Obama: The referendum in Crimea on Russian annexation violates international law

posted at 3:21 pm on March 6, 2014 by Allahpundit

If you thought U.S.-Russian relations were tense before, read this. I wonder if Vlad knows that he just crossed the ultimate “red line.”

Skip to 1:30 for the key bit, in which O denounces the bogus annexation referendum as illegitimate unless and until the new Ukrainian government signs off on it. Fair enough, but shouldn’t he also demand that Russian troops be removed before the vote takes place? I realize that’s mostly a formality — a province that’s just been occupied by a superpower probably won’t dare vote no, even if invading forces are (temporarily) off the streets. But if the point is to get Russia to de-escalate before it goes rolling on through eastern Ukraine, getting those troops to cool off is a key priority. Crimea’s probably lost no matter what. Giving Putin a reason to put his guns away now at least might keep the rest of the country intact.

Over at Breitbart, Joel Pollak hammers O for making democratic self-determination a core U.S. demand in all this. After all, the more we talk about letting the people decide, the easier it is for Putin to say that that’s just what Crimea is doing. I wonder if that isn’t the whole point, though: The U.S. knows that there’s no military option to kick Russia off the peninsula, so the only way out of this for the west is to create some fig leaf of legal and orderly annexation. If the Ukrainian government can be convinced to let Crimea go and Putin can be convinced to send his tanks home so that the annexation vote kinda sorta looks “free and fair,” then the province can be handed over and the crisis kinda sorta defused. The objection, in other words, is simply that Putin’s making the surrender more difficult than it needs to be.

By the way, fairly or not, the Crimea standoff does appear to be hurting Obama at home. Note the trend from Fox News’s new poll:

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His approval rating is down to 38 percent, a new low for him in FNC polling. Meanwhile, at Gallup, Obama’s disapproval has reached 55 percent after briefly touching a new high of 56 just this past weekend. Think having Harry Reid mumble about the Koch brothers on the Senate floor every day will make things right?


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POTUS’ing is hard…

d1carter on March 6, 2014 at 3:23 PM

Is Obama this stupid, or is all this done on purpose?

Bigbullets on March 6, 2014 at 3:24 PM

Putin must be wetting himself with laughter:

http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/HypocriticalHumor

ebrown2 on March 6, 2014 at 3:25 PM

Putin cares almost as much about adhering to international law as Barry Obama cares about adhering to the U.S. Constitution.

AZCoyote on March 6, 2014 at 3:26 PM

Somebody should tell Barry that Vlad also has a pen and a phone, and that he also has tanks and missiles and he’s not afraid to use those either.

AZCoyote on March 6, 2014 at 3:26 PM

Doesn’t a large group taking over the middle of a a capitol and demanding the ouster of a recently and duly elected government violate some international law?

Rocks on March 6, 2014 at 3:26 PM

Is Obama planning to arrest Putin? What if Putin issues an executive order making the invasion legal?

I’m not sure I trust any legal opinions coming from Obama.

myiq2xu on March 6, 2014 at 3:27 PM

0′s biggest problem is he can’t lead.

Bmore on March 6, 2014 at 3:27 PM

International law has no teeth without the US to enforce it, and we all know that Obama is not going to enforce it.

thebrokenrattle on March 6, 2014 at 3:28 PM

Empty words from a an empty suit…

PatriotRider on March 6, 2014 at 3:28 PM

OT, but the Swine of the Land on display

Schadenfreude on March 6, 2014 at 3:28 PM

Is Obama this stupid, or is all this done on purpose?

Yes

myiq2xu on March 6, 2014 at 3:28 PM

Empty words from a an empty suit…

PatriotRider on March 6, 2014 at 3:28 PM

PatriotRider on March 6, 2014 at 3:28 PM

“Fluke off, Punk” — World

Schadenfreude on March 6, 2014 at 3:29 PM

So when does Putin pull a Shaq?

“How’s my *** taste, Barry?”

I’m looking forward to Putin flying to Washington and the pictures taken of Obama kneeling, with Putin’s foot on his neck and Obama saying, “Yes sir, may I have another?”

