletwerp on April 18, 2012 at 8:28 AM

THESE ARE THE PEOPLE RUNNING OUR FOREIGN AFFAIRS.

Happy Nomad on April 18, 2012 at 8:23 AM

Running?? Seriously?

More like trying to play catch up and reacting while other nations run our foreign affairs.

Speaking of foreign “affairs.” Nice job the Secret Service advance team did in Columbia, no?

coldwarrior on April 18, 2012 at 8:29 AM

The Falklands are the home of the black-necked swan, perhaps the most graceful bird on earth. The President could learn something from them.

radjah shelduck on April 18, 2012 at 8:32 AM

Almost just shot a rabbit for the stew pot, but decided to let him live. Too nice a morning. He got lucky.

cane_loader on April 18, 2012 at 8:34 AM

Lubbock has 3 temps: Hot, very hot, and hot as Hades! The weather is awready actin’ drought-like.

annoyinglittletwerp on April 18, 2012 at 8:28 AM

Hope you didn’t move there for the weather!
Otherwise I’ve got some prime swampland to sell ya ;-)

cane_loader on April 18, 2012 at 8:36 AM

I find it just stunning that the MSM, after four years of idiotic slips like this, continue to let him slide. He is a walking train wreck. How can they, in all honesty, continue to ignore how utterly ignorant he is?

herm2416 on April 18, 2012 at 8:36 AM

I find it just stunning that the MSM, after four years of idiotic slips like this, continue to let him slide. He is a walking train wreck. How can they, in all honesty, continue to ignore how utterly ignorant he is?

herm2416 on April 18, 2012 at 8:36 AM

Because when the media fall in love, they fall hard.

cane_loader on April 18, 2012 at 8:37 AM

Geography is racist.

He should be able to call them whatever he wants, because people like him were once oppressed by other people like him.

NoDonkey on April 18, 2012 at 8:37 AM

Smartest president … EVAH!!!

mel23059 on April 18, 2012 at 8:37 AM

Hey, do they speak Austrian in the Maldives?

No, I think he’s wondering if they speak Argentinian, Falklandish, or Maldivesian.

crazy_legs on April 18, 2012 at 8:38 AM

He better learn quickly the location…
In order to tell Moochelle where to vacation.

Electrongod on April 18, 2012 at 8:39 AM

I’m pretty sure Obama would insist the residents of the Falklands learn to speak Argentinian.

Happy Nomad on April 18, 2012 at 8:14 AM

….no…they need to speak Austrian.

KOOLAID2 on April 18, 2012 at 8:40 AM

The President could learn something from them.
radjah shelduck on April 18, 2012 at 8:32 AM

Learning is a skill it doesn’t appear he possesses.

Cleombrotus on April 18, 2012 at 8:40 AM

It’s pronounced Maldives in Malvinian or didn’t you know that?

Odysseus on April 18, 2012 at 8:41 AM

Electrongod on April 18, 2012 at 8:39 AM

I seriously doubt that Obama “tells” Moochelle anything.

coldwarrior on April 18, 2012 at 8:41 AM

angrymike on April 18, 2012 at 8:03 AM

…(:>)…do you ever sleep?

KOOLAID2 on April 18, 2012 at 8:42 AM

He should be able to call them whatever he wants, because people like him were once oppressed by other people like him.

NoDonkey on April 18, 2012 at 8:37 AM

Please don’t give Obama’s people any ideas. The next thing we’ll have is a statement from Obama that if he were a Falklander they’d look just like him. I know it doesn’t make sense but neither is going to an international event and not only mis-identifying an island but also seemingly unknowingly trashing our closest allies in order to pander to a bunch of South Americans.

Happy Nomad on April 18, 2012 at 8:43 AM

He better learn quickly the location…
In order to tell Moochelle where to vacation.

LOL. Could be the next spring break destination for Malia.

