Blah, Blah, Blabbity, Blah


Apparently Obama took TOTUS I and TOTUS II with him to Brussels so he could read a speech to the conference there:

The Most Important Two Minutes of Obama’s Warning to the World

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While the president would certainly prefer to heed the polls which show Americans and Europeans are deeply suspicious of the notion that they have a responsibility to resolve the conflict in Ukraine, Obama has not abdicated his role as leader of the free world. Appearing before an audience in Brussels on Wednesday, amid a hastily convened summit of Western nations, Obama delivered an unnecessarily flowery address which he surely hopes will be etched into the history books in much the same way Churchill’s unpopular speech in Fulton was.

The president’s speech spanned generations and continents as he sought to remind the audience of their responsibility to history. Summoning the dormant spirits of duty and obligation, he invoked the trials faced by doughboys in the trenches of Europe and South Africans struggling to bring down the Apartheid government. A handful of modern observers might view these struggles of the 20th century as merely preamble, a sort of adolescent stage of human development which has given way to the enlightened period we now inhabit. But this was unlikely to have been the president’s purpose.

After recapping the great events which shaped the bloodiest century in human history, Obama warned that, in the absence of resolve to meet today’s challenges head-on, the bad old days may not be so old after all.

“I come here and insist we must never take for granted the progress that is won here in Europe and around the world, because the contest of ideas continues,” Obama warned in the most important two minutes of his marathon address in Belgium.

“Russia’s leadership is challenging truths that only a few weeks ago seemed self-evident,” he continued, “that in the 21st Century, the borders of Europe cannot be redrawn with force. That international law matters. That people and nations can make their own decisions about their future.”

Turning to the apathy which may yet consign Ukrainians to fates determined by Moscow, Obama cautioned that the world may yet construe their interests “narrowly.” He observed that the global economy is not dependent on a free Ukraine and that American and Western European borders are not directly threatened by Russia. “But that kind of casual indifference ignores the lessons that are written in the cemeteries of this continent,” Obama counseled. “It would allow the old way of doing things to regain a foot hold in this young century.”

The message implicit in the president’s address is so unpopular that even he broached it gingerly: that American hegemony has yielded a peace and prosperity unparalleled in history, and we should endeavor to maintain it for as long as possible. Obama laid the foundations of an argument in favor of renewed American engagement to secure the gains the West won after the Cold War. It is a debate that will likely recur throughout the century.

But it will be up to the globe’s thought leaders to make the case that the unstable, multi-polar world which will fill the vacuum left by a retreating America will be more dangerous, more likely to draw military forces into real wars, and make it harder to preserve the unimpeded global commerce which has made Westerners so complacent today. But Obama served his history well when he laid the groundwork for that debate today in Belgium.


That was from Noah Rothman at Mediaite. My reaction was:

Meh. Another Obama speech.

I’m not objecting to anything in particular that Obama said. Frankly, I didn’t even bother to listen or read a transcript. I’m guessing not many people did.

Obama has no credibility left (not that he had much to begin with.) His political capital is gone. He’s like a virgin who can’t get it up on his wedding night. He doesn’t know what to do and couldn’t do it even if he did. The foreign leaders who aren’t ignoring him are laughing at him. He gets no respect from allies or enemies here or abroad.

Ducks don’t get any lamer than Obama. His is a failed presidency. Unfortunately it still has nearly three full years to go.

Somewhere, Jimmy Carter is smiling.


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108 Responses to Blah, Blah, Blabbity, Blah

  1. Lulu says:

    A friend recently said to me that Obama looks like the owner’s son who goes around giving orders that everyone ignores. He spent his whole life being told he is wonderful, smart, and clever and would take over one day as he heads out the door for a long weekend, to play golf, or go to a cocktail party. That day comes and nothing happens. He is still “Junior” and doesn’t know shit.

