WaPo, NYT, WSJ agree: Obama speech “ludicrous … uninspiring … disturbing”

posted at 10:01 am on May 29, 2014 by Ed Morrissey

Actually, all of those adjectives come from the New York Times — and that’s the most sympathetic take on Barack Obama’s big pivot/comeback speech on foreign policy. The West Point address accomplished a rarity in media and politics by creating a consensus between the editorial boards of the NYT, the Washington Post, and the Wall Street Journal. That consensus, however, is that Obama flopped in his straw-man approach to criticism and his utter incoherence on American policy. When a President can’t convince one of these three on policy, it may be time to find a new approach — or perhaps a new team (via AoSHQ).

The open from the NYT hints at what’s coming:

President Obama and his aides heralded his commencement speech at the United States Military Academy at West Point on Wednesday as a big moment, when he would lay out his foreign policy vision for the remainder of his term and refute his critics. The address did not match the hype, was largely uninspiring, lacked strategic sweep and is unlikely to quiet his detractors, on the right or the left.

Yes, that’s the most sympathetic read. The NYT editorial turns harsh toward the end:

[H]e provided little new insight into how he plans to lead in the next two years, and many still doubt that he fully appreciates the leverage the United States has even in a changing world. Falling back on hackneyed phrases like America is the “indispensable nation” told us little.

The president said he wanted to spend $5 billion to train and support armies in places like Libya, Mali, Yemen and Somalia to combat terrorists. The aim is to avoid having to use American troops, and, in theory, it makes sense. But the United States has a checkered history in such endeavors, and Mr. Obama made only a cursory mention of other factors crucial to success, including responsible governance and education for all. It was disturbing to hear him gloss over the return of military rule in Egypt.

Mr. Obama’s talk of the need for more transparency about drone strikes and intelligence gathering, including abusive surveillance practices, was ludicrous. His administration had to be dragged into even minimal disclosures on both topics. Just Tuesday, the administration said it wanted to make further deletions from a legal memo on drone strikes that a court ordered it to make public.

The Washington Post’s editors could hardly contain their scorn for the army of straw men Obama attempted to battle:

In his address Wednesday to the graduating cadets at West Point , Mr. Obama marshaled a virtual corps of straw men, dismissing those who “say that every problem has a military solution,” who “think military intervention is the only way for America to avoid looking weak,” who favor putting “American troops into the middle of [Syria’s] increasingly sectarian civil war,” who propose “invading every country that harbors terrorist networks” and who think that “working through international institutions . . . or respecting international law is a sign of weakness.”

Few, if any, of those who question the president’s record hold such views. Instead, they are asking why an arbitrary date should be set for withdrawing all forces from Afghanistan, especially given the baleful results of the “zero option” in Iraq. They are suggesting that military steps short of the deployment of U.S. ground troops could stop the murderous air and chemical attacks by the Syrian regime of Bashar al-Assad. They are arguing that the United States should not be constrained by Cyprus or Bulgaria in responding to Russia’s invasion and annexation of parts of Ukraine.

To those doubters, the president’s address offered scant comfort. Reiterating and further tightening a doctrine he laid out in a speech to the United Nations last fallMr. Obama said the United States should act unilaterally only in defense of a narrow set of “core interests,” such as the free flow of trade. When “crises arise that stir our conscience or push the world in a more dangerous direction,” he said, “we should not go it alone.”

This binding of U.S. power places Mr. Obama at odds with every U.S. president since World War II. In effect, he ruled out interventions to stop genocide or reverse aggression absent a direct threat to the U.S. homeland or a multilateral initiative. Those terms would exclude missions by previous administrations in places such as Somalia and Haiti and Mr. Obama’s own proposal to strike Syria last year — but not the war in Iraq, which was a multilateral campaign.

