State Dept: You know, President Obama just doesn’t give himself enough credit on foreign policy

posted at 7:21 pm on May 29, 2014 by Erika Johnsen

President Obama’s foreign policy is rife with all kinds of problems, as his between-two-strawmen nothingburger of a speech before the noticeably unmoved West Point cadets yesterday so aptly demonstrated — but too much humility, dear readers, is not one of them.

JEN PSAKI: I would argue the president doesn’t give himself enough credit for what he’s done around the world, and that’s how the secretary feels too. We would not be engaged in comprehensive negotiations with Iran, which is where the program is stalled and is rolling back, if it were not for the role of the United States, along with the P-5 plus one partners, certainly. Ukraine, we’ve been engaged more or as much as any other country in the world in supporting the elections process and supporting the government and supporting their efforts moving forward. Yes, there’s more work that needs to be done. The point is, we need to continue to stay at it. …

REPORTER: Credit for what? I’m sorry, credit for what?

An excellent question, for which I’m afraid Psaki cannot provide a convincingly complimentary answer — and she’s not the only one. Via the Free Beacon:

NBC Chief Foreign Correspondent Richard Engel acknowledged Thursday morning U.S. relations have not improved with a single nation under President Obama.

CNBC Squawk Box panelist and Home Depot founder Ken Langone pointedly asked Engel to name one country where relations have improved under President Obama’s leadership.

“I think you would be hard pressed to find that,” Engel said.

“Isn’t that a measure of foreign policy?” Langone interjected.

“Yeah,” Engel replied. “I think the reason is our allies have become confused.”

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Bmore on May 30, 2014 at 8:40 AM

What people will do and say for a few bucks…amazing.

right2bright on May 30, 2014 at 9:05 AM

NBC Chief Foreign Correspondent Richard Engel acknowledged Thursday morning U.S. relations have not improved with a single nation under President Obama.

Disagree. I understand that at this summer’s Kremlin Awards in Moscow, Obama will be receiving a Lifetime Achievement Award for reviving the fortunes of Mother Russia. As I understand it, the award statue is supposed to be a stylized bear standing on its rear legs, but it’s so misshapen that it is said to resemble Michelle Obama, hence it’s nickname The Moochie.

dreadnought62 on May 30, 2014 at 9:10 AM

If Obama is remembered in history for only one thing it will be his famous humility….


ConstantineXI on May 30, 2014 at 9:24 AM

No truth, no honor, no shame.

Your typical leftist.

MisterElephant on May 30, 2014 at 9:40 AM

Hail, hail Freedonia!

cbenoistd on May 30, 2014 at 9:52 AM

What a buffoon….does she even believe some of the garbage she spews?

kawfytawk on May 30, 2014 at 9:57 AM

She reminds me of Daphne from Scooby Doo.

TonyR on May 30, 2014 at 10:10 AM

Jay Carney better watch out. She’s clearly auditioning for his job.

FiveG on May 30, 2014 at 10:11 AM

Snarkiness (including mine) aside, there actually is a significant “reveal” here into the Obama/Liberal mindset: all that’s important is “engaging” and”diving in.” What happens after you do so isn’t as important and doesn’t matter — so long as you’re “having a dialogue” and the like.

It’s sort of the same thing I asked back in the 1990s when everyone was touting all the great new bandwidth and capacity that we would get with Global Crossing and other new technologies: my question at the time was to someone who was trying to get me to invest: “for what purpose?” To wit, what are you going to use all these new nifty things for? The person couldn’t give me an answer. (Yes, I know since then, we use this bandwidth for important things like cat videos, NSA spying, and the like, but at the time, no one had a friggin’ clue.)

So, what’s the larger lesson here: whether it’s foreign policy, domestic policy, so-called “green” technologies, the VA scandal, “conversations” about race, or whatever, Obama and lefties are to get “credit” for “having a dialogue” and “diving into” whatever that is. Whether anything positive is accomplished, and whether as a result of that “engagement” is actually a worsening of the situation is not just not important, but should not even be discussed. Because it’s the “willingness” to “dive in” that counts.

FiveG on May 30, 2014 at 10:20 AM

Wow, so both the uber-humble President Obumbles AND his (appointed) Secretary of State (plucked from Congress mid-term from his own party) feel that the President hasn’t gotten enough credit for his wonderful foreign policy? Shocker. What a strong bit of evidence to the press Jen Psalki offers.
I was waiting for Jenny to just come out and say “Hey, let’s hashtag something and really make a difference. Now everybody take out their iPhone 5Cs and follow #ObamaForeignPolicyisAmazing”.

The myths these morons create for themselves is amazing. Shrillery has so many accomplishments that nobody can name one. Obama is so effective that relations with our most staunch allies are all in the toilet and the people that hated us last decade hate us even more this decade. But at least gay marriage is effectively legal now and we’re weeks away from defacto amnesty. Should I thank Boehner yet?

smfic on May 30, 2014 at 10:33 AM

The way these people fawn over him and protect him he probably really believes this sheeit.

Sven on May 30, 2014 at 10:54 AM

I think she has been getting stronger koolaid
than some of the others, her eyes kind of glaze
over when she talks about the ‘one’. If you
have an attractive teen age daughter, you know
what that means…and it doesn’t include
thinking…only lots of feeeeling.

Gallifet on May 30, 2014 at 11:05 AM

Cunning stunt.

Bitter Clinger on May 29, 2014 at 7:24 PM

I see what you did there :)

Cottonpony on May 30, 2014 at 11:19 AM

Apparently Kerry has said the same thing, ” The President doesn’t get enough credit…blah, blah, blah.” I prefer Margaret Thatcher, “Power is like being a lady…if you have to tell people you are, you aren’t.”

warmairfan on May 30, 2014 at 1:08 PM

Expressionless, catatonic, unblinking stare with her mouth moving. Why do I think I’m watching the Terry Fator Show in Vegas?

NoPain on June 2, 2014 at 1:13 PM