My name’s Chuck Schumer and I’m here to help you, Mr. President

posted at 5:01 pm on August 4, 2013 by Jazz Shaw

If you spend any amount of time at all involved in New York State politics, some kind person will eventually come along and warn you that the most dangerous place that you can stand is anywhere between Chuck Schumer and a camera. This can lead to some unexpectedly uncomfortable moments, even for the Senator’s own allies. One such occasion seems to have cropped up this weekend, when Chuck attempted to “help” out the President with some useful advice on foreign policy.

To set the stage for this properly, we need to remember the difficult position which the Democrats frequently find themselves in when it comes to matters of foreign policy, war and all things potentially violent. They spent eight long years criticizing the previous administration about being too aggressive, not only on matters of going to war, but warning of “alienating the rest of the world” when dealing with allies and potential enemies alike. But when running candidates for President, they had to walk a fine line and reassure the voters that they would not be wimps who would endanger the country through their weak knee, timid approach to a dangerous world. It’s quite the balancing act.

But now that that they’re in charge, there is a need to occasionally flex those muscles and let everyone know how tough they are. This seems to be the mood currently seizing Chuck Schumer.

The New York Democrat pressed President Obama to cancel a bilateral summit and move the international economic G20 summit.

Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) said President Obama should cancel a bilateral summit Russian President Vladmir Putin scheduled for later this month and push to move the international economic G20 Summit out of St. Petersburg because Putin granted asylum to NSA leaker Edward Snowden.

“I would urge the president to cancel the bilateral summit he’s having with Putin,” Schumer said Sunday on CBS’s “Face the Nation.” “President Putin’s behaving like a schoolyard bully, and in my experience, I’ve learned that unless you stand up to that bully, they ask for more and more and more.”

For once, Schumer may have actually latched on to a good idea. But since he’s one Senator in a group of 100, that doesn’t really matter all that much. What does matter is that he managed, in one quick talk show hit, to pin Barack Obama up against the wall. He succeeded in framing the tense situation between Washington and Moscow as a standoff between a tough guy and the nerd who didn’t want to be shoved in the locker again, but hadn’t yet decided what to do about it. If Obama doesn’t move forward with a full speed dismissal of Putin, cancelling the meeting and moving the summit, then his opponents will have Chuck Schumer’s own quote to replay, identifying the President as the skinny kid who got shoved around by the bully.

That may be the play Obama was planning on anyway, but if he’s concerned at all with the political optics to fall out from this confrontation, one of his options just became severely devalued. Thanks, Chuck!


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It’s F*ck You Schumer to the rescue!

Ugh.

Resist We Much on August 4, 2013 at 5:07 PM

…then his opponents will have Chuck Schumer’s own quote to replay, identifying the President as the skinny kid who got shoved around by the bully.

And if the shoe fits?

Electrongod on August 4, 2013 at 5:09 PM

For once, Schumer may have actually latched on to a good idea.

I don’t understand, what is the good idea?

FloatingRock on August 4, 2013 at 5:10 PM

Obama will look quite the hero if he takes his toys and goes home, I’m sure. /

What happens, though, if he tries to move the summit from St. Petersburg and the other members tell him to kiss off? Europe gets much if its oil and natural gas from Russia, so they might not want to risk alienating a needed source for fuel. Or, more simply, they just don’t have enough respect for Obama to be willing to play along with another of his tantrums.

Liam on August 4, 2013 at 5:11 PM

…PHUCK you Chuck!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

KOOLAID2 on August 4, 2013 at 5:13 PM

well the Framers did intend the Senate to be the wise and experienced chamber that would advice the president on foreign relations…

I guess.

JR on August 4, 2013 at 5:14 PM

Chuck a duck.

Capitalist Hog on August 4, 2013 at 5:15 PM

If Obama doesn’t move forward with a full speed dismissal of Putin, cancelling the meeting and moving the summit…

And if no one else decides that moving the summit is going to happen? Do you think China is going to go along with some internal interference scheme by Obama?

sharrukin on August 4, 2013 at 5:16 PM

no surprise that paul ryan latched remora-like onto schumer.

anyone think jazz see’s the link between the two? naaaaaaaah.

renalin on August 4, 2013 at 5:17 PM

Schumer looks like the kind of guy who would like to display his junk.

celtic warrior on August 4, 2013 at 5:18 PM

“The nine most terrifying words in the English language are: ‘I’m from the government and I’m here to help.’”

Gingotts on August 4, 2013 at 5:21 PM

some kind person will eventually come along and warn you that the most dangerous place that you can stand is anywhere between Chuck Schumer and a camera.

Of course there is the Weiner corollary that sometimes the most dangerous place is the empty space between a pervert politician and his I-Phone’s camera.

Of course that is a self-inflicted danger so children and most women are safe.

Happy Nomad on August 4, 2013 at 5:21 PM

Damn, that fricking picture of Chuck U. is sickening.

