Report: Obama’s Syria speech tonight to last just 15 minutes

posted at 6:41 pm on September 10, 2013 by Allahpundit

Unbelievably small:

You know he’s in a bad spot when a guy who enjoys the sound of his own voice as much as O does wants to keep things brief so that he can put this behind him. Also, what’s left to say? If he could go back in time and erase the “red line” comment to spare himself from all this, he would and literally everyone knows it. If he could get away with canceling tonight’s speech entirely without losing face, he’d do that too. Better to keep his mouth shut about Syria as much as possible going forward before he says something so stupid that even the Russians can’t rescue him from it.

As Ed’s noting on Twitter, the takeaway line from his Rose Garden address 10 days ago was, “After careful deliberation, I have decided that the United States should take military action against Syrian regime targets.” Ten days of embarrassment later, it’s come to this:

President Barack Obama will tell the nation Tuesday night that he is pursuing a last-minute Russian proposal to remove chemical weapons from Syria, and will argue that military force may be necessary, a senior administration official told NBC News…

On Tuesday, Russia added a wrinkle of complication: President Vladimir Putin said that a proposal for Syria to hand over its weapons would not work unless the United States and its allies promise not to use force.

In his address, Obama will tell the nation that a military option must stay on the table, the senior administration official told NBC News. That appeared to be a response to Putin’s statement.

At this point, I half-expect the speech to be interrupted by a transmission of Putin from the Kremlin. Ed suggests this message as a focus for O instead:

Good point. By all accounts, Obama and his staff have done more outreach on the Hill lately to round up votes than they’ve done in ages. They failed miserably, but even so — on a night when the commander-in-chief will surrender what’s left of his credibility to Russia, reassuring Americans that our two parties can still engage in “dialogue” is a nice consolation prize.

Exit question: Is there any way O can convince conservatives to support his misadventure in Syria? Exit answer: Maybe.


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Can’t wait for the blow by blow from the HotAir crowd. ‘Sgonna be epic.

Cleombrotus on September 10, 2013 at 7:31 PM

Some real gems in this summary:
http://frontpagemag.com/2013/dgreenfield/the-amateurs-war/print/

onlineanalyst on September 10, 2013 at 7:31 PM

McCain and Ayotte are working with Schumer…heh, heh, the same leeches in action…I like it when plans go against McCain and obama.

Schadenfreude on September 10, 2013 at 7:32 PM

15 spinnits.

patman77 on September 10, 2013 at 7:32 PM

I think he goes with a nice simple “Mission accomplished!”

MTF on September 10, 2013 at 7:34 PM

Everything about obama is tiny.

Schadenfreude on September 10, 2013 at 7:34 PM

Barbara Billingsley could not be reached for tonight’s jive translation.

birdwatcher on September 10, 2013 at 7:35 PM

If this were true to circumstances, tonight’s address would be a dark, grainy BSDM film with Wee Barry Soetoro bound and gagged, and Putin in a leather outfit and whip.

Problem is that we are forced to live though the degradation.

Put this traitor on a raft and float him towards Gilligan’s Island, where his remarkable talents will get him thrown in the volcano by Ginger, Mary Anne and Mrs. Howell.

turfmann on September 10, 2013 at 7:35 PM

I think he goes with a nice simple “Mission accomplished!”

MTF on September 10, 2013 at 7:34 PM

Indeed.

USA Diminished

Schadenfreude on September 10, 2013 at 7:35 PM

If he could get away with canceling tonight’s speech entirely without losing face,

“without losing face”. LOL. Barky has no face. He’s all a$$.

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on September 10, 2013 at 7:37 PM

libfreeordie on September 7, 2013 at 11:50 AM

Can I get an ‘Amen!’ for the Klown-Kar Krack-Up Khoir?

Resist We Much on September 10, 2013 at 7:30 PM

Resist We Much:

MegaTons of Amens————————-:0

canopfor on September 10, 2013 at 7:40 PM

Will he champion diplomacy?

Will he champion martial aggression and advocate bombing?

Or will he just champion himself?

I’m betting the last one.

Me… I… My… Mine… I… I…

ajacksonian on September 10, 2013 at 7:41 PM

Will we get the honor of waiting an hour past the start time until his majesty decides to grace us with his presence for 15 minutes?

txhsmom on September 10, 2013 at 7:44 PM

Schadenfreude on September 10, 2013 at 7:34 PM

I seriously hate to contradict you, my friend, but Obama’s pride, vanity, ego, hubris, arrogance, and derision for the founders of this nation, are enormous.

thatsafactjack on September 10, 2013 at 7:44 PM

Unbelievably small:

You are a riot, AP.

