Open thread: Obama to speak on Ukraine after imposing sanctions

posted at 10:40 am on March 17, 2014 by Ed Morrissey

Barack Obama will speak live at 10:45 ET today to discuss the American reaction to the Crimean plebescite yesterday, and the imposition of sanctions on Russia. Those emerged this morning after a flurry of diplomatic efforts failed to turn Vladimir Putin from his course to annex the Crimean peninsula:

This new authority expands upon E.O. 13660, which the President signed less than two weeks ago, by authorizing the Secretary of the Treasury, in consultation with the Secretary of State, to impose sanctions on named officials of the Russian government, any individual or entity that operates in the Russian arms industry, and any designated individual or entity that acts on behalf of, or that provides material or other support to, any senior Russian government official.  We have fashioned these sanctions to impose costs on named individuals who wield influence in the Russian government and those responsible for the deteriorating situation in Ukraine.  We stand ready to use these authorities in a direct and targeted fashion as events warrant.

In response to the Russian government’s actions contributing to the crisis in Ukraine, this new E.O. lists seven Russian government officials who are being designated for sanctions.  These individuals are Vladislav Surkov, Sergey Glazyev, Leonid Slutsky, Andrei Klishas, Valentina Matviyenko, Dmitry Rogozin, and Yelena Mizulina.

The United States also will seek to hold accountable individuals who use their resources or influence to support or act on behalf of senior Russian government officials.  We recognize that the Russian leadership derives significant support from, and takes action through, individuals who do not themselves serve in any official capacity.  Our current focus is to identify these individuals and target their personal assets, but not companies that they may manage on behalf of the Russian state.

In addition to the new E.O., the Treasury Department today has imposed sanctions on four other individuals under E.O. 13660, issued on March 6, for their actions or policies that threaten the peace, security, stability, sovereignty, or territorial integrity of Ukraine and in undermining the Government of Ukraine.  They are Crimea-based separatist leaders Sergey Aksyonov and Vladimir Konstantinov; former Ukrainian presidential chief of staff Viktor Medvedchuk; and former President of Ukraine Viktor Yanukovych.

Missing from this list: Vladimir Putin. As head of state, the US would be loathe to apply sanctions directly to him, but Obama is striking pretty close to home anyway, Mark Knoller notes:

NBC reports that the administration is selling this as the toughest action against Russia since the Cold War:

President Barack Obama issued new sanctions against Russia on Monday, making good on his threat to punish the Russian government over its actions in Ukraine.

The White House announced a series of sanctions targeting a group of individuals, including senior aides to Russian President Vladimir Putin and the former president of Ukraine, Viktor Yanukovych. A senior administration official described the seven individuals targeted by the sanctions as “cronies” of the Russian government.

“These are by far and away the most comprehensive sanctions applied against Russia since the end of the Cold War,” a senior administration official said in a conference call to detail the sanctions.

Expect that to be the message from the podium today, too.

Update: Obama struck a pretty solid tone, but did hold out hope for talks between Ukraine and Russia to deal with Crimea separatism. That’s an easy thing to say, and is appropriate while trying to de-escalate the situation. However, no one at the White House can really believe that Putin wants to enter into talks with Arseniy Yatsenyuk, and this still may not be enough to keep Russian tanks from rolling all the way up to the Dniepr.


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We need to “annex” the Brooklyn nets.

truecon on March 17, 2014 at 10:42 AM

Nobody’s madder about this than Obama….

..besides, he just heard about this on the News
like all You people….

ToddPA on March 17, 2014 at 10:43 AM

Yippeee!!!

Another speech. Just what we need – another game of Obama’s Bulls*t Bingo.

Bingo.

Key West Reader on March 17, 2014 at 10:44 AM

Mitt Romney was right.

gophergirl on March 17, 2014 at 10:45 AM

OOOOOOH! He’s breaking out the Greek Columns. He must be finna gonna get real serius n chit.

/Lame.

Key West Reader on March 17, 2014 at 10:45 AM

Cold War Mentality.

