Barack Obama’s Wild Adventure, Overseas Edition

With Barack Obama headed overseas for the first time as president, David Rothkopf at Foreign Policy has a nicely done scene-setter proposing that the Europeans will see not one but three Obamas: “Barack Obama, media superstar, Barack Obama, president of the United States and Barack Obama, leader of the free world.”

“Barack Obama, media superstar, is likely to be in his element, flashbulbs popping, and throngs of spectators lining the streets to catch a glimpse of him. He is the most famous man in the world, telegenic, charming and, oh yes, an African American. For most of the countries in attendance at the G20 meeting, the thought of an ethnic minority rising to the level of political success Obama has achieved is unthinkable and the world is titillated by that, the boldness of his story and his charisma (and with some luck, they are learning something)….

Barack Obama, president of the United States, has a tougher job on his hands. He has to balance domestic political realities with international imperatives. This trip is really his diplomatic coming out party, a chance to determine whether he is not only a star but a genuine world leader. In a few short days he will meet with top representatives of almost every really important country in the world and each of those meetings will raise complex issues. Obama has to master those complexities and produce real advances on both the economic and international security fronts. …..

Finally, while the title “leader of the free world” seems a little antiquated given the end of the Cold War, it is still the moniker that most closely captures the special role the U.S. president assumes when it comes to international leadership. This, in many respects, is the most important of the three Obamas and the one who faces the most changed reality. America, reeling from the disrepute and anger of the Bush years, had hoped to recover, but instead is seen as the cause of the current global economic crisis. So, Obama will be on the defensive and, given our financial state, the country that is the source of his power will legitimately be seen as somewhat diminished. …

Obviously, all three Obamas would like to have a good trip. But frankly, they should be happy if two out of three feel it’s a win. That’ll be a good outcome for a young presidency. But if it’s only the sizzle of Obama Superstar and the other two can’t deliver on the big issues at stake, he’ll be happy to get back home and resume dealing with the easy problems like Congress, health care, reinventing U.S. energy markets, and saving Detroit.”

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Brad Steal

March 31st, 2009
7:36 am

As an American, it will be nice to have a leader that is not booed. As the admired leader of the free world, this should provide a new chance for American policy to actually lead.

Sam

March 31st, 2009
7:41 am

Frankly, it’s both hilarious and sad that Obama has been admonished by the likes of China, Sarkozy, Merkel, and Putin about the US government becoming too heavy handed (i.e. socialist) in economic affairs—sad coming from true socialists and communists.

BTW, STILL no mainstream news coverage of “drug czar creating, mandatory sentencing” Biden’s OVER-age daughter and her cocaine sniffing compared to the coverage of Palin’s UNDER-aged daughter getting pregnant…..yeah right, no media bias

G

March 31st, 2009
7:43 am

I am proud of President Obama. I was embarrassed each time George Hoover Bush went abroad. Heck, I was embarrassed each time he opened his mouth.

ByteMe

March 31st, 2009
7:44 am

Rothkopf’s definition of a “win”, though, is hard to imagine as an outcome. In bad times, countries focus inward and blame outward. We’re an easy — and obvious — target for that blame. Given their inward focus — and shrinking economies — it’s going to be hard to get the countries to come together to do things in a coordinated fashion.

I’m good if we go away from the meetings with a worldwide increase in confidence in America and our ability to live our ideals. It’s easier making deals with another country when the other country thinks your country is a really great country to deal with. Sometimes life really is no different than high school.

I Report/ You Whine

March 31st, 2009
7:44 am

As the date draws near for the Obama appearance at Notre Dame, it is a useful reminder that this same occasion 32 years ago became the stage on which the words of Jimmy Carter set the Carter presidency, America and the world on a fateful course. The world — which very much included the Soviets, the Iranian mullahs and the Nicaraguan Communist guerillas among many others — was watching and listening.

The results included the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan, the establishment of a Soviet and Cuban base of operations in Central America, the establishment of an Islamic Republic in Iran, the taking of American hostages in Iran, the mass murder by the Khmer Rouge in Cambodia and finally the wreckage of Carter’s presidency. (And that doesn’t even count the crippling of the US economy with double-digit inflation, interest rates and unemployment.) Perhaps most disturbingly, the Carter era as represented by Carter himself in his Notre Dame speech would eventually set in motion the creation of Al Qaeda and the Islamic terrorist zeitgeist that has engulfed the world ever since.-AmSpec

With friends like the ones Oblahmi is making, who needs enemies?

