Open thread: Semi-retired president to make statement on MH17 at 11:30 ET; Update: Now noon

posted at 10:41 am on July 18, 2014 by Allahpundit

His schedule’s wide open today, fortunately, so he won’t be forced to make a tough choice between addressing the public about this and, say, playing miniature golf.

Matt Continetti notes that the bear — the real bear — is indeed loose:

Obama is not the bear. He is the cub: aimless, naïve, self-interested, self-indulgent, irresponsible, irresolute. The bear is in Moscow.

One can trace a line from any global hotspot to Russia and its authoritarian ruler. Iran? Russia has assisted its nuclear program for decades. Syria? Russia is Bashar Assad’s arms dealer. Iraq? Russia is sending men and materiel to the central government. Afghanistan? Putin muscled nearby Kyrgyzstan into closing our air base there, crucial for transport, resupply, and reconnaissance in the war against the Taliban. The contretemps between the United States and Germany is the result of Edward Snowden’s breach of national security. Where is Snowden? In Russia, where he has just asked to have his visa renewed. I wonder if Vladimir Putin will say yes…

Thursday brought us only the latest unintended consequence of Russia’s war on Ukrainian independence: the destruction of a Malaysian airlines flight carrying 295 souls. The attack is revolting, the loss of life infuriating, but the downing of Flight MH17 is not the first unanticipated outcome of the war Vladimir Putin began in Ukraine. Nor will it be the last.

What if the bear, like the cub, has lost control of events? Giving Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine high-tech missiles to take down Kiev’s military planes makes sense for Putin. Standing by while they shoot down passenger jets doesn’t. He took Crimea because he knew that NATO’s European members wouldn’t care; they weren’t going to sacrifice Russian energy and Russian investment by imposing harsh sanctions just because he wanted Sevastopol back. Now they care. The emerging theory of what happened yesterday, that Putin’s Ukrainian proxies fired at the plane thinking it was a Ukrainian military jet, makes the most sense. What’s the bear going to do about it now, though? If he wanted to bring them to heel, could he even do it? Would the Russian public, after gorging on months of Kremlin propaganda about gay U.S.-backed Nazis seizing Kiev and threatening Moscow, allow it? Quote:

“How can Putin really manage this?” Pavlovsky went on. “You’d need to be an amazing conductor. Stalin was an amazing conductor in this way. Putin can’t quite pull off this trick. The audience is warmed up and ready to go; it is wound up and waiting for more and more conflict. You can’t just say, ‘Calm down.’ It’s a dangerous moment. Today, forty per cent of Russia wants real war with Ukraine. Putin himself doesn’t want war with Ukraine. But people are responding to this media machine. Putin needs to lower the temperature.”…

If it turns out that men like Strelkov and his fellow soldier-fantasists were responsible for the destruction of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 and all the people on board, the fever in Russia and Ukraine may intensify beyond anything that Vladimir Putin could have predicted or desired.

Maybe Putin’s not the bear. Maybe he’s just riding it and now he’s at risk of falling off. What happens then?

Update: He’s running late, as he always is for White House statements, so turn on cable news at noon ET instead.


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TarheelBen on July 18, 2014 at 11:27 AM

 
Has there even been a piece of trash left after the Tea Party rallies?
 
gophergirl on July 18, 2014 at 11:29 AM

 
Probably, but they were sticking around for the drum circle.

rogerb on July 18, 2014 at 11:31 AM

oscarwilde on July 18, 2014 at 11:26 AM

With the moniker “Ned Pepper” he was trying to give the impression of a strong Robert Duvall type. Then he goes and spouts stupid stuff that could have been lifted directly from Wikipedia. Which it looks like it was.

It left out all the other stuff about the guy that makes him an extremely dangerous character.

No a lot of verifiable information is known about this guy. But from other sources I have read, Wiki gets it pretty close.

Just another stupid troll.

cozmo on July 18, 2014 at 11:31 AM

Pres Obama’s 1130AM statement on Ukraine situation delayed til 12noon/ET.

canopfor on July 18, 2014 at 11:30 AM

Burger time!!!!

faraway on July 18, 2014 at 11:31 AM

*************** High Noon ********************************!!!!!!

Mark Knoller @markknoller · 2m

Pres Obama’s 1130AM statement on Ukraine situation delayed til 12noon/ET.

canopfor on July 18, 2014 at 11:30 AM

Which means 12:20.