Ben Hur on March 17, 2014 at 10:45 AM

Here’s the thing..Putin doesn’t care.

vcferlita on March 17, 2014 at 10:45 AM

Whole lotta respect from Russia towards Obama…

Russian Sanctioned By White House Responds On Twitter To “Comrade Obama”

Dmitry Rogozin @DRogozin
Follow

Comrade @BarackObama, what should do those who have neither accounts nor property abroad? Or U didn’t think about it?)http://bit.ly/1ebMXDM

Another text…Translated: “I think some joker wrote Obama’s executive order.”

Moments ago we listed the Russian Putin “advisors” impacted by the latest Obama executive order freezing those assets over which the US has access. Among them was deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin and Russia’s ambassador to NATO. As a reminder, in 2011 Russian President Dmitry Medvedev appointed Dmitry Rogozin as a Special Representative on anti-missile defence and negotiations with NATO countries on this issue. On 23 December 2011 Dmitry Rogozin was appointed deputy premier of Russian Government in charge of defense and space industry. As responsible for the defense industry he leads the creation of the Russian Foundation for Advanced Research Projects in the Defense Industry (Russian DARPA). Moments ago Rogozin replied to Putin’s “freezing” of his, among other, assets.

sharrukin on March 17, 2014 at 10:47 AM

“These are by far and away the most comprehensive sanctions applied against Russia since the end of the Cold War,”

Obama is nothing but a huckster, a carnival barker, always trying to sell some shit.

The only thing we need to know about “most comprehensive” is if they work, or not.

We don’t want “comprehensive”, fool, we want effective. If the sanctions cause Russia to withdraw from Ukraine then they are effective. Otherwise, they are shit.

jaime on March 17, 2014 at 10:47 AM

“These are by far and away the most comprehensive sanctions applied against Russia since the end of the Cold War,” a senior administration official said in a conference call to detail the sanctions.

“The 80′s called, they want their foreign policy back.” Progressives laugh and jeer at Romney?

Are we gonna sanction the French for building and selling warships to Russia? What a mess…

NiteOwl on March 17, 2014 at 10:48 AM

Can’t he make a speech whilst looking into the camera?

Key West Reader on March 17, 2014 at 10:49 AM

And what he reads from the teleprompter will be the first he’s heard of his plans, too.
 

Obama national security aides meet to discuss Ukraine

March 15, 2014 7:27 PM
 
Obama did not attend the meeting but was being briefed about it and other developments involving Ukraine, said Laura Lucas Magnuson, a spokeswoman for the White House National Security Council.
 
http://news.yahoo.com/obama-national-security-aides-meet-discuss-ukraine-192833314.html

 
$5 says his NCAA brackets are completely filled out, though.

rogerb on March 17, 2014 at 10:50 AM

so if russian actions hurt their economy obama will try to hurt their economy.
meanwhile I am waiting to see him sanction himself for allowing all the fed qe stuff.

dmacleo on March 17, 2014 at 10:50 AM

Kasparov: ‘Carter looks like Churchill in comparison’ to Obama

The lilliputian president of a stupid people, in the majority, to speak about LilliPutin.

It’s dire, but schadenfreude, pure.

To bring such a fool, once…but to then keep him?

Free people always deserve the thugs they elect.

Schadenfreude on March 17, 2014 at 10:50 AM

Last speech was from a school. Is this next one going to be from a welfare line?

Oil Can on March 17, 2014 at 10:50 AM

These sanctions are so toothless as to practically be symbolic. Obama deserves all the mockery he’s getting. The only thing that would be effective would be to cut off all US trade with Russia and a massive, ongoing effort to dissuade Europe from trading with Russia. That MIGHT do some real damage.

Doomberg on March 17, 2014 at 10:51 AM

Weakness on display for all to see. Worst President Ever.

Bmore on March 17, 2014 at 10:52 AM

Merkel, the scumhag, had to talk obama into sanctioning 7 oligarchs.

Schadenfreude on March 17, 2014 at 10:52 AM

Very flexible though.

