Obama: I don’t have time to explain my “doctrine,” but let me explain Bush’s

posted at 10:41 am on April 28, 2014 by Ed Morrissey

The only thing missing from Barack Obama’s defense of his stumbling foreign policy was the word “inherited.” Fox’s Ed Henry asked Obama earlier today to explain the “Obama Doctrine” that drives foreign policy in the wake of the disarray in Ukraine, Syria, and the Israeli-Palestinian negotiations, among other flops. Obama responded that he didn’t have the time in the presser to detail an “Obama Doctrine,” but he took the time to declare that his predecessor’s was all about military intervention:

CNN’s Jake Tapper was among the few who picked up the exchange, and his panel scoffed at the strawman argument from Obama. No one’s arguing for military intervention in Ukraine, Maeve Reston points out, laughing at Obama’a accusation. His critics want a stronger response on sanctions and diplomacy, and aren’t getting it:

“It’s interesting that he would take it that far to deflect the criticism,” Reston says. Er … not really. Obama has made a habit of building phony straw-man arguments about his critics in order to ridicule them without addressing the actual criticisms themselves. Reston rightly recognizes that in this instance. Jonathan Martin does note that this is a long-standing pattern for the White House — declaring that the issue is a form of “Sydney or the Bush,” with the latter term a little more literal.

And oh, by the way — which President used military force to decapitate a dictator without having boots on the ground to control the outcome, and did so without Congressional approval? I don’t think the last name was Bush, and the outcome turned out worse than the one Obama’s complaining about in this presser.

Six years later, Obama’s still blaming everything on Bush. But it wasn’t Bush that gave Sergei Lavrov a reset button and then canceled the missile-shield program in eastern Europe, and it wasn’t Bush who asked Dmitri Medvedev to transmit a promise to Vladimir Putin of “more flexibility” after his next election. It seems the only people Obama will challenge are Republicans and straw men.


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Murphy9 on April 28, 2014 at 10:42 AM

Obama Doctrine: America Sux

faraway on April 28, 2014 at 10:42 AM

this was my ( @conserv_voice ) reply

@jonkarl @edhenryTV @BarackObama doesn’t take long to say hashtag. is he too lazy to even say that??

dmacleo on April 28, 2014 at 10:43 AM

Obama doctrine: One world socialism, by any means necessary.

tdarrington on April 28, 2014 at 10:44 AM

You’re only complaining because you’re mildly racist.

rogerb on April 28, 2014 at 10:44 AM

This man is inept, incompetent and a throne in the side of this once great nation.

rplat on April 28, 2014 at 10:44 AM

It isn’t that he doesn’t have time, it’s that if he did, everyone would recognize it as Marxism.

oscarwilde on April 28, 2014 at 10:45 AM

The Obama Doctrine: being flexible to America’s enemies.

He just doesn’t have enough time to shine up that piece of sh!t (Took the Mythbusters long enough to do that.)

rbj on April 28, 2014 at 10:45 AM

Yes You Can

faraway on April 28, 2014 at 10:46 AM

The Obama Doctrine is hoping for a pipeline in the Ukraine he can shut down.That keeps his followers happy.

docflash on April 28, 2014 at 10:47 AM

#mildlyracist
 
Ha

rogerb on April 28, 2014 at 10:47 AM

The O’Barry has no clothes.

Sven on April 28, 2014 at 10:47 AM

We are “redistributing” American power to Russia and China in the interest of “fairness”. The fact that millions of people the world over are being stripped of freedoms we take for granted is unimportant because, “at a certain point, [America's] made enough money”.

The Schaef on April 28, 2014 at 10:47 AM

There are times when Obama would let his true colors shine, and it would go right over people’s heads. Redistribute wealth, fundamentally change America, energy costs necessarily skyrocket… but in this case, his real intentions of one world government would have outraged even the press. His other typical tactic would have been to say the opposite of what he wanted. Most transparent administration, centrist government, cut taxes, type of stuff. In this situation, the opposite of one world government is American Exceptionalism, and we all know where he stands on that.

tdarrington on April 28, 2014 at 10:48 AM

STILL blaming Bush.

The man will be 87 years old, incontinent, and he will blame Dubya for it; what a sad sack of of preznit.