Bitter Clinger on July 18, 2014 at 11:32 AM

Ned Pepper on July 18, 2014 at 11:10 AM

Hi, Ned!

Please tell us why O’bama failed to win the college graduate vote in 2012.

Del Dolemonte on July 18, 2014 at 11:32 AM

M240H on July 18, 2014 at 11:31 AM

He already is. Today’s whining and crying will be no different.

kingsjester on July 18, 2014 at 11:33 AM

Obama spilled ketchup on TOTUS

faraway on July 18, 2014 at 11:33 AM

oscarwilde on July 18, 2014 at 11:17 AM

Ewww, that is so gross! (LOL)

lineholder on July 18, 2014 at 11:33 AM

Always late. Primping, showing his contempt for the rest of us, or ?

Drained Brain on July 18, 2014 at 11:34 AM

Obama spilled ketchup on TOTUS

faraway on July 18, 2014 at 11:33 AM

I’m guessing the golf match went to a series of playoff holes. Somebody didn’t realize that they’re supposed to let Dear Leader win in regulation.

Bitter Clinger on July 18, 2014 at 11:35 AM

Hi, Ned!

Please tell us why O’bama failed to win the college graduate vote in 2012.

Del Dolemonte on July 18, 2014 at 11:32 AM

Obama WON the election in 2012. That is all.

LOL! Are you still stuck on November 6, 2012… Man that was a fun night after hearing for months “my dog can beat Obama” LOL!! You all are so out of touch that you don’t even know the your own country. The country has moved on, leaving you behind.

Ned Pepper on July 18, 2014 at 11:36 AM

Obama is not the bear. He is the cub: aimless, naïve, self-interested, self-indulgent, irresponsible, irresolute.

Snuggles is more of a bear than Obama.

The only question I have at this point is this……

How much is he going to make the horrible deaths of nearly 300 by Russia or Russian-backed terrorists about himself.

Happy Nomad on July 18, 2014 at 11:36 AM

oscarwilde on July 18, 2014 at 11:26 AM

With the moniker “Ned Pepper” he was trying to give the impression of a strong Robert Duvall type. Then he goes and spouts stupid stuff that could have been lifted directly from Wikipedia. Which it looks like it was.

It left out all the other stuff about the guy that makes him an extremely dangerous character.

No a lot of verifiable information is known about this guy. But from other sources I have read, Wiki gets it pretty close.

Just another stupid troll.

cozmo on July 18, 2014 at 11:31 AM

Couple of weeks ago I busted Dim Ned here red-handed for cutting and pasting something from Daily Kos just an hour after it had been posted there. That speaks volumes.

Del Dolemonte on July 18, 2014 at 11:36 AM

***************** Correction Again *****************************!!

Mark Knoller @markknoller · 27s

Now WH says POTUS will speak momentarily.

canopfor on July 18, 2014 at 11:36 AM

Obama had to go to the Charcoal Pit in Wilmington yesterday because Katie’s was closed.

matthew8787 on July 18, 2014 at 11:37 AM

Has there even been a piece of trash left after the Tea Party rallies?

gophergirl on July 18, 2014 at 11:29 AM

Nope. It amazes me how the left continues to try and associate the Tea Party with violence. As hard as they’ve looked, as hard as they’ve tried, they don’t have ONE SINGLE EXAMPLE to hang their hat on. Tea Partiers were law-abiding citizens, taxpayers, people who work for a living. I challenge our leftist trolls to give us one example of Tea Party violence. Just one.

TarheelBen on July 18, 2014 at 11:37 AM

Ned, get out of Putin’s azz, before you suffocate. It’s enough that you’re demented from obama’s shit already.

Schadenfreude on July 18, 2014 at 11:37 AM

canopfor on July 18, 2014 at 11:14 AM

Can’t tell from that report .. Was she an American citizen ??

pambi on July 18, 2014 at 11:37 AM

Drained Brain on July 18, 2014 at 11:34 AM

Information about narcissism from the psychiatric diagnosis guide manual

Some people diagnosed with a narcissistic personality disorder are characterized by exaggerated feelings of self-importance. They have a sense of entitlement and demonstrate grandiosity in their beliefs and behavior. They have a strong need for admiration, but lack feelings of empathy.[5]