PoliticalMan

March 31st, 2009
7:45 am

The rest of the world is so happy to not be staring at GW Bush, Obama will be well received. Everyone recognizes that he has been left a huge mess economically and militarily. It is in the world’s interest that he succeed. World leaders know that, even though the right wing nut cases in the US are unwillng to admit that their pathetic, simplistic thinking has put us in a terrible situation.

jt

March 31st, 2009
7:47 am

G-20 meeting and Obama. Hold on to your wallet.

ByteMe

March 31st, 2009
7:49 am

Sam: maybe because the tape of the incident isn’t her and no one wants to buy it, so there’s really no evidence of what the NY Post is alleging?

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2009/03/30/ashley-biden-cocaine-tape_n_180703.html

Even the lawyer for the so-called “friend” shopping the tape doesn’t want to be bothered with it anymore and dumped his client.

If it IS her — and no one but the friend is saying it’s definitely her — then it’s a tragedy, not a reason to gloat, like you’re doing, to make yourself feel better about your views of someone in holding high office.

Get over it.

Bud Wiser

March 31st, 2009
7:50 am

Oh, is that right Brad, a president that will not be booed? Have you missed all of the pre-meeting protests over his impending arrival? What about the PM of the Czech Republic resigning after saying that BO was leading the world economy “down a road to hell”? Miss that one too? Not being booed? Get your head out of the sand, or wherever you keep it, and you might just take the first step on the road to recovery from the infamous foot in mouth disease you people always seem to be acquiring.

And another thing, do you think GWB would have been soft pedaled by the media for leaving the country when yet another internal national disaster is still occurring, like the devastating floods in the Dakotas? The astounding display of hypocrisy shows yet again why print media (AJC included) with severe left wing tendencies are failing all over the country. Yes, the growth of the internet that Al Gore invented (Bwaaaaa) has had something to do with it, but why does it affect the lefties first?

One term BO had better enjoy his European Vacation; I hope he doesn’t make as big a fool of himself over there as he has done in 3 months here, but I doubt it.

Mrs. Godzilla

March 31st, 2009
7:51 am

Chill. Obamas’ got this too.

ByteMe

March 31st, 2009
7:57 am

Bud: the PM of Czech was voted out of office BEFORE he said that line about Obama, not after. Not saying he didn’t think it, but he was definitely tossed from office before he said it.

From the AP article:

Topolanek spoke the day after he was ousted by his own parliament. The Czech Republic currently holds the six-month rotating E.U. presidency but its leadership is in question, with Topolanek hanging on to a caretaker government at home after losing a “no confidence” Tuesday.

Cherokee

March 31st, 2009
7:59 am

I agree – I will just be pleased to have someone representing us who has a basic command of the English language.

And bud “why does it affect the lefties first?” It doesn’t, but then why worry about facts…

jt

March 31st, 2009
8:00 am

Like it or not, Barrack Obama is the most powerful man in the world. let us hope that he knows how to be tactful but effective. there is no other country that even comes close to our military might and people will always show resentment of this. this will continue to be the case for a LONG time. I hope he Tactfully negotiates from strenght and not try to BUY goodwill with my money.

Dave R

March 31st, 2009
8:01 am

Maybe if they love him so much over there, he’ll decide to stay.

It’s not as if Hope & Change doing as any good here in the U.S.

BDAtlanta

March 31st, 2009
8:04 am

ByteMe,
Yeah, it’s kinda hard to refute the Sarah Palin daughter’s pregnancy.

I guess what Sam is saying is that he expects his media to be composed entirely of inuendo, possible tall tales, unrealiable stories, etc.

Oh wait, that’s Fox News. I bet Sam feels right at home on Fox.

fearless fosdick

March 31st, 2009
8:05 am

Bud Wiser…That “inventing the internet” story (you right wing hand jobs) have been trotting out for the last 9 years was debunked years ago…got anything new in your little bag of bs?

Sam

March 31st, 2009
8:05 am

Gee Byte Me, if it is fake don’t you think the mainstream media would be all over it, complaining how it’s a smear campaign to destroy Biden? How bout the papers posting it on the website and letting the public decide. Are you so gullible that you would believe what Huffington says as the truth? Puh-leez

More likely, Biden and the Democratic thugs are squeezing the screws and twisting arms behind the scenes to prevent this from coming out…..but don’t despair, truth will prevail. Maybe we should have 30 lawyers descend on Ashley Bidens home to investigate….much like they did to Palin to destroy her. “Byte” on that….

@@

March 31st, 2009
8:08 am

He needs to forget about the superstar image and get on with the business of leading as President of the United States only. With the deficit he’s accumulated, there’s no way it’s free.

