Putin to Obama: Yes, Snowden’s at the Moscow airport, and no, you can’t have him back

posted at 12:41 pm on June 25, 2013 by Allahpundit

I’m really enjoying this fascist former KGB agent now pretending he’s a stickler for the rule of law.

But not as much as he’s enjoying it, I bet.

Snowden is in the transit zone of a Moscow airport and has not passed through Russian immigration, Putin said, meaning he is not technically in Russia…

“Our special services never worked with Mr. Snowden and aren’t working with him today,” Putin said at a news conference during a visit to Finland.

Putin said that because there is no extradition agreement with the U.S., it couldn’t meet the U.S. request.

“Mr. Snowden is a free man, and the sooner he chooses his final destination the better it is for us and for him,” Putin said. “I hope it will not affect the business-like character of our relations with the U.S. and I hope that our partners will understand that.”

Elsewhere in the same piece, the foreign minister of Ecuador, a country that just last week imposed new restrictions on an already heavily restricted media, praised Snowden for trying to “bring light and transparency to facts that affect everyone’s fundamental liberties.” Wittingly or not, Snowden’s ended up as propaganda gold mine for authoritarians.

I’m with Ace on this one: How is it in Obama’s interest at this point to have Snowden back? He’s famously allergic to capturing and prosecuting prominent enemies of the state because of the legal and political headaches involved. That explains 80 percent of his drone policy towards jihadis. If Russia hands him over, then O has to deal with protests here from Snowden fans and chilly White House coverage from sections of the press that are sympathetic to him. Capturing him now probably won’t stop the leaks, either. Glenn Greenwald was crowing again this morning that “the majority of revelations that are significant have yet to be made,” which I take it means the Guardian already knows all about what Snowden has. Seems strange for a newspaper to sit on national-security bombshells, unless they’re holding them back as leverage to warn the U.S. away from apprehending Snowden. If the feds grab him, maybe that’s the Guardian’s cue to start publishing stuff. In which case, if you’re O, leaving Snowden alone in Ecuador might be the lesser of two bad outcomes. Sure, it’d be a blow to U.S. credibility, but what’s left of U.S. credibility at this point? John Kerry’s already backing off some of yesterday’s tough talk towards Moscow. No one thinks the White House can or will do much apart from freezing extradition of prisoners to Russia, none of whom will be as valuable to them as Snowden is to the U.S. government. As seems so often true, we have few good foreign-policy cards to play.

Here’s Obama pal Tom Coburn reflecting on the fruits of “failed foreign policy.”

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Update: How would it benefit the U.S. to have Obama speak up himself to demand Snowden’s return, only to see Russia and China respond with middle fingers? We’ve lost enough prestige abroad. It’s nutty to demand that O forfeit a little more.


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Dear Leader is so angry, he has declared war on coal…

d1carter on June 25, 2013 at 12:43 PM

Russia is send Hillary and Obummer and button that says, “That was easy!”

Deano1952 on June 25, 2013 at 12:45 PM

I’m really enjoying this fascist former KGB agent now pretending he’s a stickler for the rule of law.

But not as much as he’s enjoying it, I bet.

Dude…to whom is he comparing himself?

Entirely our fault.

MadisonConservative on June 25, 2013 at 12:46 PM

Peace in our time through flexibility

Drained Brain on June 25, 2013 at 12:46 PM

Didn’t Tom Hanks have a movie where his character lived in the transit zone at JFK?

xkaydet65 on June 25, 2013 at 12:46 PM

How sad it is that the only ones to stand up to our president are other world leaders. The Republicans are supposed to do it. I can’t help but enjoy seeing someone, anyone tell Obama to pound sand.

Dan_Yul on June 25, 2013 at 12:46 PM

Obama to Putin: Hey, I thought you had my back after the election.

Putin: No, not really, but thanks for getting rid of missile defense.

Now, what do we get back for getting rid of the missile defense program? Obama, the gullible.

Oil Can on June 25, 2013 at 12:47 PM

Zero is the laughing stock of the world…

PatriotRider on June 25, 2013 at 12:47 PM

Jay Carney personally knows 3 Putins.

ToddPA on June 25, 2013 at 12:47 PM

“THWACK!!!”

williamg on June 25, 2013 at 12:48 PM

Reset nah-nah-na boo boo you cant catch me button.

hillsoftx on June 25, 2013 at 12:48 PM

This is what you get when the State Run Media allows the POTUS run unchecked for five years. Are they getting the “Change” they “Hoped” for..?
Watch the foreign press. They will tell you what’s happening.

d1carter on June 25, 2013 at 12:49 PM

““Mr. Snowden is a free man, and the sooner he chooses his final destination the better it is for us and for him,” Putin said.”