There goes my appetite.

Del Dolemonte on August 4, 2013 at 5:22 PM

“The nine most terrifying words in the English language are: ‘I’m from the government and I’m here to help.’”

Gingotts on August 4, 2013 at 5:21 PM

No, the most terrifying words in the English Language follow that statement…. “let’s get started!” Because up until that time, it is merely hot air which abounds when “help” is sent.

Happy Nomad on August 4, 2013 at 5:23 PM

Schumer looks like the kind of guy who would like to display his junk.

celtic warrior on August 4, 2013 at 5:18 PM

That makes sense. He “mentored” Weiner.

onlineanalyst on August 4, 2013 at 5:25 PM

What if every member of the G20 tells King Barry to piss off? What then?

Everyone likes a ‘strong’ leader. That kinda leaves King Barry out.

GarandFan on August 4, 2013 at 5:26 PM

McCain and Schumer have to elbow each other out of the way when there is a camera or a microphone. They do so in the spirit of senatorial “comity,” of course.

onlineanalyst on August 4, 2013 at 5:27 PM

Obysmal is currently at Camp David shooting skeet while he weighs his options of which necktie to wear when he next speaks to the nation.

onlineanalyst on August 4, 2013 at 5:29 PM

What if every member of the G20 tells King Barry to piss off? What then?

Everyone likes a ‘strong’ leader. That kinda leaves King Barry out.

GarandFan on August 4, 2013 at 5:26 PM

That wouldn’t happen but I’ve got to wonder if the rat-eared coward wants this as a distraction. The fate of a pathetic traitor aside, the G20 has to have some pretty pointed questions about the scope and nature of the NSA spying operations. That could be a tad awkward in the glorified photo-op known as a G-20 summit. When it was the G-8 work got done. Now, it is nothing more than a mini version of the opening session of the United Nations.

Happy Nomad on August 4, 2013 at 5:33 PM

Vlad The Impaler vs Barry The Inhaler…

Schumer’s trying to give him a little Up Chuck Pep Talk…

Drained Brain on August 4, 2013 at 5:34 PM

Obysmal is currently at Camp David shooting skeet while he weighs his options of which necktie to wear when he next speaks to the nation.

onlineanalyst on August 4, 2013 at 5:29 PM

You kidding me? No member of the rat-eared coward’s family would willingly spend time in rural Maryland. Not with a fleet of Air Force planes to take them to Aspen or some other vacation spot.

Seriously, the few times the bastard has shown up at the place the American taxpayer funds for Presidential retreats. I am sure the shaved Yeti and mini-moochers did nothing but whine about having to be there instead of someplace cool like South Beach.

Happy Nomad on August 4, 2013 at 5:36 PM

You realize what the result would be if Obama cancelled and suggested a move, right?

Putin would laugh and say ‘nyet’ – then what would our wimp-in-chief do?

Midas on August 4, 2013 at 5:37 PM

“President Putin’s behaving like a schoolyard bully, and in my experience, I’ve learned that unless you stand up to that bully, they ask for more and more and more.”

Ironic, considering that the GOP is caving to bullies like Schumer on the issue of amnesty.

xblade on August 4, 2013 at 5:44 PM

I don’t understand, what is the good idea?

FloatingRock on August 4, 2013 at 5:10 PM

Not meeting Putin.

Zero is not a nerd. He’s an empty suit. Putin may be a bastard, but he’s definitely a leader. Zero isn’t even an administrator. People like Putin laugh at us as a nation because of leadership the like of Zero and the rest.

Our enemies are figuring out how they want to divvy up the spoils.

dogsoldier on August 4, 2013 at 5:46 PM

Happy Nomad on August 4, 2013 at 5:36 PM

Seriously, I did read that Obysmal headed to Camp David after his weekend golfing spree.

onlineanalyst on August 4, 2013 at 5:49 PM

Putin would laugh and say ‘nyet’ – then what would our wimp-in-chief do?

Midas on August 4, 2013 at 5:37 PM

Hit that re-set button again?

Seriously, if that bone-headed stupidity back in 2009 didn’t show how clueless the rat-eared coward was, I don’t know what did.

Other than wrong region DVDs to the British Prime Minister.
Discussion of the Maldives when speaking in Argentina.
Putting Hawaii (his alleged birthplace) in Asia.
Declaring the Arab Spring as a pro-democracy movement.
Ignoring the pro-democracy movement in Iran.

You know what….. I want a re-set button that gets us back to November 2008. McCain was no prize but compared to the rat-eared coward…… America’s first black President has pretty much made it impossible for another black to make it to the White House as President for at least a generation.

Happy Nomad on August 4, 2013 at 5:50 PM

Seriously, I did read that Obysmal headed to Camp David after his weekend golfing spree.

onlineanalyst on August 4, 2013 at 5:49 PM

If he is there then it is only to deflect criticism from the upcoming multi-million dollar vacation in Martha’s Vineyard. The shaved Yeti must be howling beyond belief.

