Border crisis update: White House is renovating its bowling alley

posted at 5:21 pm on July 9, 2014 by Allahpundit

You can’t spend all of your time as president of the most powerful country in the world golfing, drinking beer, and shooting pool. Some days, you’ve gotta bowl.

Frankly, given how bad he is at bowling, he could use the practice.

According to a federal contractor posting, the General Services Administration is seeking to modernize the 1940s-era lanes, which were first located in the West Wing near what is now the Situation Room. The two-lane Harry S. Truman Bowling Alley was moved to the Eisenhower Executive Office Building in 1955 for the use of White House staffers…

“It could use [the renovations],” one recent bowler told TIME on the condition his name not be used. “It’s quaint and feels old. There’s no electric scoreboard, so you have to score by hand—which is just debilitating when you’re focused on bowling a 300 like I am.”…

It is not clear how much the new bowling lanes will cost. A White House spokesperson did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

I’m going to assume, safely, that this is being done at some underling’s request and not The One’s. But that’s the thing about half-assing your lame-duck term: It’s not just the man at the top who gets extra R&R. Matt Continetti was ahead of the curve on all of this last month. The Obama post-presidency, he said, has effectively already begun:

According to Politico, Obama’s Italian dinner party illustrates the paradox of his second term. “Stymied at home and abroad, Obama recognizes that he is less in control of the Washington agenda than ever in his presidency,” write Budoff Brown and Epstein. “Yet his newfound realism has also given him a palpable sense of liberation.” I find nothing paradoxical about Obama’s recent pattern of behavior, nothing mysterious about the golfing, partying, traveling. It is quite obvious: Obama has given up…

He has decided to relax. He has decided to fill his remaining days getting the most out of his presidential experience. The free travel and lodgings and security escort, the access to good tee times, the ability to get a reservation wherever and whenever he wants, the chance to meet VIPs who will flatter and ingratiate themselves to him—he is enjoying these perks and privileges to the utmost. His motto is not YOLO. It is YOPO: You’re only president once. Why not savor it?

Why not? I wouldn’t say that he’s “given up” on his policy agenda, though. He’s given up on getting his agenda through Congress, knowing he’s doomed to having Republicans hold the House for the rest of his term, but O’s turn towards more aggressive execution action puts him in an unusual position for a president in his sixth year. He’s a lame duck in theory but in practice, thanks to congressional Democrats’ acquiescence and congressional Republicans’ understandable fear of a political backlash from impeaching him, he’s not “lame” at all. He’s on the verge of ordering, unilaterally, a de facto amnesty for millions of illegal immigrants, knowing that the politics of rescinding that order will be so dicey for a Republican successor that O’s precedent will end up operating as federal legislation. Shooting pool while even MSNBC is wringing its hands about the border crisis and “optics” thus isn’t the act of a man who’s powerless, it’s the act of a man with lots of power and not much accountability anymore. The only thing holding him in check on amnesty is his uncertainty about what midterm voters will do if he goes really big. He doesn’t want to instigate a backlash that’s so nasty, it ends up in a GOP landslide and screws the Democrats in the Senate for years to come. In the meantime, though, what does he care if there are 300,000 more illegals on the way? What are you going to do, impeach him? Please.

Once the new lanes are finished, he should invite a few illegals to bowl with him in the executive building. YOPO.


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Once the new lanes are finished, he should invite a few illegals to bowl with him in the executive building. YOPO.

I’m betting that they’ll be forced to shower first. And bring their own balls and shoes. And pay for Prezzies dinner. And spot him 2 strikes in the 10th.

BobMbx on July 9, 2014 at 5:25 PM

An old skool bowling alley would be sweet, think of the history, of the personalities who bowled the exact same lanes.

But of course history began with Dog Eater so tear out that old white man shiite and put in something more hip, gaudy, and in the end, garishly ugly.