Bishop on April 28, 2014 at 10:48 AM

Obama doctrine = Surrender to our enemies, do nothing, engage in meaningless and fake negotiations with the enemies where they get 100% of what they want and we nothing…

mnjg on April 28, 2014 at 10:49 AM

Obama doctrine = Surrender to our enemies, do nothing, engage in meaningless and fake negotiations with the enemies where they get 100% of what they want and we nothing…

mnjg on April 28, 2014 at 10:49 AM

But don’t forget, he’s really good at killing people, it’s something he like. Well, he does drone on about it.

oscarwilde on April 28, 2014 at 10:51 AM

Hopey/Changey Superior Political Foreign Policy Fire Power at work!

Feel the Shock and Awe,..of the Left at work,
trying to save America’s standing in the world
that Bush has Destroyed!

And now,…for some REALITY:
=============================

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

canopfor on April 28, 2014 at 10:52 AM

And oh, by the way — which President used military force to decapitate a dictator without having boots on the ground to control the outcome, and did so without Congressional approval?

The CIA doesn’t wear boots?

rhombus on April 28, 2014 at 10:53 AM

Obama: I don’t have time to explain my “doctrine,” but let me explain Bush’s

Well, if you need more time, then maybe you could have talked about Ukraine or Syria instead of your opinion about what some racist donor of yours said.

Happy Nomad on April 28, 2014 at 10:53 AM

The only thing missing from Barack Obama’s defense of his stumbling foreign policy was the word “inherited.”
==================================

Yup!!

canopfor on April 28, 2014 at 10:54 AM

Obama: I don’t have time to explain my “doctrine,” but let me explain Bush’s

I can do it in two words:

“Surrender Monkey”

BobMbx on April 28, 2014 at 10:54 AM

You really don’t have to be that smart when your adversary is that stupid

J_Crater on April 28, 2014 at 10:55 AM

It seems the only people Obama will challenge are Republicans and straw men.

That’s because neither of those ever fight back.

Bitter Clinger on April 28, 2014 at 10:55 AM

The Obama Doctrine

Cracking down on ranchers and using the IRS on political enemies…

PatriotRider on April 28, 2014 at 10:57 AM

The next obvious question from a media that wasn’t wearing DNC kneepads:

“Why can’t you take the time to explain to the American people your foreign policy, you work for us and it’s our money and our soldier’s lives being put at risk? Perhaps one less golf outing and outline your policy instead?”

Bishop on April 28, 2014 at 10:57 AM

Why don’t we start calling him what he is – a wuss.

Tater Salad on April 28, 2014 at 10:57 AM

Note these scattered but increasingly frequent occasions of the Praetorian Guard media trying to get some post-Obamalyptic cred with a critical treatment of the holy one.
.
It’s waaay too late but it’s cute to watch their lame-a$$ effort to redeem their pretend profession.

Dr. Carlo Lombardi on April 28, 2014 at 10:58 AM

The Obama Doctrine

Supplying weapons to Mexican Drug Lords…

PatriotRider on April 28, 2014 at 10:58 AM

canopfor on April 28, 2014 at 10:52 AM


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.

And thus we got the apology tour, the recharge button, wrong region DVDs and an IPod of Obama’s greatest speeches for the Queen of England! And that was just in the first year of this administration.

Happy Nomad on April 28, 2014 at 10:58 AM

Allow me to explain the Obama doctrine, using his own words from 2007, and the words of his Secretary of Health and Human Services in 2013…

But my journey is part of a larger journey- one shared by all who’ve ever sought to apply the values of their faith to our society. It’s a journey that takes us back to our nation’s founding, when none other than a UCC church inspired the Boston Tea Party and helped bring an Empire to its knees.

- Barack Hussein Obama
June 23, 2007

We are bringing Western civilization to its knees by selling private insurance plans on a web site where people pick and choose.”

- Kathleen Sebelius, Health and Human Services Secretary
October 7, 2013

ITguy on April 28, 2014 at 10:58 AM

Who was the dope interviewer who asked Sarah Palin what the Bush Doctrine was? What does he have to say about Obysmal, who cannot even articulate his own foreign-policy doctrine?

onlineanalyst on April 28, 2014 at 10:58 AM

…Smart Power!