In other words…

… Suck On It!!!

Seven Percent Solution on June 25, 2013 at 12:50 PM

Didn’t Tom Hanks have a movie where his character lived in the transit zone at JFK?

xkaydet65 on June 25, 2013 at 12:46 PM

The Terminal…

d1carter on June 25, 2013 at 12:50 PM

xkaydet65 on June 25, 2013 at 12:46 PM

The Terminal…

Same legal premise, under international treaties and conventions.

coldwarrior on June 25, 2013 at 12:50 PM

And to think, Snowden was an Obama supporter…heh…

PatriotRider on June 25, 2013 at 12:50 PM

This is what happens when a coddled Chicago community activist tries to lock horns with a former KGB operative.

Liam on June 25, 2013 at 12:50 PM

LOL

Obama is going to be hitting that reset button more than my brother playing Tecmo Bowl.

Daemonocracy on June 25, 2013 at 12:50 PM

“Mr. Snowden is a free man, and the sooner he chooses his final destination the better it is for us and for him,” Putin said.”

…now that he’s left the US…how ironic…

PatriotRider on June 25, 2013 at 12:51 PM

Heh. This is delicious…

OmahaConservative on June 25, 2013 at 12:52 PM

Are they “draining” his computers at the airport..? There’s never enough electric outlets.

d1carter on June 25, 2013 at 12:52 PM

But not as much as he’s enjoying it, I bet.

Yes, he can.

obama killed the last shred of moral authority and decency the USA had left. It’s what he meant by “transparency”.

The sanctimonious and hypocritical USA is all nakid. obama is too. He put the land in this position and Snowden, whatever he is, undressed the eunuchy king.

The world ows him much, for freedom. Only the obama-press are intoxicated from all the Beluga and don’t get what is happening, in full daylight now.

Schadenfreude on June 25, 2013 at 12:52 PM

Heh. This is delicious…

OmahaConservative on June 25, 2013 at 12:52 PM

It’s sad for the land, and dangerous for the USA and the free world, but it is schadenfreudig too. Couldn’t happen to a more charlatanic thuggish admin.

Schadenfreude on June 25, 2013 at 12:53 PM

Rush is nailing this right now…

… The joke is on us, Obowma wants our noses rubbed in it.

Seven Percent Solution on June 25, 2013 at 12:55 PM

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a capella on June 25, 2013 at 12:55 PM

Wittingly or not, Snowden’s ended up as propaganda gold mine for authoritarians.

Indeed…obama enabled the thugs of the world to outthug him (obama).

It’s incredibly ironic that the leftists in obama’s azz are put in a position to defend the “Bushhitler” on steroids.

One could’t imagine this in fiction.

The only thing more ironic would have been for Snowden to leave HK in a private jet and be droned by obama.

Schadenfreude on June 25, 2013 at 12:56 PM

Q: How do you take the world’s most feared nation and turn it into the laughing stock of the world?

A: Allow an impetuous child like Barky O to be president.

NOMOBO on June 25, 2013 at 12:56 PM

Obama:
“What grade am I?”

Putin:
“Kind-y-garten,with pigtails and a Muppet lunch box.”

(Bonus points if you get the cultural reference)

MichaelGabriel on June 25, 2013 at 12:56 PM

Obama is a wuss. And, the world knows it.

kingsjester on June 25, 2013 at 12:57 PM

little taste of his own madicine, totalitarianism. Lets get back to global worming climate change.

phatfawzi on June 25, 2013 at 12:57 PM

… The joke is on us, Obowma wants our noses rubbed in it.

Seven Percent Solution on June 25, 2013 at 12:55 PM

This has worried me. We will still be here when Dear Leader is gone…

d1carter on June 25, 2013 at 12:57 PM

Make NO mistake – transparency is this – it was never about “my gov’t being more transparent” – it was always about diminishing the US.

obama succeeded and the muslim brotherhood did too.

If OBL were alive he’d have to croke to death from laughing.

Schadenfreude on June 25, 2013 at 12:58 PM

How is it in Obama’s interest at this point to have Snowden back? He’s famously allergic to capturing and prosecuting prominent enemies of the state because of the legal and political headaches involved

Because he is a Law & Order guy and loves the constitution.