Dusty on September 10, 2013 at 7:44 PM

BREAKING:

AQ scores one on FSA??
=======================

Syrian civil war

Al-Qaida-linked group kills Syrian rebel commander in Idlib, Syria, per Al Arabiya correspondent – @AlArabiya_Eng

38 secs ago from twitter.com/AlArabiya_Eng by editor

canopfor on September 10, 2013 at 7:45 PM

We interrupt this continuing presidential idiocy to give you a video to brighten your evening.
http://therightscoop.com/here-they-come-video-of-2-million-bikers-group-on-their-way-to-dc/

onlineanalyst on September 10, 2013 at 7:46 PM

Hopey Speech Live UpDates:

Barack Obama addresses America on Syria weapons plan – live updates

LiveUS president speaks to the American people about Russian proposal to put Syrian weapons under international control
===========================================================

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/sep/10/barack-obama-tv-address-syria-chemical-weapons

canopfor on September 10, 2013 at 7:47 PM

Fifteen, a scant 15 minutes?

Hmmmmmm. As my kids would say, “as if….”

Bet it goes longer. Obie can’t help himself. It will take longer than that to say hello, don’t you love me; much less make the case that everything was his own brilliant idea.

… Or maybe he will RESIGN.

marybel on September 10, 2013 at 7:47 PM

onlineanalyst on September 10, 2013 at 7:46 PM

That’s fabulous. :) Wishing those people the best.

I’ll circulate this. Thanks for posting. :)

thatsafactjack on September 10, 2013 at 7:48 PM

When will we hear from Putin? He seems to be the one in charge.

kcewa on September 10, 2013 at 7:49 PM

I could support obama in bombing Syria …. if he signed on to take this ride on the first one

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wcW_Ygs6hm0

Aggie95 on September 10, 2013 at 7:50 PM

A lot of racist comments on this thread.

Bishop on September 10, 2013 at 7:50 PM

Syria Live
Live coverage of the Syrian civil war, including allegations of the deadly use of chemical weapons.

http://live.reuters.com/Event/Syria_9

canopfor on September 10, 2013 at 7:51 PM

A lot of racist comments on this thread.

Bishop on September 10, 2013 at 7:50 PM

Bishop:

Congressional Black Caucus,is THAT YOU:)

(snark)

canopfor on September 10, 2013 at 7:54 PM

15 minutes of speech a half hour late to the start equals almost an hour of wasted time.

Scotsman on September 10, 2013 at 7:54 PM

Congress considers measure on military action in Syria
Syrian civil war

Speaking in Philadelphia, Hillary Clinton on Syria/chemical weapons: it demands a strong response from the international community led by US – @AlexNBCNews

6 mins ago from twitter.com/AlexNBCNews by editor
=======================================================

https://twitter.com/AlexNBCNews

canopfor on September 10, 2013 at 8:06 PM

Tweets All / No replies

The Associated Press ‏@AP 4m

As Obama’s televised speech on Syria nears, he’s balancing hopes for diplomacy with threat of strikes: http://apne.ws/13J4Fcj -SS
View summary
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— Sep. 10 7:43 PM EDT

http://bigstory.ap.org/article/talking-diplomacy-syria-obama-goes-congress

canopfor on September 10, 2013 at 8:09 PM

Will there be an inspection of the “rebels’” cache of chemical (or biological) weapons?

onlineanalyst on September 10, 2013 at 8:13 PM

Speaking in Philadelphia, Hillary Clinton on Syria/chemical weapons: it demands a strong response from the international community led by US – @AlexNBCNews

Define ‘strong response,’ cankles.

Resist We Much on September 10, 2013 at 8:14 PM

Define ‘strong response,’ cankles.

Resist We Much on September 10, 2013 at 8:14 PM

A harshly worded memo from the UN.

ajacksonian on September 10, 2013 at 8:16 PM

Speaking in Philadelphia, Hillary Clinton on Syria/chemical weapons: it demands a strong response from the international community led by US – @AlexNBCNews

Define ‘strong response,’ cankles.

Resist We Much on September 10, 2013 at 8:14 PM

Resist We Much:

HilRod,is talking tough,knowing the US is backing-down!!