Sticky Wicket on April 18, 2012 at 8:43 AM

Listen to the translator…he covers for the jug eared idiot, but does so hesitatingly. You can hear the voice in his head saying “Wow, this guy’s a moron”

(I speak Spanish, so I understood the guy in his head :))

beedubya on April 18, 2012 at 8:43 AM

He better learn quickly the location…
In order to tell Moochelle where to vacation.

Electrongod on April 18, 2012 at 8:39 AM

…from darkness into the light!

KOOLAID2 on April 18, 2012 at 8:43 AM

I guess the jug eared idiot doesn’t speak Malvinian.

beedubya on April 18, 2012 at 8:44 AM

Wow…they cut the part where Obama asks if anyone knew of any restaurants in the area that served up a good dog steak.

beedubya on April 18, 2012 at 8:46 AM

Remember when Obama charged NASA with making Muslims feel good about themselves. Now he’s taking this brilliant foreign policy approach to making South America feel good about themselves. You see, making third world people feel good about themselves is why he was given a Nobel Peace Prize. If third world people feel better about themselves, there’ll be less terrorism, poverty, and more benevolent government. It’s the psychology of self-esteem applied to the entire world by the light-bringer BHO (PBUH).

Gladtobehere on April 18, 2012 at 8:47 AM

Almost just shot a rabbit for the stew pot, but decided to let him live. Too nice a morning. He got lucky.

cane_loader on April 18, 2012 at 8:34 AM

I think you were shootin’ at some food, when up through the ground came a bubblin’ crude…oil that is…Texas tea…
Which reminds me, they always showed Jed Clampett to be a great shot – he could pick flies off a brick wall at 50 yards or more. How the hell did he miss that rabbit?
I know this has nothing to do with Obama but I’m sick to death of that turd and would rather talk about old TV shows instead.

swinia sutki on April 18, 2012 at 8:51 AM

Wow. Obama taking interview advice from Bobby Valentine?

Goody2Shoes on April 18, 2012 at 8:54 AM

Did Obama really eat dog meat in Indonesia? It is haram in Indonesia and eaten only by non-muslim Indonesians. Seems like Bill Ayers got carried away with his Indonesian exotica research. BHO’s stuck with it now.

Obama’s mysterious girlfriend with the wandering green eyes is also an Ayres’ invention. When is Hot Air going to write about this long ago exposed fraud? Apparently, never.

No Niks on April 18, 2012 at 8:56 AM

You rightwing crazies just don’t understand Obama’s awesomeness. Don’t you see how he’s trying to solve this centuries old diplomatic thorn? According to the AGW zealots, the Maldives are supposed to be swallowed up by the rising sea. Ergo — problem solved. Just change the name from Falklands to Malvinas to Maldives and then assign them to Argentina or the UK in any proportion, but there won’t be any land there anymore to fight about. Pure elegance in operation.

jwolf on April 18, 2012 at 8:58 AM

I know this has nothing to do with Obama but I’m sick to death of that turd and would rather talk about old TV shows instead.
swinia sutki on April 18, 2012 at 8:51 AM

You’re on to something there.

Cleombrotus on April 18, 2012 at 9:01 AM

Pure elegance in operation.

jwolf on April 18, 2012 at 8:58 AM

It is pure something…but elegance is not the first word that comes to my mind. :-)

coldwarrior on April 18, 2012 at 9:01 AM

Classless

crosshugger on April 18, 2012 at 9:06 AM

Does it bother anyone else that he can’t even be bothered to button his shirt and wear a tie?

LouBob1980 on April 18, 2012 at 9:07 AM

LouBob1980 on April 18, 2012 at 9:07 AM

Does Hugo Chavez wear a tie?

Does Mahmoud Ahmadinejad wear a tie?

Did Mao ever wear a tie?

[BTW, Winston Churchill always wore a tie.]

Obama is merely following the example of his true heroes.

And still a Putz.

coldwarrior on April 18, 2012 at 9:13 AM

Obama is merely following the example of his true heroes.