KOOLAID2 on April 28, 2014 at 10:58 AM

The Obama Doctrine

Selectively enforcing US laws…

PatriotRider on April 28, 2014 at 10:59 AM

Six years later, Obama’s still blaming everything on Bush. But it wasn’t Bush that gave Sergei Lavrov a reset button and then canceled the missile-shield program in eastern Europe, and it wasn’t Bush who asked Dmitri Medvedev to transmit a promise to Vladimir Putin of “more flexibility” after his next election. It seems the only people Obama will challenge are Republicans and straw men.

Ah, our Protestor President. All he has time to do is criticize what was done or not done by a predecessor. Press him as to what he would do differently, and why he hasn’t done it already, and you just get more of what’s wrong with someone else. And when he doesn’t have something specific about a specific person to criticize, he creates a straw man and criticizes that.

In the middle of his second term, and still criticizing his predecessor.

Who, by the way, didn’t take any actions in Iraq or Afghanistan without authorization by Congress.

Which makes him a far more bipartisan president than Obama has ever been or shows any promise of ever being.

There Goes the Neighborhood on April 28, 2014 at 11:00 AM

Total failure.

albill on April 28, 2014 at 11:00 AM

Not enough time? How much time does it take to say “flexibility”…?

JohnGalt23 on April 28, 2014 at 11:00 AM

Moochell can I borrow your jeans?

Sven on April 28, 2014 at 11:01 AM

Obama Doctrine: I’m the first black POTUS. Don’t blame me. Or you’re racist.

kevinkristy on April 28, 2014 at 11:01 AM

The Obama Doctrine…

Using the NSA on the American people and our Allies…

PatriotRider on April 28, 2014 at 11:01 AM

“Obama Doctrine”

AKA – making shit up as I go.

And BTW, “It’s all Bush’s fault!”

IABF is a registered Trademark of the DNC.

GarandFan on April 28, 2014 at 11:01 AM

The sad thing is that more than half of American people believe in Obama’s Blame Bush policy.

albill on April 28, 2014 at 11:02 AM


So,…the LEFT LIED,..they have NO DOCTRINE:
=============================================

“With Smart Power Diplomacy will be the Vanguard of our Foreign Policy”!!
—Killary HilRod

Clinton vows ‘smart power’ diplomacy

Uploaded on 13 Jan 2009
************************

Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton, President-elect Obama’s pick to head the State Department testified in her confirmation hearing before the Senate Foreign Affairs Committee on Tuesday.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JHYB6J_P7Mc

canopfor on April 28, 2014 at 11:02 AM

But he does have time to weigh in on the LA Clippers story, which concerns the Presidency not a whit. Interesting.

nonpartisans tabbycat on April 28, 2014 at 11:02 AM

The Obama Doctrine

Supplying weapons to Mexican Drug Lords…

PatriotRider on April 28, 2014 at 10:58 AM

Were it that simplistic. And Obama is so godamned stupid that Occam’s Razor could apply. But:

The Obama Doctrine

Supplying weapons to Mexican Drug Lords…

….. So you can declare a national crisis that requires massive curtailment of the Second Amendment.

Like Hitler staging a Polish invasion, Fast and furious was engineered to give officials who promise to protect the Constitution the excuse to go gun-grabbing. He told the Brady Campaign criminals that much before the whole thing blew up in his face.

Happy Nomad on April 28, 2014 at 11:03 AM

He doesn’t know what the Obama doctrine is, does he? This President is a figure head for a bunch of radical idiots who don’t know what they are really doing…besides bleeding us dry. He’s trying to bs his way through the presidency. Everything was supposed to be our fault so if he just did the opposite of Bush (perhaps we should call it the Costanza doctrine) everything would magically fix itself. And then when that didn’t actually work…well, its too complicated to explain exactly. I’m sure when he gets back to the Oval office he will ask someone what the Obama doctrine is. And to think Palin was deemed unfit to be VP because she flubbed the Bush Doctrine question. This is what white liberal guilt can accomplish. Stand back and bask in its glory.

magicbeans on April 28, 2014 at 11:04 AM

As long as he has stupid people, believing his stupid policies, and believing in his stupid statements that it is all Bush’s fault, he will keep stating this stupid premise because it works on stupid people.

right2bright on April 28, 2014 at 11:04 AM

But he does have time to weigh in on the LA Clippers story, which concerns the Presidency not a whit. Interesting.

nonpartisans tabbycat on April 28, 2014 at 11:02 AM

I had to do a double take on your name. Here’s some catnip for making me think nonintelligent actually said something semi-intelligent for a change.