I wish him well, but he’s about to hit a stone wall at the G20.

Taxpayer

March 31st, 2009
8:08 am

Well, at least while Obama is away taking care of global economic business, the GOP will finally have a little time to themselves to work out the details of their budget plan.

Paul

March 31st, 2009
8:18 am

Two of three. What an interesting measure of success..

One: media superstar. This one’s a given. Unfortunately, it’s the one that matters least in advancing America’s interests.

Two: as president he has to “demonstrate he is a world leader.” How? By “master(ing) those complexities and produce real advances on both the economic and international security fronts.” He can “master the complexities” but I’ll wager “producing ‘real’ advances on those fronts will not happen. So this one doesn’t look good.

Three: the ‘most important’ – leader of the free world. Measure of success? One can infer it will be to portray America not as the cause of the economic crisis; failing that, to mitigate its effects by forging a common approach (ref Krugman’s recent column). Interesting the “socialiast Europeans” aren’t enamored of big spending as an antidote. (The Czech Republic said ‘we went through this in the 90s, we reformed our banking system and regulatory oversight and came out fine.” ) Given the challenge here is “the country that is the source of his power will legitimately be seen as somewhat diminished” it appears success is stopping, or reversing the perception of diminishment.

Two out of three? One’s a gimmie. Two and three – by the standards given, it doesn’t look good.

@@ and I discussed, during the election, Stratfor’s analyis of Democratic and Republican approaches to foreign policy and how the candidates would fit into their party’s historical molds. It was noted an early challenge for a President Obama would be to match rhetoric regarding “international cooperation” and “rebuilding trust and partnerships” with concrete results, such as an increase in NATO combat forces in Afghanistan. The President is pursuing a course of expansion (can’t call it a ’surge’) in Afghanistan. I’ll go on record as predicting NATO significantly increasing their combat forces in Afghanistan as a result of the president’s trust, cooperative attitude and speaking ability will not happen.

Media superstar status notwithstanding.

G

March 31st, 2009
8:19 am

Off topic

So you know how dejected liberals threatened after 2000 and 2004 to “move to Canada” to be in more ideologically friendly territory? I wasn’t with that crowd, of course. I wasn’t about to give up on this great nation of ours.

But that has long had me thinking: where would conservatives go if they wanted to escape this horrible SOCIALIST America, what with the 39 percent top rate and HEALTH CARE for all (assuming we ever get it)?

Iran? They’d love the theocracy, with a bona fide morality police to beat the crap out of non-believers! But the country worships the wrong god. So close…

Russia? It’s got the oligarchy thing that conservatives love, plus a war-mongering leadership that dreams of empire. Too bad they don’t speak American, or even use American letters in their alphabet!

Singapore? Unfettered capitalism, English as an official language, and a caning if you chew gum on the streets. Oh, and jail if you get caught being gay. It’s conservative nirvana! Well, except that people are Asian. If only they’d be whiter.

Dubai? A playground for the rich, but with the oppressive hand of religion to stamp out all fun. Still the wrong god, though.

Any other suggestions?

Joey

March 31st, 2009
8:23 am

The most interesting thing to note about how the media is treating Biden and his daughter, is the stark contrast between how the Cheneys and their daughter were treated. And even more stark contrast of media feeding frenzy(s) over the Bush twins.

The point is, the difference is, that the media focussed their attention and investigation efforts like pit bulls on the Cheney/Bush girls’ stories and are acting like new born puppies with the Biden daughter.

BDAtlanta

March 31st, 2009
8:26 am

Geithner’s Plan Will Tax Main Street to Make Wall Street Richer
Monday 30 March 2009 by Dean Baker

“Congress can try to bring enough pressure to make President Obama reverse course. At the very least, Congress should insist that when this plan fails, Secretary Geithner and others involved in drafting the plan are sent packing. We cannot continue to have a system that always ignores the mistakes by those on top and only holds those at the bottom accountable. The EMHB already wrecked the economy once; how many more times will they get the opportunity?”

http://www.truthout.org/033009A

Copyleft

March 31st, 2009
8:26 am

Ahh, it’s great to have a president with some credibility and respect again.

And it turns out he doesn’t view and treat the rest of the world like stupid lackeys or automatic enemies! Hmmm, I wonder if there’s some connection there…?

Paul

March 31st, 2009
8:26 am

G

Funny picks. I’ll offer Italy. A huge majority of the population identify with a religion, not many follow it and nothing bad happens when you don’t follow the rules. They build big, fast, gas-guzzling sports cars you can afford if you achieve the dream of striking it rich because their tax structure lets you keep some of what you’ve made. And there’s no ‘food police’ there telling you to not eat carbs and drink wine.