Vanceone on March 6, 2014 at 3:29 PM

Part of the “flexibility” program…after the election.

d1carter on March 6, 2014 at 3:30 PM

Obama’s metastasizing autocracy — We fret about democracy in the Ukraine while Obama treats the Constitution as a series of suggestions. For the president, the three branches of government are him, his pen and his telephone.

Putin is a strong man. Obama is a weak man (except when it comes to bullying our allies). Obama venerates multilateralism. Putin is willing to go it alone. Obama is committed to the entire LGBT agenda (including gay “marriage”). He’s also the only sitting president to address Planned Parenthood, such is his commitment to abortion without borders. Putin believes the foregoing is the road to national annihilation.

Where does the threat to America lie?

Schadenfreude on March 6, 2014 at 3:31 PM

And Obama knows so well about things that VIOLATE LAWS!

katy on March 6, 2014 at 3:31 PM

It’s. The. International. Law.

Sort of like Obamacare, Barry. Whatever Putin says it is at the moment.

de rigueur on March 6, 2014 at 3:32 PM

Putin: Knock, Knock
Obama: Who’s there?
Putin: Crimea
Obama: Crimea Who?
Putin: Crimea River.
Obama: ******

Oil Can on March 6, 2014 at 3:32 PM

Ukrainian political crisis
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House approves $1 billion in loan guarantees for Ukraine in 385-23 vote – @ChadPergram
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ROLL CALL:
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FINAL VOTE RESULTS FOR ROLL CALL 114
(Republicans in roman; Democrats in italic; Independents underlined)

H R 4152 2/3 YEA-AND-NAY 6-Mar-2014 3:01 PM
QUESTION: On Motion to Suspend the Rules and Pass
BILL TITLE: To provide for the costs of loan guarantees for Ukraine

—- YEAS 385 —

—- NAYS 23 —

—- NOT VOTING 22 —

http://clerk.house.gov/evs/2014/roll114.xml

http://clerk.house.gov/evs/2014/index.asp

http://clerk.house.gov/legislative/legvotes.aspx

canopfor on March 6, 2014 at 3:32 PM

Shouldn’t he just shut up?

Cindy Munford on March 6, 2014 at 3:32 PM

I miss the days when the most we had to worry would happen when Obama spoke was a teleprompter going dark.

thei3ug on March 6, 2014 at 3:33 PM

Ukraine
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President Obama urges Congress to support IMF efforts to aid Ukraine – live video
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Russia
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President Obama says there is ‘a path to de-escalation’ regarding the Russian invasion into Ukraine – live video
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Crimea, UA
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President Obama: ‘The proposed referendum on the future of Crimea would violate the Ukrainian constitution and international law’ – live video

canopfor on March 6, 2014 at 3:34 PM

He really mailed that one in – he’s already in Miami Beach in mind and spirit, if not body. Zero passion in body language and inflection.

Mr. Conviction, he ain’t.

aquaviva on March 6, 2014 at 3:34 PM

Russia
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US Secretary of State Kerry: We believe Russia has opportunity now to make right choices in order to deescalate – @NBCNews live video

Rome, Lazio, IT
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Live video: US Secretary of State John Kerry holds news conference in Rome – @NBCNews
read more on nbcnews.com

canopfor on March 6, 2014 at 3:35 PM

Where is this “International” place?

I’d like to visit – it seems to be a peaceful place the way Obama describes it.

kcewa on March 6, 2014 at 3:35 PM

Apparently Putin has a pen and a phone too!!!

bflat879 on March 6, 2014 at 3:37 PM

BREAKING!

“Obama signs EO delaying Russian annexation of Crimea until December 2016″

BobMbx on March 6, 2014 at 3:40 PM

If only the Confederate states known that all they needed for legitimacy was a vote to do the s-word and the rest of the nation would have no say.

slickwillie2001 on March 6, 2014 at 3:40 PM

“We are well beyond the days when borders can be redrawn over the heads of democratic leaders.”