NotCoach on April 28, 2014 at 11:05 AM

He looks perfect in that front picture, stupid as a donkey.

Schadenfreude on April 28, 2014 at 11:07 AM

And Bush’s response to military pressure on the world stage was not simply “Someone called” jokes, or labeling a event as a to its most likely era and thinking that was effective.

Axeman on April 28, 2014 at 11:07 AM

canopfor on April 28, 2014 at 10:52 AM

And thus we got the apology tour, the recharge button, wrong region DVDs and an IPod of Obama’s greatest speeches for the Queen of England! And that was just in the first year of this administration.

Happy Nomad on April 28, 2014 at 10:58 AM

Happy Nomad:

Sweet Bippy,..yes,.yes,..and more yes,..exactly,…these five years
feel like a hundred with Hopey:)

canopfor on April 28, 2014 at 11:08 AM

I like Ed Henry. He irritates all.

“I doubt I am going to have time to outline my entire foreign policy”

Here, moron, one word “Failure”.

All of you, name one people/land who are free/freer, due to obama/Hillary/Kerry, I triple dare you.

Schadenfreude on April 28, 2014 at 11:08 AM

Do you mean the Valerie Jarrett doctrine, she hasn’t shared it with her prop yet.

Sven on April 28, 2014 at 11:09 AM

Obama’s foreign policy should be called the Dither Doctrine.

ConstantineXI on April 28, 2014 at 11:09 AM

Sweet Bippy,..yes,.yes,..and more yes,..exactly,…these five years
feel like a hundred with Hopey:)

canopfor on April 28, 2014 at 11:08 AM

On the positive side, we all now know for certain that no matter what we think, we are evil racists…

oscarwilde on April 28, 2014 at 11:09 AM

“Punk” describes the thug the best.

Schadenfreude on April 28, 2014 at 11:11 AM

But he does have time to weigh in on the LA Clippers story, which concerns the Presidency not a whit. Interesting.

nonpartisans tabbycat on April 28, 2014 at 11:02 AM

nonpartisans tabbycat:You Rang:)
========================================

Obama: Comments by NBA Team Owner ‘Ignorant’

Published on 27 Apr 2014
**************************

President Barack Obama on Sunday described comments reportedly made by the owner of the Los Angeles Clippers as racist, before casting them as part of a continuing legacy of slavery and segregation that Americans must vigilantly fight. (April 27)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6Io3C0ajtO4&list=UU52X5wxOL_s5yw0dQk7NtgA

canopfor on April 28, 2014 at 11:11 AM

I’ll tell you what the de facto Obama doctrine is: Tell people that this was a problem before you entered office–that Putin had invaded Georgia on Bush’s watch, while not finding that development bad enough that it can’t be fixed with faith that Obama can talk them out of this if we just offer them a reset button.

Of course what is really bewildering is the AP’s incredulous report that Obama no longer seems to believe in his ability to talk people out of stuff!

Axeman on April 28, 2014 at 11:12 AM

His guiding doctrine is the Communist Manifesto.
Supported by his racism and anti-semitism.

TfromV on April 28, 2014 at 11:12 AM

canopfor on April 28, 2014 at 11:08 AM

On the positive side, we all now know for certain that no matter what we think, we are evil racists…

oscarwilde on April 28, 2014 at 11:09 AM

oscarwilde: And we bear the cross,..er,..wait—-:0

canopfor on April 28, 2014 at 11:14 AM

canopfor on April 28, 2014 at 11:08 AM

On the positive side, we all now know for certain that no matter what we think, we are evil racists…

oscarwilde on April 28, 2014 at 11:09 AM

oscarwilde: And we bear the cross,..er,..wait—-:0

canopfor on April 28, 2014 at 11:14 AM

Yup, see, you’re a evil racists…

oscarwilde on April 28, 2014 at 11:17 AM

The Obama Doctrine

Blame Bush

PatriotRider on April 28, 2014 at 11:19 AM

His critics want a stronger response on sanctions and diplomacy, and aren’t getting it:
==================

https://twitter.com/AllenWest

Allen West ‏@AllenWest Apr 25

Obama is fiddling while Ukraine burns. With strong deterrence, none of this would be happening http://bit.ly/1nNzAfC
Expand
=======

Allen West ‏@AllenWest Apr 17

If Ukraine had Muslim B’hood, Obama would be delivering F16s. But here’s what I’d do http://bit.ly/1j8ZveB #guardianoftherepublic
=========================================================

canopfor on April 28, 2014 at 11:21 AM

“I doubt I am going to have time to outline my entire foreign policy”

Moron is probably like so many other Progressives and doesn’t even realize that he HAS a policy. He’s just responding to his influences but cannot detail where he even got them from.

