Sleep well, America: Obama reveals U.S. foreign policy derailed by World Cup soccer

posted at 7:21 pm on June 26, 2014 by Noah Rothman

Tensions between China and Japan escalated on Wednesday when the Philippine government endorsed Tokyo’s assertive military posture in the East and South China Seas, where Beijing has laid claim to a variety of disputed islands. Elsewhere, Iran and Syria violated Iraq’s airspace as ISIS fighters seized oil fields and attacked airbases. In Europe, a Ukrainian helicopter was shot down by pro-Russian militants, shattering a brief ceasefire and prompting a worsening refugee crisis.

The fragile post-Cold War global order is rapidly collapsing, threatening to draw the world’s last remaining superpower into a number of expanding conflicts. Fortunately, the President of the United States is on the job.

En route to Minnesota on Thursday for a campaign-style rally, Barack Obama took the time to brief ABC News anchor George Stephanopoulos on the state of America’s global diplomatic offensive. In that exclusive interview aboard Air Force One, the president confirmed that the presidency is an obligation that does not stop for politics…

Okay, maybe not.

“We had elements — which I won’t detail — of our foreign policy that have been shaped around the World Cup,” Obama revealed. “Phone calls meetings initiatives we had to think about.”

The president went on to share his thoughts on the Cup and how the American team was faring. “The U.S. exceeded expectations,” the president said.

“We’re not Germany yet or Italy or France or Argentina or Brazil,” he said. “But we’re now in the mix.”

Well, that’s comforting. Some have suggested that that the president was merely joking, but ABC did not report his statements as jokes. Nor was the president talking about himself, it would seem, but a variety of unnamed world leaders who may have been sidetracked by the global sporting event.

Even if he wasn’t referring to himself and his own interest in watching the World Cup rather than attending to America’s interests overseas, at least his hand was not long off the tiller.

When Obama touched down and the games were over, surely Obama got right back to the hard work of statecraft…

Oh, forget it.


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This will give birth to lots more ISIS.

Schadenfreude on June 26, 2014 at 7:23 PM

ISIS will slip through the open Southern border and will play soccer with American cut off heads, soon.

Schadenfreude on June 26, 2014 at 7:24 PM

Nor was the president talking about himself, it would seem

Wow, mark the calendar.
This is a strange day.

itsnotaboutme on June 26, 2014 at 7:25 PM

Obama, the man to have as President when you don’t give a $hit.

VorDaj on June 26, 2014 at 7:29 PM

Can’t he just eat his waffle?

battalion on June 26, 2014 at 7:32 PM

Was he rolling on the ground holding his knee when he said this?

Flange on June 26, 2014 at 7:33 PM

ISIS will slip through the open Southern border and will play soccer with American cut off heads, soon.

Schadenfreude on June 26, 2014 at 7:24 PM

With our muzzle-in-chief gleefully shouting “gooooaaaaallll”

SteveInRTP on June 26, 2014 at 7:33 PM

*muzzie

Dang iPad

SteveInRTP on June 26, 2014 at 7:34 PM

I live mere miles from a WWIII Primary target. I sleep well knowing that I will not have to face a post-apocalypse world.

BigGator5 on June 26, 2014 at 7:35 PM

He’s like a typical 5 aside player. Whines when you tackle him because it spoils his ‘perfect game’ – which is nothing more than goal hanging .

EnglishRogue on June 26, 2014 at 7:36 PM

Not to worry, ‘merica, Soccer Mom Jeans is on the Job!

vnvet on June 26, 2014 at 7:37 PM

There are no words to describe the disgust I have for Obama. His narcissism is destroying this country.

“We had elements — which I won’t detail — of our foreign policy that have been shaped around the World Cup,” Obama revealed.

A perfect example of it.

sadatoni on June 26, 2014 at 7:44 PM

“We’re not Germany yet or Italy or France or Argentina or Brazil,” he said. “But we’re now in the mix.”

No, we’re not, not yet any way, but Obama is working over time to break us to that point as quickly as possible. Soccer is a game for neutered Euroweenies and losers.

oscarwilde on June 26, 2014 at 7:44 PM

Let’s see Peggy and Joan remind Obama of his grandmother. Peggy is a slut who’s had an abortion and jerks @ff strangers in a movie theater and Joan is a straight up prostitute. Am I missing something?

Aplombed on June 26, 2014 at 7:45 PM

“We’re not Germany yet or Italy or France or Argentina or Brazil (the murder capital of the world) – but I’m working on it!”

VegasRick on June 26, 2014 at 7:48 PM

If only he would just stop talking.

lafolle on June 26, 2014 at 7:48 PM

The thing is, George has seen what a real President does.

Maybe we should have a George S. thought bubble contest.

“OMG”

faraway on June 26, 2014 at 7:48 PM

Let’s see Peggy and Joan remind Obama of his grandmother. Peggy is a slut who’s had an abortion and jerks @ff strangers in a movie theater and Joan is a straight up prostitute. Am I missing something?

