Obamateurism of the Day

posted at 8:01 am on August 1, 2012 by Ed Morrissey

I missed this last week, but it’s just as good a week later.  Nine days ago, Barack Obama asserted that under his leadership, the world had “a new attitude … confidence” in America, and you could see it everywhere he went:

Of course, world tours tend to only bring Presidents into contact with diplomats (and Obama has pointedly not visited Israel in four years, either, which can hardly be described as more confident in American leadership these days).  On the other hand, when presidential candidates meet with foreign leaders, they hear something entirely different — which Romney heard on the same day Obama offered up his take:

Australia’s foreign minister privately warned Sunday that foreign leaders see “America in decline,” Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney said.

Romney said he met with Foreign Minister Bob Carr in a San Francisco hotel Sunday night shortly before a Republican fundraiser.

He said Carr suggested that America could improve that international perception “with one budget deal” that helps balance the budget.

“And this idea of America in decline, it was interesting [Carr] said that; he led the talk of American being in decline,” Romney said at the fundraiser, according to The Sydney Morning Herald newspaper. ”And if they’re thinking about investing in America, entrepreneurs putting their future in America — if they think America’s in decline they’re not gonna do it.”

Later, Carr tried to clarify his remarks:

Foreign Minister Bob Carr and other Australian officials said Monday that Carr was praising American economic strengths during Sunday’s meeting. The meeting was kept secret until Romney shared Carr’s comments with donors later in the day.

“He said America is just one budget deal away from ending all talk of America being in decline,” Romney said, while addressing roughly 250 donors at San Francisco’s Fairmont hotel. “I said, ‘Can I quote you on that?’ and he said, ‘Yes.’” ..

“The foreign minister’s remarks represent a considered assessment of the U.S. economy and an antidote to talk of U.S. declinism,” said Kim Beazley, Australia’s ambassador to the United States.

He said Carr has identified increasing U.S. energy competitiveness and continued inventiveness coming from Silicon Valley “as a sound base for the next progression in the U.S. economy.”

Perhaps Carr did mean this as “an antidote to talk of US declinism,” but he wouldn’t have had to offer it had the talk been, as Obama suggested, of “confidence” in the US.  And it’s worth pointing out that the only explicit marketplace measure of American strength — our credit rating — has declined under Obama, the first time that has happened in over 90 years.

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lipstick…+..pigs…. you get the drift..

ted c on August 1, 2012 at 8:05 AM

our credit rating — has declined under Obama, the first time that has happened in over 90 years.

way to go obama!
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cmsinaz on August 1, 2012 at 8:05 AM

President Downgrade.

JimK on August 1, 2012 at 8:06 AM

let’s focus on those skewed swing state polls instead
-lsm

cmsinaz on August 1, 2012 at 8:06 AM

Obama and his cronies have a different meaning of the word confidence because they are Confidence Men aka Grifters feeding off the carcass of their greatest heist.

CitizenEgg on August 1, 2012 at 8:07 AM

Obama has pointedly not visited Israel in four years

But Nancy Pelosi practically gushed earlier this week on how he has been there many many times; aka, once again, she lied through her teeth.

pilamaye on August 1, 2012 at 8:07 AM

Australia’s foreign minister privately warned Sunday that foreign leaders see “America in decline,” Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney said.

Is this the first documented ROTD?

If Australia’s foreign minister said this privately, why is Romney naming names and causing Carr to clarify his comments?

Of course it is absurd for Obama to suggest that America is better off after the bastard’s four years of mismanagement and outright theft. But, Romney shouldn’t be so chatty either.

Happy Nomad on August 1, 2012 at 8:08 AM

But Nancy Pelosi practically gushed earlier this week on how he has been there many many times; aka, once again, she lied through her teeth.

pilamaye on August 1, 2012 at 8:07 AM

This is liberalspeak. Thinking about going to Israel is the same thing as bumping Mooch’s USAF sponsored run to Memphis for ribs and actaully using Air Force One for a trip to Tel Aviv.

Happy Nomad on August 1, 2012 at 8:11 AM

And it’s worth pointing out that the only explicit marketplace measure of American strength — our credit rating — has declined under Obama, the first time that has happened in over 90 years.

Hey, look over there, ——> Romney’s “gaffes!”