And still a Putz.

coldwarrior on April 18, 2012 at 9:13 AM

I attended high school in the 70′s when we dressed to prove that clothes and hair,etc. didn’t make the person. But I “grew up” and learned that appearance does matter in some situations. He is representing the country when he travels, and I think that qualifies as a situation where appearance matters! And in THIS country, the one he “presides over”, ties are proper attire!

It’s hard to respect the office anymore because of the person in it.

LouBob1980 on April 18, 2012 at 9:24 AM

He looks like a complete F’ng idiot.

ctmom on April 18, 2012 at 8:03 AM

He is a complete idiot, what else would he look like?

Oldnuke on April 18, 2012 at 9:28 AM

President Pander-in-Mom-Jeans.
Mmaal-deeves & Pok-ee-ston.
He’s been there.

askwhatif on April 18, 2012 at 9:31 AM

Somebody told him the Maldives are a great vacation spot.

Kissmygrits on April 18, 2012 at 9:37 AM

Can you imagine if George Bush had…

Oh gawd, nevermind.

PortlandJon on April 18, 2012 at 9:40 AM

Would have been priceless if the translator had included Obama’s “ummmms” and “uhhhhhs”.

St Gaudens on April 18, 2012 at 9:50 AM

Hey, did you hear that Obama has the highest IQ of any president in history?

I don’t know what it is, but it’s pretty high!

/sarc

Vntnrse on April 18, 2012 at 9:54 AM

Epic fail. He gets no pass on this. I don’t care if he’s tired. He stepped up to a public podium to speak on a particular topic, and managed to combine two fails in under one minute. Misnaming the place he’s standing, and failing to know the proper context of support for the place he’s standing, in terms of the nation he is supposedly leading.

Freelancer on April 18, 2012 at 10:04 AM

He was obviously speaking Austrian…

right2bright on April 18, 2012 at 10:12 AM

Geography wasn’t part of expensive prep-school, Occidental, Columbia or Harvard curriculum.

I hope the RNC has a few interns with rollicking senses of humor putting together a montage of the most “brilliant” president evah.

Portia46 on April 18, 2012 at 10:14 AM

Now remember, he is the product of political policies regarding what is taught and how it is taught in the U.S. via the Department of Education.

If we want our children to turn out like President Obama, I do not mean President. I mean, if you do not what your children to grow up as an ignoramus without a clue, following the words of the Lordship of the left without question – don’t do anything.

Replacing President Obama is only the beginning of major renewal.

The Secretary of State should send him to the Faulken’s and Maldives to campaign.

MSGTAS on April 18, 2012 at 10:15 AM

Between Biden and Zero……IQ 79……..

Are you sure you didn’t add an extra digit?
And where is the media?

Truthfully, while any of us can misspeak, it appears it would be really important for a POTUS to actually know geography before he declares war, gives handouts or supports one country over another in a boundary dispute. But then in this case, Owe did what he intended – dissed an ally. So I guess everything is okay.

katablog.com on April 18, 2012 at 10:26 AM

I don’t care if he’s tired.

The only reason why he might be tired is because of obsessive campaigning. It certainly isn’t because of carrying out POTUS duties.

katablog.com on April 18, 2012 at 10:29 AM

beedubya on April 18, 2012 at 8:46 AM

LOL – still giggling on that one.

katablog.com on April 18, 2012 at 10:32 AM

it would be at least something if Obama bothered to learn the names for the geography of the region before pontificating on it.

Indeed. Of course he’s pretty inconsistent here — when speaking about the country where OBL resided until Seal Team Six intervened, he carefully pronounces it “Pahk-ee-stahn“.

EconomicNeocon on April 18, 2012 at 10:34 AM

Can he see the Maldives from his hotel room?

No, just from the brothel.