    • piper says:

      So true.
      I would really like to know what Angela Merkel thinks about this special ‘snowflake’ who lives only in his mind along with his speech writers.
      Also what possessed the poor little wo-man to visit China when their president and Mrs Peng were planning to go to Europe a day after her arrival. I thought mega-planning went into Mooch’s trips.

    • The Klown says:

      The GOP doesn’t fear him and the Democrats are afraid to be seen with him. The people working for him are more concerned with the next phase of their careers than with now, and the media are busy speculating about his replacement. The teflon has worn off and more things are starting to stick to him.

      Blaming Bush just won’t fly anymore.

      • 49erDweet says:

        It will be interesting to see if he can muster the same levels of grace and character as did Bush (and even Carter) when it becomes his turn to relinquish the keys to HIS kingdom.

    • DeniseVB says:

      I found this “blast from the past” (March 2008) on Michelle during that horrid primary season. It’s a pretty candid article, before the media went full slobbler just repeating WH talking points. It “almost” makes her likable, but also makes me wonder why BO married her. His types were usually cute “cathy rigby” type blondies or the “Halle Berry” caramels. It left me thinking “What were the Dems thinking pushing them on us?”. She comes across as a stubborn bossy-i-wear-the-pants and BO as existing only to please her …. mommy issues? It’s a breezy read and explains a lot about “Junior” 🙂

      http://www.newyorker.com/reporting/2008/03/10/080310fa_fact_collins?currentPage=all

    • foxyladi14 says:

      honk

  2. The Klown says:

    Hillary is shaping up to be like McCain was in 2008 – she waited for “her turn” as a loyal Democrat but the political tides have moved against her. 2016 is looking more and more like it will be the GOP’s year as long as they don’t screw up.

    • piper says:

      What are you doing up at 6AM?

    • The Klown says:

      The Millenials are turning 30, having kids and turning more conservative. They are starting to do the math on Social Security and the national debt.

    • r u reddy says:

      Social Security has been taking in more money than it has been paying out since 1983. That’s what the Reagan Rescue of 1983 was for. It is not Social Security’s fault if the general budget government has created deficit/debt in the general budget just to create an excuse to not redeem the Social Security Trust FundTreasury instruments into which we have prepayed much of our FICA taxes on the understanding that upon retirement we would be paid benefits out of our own pre-payed money.

      • The Klown says:

        That’s not quite what happened.

        The problem is the government loaned the money to itself, then spent it. Now it has to pay it back with interest. The government owes SS about $5 TRILLION on top of the $12.5 TRILLION it owes bond holders.

        • The Klown says:

          If you put money in a private retirement account the trustee has a fiduciary duty to protect that money and invest it wisely. He can go to jail for “self-dealing” which is if he loans it to himself. But it’s okay if the government does it.

          That SS surplus isn’t sitting in a bank or invested in the stock market. It was “invested” in government bonds and spent. It was like we gave the money to a bunch of crackheads.

          Bernie Madoff was an amateur.

        • r u reddy says:

          And the whole secret purpose of building up that separate Trust Fund turns out to have been to have the general budget government steal it from the Social Security Administration through the ruse of running up a huge general budget debt to create political pressure for not redeeming the treasury instruments to not pay back the pre-paying beneficiaries with. Again, not Social Security’s fault. And not the fault of the future beneficiaries who have been prepaying.
          Raise taxes back to Clinton era rates and get back to Clinton era debt paydown and reduction of the artificially engineered pressure to blame Social Security so as to steal the prepayed money by not paying back out the pre-payed-for benefits.

          • r u reddy says:

            And the main social class beneficiaries of that theft are the main social class beneficiaries of the post-Clinton tax cuts and the debt-funded wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. So perhaps raise taxes even higher enough to forcibly pay back down that unpayed debt for those two wars for which money was never appropriated through taxes. When that portion of debt is payed down, drop taxes back to Clinton levels.

  3. The Klown says:

    I seriously doubt if Obama gets any boost from meeting with Frankie the Bouncer today.

    • DeniseVB says:

      I was up early and caught the meet and greet photo op portion. BO looked nervous.

