Israelis and Obama: ‘He had us at ‘Shalom”

President Obama’s visit to Israel and Palestine has now ended, with the president having made quite an impression.

For example, Naftali Bennett, head of the far-right Bayit Yehudi Party, criticized Obama’s continued push for a two-state resolution to the Israeli occupation of the West Bank, arguing that ” “a nation does not occupy its own land.” However, as the Jerusalem Post reports, even “Bennett said he recognized that Obama’s words came from concern for and true friendship with Israel.”

Others in Israel were considerably more emphatic and supportive, and in many cases downright enthusiastic about a major speech given by the president Thursday. Here’s Herb Keinen, again in the largely conservative Jerusalem Post:

He had us at the word “Shalom,” did President Barack Obama, on the tarmac at Ben-Gurion Airport.

Or if not at “Shalom,” then 33 words later when he said in Hebrew, “Tov lihiyot shuv ba’aretz” (It’s good to be back in Israel). And if not then, well, at least at the end of his brief welcoming speech, when he said, “I’m confident in declaring that our alliance is eternal, it is forever – lanetzah.” Again, he used Hebrew. We swooned.

And if he did not have us all, at least he had some of the country’s media stars broadcasting from the airport, gushing superlatives as Air Force One – tracked as if it were an Apollo flight reentering the Earth’s orbit – was seen entering Israeli airspace.

As Irit Linor said on Army Radio, discussing what she deemed the over-the-top Obama Madness that gripped the nation, if this is the way the country greeted Obama, what’s left to greet the Messiah?”

Chemi Shalev, writing in the more liberal Haaretz, was more effusive still:

… there’s never been quite such a speech by any U.S. president: “dugri” and direct, admonishing words wrapped in thick layers of support and understanding, sympathy and concern, “tough love” as it was originally intended. The promos from the White House that had built up the speech as the centerpiece of the entire visit, turned out, in retrospect, to be grossly understated.

There wasn’t one Israeli button that Obama didn’t push during the speech and throughout his entire visit: from Holocaust to redemption, anxiety to bravery, victimhood to victory, ancient rights to start-up nation. He embraced Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, complimented his wife, adopted his children and commemorated his hero brother, all in an effort to wipe the slate clean and start anew, as far as possible…

… the high point of Obama’s public visit, its rhetorical and emotional crescendo, was reached in his challenging words about occupation, settlements and peace with the Palestinians, without which, he suggested, Israel’s future, security, and wellbeing are at risk.

Obama posed the kinds of questions that are hardly asked aloud anymore in the Israeli mainstream, swamped as it is in a steady stream of jingoistic, right-wing rhetoric, associated as it has become with people who are portrayed as loony liberals and self-hating leftists. He confronted the conventional wisdom that time is on our side and the status quo is working in our favor. He asked, blasphemy indeed, that Israelis try and look at the world through Palestinian eyes. He conducted — how ironic — the kind of values-based peace campaign which so-called center-left parties were so afraid of in the recent election campaign, because they thought it was toxic.

In this regard, Obama pulled a Bibi on Netanyahu on Thursday: he played on his home field, but for the rival team. Just as conservative Republicans in America would anoint Netanyahu as their leader in an instant, so too Obama yesterday became the resolute and persuasive spokesman that the Israeli center-left so desperately needs; one who could convince the public that his — or her — support for a two-state solution “along the known parameters” does not contradict his great love for Israel, but quite the contrary.

This is the real Obama, his acquaintances say, no masks and no makeup. Obama, “the Jewish president” as Peter Beinart described him in The Crisis of Zionism, whose formative years in public life were spent alongside liberal Zionist Jews who taught him of the Jewish battle for civil rights and of the Jewish belief in a just and enlightened Israel, before the occupation started taking its toll.