UnrepentantCurmudgeon on April 18, 2012 at 10:40 AM

when speaking about the country where OBL resided until Seal Team Six intervened, he carefully pronounces it “Pahk-ee-stahn“.

Whenever I hear that I think of Kobayashi in “The Usual Suspects.” Come to think of it, there’s more than a passing resemblance ….

UnrepentantCurmudgeon on April 18, 2012 at 10:42 AM

Again, I am ashamed of our president. What a SCOAMF!

Every day in every way we lean why we will NEVER see those college transcripts.

jukin3 on April 18, 2012 at 10:49 AM

Obama is a freakin’ idiot! No wonder the rest of the world is laughing at us.

jqc1970 on April 18, 2012 at 11:21 AM

How can they, in all honesty, continue to ignore how utterly ignorant he is?

Very well so far, thank you. – MSM

askwhatif on April 18, 2012 at 11:24 AM

The Secretary of State should send him to the Faulken’s and Maldives to campaign.

MSGTAS on April 18, 2012 at 10:15 AM

Will they be voting in our election too?

Gladtobehere on April 18, 2012 at 11:31 AM

soooooooper geeeeeeeenius!!

Tim_CA on April 18, 2012 at 11:31 AM

Every day in every way we lean why we will NEVER see those college transcripts.

jukin3 on April 18, 2012 at 10:49 AM

so friggin’ true.

Tim_CA on April 18, 2012 at 11:32 AM

If Obama’s buddies want to take on the Brits and Gurkhas again, they will lose again. During the Falklands War, Argentine troops wisely fled their positions when they heard the Gurkhas were coming.

Cristina looks dumb enough to try.

Christien on April 18, 2012 at 11:33 AM

The translator corrected Obama and said “Malvinas.” Shame.

Christien on April 18, 2012 at 11:36 AM

There is no issue The Obamassiah cannot straddle.

GarandFan on April 18, 2012 at 11:39 AM

The Maldives are an independent Republic of islands located about 1000 miles southwest of the southern tip of India. They were under British protection until 1965, but have never had any influence from Argentina.

No, I think he’s wondering if they speak Argentinian, Falklandish, or Maldivesian.

crazy_legs on April 18, 2012 at 8:38 AM

They speak Maltese in the Falcon, or Maldives in the Falklands, or something like that.

Queen Elizabeth’s reaction: Michelle, keep your grubby hands off me, and your husband’s grubby hands off my islands!

Steve Z on April 18, 2012 at 11:48 AM

Don’t know much about history geography.

Schadenfreude on April 18, 2012 at 11:53 AM

I’m guessing the Nobel prize people are also wondering what the hell they were thinking back in 2009.

Happy Nomad on April 18, 2012 at 8:26 AM

“Thinking”? It’s never about “thinking” with these doofuses…

“Feeeeeeeeeeeeeelings…..nothing more than feeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeelings…”

Seriously though, they’ll never admit they made a mistake. It an affirmative-action award to “stick it to Bush & Cheney”. But indeed, who’s laughing now, eh?

SnarkySam on April 18, 2012 at 12:14 PM

How do Obama’s allies get away with bragging about his foreign policy?
In my opinion, the President has repeatedly insulted the US’s best ally, Great Britain (& I don’t even consider him twice recently referring to “the English embassy” as an insult), as well as outrageously opposed their interests (i.e., the Faulklands).
Obama has hurt our relations with other allies, too: He has betrayed Poland, Israel, Canada, Georgia, & Honduras. Those are the ones that come to mind; I’m sure there are others.
The best example of a true “Arab Spring” was in Iran, & Obama turned a deaf ear (except for a mild statement weeks too late) to the throngs of freedom seekers who were brutally repressed. But when US ally Mubarak was opposed in Egypt (& there was no govt oppression of the crowds), Obama jumped on that bandwagon like a kid on a merry-go-round. Now Islamo-fascists have largely taken over there. In Libya, Obama took the US to war unconstitutionally–Congress had no say–but Obama was careful to get permission from the corrupt UN. And the Islamo-fascists have apparently largely taken over there.

itsnotaboutme on April 18, 2012 at 12:32 PM

London Daily Telegraph editor Alex Singleton wrote this when Hillary sided with Argentina a while back:

The American people chose to elect an idiot who seems hell bent on insulting their allies, and something must be done to stop Obama’s reckless foreign policy, before he does the dirty on his allies on every issue.”

