MSNBC hosts laugh at Obama’s excuse for not cancelling fundraisers

posted at 12:41 pm on July 21, 2014 by Noah Rothman

After receiving a scolding from the press two weeks ago when President Barack Obama refused to cancel a series of appearances at partisan fundraisers amid a domestic crisis, the president is set this week to repeat that performance amid a foreign crisis.

“Sticking to His Travel Plans, at Risk of Looking Bad,” the New York Times’ headline advised – er — reported on Monday.

The Times report added that, as Israel began a ground invasion of Gaza and just hours after pro-Russian rebels killed nearly 300 civilians in the skies over Ukraine, the notion that Obama should reconsider his fundraising schedule did not even come up on Thursday.

“It’s rarely a good idea to return to the White House just for show when the situation can be handled responsibly from the road,” White House Communications Director Jennifer Palmieri said.

Wait… Wasn’t the White House insisting two weeks ago that going to the border would be “just for show?” What a nimble policy this White House has crafted.

“Abrupt changes to his schedule can have the unintended consequence of unduly alarming the American people or creating a false sense of crisis,” Palmieri continued.

So, Obama will head off to a three-day fundraising swing down the West Coast from Seattle to California all in the name of keeping the public calm. Such altruism. It makes you wonder when, if ever, this administration thinks it might be appropriate to create a genuine sense of crisis.

The hosts of MSNBC’s Morning Joe were not impressed with Obama’s selfless refusal to do anything to address the current state of affairs. A round of laughter broke out after host Mika Brzezinski read Palmieri’s excuse for Obama’s decision to focus more on his responsibilities as head of his party rather than those associated with being head of state.

Times reporter Peter Baker said that the White House has “limited options” for dealing with the crises in Israel and Europe, so there is no need for a major schedule change. He added, however, that the administration has decided to scale back the optically jarring photo opportunities in which the president has participated in recent weeks which have ranged from getting a sandwich at a local lunch counter to playing pool with a fellow Democratic officeholder.

“They’re trying to find a balance between allowing the world to dictate his schedule and not looking out of touch with the rest of the country,” Baker said.

Even a gross violation of human rights and the deaths of hundreds of citizens of NATO allied nations directly resulting from a non-member state’s aggression cannot rouse Obama from his post-presidential daydream. We are rudderless.


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That’s crass, to be mocked by MSNBC.

Schadenfreude on July 21, 2014 at 12:43 PM

Incidentally, if you’re wondering why President Bankshot didn’t abort his burger run last week as soon as the plane went down and return immediately to the White House, here’s what one of his aides had to say:

“It is rarely a good idea to return to the White House just for show, when the situation can be handled responsibly from the road,” said Jennifer Palmieri, the White House communications director. “Abrupt changes to his schedule can have the unintended consequence of unduly alarming the American people or creating a false sense of crisis.”

Schadenfreude on July 21, 2014 at 12:45 PM

You know Noah, you don’t work for mediate anymore, you don’t HAVE to watch MSNBC all day…

Critic2029 on July 21, 2014 at 12:46 PM

“They’re trying to find a balance between allowing the world to dictate his schedule and not looking out of touch with the rest of the country,” Baker said.

But GWB finished reading the sentence to the kids…and was ridiculed to no end “chimpey” that he is.

Schadenfreude on July 21, 2014 at 12:47 PM

Own him MSNBC, he is YOUR creation…

hillsoftx on July 21, 2014 at 12:47 PM

Why is MSNBC laughing at him? They all voted for him and have covered for him the whole time. They’re as bad at their job as he is.

Flange on July 21, 2014 at 12:48 PM

Expecting our well paid and well kept .0000000000001%er lifestyle president to skip a round of golf to do his job is racist.

ConstantineXI on July 21, 2014 at 12:48 PM

The US, twice, elected a malicious turkey for president.

Schadenfreude on July 21, 2014 at 12:48 PM

Actually, Mr. Rothman, we are not rudderless. There’s just no one at the helm.

partsnlabor on July 21, 2014 at 12:49 PM

Schadenfreude, pure, at all you fools, the world over, who shouted orgasmically “obama, obama, obama”.

