The Ultimate Diplomacy
I linked this "Obama Overwhelmed" article before-- but I missed this.Get ready to cushion your falling jaws.
Mr Obama rang Mr Brown as he flew home, in what many suspected was an attempt to make amends. The real views of many in Obama administration were laid bare by a State Department official involved in planning the Brown visit, who reacted with fury when questioned by The Sunday Telegraph about why the event was so low-key. The official dismissed any notion of the special relationship, saying: "There's nothing special about Britain. You're just the same as the other 190 countries in the world. You shouldn't expect special treatment."Oh, my. Three points: 1) Smarter diplomacy is supposedly the stock in trade of this administration. Is this smart? Insulting our oldest ally? No, it's not smart -- it's left-wing score-settling against Britain for being "too right wing" for having supported Bush's efforts in Iraq, and perhaps for being a colonial power through the fifties. 2) They don't know what the fuck they're doing. 3) The quote shows the arrogance and thin-skinnedness of this administration. Utterly unable to graciously confess error and seek forgiveness, they instead dig their heels in and claim We meant to do that. They intended, it seems, for no particularly good reason, to alienate our most reliable and oldest ally. (Apologies to Australia which also can lay claim to that title.) That's their story -- we meant to let Britain know it was no more important to us than, say, Trinidad and Tobago. Perhaps Obama's game -- in insulting Britain and selling out Poland and the Czech Republic to the Russian wolves -- is to teach all countries a lesson: Never, ever support a Republican President, for there will be a grim reckoning when we socialists get back into power. Politics begins at the water's edge, now. A lot of things are changing. Hey, did you hear that dissent was no longer patriotic? We live in an age of miracles and wonders, my friends.
Thanks to Entelechy in the Hot Air comments for highlighting this, which I'd utterly missed.
1 For the first time in my adult life, I am embarassed to be an American.
Posted by: reason at March 09, 2009 01:25 PM (+hPIb)
2 That was a very undiplomatic diplomat.
Posted by: Mikey NTH at March 09, 2009 01:27 PM (O9Cc8)
3 Diderot's Dog?
Damn, where are our resident trolls when you need them?
Posted by: OregonMuse at March 09, 2009 01:28 PM (FO+YO)
4 Jimmy The Dhimmi is probably sending a bouquet to the Oval Office right about now for making people forget what a huge failure he was.
Posted by: Brandon In Baton Rouge at March 09, 2009 01:28 PM (XOTI3)
5 We owe the British an apology. We should set up one of those websites where we hold dorky signs saying sorry with the tilted head of compassion.
This administration is a clusterfuck.
Posted by: the real joe at March 09, 2009 01:29 PM (2t2zK)
6 Could you imagine if a republican said this? Front page news on the ny times.
Posted by: Ginger at March 09, 2009 01:29 PM (jajon)
7 I don't think diplomacy means what the Obama administration thinks it means...
Posted by: ParanoidInSeattle at March 09, 2009 01:30 PM (AJ4xq)
8 This "official" needs a name. We need to hang a very public hat on this asshole.
Posted by: Jean at March 09, 2009 01:30 PM (L64A6)
9 Can't wait until these fuckheads have to do something internationally that requires allies, and everyone lines up and says: "Fuck you, Pricks, do it yourselves." Obama's administration is going to end up being forced to doeverything "unilaterally" because he's such an insufferably arrogant, mind-bogglingly incompentent, fool. Let's see the Press explain how forced "unilateralism" is somehow better than Bush's (yes, I know, utterly fictitious) "unilateralism" of choice.
Posted by: Sharkman at March 09, 2009 01:31 PM (69J41)
10 Aren't we all relieved that the adults are finally in charge?
Holy fuckbuckets, this guy is a tone-deaf buffoon.
Posted by: CrankyProf at March 09, 2009 01:31 PM (FAJGb)
11 I suspect he's going to treat the world's Muslim nations as special.
This isn't going to be the last time the Narcissist in Chief asks the world "How does my ass taste?"
Posted by: shibumi at March 09, 2009 01:32 PM (tZB/c)
12 Even if you believed that Britain was no different than anyone else, you don't say it to their face. Hell, you don't even do that with Andorra or Micronesia. Smart diplomacy (from the liberal realist perspective) would be to let every nation think that they were in a special relationship with the US. It gives you one more bit of leverage when they get too big for their britches.
Posted by: IllTemperedCur at March 09, 2009 01:32 PM (ZR5Ik)
13 If only there was some kind of organization...maybe a political party...that could act as a loyal opposition to highlight some of the dumb moves of the Obama administration.
Posted by: KingShamus at March 09, 2009 01:32 PM (5BgCg)
14 Stop being so harsh. We gave them dvds they can't watch AND Marine One gift shop toys. You can't expect them to get everything anything right.
Posted by: outraged at March 09, 2009 01:32 PM (penCf)
15 But wait? I though Obama was going to make everyone love us, and the whole world would be magical unicorns with candy boats floating on chocolate rivers ... what happened?
Posted by: thirteen28 at March 09, 2009 01:33 PM (s8N54)
16 Where are all those folks who were extolling on about how smart Obama is and never mind that he has no executive experience, he will be ready on day one? Hmmm...they seem to have crawled back under what ever rock they came from as this administration bumbles from one clusterfuck to another.
Posted by: IC at March 09, 2009 01:33 PM (jZNCU)
17 Almost like he has never worked hard in life.
Posted by: Percopius at March 09, 2009 01:34 PM (KA347)
"There's nothing special about Britain."
And I'll bet that most of the a-holes in the UK would agree with this. The same goes for the a-holes in the U.S. who consider themselves "world citizens" and disregard borders and nationalism.
Did you ever see that stupid bumpersticker "God Bless All Countries"? Well, that's the "worldview" in the Obama admin.
Posted by: Darling the Entertainer at March 09, 2009 01:34 PM (0svdO)
19 "People say he looks tired more often than they're used to," the strategist said. "He's still calm, but there have been flashes of irritation when he thinks he's being pushed to make a decision sooner than he wants to make it. He looks like he needs a cigarette."
Not even two months into his term and widdle Barry is already cracking up.
Posted by: TheQuietMan at March 09, 2009 01:34 PM (1Jaio)
20 The quote shows the arrogance and thin-skinnedness of this administration
And unfortunately this is self-reinforcing. The more the "minds" of the administration show themselves to be unserious dilettantes, the more they'll have to react to accusations that they are unserious dilettantes.
Because they have the same low emotional intelligence as children who have been raised to believe that they are perfect, unique snowflakes they will not react to such accusations well.
Posted by: tachyonshuggy at March 09, 2009 01:35 PM (TXp3z)
21 McCain has got to have trouble sleeping at night watching this.
Posted by: Jean at March 09, 2009 01:35 PM (L64A6)
22 "The government's coordinator for cybersecurity programs has quit,
criticizing what he described as the National Security Agency's grip on
Rod Beckstrom, a former Silicon Valley entrepreneur, said in his
resignation letter that the NSA's central role in cybersecurity is "a
bad strategy" because it is important to have a civilian agency taking
a key role in the issue. The NSA is part of the Department of Defense" http://tinyurl.com/b6w5cx
Posted by: silly at March 09, 2009 01:35 PM (zplc6)
The official dismissed any notion of the special relationship, saying: "There's
nothing special about Britain. You're just the same as the other 190
countries in the world. You shouldn't expect special treatment."
Right after confirming how excited Obama is to be meeting the Queen next month.
He's planning on giving her some gourmet dog biscuits.
Posted by: Rocks at March 09, 2009 01:36 PM (Q1lie)
24 This can't be true. It just can't.
I'm not buying it until I see a name attached to it.
Posted by: Brewdog at March 09, 2009 01:36 PM (jg+Fr)
Almost like he has never worked hard in life.
Fixed that for you.
Posted by: red raging skye at March 09, 2009 01:36 PM (N5xv1)
26 2) They don't know what the fuck they're doing.
Dammit, Ace. Ittakesthe fun out when you put the thread winner in the post itself.