That applies to Israel, too, right?

jersey taxpayer on March 6, 2014 at 3:42 PM

Guaranteed Troll Free Thread™

Murphy9 on March 6, 2014 at 3:42 PM

If Crimea did split from Ukraine it would change the balance between those favoring closer relations with the West and those favoring closer relations with Russia in the remainder of Ukraine. Putin would end up with less influence in Ukraine than he had before.

agmartin on March 6, 2014 at 3:43 PM

He’s the CINC, head of the whole of the Executive Branch, and all I’m hearing is, essentially, “But — but, but . . . hey, they’re not allowed to break the rules!”

Lolo on March 6, 2014 at 3:43 PM

Video
International Business Conference at Ukraine in Washington – National Press Club – December 13, 2013
Victoria Nuland – Assistant Secretary of State for Europe and Eurasian Affairs
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US Assistant Secretary of State for Europe, Nuland said: “Since the declaration of Ukrainian independence in 1991, the United States supported the Ukrainians in the development of democratic institutions and skills in promoting civil society and a good form of government – all that is necessary to achieve the objectives of Ukraine’s European. We have invested more than 5 billion dollars to help Ukraine to achieve these and other goals. ” Nuland said the United States will continue to “promote Ukraine to the future it deserves.”
Posted February 09, 2014
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http://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=National%20Press%20Club%20%20Victoria%20Nuland&sm=12

canopfor on March 6, 2014 at 3:45 PM

So, does this mean if the people of parts of Colorado vote to secede from Colorado, it’s a violation of international law?
How about if Texas were to vote to secede from the US – would that also be a violation of international law?

dentarthurdent on March 6, 2014 at 3:45 PM

1919 called and wants its foreign policy back.

mwbri on March 6, 2014 at 3:47 PM

By the way, fairly or not, the Crimea standoff does appear to be hurting Obama at home. Note the trend from Fox News’s new poll:

Meanwhile, the first post-Crimea poll by one of the most respected Russian polling outfits has Putin’s popularity at a 2-year high (67%).

Jon0815 on March 6, 2014 at 3:48 PM

About time for another Putin thumb in Obama’s eye editorial in the NYT or WSJ. Man, just compare the two top diplomats on this. Their guy is a poker faced, stone cold professional,…and we have John F’ing Kerry, recognized by the world as a gasbag buffoon.

butch on March 6, 2014 at 3:50 PM

The American people are starting to figure out that when their president is viewed as a wimp by other leaders, so are the American people viewed as being wimps.

No one likes to be viewed as a wimp…

William Eaton on March 6, 2014 at 3:50 PM

Has Haaahvaaad called yet to ask for their law degree to be returned?

dentarthurdent on March 6, 2014 at 3:51 PM

I’m beginning to think that this Obama fellow maybe in way over his head. This is shocking to me because he had such an impressive resume and so many personal accomplishments.

jukin3 on March 6, 2014 at 3:51 PM

“We are well beyond the days when borders can be redrawn over the heads of democratic leaders”, says the boob trying to redraw the US constitution over the heads of democratic leaders.

rick_blaines_forehead on March 6, 2014 at 3:52 PM

If Crimea did split from Ukraine it would change the balance between those favoring closer relations with the West and those favoring closer relations with Russia in the remainder of Ukraine. Putin would end up with less influence in Ukraine than he had before.

agmartin on March 6, 2014 at 3:43 PM

He don’t want the rest of Ukraine, just the useful stuff which is all in the eeat.

William Eaton on March 6, 2014 at 3:53 PM

Guaranteed Troll Free Thread™

Murphy9 on March 6, 2014 at 3:42 PM

Troll-free day…must be in re-ed camp.

Schadenfreude on March 6, 2014 at 3:53 PM

No one likes to be viewed as a wimp…

William Eaton on March 6, 2014 at 3:50 PM

I must disagree.
We had a couple the other day on the thread about the coward who left his GF in labor and ran away from robbers.
They very clearly wanted to be viewed as wimps.

dentarthurdent on March 6, 2014 at 3:53 PM

Think having Harry Reid mumble about the Koch brothers on the Senate floor every day will make things right?