He’s all yours now.

Schadenfreude on July 21, 2014 at 12:49 PM

Mutiny on board. Release the IRS!

Rix on July 21, 2014 at 12:50 PM

Obama would have to increase his work schedule to be considered semi-retired.

Fred 2 on July 21, 2014 at 12:50 PM

We are rudderless.

No, we have an arrogant, immoral, narcissistic a–hole who is determined to steer the ship of state onto the rocks so he can destroy the country and “fundamentally transform” it into something in his own vile image.

We’d be better off rudderless.

AZCoyote on July 21, 2014 at 12:51 PM

So is Sally Kohn going to flip out on the folks at MSNBC?

Call them dangerous Idiots, or something??

ToddPA on July 21, 2014 at 12:51 PM

We are rudderless.

“But we have a bear on the loose” — president Valerie Jarrett

Schadenfreude on July 21, 2014 at 12:51 PM

It doesn’t matter. We’re still stuck with him for 913 days.

Brat on July 21, 2014 at 12:51 PM

We should all be thankful that Dear Leader doesn’t lead. Imagine the damage he could do if he applied himself.

merlich on July 21, 2014 at 12:52 PM

The brutal Obama policy that’s really driving the Border Crisis

Wake up America. The traitors of the land do you all in.

Schadenfreude on July 21, 2014 at 12:54 PM

“obama made the world more tranquil” — Baghdad Bobby II

Schadenfreude on July 21, 2014 at 12:54 PM

Even a gross violation of human rights and the deaths of hundreds of citizens of NATO allied nations directly resulting from a non-member state’s aggression cannot rouse Obama from his post-presidential daydream. We are rudderless.

As I’ve posted a couple times today, I don’t think it is about the fundraising per se. It is about Obama’s ego. He needs to feed off the room full of adoring believers even as his crappy policies are killing this nation. Nero had his fiddle. Obama has his fundraisers.

Happy Nomad on July 21, 2014 at 12:54 PM

He couldn’t send the Tranny to the fundraiser?

Oil Can on July 21, 2014 at 12:54 PM

We need Dyson on this Mutiny!!

ToddPA on July 21, 2014 at 12:56 PM

Mr. Cool doesn’t want to stress you, rubes.

Schadenfreude on July 21, 2014 at 12:56 PM

Let me know if I’m wrong here, but aren’t we getting a bit of an indication of how the world would behave if we had a true libertarian as President?

Deano1952 on July 21, 2014 at 12:56 PM

Did you know the US “bear” spoke and said “pivot”?

Schadenfreude on July 21, 2014 at 12:57 PM

A round of laughter broke out after host Mika Brzezinski read Palmieri’s excuse for Obama’s decision to focus more on his responsibilities as head of his party rather than those associated with being head of state

…if this keeps up…some day THEY may even announce JugEars is a POS!…I mean there’s over two years of the flaming assole left yet!

JugEarsButtHurt on July 21, 2014 at 12:57 PM

Obama governs for pay. Everything he does is for pay.

You can imagine what he used to do for pay to make rent in college.

portlandon on July 21, 2014 at 12:57 PM

The US, twice, elected a malicious turkey for president.

Schadenfreude on July 21, 2014 at 12:48 PM

Don’t you remember the way Ankara refused to allow the movement of troops into Iraq? Bush is responsible for Turkey being malicious!

So endeth the lesson in liberal spin.

Happy Nomad on July 21, 2014 at 12:57 PM

Even MSNBC is convinced a “mighty blast from Howard Stern’s a**” would provide more effective leadership than Barack Oblivious.

M240H on July 21, 2014 at 12:57 PM

Good lapdog Peter

cmsinaz on July 21, 2014 at 12:59 PM

aren’t we getting a bit of an indication of how the world would behave if we had a true libertarian as President?

Deano1952 on July 21, 2014 at 12:56 PM

No with Rand/Ron Paul we would also be getting a lecture about how what is going on in Ukraine and Gaza are no business of America. They need to work out these issues on their own.