This is the same Obama whose naïve assumptions and mistakes borne of inexperience served as fodder for the nefarious jihad of hate and venom and plain old bigotry that his rivals and enemies have waged against him since his first election campaign, a foul and sometimes deranged campaign that is without precedent in the annals of relations between Jews, both American and Israelis, and American Presidents. This is the man who is routinely compared to the worst Jew-haters and baiters in history, from Pharaoh to Haman to Ahmadinejad, who is hell bent on “throwing Israel under the bus” as Mitt Romney repeatedly and recklessly asserted during the recent election campaign.

In this regard, Obama will henceforth be a much tougher rival for his right-wing conservative critics. After this visit, they will be hard pressed to convince many Israelis – and many American Jews, for that matter – that Obama is a rabid Israel-hater and Muslim sympathizer who has the country’s worst interests at heart. His admonitions, even if rejected, will be categorized under the Proverbs saying of “faithful are the wounds of a friend”.

– Jay Bookman

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Kamchak ~ Thug from the Steppes

March 22nd, 2013
2:06 pm

This is the real Obama, his acquaintances say, no masks and no makeup. Obama, “the Jewish president”…

The truth is out.

His birth certificate was issued in ISRAEL!

Mick

March 22nd, 2013
2:07 pm

“He who humbles himself shall be exalted while he who exalts himself shall be humbled”, that’s our man obama, he represents us well…

td

March 22nd, 2013
2:07 pm

The stats say that the government is just sucking up to Obama so that he “might” get tough on Iran.

“Despite downgrading the trip, many see Obama’s arrival as the sequel to his 2009 visit to Cairo, where he announced a “new beginning” with the Muslim world. Four years later, that doesn’t auger well for renewed efforts in Israel and the West Bank. According to the latest survey by the Pew Research Center’s Global Attitudes Project, confidence in Obama in Muslim countries dropped from 33% to 24% in his first term. Approval of Obama’s policies declined even further, from 34% to 15%. And support for the United States in Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon and Pakistan is lower today than it was in 2008 in the closing year of George W. Bush’s administration. That collapse of support has not happened elsewhere.

In his Cairo speech, Obama pledged a relationship between America and Muslims around the world “based on mutual interest and mutual respect.” But in 2013, interests are diverging, and respect is in short supply.

Of all the strained relationships in the Middle East, the partnership with Israel is the most important and potentially the most easily repaired. Obama is not popular in the country. A poll released last week showed he had a scant 10% approval rating in Israel, with an additional 32% saying they respect but don’t like him. But the president is making significant symbolic gestures to heal the breach, such as visiting the grave site of Theodor Herzl, the founder of modern Zionism. It’s being interpreted as showing support for the Jewish people’s historic connection to the land of Israel, something Obama avoided in his first term.”

http://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2013/03/20/obamas-middle-east-policy-in-tatters-column/2004343/

getalife

March 22nd, 2013
2:07 pm

His answer about Syria in Jordon was very informative for those who will listen to him. A very somber and very bad situation in Syria.

He got Israel to apologize to Turkey for the flotilla disaster to normalize relations with both countries.

TBS

March 22nd, 2013
2:07 pm

Seems that at minimum things went well on the surface.

Now we will see what transpires in terms of any US or Israeli involvement in Syria to see just “how well” the meetings were or were not.

Kamchak ~ Thug from the Steppes

March 22nd, 2013
2:08 pm

USATODAY: America less popular in Middle East now than under Bush administration…

drudgey spam.

td

March 22nd, 2013
2:14 pm

“A poll released last week showed he had a scant 10% approval rating in Israel, with an additional 32% saying they respect but don’t like him. But the president is making significant symbolic gestures to heal the breach,”

Symbolism only works with the low information voters in the progressive movement in this country.

JohnnyReb

March 22nd, 2013
2:15 pm

Obama frothing on Friday afternoon.

Their tune will change once they realize they cannot depend on what he says but must watch what he does.

Regnad Kcin

March 22nd, 2013
2:16 pm

“The stats say that the government is just sucking up to Obama so that he “might” get tough on Iran”

“Symbolism only works with the low information voters in the progressive movement in this country”

td loves him some unsubstantiated assertions, he do!

getalife

March 22nd, 2013
2:16 pm

Thank God the gop lost are we would be in another Iraq in Syria.