Cleombrotus on April 28, 2014 at 11:22 AM

The Obama Doctrine is something like the Carter Doctrine, with Putin playing the role of Brezhnev.

Steve Z on April 28, 2014 at 11:22 AM

Any doctrine needs a defined cogent set of goals to accomplish. There must be a thought out avenue of accomplishing these goals. There must be a reason why you feel these goals are important and logically explain these reasons to the populous. There must also be personnel qualified and experienced enough to assist you in accomplishing these goals in such a way as to bring credit upon the United States and her people.

Does any of this sound like something oblamer has done or ever will do? Pfffft!

markingermany on April 28, 2014 at 11:23 AM

The Obama Doctrine: Undermine your friends – encourage your enemies.

TarheelBen on April 28, 2014 at 11:24 AM

Please tell me Mr Obama what exactly is the “Obama Doctrine” oh and what magazines and newspapers do you read?

Hey if it was good enough for Sarah Palin it’s good enough for Obama.

Hey Katie Couric when is the interview?

neyney on April 28, 2014 at 11:24 AM

I looked in my dictionary this morning for the word “clueless” and lo, Obama’s picture was next to it.

sadatoni on April 28, 2014 at 11:25 AM

All I can say is how I detest this little man. He must be compensating he has that is very small. I can’t figure out how one single world leader has anything but disgust with this small man.

garydt on April 28, 2014 at 11:26 AM

So Obama can’t explain his foreign policy?

I can.

Apologize for America.
Bow to despots.
Betray former allies.
Let Americans die.
Raise straw men.
Surrender.
Disaster.

novaculus on April 28, 2014 at 11:26 AM

The guy’s reminding me more and more now of Dennis the Menace, or, moreso, Johnny Dorset in The Ransom of Red Chief, i.e., a smart-assed child who causes nothing but problems and annoys everyone unfortunate enough to have to deal with him.

Neither quite fit because each has some redeeming character, but I can’t put my finger on anyone more applicable. It’s probable that no comparison can be found fitting as Obama is in a class whereby redemption is impossible.

Dusty on April 28, 2014 at 11:27 AM

Only 997 days left, then he can blame his post-presidency failures on Bush too!

Brat on April 28, 2014 at 11:27 AM

al-Qaeda
1m
US Supreme Court declines to hear a challenge to a law that allows the US military to indefinitely detain people believed to have helped al-Qaida or the Taliban – @Reuters
end of alert

canopfor on April 28, 2014 at 11:30 AM

Policy . . . he has no policy, and it’s impossible to accurately describe an imageless void.

rplat on April 28, 2014 at 11:31 AM

The reason he couldn’t explain it is because no one had put it on the teleprompter yet.

Sven on April 28, 2014 at 11:31 AM

[novaculus on April 28, 2014 at 11:26 AM]

I was thinking:

Ignore. Ignore. Ignore.

Make things worse.

Ignore. Ignore. Ignore.

….

Dusty on April 28, 2014 at 11:32 AM

The sad thing is that more than half of American people believe in Obama’s Blame Bush policy.

albill on April 28, 2014 at 11:02 AM

A large part of that, in my opinion, is because they are blaming the minority for the actions of the majority.

The date on which George W. Bush became part of the minority party, and Barack H. Obama became part of the majority party was 1/3/2007.

From 1/3/2007 to 1/20/2009, Barack H. Obama and his peers had more political power in Washington D.C. than George W. Bush and his peers did.

Democrats controlled the House and Senate. Republicans only controlled the Presidency. The legislative issues which effected the economy in 2007, 2008, and 2009 (raising the minimum wage 3 times in 3 years, not reforming Fannie and Freddie before it was too late, TARP, porkulus, etc.) were driven by DEMOCRAT majorities.

Sure, the economy was tanking when Obama was sworn in as pResident. But to “Blame BOOOSH!” for that is to blame the minority (Bush) for the actions of the majority (Pelosi, Reid, then-Senators Obama, Biden, Clinton, Kerry, etc.)

