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Too Tired For Diplomacy or Foreign Affairs? Not Interested? Or Overwhelmed By The Job?

Or, perhaps, “all of the above”. From the UK Telegraph:

Sources close to the White House say Mr Obama and his staff have been “overwhelmed” by the economic meltdown and have voiced concerns that the new president is not getting enough rest.

British officials, meanwhile, admit that the White House and US State Department staff were utterly bemused by complaints that the Prime Minister should have been granted full-blown press conference and a formal dinner, as has been customary. They concede that Obama aides seemed unfamiliar with the expectations that surround a major visit by a British prime minister.

But Washington figures with access to Mr Obama’s inner circle explained the slight by saying that those high up in the administration have had little time to deal with international matters, let alone the diplomatic niceties of the special relationship.

Allies of Mr Obama say his weary appearance in the Oval Office with Mr Brown illustrates the strain he is now under, and the president’s surprise at the sheer volume of business that crosses his desk.

A well-connected Washington figure, who is close to members of Mr Obama’s inner circle, expressed concern that Mr Obama had failed so far to “even fake an interest in foreign policy”.

And here we were led to believe Mr. Obama was this cool, multitasker under full control and able to handle everything the job entailed.

That’s what we were led to believe.

Some of us, however, said that of all the jobs on the planet this wasn’t the one for OJT.  This isn’t a job where one aspect of the duties can be ignored to concentrate on others.

Guess which group looks more prescient at the moment?


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42 Responses to Too Tired For Diplomacy or Foreign Affairs? Not Interested? Or Overwhelmed By The Job?

  • He stays up to late reading QandO.

  • Yeah, this is turning out worse than I could imagine.  James is right that this guy truly is a clown

    But clown or not, he is just right for retards like Pogue and Erb.  snort.

  • Think he has some more respect forW now? Maybe a smidgen of respect for the man who he spent 2+ years sh*tting all over?

    Nah, his type probably wouldn’t.

    But I love the fact that Ocarter is finally figuring out that governing is much harder than making pretty speeches via teleprompter.

    Suffer punk.

  • I think I liked it better when it was an intentional snubbing of the UK…

    • Perhaps Biden could have invoked the 25th Amendment and gone to meet Brown as defined by proper protocol.

  • I repeat my plea from the other day.  Please, will the adults come back out, round up the pre-schoolers in the White House and Congress, and put them down for their afternoon nap.   This farce has gone on long enough.

  • This concerns me a great deal

    “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 ”

    I mean I know that Obama is a naive waif especially in foreign affairs but Great Britian is one of the two strongest allies we have in the world.  The other being Israel.  ANd Obama is doing his best to tick both of them off.
    IMO this is a VERY BAD sign.

  • It’s strictly amateur time in foreign affairs now. 

    Bad work in economic and domestic issues might make the country suffer a little.  Bad work in foreign affairs will get us all killed.

    Remember when everyone told us Obama’s foreign policies would be so much better than Bush’s?

  • I keep expecting the secret service to start wearing clown clothes and floppy shoes.  It definitely would not be out of place.

  • “They concede that Obama aides seemed unfamiliar with the expectations that surround a major visit by a British prime minister.”

    They are being very gracious, here.  Especially since they are surely aware the White House Chief of Staff was Senior Advisor to Clinton for 5 years and Rahm certainly know how it’s done when he wants it done.  From Wiki:

    One of his proudest moments during the Clinton administration “was an event that touched his political sensibilities and his personal ties to Israel: the 1993 Rose Garden signing ceremony after the Oslo Accords between Israel and the Palestine Liberation Organization (“PLO”). Emanuel directed the details of the ceremony, down to the choreography of the famous handshake between Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin and PLO leader Yasser Arafat.”

  • (Shaking head) The stupid son of a bitch…just how low do we go?…mc=rss&src=igw

  • And the British press have been terming Obozo as “tired and emotional”  (sneer quotes in original) which is pretty funny because the British media uses that pet expression to mean drunk.

    I see that “I miss W already” bump stickers are available.  Hilarious.

  • Anyone else see the second major foreign policy gaffe with the Russians.  Apparently Hilarity gave them a button with a word she thought meants reset (signifying a do over) but in reality it meant overcharged .  snort.

  • I guess he is finding out that  unlike the Senate where there are 99 other Senators to take up his slack  there is only one President, and that Truman wasn’t kidding when he said “The Buck Stops Here”. Perhaps if he made fewer speeches he could get a little more work done.

    Perhaps the next time a foreign dignitary visits,  someone in authority in the White House could consult the Chief of Protocol, who might have a few suggestions on diplomatic protocol.

  • Not only is Obama a lazy slacker who is spending millions of dollars entertaining and smoozing late into the night at the White House, but he is a confirmed narcissist with no real interest in the day to day work of being President.


    • At least he is consistent. He had no real interest in the day to day work of the Senate, either.

  • I keep tinking of the aftermath of the Russian invasion of Georgia and how Team Obama issued a statement of how he had had a previous statement about the state of South Ossetia prior to the invasion that was supposed to show how Obama had been on top of the situation for the preious months.

    Oh what BS seeing now that he can’t even muster enough energy to say a proper hello and goodbye to a foreign head of state.  All the more ridiculous given that there are “protocol officers” at State who specialize in this kind of stuff.

    I used to smirk at the use of the term “LightWorker” but it really fits

    • And who in their right mind issues even “off the record” comments like …

      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 God  ..  the “official” should be fired.  No wonder there is a flap about Limbaugh, they have to distract from stuff like this.

  • I am reminded of the song “American Pie”

    And Satan laughed with delight
    The day the music died.