Happy Nomad on July 21, 2014 at 12:59 PM

Even MSNBC is convinced a “mighty blast from Howard Stern’s a**” would provide more effective leadership than Barack Oblivious.

M240H on July 21, 2014 at 12:57 PM

I gotta disagree with Ed and Noah’s take that they were outraged at the prankster (on Thursday’s TEMS).
I thought it was hilarious and fitting for the MSPOC network.

22044 on July 21, 2014 at 1:02 PM

When it took President Bush 12 minutes to stand up and leave that grade school classroom on 9/11, it was a failure of epic proportions and the lefties are still talking about the book he was reading to the children.

They’re reprehensible.

vityas on July 21, 2014 at 1:03 PM

You know Noah, you don’t work for mediate anymore, you don’t HAVE to watch MSNBC all day…

Critic2029 on July 21, 2014 at 12:46 PM

When you want to know where Obama is playing golf and what his poop smells like, thats the only channel to watch.

CableDude on July 21, 2014 at 1:04 PM

“You know Noah, you don’t work for mediate anymore” so you should learn to spell and to do basic editing.

Old Country Boy on July 21, 2014 at 1:05 PM

They only came up with that excuse by watching Megyn Kelly…she kept trying to introduce that meme to give the dumb one cover.

I knew they would steal that as soon as they got around to watching Fox.

DWoDiego on July 21, 2014 at 1:07 PM

No, we have an arrogant, immoral, narcissistic a–hole who is determined to steer the ship of state onto the rocks so he can destroy the country and “fundamentally transform” it into something in his own vile image.

AZCoyote on July 21, 2014 at 12:51 PM

I don’t think The One is purposely trying to sink the ship…it’s just that he has no idea how to sail it in the first place, and should never have been allowed at the helm.

JetBoy on July 21, 2014 at 1:09 PM

When it took President Bush 12 minutes to stand up and leave that grade school classroom on 9/11, it was a failure of epic proportions and the lefties are still talking about the book he was reading to the children.

They’re reprehensible.

vityas on July 21, 2014 at 1:03 PM

It was seven minutes and when he finished with the children he went immediately to make some comments. That’s a tad different than a 40-second comment that mentions a the possibility of a tragedy before starting in with jokes at a DNC fundraiser (which coincidentally was also as a ground war was beginning in Gaza).

Reprehensible isn’t nearly strong enough word.

Happy Nomad on July 21, 2014 at 1:10 PM

“They’re trying to find a balance between allowing the world to dictate his schedule and not looking out of touch with the rest of the country,” Baker said.

Decoder ring says:

“We don’t have a clue on how to lead…anything. But, gosh darn it, watch us raise funds!”

BobMbx on July 21, 2014 at 1:10 PM

You know Noah, you don’t work for mediate anymore, you don’t HAVE to watch MSNBC all day…

Critic2029 on July 21, 2014 at 12:46 PM

“You know Noah, you don’t work for mediate anymore” so you should learn to spell and to do basic editing.

Old Country Boy on July 21, 2014 at 1:05 PM

Tough crowd ’round these parts. ;)

JetBoy on July 21, 2014 at 1:11 PM

The US, twice, elected a malicious turkey for president.
Schadenfreude on July 21, 2014 at 12:48 PM

I saw Malicious Turkey open for Crabby Appleton at Filmore East in ’69.

Akzed on July 21, 2014 at 1:12 PM

Decoder ring says:

“We don’t have a clue on how to lead…anything. But, gosh darn it, watch us raise funds!”

BobMbx on July 21, 2014 at 1:10 PM

That’s just it. Obama just wants to coast for the rest of his term in front of friendly audiences where he can blather on about whatever he wants to, and not have to deal with actual serious world events. He craves the applause and glowing adoration he enjoyed from the Left during his campaigns.

JetBoy on July 21, 2014 at 1:14 PM

Tough crowd ’round these parts. ;)

JetBoy on July 21, 2014 at 1:11 PM

Interesting, but I wonder if Noah’s kind of redundant if his only beat is the media, which Ed and AP post freqently about.
Erika is missed, as her beat was different, but helpful, and nobody’s covering it.