So looking forward to seeing Harry, (the war is lost), Reid as a minority leader.

Rovin on March 6, 2014 at 3:54 PM

Think having Harry Reid mumble about the Koch brothers on the Senate floor every day will make things right?

So looking forward to seeing Harry, (the war is lost), Reid as a minority leader—whining about how everything is passed with 51 votes.

edited

Rovin on March 6, 2014 at 3:55 PM

Maybe Obama will hit Putin with his purse.

RDH on March 6, 2014 at 3:55 PM

So looking forward to seeing Harry, (the war is lost), Reid as a minority leader—whining about how everything is passed with 51 votes.

edited

Rovin on March 6, 2014 at 3:56 PM

Maybe Obama will hit Putin with his purse.

RDH on March 6, 2014 at 3:55 PM

And a rolled up EO.

dentarthurdent on March 6, 2014 at 3:56 PM

Meanwhile over in the Congress:

WASHINGTON —Congress took its first official steps to address the ongoing international crisis in Ukraine on Thursday, with a leading House committee approving a symbolic resolution condemning Russia’s recent actions

kcewa on March 6, 2014 at 3:59 PM

Crimeans are being denied the right to choose their own destiny without the permission of their master (Kiev) and this is no different than a slave being denied the right to choose whether or not to stay on the plantation with out his master’s clear approval.

Federati on March 6, 2014 at 3:59 PM

…Clint Eastwood’s…empty chair!
…he’s got a pen and a phone!

KOOLAID2 on March 6, 2014 at 4:01 PM

Yes, I’m drinking already……….

rick_blaines_forehead on March 6, 2014 at 4:02 PM

“We are well beyond the days when borders can be redrawn over the heads of democratic leaders.”

Yeah Obama, You and Kerry keep telling Putin that military force is just plain old fashioned. I’m sure that you’ll wear down Putin in a couple hundred years.

RJL on March 6, 2014 at 4:03 PM

Crimeans are being denied the right to choose their own destiny without the permission of their master (Kiev) and this is no different than a slave being denied the right to choose whether or not to stay on the plantation with out his master’s clear approval.

Federati on March 6, 2014 at 3:59 PM

Except they’re not slaves. And Ukraine isn’t a plantation. Other than that and the lack of punctuation your post makes a lot of sense.

kcewa on March 6, 2014 at 4:03 PM

Maybe Obama will hit Putin with his purse.

RDH on March 6, 2014 at 3:55 PM

…or have Mooch bite him!

KOOLAID2 on March 6, 2014 at 4:04 PM

International law???

This is a joke, right?

Tell us, who were the members of the legislature that crafted this “international law”? Where is the record of their debate? Who are the “international police” tasked with enforcing this “international law”? How are the “international judges”, charged with meting out “international justice”, selected?

The giggling from the Kremlin grows…

JohnGalt23 on March 6, 2014 at 4:05 PM

Vlad the Impaler. Obama the Inhaler.

rick_blaines_forehead on March 6, 2014 at 4:06 PM

…or have Mooch bite him!

KOOLAID2 on March 6, 2014 at 4:04 PM

Only if Putin looked like a lobster splashed with melted butter.

dentarthurdent on March 6, 2014 at 4:06 PM

Ok, too much Macallan 12.

rick_blaines_forehead on March 6, 2014 at 4:06 PM

Ok, too much Macallan 12.

rick_blaines_forehead on March 6, 2014 at 4:06 PM

Good t-shirt at one of our Mexican restaurants:
“You can’t drink all day unless you start early”

dentarthurdent on March 6, 2014 at 4:08 PM

Back in the day when I was someone I warned the JCS-J-39, the Assistant Secretary of Defense for C3I and Deputy for Intelligence that our role in breaking up Yugoslavia would come back to haunt us. My comments made it all the way up the chain to the point where a very senior official started referring to me as “Slobo’s voice in the Pentagon.” Well, those chickens have come home to roost. Putin gave an interview where he brought up Bosnia and Kosovo. If self determination is great for Kosovars it must be great for Crimean Russians.

jerryofva on March 6, 2014 at 4:09 PM

Look everyone! It’s the Barack Obama Daily Klown Show!!