    I am quite sure that our enemies are reading things like this and laughing their heads off.

  • All we need now is for California to have the “Big One”

  • Obama constantly talked his way out of his own business on his way into the White House.

    Meanwhile, there were at least five things that immediately disqualified him for the nomination, let alone the job:

    Wright, Rezko, Chicago, way too far Left associations and underpinnings, and zero experience doing anything.

    Those showed serious lack of judgment, hare-brained ideology, the intellectual munitions of a fantasist, bad company, and probable self-indulgent venality.

    Now: watch out.

    First sign of that: Too busy managing the War on Rush Limbaugh to manage the protocol for first visit from the British PM. 

  • Yep, I said it, and I hate to say that I was right: The Prez IS a Clown™.

    But while that may be good for politicking, it is really awful for this country. Unfortunately, this empty suit is President, and we need the economy to get better whether it is under him or not. No one wants to see millions of people standing on unemployment lines praying that they find work, to house and clothe and feed their families.
    But the sad truth is, that because no one listened to those of us who opposed the election of this naïve fool, we are stuck with him and his Gang That Cannot Shoot Straight for the next three plus years…and that is what will really hurt. Because, as Wall Street is showing us, lack of confidence in the President means a downward spiral in stock prices, which leads to a downward spiral in peoples’ savings and investments, which leads to companies hiring less or firing more, which leads to less spending, which leads to more unemployment, and which leads to less confidence in the White House and the US Government, which leads to a downward spiral in stock prices, and the whole thing starts all over. Except with each round, things get worse and worse and worse…and The Clown™ is, at the same time, hell bent on spending his way out of the mess, no matter how bad he makes the deficit, which leads to more of a lack in confidence in the White House and the US Government, which leads to a downward spiral in stock prices, exacerbating the entire economic structure.
    I remember last year, when I was on another blog, when some idjit posted something to the effect of, “Every time George W. Bush shows his face, the stock market goes down 100 points. I wish he would stay off the news.” Possibly true, but remember this: that happened at the end of Bush’s second administration, not six weeks into his first. Watch Fox Business or CNBC, and note that when Geithner the Tax Cheat™ or The Clown™ talk, the stock market goes down 100 plus points as well. Now, I wonder: where is that idjit who wanted Bush to stay off the television? Is there similar advice for The Clown™?
    Remember this, also: This is all happening just because of a lack of fiscal restraint and bad unemployment numbers. Imagine if a world crisis hits, or we are struck by another terrorist attack. Keep in mind what happened to the Dow following 9/11…and you will see a 2,000 point sell-off in a week if that repeats.
    I say this again and again, and I repeat it here: The Clown™ is doing everything possible to make sure that he is a one-termer. I just didn’t think that his one term would end in 2009. Because if by years’ end we do not see an end to the downward slide in employment, The Clown™ will cause his party a 70 seat loss in 2010. And THAT will make him a lame duck.

  • Where are the geniuses who assured us that being a community organizer was better experience for President than mayor of a small town for VP?

    • They’re busy saying with a great job B.O. is doing and praising his brilliance.

  • And where was Joe “Foreign Policy Soooper-Genius” Biden, anyway?

    • Ha, yeah, I remember good ole Joe, the smartest man in the world, saying he would be right there with Obama giving him advice and all.  Doing a great job, huh?

      • It’s hard to think that Biden would do worse, isn’t it?

        Didn’t Obama put him in charge of implementing the stimulous bill?   I figured that was a punishment… passive aggressive… after (in my imagination) Biden read Obama the riot act for laughing at a conference and saying he had “no idea” what that silly Biden was on about… and then Obama’s like… fine then, you want to be taken seriously, take *this*, bwa ha ha ha.

        Same with sending Hillary out and about on her merry way while vital ambassadorial appointments haven’t been made yet… go away Hillary!.. did you think that Secretary of State would be a post with authority?   Huh?  Did you?

        • I thought the guy would be incompetent, but I thought his handlers would keep *some* semblance of a clue when directing him to do things.  This is one giant clusterf#$k though.  The other day I said to myself “How can he be this bad…I mean, half of his staff is old Clinton insiders!”  That’s when it dawned on me…

  • Thank God, President Obama did have time to meet with Brad Pitt the other day to discuss the reconstruction of New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina.

    • And Cloony about Darfur, didn’t he?

      • Yes. President Obama has priorities.

        Like most Americans I would like to help others … while being televised.
        — Maria Bamford

        • The whole joke: 

          Like most Americans, I like to help others while being televised. I’d like to go to an area of the world where they really need my help. Like, ‘We’re here in sub-Saharan Africa because people sometimes have to walk tens of hundreds of miles for food, water and basic medical care — and that’s why we’ve chosen this village for an EXTREME MAKEOVER!’

          — Maria Bamford

  • Martin failed to mention Obama’s expertise in giving away large amounts of money in his stimulus package for Chicago public schools  known as the Annenberg Challenge.

  • I thought he wanted this job. Instead he wants to jetset all over the USA and the World, but he’s too lazy to wake up for a mid-morning meet and greet? uh oh.

  • I’m still of the opinion that the US/Britain, Obama/Brown  thing is primarily about snubbed British reporters being put-out about the lack of customary special press conferences than anything else.   It might even be partially subconscious projection on their part.

    • Not to mention that lovely 25 volume DVD set Obama gave Brown, and the two matching Marine One models from the White House gift shop, M gave Mrs. Brown.

      • Yes the models that cost 15 bucks and probably had her aide spend liek 5 mins tops.  Meanwhile Mrs Brown obviously spent a lot of money and time getting books that are not available to the public from British authors and really nice clothes.