One might think that a foreign policy speech that draws such ire from the NYT and the Washington Post might at least get a little enemy-of-my-enemy-is-my-friend love from the Wall Street Journal. Instead, the WSJ editorial board noticed a few gaping holes in Obama’s big foreign policy speech:

No mention of the Reset. “The reset button has worked,” Mr. Obama avowed in a 2009 meeting with Dmitry Medvedev, Russia’s figurehead president. That was the same year Mr. Obama announced in Moscow that, “The days when empires could treat sovereign states as pieces on a chessboard are over.”

No mention of the Pivot or “rebalance” to Asia. This was billed by Hillary Clinton in 2011 as “among the most important diplomatic efforts of our time” and meant as proof that America’s withdrawal from Iraq and Afghanistan wasn’t simply a retreat from the world. But as assistant secretary of defense Katrina McFarland admitted in March, following the latest round of Pentagon cuts, “Right now, the pivot is being looked at again, because candidly it can’t happen.”

No mention of Mr. Obama’s Red Line in Syria against the use of chemical weapons. No mention, either, of the ostensible success of using diplomacy to disarm Bashar Assad. The President was fond of boasting of this achievement until recently, when it emerged that Assad continues to use chlorine bombs to kill his enemies. Somehow that also didn’t make it into the speech.

No mention of the Israeli-Palestinian peace process, which occupied the bulk of John Kerry‘s first year as Secretary of State and which has now collapsed as Mahmoud Abbas patches up his differences with the terrorists of Hamas.

In comparison, the reception from West Point cadets was positively warm. CNN’s Jim Clancy noted the “icy” reception (via Noah Rothman at Mediaite):

“It was a philosophical speech,” Clancy said. “It was not a commander-in-chief speaking to his troops. And you heard the reception. I mean, it was pretty icy.”

It’s not getting much better outside of West Point, either.


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How about creepy? C’mon man!

Bmore on May 29, 2014 at 10:02 AM

Fools begin to realize they’ve been cheerleading for a little boy who is getting a lot of people killed through his ineptitude.

Bishop on May 29, 2014 at 10:04 AM

Bishop on May 29, 2014 at 10:04 AM

Fools realize? Ha!

Bmore on May 29, 2014 at 10:05 AM

Goodness gracious that is one tiny little white dress.

Bmore on May 29, 2014 at 10:09 AM

The Emperor with no clothes.
Someday, someone that matters will notice.

leftamark on May 29, 2014 at 10:09 AM

Dang, he really put me in my place.

/A. Strawman

mankai on May 29, 2014 at 10:09 AM

I believe a peace treaty is in order for straw men…

hillsoftx on May 29, 2014 at 10:09 AM

Obama will respond by killing a straw man.

NotCoach on May 29, 2014 at 10:09 AM

mankai on May 29, 2014 at 10:09 AM

hillsoftx on May 29, 2014 at 10:09 AM

NotCoach on May 29, 2014 at 10:09 AM

The Straw Man Group.

NotCoach on May 29, 2014 at 10:10 AM

The science is settled….

Obama is a failure.

Electrongod on May 29, 2014 at 10:11 AM

Obama will respond by killing a straw man.

NotCoach on May 29, 2014 at 10:09 AM

Well in fairness he did kill Osama with his bare hands if you recall.

Bmore on May 29, 2014 at 10:11 AM

Fools realize? Ha!

Bmore on May 29, 2014 at 10:05 AM

Bigot, I didn’t say they would change their ways. Now go get your white hood and burn a cross in someone’s yard.

Bishop on May 29, 2014 at 10:12 AM

Between this declaration of wussiness, and Hagel’s obsessive sex lecture at Annapolis yesterday, it should be now evident that they are engaged in a concerted effort to demoralize and de-ball our warriors.

SEDITION in its purest form.

Kodos the Executioner on May 29, 2014 at 10:12 AM

Embrace it.We are on the precipice of third world status.We must have a new leader,not some political hound.

docflash on May 29, 2014 at 10:13 AM

WaPo, NYT, WSJ agree

Finally, he delivers on being a uniter.

itsspideyman on May 29, 2014 at 10:13 AM

Bishop on May 29, 2014 at 10:12 AM

Homophobe.