But seriously, as much as I hate the administration's tripping over its dick with respect to the Brits, the schadenfruede of watchingour "Citizen of the World"bumble his way throughinternational relations is delicious.
You wanted him, Euroweenies. You got him.
Posted by: Andy at March 09, 2009 01:37 PM (WsTw8)
27 I'd like to send them a 'reset' button. Does anyone know what language they speak in the UK?
Posted by: President B. Obama at March 09, 2009 01:37 PM (hlYel)
28 This has to be a joke, right? The DVDs, crappy helicopters and "overcharge" buttons were bad enough. Did some retard actually say this? I wouldn't expect nor take that kinda lip from a minimum wage customer service rep for a toaster!
Okay, what do we need to do to ensure that this is front page news. The media has been Obama's bitch for far too long. The American public was warned by McCain/ Palin and Hillary on repeated occasions that this big eared imbecile and his minions were not in the least qualified. But the media poo-pooed it.
I want accountability, damn it. And I want it now. The 52% need to know what Capt. Hopenchange and Friends are up to.
Posted by: Damiano at March 09, 2009 01:37 PM (cfKer)
29 McCain has got to have trouble sleeping at night watching this.
McCain? Hell, I'm having trouble sleeping at night watching President Bumblefuck Obama make this world a more dangerous place by the day.
Posted by: JackStraw at March 09, 2009 01:37 PM (EVewz)
30 Dear msm,
Thanks for nothing, you fucking criminal fucks.
Posted by: Ginger at March 09, 2009 01:37 PM (jajon)
31 And we see the true import of the BLAME RUSH strategy out of the White House:
Control the news cycle on terrain favorable to them (mean GOP wants America to suffer and fail) while pushing real stories, like Obama's disaster with Brown or Clinton's disaster with Russia and the EU, out of the media cycle completely to land in one place and one place only - conservative blogs.
The BLAME RUSH strategy is working, sad to say.
Posted by: Anti-Harkonnen Freedom Fighter at March 09, 2009 01:37 PM (5r0Tz)
32 If only there was some kind of organization...maybe a political
party...that could act as a loyal opposition to highlight some of the
dumb moves of the Obama administration.
The Whigs? Cause it sure as hell isn't going to be the GOP.
Posted by: alexthechick at March 09, 2009 01:38 PM (SHHaV)
33 "There's nothing special about Britain. You're just the same as the other 190 countries in the world. You shouldn't expect special treatment."
I'm so proud of America. I've never been more proud of my country in my entire life. Except for you know when...
Posted by: Michelle Obama at March 09, 2009 01:39 PM (OjcQM)
34 Mr Obama rang Mr Brown as he flew home, in what many suspected was an attempt to make amends.
Yeah, I understand that he started off by saying, "Hey, your wife's got a great rack."
Posted by: andycanuck at March 09, 2009 01:39 PM (TpHGM)
35 Gentlemen, gentlemen ... perhaps if I took your ladies for a drink and a stroll in the garden while you two resolve this unpleasant matter?
Posted by: Special Swiss Representative in Crisis Zones at March 09, 2009 01:41 PM (8/DeP)
36 It looks like Americas allies are going to getting over their hope-and-change fever much more quickly than liberals in America.
Posted by: Bald Ninja at March 09, 2009 01:41 PM (4pdbX)
37 By the way, have you guys seen my toned arms? Much better looking than that skinny, pasty-faced narrow-assed white bitch who complained about my Marine One model gifts.
Posted by: Michelle Obama at March 09, 2009 01:41 PM (OjcQM)
38 When Bush did his neck massage thing the the German PM, it was headline news on all channels and papers for months. This, IMHO, is far worse than that was and there is not a peep anywhere (except the conservation blogs, of course).
I hope the UK nukes us. Really I do. Put me out of my misery.
Posted by: Damiano at March 09, 2009 01:41 PM (cfKer)
39 Maybe O is dyslexic. Hillary sent him a memo stating she wanted to 'reset' our relations, but he read it as 'trees', and started talking cap and trade. Then he reread memo,thought the word was 'terse', and proceeded to fuck over the Browns and the people of Britian.
Posted by: outraged at March 09, 2009 01:41 PM (penCf)
40 Whether intentional or not, it is very embarrassing - especially after the bust of Churchill fiasco. It is also very illustrative of the fact that Barry-O could give a rat's ass about the protocols of the office, or the diplomatic history of the country. None of that matters because, well, 'he won'. Don't be surprised as the traditions of the office are tossed into the White House dumpster, because we wanted change. This guys ego is too big to be shadowed by the protocols of the Presidency - he's bigger than the Presidency. That's the message to take away from this.
Posted by: OMB at March 09, 2009 01:41 PM (bxzCC)
41 "Holy fuckbuckets" -- CrankyProf above @ 11
That should be officially entered in teh AoS lexicon.
Posted by: Nom de Blog at March 09, 2009 01:42 PM (szcvf)
42 I am just ashamed that the US would ever act like this. Obama need to STFU and at least pretend to respect our ALLIES as much as he does Iran.
Posted by: In Exile at March 09, 2009 01:44 PM (qBUgy)
43 Frankly, I'm glad to be out of there.
Posted by: Bust of Churchill at March 09, 2009 01:44 PM (8/DeP)
44 Fuckin' aye. If we want this kind of behavior that is the hallmark of an Ivy League education, my 5 year old is going to Harvard!!!
Posted by: Penfold at March 09, 2009 01:44 PM (lF2Kk)
Is anyone really surprised that a leftwing academic fraud would view the UK as an imperial blight on the world?
Posted by: Darling the Entertainer at March 09, 2009 01:46 PM (0svdO)
46 I'd like to send them a 'reset' button. Does anyone know what language they speak in the UK? - Posted by: President B. Obama at March 09, 2009 01:37 PM (hlYel)
We have a winner!
Laughing my balls off!
Posted by: Meaghen McCain at March 09, 2009 01:46 PM (IHbof)
47 For heaven's sake, get that man some cigarettes and blow.
Posted by: mare at March 09, 2009 01:47 PM (X1fsj)
48 Would the grown ups please come back to Washington.
Too late suckers. Had Enough, "Hope and Change", yet?
Posted by: kempermanx at March 09, 2009 01:49 PM (qvT/A)
49 So uh, Gordon, uh, I heard you weren't completely, uh um, happy about the DVD's. Uh, if you like, I could have a few more sent over, with more of a, uh, English theme, you know, if you think the whole American thing was crass.
Uh, how about "Braveheart" or "Michael Collins"? I've heard those were good films. If you send us the reciept that came with the 25 DVD set, I'm sure I could get you some store credit for a few extra bonus or replacement DVDs.
Or maybe some aerobic workout DVDs? Michelle has a few that really tone her up. Perhaps I could put your wife in touch with Michelle?
Uh, thanks. Our special relationship has a very special meaning.
Posted by: Barack Obama at March 09, 2009 01:49 PM (OjcQM)
50 Maybe he is oging to see the Queen cause he has some great new idea about Britain reverting back to a Monarchy?
Posted by: silly at March 09, 2009 01:49 PM (zplc6)
51 33-If only there was some kind of organization...maybe a political party...that could act as a loyal opposition to highlight some of the dumb moves of the Obama administration.
The Whigs? Cause it sure as hell isn't going to be the GOP.
Posted by: alexthechick at March 09
Haha. Hopefully, they've set up a website to take donations.
I'm not giving a dime to the Repubelickans until they get their shit together.
Posted by: KingShamus at March 09, 2009 01:49 PM (5BgCg)
52 Well played Obamacons.
Posted by: Neidermeyer at March 09, 2009 01:50 PM (AHrTm)
53 damn, you missed that ace?
did you also miss the story how obama is already going gray from the stress of the job? Some of his recent comments also make it sound like he is letting it slip that he realizes he is in way over his head now. There was a WT article with obama saying he wished he didnt have to worry about the financial sector, the economy, wars, etc. Um, excuse me, but wtf does he think a prez deals with? stocking the lincoln bedroom? reminds me of two recent stories in which the woman is suing her abortion doctor for killing her baby. As if they had no idea what takes place there.