Symptoms of this disorder, as defined by the DSM-IV-TR, include:[1]
◾Expects to be recognized as superior and special, without superior accomplishments
◾Expects constant attention, admiration and positive reinforcement from others
◾Envies others and believes others envy him/her
◾Is preoccupied with thoughts and fantasies of great success, enormous attractiveness, power, intelligence
◾Lacks the ability to empathize with the feelings or desires of others
◾Is arrogant in attitudes and behavior
◾Has expectations of special treatment that are unrealistic

Other symptoms in addition to the ones defined by DSM-IV-TR include: Is interpersonally exploitative, i.e., takes advantage of others to achieve his or her own ends, has trouble keeping healthy relationships with others, easily hurt or rejected, appears unemotional, and exaggerating special achievements and talents, setting unrealistic goals for himself/herself.[6

lineholder on July 18, 2014 at 11:37 AM

Hi, Ned!

Please tell us why O’bama failed to win the college graduate vote in 2012.

Del Dolemonte on July 18, 2014 at 11:32 AM

Obama WON the election in 2012 by increasing his already-record share of the high school dropout vote from 70% in 2008 to 80% or better. That is all.

Ned Pepper on July 18, 2014 at 11:36 AM

That’s all I needed to know. Thanks for your rare honesty!

F+

Del Dolemonte on July 18, 2014 at 11:38 AM

Mark Knoller @markknoller · 2m

Pres Obama’s 1130AM statement on Ukraine situation delayed til 12noon/ET.

canopfor on July 18, 2014 at 11:30 AM

 
Ha. It’s a power thing, nothing more. Remember that “The Office” show? They made fun of a similar technique. The secretary hands the boss a Post-It with something doodled on it so he can pretend to ignore an important call.
 
It’s all just ferns and hipster beards theater.

rogerb on July 18, 2014 at 11:38 AM

You all are so out of touch that you don’t even know the your own country. The country has moved on, leaving you behind.

Ned Pepper on July 18, 2014 at 11:36 AM

You’re right.

The country has moved on from 2012.

July 2014 Poll: Obama worst president since WWII

sentinelrules on July 18, 2014 at 11:38 AM

Please tell us why O’bama failed to win the college graduate vote in 2012.

Del Dolemonte on July 18, 2014 at 11:32 AM

This is one of Del’s favorite talking points, but it’s an odd thing considering that conservatism supposedly doesn’t value college degrees as proof of much of anything. Isn’t that why you keep arguing that college is obsolete etc? So why use this stat against Obama, seems like evidence that the President enjoys support from “real Americans” rather than the college educated “elite.”

libfreeordie on July 18, 2014 at 11:39 AM

Obama WON the election in 2012. That is all.

Ned Pepper on July 18, 2014 at 11:36 AM

No, he did not. It’s the biggest cover up of the ages.

Schadenfreude on July 18, 2014 at 11:39 AM

Semi-retired president to make statement on MH17 at 11:30 12:00 ET

Cause baby cub is always late.

LetsBfrank on July 18, 2014 at 10:56 AM

*************** High Noon ********************************!!!!!!

Mark Knoller @markknoller · 2m

Pres Obama’s 1130AM statement on Ukraine situation delayed til 12noon/ET.

canopfor on July 18, 2014 at 11:30 AM

So predictable. Actually, he’s so twisted I think he does this on purpose, just to mess with everyone and to say, I won.

LetsBfrank on July 18, 2014 at 11:39 AM

The Man Currently Impersonating the President has stopped “shuckin’ and jivin.” It’s now all jive, all the time. It’s like a 24/7 “smooth jazz” station, something to play in the background while you’re doing something real. Or, in this case, while the world explodes.

The President has become the leadership equivalent of elevator music.

Not to be fooled. He’s going to make a “statement” about the murder of some people on an airplane shortly. Why? Because somebody told him to. Somebody watched the news and read the tweets and told him some “folks” didn’t like the fact that he couldn’t lead a conga line, much less a nation, and that he couldn’t tell a mass mudslide from a mass homicide.

So, he’ll do what he always does. Give a speech, make a statement… from the back of the train. A human caboose on the tracks of history.

Elevator music.