A Perception/Deception Operation,to her SUPPORTERS,of acting/looking War Hawkish!!:)

canopfor on September 10, 2013 at 8:20 PM

15 minutes? Sounds about right. How long does it take to say: The Russians outsmarted, outmaneuvered me and made me look like a dumbass on the world stage so I’m going to surrender to their terms?

Wendya on September 10, 2013 at 8:21 PM

Congress considers measure on military action in Syria

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton: Debate on Syria is ‘good’ for democracy – @washingtonpost

3 mins ago from http://www.washingtonpost.com by editor
====================================================

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/post-politics-live/liveblog/the-latest-developments-on-syria-live-updates/

canopfor on September 10, 2013 at 8:21 PM

onlineanalyst on September 10, 2013 at 7:46 PM

very nice.

talkingpoints on September 10, 2013 at 8:24 PM

T-MINUS,almost 30 minutes for USS Hopey/Changey to slam into
the UN Protected Syrian IceBergy!!

canopfor on September 10, 2013 at 8:25 PM

Can’t wait for the unbelievably short speech. Hope he rides in on a girl bike, wearing the silly bicycle helmet … and mom jeans.

TXUS on September 10, 2013 at 8:28 PM

How long until the speech… I have been trying to catch up on stuff… busy day. But I can’t find the time for the speech anywhere.

petunia on September 10, 2013 at 8:32 PM

Congress considers measure on military action in Syria

Poll of US House finds little support for Syrian resolution; 251 likely to oppose military strike – @washingtonpost

2 mins ago from http://www.washingtonpost.com by editor
=====================================================

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/post-politics-live/liveblog/the-latest-developments-on-syria-live-updates/

canopfor on September 10, 2013 at 8:34 PM

Reuters Politics ‏@ReutersPolitics 6m

Obama to pledge to explore Russian initiative on Syria in tonight’s speech – senior administration official http://reut.rs/14jsGrg

https://twitter.com/Reuters
=============================

Obama will pledge to explore Russian initiative on Syria in tonight’s speech, according to an administration official, who says the president will explain to Americans why it is in U.S. national security interests for Syria to face consequences for chemical weapons use. In addition, the official also told Reuters that Obama will stress that any U.S. military action in Syria would be limited in scope and duration.

The official also says that Obama will express U.S. skepticism about the Russia proposal during the speech.
by Margarita Noriega

(Reuters) 8:28 PM

http://live.reuters.com/Event/Syria_9

canopfor on September 10, 2013 at 8:37 PM

Clenis is on standby to answer any questions.

BobMbx on September 10, 2013 at 8:38 PM

Just popped the corn.

Resist We Much on September 10, 2013 at 8:39 PM

Just popped the corn.

Resist We Much on September 10, 2013 at 8:39 PM

Thanks for taking one for the team. I anxiously await your play by play of this disaster. I just don’t think I can stomach looking at him.

txhsmom on September 10, 2013 at 8:42 PM

Hope a lot of y’all are planning to watch. I always watch the first thirty seconds to one minute of his speeches just in hopes of hearing the words, “… therefore, effective at noon, tomorrow I am resigning the office of President of the United States of America.” If those words are not forthcoming within that first minute, it’s adios time, via remote.

TXUS on September 10, 2013 at 8:46 PM

Putin and his goons not only gang-banged Obama, they didn’t even leave cab fare on the nightstand.

matthew8787 on September 10, 2013 at 8:49 PM

Wait, is 15 minutes the length of his speech or how late he will be?

xblade on September 10, 2013 at 9:00 PM

Putin and his goons not only gang-banged Obama, they didn’t even leave cab fare on the nightstand.

matthew8787 on September 10, 2013 at 8:49 PM

“Put some ice on that Barry.”

slickwillie2001 on September 10, 2013 at 9:13 PM

Wait, is 15 minutes the length of his speech or how late he will be?

xblade on September 10, 2013 at 9:00 PM

He’s on REB-time y’know.

slickwillie2001 on September 10, 2013 at 9:14 PM

I kept thinking that the Missouri rodeo clown character turned out to be rather prescient.

FerdtheMoonCat on September 10, 2013 at 10:23 PM

I was surprised by the brevity, but when you analyze the content, here it is:

“Just wanted to say ‘Hi’, ‘how’s it going, America?’ Everything is cool. We’re figuring it out. Well, bye.”

virgo on September 11, 2013 at 1:22 AM

Just like Barney Fife, give Obama 1 round and make him keep it in his shirt pocket.

rplat on September 11, 2013 at 6:58 AM

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