-lsm

Flora Duh on August 1, 2012 at 8:12 AM

I should clarify.

Perioral cosmetics applied circumferentially to a rotund, porcine, barnyard animal does not render the animal anything more than a rotund, porcine, barnyard animal.

ted c on August 1, 2012 at 8:13 AM

But his people yelled at the LSM press corpSE… see how he’s trying to undo everything I’ve done to instill world confidence.
/bHo

VietVet_Dave on August 1, 2012 at 8:14 AM

Well, foreign countries seeing America as being weak and in decline is a “new attitude”.

forest on August 1, 2012 at 8:14 AM

I guess when no one contradicts anything you say, you can say anything!

Night Owl on August 1, 2012 at 8:15 AM

So much racism and homophobia deployed against Bark…


“I suspect that most people in Cincinnati would acknowledge that I’ve tried real hard”
to turn the US into a socialist basket case with no discernible foreign policy beyond bowing to our enemies.

CorporatePiggy on August 1, 2012 at 8:16 AM

Perioral cosmetics applied circumferentially to a rotund, porcine, barnyard animal does not render the animal anything more than a rotund, porcine, barnyard animal.

ted c on August 1, 2012 at 8:13 AM

This isn’t the thread about Elizabeth Warren backpedaling. :0

Happy Nomad on August 1, 2012 at 8:18 AM

I thought today’s would be him sitting at a laptop in an instructional video and donating money to himself. Unprecedented. You’d think Michelle would have done it, but she surely heard a “No. Let me!”

Marcus on August 1, 2012 at 8:20 AM

President Pantload grades himself on an affirmative-action curve. It has been so all his life.

Naturally Curly on August 1, 2012 at 8:20 AM

But Mitt won’t release those tax returns—nana nana boo boo.
LSM

hillsoftx on August 1, 2012 at 8:20 AM

I know this is O/T, but is this cool or what?

Mitt Romney campaign welcomes Barack Obama to Orlando

Barack Obama is heading to Orlando Thursday, and the Mitt Romney campaign is graciously welcoming him with a bunch of electronic billboards featuring Florida small business owners informing him: “Mr. President I BUILT MY BUSINESS.” It points people to mittromney.com/builtbyus, which features many small business owners and their stories. See picture

Flora Duh on August 1, 2012 at 8:20 AM

How can there be a “decline” when Barry donates $5k to himself? The private sector is doin’ fine, right?

And don’t forget, the “I’s” are still in control.

Rovin on August 1, 2012 at 8:22 AM

I should clarify.

Perioral cosmetics applied circumferentially to a rotund, porcine, barnyard animal does not render the animal anything more than a rotund, porcine, barnyard animal.

ted c on August 1, 2012 at 8:13 AM

Thanks for clearing that up. I was confused there for a moment.

Lost in Jersey on August 1, 2012 at 8:25 AM

And it’s worth pointing out that the only explicit marketplace measure of American strength — our credit rating — has declined under Obama, the first time that has happened in over 90 years.

Whacha talkin’ bout? We’re doin’ fine. There are still unused checks in my checkbook.-BHO

Yoop on August 1, 2012 at 8:26 AM

He said America is just one budget deal away from ending all talk of America being in decline

Perhaps he was referring to the leaked Reid/Boehner September CR deal ?

socalcon on August 1, 2012 at 8:31 AM

But Nancy Pelosi practically gushed earlier this week on how he has been there many many times; aka, once again, she lied through her teeth.

pilamaye on August 1, 2012 at 8:07 AM

Since that last (7th?) facelift, her teeth are now residing right over the terminus of her alimentary canal. That explains the ever higher levels of effluvium spewing out!

gepaza on August 1, 2012 at 8:31 AM

Flora Duh on August 1, 2012 at 8:20 AM

That’s cool..

Electrongod on August 1, 2012 at 8:33 AM

Rovin on August 1, 2012 at 8:22 AM

That was a good ad! He takes credit for EVERYTHING, but you can’t!

Night Owl on August 1, 2012 at 8:35 AM

Prezzy You Didn’t Build That is not lying. He’s delusional. He promised when he was elected that other countries would bow down before him and in his mind, they have. He cleaned up the mess in Egypt and will clean up the one in Syria, umm, maybe save that one for October.