IndieDogg on July 18, 2014 at 11:39 AM

canopfor on July 18, 2014 at 11:14 AM

Can’t tell from that report .. Was she an American citizen ??

pambi on July 18, 2014 at 11:37 AM

pambi: This one??!!:0

“The Indiana Rowing family is deeply saddened by the news of Karlijn’s sudden passing,” Indiana head rowing coach Steve Peterson said. “She came to us for one year as a graduate student and truly wanted to pursue rowing. That year was the first year we really started to make a mark with the First Varsity 8 boat and she was a huge reason for it. She was a phenomenal student and loved IU so much that she stayed here after she earned her master’s degree. Our condolences go out to her family and friends in this very tough time.”

http://www.iuhoosiers.com/sports/w-rowing/spec-rel/071814aac.html

canopfor on July 18, 2014 at 11:14 AM

canopfor on July 18, 2014 at 11:39 AM

Obama WON the election in 2012. That is all.

Ned Pepper on July 18, 2014 at 11:36 AM

The IRS won the election

faraway on July 18, 2014 at 11:39 AM

Every time I hear “the bear is loose”, I think of Jimmy Carter’s killer rabbit. Animal metaphors are forever associated with failing presidents.

obladioblada on July 18, 2014 at 11:39 AM

Ned is the slave’s twin. Here’s something that will hit you, hard.

Schadenfreude on July 18, 2014 at 11:39 AM

Obama WON the election in 2012. That is all.

Ned Pepper on July 18, 2014 at 11:36 AM

Sorry, he did, like Adolf did.

Schadenfreude on July 18, 2014 at 11:40 AM

Transcript: “That was a great burger.”

vcferlita on July 18, 2014 at 11:40 AM

Maybe Putin’s not the bear. Maybe he’s just riding it and now he’s at risk of falling off. What happens then?

.
The problem with being a pundit is the willingness to put forward opinions that have no basis in fact … or a frame of reference about the realities of what capabilities are required in order to do something like knocking an aircraft out of the sky.

The “Maybe he’s just riding it and now he’s at risk of falling off” nonsense has been put forward numerous times when some world leader did something truly evil and squishy people wanted to find ANY other explanation rather than face the truly evil INTENTIONS of an evil person.

It takes 4 people trained work together for over two weeks before they are going to be allowed to fire an actual missile from a Buk anti-aircraft system.

But somehow, after “capturing” a Buk system last weekend, the Ukrainian separatists managed to take down 2 planes in their first 4 days of having “possession” of the system and then topped it off with a third that … OOOPS! was a civilian airliner.

Putin a is KGB sociopath with a BAD case of egomania.

He is opposed by a village idiot whose foreign policy positions have led to an ENDLESS string of disasters.

Welcome to the New World Order, folks!

Where a community organizer in mom jeans gets treated like a poodle on the leash of a sadistic owner.

PolAgnostic on July 18, 2014 at 11:40 AM

Pres Obama’s 1130AM statement on Ukraine situation delayed til 12noon/ET.

canopfor on July 18, 2014 at 11:30 AM

This bastard will do anything to pre-empt Rush. Limbaugh really does live rent-free in his head.

Happy Nomad on July 18, 2014 at 11:40 AM

Malaysia Airlines plane crash in Ukraine, July 17, 2014
1m
Photo: 2 soldiers look over field where a Malaysia Airlines plane crashed in eastern Ukraine – @bishopk
see original on twitter.com

https://twitter.com/bishopk

canopfor on July 18, 2014 at 11:40 AM

Couple of weeks ago I busted Dim Ned here red-handed for cutting and pasting something from Daily Kos just an hour after it had been posted there. That speaks volumes.

Del Dolemonte on July 18, 2014 at 11:36 AM

Maybe he is that Indian plagiarist who reports on CNN and hates the USA.

Schadenfreude on July 18, 2014 at 11:42 AM

https://twitter.com/AP

The Associated Press @AP · 16m

U.N. envoy Power: U.S. can’t rule out Russian role in plane downing: http://apne.ws/Wi7y3w

canopfor on July 18, 2014 at 11:42 AM

The country has moved on, leaving you behind.

Ned Pepper on July 18, 2014 at 11:36 AM

Ned… to make things simple, just put a check mark nest to the ideology what best describes your politics.

1) __ Democrat
2) __ Progressive
3) __ Democratic Socialist
4) __ Socialist
5) __ Marxist
6) __ Communist

And be honest.

Walter L. Newton on July 18, 2014 at 11:42 AM

Obama WON the election in 2012 by increasing his already-record share of the high school dropout vote from 70% in 2008 to 80% or better. That is all.

Ned Pepper on July 18, 2014 at 11:36 AM

That’s all I needed to know. Thanks for your rare honesty!