Bmore on May 29, 2014 at 10:13 AM

obama failed even with his ultimate “captive” audience, whose careers would disintegrate if they demonstrated their reactions to his speech.

GaltBlvnAtty on May 29, 2014 at 10:13 AM

When a President can’t convince one of these three on policy, it may be time to find a new approach — or perhaps a new team

How about a new President? And oh btw, lets not forget that these three played a large role in putting Obama in the WH.

Do I sense a little “Et tu, Brute?” here?

BobMbx on May 29, 2014 at 10:15 AM

Homophobe.

Bmore on May 29, 2014 at 10:13 AM

You misspelled homophone, homophone.

NotCoach on May 29, 2014 at 10:16 AM

Well in fairness he did kill Osama with his bare hands if you recall.

Bmore on May 29, 2014 at 10:11 AM

I guess he did..

After dumping his body faster then The Mafia…

Electrongod on May 29, 2014 at 10:16 AM

The lame stream media knows damn well their credibility has been shattered and they are trying to rehabilitate their cred.

Not a chance in hell!

Jayrae on May 29, 2014 at 10:17 AM

Obama will respond by killing a straw man.

NotCoach on May 29, 2014 at 10:09 AM

Racist!

leftamark on May 29, 2014 at 10:18 AM

Ya mean they’re starting to realize they elected a political hack who hasn’t a freaking clue?

GarandFan on May 29, 2014 at 10:18 AM

NYT and WaPo are just setting things up to portray Hillary Clinton as America’s savior.

Mark1971 on May 29, 2014 at 10:18 AM

“Alex, I’ll take “A Clue” for $50 please.”

tommyboy on May 29, 2014 at 10:18 AM

Odds that he won’t speak before a military academy again….

ladyingray on May 29, 2014 at 10:18 AM

Obama’s drone war has expanded to straw men.

Occams Stubble on May 29, 2014 at 10:19 AM

Our Best and Brightest recognize a BS Artist when they see one.
Is it just me, or does anybody else see a United States President who cares more about other nations, like the Islamic Nation of Syria, home of those Rebels, (al Qaeda Members) whom he tried to get us to help a few months ago, than he does the country which he took an Inaugural Oath, twice, to protect?

kingsjester on May 29, 2014 at 10:19 AM

NYT and WaPo are just setting things up to portray Hillary Clinton as America’s savior.

Mark1971 on May 29, 2014 at 10:18 AM

Bingo!

VegasRick on May 29, 2014 at 10:20 AM

NYT and WaPo are just setting things up to portray Hillary Clinton as America’s savior.

Mark1971 on May 29, 2014 at 10:18 AM

We need another one?
Again?

Electrongod on May 29, 2014 at 10:20 AM

Has the MSM finally seen the light? My guess only for a brief second. They will go back to their old routine of covering for him and other like him as soon as they realize that they have strayed off the plantation. I do like it thought to hear that the Cadets gave him an icy reception. Perhaps some of these cadets will pursue political careers to get this the country back on the right track.

SC.Charlie on May 29, 2014 at 10:20 AM

Fools realize? Ha!

Bmore on May 29, 2014 at 10:05 AM

An oldy but goody.

Real eyes
Realize
Real lies.

Mimzey on May 29, 2014 at 10:20 AM

And the echo from the White House?
“Racists.”

albill on May 29, 2014 at 10:21 AM

NotCoach on May 29, 2014 at 10:16 AM

True. Spelling, grammar, not my area of expertise. Say, what is my area of expertise?

Electrongod on May 29, 2014 at 10:16 AM

Conveniently there are no photos to back up this conclusion. Well, except this one. We do know at least he did it from the little chair.

Bmore on May 29, 2014 at 10:21 AM

This seems obligatory. :)

If you like the song, you can listen to more of their songs on YouTube. Personal disclosure: I have the CD.

22044 on May 29, 2014 at 10:21 AM

When a President can’t convince one of these three on policy, it may be time to find a new approach

It’s only been 6 years…

We need to give Obama some more time……

Electrongod on May 29, 2014 at 10:21 AM

Mimzey on May 29, 2014 at 10:20 AM

Thanks Mimzey, now I’m even more confused. Reference this.