Bishop on July 9, 2014 at 5:26 PM

Ugh. Is Obamacare going to pay for my stint at Betty Ford after this tool leaves office, because every time I read a story like this or the other idiotic decisions he makes, I need a drink.

BettyRuth on July 9, 2014 at 5:26 PM

Nice summary Allah. So, what gives with you re-tweeting the Drew fellow?

Bmore on July 9, 2014 at 5:26 PM

I’m sure they’ll ad the laser lights, glow in the dark markers, fog machines, flat screens, full music system, and it will be a real great cosmic bowling room for the Obamas.

Meanwhile, another 37 veterans will die on the waiting list or of substandard care.

portlandon on July 9, 2014 at 5:26 PM

Border crisis update: White House is renovating its bowling alley

Gotta keep those “glistening pecs” well toned you know.

Dr. ZhivBlago on July 9, 2014 at 5:26 PM

He’s getting ready for the Special Olympics.

Flange on July 9, 2014 at 5:27 PM

Adding a pool table. And a White House basement brewery.

de rigueur on July 9, 2014 at 5:27 PM

They could save some money by not replacing the automatic pin setters, and instead use some of the alien kids to set the pins, like in the old days.

/ducking

Ward Cleaver on July 9, 2014 at 5:27 PM

Um why are they renovating the WH bowling alley? Remember what Obama said about his bowling skills?

“It was like Special Olympics or something.”

Of course that could also be said about Mr. 2 for 22′s basketball skills too.

Happy Nomad on July 9, 2014 at 5:28 PM

He’s on the verge of ordering, unilaterally, a de facto amnesty for millions of illegal immigrants, knowing that the politics of rescinding that order will be so dicey for a Republican successor that O’s precedent will end up operating as federal legislation.

You could say that about most of his destructive “accomplishments,” whether legitimate laws or executive orders.

itsnotaboutme on July 9, 2014 at 5:28 PM

Obama is custom ordering a pair of pink balls.

faraway on July 9, 2014 at 5:29 PM

I doubt we ever see another picture of Obama trying to bowl.

myiq2xu on July 9, 2014 at 5:29 PM

He can set up a competition with “Special Olympians”

Sven on July 9, 2014 at 5:29 PM

Um why are they renovating the WH bowling alley? Remember what Obama said about his bowling skills?

“It was like Special Olympics or something.”

Of course that could also be said about Mr. 2 for 22′s basketball skills too.

Happy Nomad on July 9, 2014 at 5:28 PM

It seemed at the time like that was a slap at Palin’s grandson.

itsnotaboutme on July 9, 2014 at 5:31 PM

Just wondering…..has Gowdy called his first witness yet?

Anyone remember what the subject of Gowdy’s committee is?

Gowdy who?

BobMbx on July 9, 2014 at 5:32 PM

Why not? I wouldn’t say that he’s “given up” on his policy agenda, though.

What exactly is that agenda beyond destroying America? Inherent in the idea of a policy agenda is the concept of having to work the Hill to get votes for what you want to accomplish. Has Obama ever done that? [answer: no]

Happy Nomad on July 9, 2014 at 5:32 PM

Shooting pool while even MSNBC is wringing its hands about the border crisis and “optics” thus isn’t the act of a man who’s powerless, it’s the act of a man with lots of power and not much accountability anymore.

I almost entirely agree. I would just change the last few words to NO accountability anymore.

cat_owner on July 9, 2014 at 5:33 PM

There finally installing the “bumpers”?

jdpaz on July 9, 2014 at 5:33 PM

It seemed at the time like that was a slap at Palin’s grandson.

itsnotaboutme on July 9, 2014 at 5:31 PM

I don’t recall it that way. It seemed at the time as a slap against anybody with special needs.

Happy Nomad on July 9, 2014 at 5:34 PM

It’s not ‘renovating’ so much as converting it to a soccer area.

faraway on July 9, 2014 at 5:35 PM

I doubt we ever see another picture of Obama trying to bowl.

myiq2xu on July 9, 2014 at 5:29 PM

Or John Kerry hunting.