Posted by: A.G. at March 09, 2009 01:51 PM (0CrXo)
54 I watched a documentary about all the protocols that you have to know when meeting the Queen. I wonder how receptive Obama is going to be to this..something tells me he won't like it coz his ego is way bigger than his brain.
Posted by: IC at March 09, 2009 01:52 PM (jZNCU)
55 Mr Obama rang Mr Brown as he flew home, in what many suspected was an attempt to make amends:
Obama: This is the President of the United Sates calling.
Brown: Yes, I know. I'm Prime Minister, they inform me of who's on the phone before I take a call.
Obama: Yeah right, isn't that cool? And having your own plane with a phone and stuff?
Brown: Quite. Is there something you forgot to mention during our visit? Considering it's brevity and informality it would be understandable.
Obama: Yes, that's right. Ummm....say I've been a bit bit overwhelmed with the new job and all. I just wanted to say our next visit will be much better, great gifts and we might even play a little b-ball. Okay? Michelle says she might even smile once or twice.
Brown: That would be lovely but I was so hoping to talk a little more at length about the world economy if possible.
Obama; Sure, sure. Anything you like okay? Listen I have to go Scarlett just texted my Blackberry and I need both hands to type okay? Later Bro.
See that means our relationship is special because I called you Bro. Bye.
Brown: Bloody hell.
Posted by: Rocks at March 09, 2009 01:52 PM (Q1lie)
56 This is all of a piece with the disposition of the Obama Administration. They were advertised as young, hip, with-it, technologically savvy, and "urban" (take that however you want). And it turns out they share that demographics' worst traits as well: historical amnesia, tone-deafness, and general cultural vapidity.
I keep thinking to myself: they'll get better at this. But the first months of the new Administration have been so incredibly inept, so bereft of political adroitness, that I wonder if any wiser heads really exist at 1600 Pennsylvania any more. They're all rookies -- and arrogant, overpaid rookies at that. Ignorance untempered by humility is a terrifying combination.
Posted by: Monty at March 09, 2009 01:53 PM (/0a60)
57 At least I get to move to a classier neighborhood.
Posted by: Giftshop Helicopters at March 09, 2009 01:54 PM (COxzH)
58 One critique (bear with me, this is as much for myself as anyone else):
Of your three points, #2 -- They don't know what the fuck they're doing -- precludes #1 and #3. I mean, they can't do this stuff by accident and on purpose at the same time. So, it can be #1, #3, both #1 and #3, or #2.
(By the way, I hope it's #2 -- really, I sincerely hope that they truly don't know what the fuck they're doing -- because if that's the case, they can learn. And besides, probability says they'd get some things right.)
Posted by: FireHorse at March 09, 2009 01:54 PM (5KNeJ)
59 I'd expect the United States of America to treat every visiting delegation, even the Taliban women's beach volleyball team, better than we just treated our staunchest ally, and just treated one of our staunchest foes (Russia).
Smart diplomacy: eat shit, we won!
Posted by: t-bird at March 09, 2009 01:55 PM (FcR7P)
60 42 "Holy fuckbuckets" -- CrankyProf above @ 11+1That should be officially entered in teh AoS lexicon
Posted by: kempermanx at March 09, 2009 01:55 PM (qvT/A)
61 and regarding the aussie mention (so its kinda OT). talked to chemjeff a couple weeks ago about potential escape plan destinations. most of the discussion focused on australia. boortz talked about NZ today.
Posted by: A.G. at March 09, 2009 01:55 PM (0CrXo)
62 Now, let me make this clear.
I inherited these plans for PM Brown's visit from the previous administration.
And the DVD set. The DVD set gift was all Bush's fault.
Where's my bankey?
Posted by: Barak "Tits" Obama at March 09, 2009 01:56 PM (ao5cQ)
63 @43Obama need to STFU
Posted by: outraged at March 09, 2009 01:56 PM (penCf)
64 How does Britain help Michelle's kids? Fuck 'em...and grill me up another wangyu steak.
Posted by: YeOldePatriot at March 09, 2009 01:56 PM (PISs+)
65 I mean, for all that Clinton is a narcissist, at least he wants other people to like (as opposed to worship) him, too.
The behavior has been so tacky.... but at least the message wasn't said with a cracker-ass cracker accent. That would be the lowest of the low, and we can't have that.
Posted by: meep at March 09, 2009 01:57 PM (7uTCa)
66 There's nothing special about Britain. You're just the same as the other 190 countries in the world.
I think I just heard the roar of applaus all the way from Angola and Sierra Leone.
Posted by: Lemmiwinks at March 09, 2009 01:58 PM (CiVat)
67 We live in an age of miracles and wonders, my friends.
Yeah - and we'll need a half-dozen of 'em in order to make amends to our greatest and most trusted ally.
Dear God - any British subject out there, please understand We The People still respect and greatly admire our mighty British friends, even if our present administration has a serious case of the Stupids!
Posted by: Steamboat McGoo at March 09, 2009 01:59 PM (58OxE)
68 The biggest point in the story? That was the fucker involved in the planning. Their own ideology and incompetence will be the thing that kills them.
And the sweetest thing is that the egg is on Obama the Amateur's face. No more running from consequences, this buck won't pass any further.
Britain knows he's a fool. And so does Putin. And Amadinejad. And the garden gnome on North Korea.
It's becoming common knowledge around the globe. Pretty soon it will sink in here behind the Arugala curtain, too.
(Where ARE our trolls?)
Posted by: nickless at March 09, 2009 01:59 PM (MMC8r)
69 to alienate our most reliable and oldest ally. (Apologies to Australia which also can lay claim to that title.)
Actually... sadly... France.
Well, oldest. Most reliable? Never.
Not technically? Different government actually.. times 4 or 5 or 18.. our "oldest ally", the French regime of freakin King Louis, ain't around no more. And I'm pretty sure they decapitated his offspring to boot.
Posted by: Entropy at March 09, 2009 02:00 PM (m6c4H)
70 I wonder what sort of gifts Steve Wonder got when he visited the White House. Probably a signed picture of the President.
Obama is lucky that Ray Charles is dead.
Posted by: Jack at March 09, 2009 02:01 PM (Ss83y)
71 Nah, they know what they're doing. Even if they personally don't, there is a permanent bureaucracy that surrounds the White House to deal with issues of protocol.
There is only one answer, they did this on purpose. The question is why?
Posted by: JackStraw at March 09, 2009 02:01 PM (EVewz)
Ray Charles is dead?
Posted by: Darling the Entertainer at March 09, 2009 02:02 PM (0svdO)
73 Well its not like Britain is in the World Baseball Classic like Cuba and Venezuela are.
It was sweet crushing Hugo's boys last night. (Sorry Sojo)
It was even more fun watching the Aussies (no major leagurers) beat the Mexicans with the Mercy Rule.
Posted by: Iblis at March 09, 2009 02:02 PM (9221z)
74 That's right mother-fuckers, your just another country like the rest of us.
Posted by: Lichtenstein at March 09, 2009 02:02 PM (CiVat)
75 I haven't been able to find mention of Barry being too tired in the US press. In fact the reset button gaffe wasn't mentioned either besides on Fox.
Posted by: TheQuietMan at March 09, 2009 02:02 PM (1Jaio)
76 #69 - Trolls must be at an emergency training camp.
Posted by: IC at March 09, 2009 02:03 PM (jZNCU)
77 The question is why?
The Mau Mau uprising in Kenya - Obama's grandfather was imprisoned by the British.
Posted by: payaso at March 09, 2009 02:04 PM (X4Gkz)
78 I wonder what sort of gifts Steve Wonder got when he visited the White House.
He got a Kannon AE-1.
Posted by: nickless at March 09, 2009 02:04 PM (MMC8r)
79 I bet that was Samantha Power that gave that quote
Posted by: MiM/ginaswo at March 09, 2009 02:04 PM (WIAsh)
Barry obviously is quickly becoming the REAL first Black President.