Bmore on March 17, 2014 at 10:52 AM

Breaking newz – Putin Reacts to Obama’s Speechifyin’ Session o The Day:

HA. HAHAHA. HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA. BHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA. HAHAHAHAH. What a ninny this skinny huckster is. HAHAHAHAHA. Next we move into Poland. HHAHAHAHAHAHA

/

Key West Reader on March 17, 2014 at 10:52 AM

Well, that was an entirely underwhelming ‘announcement’ by the SCOMAF.

Sanctions – the Russians have had a couple of weeks to move funds from the reach of ‘sanctions’ – time that this feckless President has given him.

This is little more than trying to develop the appearances of doing something – without actually doing something to oppose someone who has no hesitation to use military force or economic blackmail to achieve his own goals.

Athos on March 17, 2014 at 10:52 AM

$5 says his NCAA brackets are completely filled out, though.

rogerb on March 17, 2014 at 10:50 AM

Heh, heh… He probably had the NSA fill it out for him.

NiteOwl on March 17, 2014 at 10:52 AM

obama to speak on Ukraine

Why bother?

Pork-Chop on March 17, 2014 at 10:52 AM

Weakness on display for all to see. Worst President Ever.

Bmore on March 17, 2014 at 10:52 AM

“Eat lobsters your veggies, fools”

Schadenfreude on March 17, 2014 at 10:53 AM

…JugEars speaks…JugEars speaks…JugEars Speaks…JugEars SPEAKS!

KOOLAID2 on March 17, 2014 at 10:53 AM

…can’t he wait till Friday?

KOOLAID2 on March 17, 2014 at 10:54 AM

The Russians will just have to raise the ticket price for Soyuz rides to ISS dramatically then.

DarkCurrent on March 17, 2014 at 10:55 AM

I’m sure Putin is concerned. /

mankai on March 17, 2014 at 10:56 AM

This is little more than trying to develop the appearances of doing something – without actually doing something to oppose someone who has no hesitation to use military force or economic blackmail to achieve his own goals.

Athos on March 17, 2014 at 10:52 AM

Pretty much. ZeroHedge noted the other day Putin’s allies got their cash out way in advance of this. It’s amazing how Obama is just letting Putin humiliate him over and over like this. Does he not realize the entire world is laughing at him?

Doomberg on March 17, 2014 at 10:56 AM

Tonight, amid his usual barrage of criticism leveled at Vladimir Putin, he’s turning his fire on President Obama and former secretary of state Hillary Clinton.

Discussing President Carter’s foreign policy, he compliments the former President’s “Very tough stands on human rights.” President Obama, however, he gives lower marks. In response to another tweeter, he writes that when it comes to the crisis in Ukraine, “so far, Carter looks like Churchill in comparison.”

Schadenfreude on March 17, 2014 at 10:56 AM

Mitt Romney was right.

gophergirl on March 17, 2014 at 10:45 AM

Raaaaaacist.

Nutstuyu on March 17, 2014 at 10:57 AM

I’ve never heard of putting sanctions on a person. Is putting sanctions on the country to draconian for Obama? So he will oppose this invasion by just putting a sanction on a few government apparatchiks? What does that mean? They will have their eBay accounts suspended? They can’t order stuff on Amazon? Will Facebook take action against them? Or is that a bridge too far even for Obama?

HugoDrax on March 17, 2014 at 10:57 AM

Pee Wee in mom jeans vs a stone killer.

If Putin pays attention and responds it will just be to btch slap skippy again.

dogsoldier on March 17, 2014 at 10:57 AM

The Russians will just have to raise the ticket price for Soyuz rides to ISS dramatically then.

DarkCurrent on March 17, 2014 at 10:55 AM

Hey, NASA is busy, teaching Muslim outreach. Be quiet.

Schadenfreude on March 17, 2014 at 10:57 AM

When will someone put sanctions on Obama and his “government cronies”?