But conservatives never made the threat to leave it their guy didn’t win. Then again, conservatives in Hollywood aren’t as given to over the top rhetoric, either.

Bud Wiser

March 31st, 2009
8:27 am

So fearless fuzzdick, show me the proof. Blather on.

Cherokee, name one, just one…..one only please, just one. Tool.

Byte me, you may be correct on the time line, but I will look further.

I may have missed a media update on Biden’s cocaine snorting daughter, or did I? Hypocrisy leads to failure when the light of day shines on the quivering liars and cowards.

G

March 31st, 2009
8:34 am

Paul @ 8:26,

>>But conservatives never made the threat to leave it their guy didn’t win.<<

Oh yes they did. I was on quite a few boards before the election. Such bitterness. If I had a dollar for every time the following post was made, well, I’d probably have around 500 dollars: “I ain’t staying in no country where they’s a black president.” Or words to that effect.

Paul

March 31st, 2009
8:49 am

G

Must’ve been all the Hollywood types who got the attention. But I wouldn’t be at all surprised at “regular posters’…. one can always dream they’d make good on their offer -

jt

March 31st, 2009
8:49 am

Paul and G-
I lived in Spain, Sicily, and E.Germany for a combined 8 years. I have never experianced MORE personal liberty in the US. More people smoke, eat “unhealthy” food, and other “frowned-upon-activities” in these areas than America but somehow have a higher life expectancy than America. wtf.
Americans always talk about freedom, but have they REALLY experienced it.
let me know after your urinalysis, airport probe, friendly roadside liscense check, food police menu , smoking permit, etc…..

ByteMe

March 31st, 2009
8:50 am

Sam: you think the NY Post isn’t somehow “the mainstream media”? They are the ones that broke the story, but few are picking it up, because no one can say for sure that the 20-something with brown hair on the video is her from the 90 seconds people have been shown.

CNN is supposed to run with this? Why??

And you don’t like the HuffPost, why not call the lawyer yourself and verify? Oh, right, because it’s easier to claim bias than it is to decide if the article is truthful. How about this posting on AOL’s political machine blog: http://news.aol.com/political-machine/2009/03/28/alleged-ashley-biden-cocaine-tape-being-shopped-to-media/

I smell a fake, too. Why didn’t the NY Post buy the tape for $250,000 if it was real? They’d make that up easily in added newstand buyers.

And why do you rail on the “mainstream media” all of which are owned by conservative businesspeople? That’s just weak thinking on your part, Sam.

jt

March 31st, 2009
8:52 am

to answer G-
New Zealand or Chile is looking pretty good.

ByteMe

March 31st, 2009
8:52 am

jt: Liberatarianism doesn’t get you elected here. Pointing at “others” and railing on them does.

ByteMe

March 31st, 2009
8:53 am

jt: NZ is pretty nice, except for all the blind sheep from the ozone hole over the country….

fearless fosdick

March 31st, 2009
8:55 am

Bud Wiser .. It’s pretty simple. Google Al Gore invented the internet.
Do some research Bud before you blather on!

Brad Steal

March 31st, 2009
8:56 am

President Barak Obama, the leader (finally) of the free world and his intelligent, urbane, eloquent and hot wife will be traveling to Europe to shape international policy in a time of profound economic crisis and what do the wingnuts and wingnut media want to talk about:

- Sam @ 7:41: “Biden’s daughter … Bristol Palin…” (wow. these are very pertinent issues, especially in the light of international policy)

- Whiner @7:44 ” 32 years ago… Jimmy Carter…” (whaa….. you’re not going to exhume reagan too?)

- Butt Wiper @ 7:50 – “Al Gore invented the internet… and a misquote from the former Czech PM” (while you’re at it, what does the former Snellville District Selectman have to say about the leader of the free world?)

The wingnuts and self-titled “conservative” glommers are struggling more than I coiuld have imagined.

BDAtlanta

March 31st, 2009
8:57 am

Music: John Rich’s Protest From the Right Side of Country
http://www.nytimes.com/2009/03/31/arts/music/31rich.html

Oh, how timely for conservatives to begin acting like they are against corporate greed and bailouts.

Can’t you keep your ideas straight? Republican leaders are for corporations at the expense of workers/unions/the little guy. That expense entails greed, tax breaks out the whazoo, limited liability, and a powerful lobby to reduce personal litigations for malpractice, negligence, etc.