Thank you American voters.

TBS

March 22nd, 2013
2:17 pm

“Symbolism only works with the low information voters in the progressive movement in this country.”

yes it worked very well on you last fall when you were all over the AJC blogs talking about skewed polls and Romney maybe being up by as much as 10 pts

Talking about low information……… look in the mirror

hahahahahahhaha

JohnnyReb

March 22nd, 2013
2:17 pm

Reports are that Obama took 600 on the trip. 600, did I state 600. Now, a portion of that can be attributed to secret service 24/7 crews, aircraft/equpment crews, etc, but 600. But, he can’t find a way to keep the WH tours open.

Peadawg

March 22nd, 2013
2:18 pm

Took him long enough to visit….

But I’m glad the trip went well.

0311/8541/5811/1811/1801

March 22nd, 2013
2:19 pm

Let’s see if he puts his money where his mouth is when time comes to act.

Kamchak ~ Thug from the Steppes

March 22nd, 2013
2:19 pm

Reports are that Obama took 600 on the trip.

Reports are that I will have an evening of lurid steamy sex with Doutzen Kroes.

TBS

March 22nd, 2013
2:19 pm

td

What was that I read you posted last night?

Something about an “entire religion” wanting to the US down

Yep, you would fit the low information category based on many things you post

stands for decibels

March 22nd, 2013
2:19 pm

even “Bennett said he recognized that Obama’s words came from concern for and true friendship with Israel.”

A damn shame that our own right wingers can be bothered to extend even a smidgeon of such decency.

0311/8541/5811/1811/1801

March 22nd, 2013
2:21 pm

JohnnyReb:

There are always dozens (or more) mid to low level staff personnel who get these trips as “rewards”.

They go along for the ride and basically do little to nothing regarding the trip.

Lots of shopping/sightseeing time and they get to say they made the trip with the President.

Obviously, there could have been a big “cutback” based on the Sequester but the President/his staff refuse to do that.

stands for decibels

March 22nd, 2013
2:22 pm

Reports are that Obama took 600 on the trip. 600, did I state 600

And it cost 200 millino dollars a day for him to travel to India. According to “reports.”

getalife

March 22nd, 2013
2:22 pm

Our competent President is very confident on foreign policy and built a coalition to help Syria after the fall of assad.

East Lake Ira

March 22nd, 2013
2:23 pm

No. That is not true. Obama hates Isreal – you can see it in his “devil” eyes – and Isreal hates him. Were it up to Obama, Isreal would get the bombs meant for Iran.

That’s what I hear on TV during the “worship” services in between pitches for more cash for Jesus at least.

0311/8541/5811/1811/1801

March 22nd, 2013
2:23 pm

JohnnyReb:

Here’s another example.

“Biden’s One-Night Paris Hotel Tab: $585,000.50…
$459,388.65 Hotel Bill in London…”

0311/8541/5811/1811/1801

March 22nd, 2013
2:24 pm

TBS

March 22nd, 2013
2:25 pm

“And it cost 200 millino dollars a day for him to travel to India. According to ‘reports.’ ”

The classic part is when Bachman blamed it on the Indian media……….

HDB

March 22nd, 2013
2:26 pm

0311/8541/5811/1811/1801

March 22nd, 2013
2:19 pm
“Let’s see if he puts his money where his mouth is when time comes to act.”

Let’s see if CONGRESS…particularly Republicans….will quit talking about government spending when it’s time to act.

There…..fixed it for you, Scout…..

Kamchak ~ Thug from the Steppes

March 22nd, 2013
2:26 pm

barking frog

March 22nd, 2013
2:26 pm

Sounds good, looks good, about all he can do, at present.

