I Guess Obama Gave Another Speech


WaPo:

In his address Wednesday to the graduating cadets at West Point , Mr. Obama marshaled a virtual corps of straw men, dismissing those who “say that every problem has a military solution,” who “think military intervention is the only way for America to avoid looking weak,” who favor putting “American troops into the middle of [Syria’s] increasingly sectarian civil war,” who propose “invading every country that harbors terrorist networks” and who think that “working through international institutions . . . or respecting international law is a sign of weakness.”


I honestly cannot stand to listen to the man speak anymore. Just the sound of his voice grates on my nerves and makes my blood pressure go up. I get irritated just reading a transcript of one of his speeches.

But wait! There’s more!

After outlining his vision for United States foreign policy to during his West Point commencement address on Wednesday morning, Barack Obama asserted, “This is American leadership. This is American strength.”

“In each case, we built coalitions to respond to a specific challenge. Now we need to do more to strengthen the institutions that can anticipate and prevent them from spreading,” Obama continued in reference to the United States handling of Iran, Syria and the ongoing conflict between Russia and Ukraine.

“For example, NATO is the strongest alliance the world has ever known. But we are now working with NATO allies to meet new missions – within Europe, where our Eastern allies must be reassured; and also beyond Europe’s borders, where our NATO allies must pull their weight to counter-terrorism, respond to failed states, and train a network of partners.”

Obama also declared, “I believe in American exceptionalism with every fiber of my being. But what makes us exceptional is not our ability to flout international norms and the rule of law; it’s our willingness to affirm them through our actions.”

President Obama added that he was not weak: “Of course, skeptics often downplay the effectiveness of multilateral action,’ he allowed. ‘For them, working through international institutions, or respecting international law, is a sign of weakness. I think they’re wrong.”


Yeah. Well . . . about that “leadership” thingie. If the past five+ years is what he calls leadership, then we better not step in it.

Seriously – does he honestly expect us to believe he planned all the foreign policy debacles we’re reeling from? We know he caused the mess, but did he really plan to screw everything up so bad?

I didn’t agree with George Bush on foreign policy either, but at least he seemed to have some kind of coherent strategery. Obama’s policy seems to be “I’m not Bush.”

I don’t claim to be an expert on geo-politics. It’s all I can do to keep up with domestic politics. But I can tell when something isn’t working, and the Obama-Clinton foreign policy has been a complete disaster. There is not one single bright spot anywhere. Everywhere that Obama has meddled he has made things worse.

Even his supporters aren’t buying his bullshit anymore.


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100 Responses to I Guess Obama Gave Another Speech

  1. The Klown says:

    Apparently Hillary is proud of her accomplishments as SofS.

    She didn’t mention exactly what those accomplishments were.

    • insanelysane says:

      I’ll name one…
      Small changes can make profound Change in the world. Hillary fought for Clean Cook stoves for 3rd world women. It seem small and insignificant to us, maybe, but it saves lives.

      http://www.nytimes.com/2010/09/21/science/earth/21stove.html?_r=0

      • John Denney says:

        As if global charity is the job of the Secretary of State.

        • insanelysane says:

          Maybe try reading the articles about this.

          • John Denney says:

            So I read it again, thinking perhaps I had missed something. Apparently I missed it yet again.
            So why is the SecState involved in what should be the province of charities?

          • votermom says:

            I agree with you – great for Hillary to do as a person; irrelevant to the job of SoS.
            Also, as with much of the aid given to 3rd world countries, specially Africa, I am skeptical of how much of the aid money went to actually providing stoves & how much was pocketed by local elites.
            I come from a 3rd world country, that’s the story of every aid package ever that went to our country.

    • votermom says:

      Speaking of Hillary

  2. The Klown says:

    You guys know what a calm, cool and even-tempered person I usually am, but I don’t think I have ever despised a politician as much as I despise Obama.

    • driguana says:

      I agree. For me it’s gone like this…..disliked Clinton, hated Bush, despise Obama….whats next?

      • DeniseVB says:

        Actually, Obama’s made me appreciate the Clinton and Bush terms even more. Even Nixon’s and Carter’s. I was a soccer mom in the 80’s so I pretty much missed Reagan.

        • insanelysane says:

          My path seems the same, however I had always respected the man even if I despised him for policy (bush). But for the first time the president has lost my respect. I respect the office of the Presidency, but this man has no character or ethics that I can see.

        • catarina says:

          I was a single mom in the 80’s. Trust me, Reagan sucked!