F+

Del Dolemonte on July 18, 2014 at 11:38 AM

“And he won 99% of the moron vote!! Woot!!!!!”
Ned Pimples…………….

VegasRick on July 18, 2014 at 11:42 AM

So why use this stat against Obama, seems like evidence that the President enjoys support from “real Americans” rather than the college educated “elite.”

libfreeordie on July 18, 2014 at 11:39 AM

Because Obama was elected on the backs of the ignorant masses, many of whom were blacks.

sentinelrules on July 18, 2014 at 11:42 AM

Ned is the slave’s twin. Here’s something that will hit you, hard.

Schadenfreude on July 18, 2014 at 11:39 AM

So, it’s back to being 1980 for the homo’s eh… Why did Obama kill all of those poor Homo’s???

oscarwilde on July 18, 2014 at 11:42 AM

canopfor on July 18, 2014 at 11:39 AM

Ok, I couldn’t tell WHERE she’d come from, to IU.
Blaming the major sinus meds, today.
:-(

pambi on July 18, 2014 at 11:42 AM

Speaking of Bears:

https://twitter.com/AP

The Associated Press @AP · 18h

MORE: Ukraine bears responsibility for plane crash of Malaysian airliner, Russian President Putin says http://apne.ws/1taXnZu

canopfor on July 18, 2014 at 11:43 AM

So why use this stat against Obama, seems like evidence that the President enjoys support from “real Americans” rather than the college educated “elite.”

libfreeordie on July 18, 2014 at 11:39 AM

Your goon hates them…see the border influx, at their expense. I’m working on waking them up. You ain’t seen wrath, yet, in your shallow college life.

btw, college was wasted on you.

Schadenfreude on July 18, 2014 at 11:43 AM

Information about narcissism from the psychiatric diagnosis guide manual

Some people diagnosed with a narcissistic personality disorder are characterized by exaggerated feelings of self-importance. They have a sense of entitlement and demonstrate grandiosity in their beliefs and behavior. They have a strong need for admiration, but lack feelings of empathy.[5]

Symptoms of this disorder, as defined by the DSM-IV-TR, include:[1]
◾Expects to be recognized as superior and special, without superior accomplishments
◾Expects constant attention, admiration and positive reinforcement from others
◾Envies others and believes others envy him/her
◾Is preoccupied with thoughts and fantasies of great success, enormous attractiveness, power, intelligence
◾Lacks the ability to empathize with the feelings or desires of others
◾Is arrogant in attitudes and behavior
◾Has expectations of special treatment that are unrealistic

Other symptoms in addition to the ones defined by DSM-IV-TR include: Is interpersonally exploitative, i.e., takes advantage of others to achieve his or her own ends, has trouble keeping healthy relationships with others, easily hurt or rejected, appears unemotional, and exaggerating special achievements and talents, setting unrealistic goals for himself/herself.[6

lineholder on July 18, 2014 at 11:37 AM

It does fit in. Keeping people waiting has long been a minor-league powerplay but to keep a whole country waiting takes it to a new level.

Not that I can hardly wait or anything.

Drained Brain on July 18, 2014 at 11:44 AM

What will our journalists do if Obama sides with Putin today?

faraway on July 18, 2014 at 11:44 AM

Obama, seems like evidence that the President enjoys support from “real Americans” rather than the college educated “elite.”

libfreeordie on July 18, 2014 at 11:39 AM

So to be a “real American” you have to be a filthy parasite enrolled on entitlement programs, uneducated, unable to support oneself, unable to engage in critical thinking, not necessarily a citizen, devoted to the idea that somebody else owes you a decent life??????

Sorry but I think real Americans comprise far more individuals than people like you.

Happy Nomad on July 18, 2014 at 11:44 AM

canopfor on July 18, 2014 at 11:39 AM

Ok, I couldn’t tell WHERE she’d come from, to IU.
Blaming the major sinus meds, today.
:-(

pambi on July 18, 2014 at 11:42 AM

pambi: Sorry,….yes American, and someone’s daughter,…ughs:)

canopfor on July 18, 2014 at 11:44 AM

http://www.iuhoosiers.com/sports/w-rowing/spec-rel/071814aac.html

Someone send that link to Valerie and her Cub. They need to know that one American is confirmed to have been on board.