0311/8541/5811/1811/1801

March 22nd, 2013
2:26 pm

“OBAMACARE: 6 in 10 physicians will retire earlier than planned…

Official: ‘Let’s just make sure it’s not a third-world experience’…

Three years later, healthcare law even more unpopular…

0311/8541/5811/1811/1801

March 22nd, 2013
2:27 pm

“SEQUESTER JESTER: Obama names five new national monuments…

Including Biden’s ‘park dream’ in homestate…

Welcome to the Occupation

March 22nd, 2013
2:27 pm

“This is the real Obama, his acquaintances say, no masks and no makeup. Obama, “the Jewish president” as Peter Beinart described him in The Crisis of Zionism, whose formative years in public life were spent alongside liberal Zionist Jews who taught him of the Jewish battle for civil rights and of the Jewish belief in a just and enlightened Israel, before the occupation started taking its toll.”

That’s it, basically. Barack Obama is a “liberal Zionist”, like Beinart.

And sadly, he suffers from all the limitations and shortcomings of that particular ideological shading.

JohnnyReb

March 22nd, 2013
2:27 pm

getalife – so it’s OK with you that thousands of Syrians die at the hand of their government as long as our government transfers wealth to poor people? Go to the corner for two weeks.

JohnnyReb

March 22nd, 2013
2:28 pm

Kammy – I will say that although you are lost politically, you do know your good looking gals !

getalife

March 22nd, 2013
2:28 pm

The no information voters are the cons that believe every word from their failed lying media.

For the high information voters that listen to our President, you are informed on Syria and not much to add.

0311/8541/5811/1811/1801

March 22nd, 2013
2:28 pm

“USATODAY: America less popular in Middle East now than under Bush administration…”

Community Organizer (with-no-desire-to-govern, little-care-for-high-unemployment, no-talent-for-leadership,-zero-desire-to-compromise-and-a-lust-for-making-my-enemies-pay) Obama

March 22nd, 2013
2:29 pm

He had us at Shalom!!!!

YEAH!!! ANOTHER NOBEL PRIZE….

CULT OF OBAMA, OBAMA, O-BAM-A, O-BAM-A

MMMMM, MMMMMM, MMMMMMM

Nobel prize can’t be enough….

DEAR LEADER!!! FOREVER KING OF THE WORLD!!! JONATHAN ALTER HAD IT RIGHT—-SORT OF A GOD LOOKING OVER EVERYTHING!!!

WOW JAY!!!

WHAT PERSPICACITY YOU HAVE!!!

AMAZING!!!

Sorry for printing in all caps, but it’s OBAMA! Like gosh, you’ve got to ejaculate loud and long just to do him homage—er, I mean justiice.

WOW!!!!

East Lake Ira

March 22nd, 2013
2:29 pm

According to reports Obama spends $1.4 Billion a year to maintain his lavish lifestyle – what with armed guards, private helicopters, and the like. Hell, he even has a private chef and a free house!!

Outrageous!!

stands for decibels

March 22nd, 2013
2:29 pm

Nailed it!

Yes. Yes, you did.

Granny Godzilla

March 22nd, 2013
2:29 pm

Hey, me and keep and stands and USinUK and Jammie were all on that trip
and paid zip zero zilch…

we brought our own Mogen David tho…..and smuggled BLT’s

Could have been worse –

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/08/19/house-republicans-israel_n_1808266.html

Naked Republicans prancing about…..eek!

0311/8541/5811/1811/1801

March 22nd, 2013
2:29 pm

More “Sequester Gone Wild” !

“Big Sis Refuses To Answer Congress On Bullet Purchases…”

Regnad Kcin

March 22nd, 2013
2:29 pm

Off topic:

“A top Dominican law enforcement official said Friday that a local lawyer has reported being paid by someone claiming to work for the conservative Web site the Daily Caller to find prostitutes who would lie and say they had sex for money with Sen. Robert Menendez (D-N.J.).”

And now, the flood of apologies from our integrity-packed conservative posters…

godless heathen - owner of many things he does not need

March 22nd, 2013
2:30 pm

600! That’s an invasion.

JohnnyReb

March 22nd, 2013
2:30 pm

Speaking of National Monuments, I was wondering the odds on when there will be an Obama statue or something similar in Washington? Or, maybe they will change the name of Pennsylvania Avenue. Oops, sorry, that only happens in Atlanta.

