Obamateurism of the Day

Let’s say you’re a dictator in country that has carried the US’s water for three decades. In fact, your predecessor got assassinated at least in part for supporting American policy in your region, and for thirty years you had to stand off other Arab states and the Iranians for the trouble. When the Iranians revolted against their totalitarian government, the American President could barely be bothered to comment on it, but when your own people started demonstrating, the same American President demanded your removal from office.

Now, you’re stuck in a remote resort village and surrounded by security in your final days. Who’s the last person with whom you want to have a friendly conversation?

Former Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak refused to respond to telephone calls from US President Barack Obama because he still felt offended by Obama’s statement in which he called on Mubarak “to step down immediately,” London-based Arabic language daily Al-Quds Al-Arabi reported on Thursday.

What did Obama want to discuss — the weather?

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