    • 49erDweet says:

      Who wrote this and what have you done with the Klown?

  3. The Klown says:

    Chairman Jeff Miller doesn’t hold back in VA hearing:

  4. votermom says:

    West Point grads arguably go thru the toughest 4 years of college anywhere, a real accomplishment by any standard, and they are now going to risk their lives at basically Obama’s whim.
    You would think Mr Ego would acknowledge their accomplishment, and reassure them that he will try to honor their trust.
    But no, its more important that he rant about how misunderstood he is.

    • The Klown says:

      It’s all about the O

    • DeniseVB says:

      I agree, the service academies turn out some of the finest men and women in the military because they’re selected from the best and brightest of our kids who want to serve and wear the uniform. BO talked to them like they were his personal youth corps. What the frack…..the war on global warming???

  5. The Klown says:

    A POTUS can get away with a lot of shit without upsetting too many people. He can fuck over the Tea Party because the TP isn’t popular.

    But everybody likes veterans, and this VA scandal is really nasty.

    • votermom says:

      They should go to jail.

      • The Klown says:

        In China the government would already be billing their families for the cost of the bullets.

      • The Klown says:

        Emails and VA memos obtained exclusively by The Daily Beast provide what is among the most comprehensive accounts yet of how high-level VA hospital employees conspired to game the system. It shows not only how they manipulated hospital wait lists but why–to cover up the weeks and months veterans spent waiting for needed medical care. If those lag times had been revealed, it would have threatened the executives’ bonus pay.
        What’s worse, the documents show the wrongdoing going unpunished for years, even after it was repeatedly reported to local and national VA authorities. That indicates a new troubling angle to the VA scandal: that the much touted investigations may be incapable of finding violations that are hiding in plain sight.

        “For lack of a better term, you’ve got an organized crime syndicate,” a whistleblower who works in the Texas VA told The Daily Beast. “People up on top are suddenly afraid they may actually be prosecuted and they’re pressuring the little guys down below to cover it all up.”

        • Constance says:

          Oh Please. They might be publicly humiliated with some sort of trial (although I doubt that it’s possible for them to feel humiliation or shame) but at the worst they will all be pardoned by Obama on the way out the door. Nothing will actually be done about this. Maybe some few VA offenders will be forced to retire a few months early with full benefits.

  6. The Klown says:

    Sparks fly at House Veterans’ hearing on VA scandal:

  7. The Klown says:

    FFS:

    President Barack Obama hasn’t decided to fire Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki — at least, not yet.

    But he has reached the point where he doesn’t know if Shinseki will be able to fix the problems at the VA, White House aides said Wednesday.

    When the president essentially put the VA secretary on probation last week, he said his red line in this situation would be evidence that the misconduct at Veterans Affairs had to be “systemic.”

    The VA Inspector General’s report released Wednesday says the evidence is clear: there are “systemic patient safety issues and possible wrongful deaths.”

    But while the IG report didn’t help Shinseki’s case, White House aides say the president’s still waiting to make a final decision until he has more information: a report from Shinseki himself due to the White House this week and one from Rob Nabors, the deputy chief of staff he put in charge of a separate review, which is due in June.

    How about seppuku? It seems like the only honorable way to go.

    • lyn says:

      The VA scandal is now the worst one in Obamaland. If nothing is done, then our country will go down the rabbit hole for good.

    • Constance says:

      “President Barack Obama hasn’t decided to fire Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki — at least, not yet.”

      Well that’s because, you know, Republicans and Bush. Enough said????!!!

  8. DeniseVB says:

    This was a fun hashtag game last night because I actually watched some of the speech. On mute. But when I had the sound on, I did notice the pauses. Later I found out, his speechwriters always put “applause breaks” in his speeches so the telepromter doesn’t get away from him. However they did fail to notice where this speech was given …. the cadets are trained never to interrupt a speaker with applause….something like that….it’s a military thing? You would think someone on his staff was aware of that ?

    • The Klown says:

      Almost all of Obama’s speeches are read before friendly audiences where he can expect applause.

      • DeniseVB says:

        I guess those awkward pauses really were awkward then 😉 I knew it was a matter of time before I’d see this video posted somewhere. Though it doesn’t look like a graduation venue, the contrast to Obama is very noticeable …. I’m sure there are bad Bush speeches somewhere, but I did enjoy this…..

    • leslie says:

      Would that failing to notice where his speeches are given were the greatest problem of this administration.