You, the individual are on your own, so STFU. The corporation “gives” you a job so STFU or else we will take it away and give it to someone in China. You are about to die because there is asbestos in your workplace’s ceiling tiles? It’s not the manufacturer’s fault so just STFU. You are lucky to have a 40 hour work week, we used to work you knucklheads 60+ hours a week so STFU.

401k matches? Hehehe. We got you out of those pensions and tricked you into these 401ks. Notice the matches are going away slowly but surely? Hehehe, knuckleheads.

Paid vacation? Yeah, you got that one over on us with your damn unions. As soon as we get GM into bankruptcy we will break the UAW and those vacations might just have to go bye-bye.

Wyld Byll Hyltnyr

March 31st, 2009
8:58 am

…and the early results from the Ob-amateur presidency are: 1) England, and its media, notwithstanding its previous have come to hate and disrespect POTUS after his shameful treatment of Gordon Brown; 2)Angela Merckel has expressed a strong distate for the Ob-amatuer administration and its policies; and 3) Social Democrat leaders throughour Europe has expressed fear of The Ob-amateur administrations radical left wing policies that would move the US far to the left of established socialist european countries.

While the Ob-mataeur administration took little time to tear down the respectful and good relationship that the Bush administration had with strong, key allies, it has been very pleasing to our enemies Castro, Iran,Hugo Chavez, et al.. all who smile and pull the chain while POTUS dances as if an organgrinder’s monkey while they play their calliope music.

Lord, I wish W could come back to right this listing ship of state.

jasper

March 31st, 2009
8:59 am

Jay, you forgot the 4th Obama, the teleprompter. What will it tell him to say?

jt

March 31st, 2009
9:00 am

ByteMe-i don’t want to be elected, just heard, not sedated.
NZ does have the normal monkey’s on their back. I have never been their. my wife and I were turned off by their tax rates. More than the US. But what I’m trying to say is, there is more to LIBERTY than a tax rate. I would gladly pay more for a loaf of bread if a goverment would just leave me alone.

jt

March 31st, 2009
9:00 am

Chile is looking pretty good.

BDAtlanta

March 31st, 2009
9:02 am

JT at 8:49,

Don’t foget telephone conversation eavesdropping.

jasper

March 31st, 2009
9:06 am

How will Obama do? Well how’s he done so far. Spurned overtures by China and Iran, cold shoulder with Britain. Seems to be right in line with the ham fisted attempts at fixing the economy. What was his international credentials again that helped get him elected. Oh right, he was born and raised abroad.

Wyld Byll Hyltnyr

March 31st, 2009
9:07 am

Wyld Byll Hilter 9:05 am

Hey, someone has hijacked my name.

ByteMe

March 31st, 2009
9:07 am

jt: check into the international tax agreements between the two countries. There may be a way out of the NZ tax rate (but not the USA rate). Last time I researched it (10 years now), I looked on the US’s Sec State’s office for international stuff like that, but that was so long ago and my memory and hairline aren’t what they used to be. What you’re looking for is the tax treaties between US and NZ; that’s what governs whether you pay their rate, our rate, or some combination of the two.

ByteMe

March 31st, 2009
9:08 am

Wow, that was a worse-than-usual hijacking, Byll.

Corporal

March 31st, 2009
9:14 am

Jay:

Be sure and read “Valtin’s” post at 2:44am 3/31/09 regarding “Petraeus makes stance on torture clear.”

Excerpt:

“The Army Field Manual allows use of isolation for 30 days or more, sleep deprivation, modified sensory deprivation, use of fear/manipulation of phobias, some use of sensory overload, use of drugs in interrogation — all of these are forms of banned cruel and inhumane or degrading treatment.”

This is the Army manual that General Petraeus supports.

Is he still your hero or are you going after him?

jt

March 31st, 2009
9:15 am

BD- thank you. i didn’t. the affronts to our liberty are too numerous to list. I will have to escape to COMMUNIST china to ride my moped without a helmit or start a business without a mandatory race/gender ratio.

ByteMe

March 31st, 2009
9:17 am

jt: I have a business and no mandatory race/gender ratio here. Not required. If you own a pickup truck in GA, you don’t need to wear a seat belt as you hit the wall on I-85 at 70 mph. Feel better about that?

ByteMe

March 31st, 2009
9:18 am

Love to stay and chat, but I have Bytes to create. Later all!

Corporal

March 31st, 2009
9:19 am

“Oh what tangled webs we weave, when we practice to deceive”.

Obama, is the “Deception President”. Even the European’s have figured that out.