/STFU and STFD, Obama – you are a pip squeak and an embarrassment.

Key West Reader on March 6, 2014 at 4:12 PM

Maybe Obama will hit Putin with his pursepanties.

RDH on March 6, 2014 at 3:55 PM

Heh

Key West Reader on March 6, 2014 at 4:14 PM

Barak Chamberlain…

vnvet on March 6, 2014 at 4:14 PM

Who gives a rats Ass about international law. If those people what to cut the ties with Kiev good for them. Can we ever stop meddling in other peoples business?

MoreLiberty on March 6, 2014 at 4:15 PM

Look everyone! It’s the Barack Obama Daily Klown Show!!

/STFU and STFD, Obama – you are a pip squeak and an embarrassment.

Key West Reader on March 6, 2014 at 4:12 PM

Key West Reade:Stay safe,..looks like your getting nasty weather:)
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canopfor on March 6, 2014 at 4:15 PM

Vlad the Impaler. Obama the Inhaler.

rick_blaines_forehead on March 6, 2014 at 4:06 PM

rick_blaines_forehead: Lol!

canopfor on March 6, 2014 at 4:16 PM

Ukrainian political crisis
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canopfor on March 6, 2014 at 4:19 PM

Federati on March 6, 2014 at 3:59 PM

But they did at the time Ukraine was declared a sovereign nation.

Zomcon JEM on March 6, 2014 at 4:22 PM

Mr. President, since international law is only that which is upheld by Nations holding other Nations to account, and you are the Head of State: just what is it you propose to do to stop this violation?

Hey, who let in the cricket chorus?

ajacksonian on March 6, 2014 at 4:27 PM

“We are well beyond the days when the duly enacted law of the land can be ignored by the Executive Branch over the protests of democratically elected leaders.”

Hucklebuck on March 6, 2014 at 4:28 PM

canopfor on March 6, 2014 at 4:15 PM

Thanks, my friend! It’s not as bad as they make it out to be LOL!!

Key West Reader on March 6, 2014 at 4:30 PM

“We are well beyond the days when borders can be redrawn over the heads of democratic leaders.”

That’s a debatable assertion, apparently.

MTF on March 6, 2014 at 4:31 PM

Maybe an Executive Order would clear things up.

MTF on March 6, 2014 at 4:32 PM

Since when does the US Government care about something called “International Law”?

It doesn’t really exist anyway, except as a talking point when convenient for feckless politicians.

Another Libertarian on March 6, 2014 at 4:42 PM

“We are well beyond the days when borders can be redrawn over the heads of democratic leaders.”

This excludes Der Juden, of course.

Ben Hur on March 6, 2014 at 4:48 PM

Russia Starts Massive Air Defense Drills Amid Crimea Standoff

Kapustin Yar, located some 450 kilometers (280 miles) east of the Ukrainian border, will host about 3,500 troops and over 1,000 units of military hardware for about a month. The exercise will culminate with live-firing drills, involving S-300, Buk-M1 and other air defense systems.

Obama talks legalities while Putin tests his missiles.

Kaffa on March 6, 2014 at 4:50 PM

Obama can not envisions his enemy in this. Putin is basically Liked, Excepted or at least Tolerated in his part of the world. Neither he nor most of the peoples want a return to the Joe Stalin Russian Communism. It was a failed bloodied experiment that lasted about 50 years and nearly destroyed their country.

Putin wants the old Imperial Russia that lasted for hundreds of years and gave their people regional pride like non other. He has never taken any actions other then to this end.

Basic rule of war to fight and defeat an enemy you must first and always understand your enemy. Fail this and you will lose.

jpcpt03 on March 6, 2014 at 4:50 PM

Putin wants the old Imperial Russia that lasted for hundreds of years and gave their people regional pride like non other. He has never taken any actions other then to this end.

jpcpt03 on March 6, 2014 at 4:50 PM

I think this is correct. Stalin was not Russian. He was Georgian.