22044 on July 21, 2014 at 1:16 PM

creating a false sense of crisis,” Palmieri continued.

Crisis? Nothing to see here. Move along.

New motto: “on vacation since 2009″.

IrishEyes on July 21, 2014 at 1:17 PM

What’s amazing to me is that 41% of the country thinks the looming disasters are all just fine. Nothing to see, for those folks. Part-time jobs as far as the eye can see. Alliances in tatters. World conflict threatening in multiple locations. The end of Constitutional enumerated powers and separation of powers. The abandonment of borders. Rising disease. Persecution of citizenry by government agencies. What more has to happen before the 41% becomes 31 or 11%?

How can it be that anyone still supports these clowns? Will those voters support the progressives right up until they are loaded onto the camp transports, hungry, sick and afraid? Is that what it’ll take?

MTF on July 21, 2014 at 1:17 PM

It makes you wonder when, if ever, this administration thinks it might be appropriate to create a genuine sense of crisis.

Sure! Climate change. The war on women/pay equality. Health insurance mandates and taxes. I think the administration is trying to make for a genuine sense of crisis here. The reality of a lack of one is the problem.

tkc882 on July 21, 2014 at 1:18 PM

to playing pool with a fellow Democratic officeholder.

Hickenlooper wouldn’t be photographed with the ‘leader’ of his party, at the tarmac, but, he got snapped with him at the pool bar…he happens to own.

Schadenfreude on July 21, 2014 at 1:20 PM

“Abrupt changes to his schedule can have the unintended consequence of unduly alarming the American people or creating a false sense of crisis,” Palmieri continued.

I’m alarmed by his actions. Though given his anti-Midas touch, maybe he should stick to fundraisers and golf.

rbj on July 21, 2014 at 1:20 PM

at Risk of Looking Bad

No. He’s always looked bad to me. Just now, appearing so to some of those who were all in for him earlier.

IrishEyes on July 21, 2014 at 1:21 PM

aren’t we getting a bit of an indication of how the world would behave if we had a true libertarian as President?

Deano1952 on July 21, 2014 at 12:56 PM

Nope.

DisneyFan on July 21, 2014 at 1:21 PM

From the
 

Good news: Obama havin’ fun as border crisis deepens

 
thread:
 

Allah –
Do you wanna write your ‘Outrage:Obama took a summer vacation!’ post now and just be done with it?

verbaluce on July 9, 2014 at 11:58 AM

 
Think about that for a minute. MSNBC is to the right of most of our (D)s posting here.

rogerb on July 21, 2014 at 1:21 PM

Wasn’t the White House insisting two weeks ago that going to the border would be “just for show?”

Yeah. They were. But going to shake hands with Christy was A-OK and not ‘just for show’ before the election.

Patriot Vet on July 21, 2014 at 1:25 PM

Think about that for a minute. MSNBC is to the right of most of our (D)s posting here.

rogerb on July 21, 2014 at 1:21 PM

When you’re to the Left of Morning Mika, you’ve pretty much already jumped off of the cliff.

HikaruKitsune on July 21, 2014 at 1:27 PM

Zeke Miller @ZekeJMiller · 11s

RT @NoahPollak: Emergency Committee for Israel statement on Obama’s call for a cease-fire: Let Israel win. http://www.committeeforisrael.com/eci_statement_on_john_kerry_s_trip_to_the_middle_east
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ECI statement on President Obama’s call for a cease-fire in Gaza
Posted by Noah Pollak 5pc on July 21, 2014 · Flag

Today the Emergency Committee for Israel released the following statement on the Obama administration’s call for a cease-fire in Gaza and John Kerry’s trip to the Middle East:

Israel does not need a mediator. Israel needs an ally. Pressuring Israel to agree to a cease-fire that rescues Hamas from defeat and leaves it in possession of its missiles, tunnels, and terror infrastructure is foolish and wrong. If President Obama and Secretary Kerry want to advance the cause of peace in the Middle East, they should support Israel and its campaign to end the terror threat from Gaza.

http://www.committeeforisrael.com/eci_statement_on_john_kerry_s_trip_to_the_middle_east

canopfor on July 21, 2014 at 1:27 PM

The main problem is not just this most incompetent fool Obama, the bigger problem is his supporters… Only the most f***ed up people will show up at fundraisings, pay thousands of dollars, just to see this dumb welfare queens agitator…

mnjg on July 21, 2014 at 1:28 PM

I gotta disagree with Ed and Noah’s take that they were outraged at the prankster (on Thursday’s TEMS).
I thought it was hilarious and fitting for the MSPOC network.