Wells

March 31st, 2009
9:22 am

Budweiser…I think Obama’s going to Europe to do some work that is crucial to the economic climate in not only the US but the world.

jt

March 31st, 2009
9:22 am

byte- We did. Cut and dry, you pay the greater amount. Even if you renounce your citizenship to the US., you still are obliged for ten years. anything else is just a deferrment.

Vinny

March 31st, 2009
9:25 am

As long as there are “news” papers like the AJC and the New York Times that kill stories that put Barack in a negative light, then the public will never know what he is really up to.

Read this article about how the New York Times (US-Pravda) killed a story last October during election season that proved the ACORN-Obama link.
http://www.thebulletin.us/articles/2009/03/30/top_stories/doc49d0a73c7f98e547489394.txt

thoughts...

March 31st, 2009
9:28 am

comparing the president to a monkey, by Hyltner: “…POTUS dances as if an organgrinder’s monkey while they play their calliope music.”

does it get any more transparently racist than this? your thoughts…

Redneck Convert

March 31st, 2009
9:31 am

Well, I’m going to start wearing a mask in case I run into any furriners here. I’m downright ashamed to have one of Those People showing up overseas as U.S. President. It makes us all look real bad. I ain’t felt this bad since Roy Barnes chucked the stars and bars flag and old Sonny lied about giving us the chance to vote it back in. You can’t trust nobody no more.

You won’t be seeing me while this Obama is overseas. But if you happen to see a guy driving a beer truck and wearing a ski mask be sure to say hey. Have a good day everybody.

jt

March 31st, 2009
9:35 am

Byte- “i have a business and no mandatory race/gender ratio here”.
Show me the specifics of your bizness, and I’ll show you a goverment lawyer that will disagree. And you will pay to prove otherwise.

jt

March 31st, 2009
9:39 am

Byte- AND it is quite telling that the “pick-up seatbelt” law is the only vestige of individual liberty you can think of. I DO feel better of that liberty despite the people who toss and turn i their perspective bed-wetting beds.
With all due respect to your opinion.

Sam

March 31st, 2009
9:40 am

Byte me says the Ashley Biden tapes are fake, and we’re supposed to believe that NYT, Wash Post, Bookman’s AJC isn’t going to print frontpage banner headlines saying that they’re fake and pointing out a right wing smear campaign…..yeah right. Fact is, their silence is deafening. You read it here folks, this story has legs….no matter how much Barry’s Chicago thugs and “Plugs” Biden’s slimy lawyer friends try and keep this down.

getalife

March 31st, 2009
9:43 am

Bad news for the trolls:

“The number of Americans who believe that the nation is headed in the right direction has roughly tripled since Barack Obama’s election, and the public overwhelmingly blames the excesses of the financial industry, rather than the new president, for turmoil in the economy, according to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll”

D’Oh!

ConservativeAnchor

March 31st, 2009
9:46 am

Jay: Now that you admit Obozo has Dissociative Identity Disorder do not forget all his personalities:

1. Abraham Lincoln
2. Franklin Delano Roosevelt
3. Ronald Reagan
4. Chairman of General Motors
5. AIG Regulator

And, most importantly Obozo is the most incompetent, inexperienced, nitwit America politican that has ever set foot on European soil.

PS. Its Dear Leader ……….

G

March 31st, 2009
9:52 am

Godspeed, President Obama and First Lady.

We know you will not embarrass us. We hope it will be possible to heal old wounds abroad for America.

We pray for your safe arrival and safe return.

Bosch

March 31st, 2009
9:55 am

I don’t think this trip will be the whirlwind media celebrity gala like it was when he visited during the campaign.

He’s the POTUS now and people are gonna be mad at him. They’ll be protest, there always are, but I don’t think it will be anything like it was when GWB went abroad.

But to think Europeans are gonna welcome him with open arms – nah, Europeans are fickle folks.

DB, Gwinnettian

March 31st, 2009
9:55 am

Jay, it will be interesting to hear the loyal opposition’s official answer to this. Want to do a compare/contrast to their griping and moaning about Obama’s visit to Germany last year?

Bet it doesn’t get a whole lot more complex than a global search/replace of “Senator” with “President.”

Mrs. Godzilla

March 31st, 2009
9:57 am

G

They’ll be fabulous! No doubt about it.

BDAtlanta

March 31st, 2009
9:59 am

JT: Thank goodness the government keeps me from buying alcohol from retail stores on Sundays.

That way I have to drive to a bar, get snookered there, then drive home.

fearless fosdick

March 31st, 2009
10:00 am

ConservativeAnchor @ 9:46 am

Anchor…You say “Obozo is the most incompetent, inexperienced, nitwit America politican that has ever set foot on European soil.”

My question…Where were you during the last 8 years?