East Cobb RINO, Inc (LLC)

March 22nd, 2013
2:31 pm

Reports are that Obama took 600 on the trip.

Sources are saying Taylor Swift is writing a song about me as I type this.

Recon 0311 2533

March 22nd, 2013
2:31 pm

Obama went into Israel with a 10% approval rating. I doubt that he moved the needle any significant positive direction in just one visit, so Jay’s fawning description is quite a stretch. I think that the Israeli leaders did a good job of forcing him to make some aggressive sounding public comments regarding Iran and Syria that he would have preferred not to make. The Mid-East is in a world of hurt right now and the Obama administrations lead from behind policies have contributed to that condition. As it pertains to Iran’s pursuit of nuclear weapons the Israeli’s have Obama now on the clock.

stands for decibels

March 22nd, 2013
2:31 pm

the odds on when there will be an Obama statue

Sometime after he’s shredded the Constitution and appointed himself for a fifth term. duh.

Erwin's cat

March 22nd, 2013
2:32 pm

Of course all this “spin” could all be for show…doesn’t benefit Israel to be seen in an American embrace when it comes to Iran and the rest of the ME?…just sayin’

East Lake Ira

March 22nd, 2013
2:32 pm

Hope you cons are ready for ELEVEN YEARS more of a Dem. Pres. I hope you choke on it and all your grandchildren gay marry.

St Simons

March 22nd, 2013
2:32 pm

another victory
punked again cons
he owns you
even on a local thread, all you can type is bu…bu..Obama

meanwhile back home, for the 36th time of guaranteed failure,
the ‘Repeal the Socialumist Obamacare’ bill goes down to defeat.
for the 36th time.
These cheesy creepy grandstands have cost over $40mil of your money.

which could have fed 2,250 families of 4 for a freakin year.

Its not part of my culture,
but I hope there is a hell
I swear karma is too slow for these animals

clem

March 22nd, 2013
2:32 pm

doubt td and the right ilk here would poll very high across all of america, only in the south would they be above freezing

0311/8541/5811/1811/1801

March 22nd, 2013
2:32 pm

East Lake Ira:

“According to reports Obama spends $1.4 Billion a year to maintain his lavish lifestyle – what with armed guards, private helicopters, and the like. Hell, he even has a private chef and a free house!!

Outrageous!!”

Much of that (security, staff, transportation, etc.) is quite necessary. The problem is, Obama and his staff seem incapable of setting a Sequester example but cutting where they can and where it would be reasonable.

There are plenty of places to save money without decreasing security and that was my point.

Regnad Kcin

March 22nd, 2013
2:32 pm

“I doubt that he moved the needle any significant positive direction in just one visit,…”

I doubt I’ll fail to beat out Julio Jones as the Falcons’ top receiver this season…

Brosephus™

March 22nd, 2013
2:33 pm

Scout

You, of all posters, should know better than feeding into that 600 crap. What’s the number of low level people traveling when compared to the people actually working to ensure that trip goes as planned? There are probably more Secret Service and Air Force personnel on that trip than there are pleasure travelers. I’m sure your former colleagues would be embarrassed to say they know you.

YouLibs

March 22nd, 2013
2:33 pm

Johnny, digits, td, et al:

The president woke up this morning and brushed his teeth; it was the most ineffective oral hygiene ever performed by a sitting president. He poured a cup of coffee and began to read the morning’s newspapers. It was probably not free-trade coffee and he didn’t use nearly enough sugar. Rather than use artificial creamers like most of us, he used REAL cream. While the country’s struggling, he couldn’t even bring himself to use half-and-half. Etc., etc., ad infinitum.

It’s kind of comical, really.

stands for decibels

March 22nd, 2013
2:34 pm

Obama went into Israel with a 10% approval rating

Yeah, where’d that stupid number come from anyway–saw some other right-wing troll quoting it.

I find this rather hard to fathom, frankly.