As in, he be hatin' him some Whitey!
Posted by: Sen. Gov. E. Buzz Miller, PhD at March 09, 2009 02:04 PM (sf4Oe)
81 Obambi has a lot on his plate these days - mostly verbal tit-for-tat with Rush Limbaugh.
Posted by: EvilRedScandi at March 09, 2009 02:05 PM (erlfI)
82 It's amazing: Gordon Brown is actually a douchebag of the first order who I've hated for ages, and yet Barry's behavior is somehow so idiotic, self-absorbed and rude that I actually feel sorry for him.
Posted by: Dave J at March 09, 2009 02:05 PM (qsGH+)
83 Ray Charles is dead?
Yes, but when everything started going black, do you think he knew?
Posted by: nickless at March 09, 2009 02:05 PM (MMC8r)
84 chirp...... chirp...... chirp
Posted by: MSM at March 09, 2009 02:05 PM (RxUMK)
85 I meant "you're". Just in case Keith Olbermann is watching and wants to slap me with his Ivy league superiority.
Posted by: Lichtenstein at March 09, 2009 02:05 PM (CiVat)
86 And David Frum is worried about Rush Limbaugh and Sarah Palin.
Posted by: Topsecretk9 at March 09, 2009 02:06 PM (uql7F)
87 Gee, it's too bad that Barry Ostumblefuck wasn't on duty when we were hit by a terrorist attack killing nearly 3000, targeting key financial and military institutions during the midst of a recession. Then we would have really seen what the Lightworker is incapable of.
Sheesh, somebody get the Pwesident his binky and bwankey. The poor baby needs a nap
Posted by: DocJ at March 09, 2009 02:06 PM (g8ibn)
88 There is only one answer, they did this on purpose.
I was afraid of that. Claiming incompetence was my grasping at a straw.
The question is why?
I don't know -- but whatever the answer, holy fuckbuckets.
Posted by: FireHorse at March 09, 2009 02:06 PM (5KNeJ)
89 I wonder what sort of gifts Steve Wonder got when he visited the White House.
A silent movie gift set?
Posted by: outraged at March 09, 2009 02:06 PM (penCf)
90 So, did the PM and his wife stay at the White House on this trip? If so, what did they do for dinner since The One and MahiMahi did not have a formal State dinner? Order room service?
Posted by: Jo at March 09, 2009 02:07 PM (LB4Hc)
91 Yep - we really dodged a bullet with that Palin chick.
Posted by: DocJ at March 09, 2009 02:07 PM (g8ibn)
92 Reason at #1
Posted by: TMF at March 09, 2009 02:07 PM (waaUg)
93 "There's nothing special about Britain. You're just the same as the other 190 countries in the world. You shouldn't expect special treatment."
Just who is the chickenfucker on the Obama-squad who said this? His face should be above the fold in every paper in the goddam country. Good f-ing grief!
Posted by: scottythrust at March 09, 2009 02:08 PM (VTeUD)
94 You nailed it, Buzz.
Let's see if he treats AFRICAN nations this way. And Muslim ones.
Hmm. Will India get the shaft next?
Posted by: Kathy from Kansas at March 09, 2009 02:08 PM (Bi/c5)
95 Guns, ammo, food and water, stock up.
Posted by: Dan F at March 09, 2009 02:09 PM (BNavG)
96 I guesslittle Rush Limbaughmust beon Santa's "been very good" list this year, huh? Obama?... he's on the "been fucking up" list.
Posted by: sherlock at March 09, 2009 02:09 PM (jdXw+)
97 The only reason the"One" did all this (i.e Britain) was to escape that joint press conference - the gloves were off and he couldn't manipulate what would come out of there mouths. They would have brought up every topic that was scrubbed on wikipedia page this weekend. It was better for him to piss them off before they pissed all over him. He is a arrogant fucktwat.
Posted by: paranoid polly at March 09, 2009 02:09 PM (YLNjm)
98 I wonder what sort of gifts Steve Wonder got when he visited the White House.
A gift certificate for 1-800-CONTACTS? Driving lessons?
Posted by: Damiano at March 09, 2009 02:09 PM (cfKer)
99 I wonder what sort of gifts Steve Wonder got when he visited the White House. Probably a signed picture of the President.
I heard that Marlee Matlin received an iPod, which had a heartfelt audio commentary from Obama, showing his admiration for her work.
Posted by: IllTemperedCur at March 09, 2009 02:10 PM (ZR5Ik)
100 The only people who still think Teleprompter Jesus is the greatest, are the American people.
The rest of the world is busy taking the training wheels off their missiles.
Posted by: ford at March 09, 2009 02:10 PM (Ki7fm)
101 Yeah, this new administration is just FULL of experience. Why the "nuance" is flowing all over the place.
Anyone else getting the feeling THESE ASSHOLES ARE IN WAY OVER THEIR HEADS?
Posted by: GarandFan at March 09, 2009 02:10 PM (237hA)
102 Our client is in the running for a diplomatic post.
Dig it America!
Posted by: Samuel L. Jackson Public Relations Spokesperson at March 09, 2009 02:11 PM (AHrTm)
103 Ray Charles is dead?Yes, but when everything started going black, do you think he knew?
Ray saw a bright light, leading him to heaven, but since he'd never seen light before, he took a wrong turn and landed up in the other place. Very sad, actually.
Posted by: De Debil, in Hell at March 09, 2009 02:11 PM (69J41)
I mean, I am not really coming to that conclusion because of, say, Barry;s involvement with a Black Radical church that preached hating whitey.
I mean, that probably didn't infuse his worldview about white people, surely it didn't.
I mean, why would I ever think that? I was told NOT to think that.
So I don't!
And I sleep better knowing Barry isn't the Black Radical Marxist whom we think it is.
Posted by: Sen. Gov. E. Buzz Miller, PhD at March 09, 2009 02:11 PM (sf4Oe)
105 "He said that on several occasions the president has had to hurry back from eating dinner with his family in the residence and then tucking his daughters in to bed, to conduct urgent government business."Congratulations on finally getting a fucking job, you asshole. Most people learn about this shit when they are 21 (if not 17, or even younger). People who work at Taco fucking Bell sometimes get stuck having to go back in at night, too, you fucktard. And they don't even live in a wing of the fucking restaurant.
Posted by: Michael at March 09, 2009 02:12 PM (siOQ7)
106 I screwed up... again.
Posted by: B Hussein Obama at March 09, 2009 02:12 PM (PLvLS)
107 btw, thanks for this post, somebody has to start getting this kind of stuff there.
Posted by: MSM at March 09, 2009 02:12 PM (RxUMK)
Posted by: Toad at March 09, 2009 02:12 PM (kOQDM)
Posted by: ford at March 09, 2009 02:12 PM (Ki7fm)
110 "So, did the PM and his wife stay at the White House on this trip?"
Heads of state and government traditionally stay across Lafayette Park at Blair House...which, given Brown's longstanding intra-Labour Party rivalry with his predecessor, might well have seemed let yet another twist of the knife.
so, what did they do for dinner since The One and MahiMahi did not have
a formal State dinner?"
Brown is not a head of state, so it would be an official dinner, not a state dinner.
Posted by: Dave J at March 09, 2009 02:13 PM (qsGH+)
111 98 he couldn't manipulate what would come out of there mouths.
I agree, except I would take it one step further. I don't think he would be able to control what came out of his own mouth. A teleprompter would look funny, don't you think?
Posted by: outraged at March 09, 2009 02:13 PM (penCf)
112 We should set up one of those websites where we hold dorky signs saying sorry with the tilted head of compassion.
Yes. Indeed. "I didn't vote for him! Sorry!"
Posted by: Entropy at March 09, 2009 02:14 PM (m6c4H)
113 "[T]alked ... a couple weeks ago about potential escape plan
destinations. most of the discussion focused on australia."
Draconian gun confiscation laws.
Posted by: butch at March 09, 2009 02:14 PM (4hTlQ)
114 @8: I don't think diplomacy means what the Obama administration thinks it means...