RickB on June 25, 2013 at 12:58 PM

d1carter on June 25, 2013 at 12:57 PM

Exactly. Maybe the original Red Dawn wasn’t that far off, after all.

kingsjester on June 25, 2013 at 12:58 PM

Putin: “Who’s your daddy?”

faraway on June 25, 2013 at 12:58 PM

Only the US obama media didn’t know that Snowden was in the ‘free zone’ of the Moscow airport. It’s like “the dog ate my homework”, same as “the papers were incomplete in HK” :)

Schadenfreude on June 25, 2013 at 12:59 PM

Flexibility

Schadenfreude on June 25, 2013 at 1:01 PM

Are “journalists” on flights to Moscow..? You know to check all the restrooms and stuff..?

d1carter on June 25, 2013 at 1:01 PM

Right about now Putin is thinking

“At least Hillary had a Set”

ToddPA on June 25, 2013 at 1:01 PM

Putin: “Who’s your daddy?”

faraway on June 25, 2013 at 12:58 PM

Actually, that’s a question many of us have asked of him over the years.

a capella on June 25, 2013 at 1:02 PM

I’m pretty sure it’s the actions of Obama’s NSA that has become a propaganda gold mine for authoritarian nations, not Snowden.

Don’t shoot the messenger. Figuratively, or literally.

TBSchemer on June 25, 2013 at 1:02 PM

Are they “draining” his computers at the airport..? There’s never enough electric outlets.

d1carter on June 25, 2013 at 12:52 PM

If they are, they’re probably late in the game too…the Chinese are a step ahead, they probably beat the Russians by a few days…this Snowden character looks more and more like the useful idiot he is…Ecuador, seriously :)…hopefully they will set a direct line for him and the other genius, Assange, to communicate ‘freely’ and exchange impressions…

jimver on June 25, 2013 at 1:02 PM

By the way, that picture is going to get so much use. It’s so goddamned perfect at summing up Obama’s foreign policy.

MadisonConservative on June 25, 2013 at 1:02 PM

a capella on June 25, 2013 at 12:55 PM

Except down South. Had a young lady tell me once, in Birmingham, if I recall, “When y’all said you was impotent, I thought y’all meant like a VIP.

coldwarrior on June 25, 2013 at 1:02 PM

At this moment, Obama is looking for a Judge to force open Putin’s divorce file.

Or something like that. :)

Jabberwock on June 25, 2013 at 1:03 PM

Putin does something John Boehner is incapable of…sayin NO to Il Duce.

workingclass artist on June 25, 2013 at 1:03 PM

As seems so often true, we have few good foreign-policy cards to play.

I hear they’re prepping the BIDEN Foreign Policy System for immediate dust off.

BobMbx on June 25, 2013 at 1:03 PM

Kerry just announced that we have turned over 7 ‘spies’ to the Russians in the last year.

Is this a BFD?

faraway on June 25, 2013 at 1:04 PM

Putin: “Who’s your daddy?”

faraway on June 25, 2013 at 12:58 PM

Actually, that’s a question many of us have asked of him over the years.

a capella on June 25, 2013 at 1:02 PM

HA!

workingclass artist on June 25, 2013 at 1:04 PM

I’m with Ace on this one: How is it in Obama’s interest at this point to have Snowden back? He’s famously allergic to capturing and prosecuting prominent enemies of the state because of the legal and political headaches involved.

Precisely – it could be the top topic right up to the 2014 campaigns…

However, it still will be, even with Snowden with the place where Darwin studied…can’t bomb it that easily :)

These people have their plans. They’ll drip, drip, drip…they are a bunch of clever cookies who’re risking all to down hypocrites at the highest levels.

Schadenfreude on June 25, 2013 at 1:05 PM

John Kerry:

He noted that in the past two years, the U.S. transferred seven people to Russia at Moscow’s request. Kerry said the U.S. did so “without any clamor, without any rancor, without any arguments.”

WTF????

faraway on June 25, 2013 at 1:06 PM

Kerry just announced that we have turned over 7 ‘spies’ to the Russians in the last year.