LetsBfrank on July 18, 2014 at 11:44 AM

How many I,Me,mine will we hear?

sandee on July 18, 2014 at 11:45 AM

What will our journalists do if Obama sides with Putin today?

faraway on July 18, 2014 at 11:44 AM

Publish headlines that we’ve always been at war with Eastasia.

Happy Nomad on July 18, 2014 at 11:45 AM

Speaking of bears, I wonder if Sarah the Bear Hunter finally caught the DBear.

22044 on July 18, 2014 at 11:45 AM

http://www.newyorker.com/online/blogs/comment/2014/07/putin-and-the-crash-of-malaysian-airlines-flight-17.html

Ned Pepper on July 18, 2014 at 11:10 AM

Oh yes, the David Remnicks and Henrik Hertbergs of the New Yorker just simply freeze all of the ill-willed neanderthals of the world with their ‘just the snarkiest, snappiest, put-down bon-mots’ ever produced since Dorothy Parker puked her gin into a flower pot at The Algonquin. The sharp-eyed analysis of that publication just shakes the lenses right out of your tortoise-shell Warby Parkers, doesn’t it?

Now rush off to Barney’s, I hear there’s a sale in boyswear.

M240H on July 18, 2014 at 11:46 AM

Update: Now noon

AHAAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAAHAHAHA

What a joke.

2lbsTest on July 18, 2014 at 11:46 AM

We’re going to rely on Moscow’s analysis of the black boxes so we will wait to see what our Russian brothers have to say about who is responsible….?

d1carter on July 18, 2014 at 11:46 AM

She may not be an American

faraway on July 18, 2014 at 11:46 AM

He checked out a long time ago now he only lives in the WH not really governing or ruling he is just there…his exec fiats have limited reach. Of course trying to govern by fiat is impractical…at best.

sorrowen on July 18, 2014 at 11:46 AM

canopfor on July 18, 2014 at 11:11 AM

Love the Palin reference. I like the cut of your jib.

Bitter Clinger on July 18, 2014 at 11:14 AM

Bitter Clinger:Lol, yes, thats what I was aiming for:)

canopfor on July 18, 2014 at 11:47 AM

still get a kick from Dog Eater referring to himself as the “bear”, as if a skinny, effeminate pantload would ever gain such a nickname.

Bishop on July 18, 2014 at 10:57 AM

Jugears is more like a ‘coon hiding in the shadows and not wanting to get noticed

txdoc on July 18, 2014 at 11:47 AM

NO SH*T Mark:

Mark Knoller @markknoller · 33s

So much for “momentarily.”

canopfor on July 18, 2014 at 11:47 AM

With the moniker “Ned Pepper” he was trying to give the impression of a strong Robert Duvall type. Then he goes and spouts stupid stuff that could have been lifted directly from Wikipedia. Which it looks like it was.

It left out all the other stuff about the guy that makes him an extremely dangerous character.

No a lot of verifiable information is known about this guy. But from other sources I have read, Wiki gets it pretty close.

Just another stupid troll.

cozmo on July 18, 2014 at 11:31 AM

Call him Ned Pecker. He’s a member of an Irish Traveler family that goes from town to town doing scams.

slickwillie2001 on July 18, 2014 at 11:47 AM

Uh Oh….The bear is loose again…this time he’s sh*tting on the Constitution instead of in the woods…

bimmcorp on July 18, 2014 at 11:49 AM

Because Obama was elected on the backs of the ignorant masses, many of whom were blacks.

sentinelrules on July 18, 2014 at 11:42 AM

Whom he takes for granted, has done nothing for, and who should revolt against him, for the open border usurpation, on their and others’ backs.

Schadenfreude on July 18, 2014 at 11:49 AM

Malaysia Airlines plane crash in Ukraine, July 17, 2014
2m
Photo: United Nations Security Council holds moment of silence for victims of Malaysia Airlines flight that crashed in eastern Ukraine – @*NNNewsource

https://twitter.com/*NNNewsource/status/490159597458825216/photo/1

canopfor on July 18, 2014 at 11:49 AM

Update: He’s running late, as he always is for White House statements, so turn on cable news at noon ET instead.

He must be on a hot streak, for once.

ThePrez on July 18, 2014 at 11:49 AM

Call him Ned Pecker. He’s a member of an Irish Traveler family that goes from town to town doing scams.

slickwillie2001 on July 18, 2014 at 11:47 AM

That’s him.