Zero's version of diplomacy: "I'm gonna trump you on that."
translation: nyah nyah nyah nyah nyah!!
Posted by: Kathy from Kansas at March 09, 2009 02:14 PM (Bi/c5)
115 Really pathetic that the White House even attempted to spin this away by claiming that President Obama was "tired." That type of behavior is not befitting of the leader of the free world.
President Obama may not value the US-UK relationship now, but he will certainly learn to, particularly when he sees who the other choices are in Europe...
Posted by: JD at March 09, 2009 02:15 PM (oMJTp)
116 Not only do I want Obama to fail - and not only is alreading failing - I'm beginning to hate the 53% of Americans who voted for him and think maybe they ought to fail, too. This is not good.
Posted by: Old Sailor at March 09, 2009 02:15 PM (/Ft4q)
117 Poor barry, he's just, well, so overwhelmed. Almost as if he had done nothing before this but be a community organizer in Chicago. It's just a shame how overworked he is.
Now, wait just a minute while I check this... And sure enough, I don't give a shit.
Posted by: mikeyslaw at March 09, 2009 02:15 PM (QMGr1)
118 Ray Charles is dead?Yes, but when everything started going black, do you think he knew?
Raaaaayyy....Come into the light, Raaaaayy... Walk into light....
No, this way Ray.
No, no, over here. Dammit, just follow the sound of my voice, okay?
No, Ray, this way...
Oh, DAMMIT, Just wait there, I'll come over and get you......
Posted by: Death at March 09, 2009 02:17 PM (IHbof)
119 Prime Minister Brown, take a look at these awesome movies we got you! Oh...God..you're partially blind...oh...God...
Everyone give a hand to Gordon Brown! GORDON BROWN, ladies and gentlemen!
Posted by: Vice President Joe Biden at March 09, 2009 02:20 PM (5BgCg)
Of course, they had nooo idea that normal protocol for visiting heads of state involve dual flag photo ops, meaningful gift giving, joint press conferences, etc
I mean, it's not like Obama had experienced it recently elsewhere or anything..... http://tinyurl.com/clwal
Posted by: taboo at March 09, 2009 02:22 PM (Oq472)
121 At moments I look at this situation and can't fucking believe it actually happened.
Posted by: Entropy at March 09, 2009 02:23 PM (m6c4H)
122 @119, LOL
Posted by: MikeH at March 09, 2009 02:24 PM (LdYLm)
Jesus was a Community Organizer...
And I bet even HE would figure out it is bad form to give someone fucking DVDs.
Posted by: Sen. Gov. E. Buzz Miller, PhD at March 09, 2009 02:24 PM (sf4Oe)
124 I hope that, when he goes to visit the Queen, she presents him with a bust of Winston Churchill.
"I wonder what sort of gifts Steve Wonder got when he visited the White House."
A big-screen TV.
Posted by: reason at March 09, 2009 02:26 PM (+hPIb)
125 I'm just glad my old man didn't live to see this clusterfuck of an administration .
He was career Army and the family anglophile . Loved Churchill , Kipling , Gen. Slim , Nelson , and the brilliant history of the nation that held dominion over palm and pine.
I'd be sad as well but I'm too fuckin' angry at these clueless community grievance whores .
Posted by: aubrey at March 09, 2009 02:26 PM (U1Lxs)
126 At moments I look at this situation and can't fucking believe it actually happened.
Posted by: Entropy at March 09, 2009 02:23 PM (m6c4H)
I can relate entirely. Every day since election day and especially inauguration day seem living in a nightmare that I can't wake up from .
Posted by: Damiano at March 09, 2009 02:26 PM (cfKer)
127 I'll bet you that the DVD box set was Region 1.
Posted by: IllTemperedCur at March 09, 2009 02:27 PM (ZR5Ik)
128 In solidarity with our brit friends all I can say is- well fuck my old boots.
I guess when palin said being a mayor is like a community organizer only with actual responsibility she wasn't fucking kidding. This dude is sooo low class. To even have the balls to think being community organizer qualifies you to lead the free world is retarded, and yet at the same time could only appeal to the liberal fucktards anyway. Think about it, when did they EVER have a hero figure that wasn't either a terrorist, communist, or just a class 1 assmunch.
Posted by: Berserker at March 09, 2009 02:27 PM (gWHrG)
129 I watched a documentary about all the protocols that
you have to know when meeting the Queen. I wonder how receptive Obama
is going to be to this..something tells me he won't like it coz his ego
is way bigger than his brain.
Posted by: IC at March 09, 2009 01:52 PM (jZNCU)
Maybe he could go on "Gs to Gents" for some super-quick lessons. First lesson - The Queen doesn't do fist-bumps.
Posted by: THeREsaD at March 09, 2009 02:28 PM (MO2LE)
130 "Holy Fuckbuckets" has been flagged as having potential and will be passed up the chain for testing and focus-groupint.
Posted by: Ace of Spades HQ Neo-obscenity Research Department at March 09, 2009 02:29 PM (gEsIJ)
131 And you thought it couldn't get any worse?
Posted by: Jimmy Carter at March 09, 2009 02:29 PM (Xm1aB)
I'm glad that our betters in the media made sure that we didn't attempt to think about all the bullshit Jerry Wright, the Former Marine, was spewing about White People for 20 years to Barry.
They have it all figured out.
Posted by: Sen. Gov. E. Buzz Miller, PhD at March 09, 2009 02:30 PM (sf4Oe)
133 128 I'll bet you that the DVD box set was Region 1.
It was. http://tiny.cc/RvRsI
Posted by: paranoid polly at March 09, 2009 02:35 PM (YLNjm)
134 "I'll bet you that the DVD box set was Region 1."
Posted by: reason at March 09, 2009 02:35 PM (+hPIb)
135 "Thanks to Entelechy in the Hot Air comments for highlighting this, which I'd utterly missed."
We really don't blame you for that, Ace. I figure it this way:
You know those game show contraptions -- the glass-paned capsule with an over-sized fan at the top -- where they stick a contestant in and dump cash, the object being to grab as much lucre in 60 seconds as possible while the fan spins a tornado? Well that's Team Obama with its communication/diplomacy skills and you as daily contestant. In any given time period, "money quotes" in all sorts of denomination are spiraling around us. Grab as we might, some of the biggest doozies are bound to slip by. You do the best you can under a withering barrage.
Posted by: AnonymousDrivel at March 09, 2009 02:36 PM (swuwV)
136 Oh, and by the way, all the AoS trolls are down in the "China Tests the New Kid" thread, telling us how we all need to fear and respect the Chinese because they've bought up every last scrap of debt offered during all Republican presidencies...
Posted by: reason at March 09, 2009 02:41 PM (+hPIb)
Can't wait until these fuckheads have to do something internationally
that requires allies, and everyone lines up and says: "Fuck you,
Pricks, do it yourselves."
Posted by: Alana at March 09, 2009 02:41 PM (JE2zV)
138 Yeah, we're gonna have some new "special" allies. Russia, Cuba, Iran, Syria, North Korea and Venezuela. Countries that are more in line with the "change" that America voted for.
Posted by: rockhead at March 09, 2009 02:43 PM (DvaIL)
139 Did some one point out to that ignorant cumgargler that there are 195 countries?
Yeah, he's much better than Bush. Bush is Teh Stoopid.
Posted by: Empire of Jeff at March 09, 2009 02:43 PM (G2JD8)
140 You know, it's sad but true.
That unnamed "diplomat" was right when he said Britian is now just one of 190 countries.
Posted by: Dave at March 09, 2009 02:44 PM (Xm1aB)
141 Well he can't just come out and say "they're white Europeans and we hates them, yesss my precious."
Posted by: Christopher Taylor at March 09, 2009 02:48 PM (PQY7w)
142 Jumpin' Jesus on a pogo stick.
How did we get here???
Posted by: Saluki at March 09, 2009 02:48 PM (Lh1qk)
143 Has anybody posted this yet?
From the Daily Mail:
"Meanwhile, there was anger directed at Barack Obama today after it emerged that the US President will stage a lavish Reception for ex-IRA chief Martin McGuinness on St Patrick's Day.