Bmore on May 29, 2014 at 10:23 AM

In his address Wednesday to the graduating cadets at West Point , Mr. Obama marshaled a virtual corps of straw men, dismissing those who “say that every problem has a military solution,” who “think military intervention is the only way for America to avoid looking weak,” who favor putting “American troops into the middle of [Syria’s] increasingly sectarian civil war,” who propose “invading every country that harbors terrorist networks” and who think that “working through international institutions . . . or respecting international law is a sign of weakness.”

More straw men than a Halloween hay ride.

While I enjoyed the part about the Army of the future guarding the water supply due to global warming, the most cringeworthy moment for me when he talked about “just because you have the best hammer in the world doesn’t mean that every problem is a nail.” It’s a stupid platitude worthy of a pre-K graduation. And it doesn’t even make sense because there are different types of hammers- each with a specific purpose.

But the most offensive part of that lecture by the schoolmarm-in-chief is this. He took the five years of his failures in national security, foreign affairs, and military operations and tried to repackage it as supersmart diplomacy and policy that is working. As if anybody not blinded by this rat-eared coward would look upon the US and declare that Obama made America a stronger and safer place in the world, that he increased our global presence, that he offers a clear and coherent foreign policy.

That he opted to make this absurd speech at a graduation ceremony is downright unforgiveable.

Happy Nomad on May 29, 2014 at 10:23 AM

NYT and WaPo are just setting things up to portray Hillary Clinton as America’s savior.

Mark1971 on May 29, 2014 at 10:18 AM

Bingo!

VegasRick on May 29, 2014 at 10:20 AM

+1000.

GrannyDee on May 29, 2014 at 10:24 AM

22044 on May 29, 2014 at 10:21 AM

Did you see these from the Masters?

Bmore on May 29, 2014 at 10:25 AM

Good thing he stole the election.

John the Libertarian on May 29, 2014 at 10:25 AM

Sarah Palin tried to warn Americans about Barack Obama and was mocked for seeing through this fraud.

What qualified Obama to be President? Nothing. Show me one white man or woman with this thin a resume who ever was elected President. Or someone who changed his name, sealed all his records and has entire periods of his life that are a total mystery.

bw222 on May 29, 2014 at 10:25 AM

Instead of ‘Hail to the Chief’ the Army Band should have played ” The Great Pretender’ its more truthful.

meci on May 29, 2014 at 10:26 AM

22044 on May 29, 2014 at 10:21 AM

P.S. Nice tune. ; )

Bmore on May 29, 2014 at 10:26 AM

WaPo, NYT, WSJ agree: Obama speech “ludicrous … uninspiring … disturbing”

Hmmmmm, so was a recently read Manifesto…

ToddPA on May 29, 2014 at 10:28 AM

Obama never acknowledges the opposing side of the debate. He doesn’t want debate so he always fights strawmen. He does it on every issue.

Christian Conservative on May 29, 2014 at 10:28 AM

Did you see these from the Masters?

Bmore on May 29, 2014 at 10:25 AM

Heh, looks like someone’s trolling the PGA tour, in a good way!

22044 on May 29, 2014 at 10:28 AM

Happy Nomad on May 29, 2014 at 10:23 AM

I liked Mark Levin’s comment on this speech….

The Bestest Prez in all time can’t manage what he signed up for in 2008 but tells us the he can save the world from Global Warming…

Electrongod on May 29, 2014 at 10:28 AM

Bmore on May 29, 2014 at 10:23 AM

He only has eyes for ewww.

He looks put out..late to the game..would rather be playing golf.

Mimzey on May 29, 2014 at 10:28 AM

The West Point address accomplished a rarity in media and politics by creating a consensus between the editorial boards of the NYT, the Washington Post, and the Wall Street Journal.

I am sure they will have a consensus on amnesty too.

bw222 on May 29, 2014 at 10:28 AM

Obama’s drone war has expanded to straw men.