Kamchak ~ Thug from the Steppes

March 22nd, 2013
2:34 pm

Sources are saying Taylor Swift is writing a song about me as I type this.

You too?

Regnad Kcin

March 22nd, 2013
2:34 pm

“the Obama administrations lead from behind policies have contributed to that condition”

This is the second time “lead from behind” has been mentioned today. Well, at least we know what the FOX talking heads are saying today…

getalife

March 22nd, 2013
2:35 pm

There is something about our President that folks around the world warm up to.

The big smile, the sense of humor and the no fake cowboy act and no arrogance are the reasons

He is the complete opposite of w..

stands for decibels

March 22nd, 2013
2:35 pm

Of course all this “spin” could all be for show…

You say that like it’s a Bad Thing.

It’s ALL “for show,” after all.

Erwin's cat

March 22nd, 2013
2:35 pm

Sources are saying Taylor Swift is writing a song about me as I type this.

I guess she finished the one about how I dumped her

DannyX

March 22nd, 2013
2:36 pm

stands for decibels

March 22nd, 2013
2:36 pm

You too?

She knew I was trouble when I walked in.

(…with my kid and wife to get her autograph, actually, some years back. nice lady, far as I could tell.)

Erwin's cat

March 22nd, 2013
2:36 pm

You say that like it’s a Bad Thing.

no…just trying to recognize it for what it is…or may be

YouLibs

March 22nd, 2013
2:37 pm

get @ 2:35 So true….

midtownguy

March 22nd, 2013
2:39 pm

All presidential appointees, nor just cabinet level, are exempt from mandatory furlough days resulting from the sequester because they work “24/7″ so there is no “day.” I would say any given Department has 30 or 40 such people with titles like “Assistant Deputy Under Secretary” and other made up positions.

Uh Huh.....Don't shoot the Messenger

March 22nd, 2013
2:39 pm

The cost of honesty is quite high.

Most people simply shoot the messenger and never look back.
Even if they do eventually realize their error, they don’t generally
‘appreciate’ the person who pointed it out to them. If they lack
humility they might respond like a pit viper and strike at you
mercilessly. Others tend to carry around a bitterness as if the
person who spoke is really the one guilty for exposing their fault
and shame. I am not sure why it works this way, but I know it does.

TBS

March 22nd, 2013
2:39 pm

Who picked Ole Miss to upset WI?

;-)

Community Organizer (with-no-desire-to-govern, little-care-for-high-unemployment, no-talent-for-leadership,-zero-desire-to-compromise-and-a-lust-for-making-my-enemies-pay) Obama

March 22nd, 2013
2:40 pm

OMG, He had me at Shalom!!!!

Sorry I was so ejaculated-out after learning that I posted and then passed out!

Back now.

Whew! Let’s all toast our bongs to the new world order brought on by “You had me at Shalom!!!”

Wow!

Granny Godzilla

March 22nd, 2013
2:40 pm

Sources are saying Taylor Swift is writing a song about me as I type this.

Don’t mean to shock y’all….but me too!

getalife

March 22nd, 2013
2:40 pm

I love melt downs :)

Uh Huh.....Don't shoot the Messenger

March 22nd, 2013
2:40 pm

@DannyX

March 22nd, 2013
2:36 pm
BENGHAZI!!!

^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

WEAPONS OF MASS DESTRUCTION!!!!!!!!!!

0311/8541/5811/1811/1801

March 22nd, 2013
2:41 pm

If anyone wants a good laugh this weekend go see “Olympus is Fallen”.

Just be careful about taking young kids due to the blood/gore/violence.

Kamchak ~ Thug from the Steppes

March 22nd, 2013
2:41 pm

Who picked Ole Miss to upset WI?

Not me.

Dammit.

JohnnyReb

March 22nd, 2013
2:41 pm

getalife – please tell us; do you prostitute yourself for others or is it just Obama?

getalife

March 22nd, 2013
2:42 pm

reb,

I don’t bow down for the wealthy like you prostitute.