Nutstuyu on March 17, 2014 at 10:57 AM

“Leading from Behind” in full sunshine

Schadenfreude on March 17, 2014 at 10:57 AM

It’ll be interesting to see what TOTUS tells us…

OmahaConservative on March 17, 2014 at 10:58 AM

Does Obama realize he is sanctioning the same country that withstood the German invasion during WWII which resulted in millions of dead and wounded Russians . . . and they still persevered and won? Good luck with your sanctions.

rplat on March 17, 2014 at 10:59 AM

Never forget, never

Schadenfreude on March 17, 2014 at 10:59 AM

Once he told Putin he would have more flexibility after the election, Putin knew at that moment he was dealing with a sissy.

rjoco1 on March 17, 2014 at 10:59 AM

All progressives are stupid. They actually thought giving Russian a cheap reset button and promises of flexibility would make better relations with Russia. Think about how stupid a person has to be to believe that. And that’s as deep of a thought as any progressive has ever had. No wonder liberals think obozo is a genius, compared to his voters, he is.

Flange on March 17, 2014 at 10:59 AM

Somewhere, Jimma Catta is grinning ear to ear.

No Time Clock on March 17, 2014 at 11:00 AM

and this still may not be enough to keep Russian tanks from rolling all the way up to the Dniepr.

Better than than Germans tanks rolling to the Dnieper….Oh sorry, my bad, they already tried that and lost.

Johnnyreb on March 17, 2014 at 11:01 AM

Sanctions never worked, do not work, and will never work against thugs and dictators… This is an utter joke but it is like everything else this most incompetent and weakest President in history does…

mnjg on March 17, 2014 at 11:01 AM

and this still may not be enough to keep Russian tanks from rolling all the way up to the Dniepr.

And Kiev is just on the other side of the river.

Schadenfreude on March 17, 2014 at 11:01 AM

DOW up +150 points. The DOW is taking the news badly, huh?

MWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

timberline on March 17, 2014 at 11:01 AM

I wonder if he will cover the central issues pertaining to the Ukraine such as horses and barn doors?

hawkdriver on March 17, 2014 at 11:01 AM

Obama is to Putin as Boehner is to Obama.

Fenris on March 17, 2014 at 11:02 AM

Russian Stocks, Ruble Respond To Obama’s Sanctions By Extending Gains

Despite no move in gold, silver, or US Treasuries, US equities (and JPY crosses) remain bid. But perhaps the most intriguing reaction to Obama’s escalation is the surge higher in Russian stocks and rally in the Ruble… Putin and his oligarch friends must be pleased…

http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2014-03-17/russian-stocks-ruble-respond-obamas-sanctions-extending-gains

The Ruble strengthens & stocks surge.

workingclass artist on March 17, 2014 at 11:02 AM

There’s that word that politicians use every chance they get; comprehensive. It’s like if they use that then they have said something profound and full of resolution. Well guess what, its ubiquitous use has made it totally meaningless. Obama uses it constantly and attains nothing; comprehensive health care program, comprehensive immigration policy, comprehensive middle east policy, comprehensive gun control and on and on and on. Now he puts forth a comprehensive plan for Putin who laughs in his face.

Pardonme on March 17, 2014 at 11:03 AM

With all the runs in Sochi, why would sanctions of Russian billionaire brats and fake women against Aspen have any effect?

In Sochi they don’t have to run into Michelle Obama either.

Schadenfreude on March 17, 2014 at 11:03 AM

Valerie Jarrett is just putting the finishing touches on what she wants Barry to say.

bsinc1962 on March 17, 2014 at 11:03 AM

Never forget, never

Schadenfreude on March 17, 2014 at 10:59 AM

if Bush had been caught on tape saying that, the media sure would not have forgotten.

hawkdriver on March 17, 2014 at 11:03 AM

Imagine if you will, the Founding Fathers sitting in a room watching C-SPAN when “teh one” speaks.

Scary Huh!

D-fusit on March 17, 2014 at 11:04 AM

There is little the US can do. We have lost our power due
to Obama and his little thug regime. The whole world is laughing!

I am afraid that with everyone screaming out what a weakling
Obama is (and he is) that he will do something really stupid
to prove his manhood.

And that something will cause great harm to this country.

What a cluster****!