Bosch

March 31st, 2009
10:03 am

Mrs. G.,

I think they’ll be fab too. Although it’s almost a given they’ll be protestors – those crazy Europeans like to protest everything – it will be nice to have someone representing us who can talk in whole sentences.

Bosch

March 31st, 2009
10:04 am

fearless fos,

You know there is such a thing as repression of memories when someone has experienced traumatic events in their life – maybe that’s the problem with the wingnutters.

Sam

March 31st, 2009
10:08 am

Hey guys, now that Government Motors CEO Obama has guaranteed the warranty for my Jeep, should I take it to the Soc Security office, Post Office, or the DMV for my tuneup? You think Barry will spring me a free rental car while I’m at it?

G

March 31st, 2009
10:14 am

Mrs. G and Bosch,

I’m so glad we don’t have to deal with the Texass going anymore.

Remember this?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1VJwn-At244

AmVet

March 31st, 2009
10:15 am

thoughts…

I do not concur with your analysis of our inestimable Wyld Byll Hytlyr.

It is my considerable experience he is one of the MOST honorable men I have, or anyone could possibly ever have, encountered on this forum. A venerable gentleman genius.

A conservative class act all the way…

Midori

March 31st, 2009
10:16 am

I’m amazed that you guys are feeding the trolls.

what a nasty, vicious, hypocritical, self loathing bunch.

you guys had your chance — now you need to get the hell out of the way and let a real leader lead.

why don’t you guys do something useful? like help Bush pull all of those socks out of the crotch of his flight suit?

G

March 31st, 2009
10:19 am

Midori,

>>why don’t you guys do something useful? like help Bush pull all of those socks out of the crotch of his flight suit?<<

ROTFLMAO.

Sam

March 31st, 2009
10:23 am

Nasty Midori? Nasty like trashing a pregnant 16 yo daughter of Palin. Nasty, like trashing Palin for not aborting her Down’s child. Nasty, like trashing her for her state university education? Nasty, like claiming a sexual liason between McCain and his supposed mistress (in the NYT–which was totally debunked later). You mean that kinda nasty?……maybe so. Ya mean you can take a little of what you dish out? Awfully thin-skinned aren’t you? Eh, typical liberal….

WhoCares

March 31st, 2009
10:23 am

Say what you want to about Bush just don’t call Obama a monkey?

Bosch

March 31st, 2009
10:26 am

G,

Oh, the endless list of Bushisms.

ByteMe

March 31st, 2009
10:26 am

Sam: the real media — unlike unaffiliated bloggers and the NY Post — are going to wait to see if the tape is real or fake — just like real journalists — and then decide if there’s some value in it from the standpoint of selling newspapers. Same as they alwasy do.

And in the end, no one really cares outside of you and a few other wingnuts. No one except the leftwingnuts thought that Bristol Palin’s pregnancy was anything other than a tragedy and a distraction from the issues that matter. Only the extremists can afford to make noise over nothing. The rest of us have to focus on what matters.

ByteMe

March 31st, 2009
10:28 am

WhoCares: Check out his eye spacing. Bush has a closer genetic relationship to monkeys than Obama. Which is insulting to the monkeys, dontcha know.

Sam

March 31st, 2009
10:31 am

Byte Me, let the reporting begin……I mean how much time could it take, seriously. What’s the delay?

WhoCares

March 31st, 2009
10:31 am

ByteME: Thanks for making my point.

Ray

March 31st, 2009
10:32 am

Maybe Bozo will call upon some of the 500 people who accompany Him on his trip for answers. Honk if you didn’t go to Europe with the President. I would personally like to see him travel to Europe in a coach seat on Air Tran and see him confront his European peers one on one without the teleprompter, the biased media or the all of the rock star trappings. He is in so far over his head and Merckle, Brown and most of the others he will confront know it. You can fool some of the people, some of the time……

G

March 31st, 2009
10:37 am

ByteMe @ 10:28,

Too funny!

Rush Limbaugh for President

March 31st, 2009
10:43 am

Wild Bill,

Your buddy W capsized the ship. Your short term memory is failing. I thought Chavez said President Obama had the same stench as Bush.

So our enemies are pulling the monkey’s chain? You know you are really too smart and classy to stoop to calling the President a monkey. Your starting to get down in the gutter with I report and Bud Wiser.

fearless fosdick

March 31st, 2009
10:43 am

G….Remember when our national embarrassment (Bush) rubbed Angela Merkel’s shoulders, or the time in China when he tried to open a locked door, then finding it wouldn’t open turned around with that goofy look of his…They are on youtube but I don’t know how to link. Actually there are so many gaffes by this fool it would take 8 years just to view them all.

mm

March 31st, 2009
10:47 am

Obama will do well on his trip.