Happy Nomad on July 9, 2014 at 5:36 PM

Just saw a clip on CNN of Dear Leader arriving in Texas and shaking Rick Perry’s hand. I believe Sean Hannity will be interviewing Perry this evening, and then going with Perry to the border tomorrow.

cat_owner on July 9, 2014 at 5:36 PM

It’s not ‘renovating’ so much as converting it to a soccer area.

faraway on July 9, 2014 at 5:35 PM

Hey here’s the bigger question. Why in the hell are the critters working at the White House able to bowl at the workplace? My employer doesn’t even offer discounts for joining a gym and this guy is complaining about having to score by hand????

Happy Nomad on July 9, 2014 at 5:38 PM

Mexico signs deal to send more illegal aliens to the U.S.

http://www.examiner.com/article/mexico-made-deal-to-send-more-illegal-aliens-to-the-u-s

Pork-Chop on July 9, 2014 at 5:39 PM

UPDATE:

New bowling alley cancelled; bad optics or something.

BobMbx on July 9, 2014 at 5:35 PM

“The Obama administration posted a notice Wednesday of its intention to rebuild the White House bowling alley with “green” materials, but cancelled the notice later in the day.”

Green? What were they going to do, plant a lawn and open a indoor miniature golf course?

Walter L. Newton on July 9, 2014 at 5:40 PM

“It could use [the renovations],” one recent bowler told TIME on the condition his name not be used. “It’s quaint and feels old. There’s no electric scoreboard, so you have to score by hand—which is just debilitating when you’re focused on bowling a 300 like I am.”…

Right, because making an X after each turn is so hard.

Flange on July 9, 2014 at 5:40 PM

UPDATE:

New bowling alley cancelled; bad optics or something.

BobMbx on July 9, 2014 at 5:35 PM

In this case it was the “or something” which means “the public caught on.”

Something to laugh at tomorrow when you’re knocking down a few frames at work with your buddies on a lane where you don’t have the onus of using paper to keep score.

Happy Nomad on July 9, 2014 at 5:41 PM

“The Obama administration posted a notice Wednesday of its intention to rebuild the White House bowling alley with “green” materials, but cancelled the notice later in the day.”

Nothing is quite so “green” as not making any renovations at all.

jdpaz on July 9, 2014 at 5:43 PM

Reminds me of that scene in The Contender with Jeff Bridges as the President who was at the same point in his 2nd term and bowling in the White House:

“Right now some terrorist camp in Libya is being spared a bombing raid because I’m obsessed with beating my 150 average.”

Doughboy on July 9, 2014 at 5:44 PM

Dog Eater has already issued an E.O. stating that no one is to discuss the fact that he uses the inflatable alley-bumpers.

Bishop on July 9, 2014 at 5:46 PM

“The Obama administration posted a notice Wednesday of its intention to rebuild the White House bowling alley with “green” materials, but cancelled the notice later in the day.”

“Green materials” as in dollar bill$ ?
Stacks and stacks of dollar bolls, piled high all the way up to the sky ?

burrata on July 9, 2014 at 5:48 PM

Dog Eater has already issued an E.O. stating that no one is to discuss the fact that he uses the inflatable alley-bumpers.

Bishop on July 9, 2014 at 5:46 PM

Enough with his bedroom activities. This is a family blog.

Flange on July 9, 2014 at 5:49 PM

My employer doesn’t even offer discounts for joining a gym and this guy is complaining about having to score by hand????

Happy Nomad on July 9, 2014 at 5:38 PM

They can’t add and Common Core doesn’t cover bowling scores.

RickB on July 9, 2014 at 5:49 PM

Maybe he could renovate his collection of Mom pants while he is at it.

Can he get bowling balls with training wheels?