      • Lulu says:

        The Italian media was out in force. He isn’t used to that. Then Frankie made him sit at the Pope-desk like a kid at the principal’s office. You could see him shrinking.

  4. The Klown says:

    Meanwhile, in California, an anti-gun Democratic state senator was busted on gun-running and corruption charges.

  5. DeniseVB says:

    Oh noes, this is not snark ! I’ve seen references to the “cookie” gift to Obama and thought another bad Daily Currant article……..ho, hum…..but found this on Fox Sports…..

    http://msn.foxsports.com/buzzer/story/you-shouldn-t-have-belgium-gifts-us-giant-basketball-holding-obama-shaped-cookie-032514

    The Queen will be pleased 😉

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  7. DeniseVB says:

    Would you get a load of these Rock Star Tour Press Passes ! Oh wait, oops…..

    • Lulu says:

      I very much doubt that they know that. This is the most gauche and ignorant administration in history.

      • The Klown says:

        Just like their followers – and they are all convinced they are the bestest and the brightest.

        • The Klown says:

          Obama and his followers would not be nearly so annoying if they were either humble or correct about being the smartest and best informed. Instead they are both arrogant and ignorant.

  8. helenk3 says:

    http://www.judicialwatch.org/blog/2014/03/u-s-gives-russia-free-military-equipment-used-by-army-marines/

    WTH
    this is from yesterday. so while backtrack is speechifying and trying to get sanctions against Russia, can someone explain why we are giving them arms?
    backtrack being flexible maybe?

  9. 49erDweet says:

    In six months we’ll be fondly remembering today’s prices. Long term food supply outlook not good. Droughts and extra cold, long winters have consequences, too.

    • Lulu says:

      We have not been in drought this winter nor did we have an especially harsh winter. The acreage for produce production has dramatically gone up as has cattle production this spring. Almost all of it will be sold here and in Houston and Dallas. The state county extension agents are encouraging it to expand supply due to price increases. The truck patches are popping up everywhere.

      • 49erDweet says:

        No, but the San Joaquin (aka Central) Valley stonefruit source (20-35% nationally) die out will effect you in the fall. Also, this is the last year for 85% of US strawberries unless the CA drought is broken. They have plenty of deep water but it is too mineralized to use on food crops.

        • DeniseVB says:

          Can’t they filter it ? I remember we had to have a whole house unit to filter the very hard water. Also always wondered why de-salted ocean water hasn’t caught on, there’s sure plenty of that available to pump inland.

          • The Klown says:

            You would need massive filtration machines to filter irrigation water. The technology exists but we aren’t using it.

            God forbid our government start “investing” in desalinization plants. Even if the Greens don’t freak out (and you know they will) the fraud and waste will make Solyndra look like pocket change.

          • 49erDweet says:

            It’s called “10,000 year old water”. Very deep wells. They don’t yet know all the stuff it’s made of. Available but verboten, is what the growers say, and not an option. They just won’t plant.

          • The Klown says:

            We have that problem here – well water that can only be used for non-food crops.

      • insanelysane says:

        Calif is definitely in a drought emergency and the central valley is reducing cultivated land. Fish populations are in a hurt. Salmon spawning is in jeopardy with rivers so low. Almond orchards are being removed. Grazing lands are depleted because the deep rains are not coming. Farmers are culling herds and having to buy feed for the ones that remain. Yes, food and water are going to cost a lot more very soon.

      • 49erDweet says:

        Btw, not saying no food. Saying (depending on location) it will cost more.

        • Lulu says:

          Oh most definitely. What we are seeing is that smaller farms in eastern Texas which do not have economies of scale such as the enormous California and Florida farms are being encouraged to increase acreage of production. The main crops are very different than in California but sell well regionally. Crops like sweet potatoes, field peas, sweet corn, okra, tomatoes, peaches and pears as well as poultry, beef and pork which are all grown locally will not be undercut by produce and meat produced elsewhere at much cheaper prices. The local produce will be competitive but still more expensive than ag products in prior years. The state ag commission is trying to lessen shortages.