Is this a BFD?

faraway on June 25, 2013 at 1:04 PM

Was this part of the “Flexibility” package..?

d1carter on June 25, 2013 at 1:07 PM

OBama Foreign Policy: “Peace Through Acquiescence”.

kingsjester on June 25, 2013 at 1:08 PM

Actually, that’s a question many of us have asked of him over the years.

a capella on June 25, 2013 at 1:02 PM

HA!

workingclass artist on June 25, 2013 at 1:04 PM

What scares obama the most right now is not the US secrets Snowden, the Chinese and the Russians hold…it’s what they now know about his background. The birth certificate and who his daddy is will be minor insignificant dots when theyse kids are done with him. That’s what NO one is reporting.

What also is not a scandal, yet, is how obama won the 2nd term like Putin and Chavez did. The NSA by itself is one thing, but combined with the IRS and all else is the real big deal. obama knows this. It’s why Holder is still there and what he meant by “we have to still do a few things”.

Schadenfreude on June 25, 2013 at 1:08 PM

I am conflicted about this. On the one hand it is embarrassing for the country. On the other, I really enjoy Zero getting put in his place by someone referred to as ‘Pootie Poot’. I guess you have to take pleasure where you can find it these days.

ghostwalker1 on June 25, 2013 at 1:09 PM

Dear Leader is so angry, he has declared war on coal…

d1carter on June 25, 2013 at 12:43 PM

That is PRICELESS!

(Unfortunately, it’s also true)

wyntre9 on June 25, 2013 at 1:10 PM

Next up for Our Fearless Leader and Lurch: grovelling to the Duchy of Grand Fenwick.

MikeHu on June 25, 2013 at 1:10 PM

Heck, at this rate we might as well give Johnathon Pollard back. What’s the point anymore?

Kerry just announced that we have turned over 7 ‘spies’ to the Russians in the last year.

Is this a BFD?

faraway on June 25, 2013 at 1:04 PM

WitchDoctor on June 25, 2013 at 1:11 PM

“Putin, China, bla, bla, bla…or else…we must fight coal” :)

Schadenfreude on June 25, 2013 at 1:12 PM

(Insert gratuitous image of Pooty Poot riding the Soviet bear here.)

madmonkphotog on June 25, 2013 at 1:12 PM

[Kerry] noted that in the past two years, the U.S. transferred seven people to Russia at Moscow’s request. Kerry said the U.S. did so “without any clamor, without any rancor, without any arguments.”

I asked the same question elsewhere. “Flexibility…” Were those transfers made in accord with US law? What are the back stories of the seven?

Methinks Kerry’s comment raises more questions than answers.

Drained Brain on June 25, 2013 at 1:14 PM

Schadenfreude on June 25, 2013 at 12:52 PM

China’s top newspaper agrees with you. (And so do I)

China’s state newspaper praises Edward Snowden for ‘tearing off Washington’s sanctimonious mask’

The Guardian

wyntre9 on June 25, 2013 at 1:14 PM

I am conflicted about this. On the one hand it is embarrassing for the country. On the other, I really enjoy Zero getting put in his place by someone referred to as ‘Pootie Poot’. I guess you have to take pleasure where you can find it these days.

ghostwalker1 on June 25, 2013 at 1:09 PM

Here’s what I believe a lot of people haven’t yet grasped: the country should be embarrassed because the country voted for Obama twice. Again: the majority of your fellow citizens voted for this. As the people are the government, the responsibility lies with the people. “We” deserve to be shamed. “We” deserve to be laughed at. “We” deserve scorn and ridicule for the shameful job we’ve done of choosing executives.

In other words, the majority of this country is getting what’s coming to them, and pardon me all to hell if I’m enjoying that s**t. Whatever it takes to sober them up and make them realize what a huge mistake they made. Hopefully, next time around, they’ll be a little less concerned about racial guilt and celebrity when they choose the leader of the free f**king world(or so it once was).

MadisonConservative on June 25, 2013 at 1:14 PM

Actually, that’s a question many of us have asked of him over the years.

a capella on June 25, 2013 at 1:02 PM

What about old KGB or newer FSB records? I’ll bet they have plenty of info.

Also,
Is this the foreign challenge Biden promised us would test 0booba’s mettle? It didn’t happen in the first 6 months…but here we are.

freedomfirst on June 25, 2013 at 1:15 PM

The race card ain’t gonna work here, Barky.

viking01 on June 25, 2013 at 1:16 PM

Flash:

Issa Issues Benghazi Subpoenas to State Department

Boom!

faraway on June 25, 2013 at 1:17 PM

The race card ain’t gonna work here, Barky.

viking01 on June 25, 2013 at 1:16 PM

Heh. Y’mean calling Vlad a racist won’t make him wilt like a delicate flower?

a capella on June 25, 2013 at 1:19 PM

The race card ain’t gonna work here, Barky.

viking01 on June 25, 2013 at 1:16 PM

I’m surprised Chris Matthews hasn’t tried yet. He likely has his hands full with today’s SCOTUS ruling on the VRA, but he might eventually work his way around to it.