"Mr Obama also plans to hold two hours of talks with Mr McGunnness - just days after he was accused of snubbing Gordon Brown during the PM's visit to Washington.
"The President's move has reportedly infuriated Downing Street and diplomats are understood to be fuming."
From the March 9th article entitled "Real IRA claim responsibility for drive-by executions of two British soldiers and promise wave of new attacks"
Posted by: Alana at March 09, 2009 02:49 PM (JE2zV)
144 Meh, Britain is washed up anyway. We'll be asking them to turn over the keys to their nukes within 15 years once Parliament winds up packed with muslims.
Posted by: Purple Avenger at March 09, 2009 02:53 PM (Ygf78)
I hope that, when he goes to visit the Queen, she presents him with a bust of Winston Churchill.
Posted by: shibumi at March 09, 2009 02:54 PM (tZB/c)
146 Obama should have just given Brown this:
Posted by: outraged at March 09, 2009 02:54 PM (penCf)
Frankly, I'm glad to be out of there.
Posted by: Bust of Churchill at March 09, 2009 01:44 PM (8/DeP)
Posted by: Alana at March 09, 2009 02:56 PM (JE2zV)
148 I really can't understand you Americans.Do i have to quiz you guys?
Who is your biggest trading partner?Who buys the most"made in America items"?Whose dollar is pegged on yours?Who gives you the best infantry for the war in Afghanistan?Which country gives the opportunity for Americans to find oil and gas?Which country is extremely pissed off at seeing the US go socialist- communist?Which country is extremely pissed off at seeing the leader of the free world-attempting diplomacy,and seeing results that show that they don't know what the hell they're doing?Oh they don't count in the stream of things.
Posted by: chicocano at March 09, 2009 02:56 PM (P2bg4)
Can you please email me a link? I can't find it.
Posted by: Ace of Spades at March 09, 2009 03:03 PM (gEsIJ)
I wonder what sort of gifts Steve Wonder got when he visited the White House.
A silent movie gift set?
Well remember, Brown can barely see.
Posted by: Alana at March 09, 2009 03:03 PM (JE2zV)
151 "Meanwhile, there was anger directed at Barack Obama today after it emerged that the US President will stage a lavish Reception for ex-IRA chief Martin McGuinness on St Patrick's Day.
Barry probably thinks he's going to have a Guinness on St. Patrick's Day.
Posted by: TheQuietMan at March 09, 2009 03:08 PM (1Jaio)
152 If anyone can find a cite for this, please post it or email me. I want to post it, but, not having any cite (and I've searched on Yahoo, Google, and the Daily Mail itself) I can't.
Posted by: Ace of Spades at March 09, 2009 03:14 PM (gEsIJ)
Now, would it be out of line to ponder whether or not Barry and his marvelous wife, Aunt Esther, are sympathetic more towards actual terrorists than non-black normal people because of their history of being black radicals?
Is it ok to think about this?
Posted by: Sen. Gov. E. Buzz Miller, PhD at March 09, 2009 03:14 PM (sf4Oe)
154 I go to Denmark every year. I'm thinking this year, I will show up at the Queen's palace with a DVD of "Out of Africa". I know for sure that I'll get an invite for dinner with that classy gift.
Bobo and his wife are amateurs that haven't a clue about foreign relations.
Posted by: va va voom at March 09, 2009 03:15 PM (vanIO)
155 Chicocano....I'll take a guess...the capital of that country is Iowa?
Posted by: Barack Obama at March 09, 2009 03:16 PM (YmPwQ)
I'm just glad my old man didn't live to see this clusterfuck of an administration .
Me, too. I'm glad my mother didn't live to see this. Or my uncle who fought in WWII. Or my other uncle, who died in WWII. Or my sibling.
It's kind of awful when you think how glad you are that all of the Greatest Generation is gone, or going.
Lately I've often found myself being being glad my whole family is dead except for me. (Not my own husband and kids - they're fine.) I never thought I would find a good side to that, but there it is.
Posted by: Alana at March 09, 2009 03:17 PM (JE2zV)
157 Don't bother now; Someone found it for me.
Posted by: Ace of Spades at March 09, 2009 03:21 PM (gEsIJ)
158 Real IRA claim responsibility for drive-by executions of two British soldiers and promise wave of new attacks
By Mail On Sunday Reporter
Last updated at 6:41 PM on 08th March 2009
Ace, scan to the very last paragraphs.
Posted by: AnonymousDrivel at March 09, 2009 03:22 PM (swuwV)
159 Sure, Ace. Once I figure out how to e-mail you, give me a second here.
Posted by: Alana at March 09, 2009 03:22 PM (JE2zV)
160 Dammit, Ace! I'm sending you a bill for my 10 seconds of work.
Posted by: AnonymousDrivel at March 09, 2009 03:23 PM (swuwV)
161 OK, sent it.
Posted by: Alana at March 09, 2009 03:25 PM (JE2zV)
162 By the socialist playbook the only countries you elevate diplomatically are the third-world ones filled with wondrous and wise people living with 'the struggle" under the imperialist yoke. If you're a Leftie, it makes you feel all gushy warm inside to support these poor dears untouched by the cold hand of capitalism other than to be its perpetual victim class. That is why they buy alpaca sweaters from Peru.
Of course, to notice that the leaders of these countriesare gangsters is impolite. To also notice that their governments are dysfunctional and corrupt beyond imaging, and that theirculture is abreeding ground for violence and criminality is a hallmark of your racism and neo-imperialism.
Lightworker reads the playbook.
Posted by: Teleprompter Messiah at March 09, 2009 03:28 PM (+kP2/)
163 9 This "official" needs a name. We need to hang a very public hat on this asshole.
This sounds like Samantha "Monster" Powers to me. I love the blind items we can look forward to in this clueless administration.
Posted by: Tattoo De Plane at March 09, 2009 03:31 PM (UB5pd)
164 I can haz back cowboy diplomicee, plez?
Posted by: stace at March 09, 2009 03:35 PM (g/wgk)
165 Meanwhile, there was anger directed at Barack Obama today after it emerged that the US President will stage a lavish Reception for ex-IRA chief Martin McGuinness on St Patrick's Day.
Crisis, Crisis ,Crisis, Crisis, Crisis, Now the fucktard will give the brits one.
Posted by: paranoid polly at March 09, 2009 03:36 PM (YLNjm)
166 Crisis, Crisis ,Crisis, Crisis, Crisis, Now the fucktard will give the brits one.
The Jug-Eared Cocksucker is nothing if not generous.
Posted by: IllTemperedCur at March 09, 2009 03:40 PM (ZR5Ik)
167 [sarc]This is a tactic. Obama is intentionally screwing up his diplomatic efforts so that media attention will not be focusedon the unfolding economic catastrophe.[/sarc]
And it's working!
Posted by: Number34 at March 09, 2009 03:49 PM (BunmP)
168 #111 "If
so, what did they do for dinner since The One and MahiMahi did not have
a formal State dinner?"Brown is not a head of state, so it would be an official dinner, not a state dinner.
Posted by: Dave J at March 09, 2009 02:13 PM (qsGH+)
Dave J for protocol officer - he has a better grasp of the protocol than "the One's" staff
The only reasons for the gift are arrogance, incompetence, or malice. The money quote for this thread kinda takes the incompetence excuse away.
Posted by: anne at March 09, 2009 03:55 PM (uJBct)
169 My jaw is bruised from hitting the floor each day.
Posted by: Michael Rittenhouse at March 09, 2009 03:56 PM (2QFX4)
170 Thank you for the jaw drop warning..
it was needed
Posted by: Dave C at March 09, 2009 04:03 PM (n7fMd)
171 I can't believe we lost to this fucking guy. Even if McCain was the worst Republican candidate in the world (and you'll hear no argument from me on that score), how did we not wipe the floor with this douche-tool?
Excuse me, I'll be banging my head on my desk for the next few hours or so.