22044 on July 21, 2014 at 1:02 PM

Noah’s point about the bereaved being deserving of decorum is the correct way to look at it -but- I had tears coming down my face I was laughing so hard.

M240H on July 21, 2014 at 1:28 PM

‘Toons of the Day: I’ve Gotta Fight For My Right To PAAARRRR-TAY!

Resist We Much on July 21, 2014 at 1:24 PM

RWM: As always,….Superb:)

canopfor on July 21, 2014 at 1:29 PM

Allah –
Do you wanna write your ‘Outrage:Obama took a summer vacation!’ post now and just be done with it?

verbaluce on July 9, 2014 at 11:58 AM

verbaluce:The Numbers speak for themselves!!
================================================

President Obama plays golf, attends photo-op as violence erupts in Gaza and Malaysia Flight MH17 crashes

Rarely has there been as vivid a gulf between world events and a White House straining to exude an image of normalcy. Despite the tragedies in Gaza and Ukraine, Obama continued with his regular schedule. The White House said dramatic changes in the President’s schedule can cause undue alarm.

NEW YORK DAILY NEWS BUREAU CHIEF
Sunday, July 20, 2014, 10:03 PM
*******************************

He’s now closing in on 180 rounds of golf as President,

compared to 24 at this stage for President George W. Bush.

On the fund-raising front,

he’s nearing the 400 mark,

compared to about 220 for Bush at this same period in a second term.

Of course, there’s also one admission that could counter the critics, but it’s not one the White House wants to make.

In a situation like Gaza, American influence is limited. Whether in a sand trap or the Situation Room, we can’t dictate a solution.

No matter where he is, a golf loving Fundraiser-in-Chief

can’t tell Hamas or Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu what to do.

http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/obama-maintains-normalcy-violent-world-events-article-1.1874062

canopfor on July 21, 2014 at 1:37 PM

It makes you wonder when, if ever, this administration thinks it might be appropriate to create a genuine sense of crisis.

They create a sense of crisis all the time. As to whether it’s genuine………

GWB on July 21, 2014 at 1:39 PM

Nothing can keep his Obamaness from his fun-raisin’. NOTHING!!

Key West Reader on July 21, 2014 at 1:39 PM

Stern warning

Schadenfreude on July 21, 2014 at 1:41 PM

To be fair, fundraising is the only thing that Obama is good at doing.

myiq2xu on July 21, 2014 at 1:45 PM

Let me know if I’m wrong here, but aren’t we getting a bit of an indication of how the world would behave if we had a true libertarian as President?

Deano1952 on July 21, 2014 at 12:56 PM

Yes, it would seem the “libertarian’s” on this site would be excited about how Obama conducts foreign affairs, he stays out of conflicts.

How about it Libby’s? Don’t you think Obama is doing a great job not getting involved?

right2bright on July 21, 2014 at 1:47 PM

Stern warning

Schadenfreude on July 21, 2014 at 1:41 PM

Schadenfreude: Thats funny:)

canopfor on July 21, 2014 at 1:47 PM

Schadenfreude: Thats funny:)

canopfor on July 21, 2014 at 1:47 PM

Mr. Moir put it out on March 20, note.

Schadenfreude on July 21, 2014 at 1:49 PM

It makes you wonder when, if ever, this administration thinks it might be appropriate to create a genuine sense of crisis.

They create a sense of crisis all the time. As to whether it’s genuine………

GWB on July 21, 2014 at 1:39 PM

It all depends on how they want to parse it.