Do you know what’s really pathetic. Bush was hammered for what he DID. The wingnuts are hammering Obama for what he MIGHT do. And they’re still up to their sleazy mud slinging ways. You wingnuts are really going to hate him after his successful trip. Maybe he won’t get lost in a room, or choke on a pretzel, or barf on someone’s lap, or massage someones shoulders, or get a shoe thrown at him, or….

mm

March 31st, 2009
10:49 am

Dang Fearless,

I guess those thoughts popped into our heads at the same time. Too funny.

ByteMe

March 31st, 2009
10:53 am

Sam: we await your reporting efforts. You might even be able to make money from it if it’s really true and not a scam. Let us know what happens.

nowhereman

March 31st, 2009
10:54 am

Exactly what is the definition of ‘the free world’? It certainly can’t mean what it used to. Not when the supposed leader of it is pushing his country so far left that it alarms both our socialistic western european allies plus our largest creditor, the chinese communists, who are better capitalists than we are. The changes are so swift, the term “leader of the free world” is becoming meaningless, as will many other ‘old’ terms journalists will use as devices of denial, or in the case of some, deception. But why bother to complain? This is the kind of change we’re getting, whether we believe in it or not.

Question

March 31st, 2009
10:55 am

And none of the 3, separate or combined, is competent. Each day brings more questions — over the past few days — force the GM CEO to resign, the government takes over car warranties, announce chapter 11 for GM and Chrysler (what happened to all of the previous bail-out monies given to these companies?). And continue the “blank check” mentality… Yup, change we can believe in!!

Let’s see what he plans for North Korea — likely another “we’ll do something, not this time, but next”….

Any why the 500 plus entourage to the UK? Curious how he will address G20 — with or without a teleprompter…

ODG

March 31st, 2009
10:55 am

I vomit a little in my mind whenever I think about what Obama is doing to this Country…

Bosch

March 31st, 2009
10:59 am

ODG,

You might need to go see a doctor about that. Did you have the same problem when Bush was busy breaking the country? Sounds serious.

cliff zeider

March 31st, 2009
11:00 am

Hey, Is this dude aware that we are having financel problems here at home and what does he do? takes both Air Force #1 and #2 and 500 dudes with him and air force planes to carry his cars and they are not VW’s. Just wait until the cost comes out, it would go a long way in helping the un-employed. Cliff

RW-(the original)

March 31st, 2009
11:01 am

…or the time that Bush tried to go back into the White House through a window…HAHAHAHA….oh wait, that was Obama, nothing to see here, please disregard.

The good news is that the European press seems to still employ reporters so maybe we’ll get some dispatches of what this bonehead actually does over there, it just won’t make it into American “news” sources.

ByteMe

March 31st, 2009
11:06 am

RW: but you’re not a bitter partisan hack like Whiner-boy, noooooooo….

fearless fosdick

March 31st, 2009
11:08 am

Cliff..Were you this outraged when Bush went to Sydney Australia with an entourage of 650 people….It’s SOP!

RW-(the original)

March 31st, 2009
11:09 am

BM,

Your point?

Mrs. Godzilla

March 31st, 2009
11:09 am

….still….laughing….”vomit in my mind”…..

Dave R

March 31st, 2009
11:15 am

Midori, don’t you ever suggest that we just “get the hell out of the way”. Our job over the next four (or God help us 8) years is to stay in Hope & Change’s way every minute of the day so that we will have some semblance of a country left that is free when he is through playing with it.

Ja Wohl, Mein Fuhrer! We will get out of your way! . . . NOT!

Wyld Byll Hyltnyr

March 31st, 2009
11:17 am

thoughts… 9:28 am

My intention was not to liken President Obama, himself, to a monkey. Rather, his actions are like those of a organgrinder’s monkey, simple-minded, but amusing and profitable to those who understand that he is a most useful fool.

Castro, Ahmadinejad, Kim Jong Il, and Hugo Chavez all understand that they needn’t change their evil ways when all they need to do is provide a suitable tune to which President Ob-amateur can haplessy dance awhile providing new legitamacy to these scoundrels in the international community further.

While President Ob-amateur claims to live in a post racial world, I, in fact, do. Any claim of racism is inaccurate and offensive.

Finally, a special thank you to Amvet, for your defense of me and my intentions.

BDAtlanta

March 31st, 2009
11:18 am

Sam,
Just buy the tape. You’ll make a killing on it. I promise.