Posted by: bullfrog at March 09, 2009 04:05 PM (ZWAiI)
172 Nice to see we have the world's respect again.
Posted by: Dave C at March 09, 2009 04:08 PM (n7fMd)
173 Is this smart? Insulting our oldest ally?
Hell, it's stupid to insult Mozambique this way. I don't care who the country is, you tell them they are the prettiest, sexiest, most awesome country ever and nothing will ever come between you and you will always be faithful.
You even treat North Korea with the stern respect for a misbehaving nephew.
Shit, it's not even diplomacy 101. They assume you know it before you take the damned course.
This guy makes Bill Clinton look like a classy dude.
Posted by: AmishDude at March 09, 2009 04:20 PM (T0NGe)
174 172......becausethe delegates andrepresentatives inthe Republicanparty lost their principles and were not and still don't listen to their base.
The only reset button we have is the voting booth and we better get out and do it in 2010 or we are screwed.
Posted by: Cooper at March 09, 2009 04:22 PM (DXHVe)
175 Take it easy on him..
After all, he had to step down into the Presidency.
Posted by: Dave C at March 09, 2009 04:24 PM (n7fMd)
176 Obama was probably insulted by the gift Brown gave him. It would have been more appropriate had Brown given him a pen holder made from the plank of a slave ship instead of an anti slave ship. Obama's direct ancestors were more likely to have lost money with the end of slavery than to have benefited from it, so that was just salt in the wound.
Posted by: OMB at March 09, 2009 04:29 PM (bxzCC)
177 #45 "Fuckin' aye"
The French town Amiens was regularly mispronounced Ay-mee-enz by lower-class British soldiers. After the terrible battle there, it was referred to for a generation as "Bloody A." This devolved into the epithet quoted above.
So you see, the English are special. Fucking A. You can't cuss without it.
With all due respect to England--and I was an officer of the Norton Owners Club--they are not our oldest ally. And I'm not mentioning that Gallic state.
Our oldest allies were named Squanto and Samoset, and they were Patuxets. Of the Wampanoag Confederation. Credit where due, mammyjammers.
Posted by: comatus at March 09, 2009 04:37 PM (R4wAs)
178 O ne
Taken from another who's name I cannot remember or give credit to.
Posted by: LouisianaLightning at March 09, 2009 04:40 PM (TJ8HB)
179 I inherited these plans for PM Brown's visit from the previous administration.
While I laughed, this argument was actually made on this very site:
you all are fools if you think that is all the United States of America
gave to the United Kingdom. I'm sure the gifts have been decided on
long before a new president was elected.....Protocol!!
Posted by: toby928 at March 09, 2009 04:58 PM (PD1tk)
180 Poor barry, he's just, well, so overwhelmed. Almost as if he had done
nothing before this but be a community organizer in Chicago. It's just
a shame how overworked he is.
You're forgetting that crucial, life-defining stint as a copy editor at Business International Corporation! Explains so much about his superb grasp of economics
Posted by: someone2 at March 09, 2009 04:59 PM (/mMJK)
181 A couple of points from a Brit POV:
Gordon Brown is generally accepted to be (by conservatives in the UK, at the very least) dishonest, a bully, ruthless in his pursuit of power, intolerant of any opposition, unable to admit mistakes, incompetent, and, unlike Blair, a commited socialist.
His visit to the US was just to gain some political capital - there is none at home for him.
BTW two of the DVD's given to Brown were Psycho, and Citizen Kane
"The film traces the life and career of
Charles Foster Kane, a man whose career in the publishing world is born
of idealistic social service, but gradually evolves into a ruthless
pursuit of power."
(from http://tinyurl.com/cyxh7t )
Posted by: o.u. at March 09, 2009 05:01 PM (4oRIR)
This guys ego is too big to be shadowed by the protocols of the
Presidency - he's bigger than the Presidency. That's the message to
take away from this.
Yeah, that and "Fuck whitey." Especially old, dead male whiteys.
Posted by: Kathy from Kansas at March 09, 2009 05:02 PM (Bi/c5)
183 So uh, Gordon, uh, I heard you weren't completely, uh um, happy about the DVD's.
I still want to know if the DVDs were Region 1/NTSC instead of Region 2/PAL, which is all you can play in England.
The way this bumblefuck is going, I will be very surprised if they were in U.K.-usable format.
It's so bad, it's funny. Or it would be, if it were on the scale of, like, an office Christmas party, not a meeting of the heads of state of the most powerful country in the world and its closest ally....
Posted by: Kathy from Kansas at March 09, 2009 05:09 PM (Bi/c5)
184 payaso @78:
The Mau Mau uprising in Kenya - Obama's grandfather was imprisoned by the British.
Thanks for sharing this. I did not know that. Probably nobody else does either. I think it's probably the best explanation I've heard. Someone with Obama's race/roots/father/ancestor issues (he wrote a whole book about it, for crying out loud) combined with the anti-white-imperialists indoctrination he got from his communist mentors (Frank Marshall Davis, Bill Ayers, Obama's own commie parents)---there's no way he WOULDN'T despise the Brits.
Posted by: Kathy from Kansas at March 09, 2009 05:18 PM (Bi/c5)
185 This Brits were mean to the Dali Obama's grandfather. This ought to teach them Brits you don't mess with greatness!!!!!!!!!!!!
Posted by: OxyCon at March 09, 2009 05:24 PM (PozGn)
Jumpin' Jesus on a pogo stick.
How did we get here???
Make that mass media hypnosis.
Posted by: Kathy from Kansas at March 09, 2009 05:31 PM (Bi/c5)
187 Obama making the world love us.
What a smirking chimp, the miserable failure.
Posted by: Thomas Jackson at March 09, 2009 05:35 PM (0Qynq)
188 Reply to Alana @157:
Yeah, my folks are retired, my dad after building from scratch a successful business that he ran for many years. Not only are they watching their retirement funds evaporate, they'd hoped to pass on a legacy to their kids and grandkids. But worst of all, they worry about what kind of threats their grandkids are going to have to deal with now, not only economic collapse, but social chaos and terrorist attacks.... My dad, who used to be a political junkie and very active in local and party politics, barely even looks at the news anymore, because he's just too damn depressed by it.
Posted by: Kathy from Kansas at March 09, 2009 05:39 PM (Bi/c5)
189 The Mau Mau uprising in Kenya - Obama's grandfather was imprisoned by the British.
Big fucking deal. His grandfather? Who was that? Another African dude who treated him with all the affection of dogshit scraped off his shoe? If he even wore shoes? If he was even alive when Black Narcissus was born? That anyone is even remotely considering this as an "explanation" is ludicrous. Half the United States has grandfathers, uncles, cousins and in-laws who were killed and tortured by Europeans in two world wars. Would any of them get an understanding nod if they decided to "settle scores" with German, Italian, Japanese and Korean heads of state?
Where have I heard this whining grievance-treasuring before? Oh yeah..."The Crusaders invaded our lands and took el Andalus in the 15th century..."
Posted by: Dr Mabuse at March 09, 2009 05:50 PM (AVYqB)
190 Well, this is definitely change. Bush treated Britain with respect.
Another in the list of daily incidents in which Obama proves how much of an idiot he is.
Posted by: SpideyTerry at March 09, 2009 05:56 PM (0S+nq)
191 Bush treated everyone with respect.
For all his flaws, he was a class act.
I miss him so much I could cry.
Posted by: Kathy from Kansas at March 09, 2009 06:18 PM (Bi/c5)
192 You know, if the US just had to go and elect its very own sorta-Pierre Elliot Trudeau, it'll be a good thing if the lite version is not as smart and competent. Celebrate that.
I read that list of wonderful gifts from Britain ... I want to know who picked them out. Gordon Brown?! I would say when pigs fly, except that'll be how he got here. Dave J.'s comment is spot on; I felt sorry for the egotistical little *%.
most reliable and oldest ally
For one more candidate for that, look North.
The tendency of the elite here to define patriotism as "not being American" could be embarrassing but is instead hilarious -- since they're copying their American counterparts. We don't think they represent us any more than your community disorganizers represent you, though. A country is its people, not its "leaders" (and don't the leaders hate that).