DimsdalePiranha on July 9, 2014 at 5:49 PM

UPDATE:

New bowling alley cancelled; bad optics or something.

BobMbx on July 9, 2014 at 5:35 PM

Maybe email Allah, see if he would like to update. tips@hotair.com

Bmore on July 9, 2014 at 5:49 PM

Well, he’s got the Middle East all fixed up, what else does he have to do?

Fallon on July 9, 2014 at 5:50 PM

I seem to recall reading Obama asked the house for funds to address the issue of children on the border and the house refused.

You don’t get to complain about government inaction when you are the ones obstructing that action. Or at least you don’t get to and get away with it.

Tlaloc on July 9, 2014 at 5:50 PM

why does the WH have a bowling alley? is it critical to the national interest? I don’t have a bowling alley…i can’t afford it…so why should i pay for the WH to have a bowling alley?

clandestine on July 9, 2014 at 5:52 PM

Mexico signs deal to send more illegal aliens to the U.S.

http://www.examiner.com/article/mexico-made-deal-to-send-more-illegal-aliens-to-the-u-s

Pork-Chop on July 9, 2014 at 5:39 PM

Awful.

cat_owner on July 9, 2014 at 5:52 PM

Obama has the same athletic prowess in bowling as he does in throwing baseballs, biking, and free throws….zero…well 2/26.

However the man can hang a curtain rod like a pro.

jukin3 on July 9, 2014 at 5:52 PM

Bowl your way down to the a Rio Grande and hug one of your failed policies.
Don’t let Henry Cuellar fool you, he’s an amnesty loving rat telling Fox what they want to hear and MSNBC what they want to here…..within minutes this morning on TraitorJoe’s and Fox and a Friends.

HornetSting on July 9, 2014 at 5:53 PM

They can’t add and Common Core doesn’t cover bowling scores.

RickB on July 9, 2014 at 5:49 PM

Keep in mind, this is DC and that is clearly a disability. Under the ADA, the White House is required to hire somebody to keep score under the terms of reasonable accommodation.

Happy Nomad on July 9, 2014 at 5:54 PM

Episode ~875 of “What if Bush had done it.”

The MSM reaction would make Scanners look like the Care Bears Movie.

Good Solid B-Plus on July 9, 2014 at 5:55 PM

Tlaloc on July 9, 2014 at 5:50 PM

You’re so cute, I bet your mom pats you on the head on your way to the basement command center.

RickB on July 9, 2014 at 5:55 PM

I seem to recall reading Obama asked the house for funds to address the issue of children on the border and the house refused.

You don’t get to complain about government inaction when you are the ones obstructing that action. Or at least you don’t get to and get away with it.

Tlaloc on July 9, 2014 at 5:50 PM

I seem to recall that obama created the problem. And now it will potentially will cost the US billions to clean up obama’s mess. So neither you or obama get to complain about how it’s done. It’s really time for you and obama to STFU and grab a mop.

http://news.investors.com/ibd-editorials-polls/063014-706916-americans-blame-obama-on-immigration-irs-iraq-ibdtipp-poll.htm

HumpBot Salvation on July 9, 2014 at 5:56 PM

why does the WH have a bowling alley? is it critical to the national interest? I don’t have a bowling alley…i can’t afford it…so why should i pay for the WH to have a bowling alley?

clandestine on July 9, 2014 at 5:52 PM

You’re clearly a racist and hater.

Happy Nomad on July 9, 2014 at 5:56 PM

I seem to recall reading Obama asked the house for funds to address the issue of children on the border and the house refused.

You don’t get to complain about government inaction when you are the ones obstructing that action. Or at least you don’t get to and get away with it.

Tlaloc on July 9, 2014 at 5:50 PM

So has Hussein secured the border ? with moats and alligators ?

burrata on July 9, 2014 at 5:57 PM

This and the IRS is making $100 billion mistakes . . . meanwhile our veterans are dying because they can’t get access to care. This country is putridly sick and shameful.

rplat on July 9, 2014 at 5:58 PM

I seem to recall reading Obama asked the house for funds to address the issue of children on the border and the house refused.