Community Organizer (with-no-desire-to-govern, little-care-for-high-unemployment, no-talent-for-leadership,-zero-desire-to-compromise-and-a-lust-for-making-my-enemies-pay) Obama

March 22nd, 2013
2:42 pm

getalife @ 235!!!!

Woah!!!!

You had me at !!!!!!

Yeeehaaaaawwwww!!!!!

Obama….. Sort of a God…..

When you learn about it, you just have to shout it from the rooftops.

getalife

March 22nd, 2013
2:43 pm

“Obama….. Sort of a God…:

No, just a competent President and politician.

Brosephus™

March 22nd, 2013
2:44 pm

TBS

I picked Ole Miss. :)

ITS ALL BUSH'S FAULT

March 22nd, 2013
2:45 pm

Bush could not even speak english….SUCK iT CONS…

Erwin's cat

March 22nd, 2013
2:45 pm

I picked Ole Miss

but did ya pick Harvard?

Doggone/GA

March 22nd, 2013
2:45 pm

“Woah!!!!”

One of the off-topic amusements about going to blogs is watching the spread of “popular” ways to misspell common words. A year or two ago it was “Hugh” for huge. Now, lately, it’s “woah” for whoa

td

March 22nd, 2013
2:45 pm

stands for decibels

March 22nd, 2013
2:34 pm

Obama went into Israel with a 10% approval rating

Yeah, where’d that stupid number come from anyway–saw some other right-wing troll quoting it.

I find this rather hard to fathom, frankly.

It is called Pew center research. Go and get a little education yourself.

http://www.pewglobal.org/2012/06/13/global-opinion-of-obama-slips-international-policies-faulted/

“Global approval of President Barack Obama’s policies has declined significantly since he first took office, while overall confidence in him and attitudes toward the U.S. have slipped modestly as a consequence.”

YouLibs

March 22nd, 2013
2:45 pm

Oh boy, a new troll. Or at least a new name.

Redneck Convert (R--and proud of it)

March 22nd, 2013
2:47 pm

Well, Wisconsin went down like a lady of the evening on Saturday night.

All you folks that picked Wisconsin to beat a team that cheats as good as Ole Miss need to go back to school. Them good ole boys is getting the best players money can buy, basketball and football.

Community Organizer (with-no-desire-to-govern, little-care-for-high-unemployment, no-talent-for-leadership,-zero-desire-to-compromise-and-a-lust-for-making-my-enemies-pay) Obama

March 22nd, 2013
2:47 pm

Seriously though:

Because there was almost nothing in Obama’s speech, and because Obama has nothing to do right now but dream of and preach of a better world, because the Middle Eastern Arab Spring he has helped beget has turned out much much worse than anyone could have imagined, because Iran is still strongly motivated to develop a nuclear weapon and continues to do so, because North Korea is rattling its sabre, because Obama usually accomplishes almost nothing (a la the failed Chicago Olympics bid) or worse when he goes overseas, because Obama couldn’t get back to Cairo to give another “had me at Shalom” speech; and because liberals have so little to brag about in the person and policies of one Barack Hussein Obama, they continue to push the myth that he is some magical person (”sort of like a god” according to Jonathan Alter) who will make all of us better by remaking the world from without (like a god).

Indeed, Jay’s emotive ejaculations are yet another sign of Obama’s uselessness and fecklessness.

Uh Huh.....Don't shoot the Messenger

March 22nd, 2013
2:48 pm

@Community Organizer (with-no-desire-to-govern, little-care-for-high-unemployment, no-talent-for-leadership,-zero-desire-to-compromise-and-a-lust-for-making-my-enemies-pay) Obama

March 22nd, 2013
2:40 pm
OMG, He had me at Shalom!!!!

Sorry I was so ejaculated-out after learning that I posted and then passed out!

Back now.

Whew! Let’s all toast our bongs to the new world order brought on by “You had me at Shalom!!!”

Wow!
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“Sorry I was so ejaculated-out after learning that I posted and then passed out!”

YOU SOUND LIKE A PERVERT.