Amjean on March 17, 2014 at 11:04 AM

Valerie Jarrett is just putting the finishing touches on what she wants Barry to say.

bsinc1962 on March 17, 2014 at 11:03 AM

She couldn’t show you Crimea on a map.

Schadenfreude on March 17, 2014 at 11:04 AM

Somewhere, Jimma Catta is grinning ear to ear.

No Time Clock on March 17, 2014 at 11:00 AM

…Aaron Burr is smiling…in his grave!

KOOLAID2 on March 17, 2014 at 11:05 AM

If you want to bargain with Putin the only way is if you have something to bargain with or a position of power. O’Barry has neither, if he wants to get to the table he needs to bring plans for the european missile defense system on-line, approve more drilling and exporting of gas and oil.

Sven on March 17, 2014 at 11:05 AM

Does he not realize the entire world is laughing at him?

Doomberg on March 17, 2014 at 10:56 AM

Between the echo chamber of his inner circle, the fawning of the mainstream media, and his own arrogance and hubris, it’s clear that he doesn’t realize that he’s the laughing stock of the free world.

In the 1930′s, Baldwin and Chamberlain were blinded by their misconceptions and biases. Chamberlain in particular was so taken with himself, that he thought he could change Hitler’s path just from the sheer strength of his character and rhetorical skills.

Barack Obama has the same arrogance and hubris about himself – combined with a vision that he has to right past wrongs – and those past wrongs were overwhelmingly caused by the US and the West.

There was plenty of real action that this Administration could have taken to match it’s self-proclaimed outrage over Putin’s actions. But given the path it is taken, the outrage being expressed by Obama can’t be seen as anything more than feigned outrage.

He doesn’t want to deal with this stuff – as his absence from National Security briefings clearly demonstrates.

Athos on March 17, 2014 at 11:05 AM

DOW up +150 points. The DOW is taking the news badly, huh?

MWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

timberlinenon sequitur on March 17, 2014 at 11:01 AM

?

NotCoach on March 17, 2014 at 11:05 AM

It’s funny that Lilliputin, the little Napoleon, is taller than the lilliputian in the WH.

Schadenfreude on March 17, 2014 at 11:06 AM

Pretty much. ZeroHedge noted the other day Putin’s allies got their cash out way in advance of this. It’s amazing how Obama is just letting Putin humiliate him over and over like this. Does he not realize the entire world is laughing at him?

Doomberg on March 17, 2014 at 10:56 AM

He does not know and if he does he does not care… For this most incompetent full the entire Presidency is about photops and reading speeches from teleprompter to agitate his parasitic and dumb bases against the Producers and the Republicans which he sees as his only enemies… And then after the speech he will go on vacation or playing golf…

mnjg on March 17, 2014 at 11:06 AM

Where are the trolls?

Schadenfreude on March 17, 2014 at 11:06 AM

Mitt Romney was right.

gophergirl on March 17, 2014 at 10:45 AM

Raaaaaacist.

Nutstuyu on March 17, 2014 at 10:57 AM

Meh. The 2012 election was all about Big Bird, Sesame Street and the war on Free Rubbers.

Key West Reader on March 17, 2014 at 11:07 AM

Given his success in boosting the American economy, I highly doubt any efforts by Obama to harm the Russian economy will succeed.

steebo77 on March 17, 2014 at 11:07 AM

All progressives are stupid. They actually thought giving Russian a cheap reset button and promises of flexibility would make better relations with Russia. Think about how stupid a person has to be to believe that. And that’s as deep of a thought as any progressive has ever had. No wonder liberals think obozo is a genius, compared to his voters, he is.

Flange on March 17, 2014 at 10:59 AM

“No wonder liberals think obozo is a genius; compared to his
voters, he is.” I think you hit the nail on the head with that
line.

Amjean on March 17, 2014 at 11:07 AM

$5 says his NCAA brackets are completely filled out, though.

rogerb on March 17, 2014 at 10:50 AM

nah…

The new Hotness is Obamacare Brackets…

March Madness: Obama’s Bracket Will Be Used To Push ObamaCare

http://www.breitbart.com/InstaBlog/2014/03/16/March-Madness-Obama-s-Bracket-Will-Be-Used-To-Push-ObamaCare

workingclass artist on March 17, 2014 at 11:08 AM

Where are the trolls?