VegasRick on July 18, 2014 at 11:50 AM

Obama WON the election in 2012 by increasing his already-record share of the high school dropout vote from 70% in 2008 to 80% or better. That is all.

Ned Pepper on July 18, 2014 at 11:36 AM

Better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak out and remove all doubt.

- Abraham Lincoln

Keep talking Ned.

itsspideyman on July 18, 2014 at 11:50 AM

https://twitter.com/CNNNewsource

CNN Newsource @CNNNewsource · 1m

Photos of IU grad student killed in the Malasia Airlines crash, now available on BitCentral. NA-46FR

canopfor on July 18, 2014 at 11:50 AM

If the world doesn’t act Putin will keep pushing just to see how far he can go.
Tyrants usually don’t know when to stop.

weedisgood on July 18, 2014 at 11:51 AM

What will our journalists do if Obama sides with Putin today?

faraway on July 18, 2014 at 11:44 AM

Since Power’s just spoke at the UN and said…

Samantha Power, the US envoy to the UN, said the initial US intell assessment is that the plane was brought down by an SA-11 missile fired from a rebel-controlled location.

And as it was “unlikely” that the separatists could have operated the SA-11 without expert help, “we cannot rule out technical assistance from Russian personnel”.

She cited apparent separatist boasts of shooting down a plane, before later deleting them on social media after discovering a civilian jet had been hit. “If indeed Russian-backed separatists are behind this, they and their backers would have good reason to cover up their crime.”

Power pilloried Russia for its role in the crisis and for its supply pf weaponry and expertise tp the rebels. President Putin has broken every commitment to peace, she said.

… then I suspect that Obama is going to exonerate Russia altogehter.

Walter L. Newton on July 18, 2014 at 11:51 AM

… then I suspect that Obama is going to exonerate Russia altogehter.

Walter L. Newton on July 18, 2014 at 11:51 AM

“ISN’T”

Walter L. Newton on July 18, 2014 at 11:51 AM

Here we go!!

canopfor on July 18, 2014 at 11:51 AM

Hah, called it to perfection…now it will likely be beyond noon.

Open thread: Semi-retired retarded and tardy president to make statement on MH17 at 11:30 12:00 ET

Open thread: Semi-retired retarded and tardy president to make statement on MH17 at 11:30 12:00 ET

Meanwhile, his bag-lady is out shopping and ‘dictating’ you what to buy.

Schadenfreude on July 18, 2014 at 10:59 AM

Schadenfreude on July 18, 2014 at 11:52 AM

So why use this stat against Obama, seems like evidence that the President enjoys support from “real Americans” rather than the college educated “elite.”

libfreeordie on July 18, 2014 at 11:39 AM

You must have nothing but scorn for your students.

itsspideyman on July 18, 2014 at 11:52 AM

11:30 -> 12:00

Reggie Love needed some extra time in the sauna with the Unicorn Prince.

Jedditelol on July 18, 2014 at 11:52 AM

Open thread: Semi-retired retarded and tardy president to make statement on MH17 at 11:30 12:00 ET

Meanwhile, his bag-lady is out shopping and ‘dictating’ you what to buy.

Schadenfreude on July 18, 2014 at 10:59 AM

Schadenfreude on July 18, 2014 at 11:52 AM

The old gay bear ain’t what he used to be.

faraway on July 18, 2014 at 11:52 AM

I wonder if Hopey declares war on the USSR!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

canopfor on July 18, 2014 at 11:53 AM

oops, I meant gray, right?

faraway on July 18, 2014 at 11:53 AM

Here’s Barry.

kingsjester on July 18, 2014 at 11:53 AM

… then I suspect that Obama is going to exonerate Russia altogehter.

Walter L. Newton on July 18, 2014 at 11:51 AM

I suspect that the new narrative from Tzar Pooty is that Russia has been losing control of those darn rebel forces, even though there are members of the Russian military embedded with them.

slickwillie2001 on July 18, 2014 at 11:53 AM

Has McCain threatened to bomb the Ukraine yet?

faraway on July 18, 2014 at 11:53 AM

This is one of Del’s favorite talking points, but it’s an odd thing considering that conservatism supposedly doesn’t value college degrees as proof of much of anything. Isn’t that why you keep arguing that college is obsolete etc? So why use this stat against Obama, seems like evidence that the President enjoys support from “real Americans” rather than the college educated “elite.”

libfreeordie on July 18, 2014 at 11:39 AM

We have proof for that.