There are the crisis that can’t be allowed to go to waste, the vast majority of which they’ve created, fueled, and otherwise leveraged for political expediency and advantage.

Then there are those crisis which occur because of the fecklessness, naivete, or incompetence of their officials – most of which are deflected and blamed on others (Bush did it or a ‘do-nothing GOP Congress) before being conveniently dropped down the memory hole by the Ministry of Truth (MSM) unless they can be used for a political advantage.

Finally, there are the crisis that are created entirely by the actions of others (organizations, people, nations) that represent their interests and actions and for which we need to respond to or counter. Those are the crisis that ‘leading from behind’ was developed for – and offer few advantages in political expediency. Those are the one’s that don’t warrant interrupting golf matches or fundraisers for…as someone else will deal with them (ie, ‘It’s Europe’s problem’).

There is one Obama corollary to these breakdowns, they are also weighted based on if they impact domestic policy or foreign policy. Domestic crisis are significantly more important, particularly if they can be spun to create or leverage political expediency.

Athos on July 21, 2014 at 1:54 PM

canopfor on July 21, 2014 at 1:47 PM

Mr. Moir put it out on March 20, note.

Schadenfreude on July 21, 2014 at 1:49 PM

Schadenfreude: Its timely:)

canopfor on July 21, 2014 at 1:55 PM

“It’s rarely a good idea to return to the White House just for show…”

Hmmm. This is a very fitting statement regarding the re-election of Obama in 2012.

s1im on July 21, 2014 at 1:56 PM

But remember it was wrong for Bush not to jump up and go running out of the classroom during 9/11.

The Notorious G.O.P on July 21, 2014 at 2:02 PM

Schadenfreude, pure, at all you fools, the world over, who shouted orgasmically “obama, obama, obama”.

He’s all yours now.

Schadenfreude on July 21, 2014 at 12:49 PM

I guess it’s a good thing they were tired of Pax America.

talkingpoints on July 21, 2014 at 2:13 PM

Look, nobody really wants Obama DOING anything, because everything he does is stupid and anti-American or anti-Israel. So let’s stop urging him to do something about anything. He’s NEVER going to do the right thing, so doing nothing is better than doing the wrong thing.

tanarg on July 21, 2014 at 2:13 PM

Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night innocent citizens blown from the sky by a disciple of murder stays these couriers this whore for political cash from the swift completion of their his appointed rounds.

This faux President needs a motto – “words, just words” – so I’m trying to help out in this time of crisis. Please feel free to pitch in.

IndieDogg on July 21, 2014 at 2:14 PM

IndieDogg on July 21, 2014 at 2:14 PM

“Never in the field of community organizing was so much owed by so many to me.”

BobMbx on July 21, 2014 at 2:26 PM

Rush said he hoped he would fail and by that he meant his policies.

Well he didn’t fail getting many of his commie legislation through, whether by congressional votes or just EOs.

But he is a total failure as a man, a president, and a world leader.

txdoc on July 21, 2014 at 2:27 PM

The brutal Obama policy that’s really driving the Border Crisis

Wake up America. The traitors of the land do you all in.

Schadenfreude on July 21, 2014 at 12:54 PM

Okay.
Now the administration is officially evil scum.

AesopFan on July 21, 2014 at 2:27 PM

Let me know if I’m wrong here, but aren’t we getting a bit of an indication of how the world would behave if we had a true libertarian as President?

No. In that case, we’d have a functioning economy, a secured border, and thriving energy sector. Whereupon the ‘party leader’ would have relatively little need to flit around and attend sycophantic fundraisers.
Whoever made the point that Dear Leader is attending these gigs because he obsessively requires adulation is spot on. Where ELSE is this guy going to get unswerving, uncritical adoration these days, besides a fundraiser?

After all: Having to face an unscreened group of the proletariat is so….demeaning, to one so gifted and flawless as Dear Leader. Better to face a selected group who are known to think the Right Thoughts, and hence do not require a Teaching Moment(TM) to correct their errant beliefs.

orangemtl on July 21, 2014 at 2:32 PM

When it took President Bush 12 minutes to stand up and leave that grade school classroom on 9/11, it was a failure of epic proportions and the lefties are still talking about the book he was reading to the children.