Liam on June 25, 2013 at 1:19 PM

The Chicago way is great against law abiding little people, not so much against the KGB.

bitsy on June 25, 2013 at 1:19 PM

Always negotiate from a position of strength.

Right now, we have our government going from Hong Kong to Moscow…and soon beyond…hat in hand, not negotiating but literally begging…

And this improves or enhances American prestige abroad how?

coldwarrior on June 25, 2013 at 1:19 PM

A: Allow an impetuous child like Barky O to be president.

NOMOBO on June 25, 2013 at 12:56 PM

That’s a bit harsh on kids. I’m tired of people giving the POS a pass by comparing him to children. One frequent moniker is “boy-king.”

It drives me nuts.

He is a full-grown evil nasty bitter vindictive and manipulative POS and he deserves nothing less than impeachment and imprisonment, at the very least, for weakening and thereby endangering the country.

He is the traitor, not Snowden.

(Not criticizing you, NoMoBo, just ranting at the POS is chief, our collective misfortune at having to endure 3.5 more years of this and wondering if the country will survive him).

wyntre9 on June 25, 2013 at 1:20 PM

In other words, the majority of this country is getting what’s coming to them, and pardon me all to hell if I’m enjoying that s**t. Whatever it takes to sober them up and make them realize what a huge mistake they made. Hopefully, next time around, they’ll be a little less concerned about racial guilt and celebrity when they choose the leader of the free f**king world(or so it once was).

MadisonConservative on June 25, 2013 at 1:14 PM

Yep. The thing is, I’d like the majority that is responsible to actually feel the adverse effects. Right now, they are blissfully unaware that their country has been given away.

freedomfirst on June 25, 2013 at 1:20 PM

Maybe Obama can send Jesse Jackson to Moscow as a Special Envoy?

coldwarrior on June 25, 2013 at 1:20 PM

Fore!

visions on June 25, 2013 at 1:21 PM

Here is something to keep in mind while you ponder the traitor/patriot question:

What secrets does he have? From what I can gather, all he has is the information concerning domestic spying by the NSA. Now, I don’t know how valuable my conversation with a tire store 2 months ago may be to someone, but I’m guessing China really doesn’t give a rats ass about it.

Does he have the secret to our nuclear success? I don’t think so. (If he did, we would have never heard the word “Snowden”).

At best, he has the ability to describe the scope of the NSA digital comms intercept and storage capability. But, if you’re stupid enough to use the phone to plan an attack, you’re just an idiot. At worst, he’s got a copy of my phone calls. Have fun with that, Vlad.

BobMbx on June 25, 2013 at 1:21 PM

Smart Power™, Leading From Behind®

means

Beijing and Moscow are the lead dogs now.

Difficultas_Est_Imperium on June 25, 2013 at 1:23 PM

coldwarrior on June 25, 2013 at 1:19 PM

Dear Leader set the stage right out of the gate with his world apology tour. Talk about giving away your leverage!

a capella on June 25, 2013 at 1:23 PM

What scares obama the most right now is not the US secrets Snowden, the Chinese and the Russians hold…it’s what they now know about his background. The birth certificate and who his daddy is will be minor insignificant dots when theyse kids are done with him. That’s what NO one is reporting.

What also is not a scandal, yet, is how obama won the 2nd term like Putin and Chavez did. The NSA by itself is one thing, but combined with the IRS and all else is the real big deal. obama knows this. It’s why Holder is still there and what he meant by “we have to still do a few things”.

Schadenfreude on June 25, 2013 at 1:08 PM

Yeah, but Obama is a weakling and a moron! It is in their best interest to keep Obama in power. They might put him in his place now and then, but they would not do anything to oust him from power. Look at how Obama screwed the Polish with the whole missile shield thing and got nothing in return. Russia is loving the Obama presidency so much, I wouldn’t be surprised if they helped him get a 3rd term.

bitsy on June 25, 2013 at 1:25 PM

Maybe Obama can send Jesse Jackson to Moscow as a Special Envoy?

coldwarrior on June 25, 2013 at 1:20 PM

Al $harpton could offer to give Putin his gold medallion.

viking01 on June 25, 2013 at 1:27 PM

How is it in Obama’s interest at this point to have Snowden back? He’s famously allergic to capturing and prosecuting prominent enemies of the state because of the legal and political headaches involved.