Occams Stubble on May 29, 2014 at 10:19 AM

Curiously enough the administration just ordered that all Tea Party groups be renamed “Straw Man” groups instead.

Bishop on May 29, 2014 at 10:30 AM

The bloom is off the turd blossom.

Rix on May 29, 2014 at 10:30 AM

Obama marshaled a virtual corpsE of straw men….

8thAirForce on May 29, 2014 at 10:31 AM

Off to work. Have to help 0 out all I can with those Q5 numbers.

Bmore on May 29, 2014 at 10:32 AM

It’s by design.

Bigbullets on May 29, 2014 at 10:33 AM

Curiously enough the administration just ordered that all Tea Party groups be renamed “Straw Man” groups instead.

Bishop on May 29, 2014 at 10:30 AM

And you laughed when I said it was by design.

Bigbullets on May 29, 2014 at 10:34 AM

Well, his foreign policy is a shambles, but at least we’re doing well domestically under Obumbles:

* The economy shrank last quarter.
* Health care costs are going up.
* The labor participation rate continues to drop.
* The border is as porous as ever.
* Violent, criminal illegals are being released so they can ‘contribute’ to society.
* Wages are stagnant.
* Prices are rising, but it doesn’t count because who cares if food and energy costs increase? The feds/CPI don’t!
* Oil production on federal lands has dropped by around a third.
* Free speech is under assault across the country, emanating directly from the Senate and Dems.
* Religious liberty is under assault from the federal and some state governments.
* Second Amendment rights are under assault from a federal government buying up billions of bullets (price rises, supplies squeezed) and threatening banks and institutions which do business with the industry.

It’s all good. Nothing to see here.

xNavigator on May 29, 2014 at 10:34 AM

NYT and WaPo are just setting things up to portray Hillary Clinton as America’s savior.

Mark1971 on May 29, 2014 at 10:18 AM

Give that man a see-gar.
.
The main establishment propaganda organs of the left hive now regard it as a safe bet to aim for some credence by ‘criticizing’ the empty suited cypher that they’ve praised ,covered for,promoted and protected since his political celebrity began.
.
Now they’re trying to create distance from themselves and their past-shelf-date left god to elevate and grease the skids for their next unqualified celebrity leftist ideologue,the Hildabeast.

Dr. Carlo Lombardi on May 29, 2014 at 10:36 AM

The media is impaled upon their own editorial sword that insisted GWB was an imbecile, Reagan was just an actor, HWB a stupid stuffed shirt… believing the Republic will roll right along whether a President is smart and capable or stupid and self-absorbed, and that political orientation alone allowed them to define the capabilities of any given POTUS.

Now that we have actually elected a stupid, incapable, self-absorbed ideologue who has peopled his Cabinet and Administration with lesser versions of himself, the truth is starting to seep through the wall of denial.

Yes, it actually DOES make a difference, Virginia, and the economic and military power and status the USA has enjoyed since WW2 is NOT an immutable law of nature, but instead a treasure that is being discarded and wasted.

Perhaps our betters are realizing that being the elites in a Third World hellhole is not nearly as much fun as being at the pinnacle of the most powerful country in the world.

Dolce Far Niente on May 29, 2014 at 10:37 AM

Obama will respond by killing a straw man.

NotCoach on May 29, 2014 at 10:09 AM

“Some say we need to kill all of the straw men today, without mercy. Others advocate no killing at all, letting the straw men wander around, willy-nilly. We must reject both of these extreme positions, and take the middle way”.

– President Buddha H. O’Buddha

LashRambo on May 29, 2014 at 10:38 AM

And the winner is–THE STRAW MAN!!!!