Tlaloc on July 9, 2014 at 5:50 PM

I seem to recall this math:

We taxpayers are expected to house, feed, clothe and care for almost 30,000 illegal aliens for a full year, according to the White House’s official request. That’s a small city.

Instead, we could fly all of them home for one-half of 1 percent of the $3.8 billion that President Obama proposes we spend. That’s a savings of 99.5 percent!

Your move.

Fallon on July 9, 2014 at 6:00 PM

Nice.

Bmore on July 9, 2014 at 6:01 PM

“The Obama administration posted a notice Wednesday of its intention to rebuild the White House bowling alley with “green” materials, but cancelled the notice later in the day.”

“Green materials” as in dollar bill$ ?
Stacks and stacks of dollar bolls, piled high all the way up to the sky ?

burrata on July 9, 2014 at 5:48 PM

…wood stolen from Gibson Guitars?

slickwillie2001 on July 9, 2014 at 6:01 PM

The Soldiers Home in DC has a 6 lane bowling center, maybe they could send someone over to the White House and teach them on to maintain their lanes.

RickB on July 9, 2014 at 6:01 PM

Have you plugged the hole in the border, daddy?

Can we go bowling now?

– Vera Baker

HumpBot Salvation on July 9, 2014 at 6:01 PM

“It’s quaint and feels old. There’s no electric scoreboard, so you have to score by hand—which is just debilitating when you’re focused on bowling a 300 like I am.”…

 
Shorter version: (D)s and math.
 
http://hotair.com/archives/2014/05/12/chamber-of-commerce-head-to-gop-if-you-dont-pass-amnesty-this-year-dont-bother-running-a-candidate-in-2016/comment-page-3/#comment-8053789

rogerb on July 9, 2014 at 6:02 PM

Something to laugh at tomorrow when you’re knocking down a few frames at work with your buddies on a lane where you don’t have the onus honesty of using paper to keep score.

Happy Nomad on July 9, 2014 at 5:41 PM

FIFY

Reuben Hick on July 9, 2014 at 6:02 PM

the little prick doesn’t care…he orchestrated all of this……..

crosshugger on July 9, 2014 at 6:03 PM

UPDATE:

New bowling alley cancelled; bad optics or something.

BobMbx on July 9, 2014 at 5:35 PM

The bad optics is likely that there’s not sport more WHITE than bowling. This is bad for Barry’s shtreet cred.

slickwillie2001 on July 9, 2014 at 6:03 PM

Obama does not care.

When it gets to 500,000 the msm will still cover for his hate America, commie,half a$$ way of Thuging his way to the destruction he lust for.

He wants more illegals, more debt, more of the Chicago way.

Just say no.

APACHEWHOKNOWS on July 9, 2014 at 6:06 PM

They probably installed foam tubes along the gutters, so that His Majesty would be guaranteed to hit some pins on his first ball. That might enable him to hit a few spares and reach triple figures, which he already does at golf.

Exit question: How many bounces off the gutters before his ball reaches the pins?

Steve Z on July 9, 2014 at 6:06 PM

Can the man be any more disconnected with reality or his job description?

Rovin on July 9, 2014 at 6:07 PM

Mexico signs deal to send more illegal aliens to the U.S.

http://www.examiner.com/article/mexico-made-deal-to-send-more-illegal-aliens-to-the-u-s

Pork-Chop on July 9, 2014 at 5:39 PM

I’ve been saying from the start of this that the government of Mexico had to be cooperating. No way did hundreds of thousands of illegal aliens from Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador, etc., manage to get across Mexico’s southern border, and then cross the interior of Mexico, without the Mexican government’s knowledge and approval.

The Obama administration had to have given Mexico the green light for this. Mexico wouldn’t risk being cut off from all that sweet U.S. money on its own.