It’s probably not in his interest, and he likely wants Snowden to stay out of his reach. It’s also possible no one is really trying to get him.

But Democrats and Republicans have called Snowden a traitor and want him back, so once again, Obama’s in a vise. And as usual, he’s doing the innocent bystander routine. But now he’s got Putin and others sticking their thumbs his eye because they’ve got no reason to respect or fear this spineless empty suit.

It’s a dangerous and disturbing situation that’s also fun to watch.

RadClown on June 25, 2013 at 1:27 PM

Schadenfreude on June 25, 2013 at 1:08 PM

How I hope you are right about this.

wyntre9 on June 25, 2013 at 1:27 PM

MadisonConservative on June 25, 2013 at 1:14 PM

I concur. Unfortunately the LIVs who steadfastly voted for Zero are still willing to stick their heads in the sand. My favorite defense used by them of late is the “well I don’t have anything to hide, so what if the NSA is spying on us?” There simply is no reasoning with the willfully ignorant.

ghostwalker1 on June 25, 2013 at 1:27 PM

Insert gratuitous image of Pooty Poot riding the Soviet bear here.)

madmonkphotog on June 25, 2013 at 1:12 PM

I p[refer Putin bare-chested on the Mongolian pony.

wyntre9 on June 25, 2013 at 1:28 PM

I’m really enjoying this fascist former KGB agent now pretending he’s a stickler for the rule of law.

Not only that, Allah, but this (no, it’s not the cannibal story)…

Pic of the Day: President Obama, Please Explain Why We Are Arming People Who Do This…

It is really amazing that a ‘fascist former KGB agent’ is actually obeying international law and ‘on the right side of history,’ while the US is violating it and arming barbarians, butchers, and cannibals, who absolutely HATE us.

Resist We Much on June 25, 2013 at 1:29 PM

BobMbx on June 25, 2013 at 1:21 PM

My phone calls should prove interesting….but I digress.

Team Obama has vaulted Snowden to a higher level than warranted…by their own doing. In the process, they have set the stage for the US to be mocked abroad…which they are if you’ve read today’s foreign press. They’ve also shown clearly the vapidity of Team Obama’s “smart power.” At a time when we shoould be actively working with Russia (and China, for that matter) to counter common threats…Islamofascism, for example, or with Russia in particular to prevent an al-Qaeda takeover in Syria. We as a government instead decide to alienate both…and increase the adversarial relationship at a time when it really needs to be tempered quite a bit. What Snowden did is still open to question, hence no charge of treason…just unlawful communication of national intelligence information to unauthorized recipients.

But the underpinning of it all…the unlawful intelligence operations directed by our government against free citizens within our own borders claiming that national security demands it…not only unlawful but unconstitutional.

Smart power?

What a joke.

Gonna take decades to undo the travesty of Team Obama.

coldwarrior on June 25, 2013 at 1:29 PM

SMART POWER!!
RESET BUTTON!!!
THE ADULTS ARE IN CHARGE NOW!!
I’M IN AWE OF OBAMA’S FOREIGN AFFAIRS SKILLS!!
SMARTEST PRESIDENT EVER!!

Just a few of the lefty accolades bestowed on Obummer over the last 5 years…problem is I have seen absolutely NO proof supporting the above accolades bestowed upon him by his adoring fans!

Like I said from the beginning, the low information voters (aka morons) thought they were voting for an American Idol, not a President and it shows…Putin is showing Obummer to be what anyone with a functioning synapse knew him to be back in 2008, an empty suited, inexperienced door mat with no balls!

Putin is not only eating Obummer’s lunch, he’s taking Obummer’s lunch money to boot…what an embarrassment…how absolutely pathetic!

Liberty or Death on June 25, 2013 at 1:33 PM

Limbaugh was so funny. “How many of you care where Edward Snowden is? How many care if he makes it to Guatemala or not? How many want him to make it there?”