  9. mothy67 says:

    The latest defense besides blame Bush seems to be that he is a nice person. Kid you not heard it twice over the last few days. He is trying. He means well. Blah Blah Blah. Tell that to the families of the dead vets. Bush started that and he loves his daughters. It is surreal.

  10. mothy67 says:

    I had several arguments when he first took office over the relaxing of the WH dress code. Work at the WH is not and should not be casual.. The entire environment is so amateur evidenced by “Dude that was like two years ago”.
    Can anyone name anything that resembles a success for the administration. They screwed up lunch programs. The thought process behind that fiasco boggles the mind.

  11. driguana says:

    What’s is most interesting to me is how highly touted Obama was as such a gifted orator from the beginning….not just a good speaker but gifted orator!!! I despised him from the beginning and it was easy to detect what a poor speaker he was from the git-go. His sibilant “s” on the end of words drives me crazy….his lack of cohesion and organization and his general ineffectiveness as a speaker are so apparent….yet he was called brilliant. I remember someone calling him articulate and getting called on the carpet for being racist….you know, the articulate black man thing. He is not articulate. He is a joke put in front of us by his elitist bundlers from the very beginning. It’s the Koch brothers fault! How about Soros? I find it most interesting to listen to how people criticize how Palin speaks and glorify how Obama speaks. I would much rather listen to Palin even though I have some issues with her presentation qualities.

    • 49erDweet says:

      Yep. Palin seems authentic. Specialness seems contrived.

    • votermom says:

      I read a comment somewhere speculating why Obama’s speechwriters always like to pick two strawmen arguments and take the middle:
      Here it is:

      Obama’s speeches are not only straw men / false extreme BS, but also examples of orthodox Marxist thought. They’re based on Dialectical Materialism, with Thesis / Antithesis / Synthesis built right in. He’s so immersed in that mode of thought he cannot break out of it even when that mode is clearly inappropriate.
      Posted by: Bigby’s Dripping Hands at May 29, 2014 08:22 AM (3ZtZW)

  12. DeniseVB says:

    This is for the TCH educators and those with kids still in school, NOLA’s gone full Charter School. I think it could be a model for the rest of the country as it’s already driving graduation and test scores up by double digits.

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/local/education/in-new-orleans-traditional-public-schools-close-for-good/2014/05/28/ae4f5724-e5de-11e3-8f90-73e071f3d637_story.html?tid=sm_fb

    • votermom says:

      An all-charter district signals the dismantling of the central school bureaucracy and a shift of power to dozens of independent school operators, who will assume all the corresponding functions: the authority to hire and fire teachers and administrators, maintain buildings, run buses and provide services to special-needs students.

      Awesome. The more local control, the better.

    • 49erDweet says:

      VERY interesting.

    • foxyladi14 says:

      Great!!!1 😀

  13. DeniseVB says:

  14. The Klown says:

    Corrine Brown: No VA Problems in Florida:

  15. I’m with you Klown—just the sound of O’s voice makes my stomach churn with disgust. I’ve never understood why anyone thinks he’s a great orator. He’s got a sing song inflection that never varies and comes across as fake and insincere. He gave only ONE ok speech about the U.S. being purple. Even then, I couldn’t understand the swoon over him. Hmph!! I’ve heard LOTS better speakers than him……

  16. leslie says:

    Yesterday I attended a Grand Rounds at which a woman presented the “new” mental health act and blamed racism for the lack of support for the ACA/Obamacare plan. Only one person offered a different perspective; I was not that person. (I work for the state and am trying to last just one more year so that I can retire with the remainder of whatever is left of my pension that state gov’t did not use for roads and toll collectors) When I left, every one of the docs and social workers that I walked out with complained about the plan, but did not (openly) disagree with the presenter’s reasoning – except for me. I may not last the year.

  17. votermom says:

    OT news today is that contrary to earlier estimates, the economy actually retracted by 1% this quarter.
    My reply to IowaHawk on this getting a lot of RTs

  18. votermom says:

    :facepalm:

  19. SHV says:

    “The VA Inspector General’s report released Wednesday says the evidence is clear: there are “systemic patient safety issues and possible wrongful deaths.”
    ******
    How is this a shock to anyone who has worked at a VA hospital. Thirty years ago, I worked two days a week at a VA trying to clear a backlog. When they cut back to “emergency only”, I went to the chief admin., his response was that he couldn’t worry about the possibility that people were dying on the wait list, he had to worry about the budget and keeping his job.