This so-called “humanitarian crisis” on our border has clearly been planned, coordinated, and no doubt funded by the Obama administration, with our money. We are being invaded by hundreds of thousands of Third World poor and criminals, who will end up costing taxpayers many billions of dollars every year for many years to come, and our own government is responsible. If this is not treason, then what the hell is?

AZCoyote on July 9, 2014 at 6:07 PM

…wood stolen from Gibson Guitars?

slickwillie2001 on July 9, 2014 at 6:01 PM

WH bowling alley powered by unused Solyndra panels ?

burrata on July 9, 2014 at 6:07 PM

Dear Diary,

Today I doomed America to descend into third world status and bowled a 64.
Tomorrow, the missus is gonna let me pretend to be the man for 15 minutes.
So excited, I’m practicing kissing on the pillow.

XXXOOO,
Barry

Tard on July 9, 2014 at 6:07 PM

The bad optics is likely that there’s not sport more WHITE than bowling. This is bad for Barry’s shtreet cred.

slickwillie2001 on July 9, 2014 at 6:03 PM

You should read up on the TNBA

RickB on July 9, 2014 at 6:08 PM

The bad optics is likely that there’s no sport more WHITE than bowling. This is bad for Barry’s shtreet cred.

slickwillie2001 on July 9, 2014 at 6:03 PM

No Willie-

There isn’t a sport more middle class than bowling. There isn’t a sport more white than tennis.

Happy Nomad on July 9, 2014 at 6:11 PM

I almost entirely agree. I would just change the last few words to NO accountability anymore.

cat_owner on July 9, 2014 at 5:33 PM

When has he ever been accountable for ANYTHING in the last 5 years?

“What, huh? Oh, I just read about that in the paper…”

dentarthurdent on July 9, 2014 at 6:17 PM

…wood stolen from Gibson Guitars?

slickwillie2001 on July 9, 2014 at 6:01 PM

ouch, nice.

faraway on July 9, 2014 at 6:17 PM

There isn’t a sport more white than tennis.

Happy Nomad on July 9, 2014 at 6:11 PM

Probably the top, but –
Howz about Ice Hockey? NASCAR? Curling?
(Ok, I’ll admit that last one is stretching the definition of “sport”)

dentarthurdent on July 9, 2014 at 6:19 PM

Obama is custom ordering a pair of pink balls.

faraway on July 9, 2014 at 5:29 PM

Larry Sinclair’s?

8 weight on July 9, 2014 at 6:20 PM

it’s the act of a man with lots of power and not much accountability anymore.

That’s a very dangerous combination.

As for blanket amnesty…he’ll wait until January 2017.

GarandFan on July 9, 2014 at 6:24 PM

Allah, you were slow getting started but you are doing a great job these last few days covering the border crisis.

BoxHead1 on July 9, 2014 at 6:30 PM

Allahpundit ‏@allahpundit 26m

57,000 migrant children picked up at U.S. border since Oct. 1 http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/nationworld/la-na-nn-senate-immigration-hearing-20140709,0,1043983.story

Bmore on July 9, 2014 at 6:38 PM

I seem to recall reading Obama asked the house for funds to address the issue of children on the border and the house refused.

Tlaloc on July 9, 2014 at 5:50 PM

I seem to recall Dog Eater stating that the border was more secure than ever, yet there are mere children waltzing over it.

You don’t get to complain if you’re too ignorant to do a little research.

Bishop on July 9, 2014 at 6:42 PM

I seem to recall reading Obama asked the house for funds to address the issue of children on the border and the house refused.

You don’t get to complain about government inaction when you are the ones obstructing that action. Or at least you don’t get to and get away with it.

Tlaloc on July 9, 2014 at 5:50 PM

So has Hussein secured the border ? with moats and alligators ?

burrata on July 9, 2014 at 5:57 PM

Insofar as Fascist governance…

Seen this?