WHY SHOULD ANYONE LISTEN TO WHAT YOU HAVE TO SAY.

Ejaculated

1.(of a man or male animal) Eject semen from the body at the moment of sexual climax.

getalife

March 22nd, 2013
2:48 pm

You can hear the people leaving the gop party in droves as you read the many melt downs from the cons.

We would be in another Iraq in Syria if they won.

Thank God they lost.

Regnad Kcin

March 22nd, 2013
2:50 pm

“No, just a competent President and politician”

And, when you think about it, that’s enough. It’s been a long time…

Uh Huh.....Don't shoot the Messenger

March 22nd, 2013
2:51 pm

@Community Organizer (with-no-desire-to-govern, little-care-for-high-unemployment, no-talent-for-leadership,-zero-desire-to-compromise-and-a-lust-for-making-my-enemies-pay) Obama

March 22nd, 2013
2:47 pm
Seriously though:

Indeed, Jay’s emotive ejaculations are yet another sign of Obama’s uselessness and fecklessness.
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YES…YOU ARE A PERVERT.

AS A MAN THINKETH SO IS HE.

getalife

March 22nd, 2013
2:51 pm

“And, when you think about it, that’s enough. It’s been a long time…”

Exactly, return to full employment and our recovery is done.

Fred ™

March 22nd, 2013
2:51 pm

Why would anyone even bother to read a loser that uses a 29 word screen name that is a lie itself? Don’t feed the troll……..

Jm

March 22nd, 2013
2:51 pm

So Obama is an Israeli Arab. I knew it.

fedup

March 22nd, 2013
2:51 pm

Cons just look at the girls in FOX. Leave foreign policy to the grownups.

stands for decibels

March 22nd, 2013
2:52 pm

It is called Pew center research. Go and get a little education yourself.

I am aware of Pew’s work. I am not aware of any “10% approval” of Obama in Israel, and having skimmed your link, I still am not.

I dropped my fried twinkie

March 22nd, 2013
2:52 pm

And SATAN came speaking words of honey.

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March 22nd, 2013
2:53 pm

Brosephus:

See my 2:32

And you of all posters should know I know exactly what I am talking about.

1) There is almost always too much staff (and again, some are there just as a reward) on these trips. The numbers can be cut due to the Sequester.

2) Often, additional time/sites/personal “vacation” days are added to an official trip. This time can be cut due to the Sequester.

3) There are ways to even save money on security. I won’t go into all of them here but they have to do with double duty, leap frogging personnel, utilizing supervisors as extra poststanders, etc. One has to be very careful in this area but it can be done.

When you add in the military assets that the public doesn’t even realize go into a Presidential/Vice Presidential trips the cost is astronomical.

There are ways to CUT everywhere ! My point remains the Obama Administration does not appear to want to do that as an example to the rest of the country during this Sequester time and that includes some of the spending going on stateside.

williebkind

March 22nd, 2013
2:53 pm

Obama went to Israel to get resurrected!

Brosephus™

March 22nd, 2013
2:54 pm

EC

Don’t remember about Harvard.

Community Organizer (with-no-desire-to-govern, little-care-for-high-unemployment, no-talent-for-leadership,-zero-desire-to-compromise-and-a-lust-for-making-my-enemies-pay) Obama

March 22nd, 2013
2:56 pm

Oh, and my emotive ejaculations from above were meant to further emphasize and illustrate yours.

Obama doesn’t do anything much,

But he sure seems magical to you liberals. Frighteningly so.

8% unemployment? Who cares! Obama has that smile, that great way of speaking that’s not W.

Kamchak ~ Thug from the Steppes

March 22nd, 2013
2:56 pm

I am aware of Pew’s work. I am not aware of any “10% approval” of Obama in Israel, and having skimmed your link, I still am not.

It’s a link within his bit of drudgey spam at 2:07.

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March 22nd, 2013
2:57 pm

Brosephus:

Does the word “Boondoggle” come to mind?

Time to cut that stuff out during Sequester !!