Posted by: Lark at March 09, 2009 06:22 PM (nuUga)
193 Soon, there will be no one left to backstab.
This coxucker is clearly a Leninist: "the worse, the better."
Is there anyone out there who truly believes that he's not purposefully destroying the country? Whoever claims otherwise is not to be taken seriously as an analyst.
Posted by: DrZin at March 09, 2009 06:34 PM (JwSM5)
194 "...And so many of the blessings and advantages we have, so many of the reasons why our civilization, our culture, has flourished aren't understood; they're not appreciated. And if you don't have any appreciation of what people went through to get, to achieve, to build what you are benefiting from, then these things don't mean very much to you. You just think, well, that's the way it is. That's our birthright. That just happened. [But] it didn't just happen. And at what price? What grief? What disappointment? What suffering went on? I mean this: I think that to be ignorant or indifferent to history isn't just to be uneducated or stupid. It's to be rude, ungrateful. And ingratitude is an ugly failing in human beings."--Historian David McCullough
Forget the Magna Carta. Forget our common language, the King James Version and Shakespeare. Locke, Newton and Blackstone's commentaries, the basis of our common law. Forget our Founders wanted their Rights...as Englishmen! Forget our shared wars against piracy, slavery, german militarism, Nazism, Jap imperialism, communism and terrorism. Hell, forget the Beatles and the Stones. Nothing special about Britain, more than, say, Fiji.
What an ignorant, ignorant son of a bitch.
Posted by: Noel at March 09, 2009 07:04 PM (7FgWm)
195 I miss Bush, Cheney Rumsfeld.
Posted by: o.u. at March 09, 2009 07:09 PM (/F24T)
196 he's bigger than the Presidency
That jumped out at me for a couple reasons. The following is going to sound straight crazy but I feel compelled to share.
For some reason, Obama seems to me like a political kamikaze pilot or suicide bomber. He has a set of beliefs that he knows are right, yet so beyond the comprehension of normal folk.
The only solution is to force it, for the good of the people whether they like it or not. He has a short period of time to do it. If it works, Obama is vindicated. If it doesn't, his brand of Socialism is dead forever.
The other side of the coin is that Timothy McVeigh did what he did for less.
Both are scary and both are real.
Posted by: ErikW at March 09, 2009 07:13 PM (hKtiw)
197 He has to call Brown back to explain himself. He has to call the NYT back to explain himself.
What's with this guy? Can't stand by his actions or something like that? He had to check with the home boys and explain?
What a weasel!
Posted by: Mary at March 09, 2009 07:30 PM (p+9c9)
198 I e-mailed my apologies for Obama's actions on behalf of me, my family, and my British ancestors.
Peter Wickenden, Deputy Consul-Generalpeter.email@example.com
Posted by: Pelyo at March 09, 2009 07:36 PM (nw+cE)
199 Oops, he is the Deputy Consul General in the Atlanta Consular Office.
Posted by: Pelyo at March 09, 2009 07:38 PM (nw+cE)
200 Hey so does this mean it's cool to not care what the world thinks about us?
Posted by: Rip at March 09, 2009 08:35 PM (o/d7Y)
201 196 I miss Bush, Cheney Rumsfeld.
Hell, I'm starting to miss Bill Clinton.
Posted by: Crusty at March 09, 2009 09:37 PM (qzgbP)
202 I don't know any of my fellow Australians who are confused about which country is America's most important long-standing ally. It's the United Kingdom.
We sent a couple of thousand military personnel (all services) to support Operation Iraqi Freedom. The United Kingdom sent about forty thousand, all up. In other words, their contribution was about twenty times ours.
ErikW ... We had a Prime Minister who thought the same way: Gough Whitlam. His great line was "Crash through or crash!"
You'll never guess how that worked out. Fortunately, the economy eventually recovered.
KingShamus: "If only there was some kind of organization...maybe a political party...that could act as a loyal opposition to highlight some of the dumb moves of the Obama administration."
That would be a good idea.
Posted by: David Blue at March 09, 2009 09:56 PM (l0HbJ)
203 You'll never guess how that worked out. Fortunately, the economy eventually recovered.
I'm guessing Whitlam was anotherworn outSocialist experiment that failed miserably.
Much like Obama's new "vision" of America.
Posted by: ErikW at March 09, 2009 10:20 PM (hKtiw)
What strikes me after just two months of the Obama Presidency isn't the absolute and utter incompetence shown so far.
What strikes me is that I cannot point to anything that even reaches the level of mundane or ho-hum average. There is literally nothing that has been done so far by the administration that isn't a total out and out disaster of one kind or another.
In past Presidencies I suffered the mediocre and applauded the exceptional.
In this Presidency I suffer the staggeringly incompetent and pray for the mediocre.
Posted by: memomachine at March 09, 2009 11:41 PM (oNWAo)
205 Perhaps not having an official dinner saved us from even greater embarassment-
Brown: I say, that was a delicious meal.
Obama: Fo' shizzle.
Obama: Just kidding. So....um....Gordon.
Obama: *sniff* Um....you cool?
Brown: I'm sorry?
Obama: Do you party?
Brown: Oh, yes. I've been known to cut a rug now and again.
Obama: No. Do. You. Get. High?
Posted by: Fa Cube Itches at March 10, 2009 12:36 AM (8MuSQ)
206 #204 David Blue:
Don't be so modest. There are Americans who remember that when our people were being held hostage in Iran, and our carriers were on "Gonzo Station" hoping for permission to strike, that word came that the Aussie carrier MELBOURNE and escorts were approaching. When they got in range, they signalled asking permission to take station on our ships. It was granted, and our Flag asked why they were there. The answer was, "This is where free men should be.".
On the morning of 9/11 it was the Aussies who immediately invoked our long standing ANZUS [Australia, New Zealand, US] defense treaty, and asked us who we wanted them to help hit. The Kiwis, by the way, ran away screaming and withdrew from the Treaty that day.
If the vagaries of diplomacy should ever force your PM to come to DC; please believe that Hussein Pasha who occupies the White House does not, literally and figuratively, represent the way we feel about our Australian brothers and sisters.
Posted by: Subotai Bahadur at March 10, 2009 02:08 AM (mMwDS)
207 "The quote shows the arrogance and thin-skinnedness of this administration. Utterly unable to graciously confess error and seek forgiveness, they instead dig their heels in and claim We meant to do that. They intended, it seems, for no particularly good reason, to alienate our most reliable and oldest ally. (Apologies to Australia which also can lay claim to that title.) That's their story -- we meant to let Britain know it was no more important to us than, say, Trinidad and Tobago."
It will be interesting to see what sort of treatment Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd receives from the Obama administration when he has his first state visit to the Obama White House at the end of the month. There is some thought that perhaps he will get better treatment because the Obama administration has been trying to put pressure on Australia to send more combat troops to Afghanistan after the Europeans refused his request to increase their commitment to the war.
Posted by: Matt at March 10, 2009 02:55 AM (pDvcy)
208 Hmm. I'm guessing this is because he's a retarded shitstain.
Posted by: Ike at March 10, 2009 05:16 AM (JXwaM)
209 Silly Brits! You have to be a crazed dictator to get any love from the Obama administration. Preferably one who sponsors terrorism. Britain's mosques may eventually earn them enough cred to get there.
Posted by: eringobragh at March 10, 2009 01:21 PM (XqEBL)
210 Dear Obama,
Posted by: Austrailian Consulate at March 10, 2009 01:27 PM (CeUD5)
The UK tortured Obama’s grandpappy. With that in consideration I think his response to the UK was most restrained.
It’s not like he declared war on the UK like his predecessor did on
a country who had tried to hurt his father. The UK actually DID hurt
Obama’s Grandfather. Therefore there is more justification for Obama to
go to war with Britain than there ever was for Bush to go to war with
Posted by: Alice at March 10, 2009 08:20 PM (OAFjk)
212 Therefore there is more justification for Obama to
go to war with Britain than there ever was for Bush to go to war with
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