          • 49erDweet says:

            Yep. Assuming you have weekly community farmer’s markets? They should become much more important during hard times. The supermarkets will not be pleased.

          • DeniseVB says:

            Have noticed an upswing of fresh fruits and veggies imported to our local supermarkets from Mexico, Central, and South America. Used to be mostly from Cali and Fla.

  10. helenk3 says:

    http://weaselzippers.us/180783-obama-warns-nato-about-cutting-defense-spending/

    backtrack warns NATO about cutting defense spending.
    now that lacks a little credibility

    • The Klown says:

      When President Obama visited Russia in 2009, his hosts, as I reported at the time, found Obama laughably naive. Indeed, they were astonished to find an American president looking for things to give away to Russia in exchange for “good will.” The Russian leadership concluded, in the prophetic words of my source, that they could “steal Obama’s pants.”

      The Russians also had a good laugh at Obama’s imperial trappings. These included the flotilla of Air Force jets that brought him and his entourage to Moscow and the takeover of the Ritz Carlton hotel, where (I was told) rooms started at around $1,200 per night and the presidential suite went for $13,000. Russians were mindful that Presidents Clinton and Bush had traveled far less lavishly.

      It was, I suspect, the jarring juxtaposition of the two phenomena — a president who travels like Julius Caesar but negotiates like Neville Chamberlain — that most amused Russia’s oligarchs. Like the way the juxtaposition of Greek columns and platitudinous mush amused (but also dismayed) observant Americans.

      If Obama and his entourage roar into your town in armored limos and take over the fanciest hotel, no disconnect will exist. There is not the slightest inconsistency between the president’s imperial trappings and his domestic policies.

      But when Obama visits important foreign leaders, other than Benjamin Netanyahu, he should arrive by scooter wearing a beany, if not a “kick me” sign. Or at a minimum, he should arrive the way Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte did for his meeting with Obama.

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  12. helenk3 says:

    http://www.newsdaily.com/europe/d6549033b212b7ed8bb6fa95d233662e/russia-to-set-up-own-payment-system

    Russia to set up own payment system they don’t need no stinkin VISA or MASTERCARD

  13. helenk3 says:

    http://news.yahoo.com/saudi-princesses-seek-obamas-help-freedom-163145222.html;_ylt=AwrTWfxOVTRTsRkAoKjQtDMD

    Saudi princesses seek help from backtrack.
    we all know how much he will give. little to none

  14. helenk3 says:

    http://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2014/03/27/massaging_of_critical_data_undermines_our_society_122077.html

    Victor Davis Hanson

    this is one of the saddest articles about the US government I have read in a long time.
    Sad because it is true

  15. WMCB says:

    Bag of seeds? I hate when that happens.

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  17. helenk3 says:

    http://canadafreepress.com/index.php/article/62018

    a look at a post American world.

    interesting and scarey as hell

  18. westcoaster says:

    OT: Time magazine had an interesting article about what’s missing in sex education in schools:
    http://time.com/23054/camille-paglia-put-the-sex-back-in-sex-ed/
    and in the same issue Joel Stein wrote a funny bit about what would happen if the red and blue states became 2 countries (with President Jan Brewer and President Jon Stewart)
    http://time.com/23007/a-secession-plan-that-works/

  19. The Klown says:

    If Emma needs some help I’m available!

  20. helenk3 says:

    http://weaselzippers.us/180827-house-democrats-demand-gop-stop-investigating-benghazi/

    house dems want GOP to STOP investigating Benghazi

    WHY, what are they trying to hide?

  21. The Klown says:

    Theme song for Sarah Palin’s new show:

  22. The Klown says:

    If YT had this video I would make a post of it.

    Money quote:

    SHAPIRO: No politician talks about this.

    MEAD: Amazing isn’t it?

    SHAPIRO: Well they want to keep their jobs.

    MEAD: Exactly.

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