MaiDee on May 29, 2014 at 10:38 AM

Well, his foreign policy is a shambles, but at least we’re doing well domestically under Obumbles:

* The economy shrank last quarter.
* Health care costs are going up.
* The labor participation rate continues to drop.
* The border is as porous as ever.
* Violent, criminal illegals are being released so they can ‘contribute’ to society.
* Wages are stagnant.
* Prices are rising, but it doesn’t count because who cares if food and energy costs increase? The feds/CPI don’t!
* Oil production on federal lands has dropped by around a third.
* Free speech is under assault across the country, emanating directly from the Senate and Dems.
* Religious liberty is under assault from the federal and some state governments.
* Second Amendment rights are under assault from a federal government buying up billions of bullets (price rises, supplies squeezed) and threatening banks and institutions which do business with the industry.

It’s all good. Nothing to see here.

xNavigator on May 29, 2014 at 10:34 AM

Exactly. We have never had it so good.

Bigbullets on May 29, 2014 at 10:38 AM

Every day he becomes that much more stale, uninteresting, obnoxious, and, for some, deadly. And you just know he’ll be in our faces for not just two but the next 30 years or so.

Hell could not be much worse.

Dusty on May 29, 2014 at 10:39 AM

mankai on May 29, 2014 at 10:09 AM
hillsoftx on May 29, 2014 at 10:09 AM
NotCoach on May 29, 2014 at 10:09 AM
The Straw Man Group.
NotCoach on May 29, 2014 at 10:10 AM
Happy Nomad on May 29, 2014 at 10:23 AM
Christian Conservative on May 29, 2014 at 10:28 AM
8thAirForce on May 29, 2014 at 10:31 AM

Never in one speech have so many straw men been sacrificed for so little.

de rigueur on May 29, 2014 at 10:39 AM

What a difference from a couple of years ago when they would have said it was the greatest speech ever. They are abandoning him for Hillary.

crankyoldlady on May 29, 2014 at 10:40 AM

“ludicrous … uninspiring … disturbing”

But enough about Moo-chelle.

Bitter Clinger on May 29, 2014 at 10:41 AM

* Health care costs are going up.

xNavigator on May 29, 2014 at 10:34 AM

I don’t understand why the moderators let racists post here.

LashRambo on May 29, 2014 at 10:42 AM

So…
The coming Halloween..

I can’t hang a Strawman from my tree as fear of being raciest?

Electrongod on May 29, 2014 at 10:43 AM

He doesn’t want debate so he always fights strawmen. He does it on every issue.

Christian Conservative on May 29, 2014 at 10:28 AM

He fights straw men because they’re the only ones that he can beat…

POTUS high school pic –

Fear Him.

Key West Reader on May 29, 2014 at 10:45 AM

We’re gonna wind up training our enemies to fight us better… again.

RockinRickOwen on May 29, 2014 at 10:46 AM

Perhaps our betters are realizing that being the elites in a Third World hellhole is not nearly as much fun as being at the pinnacle of the most powerful country in the world.

Dolce Far Niente on May 29, 2014 at 10:37 AM

You’d think. But then, the Dedicatee of Alinsky’s Rules is reputed to have said:

Better to reign in Hell, than serve in Heav’n

de rigueur on May 29, 2014 at 10:47 AM

NYT and WaPo are just setting things up to portray Hillary Clinton as America’s savior.

Mark1971 on May 29, 2014 at 10:18 AM
Bingo!

VegasRick on May 29, 2014 at 10:20 AM
+1000.

GrannyDee on May 29, 2014 at 10:24 AM

Cool by me. And I fully expect that when Hillary is campaigning for the presidency while Obama is still occupying the White House she is repeatedly asked what she will do differently where Obama has failed. It will be great entertainment to have the Democrats campaigning against a sitting president again.

DaveDief on May 29, 2014 at 10:47 AM

It’s one thing to fight straw men, it’s quite another to actually lose to them.

tommyboy on May 29, 2014 at 10:47 AM

NYT and WaPo are just setting things up to portray Hillary Clinton as America’s savior.