The head of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is not pulling any punches. Gina McCarthy, who once was Connecticut’s DEP commissioner, wants to “unilaterally garnish paychecks of those accused of violating” EPA rules, according to the Washington Times. And she believes she has the power to do so. Recently, the EPA fined a Wyoming homeowner $75,000 for putting a pond on his rural property.

http://cttalking.com/government/gina-mccarthy/

workingclass artist on July 9, 2014 at 6:57 PM

Allahpundit ‏@allahpundit 26m

57,000 migrant children picked up at U.S. border since Oct. 1 http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/nationworld/la-na-nn-senate-immigration-hearing-20140709,0,1043983.story

Bmore on July 9, 2014 at 6:38 PM

Texas spike

May 48,000 illegals
June 47,000 illegals

workingclass artist on July 9, 2014 at 6:59 PM

Mexico signs deal to send more illegal aliens to the U.S.

http://www.examiner.com/article/mexico-made-deal-to-send-more-illegal-aliens-to-the-u-s

Pork-Chop on July 9, 2014 at 5:39 PM

I’ve been saying from the start of this that the government of Mexico had to be cooperating. No way did hundreds of thousands of illegal aliens from Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador, etc., manage to get across Mexico’s southern border, and then cross the interior of Mexico, without the Mexican government’s knowledge and approval.

The Obama administration had to have given Mexico the green light for this. Mexico wouldn’t risk being cut off from all that sweet U.S. money on its own.

This so-called “humanitarian crisis” on our border has clearly been planned, coordinated, and no doubt funded by the Obama administration, with our money. We are being invaded by hundreds of thousands of Third World poor and criminals, who will end up costing taxpayers many billions of dollars every year for many years to come, and our own government is responsible. If this is not treason, then what the hell is?

AZCoyote on July 9, 2014 at 6:07 PM

Double plus good for our southern neighbors

They get to dump their best and brightest…receive foreign aid from us to do it…get increased influence in our politics both regional and national…keep the remittance pesos flowing so the ruling class can keep avoiding their own social expenditures…

workingclass artist on July 9, 2014 at 7:03 PM

I guess that was code for Open Borders Ya’ll…

” “The era of the Monroe Doctrine is over,” Mr. Kerry said in a speech at the Organization of American States in Washington, D.C.

That prompted some tepid applause, which Mr. Kerry encouraged: “That’s worth applauding. That’s not a bad thing.”

From a Latin American perspective, the Monroe Doctrine was often seen as a license for the U.S. to intervene at will in countries’ internal affairs. As 19th century Mexican strongman Porfirio Diaz put it: “Poor Mexico, so far from God and so close to the United States.”

Mr. Kerry expanded upon his remarks, making clear that for the Obama administration, the old paradigm of a Washington-dominated hemisphere is passe.

“The relationship that we seek and that we have worked hard to foster is not about a United States declaration about how and when it will intervene in the affairs of other American states. It’s about all of our countries viewing one another as equals, sharing responsibilities, cooperating on security issues, and adhering not to doctrine, but to the decisions that we make as partners to advance the values and the interests that we share,” he said.

State Department spokeswoman Jennifer Psaki said at a news briefing that Mr. Kerry has made similar remarks in the past. Still, Monday’s comments received wide play in the Latin American press. Venezuela’s El Universal, for example, noted the “end of the U.S. interventionist policy” in the region. Some read too much into it, mistakenly celebrating the end of the “error” of the Monroe Doctrine (instead of the “era”).

Monday’s remarks were a contrast to Mr. Kerry’s comments in April before Congress, when he said that the U.S. must pay more attention to Latin America because it is in the U.S. “backyard,” awakening Latin American ire and fear of a return to a more muscular U.S. approach to the region.