They’re reprehensible.

vityas on July 21, 2014 at 1:03 PM

They aspire to reprehensible.

nico on July 21, 2014 at 2:38 PM

If he’s lost MSLSD, he lost…

formwiz on July 21, 2014 at 2:39 PM

I would be perfectly fine with a POTUS Palin or Cruz applying an executive bill of attainder against Oboobi, Pelosi, Reid, Dodd, Fwank and every one else that profited from rushing us into insolvency. If Oboobi can levy $2 billion against BP without input from Congress, then by all means, take 90% from any federal person that helped rape our future. I don’t care if Dem or GOP.

Furthermore, cancel Secret Service protection for all currently living POTUSes down to a token agent period. And let it be known that it would be pointless to kidnap any of them since as common citizens, their capture/torture will not sway US Govt anymore than kidnapping a homeless vet would.

AH_C on July 21, 2014 at 2:42 PM

orangemtl on July 21, 2014 at 2:32 PM

My comment was in regards to foreign policy, not domestic. Anyone other than an American-hater like Obama can get this economy cranking again!! I just don’t believe that having the two oceans and secure borders will be a sufficient vaccine from the variety of “plagues” occurring in the rest of the world. Something has to fill the vacuum and that “something” never seems to be of good will.

Deano1952 on July 21, 2014 at 2:51 PM

“Abrupt changes to his schedule can have the unintended consequence of unduly alarming the American people or creating a false sense of crisis,” Palmieri continued.

And if you ain’t never found yerself in the middle of a herd of alarmed Americans spooked by a sudden change in a president’s fundraising activities, well pardner…you just don’t wanna get tangled up in sump’n like that, lemme tell ya.

jbspry on July 21, 2014 at 2:58 PM

“But we have a bear bare-naked Emperor on the loose” — president Valerie Jarrett

Schadenfreude on July 21, 2014 at 12:51 PM

I think ValJar misspoke the first time.

Fallon on July 21, 2014 at 3:09 PM

Let me know if I’m wrong here, but aren’t we getting a bit of an indication of how the world would behave if we had a true libertarian as President?

Deano1952 on July 21, 2014 at 12:56 PM

There are many ways to handle conflicts without military intervention. We can’t ALWAYS send troops whenever something happens around the globe.

A libertarian president would never pursue the economic and domestic policies of Barack Hussein. If they did, they wouldn’t be libertarians.

UltimateBob on July 21, 2014 at 3:13 PM

Let me know if I’m wrong here, but aren’t we getting a bit of an indication of how the world would behave if we had a true libertarian as President?

Deano1952 on July 21, 2014 at 12:56 PM

Not wrong, in fact the response would be even less.

The Notorious G.O.P on July 21, 2014 at 3:42 PM

With all due respect Rothman, the quote you have at the end of your post is way off.

“They’re trying to find a balance between allowing the world to dictate his schedule and not looking out of touch with the rest of the country,” Baker said.

He actually said:

“They’re trying to find a balance between allowing the world to dictate his (own) schedule and not looking out of touch with the rest of the country,what is going on outside the country” Baker said.

That is a big difference.

Mord on July 21, 2014 at 3:49 PM

popcorn anyone…..For me, it won’t be for real until I see every one of them on their knees repenting and asking for forgiveness for not using the brains that God gave them. They voted for this.

crosshugger on July 21, 2014 at 4:42 PM

Dictator in Chief Obama’s Office has concluded that keeping the American people calm, quiet and docile can best be maintained and implemented by golfing, vacationing and fund raising 52 weeks per year, through January, 2017, and thereby ensuring that the country suffers no stress or inconvenience in it’s 8 year journey to becoming a true and bankrupt Banana Republic.

leader4hru on July 21, 2014 at 4:46 PM

“It’s rarely a good idea to return to the White House just for show…”

Then why the heck did he even move there in January of 2009?

brentspolemics on July 22, 2014 at 4:10 PM