Schadenfreude on March 17, 2014 at 11:06 AM

…jacking off…in front of their JugEars picture!

KOOLAID2 on March 17, 2014 at 11:09 AM

DOW up +150 points. The DOW is taking the news badly, huh?

MWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

timberline on March 17, 2014 at 11:01 AM

You’re an idiot.

steebo77 on March 17, 2014 at 11:09 AM

Obama is to Putin as Boehner is to Obama.

Fenris on March 17, 2014 at 11:02 AM

I’d say this sounds like something from the SAT, but now that they’re revamping it for today’s chilluns, I know it can’t be. The O reference is OK, but Fiddy Cent, Lady Gaga or Miley Cyrus has to be worked in somehow.

Awesomeness is to Barack Obama as Shiznik is to:

A) Lady Gaga
B) Miley Cyrus’s bong
C) Fiddy Cent
D) Che
E) All of These, Dog

mankai on March 17, 2014 at 11:09 AM

to impose sanctions on named officials of the Russian government, any individual or entity that operates in the Russian arms industry, and any designated individual or entity that acts on behalf of, or that provides material or other support to, any senior Russian government official.

What a joke. Sanctions against INDIVIDUALS and “entities” that are doing business with INDIVIDUALS?? I mentioned how retarded this was when this anti-American, treasonous administration first released this. It’s laughable.

The only sanction I really care about is Barky being sanctioned from … everything. Can’t we just give Barky to Russia as a punishment for their adventures in Crimea? Just ship the Indonesian Retard over by Fed Ex. They don’t even have to put any airholes in the package. or maybe we can ship Barky by USPS? Then, he’d probably just get lost and never heard from again. For once, the USPS would be doing a half-decent job.

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on March 17, 2014 at 11:09 AM

In connection with the situation in Crimea and the necessity of discussing some of its international aspects, the Ukrainian side is recalling its ambassador to the Russian Federation, Vladimir Yelchenko,” the Foreign Ministry said. (Reuters)

They still had an ambassador in Russia?

sharrukin on March 17, 2014 at 11:09 AM

DOW up +150 points. The DOW is taking the news badly, huh?

MWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

timberline on March 17, 2014 at 11:01 AM

The rich get richer… oh wait, new meme now? Sorry.

/

mankai on March 17, 2014 at 11:10 AM

November, were the Rs smart, s/b fun.

obama’care’ – 4.2 of the 43 million uninsured, so to speak insured
The Internet control to the UN
Foreign policy run by stupid scumhags
obama out golfing
Michelle eating lobsters, while preaching that food causes global warming
Unemployment in the toilte
Youth with zero hope
Land in a malaise 10-fold from Jimmy Carter’s

Somehow Boner and McConnell will fluke it up.

Schadenfreude on March 17, 2014 at 11:10 AM

DOW up +150 points. The DOW is taking the news badly, huh?

MWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

timberline on March 17, 2014 at 11:01 AM

You forgot Soros and the Koch Brothers

Schadenfreude on March 17, 2014 at 11:10 AM

There is little the US can do. We have lost our power due
to Obama and his little thug regime. The whole world is laughing!

I am afraid that with everyone screaming out what a weakling
Obama is (and he is) that he will do something really stupid
to prove his manhood.

And that something will cause great harm to this country.

What a cluster****!

Amjean on March 17, 2014 at 11:04 AM

He’s sending Biden to Europe…Then he goes next week

The country is in the best of hands…

workingclass artist on March 17, 2014 at 11:10 AM

The markets are laughing at how weak this response is. So are the Russians apparently.

The “seven” Mr. Obama is targeting? They’ve already moved their financial interests from any tangible sanctions reach once this moved was threatened.

Wait until they move into the rest of Ukraine. Maybe Mr. Obama will say that’s not very nice. Perhaps even remove Russian Vodka from the White House bar.