Still and all, the Obama administration’s shift on Latin America it isn’t entirely new. By giving more leeway to big regional players such as Colombia and Brazil, and not getting too worked up about the anti-American antics of strongmen in Venezuela, Bolivia, and Ecuador, the administration has tried to put U.S.-Latin American relations on a new footing….”

http://blogs.wsj.com/washwire/2013/11/18/kerry-makes-it-official-era-of-monroe-doctrine-is-over/

workingclass artist on July 9, 2014 at 7:08 PM

I hope he shares his balls.

formwiz on July 9, 2014 at 7:13 PM

Moochelle chasing the ball down the lane took its toll on the flooring.

viking01 on July 9, 2014 at 7:20 PM

Double plus good for our southern neighbors…

They get to dump their best and brightest…receive foreign aid from us to do it…get increased influence in our politics both regional and national…keep the remittance pesos flowing so the ruling class can keep avoiding their own social expenditures…

workingclass artist on July 9, 2014 at 7:03 PM

I’m pretty sure that at this point those Central American countries have swept the streets for homeless kids, sick kids out of hospitals, kids in orphanages with learning disabilities or mental problems, prisoners under 18, and they are putting them on trains out of town. They will save a fortune and clean up their cities, and let the gringos take care of them.

slickwillie2001 on July 9, 2014 at 7:24 PM

Barry – The King of the Gutter Ball. Back in 2008 he was campaigning in Pennsylvania, trying to appeal to working class voters. He went to a bowling alley and bowled something like 37.

TarheelBen on July 9, 2014 at 7:54 PM

Dear Diary,

Today I doomed America to descend into third world status and bowled a 64.
Tomorrow, the missus is gonna let me pretend to be the man for 15 minutes.
So excited, I’m practicing kissing on biting the pillow.

XXXOOO,
Barry

Tard on July 9, 2014 at 6:07 PM

FIFY

PointnClick on July 9, 2014 at 8:20 PM

White House is renovating its bowling alley

…oh?…there are ba11s in the White House?

JugEarsButtHurt on July 9, 2014 at 8:34 PM

Wonder if the new lanes will include “gutter bumpers” so Obama can’t throw gutter balls. What was his score a few years ago, a 37?

Where are his golf scores?

Amazingoly on July 9, 2014 at 8:37 PM

Couple of points:
1. Why do you need an electronic scoreboard. If you’re bowling 38, one hand with all fingers is sufficient.

2. They didn’t mention the retractable bumpers like the toddlers’ lanes have. Must be in the forthcoming change order to the contract, or O is not bowling.

freemarketer on July 9, 2014 at 8:38 PM

I seem to recall reading Obama asked the house for funds to address the issue of children on the border and the house refused.

Tlaloc

As always, your recall is faulty. Providing food and shelter for invaders doesn’t address the issue at the border. It enables and encourages it.

xblade on July 9, 2014 at 8:46 PM

Has anyone witnessed Obama play golf? What we have seen from videos now is that (1) he can’t shoot baskets (even though he professes to love basketball and play a lot), (2) he can’t shoot pool, (3) he can’t lift weights, and (4) he is an awkward runner, at least when he jogs with Joe Biden.

Conservative in NOVA on July 10, 2014 at 10:52 AM

I seem to recall reading Obama asked the house for funds to address the issue of children on the border and the house refused.

You don’t get to complain about government inaction when you are the ones obstructing that action. Or at least you don’t get to and get away with it.

Tlaloc on July 9, 2014 at 5:50 PM

Amazing. You wouldn’t recognize reality if it was sitting on your face and wiggling.

Or you’re just a pathological liar.

So which is it? Those really are your only options, but I’m pretty sure you know that.

runawayyyy on July 10, 2014 at 11:17 AM

Blame the Republicans- blah blah blah!

sissi212 on July 10, 2014 at 11:24 AM

Once the new lanes are finished, he should invite a few illegals to bowl with him in the executive building.

…or at least clean it up for him.

E9RET on July 23, 2014 at 4:53 PM