Kaffa on March 6, 2014 at 4:57 PM

Since when did Obama start caring about the “law”?

Putin should remind Obama what he said:

In June 2009, as health-care reform was being debated vigorously across the country, President Obama told the American Medical Association’s convention that, whatever the provisions of the health-care bill he would sign into law ultimately included, “we will keep this promise to the American people: If you like your doctor, you will be able to keep your doctor, period. If you like your health-care plan, you’ll be able to keep your health-care plan, period. No one will take it away, no matter what.”

redguy on March 6, 2014 at 5:01 PM

Basic rule of war to fight and defeat an enemy you must first and always understand your enemy. Fail this and you will lose.

jpcpt03 on March 6, 2014 at 4:50 PM

Dude – that is so 70 years ago…

affenhauer on March 6, 2014 at 5:02 PM

Smart Power!

Yes indeed! Putin knows what it is and how to use it. The Iranians know what it is and how to get things done.

King Barack knows how to say the words.

GarandFan on March 6, 2014 at 5:10 PM

Let’s test this:

Crimeans Succeding Colorado counties are being denied the right to choose their own destiny without the permission of their master (Kiev) Denver and this is no different than a slave being denied the right to choose whether or not to stay on the plantation with out his master’s clear approval.

Does your argument still work?

Scott from Tampa on March 6, 2014 at 5:10 PM

Mommy…mommy!……Vlad keeps throwing sand at me!!!!!!! Make hims stop…..

BobMbx on March 6, 2014 at 5:11 PM

Just think of the Russian “volunteers” as the equivalent of the New Black Panther Party in Philly, and you’ll realize the Barry is down with them.

Another Drew on March 6, 2014 at 5:11 PM

Crimeans Succeding Colorado counties are being denied the right to choose their own destiny without the permission of their master (Kiev) Denver and this is no different than a slave being denied the right to choose whether or not to stay on the plantation with out his master’s clear approval

Does your argument still work?

Scott from Tampa on March 6, 2014 at 5:10 PM

Unfortunately, those Colorado counties do not have 150,000 troops to back them up. Crimea does.

Kaffa on March 6, 2014 at 5:15 PM

Shaddup Obama, nobody cares what you think. Go back to playing golf. At least that way you can’t screw anything up. You’re an embarrassment to the country.

307wolverine on March 6, 2014 at 5:17 PM

Kaffa on March 6, 2014 at 5:19 PM

Fabulous.

BobMbx on March 6, 2014 at 5:20 PM

NOTE TO OBAMA: So what if it violates international law? Simply ignore it as you do with other laws.

Problem solved.

Kingfisher on March 6, 2014 at 5:22 PM

Allan Edward Tierney ‏@LowMaintainLife · 2m
Dear #Ukraine gov’t. If you can use constitution to show #Crimea referendum is illegal, I can use it to show Yanukovich is still President.

This is a good point that Putin has made.

Kaffa on March 6, 2014 at 5:23 PM

Perhaps Obama can bend a little lower to Putin. Obama may be the first human ever to be able to kiss another’s feet while standing.

Kingfisher on March 6, 2014 at 5:24 PM

NOTE TO OBAMA: So what if it violates international law? Simply ignore it as you do with other laws.

Problem solved.

Kingfisher on March 6, 2014 at 5:22 PM

After all, international law is really old and written by a bunch of old white men.

BobMbx on March 6, 2014 at 5:28 PM

Meanwhile, Obama is about to start WWIII. We’re at odds with Russia and China. So why not?

jediwebdude on March 6, 2014 at 5:33 PM

First look at the Crimean paper ballot for March 16th here.

Kaffa on March 6, 2014 at 5:34 PM

As George Will recently noted the conflating of “sell determination of peoples” and the “self determination of nations” has caused almost of century of tragedies.

GreenBlade on March 6, 2014 at 5:39 PM

Empty words from a an empty suit…

PatriotRider on March 6, 2014 at 3:28 PM

I agree! I hope the American electorate is finally taking notice that the words of Barack Obama are empty and dishonest.

pilsener on March 6, 2014 at 5:46 PM

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