Happy Nomad on August 4, 2013 at 5:52 PM

If he is there then it is only to deflect criticism from the upcoming multi-million dollar vacation in Martha’s Vineyard. The shaved Yeti must be howling beyond belief.

Happy Nomad on August 4, 2013 at 5:52 PM

Probably left her behind and took Reggie. No sarc tag.

KCB on August 4, 2013 at 5:54 PM

Remember those old Charles Atlas ads where the skinny geek gets sand kicked in his face by the local bad boy? Chucky presents a beautiful word picture. Barry, your move!

a capella on August 4, 2013 at 5:54 PM

“… I’ve learned that unless you stand up to that bully, they ask for more and more and more.”

Ah look, Chuckie’s talkin’ to himself in the mirror again …

ShainS on August 4, 2013 at 5:59 PM

Probably left her behind and took Reggie. No sarc tag.

KCB on August 4, 2013 at 5:54 PM

I wouldn’t be surprised.

Times are tough though. I read that the place they’re staying at Martha’s Vineyard only has a half court for basketball and only two suites in the guest house. And the royal entourage is down to a mere 70 minions.

Happy Nomad on August 4, 2013 at 6:01 PM

Fluke you, painfully, and Paul Ryan too.

Schadenfreude on August 4, 2013 at 6:12 PM

Schumer knows a bully when he sees one…he sees one every time he looks in the mirror….

ladyingray on August 4, 2013 at 6:27 PM

One such occasion seems to have cropped up this weekend, when Chuck attempted to “help” out the President with some useful advice on foreign policy.
==========================

Wait a tic,I thought Hopey already had all the
help he would need!!

Biden Brings Long Foreign Policy Experience to Obama’s Presidential Bid
A veteran of the Senate, Biden will try to help Obama tie McCain to Bush’s troubled overseas legacy

By Thomas Omestad
August 25, 2008
***************

n the realm of foreign policy,

Joseph Biden brings to Barack Obama’s presidential bid

something it lacks at the top—long experience with a range of countries,

problems, and foreign leaders.

During his short-lived presidential nomination run—and before he was tapped this weekend to be Obama’s vice presidential running mate—the Delaware senator argued

that the failures in Bush administration foreign policy and troubling trends overseas mean

that foreign policy should be front-and-center in this year’s race for the White House.

Obama’s selection of Biden signals

that the Democrats will indeed try to turn disquiet over falling U.S. standing in the world,

Washington’s troubles in Iraq and Afghanistan,

and other anxiety-producing events

like Russia’s invasion of Georgia to their political advantage.
(More..)
========

http://www.usnews.com/news/campaign-2008/articles/2008/08/25/biden-brings-long-foreign-policy-experience-to-obamas-presidential-bid

canopfor on August 4, 2013 at 6:35 PM

According to James Risen, Susan Rice was behind the shutdown of the embassies b/c she didn’t want to be caught in a wringer again.

onlineanalyst on August 4, 2013 at 6:45 PM

Despicable in all regards. Absolutely no redeeming qualities. In other words a good liberal

jaywemm on August 4, 2013 at 6:46 PM

Boyo,Graham is a really good Gluteus Maximus Pucker’er Up’er!!

US State Department response to unspecified al-Qaida threat

Sen. Lindsey Graham praises Obama administration’s decision to shut down embassies amid security threats – @politico

9 hours ago from http://www.politico.com by editor
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canopfor on August 4, 2013 at 7:41 PM

There is NO WAY to reschedule the G-20 summit OR change the venue. Just too much has to be done to set the thing up and clear security. So that won’t happen – not for Obama, but not even for Reagan. Can’t be done.

Canceling the one-on-one summit is a good start. Olympic boycotts are a sign of weakness and only serve to penalize American atheletes who have spent much of their lives training for them.

One way to show Putin up would be to give Poland the missile defenses Obama canceled upon taking office. But that would take cajones, and now that Hillary is gone there is no one in the Administration who even knows what they look like.

Adjoran on August 4, 2013 at 10:53 PM

Lizard face, just please go away.

fossten on August 4, 2013 at 11:09 PM

Stand up Chuck!

Arnold Yabenson on August 5, 2013 at 1:25 AM

President Obama should cancel a bilateral summit Russian President Vladmir Putin scheduled for later this month and push to move the international economic G20 Summit out of St. Petersburg because Putin granted asylum to NSA leaker Edward Snowden.

The latter would only be possible if the President had the leadership ability to get the rest of the G20 countries to agree. He doesn’t carry any diplomatic weight, and moreover, he knows he doesn’t carry that kind of leadership ability. Making such a move would just highlight his weaknesses even more than they already are.

DarthBrooks on August 5, 2013 at 10:16 AM