    What is not mentioned in these VA stories, is that a significant minority of VA employee at all levels and a significant minority of vets are gaming the system financially and therefore depriving most veterans of the resources that they desperately need.

    • votermom says:

      Going with the school analogy, maybe we should replace the VA with a combination of a charter & voucher system.
      For medical treatment that is really more common for Vets (ranging from combat injuries to ptsd), start spinning off VA treatment centers to private management. For other stuff, have a voucher/payment system in place for vets can go to any private doctor. But don’t keep it Medicare payment levels. Maybe just let vets buy health insurance directly.

    • mcnorman says:

      Well said SHV. It hasn’t changed in the last thirty years one iota.

  20. foxyladi14 says:

    Great post as always Klown.
    I shared a couple of the Videos. 🙂

  21. SHV says:

    “For medical treatment that is really more common for Vets (ranging from combat injuries to ptsd)”
    ******
    I haven’t a clue how to “fix” the system, there are too many powerful special interest groups involved. There is also a synergy going on with all of the involved parties but as is coming out now, there are winners and losers. As some what of a hypothetical, “diagnoses” such as PTSD, Gulf War syndrome, agent orange, etc., there is a win/win for the VA staff and Vets to make any definition of what these conditions are as broad as possible. The Vets may get financial compensation, the VA may get more funding, the staff get research grants, travel, etc., etc. The losers are the vets who are deprived of care because of lack of money.

  22. votermom says:

    • 49erDweet says:

      Because it’s more important to be unionized than operational.

      • DeniseVB says:

        I’m starting to see the connection between unionized employees and incompetence….everywhere.

        • Lulu says:

          One of the things that is going to come out fairly soon is how few patients some of these facilities really see. It is part of the union activity that prevents “too many patients” being booked due to limits the unions set on work load limits. This of course causes backlogs. It is a round robin of cheating with stats that covers it up. The administrators do not want to run afoul of the union and squawking staff claiming overwork who in turn agree to hide backlogs so the admin can get their bonuses (staff get big bonuses too). It is a you scratch my back and I’ll scratch yours accommodation. I don’t think all facilities do this but a lot of them do. And they obviously do not want to part with any of their budget to pay for out of VA treatment for backlogged sick vets. It was shameful watching the hearing. The witnesses were very taken aback by how hostile many of the Dem congress critters were to them. They were expecting some cover and ass kissing and only the loonies didn’t grill them.

        • 49erDweet says:

          Coulda told you that 40 years ago, but that’s not important….

      • SHV says:

        That is just a drop in the bucket compared to the hundred of millions of $$ paid to employees who do as little work as possible, are incompetent, “retired” on the job, etc and can’t or won’t be fired.

    • The Klown says:

      I know a guy who is so careful about his business records that he keeps two sets of books, one at the office and one at home.

  23. The Klown says:

    MSNBC is the Sorriest Network Ever:

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  25. votermom says:

    • Lulu says:

      The really important question is did the therapist, schedulers and administrator get a bonus this year? /s/

      One of the things the hearing tried to elicit from the VA witnesses was how do they deal with urgent treatment clients. They didn’t know. Or they would not say so. They don’t track them or apparently have a system to work them in. And the doctors do not have a system to track them if they do see them. The other horrible thing done is if a vet does not show up 15 to 30 minutes before their appointment VA will just cancel it even if they show up on the time of the appointment. Then they tell them they didn’t have an appointment. Written verification in hand by a vet doesn’t matter nor does how sick they are make any difference. Again this is not at every facility. I was gobsmacked and horrified at this kind of treatment of anyone.

  26. foxyladi14 says:

    That is so sad. ❤

  27. DeniseVB says:

    Let the Book Tour begin ! Hillary to be interviewed on Fox News by Bret Baer and Greta…..she should do just fine with them.

    http://www.deadline.com/2014/05/fox-news-channels-bret-baier-greta-van-susteren-land-hillary-clinton-interview-on-june-17/

  28. votermom says:

    The Hill calls this “Redskins trolling Harry Reid”

  29. The Klown says:

    Hillary Clinton: “It’s different when we do it”:

  30. The Klown says:
    • Lulu says:

      That is one of the funniest things I have ever read. I hope the Italians asked to be paid up front. In cash. The bride’s lighting (simi-obscene) is hilarious. And they gave them the crap Cararra with flaws in it hence the statuary failure.

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