One of the most poorly kept secrets in Washington is President Obama’s animosity toward Great Britain , presumably because of what he regards as its sins while ruling Kenya (1895-1963).

One of Barack Hussein Obama’s first acts as president was to return to Britain a bust of Winston Churchill that had graced the Oval Office since 9/11. He followed this up by denying Prime Minister Gordon Brown, on his first state visit, the usual joint press conference with flags.

The president was “too tired” to grant the leader of America ‘s closest ally a proper welcome, his aides told British journalists.

Mr. Obama followed this up with cheesy gifts for Mr. Brown and the Queen. Columnist Ian Martin described his behavior as “rudeness personified.” There was more rudeness in store for Mr. Brown at the opening session of the United Nations in September. “The prime minister was forced to dash through the kitchens of the UN in New York to secure five minutes of face time with President Obama after five requests for a sit down meeting were rejected by the White House,” said London Telegraph columnist David Hughes. Mr. Obama’s “churlishness is unforgivable,” Mr. Hughes said.

The administration went beyond snubs and slights last week when Secretary of State Hillary Clinton endorsed the demand of Argentine President Cristina Kirchner, a Hugo Chavez ally, for mediation of Argentina ‘s specious claim to the Falkland Islands , a British dependency since 1833. The people who live in the Falklands, who speak English, want nothing to do with Argentina . When, in 1982, an earlier Argentine dictatorship tried to seize the Falklands by force, the British — with strong support from President Ronald Reagan — expelled them.

“It is truly shocking that Barack Obama has decided to disregard our shared history,” wrote Telegraph columnist Toby Young. “Does Britain ‘s friendship really mean so little to him?” One could ask, does the friendship of anyone in the entire world mean anything to him?

“I recently asked several senior administration officials, separately, to name a foreign leader with whom Barack Obama has forged a strong personal
relationship during his first year in office,” wrote Jackson Diehl, deputy editorial page editor of the Washington Post, on Monday. “A lot of hemming and hawing ensued.” One official named French President Nicolas Sarkozy, but his contempt for Mr. Obama is an open secret. Another named German Chancellor Angela Merkel. But, said Mr. Diehl, “Merkel too has been conspicuously cool toward Obama.”

Mr. Obama certainly doesn’t care about the Poles and Czechs, whom he has betrayed on missile defense. Honduras and Israel also can attest that he’s been an unreliable ally and an unfaithful friend. Ironically, our relations with both Israel and the Palestinian Authority have never been worse. Russia has offered nothing in exchange for Mr. Obama’s abandonment of missile defense. Russia and China won’t support serious sanctions on Iran . Syria ‘s support for terrorism has not diminished despite efforts to normalize diplomatic relations. The reclusive military dictatorship that runs Burma has responded to our efforts at “engagement” by deepening its ties to North Korea .

And the Chinese make little effort to disguise their contempt for him.

For the first time in a long time, the President of the United States is actually distrusted by its allies and not in the least feared by its adversaries. Nor is Mr. Obama now respected by the majority of Americans. Understandably focused on the dismal economy and Mr. Obama’s relentless efforts to nationalize and socialize health care, Americans apparently have yet to notice his dismal performance and lack of respect in the world community.

itsnotaboutme on April 18, 2012 at 12:42 PM

Given his grasp of geography, is Obama sure he actually lived in Indonesia when he was a kid? It could have been Australia, or Okinawa, or Madagascar, right?

RebeccaH on April 18, 2012 at 12:54 PM

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