Aplombed on June 26, 2014 at 7:45 PM

You forgot racist.

Flange on June 26, 2014 at 7:49 PM

What the…ok whatever, I’ve got sandbags to fill.

Bishop on June 26, 2014 at 7:49 PM

Let’s see Peggy and Joan remind Obama of his grandmother. Peggy is a slut who’s had an abortion and jerks @ff strangers in a movie theater and Joan is a straight up prostitute. Am I missing something?

Aplombed on June 26, 2014 at 7:45 PM

Have you ever seen a picture of his grandmother? eewwwwwww!!!!!

VegasRick on June 26, 2014 at 7:49 PM

“Sit up Barry, quit slouching”

faraway on June 26, 2014 at 7:50 PM

What the…ok whatever, I’ve got sandbags to fill.

Bishop on June 26, 2014 at 7:49 PM

oscarwilde on June 26, 2014 at 7:55 PM

“Peggy and Joan…I’m always rooting for them.” —Obama on how the issues these Mad Men characters face remind him of his grandmother #EqualPay

— The White House (@WhiteHouse) June 26, 2014

Funny he didn’t mention Don’s black secretary, and her being the first black to work in SCDP.

portlandon on June 26, 2014 at 7:55 PM

Let’s see Peggy and Joan remind Obama of his grandmother. Peggy is a slut who’s had an abortion and jerks @ff strangers in a movie theater and Joan is a straight up prostitute. Am I missing something?
Aplombed on June 26, 2014 at 7:45 PM

Hahahaha

frost_ on June 26, 2014 at 8:00 PM

Between shooting hoops, watching soccer and chooming, he has little time for world affairs.

So it comes down to shooting terrorists with drones like a freaking video game.

txdoc on June 26, 2014 at 8:00 PM

Peggy and Joan…I’m always rooting for them.” —Obama on how the issues these Mad Men characters face remind him of his grandmother

The Hawaiian grandmother or the Kenyan grandmother?

Steve Z on June 26, 2014 at 8:03 PM

Obama runs the healthcare.gov hotline:

My name is Peggy, what is problem please.

faraway on June 26, 2014 at 8:03 PM

Would anyone here prefer that he actually tries to do something? Besides pouring gasoline on fires, what is he good at?

Wisdom_of_Homer on June 26, 2014 at 8:03 PM

Every time I see this clown’s face I’m reminded that Americans were stupid enough to elect him, not once but two times!

claudius on June 26, 2014 at 8:03 PM

There are no words to describe the disgust I have for Obama. His narcissism is destroying this country.

sadatoni on June 26, 2014 at 7:44 PM

I get your drift, but let’s be clear: it is the Democratic party that is allowing this Allinsky-ite to get away with everything. It is the Democratic party that is destroying this country, not just Dark Traitor.

HiJack on June 26, 2014 at 8:03 PM

Every time I see this clown’s face I’m reminded that Americans were stupid enough to elect him, not once but two times!

claudius on June 26, 2014 at 8:03 PM

I’m an American, and I had nothing to do with it. You, too, I would presume.

HiJack on June 26, 2014 at 8:04 PM

*muzzie

Dang iPad

SteveInRTP on June 26, 2014 at 7:34 PM

What difference, at this point, does a “l” substituted for an “i” make? It would have been better if, in addition to the “l”, you stuck a “r” at the end of it (as in Muzzler-In-Chief). :-)

Steve Eggleston on June 26, 2014 at 8:05 PM

Obama runs the healthcare.gov hotline:

My name is Peggy, what is problem please.

faraway on June 26, 2014 at 8:03 PM

Classic.

Steve Eggleston on June 26, 2014 at 8:08 PM

History will be harsh on Obama

Ellis on June 26, 2014 at 8:13 PM

Soccer is a game for neutered Euroweenies and losers.

Here’s to hanging with the Losers

MichaelGabriel on June 26, 2014 at 8:15 PM

History will be harsh on Obama

Ellis on June 26, 2014 at 8:13 PM

ehh, a couple of hard drive crashes… presto! World’s Greatest President

faraway on June 26, 2014 at 8:15 PM

It’s beginning to look like the marxists in the White House want the terrorists to come here and will be at the border to greet them.

crankyoldlady on June 26, 2014 at 8:22 PM

History will be harsh on Obama

Ellis on June 26, 2014 at 8:13 PM

Unless they write the books.

crankyoldlady on June 26, 2014 at 8:24 PM

It’s not just the Dems letting this happen, the establishment GOP and media also have a hand in allowing this to continue.

Tinker on June 26, 2014 at 8:37 PM

No wonder Rush calls him President Kardashian.