In December 2006, Republicans had held majority control (2+ out of 3) of the House, Senate, and Presidency for 12 straight years (144 consecutive months).

Now, on April 28, 2014, Democrats have held majority control (2+ out of 3) of the House, Senate, and Presidency for nearly 88 consecutive months.

Compare the state of the economy after 144 consecutive months of GOP majority control (December 2006) to the state of the economy after 88 consecutive months of DEM majority control.

Which party’s policies led to a healthier, more robust economy, higher employment, and lower deficits?

December 2006:

Employment-Population Ratio: 63.4%

FY 2007 Deficit: less than $161 Billion, representing 1.1% of GDP and well below the average FY 1947-2007 deficit (1.6% of GDP, according to the data released by the White House OMB)

Debt held by the public: $4.9 Trillion

Now, April 2014:

Employment-Population Ratio: 58.9%

FY 2014 Deficit: 3.7% of GDP, nearly three times the average FY 1947-2007 deficit of 1.6% of GDP

Debt held by the public: $12.4 Trillion

So, what has 7 and a third years of Democrat majority control brought us?

Employment is down by millions.

Deficits have more than tripled.

Total debt held by the public is up more than 150%, now more than two and half times the size of what is was when Obama and his peers took majority control of Washington, D.C.

ITguy on April 28, 2014 at 11:32 AM

I truly want to know how this POS got through any level of school and politics.

jaywemm on April 28, 2014 at 11:34 AM

“I doubt I am going to have time to outline my entire foreign policy”

should be:

“I doubt I am going to have time to come up with any sort of foreign policy.”

Lead from behind sums it up nicely in my opinion.

airupthere on April 28, 2014 at 11:37 AM

“Only 997 days left ….”

[Brat on April 28, 2014 at 11:27 AM]

Ripped from Michelle’s pursed lips. Rumor has it she’s waiting for that to get a divorce.

Dusty on April 28, 2014 at 11:37 AM

canopfor on April 28, 2014 at 11:14 AM

Yup, see, you’re a evil racists…

oscarwilde on April 28, 2014 at 11:17 AM

oscarwilde: Your as naughty,..as you are at night–:0

canopfor on April 28, 2014 at 11:39 AM

Dusty on April 28, 2014 at 11:37 AM

Yes indeedy. The gossip sheets (National Enquirer, Globe, etc.) at the grocery store checkout line are hilarious lately. So many flattering pics of her!

Brat on April 28, 2014 at 11:41 AM

canopfor on April 28, 2014 at 11:14 AM

rotf :) — that was . . . wow.

Axe on April 28, 2014 at 11:45 AM

Slightly OT, but speaking of incompetency in the White House . . .

On the late evening news here.

At the joint press conference this afternoon, in his response to a question, Obama referred to the president of the Republic of the Philippines — Benigno Aquino III — as “President Ninyo” (pronouncing it “NEEN – yoh”).

Let me try to explain what he might have been trying to do.

First, Obama may not realize that Filipino family names are positioned last. After all, he just came from a string of countries where it’s the other way around, and he is who he is. He should have said “President Aquino.”

Next, he may have been trying to use the nickname of the president’s father, a famous man in his own right, who was called “Ninoy Aquino.” It’s something more than a term of endearment, and widely applied to the man as a de facto first name. It’s pronounced “NEE – noy.” Also, the Philippines president has his own nickname: Noynoy. It’s usage is rather casual and similarly applied as a substitute first name.

Frankly, I think he just confused it with “El Nino.” After all, he is who he is.

So let’s sum up. He screwed up by trying to refer to the guy using his formal title plus his first name. (I don’t know how that’s viewed in diplomatic circles, but I’d bet this renowned speaker doesn’t really care.) Then he failed to get even that name right.

As the two presidents were standing there side by side, each at their own podium, I was half expecting a comeback from one referring to the other as “President Barky.”

Lolo on April 28, 2014 at 11:57 AM

Hey, Dear Leader is just hanging around for the golf. He just makes the rest up as he goes along.

NavyMustang on April 28, 2014 at 11:57 AM

The guy’s reminding me more and more now of Dennis the Menace, or, moreso, Johnny Dorset in The Ransom of Red Chief, i.e., a smart-assed child who causes nothing but problems and annoys everyone unfortunate enough to have to deal with him.