Kissmygrits on August 1, 2012 at 8:41 AM

Obama asserted that under his leadership, the world had “a new attitude … confidence” in America, and you could see it everywhere he went:

…I guess he wasn’t driving the limo for Ms. Hillary in Egypt…she loves tomatoes and the chants of …”M O N I C A”…must have been the Christian name of some dog JugEars ate!

KOOLAID2 on August 1, 2012 at 8:41 AM

Flora Duh on August 1, 2012 at 8:20 AM

I suspect the steam rising from the presidential motorcade won’t be coming from a busted radiator hose.

swinia sutki on August 1, 2012 at 8:44 AM

President Downgrade.

JimK on August 1, 2012 at 8:06 AM

There was an earthquake! A terrible flood!

ITguy on August 1, 2012 at 8:46 AM

Yeah, the world has a new attitude about America, all right. Except it’s not a good one.

He has snubbed and insulted very important long-standing allies to the US: Britain, Israel, Poland, and the Czech Republic (link below for details; a good read). His embrace of Russia instead has earned Obama and our country disdain from Moscow.

Obama and the Dems in Congress have put our country in hock to China for trillions. But, if Beijing decides to call in the notes we can always give them California.

The Aussies are concerned, obviously, and the entire western Pacific is likely worried about American determination in a region of growing Chinese military power.

Egypt is a mess. After years of stability on the border, lunatic Islamists are shooting into Israel. The ever-sensitive Palestinians haven’t stopped their usual terror, then freak when Mitt tells the truth about their ‘culture’ vs Israel’s. Libya is another disaster, and Syria is yet another waiting to happen.

There is unrest throughout the region thanks to al-Quaeda and other violent groups, including places where we have bases important to American interests in the Persian Gulf.

Finally Iran–they’re going to get a nuke one day, while Obama does nothing. About the only ‘confidence’ I see in Obama is that the Mad Hatter over there endorses him for president. And I bet Obama feels somehow ‘validated’ by it.

Obama and Congressional Dems have caused our country extensive damage on the world stage. While Carter humiliated us for 444 days, O&Co. have done genuine damage to American exceptionalism and standing as a great nation of high ideals.

November 6 can’t come soon enough.

http://frontpagemag.com/2012/alan-w-dowd/obama%E2%80%99s-world-a-world-without-friends/

Liam on August 1, 2012 at 8:50 AM

ITguy on August 1, 2012 at 8:46 AM

Too frikkin’ funny! Bravo ITguy.

Rovin on August 1, 2012 at 8:54 AM

Obama lies, he lies all the time.

jukin3 on August 1, 2012 at 10:03 AM

Would you, as a person with some extra cash lying around, loan all your money to Obama to do with whatever he wants?

dockywocky on August 1, 2012 at 10:39 AM

This gallumping dolt has done more to hurt the US and its standing in the world since the grinning ass carter.

The Russians are at this time contemplating opening a naval base in Cuba. Crickets from the westboro baptist media.

The middle east is about to go up in a cleansing muslim fire, which carter started in iran and earflaps the wonderworker is doing his durndest to finish off.

The Chinese laugh at us, when they aren’t figuring out what they’re going to foreclose on first.

Our allies scratch their heads and wonder when the ventriloquist dummy is going to go away… or in the case of the UK, wonder why our first lady groped their queen.

Yeah, the Taupe Dope is just the bestest preezy evah!!!

Or he’s a colossally moronic and ruinous boob.

Think I’ll go with the second one.

GrassMudHorsey on August 1, 2012 at 11:06 AM

Obama believes that hogwash because that’s what his advisors tell him, and he doesn’t listen to anybody else.

RebeccaH on August 1, 2012 at 11:06 AM

When Obama traveled to 57 states, he forgot about Australia. Maybe because he doesn’t speak Austrian.

He said Carr has identified increasing U.S. energy competitiveness and continued inventiveness coming from Silicon Valley “as a sound base for the next progression in the U.S. economy.”

So the Australian foreign minister wants America to get a budget deal and Drill Baby Drill? Let’s get him a Green Card and let him run for office here!

Steve Z on August 1, 2012 at 11:49 AM

Like Jimmy Fallon said “Change, they used to fear us, now they feel sorry for us”.

Schadenfreude on August 1, 2012 at 12:01 PM

dude is definitely on crack

skeedro on August 2, 2012 at 3:05 AM