Zuwie on June 26, 2014 at 8:38 PM

President Peter Principle…..no need to say anymore.

goldenrulebelvr on June 26, 2014 at 8:57 PM

It’s beginning to look like the marxists in the White House want the terrorists to come here and will be at the border to greet them.

crankyoldlady on June 26, 2014 at 8:22 PM

Yes.

Nancy Pelosi to travel to border, meet detained minors

Brat on June 26, 2014 at 9:13 PM

Welp if there was any doubt at all that this guy gives no f*cks about the rest of the world/foreign policy…

TarasBulbous on June 26, 2014 at 9:13 PM

Crap! Now he’s gonna tell us about the soccer equivalent of the Nittaly Lions playing at Cominsky Field.

questionmark on June 26, 2014 at 9:17 PM

Soccer is a game for neutered Euroweenies and losers.

Here’s to hanging with the Losers

MichaelGabriel on June 26, 2014 at 8:15 PM

ROTFLMAO… Please, I’m a retired Rock Star, was that suppose to impress me?

oscarwilde on June 26, 2014 at 9:25 PM

The man’s agenda includes big vacations, lots of golf and destroying America. Good governance was never a part of the plan.

ROCnPhilly on June 26, 2014 at 9:32 PM

Here’s to hanging with the Losers

MichaelGabriel on June 26, 2014 at 8:15 PM

Hah! Love it! Haters gotta hate.
And this covers the other side of the coin, and explains why some are complaining so much about the sport.
My wife even threw in a comment about me. Extra points if you can figure out which one. Jealousy, pure jealousy!

questionmark on June 26, 2014 at 9:37 PM

This poor excuse for a man watches tv, go to fundraisers, tries to unite the world, tries to disunite Americans, and complain. I wonder if he does sleep in spare bedrooms from his wife. He would bore me death. Man I detest this old fool.

garydt on June 26, 2014 at 9:47 PM

questionmark on June 26, 2014 at 9:37 PM

Hilarious.

Soccer is definitely an equal opportunity spectator sport.

MichaelGabriel on June 26, 2014 at 9:49 PM

The man has gone insane… This beyond extreme incompetence, extreme stupidity, extreme immaturity… This is total insanity… The man cannot simply live in the real world…

mnjg on June 26, 2014 at 9:54 PM

Did Adolf, Winnie, Joe, or Hideki, much less Frank, frame their decisions on the World Cup?

formwiz on June 26, 2014 at 9:54 PM

History will be harsh on Obama

Ellis on June 26, 2014 at 8:13 PM

Any historian with an ounce of honesty will rank Obama as by far the most incompetent, the most ignorant, the most immature, the most partisan, and the weakest President in the history of our Republic…

mnjg on June 26, 2014 at 9:56 PM

President Peter Principle…..no need to say anymore.

goldenrulebelvr on June 26, 2014 at 8:57 PM

The “Peter Principal” applied to him when he was a welfare queens agitator in inner city Chicago…

mnjg on June 26, 2014 at 10:00 PM

As someone who has been through the wringer of a Marxist history program (redundant, I know) history will be very favorable to this pathetic excuse for a leader. Much like most faculty is unusually forgiving and sympathetic to one V.I. Lenin (note to everdisco/brainonkoch/coolrepublica: not the Beatle.)

Soccer is a terrible sport and it’s no wonder the left loves it so much. It’s the perfect foil to the “violent, macho, imperialist” game of American Football, by which I mean it’s a low-scoring affair where a tie is almost as good as a win, the players are effeminate and weak, physical contact is frowned upon, and there is little to no discernible strategy involved.

TarasBulbous on June 27, 2014 at 12:16 AM

Soccer is the sport of choice for Eurotrash socialists and third-world savages. I am morally, philosophically, and politically opposed to a sport that can end in a tie.

Lamont Cranston on June 27, 2014 at 3:01 AM

En route to Minnesota on Thursday for a campaign-style rally

What the heck is a “campaign-style rally”? Let’s be honest, it was likely a fundraiser, or it was a campaign rally for a Democrat.

GWB on June 27, 2014 at 9:04 AM

Looks like the President is ready to cry into his beer. I would cry to, if I had been responsible for his actions,

Do the manly thing and resign or are you that scared of Ms. Obama.

MSGTAS on June 27, 2014 at 11:03 AM

His ‘laser-like focus’ needs a new prescription.

Another Drew on June 27, 2014 at 11:59 AM

TarasBulbous on June 27, 2014 at 12:16 AM

…and cheating is brazen and rampant.

Another Drew on June 27, 2014 at 12:01 PM

…and cheating is brazen and rampant.

Another Drew on June 27, 2014 at 12:01 PM

My bad, how could I forget the systemic corruption and bribery that is in itself the favorite sport of the Left.

But our football is evil because willing participants knowingly ram their heads into eachother which causes concussions :( *gentle pathetic sobbing*

TarasBulbous on June 27, 2014 at 12:31 PM

Thanks, Portugal and CR7!

Christien on June 27, 2014 at 7:11 PM