Mark1971 on May 29, 2014 at 10:18 AM

Nailed that one with one hammer swing!!

dddave on May 29, 2014 at 10:48 AM

More mush from the wimp
http://www.powerlineblog.com/archives/2014/05/more-mush-from-the-wimp.php

onlineanalyst on May 29, 2014 at 10:48 AM

This is the clearest proof yet that Obama holds the view that many Leftists do — which is that it is US power and influence that causes global instability and conflict. US strength and independent action makes other nations fearful, and so they arm and act out which increases the cycle of conflict. So the US must be weakened and independent action constrained by internal and external checks on US power — such as downsizing and changing the focus of the US military while entering into agreements like Law of the Sea that give up US sovereignty. Only when the US is just “one nation of many” will the world know peace.

Completely bass-ackwards…but that’s what they believe. Oh, btw, Law of the Sea is actually fueling conflict in the South China Sea, not reducing it. But why let facts and reality get in the way of a good dogma?

EasyEight on May 29, 2014 at 10:52 AM

That speech must have been “Disaster Movie” bad if even the Washington (com)Post–the fish wrap of record for the political class, no less–thought it was a dud.

Archangel Nation on May 29, 2014 at 10:53 AM

“It was not a commander-in-chief speaking to his troops. And you heard the reception. I mean, it was pretty icy.”

That’s because Valerie Jarrett is the Commander of the Armed forces.

portlandon on May 29, 2014 at 10:53 AM

vapid

offering nothing that is stimulating or challenging.

synonyms: insipid, uninspired, colorless, uninteresting, feeble, flat, dull, boring, tedious, tired, unexciting, uninspiring, unimaginative, uninvolving, lifeless, tame, vacuous, bland, trite, jejune

All of the above.

This speech felt like the beginning of the end of the Obama Presidency.

Clink

MichaelGabriel on May 29, 2014 at 10:54 AM

Oh c’mon… you guys want SUBSTANCE? Geeeesh, I’m too busy running the world to provide substance.

forheremenaremen on May 29, 2014 at 10:54 AM

The media are trying to do some damage control. They are like the guy who dated the hot chick only to find out that she is dumb ad a box of rocks. They will take her to bed but have stopped taking her out in public because she embarrasses him.

neyney on May 29, 2014 at 10:55 AM

It will be great entertainment to have the Democrats campaigning against a sitting president again.

DaveDief on May 29, 2014 at 10:47 AM

The last one, ironically, being Jimmy Carter, whose third term Obama currently embodies.

Carter also acquired the reputation for blaming everyone else for his failures. 30 years later he still bad-mouths his Democrat nemesis Teddy Kennedy. 30 years hence there’ll be no love lost for the Clintons, either.

de rigueur on May 29, 2014 at 10:56 AM

“It was a philosophical speech,” Clancy said.

“Philosophical speech”?? LOL.

Barky: Don’t call me stupid.

Wanda: Oh, right, to call you stupid would be an insult to stupid people. I’ve worn dresses with higher IQs. I’ve known sheep that could outwit you, but you think you’re an intellectual don’t you, ape?

Barky: Apes don’t read philosophy.

Wanda: Yes, they do Barky, they just don’t understand it. Now let me correct you on a couple of things here. There is no language “Austrian”. The Maldives have nothing to do with Argentina, you don’t translate division or a ratio to “AND”, and the London Underground is not a political movement.

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on May 29, 2014 at 10:58 AM

Most Cadets go through more vetting to be considered for West Point than the AA President did his entire career, I am offended this dope is even allowed to speak there.

Smart, brave men and women who are entering active duty have to listen to this nitwit pontificate on a grand day.

His 92 IQ continues to show.

Odie1941 on May 29, 2014 at 11:02 AM

I had the distinct displeasure of seeing Obama deliver this speech live, in-person yesterday. Believe me, the reception was every bit as icy as the reports suggest. To be sure, all of the cadets were very gracious, particularly when shaking the President’s hand following the reception of their diplomas. At several points during the speech, the only applause that could be heard was the noise generated by Obama’s own two hands slapping against one another next to his microphone.

steebo77 on May 29, 2014 at 11:02 AM

Oh c’mon… you guys want SUBSTANCE? Geeeesh, I’m too busy running the world to provide substance.

forheremenaremen on May 29, 2014 at 10:54 AM

You misspelled ruining…………………..