Neither quite fit because each has some redeeming character, but I can’t put my finger on anyone more applicable. It’s probable that no comparison can be found fitting as Obama is in a class whereby redemption is impossible.

Dusty on April 28, 2014 at 11:27 AM

At least, in the case of Johnny Dorset, the kidnappers had the option of paying the parents to take him back. With Obama, we’re not that lucky.

ricoliv on April 28, 2014 at 12:05 PM

Lolo

That was all Bush’s fault too!

Brat on April 28, 2014 at 12:07 PM

I can sum it up in five Biden words: everything he touches turns to shit.

TinFin on April 28, 2014 at 12:12 PM

canopfor on April 28, 2014 at 11:14 AM

rotf :) — that was . . . wow.

Axe on April 28, 2014 at 11:45 AM

Axe:

Look,….I’ve been up all night,…but that just smacked me,
a certain group,..that have letters that come after,..the letter J,…
……used that too,..ugh,….otay a Serendipity pun thingy!

Ugh,…bad Canop————-:)

canopfor on April 28, 2014 at 12:15 PM

If Obama was as steadfast in his response to Putin and the Ruskies, as he is in his opposition to Bush and the Republicans, we probably would not be having this foreign policy debacle. I think he may have his true enemies a bit mixed up……or maybe not.

Nonknower on April 28, 2014 at 12:21 PM

Obama is a clueless idiot who gets by thanks to a lapdog press that never questions his endless BS.

Obamalies on April 28, 2014 at 12:21 PM

A foreign policy doctrine is usually something short, pithy, and you can build up around it.

‘Walk softly and carry a big stick’ – Teddy Roosevelt

‘Blood for oil’ – Jimmy Carter

‘Keeping the worlds worst weapons from its worst people’ – George W. Bush

Short, sweet, easy to remember and pithy helps a whole lot.

Obama doesn’t have a foreign policy.

He can’t even say what America’s interests abroad are, which would serve for most of the mouth-breathers out there.

Thus he has no foreign policy and I’ve been pointing that out since he got into office. Remember any foreign policy has to cover the Reset/Overcharge with Russia to the taking out of Khadaffy to snubbing our allies and emboldening our enemies.

Stuck On Stupid.

That is the foreign policy of Obama. And it shows by what he does and what he says.

ajacksonian on April 28, 2014 at 12:23 PM

Obama doctrine = Blame Booooosh

Philly on April 28, 2014 at 12:25 PM

He can not explain his “doctrine”, because he does not have one.

Techster64 on April 28, 2014 at 12:31 PM

What’s most frustrating for me during any presser is the lack of critical thinking on the part of our President when giving an answer. Such a waste of time- I want to shout out ‘Man up.already, tell the American people what they deserve to know !’

lyannea on April 28, 2014 at 12:40 PM

What’s most frustrating for me during any presser is the lack of critical thinking on the part of our President when giving an answer. Such a waste of time- I want to shout out ‘Man up.already, tell the American people what they deserve to know !’

lyannea on April 28, 2014 at 12:40 PM

First you have to be capable of critical thinking in the subject you are discussing. This President is a p rofessor who does not like his students (the American people) questioning anything he does and also his handlers haven’t told him what his doctrine is. He is an empty suit.

Sven on April 28, 2014 at 12:56 PM

The only thing missing from Barack Obama’s defense of his stumbling foreign policy was the word “inherited.”

He can’t use that word because it is too near to the truth: he did “inherit” his doctrine.

The Obama Doctrine is the Bush doctrine (struggle all over the world forever till everything that Washington is pleased to call “tyranny” is vanquished everywhere), with three innovations:
(1) If a bad guy like Gaddafi has given up and is not causing problems any more, wipe him out as a lesson to others not to do that.
(2) Seeking congressional approval to wage “kinetic military action” is stupid; just say your are enforcing a humanitarian no-fly zone but actually launch a war of annihilation against a national regime.
(3) Start up an enormous conflict on the borders of a nuclear-armed state.

David Blue on April 28, 2014 at 1:17 PM

He can not explain his “doctrine”, because he does not have one.

Techster64 on April 28, 2014 at 12:31 PM

Silly, he stopped that invasion of the Maldives just in time!

slickwillie2001 on April 28, 2014 at 1:23 PM

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