Congratulations Hillary and Mr. Obama. We finally have a reset. And the Bear is at a military, nuclear and obviously conventional advantage due to your weakness.

Marcus Traianus on March 17, 2014 at 11:11 AM

It will take more than an turkey baster loaded with powdered sugar to stop Putin. That is all the Ukrainian military and Western sanctions amount to at this point.

KW64 on March 17, 2014 at 11:11 AM

$5 says his NCAA brackets are completely filled out, though.

rogerb on March 17, 2014 at 10:50 AM

nah…

The new Hotness is Obamacare Brackets…

March Madness: Obama’s Bracket Will Be Used To Push ObamaCare

http://www.breitbart.com/InstaBlog/2014/03/16/March-Madness-Obama-s-Bracket-Will-Be-Used-To-Push-ObamaCare

workingclass artist on March 17, 2014 at 11:08 AM

But have you seen this:

OBAMA Scaldal Bracket

Too Funny, sad but still funny.

D-fusit on March 17, 2014 at 11:12 AM

Yippeee!!!

Another speech. Just what we need – another game of Obama’s Bulls*t Bingo.

Bingo.

Key West Reader on March 17, 2014 at 10:44 AM

And yet, Obama neglected to touch on the most important thing in his world this week. I speak, of course, of his bracket picks for the NCAA Men’s Basketball tournament.

It’s not like that Crimea thing isn’t going to still be around next week.

Happy Nomad on March 17, 2014 at 11:12 AM

“I have a pen and a phone” — obama

“Putin told me to stick my phone into where the sun don’t shine” — obama

Schadenfreude on March 17, 2014 at 11:13 AM

DOW up +150 points. The DOW is taking the news badly, huh?

MWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

timberline on March 17, 2014 at 11:01 AM

The stock markets, mostly controlled by Limousine Liberals has nothing to do for the last five years with economic or political reality. It is doing well because the Federal reserves have been printing 85 billions dollars a month to buy Wall Street toxic assets and also providing almost zero interest so Wall Street bankers would borrow money at very little interest and sell it to the customers at much higher interests… And all these trillions of dollars they are making are at the very heavy expense of the real producers and generations to come… No President in history has been a better provider to Wall Street than Obama, not even close… But he goes on and campaign against them so he appeals to his stupid parasitic base who does not realize that he is the Wall Street ultimate servant…

mnjg on March 17, 2014 at 11:14 AM

Awesomeness is to Barack Obama as Shiznik is to:

A) Lady Gaga
B) Miley Cyrus’s bong
C) Fiddy Cent
D) Che
E) All of These, Dog

mankai on March 17, 2014 at 11:09 AM

I believe you dropped an “r” on the corect answer, “D”.

/doyouseewhatididthere

M240H on March 17, 2014 at 11:14 AM

Somehow Boner and McConnell will fluke it up.

Schadenfreude on March 17, 2014 at 11:10 AM

They already have. That’s how good they are!

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on March 17, 2014 at 11:14 AM

Russia picks up GIGANTIC economic windfall in annexing Crimea… they’ll gladly weather O’s sanctions.

O’s sanctions against US energy interests, however, are wreaking havoc with our economy.

mankai on March 17, 2014 at 11:14 AM

Does he not realize the entire world is laughing at him?

Doomberg on March 17, 2014 at 10:56 AM

Between the echo chamber of his inner circle, the fawning of the mainstream media, and his own arrogance and hubris, it’s clear that he doesn’t realize that he’s the laughing stock of the free world.

In the 1930′s, Baldwin and Chamberlain were blinded by their misconceptions and biases. Chamberlain in particular was so taken with himself, that he thought he could change Hitler’s path just from the sheer strength of his character and rhetorical skills.

Barack Obama has the same arrogance and hubris about himself – combined with a vision that he has to right past wrongs – and those past wrongs were overwhelmingly caused by the US and the West.

There was plenty of real action that this Administration could have taken to match it’s self-proclaimed outrage over Putin’s actions. But given the path it is taken, the outrage being expressed by Obama can’t be seen as anything more than feigned outrage.