VegasRick on May 29, 2014 at 11:03 AM

I heard on Fox that the cadets were told not to applaud until the end.

crankyoldlady on May 29, 2014 at 11:04 AM

In 2008, the press ridiculed Palin for not knowing what “Bush Doctrine” Charlie Gibson was referencing in a question. In 2014, not even Obama knows what the Obama doctrine is.

http://youtu.be/qaSECfQqty8

kozmocostello on May 29, 2014 at 11:09 AM

They are suggesting that military steps short of the deployment of U.S. ground troops could stop the murderous air and chemical attacks by the Syrian regime of Bashar al-Assad.

Hell, barring that, even getting authorization from Congress before conducting a military operation would be a nice step forward.

“The days when empires could treat sovereign states as pieces on a chessboard are over.”

Says the guy who is training armies in other countries to fight proxy wars against terror. I am astounded that he does not see a parallel at all. Probably just that it’s not American lives he’s throwing into the grinder.

The Schaef on May 29, 2014 at 11:10 AM

WaPo, NYT, WSJ agree: Obama speech “ludicrous … uninspiring … disturbing”Newspapers Be Racist!

MSNBC headline…

DethMetalCookieMonst on May 29, 2014 at 11:11 AM

WaPo, NYT, WSJ agree: Obama speech “ludicrous … uninspiring … disturbing”

Yet, curiously only republicans are called racists and the tealiban for pointing this out.

HumpBot Salvation on May 29, 2014 at 11:12 AM

I had the distinct displeasure of seeing Obama deliver this speech live, in-person yesterday.

steebo77 on May 29, 2014 at 11:02 AM

Condolences.

de rigueur on May 29, 2014 at 11:12 AM

The difference between “pivot” and “spin” is frequency.

DublOh7 on May 29, 2014 at 11:14 AM

NYT and WaPo are just setting things up to portray Hillary Clinton as America’s savior.

Mark1971 on May 29, 2014 at 10:18 AM

We need another one?
Again?

Electrongod on May 29, 2014 at 10:20 AM

Yes, we need someone to save us from our black Messiah…

oscarwilde on May 29, 2014 at 11:14 AM

Saw all of this, then Romney on Megan Kelly. Thought but for the IRS,
ACORN, labor unions, the Democrat Party, lazy Repubs, and the
Media…

The New York Times, Washington Post, internet and broadcast media
were all willing accomplices in hoisting this fraud upon the American people
and still refuse to do their job of stranding between government and
We the People.

They are just pissed now because they finally woke up in a rumpled
bed after a long, beautiful evening to find a couple of twenty dollar
bills on the nightstand.

Tenwheeler on May 29, 2014 at 11:14 AM

An experiment gone horribly wrong!

rjoco1 on May 29, 2014 at 11:16 AM

They are just pissed now because they finally woke up in a rumpled
bed after a long, beautiful evening to find a couple of twenty dollar
bills on the nightstand.

Tenwheeler on May 29, 2014 at 11:14 AM

More like, pissed to find their wallet open and empty after a drunken night of abuse.

oscarwilde on May 29, 2014 at 11:16 AM

“How about a little fire, Scarecrow?” – The Wicked Wimp of the White House

Left Coast Right Mind on May 29, 2014 at 11:16 AM

An experiment gone horribly wrong!

rjoco1 on May 29, 2014 at 11:16 AM

Horribly wrong? what you talkin bout Willis, it’s going 100 percent according to plan.

oscarwilde on May 29, 2014 at 11:17 AM

They are just pissed now because they finally woke up in a rumpled
bed after a long, beautiful evening to find a couple of twenty dollar
bills on the nightstand.

Tenwheeler on May 29, 2014 at 11:14 AM

More like, pissed to find their wallet open and empty after a drunken night of abuse.

oscarwilde on May 29, 2014 at 11:16 AM

And they will line back up for more later today.

VegasRick on May 29, 2014 at 11:18 AM

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