Here’s a simple question for you. Which of the founding fathers did not subscribe to the communitarian ethos Calhoun deploys to rationalize slavery? *sets sundial*

libfreeordie on August 21, 2013 at 9:30 AM

None. They weren’t nascent Commies like John C. Calhoun, and full blown Commies like you. Don’t you think you need to provide some proof for such a ridiculous smear there Mr. Calhoun? You’re a history perfesser, right?

NotCoach on August 21, 2013 at 9:36 AM

Oh dear God….hold on, give me 10 minutes.

libfreeordie on August 21, 2013 at 9:45 AM

NotCoach on July 18, 2014 at 11:53 AM

Come on people.

Leave Obama alone.

The British Open is on and Tiger Woods is on the course.

sentinelrules on July 18, 2014 at 11:54 AM

Michelle, the national bag-lady, is proposing very expensive shopping carts, at your taxes, into her pockets, no doubt…to remind you what not to buy.

Go fluke yourself, you hag.

Schadenfreude on July 18, 2014 at 11:54 AM

You can tell that he caught Hell for yesterday.

kingsjester on July 18, 2014 at 11:54 AM

The punk is a few minutes early.

Schadenfreude on July 18, 2014 at 11:54 AM

Zeke Miller @ZekeJMiller · 10s

Obama repeating Power’s summation of what happened

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Zeke Miller @ZekeJMiller · 36s

Obama: at least one America on plane

canopfor on July 18, 2014 at 11:55 AM

Anybody for burgers..?

d1carter on July 18, 2014 at 11:55 AM

Bet he mentions Israel too, and not in a positive way…

sandee on July 18, 2014 at 11:55 AM

At least one american citizen was killed in MH17, per Obama

sentinelrules on July 18, 2014 at 11:55 AM

So that’s who you’re dealing with: some mix of civil war reenactor or Tea Partier decked out in revolutionary garb, with a mix of reckless aggression and comical incompetence. Here we have them break into nursing homes to photographs senator’s comatose wives; there Putin gives them heavy armaments designed for full scale land war in Europe.

http://www.newyorker.com/online/blogs/comment/2014/07/putin-and-the-crash-of-malaysian-airlines-flight-17.html

Ned Pepper on July 18, 2014 at 11:10 AM

Obama’s not dealing with anything. The little guy slept in.

Worst president since WW2 – top pollster Quinnipiac U. Every day, Obama earns it more and more.

Find a new hero Ned, you’re starting to make me us sorry for you.

Chuck Schick on July 18, 2014 at 11:55 AM

I suspect that the new narrative from Tzar Pooty is that Russia has been losing control of those darn rebel forces, even though there are members of the Russian military embedded with them.

slickwillie2001 on July 18, 2014 at 11:53 AM

Did you see my correction to my statement up thread? The word should have been “isn’t” not “is.” I was typing too fast. And since I live in Colorado, let’s blame it on pot (even though I don’t use it.)

Walter L. Newton on July 18, 2014 at 11:56 AM

still get a kick from Dog Eater referring to himself as the “bear”, as if a skinny, effeminate pantload would ever gain such a nickname.

Bishop on July 18, 2014 at 10:57 AM

Jugears is more like a ‘coon hiding in the shadows and not wanting to get noticed

txdoc on July 18, 2014 at 11:47 AM

NonP will be along shortly to call you a racist.

Bitter Clinger on July 18, 2014 at 11:56 AM

I think he just got out of bed….

d1carter on July 18, 2014 at 11:56 AM

I wonder if Hopey declares war on the USSR!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

canopfor on July 18, 2014 at 11:53 AM

The biggest crisis facing us is gorebull warming……………..Oh and the Washington Redskins logo………….

VegasRick on July 18, 2014 at 11:56 AM

He’s laying it on the UN to do something about it.

kingsjester on July 18, 2014 at 11:56 AM

Whom he takes for granted, has done nothing for, and who should revolt against him, for the open border usurpation, on their and others’ backs.

Schadenfreude on July 18, 2014 at 11:49 AM

Yeah but they get free stuff!!! And he’s been like nominated for an Emmy or something.

“Community Organizer” — what a freakin’ joke!

redzap on July 18, 2014 at 11:56 AM

He’s laying it on the UN to do something about it.

kingsjester on July 18, 2014 at 11:56 AM

Facepalm

gophergirl on July 18, 2014 at 11:57 AM

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