He doesn’t want to deal with this stuff – as his absence from National Security briefings clearly demonstrates.

Athos on March 17, 2014 at 11:05 AM

Yeah.

It’s all BS and another European Vacation at the taxpayer’s expense….The nattering nabobs will be more concerned about what Michelle will wear to the apocolptisummit…

workingclass artist on March 17, 2014 at 11:15 AM

Obama should have Mitt Romney on speed dial….”What was that 80′s foreign policy thingy you were talking about at the debate again?”

Love, Barry

Indianatime on March 17, 2014 at 11:15 AM

Like putin is going to bend to this?

OK.. count down now and see how long it takes for Putin to respond.

Wondering what kind of sanctions Russian could impose on us? Or against the EU .. to make them hate the US all the more? Maybe with the help of China?

JellyToast on March 17, 2014 at 11:16 AM

D-fusit on March 17, 2014 at 11:12 AM

I quit Twitchy when the boss emeritus sold it…

OmahaConservative on March 17, 2014 at 11:17 AM

NBC reports that the administration is selling this as the toughest action against Russia since the Cold War:

LOL. It’s got nothing to do with “Russia”. It’s against a few individual Russians.

I want my national divorce from these lowlife, anti-Western, douchebag morons. They have killed the US and I want out of the American Socialist Superstate.

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on March 17, 2014 at 11:17 AM

DOW up +150 points. The DOW is taking the news badly, huh?
 
MWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
 
timberline on March 17, 2014 at 11:01 AM

 
What news?

rogerb on March 17, 2014 at 11:17 AM

The Chicago huckster. A day late and a dollar short. Again.

GarandFan on March 17, 2014 at 11:19 AM

D-fusit on March 17, 2014 at 11:12 AM

Yeah…that’s a classic…

Seen this?

Ramirez on Nixon vs. Obama Impeachment Stakes

http://www.powerlineblog.com/archives/2014/03/nixon-vs-obama-who-deserves-impeachment-more.php

workingclass artist on March 17, 2014 at 11:19 AM

mankai on March 17, 2014 at 11:09 AM

I had to look up schiznick. Apparently as an adjective it means awesome, but as a proper noun it means the opposite. So if you wanted to confuse a lefty, you could say awesome is to obama is as schiznick is to schiznick.

Fenris on March 17, 2014 at 11:19 AM

link to enhanced Ramirez Nixon v Obama Impeachment Cartoon

http://www.powerlineblog.com/admin/ed-assets/2014/03/RAMclr-031614-articles-IBD-COLOR-FINAL.gif.cms_.gif

workingclass artist on March 17, 2014 at 11:20 AM

Comprehensive immigration reform. Comprehensive healthcare reform, comprehensive sanctions.

The federal “word-a-day” calendar is stuck in Groundhog Day mode.

“Hey, if we label everything as comprehensive, it will look super serious.”

reaganaut on March 17, 2014 at 11:20 AM

DOW up +150 points. The DOW is taking the news badly, huh?

MWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

timberline on March 17, 2014 at 11:01 AM

Report: Weak White House Sanctions Rally Russian Market. The Russian market is taking the news badly, huh?

MWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

steebo77 on March 17, 2014 at 11:20 AM

Wondering what kind of sanctions Russian could impose on us? Or against the EU .. to make them hate the US all the more? Maybe with the help of China?

JellyToast on March 17, 2014 at 11:16 AM

Putin can shut off the Gas…It’s still cold over there

workingclass artist on March 17, 2014 at 11:21 AM

john Bolton said it best: Sending John Kerry to negotiate with Lavrov over the Crimea annexation was “like sending a cupcake to negotiate with a steak knife.” But there is a bigger cupcake taking up space in DC. If I were Russia, especially after the pathetic speech of our C-in-C (Cupcake in Chief) Obama just made (effectively a b_tch slap with a feather duster), I’d make a grab for the Eastern Ukraine NOW!!!

MaiDee on March 17, 2014 at 11:21 AM

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