Marcus on June 25, 2013 at 1:33 PM

Resist We Much on June 25, 2013 at 1:29 PM

Saw that pic yesterday. Heartbreaking. To be fair, we don’t know if she really was watching her parents’ execution but the fact anyone would chain a kid up like that is horrifying.

wyntre9 on June 25, 2013 at 1:34 PM

If Obama sent a drone to the Moscow airport transit zone with Snowden’s name on it, I might respect him a tad more.

greenLibertarian on June 25, 2013 at 1:36 PM

Liberty or Death on June 25, 2013 at 1:33 PM

At this point I wouldn’t doubt Vlad and the KGB had a hand in the POS stealing 2012. Not sure about ’08. There was no hard proof then of the POS’s complete incompetence.

wyntre9 on June 25, 2013 at 1:36 PM

BTW AP the Brute Force electron microscope couldn’t find those stones of Obama that Putin was kicking. Obviously, Putin’s foot is fine and didn’t absorb any damage from those submicroscopic stones.

chemman on June 25, 2013 at 1:38 PM

Hope N’ Change II: Alinsky Bugaloo means three and a half more years of domestic bullying and omnipotence combined with international embarrassment and impotence. Cue the laugh track.

Travis Bickle on June 25, 2013 at 1:39 PM

Commentary Mag agrees with me.

“With the Snowden situation, Vladimir Putin seems intent not only defying America but embarrassing her. It turns out that an irresolute amateur like Barack Obama was the best thing that the brutal but determined Putin could have hoped for.”

http://www.commentarymagazine.com/2013/06/24/putin-is-cleaning-obamas-clock

wyntre9 on June 25, 2013 at 1:39 PM

Saw that pic yesterday. Heartbreaking. To be fair, we don’t know if she really was watching her parents’ execution but the fact anyone would chain a kid up like that is horrifying.

wyntre9 on June 25, 2013 at 1:34 PM

True, but Syrian Truth has been pretty accurate. Also, after watching one of the leaders of the FSA – our guys – cut open the chest of a freshly dead Syrian soldier and eat his heart, I believe that they are capable of anything.

Don’t get me wrong. I’m not saying that we should be supporting Assad. My position is we don’t have any business in Syria period and I’m uninterested in fighting/funding the 21st century’s Spanish Civil War.

I abide by The Mo Doctrine.

Resist We Much on June 25, 2013 at 1:43 PM

At this point I wouldn’t doubt Vlad and the KGB had a hand in the POS stealing 2012. Not sure about ’08. There was no hard proof then of the POS’s complete incompetence.

wyntre9 on June 25, 2013 at 1:36 PM

Well I’m not sure about any involvement by Putin and the KGB to steal the 2012 election, although it would help to explain the inexplicable and that is how anyone could vote for him again in 2012 after his first four years!

As for there being no “proof” of Obummer’s complete incompetence in 2008, the only reason there was no smoking gun on Obummer’s inexperience and incompetence was due to the MSM’s complete, utter and shameless propaganda campaign and political cover they provided to him! As we all know the MSM was and still is in the tank for Obummer and their failure to fairly vet him was why the low information voters bought the BS hook, line and sinker! As for me, well I guess I just have a better BS detector than most because I saw through his, his supporters and the MSM’s BS in 2008 from a mile away!

My favorite thing to say whenever I see an “Obama-Biden 2012″ sticker on someone’s car: “Nothing screams out Moron more than a Obama-Biden 2012 bumper sticker!!”

Obummer voters, fools, suckers and morons all of them…as PT Barnum would say today…“there’s an Obama voter born every minute!”

Liberty or Death on June 25, 2013 at 1:53 PM

President Prissypants Downgrade McChoomer. Who can respect that?

slickwillie2001 on June 25, 2013 at 1:54 PM

Has anyone considered asking the 47% who Snowden is?

OldEnglish on June 25, 2013 at 1:56 PM

How about we get Snowden in a position to make a drone strike (and take-out anybody with him), arrest Greenwald, because he is knowingly engaged in espionage against the US and find every piece of material the Guardian has, destroy it and then do the Brits a favor by burning their entire operation to the ground?

I am done pussy footing around this issue while a traitor and his accomplices are doing tremendous damage to our national security, making the world more dangerous for all Americans, aiding/abetting our enemies and courting every petty dictator, communist and fascist in the world to keep his neck out of a rope.

This administration has made a laughingstock out of our country and displays nothing but weakness when what is needed is strength.

Marcus Traianus on June 25, 2013 at 2:06 PM

President Shirtless-on-horseback 1
President Wuss-on-a-ladies-bike 0

Ward Cleaver on June 25, 2013 at 2:08 PM

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