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Just Words …

After only 10 months in office in what he likes to describe as the worst economic downturn since the Great Depression, President Obama finally has figured out that its all about the economy – and jobs:

The president focused his remarks on the economy, however, saying he pressured Asian leaders to allow more U.S. exports and to work with U.S. leaders on climate-change efforts.

“Asia is a region where we now buy more goods and do more trade with than any other place in the world – commerce that supports millions of jobs back home,” Obama said. “It’s also a place where the risk of a nuclear arms race threatens our security, and where extremists plan attacks on America’s soil. And since this region includes some of the fastest-growing nations, there can be no solution to the challenge of climate change without the cooperation of the Asia Pacific.

“Above all, I spoke with leaders in every nation I visited about what we can do to sustain this economic recovery and bring back jobs and prosperity for our people – a task I will continue to focus on relentlessly in the weeks and months ahead.”

Well there you go – he’s talked about it. Expect the world to listen and do exactly what he expect.

John Bolton, former US ambassador to the UN, has remarked previously about this propensity to consider “engagement” and negotiation as a policy in foreign policy:

Negotiation is not a policy. It is a technique. It is a way of achieving our objectives. It doesn’t tell us what the objectives are. The emphasis on negotiation as an end in itself reflects a shallowness in this administration’s approach to international affairs, and gives us little confidence that our interests will be well served.

In this trip, Obama claims these accomplishments:

Specifically, Obama said he “developed a host of new clean energy initiatives” with China and also raised the issue of human rights. China has been seen as reluctant in agreeing to reduce its carbon emissions, claiming its economy is still evolving.

Obama tied the U.S. economy directly to Asia’s openness to U.S. products, noting that an increase of just 5 percent in U.S. exports to Asia Pacific nations could produce hundreds of thousands of American jobs.

Now comes the hard part – turning words into deeds. And that means both domestically and internationally. So far, it’s been mostly words and few deeds – except increasing the deficit four fold and adding a trillion dollars to the debt is a record 8 months.

~McQ

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13 Responses to Just Words …

  • “After only 10 months in office in what he likes to describe as the worst economic downturn since the Great Depression”.
     
    That would still be Carter’s baby since its only been a year.  But he’s working on it and I’m sure Obama-Pelosi-Reid can get us there.  Yes, we can!

  • “he pressured Asian leaders to allow more U.S. exports”
    Please allow us to sell you stuff! I promise to bow reallly low next time.
    Dude, the issue of currency manipulation and one-way trade is part of the reason we are in this mess. If Democrats can’t shake the stick at China on trade who will?
    Re-inflate the bubbles. Its the only way.
    No floating Yuan? Well, those Fannie Mae bonds are going to be fixed too. at 50% of face value.
    Between us and China we are a bunch of idiots.

  • Re-inflate the bubbles refers to our collective government policies, not to something I want to happen.

  • Ah, so that’s the trick!  Develop some clean energy initiatives with China and raise the issue of human rights!  It’s so simple, so elegant, so… so… brilliant!

  • I have been saying it all along: The Clown™ has no idea what he is doing, which is what happens when you hire an inexperienced and naïve huckster to run your company, in this case the company being the United States. The Clown™ should never have been hired in the first place. He had no executive experience, no experience running things, no legislative experience except for 2 short years in the US Senate in which he had no discernable accomplishments. And he has surrounded himself with a cabinet of losers, tax cheats, fellow inexperienced hacks, and other deluded nutjobs. And all of this is why The Clown™ has absolutely no idea how to stimulate the economy to create jobs, no idea how to win in Afghanistan, no idea how to confront Iran, no idea how to stop spending this country into bankruptcy.

    As I have been predicting, The Clown™ is a one-termer. Plain and simple. He is more unpopular now than any other President at this point in his administration. In 2010 the Demmies will be thrown for a loop (40-50-60 seat loss in the House, 3-5 seat loss in the Senate), and, in 2012, the Democrats will lose the White House.

    Put it down and mark my words. I have seen this coming for some time.

  • Isn’t this counter to his take on the trade treaties with Central and South American countries? Like the one that Pelosi gave up to Canada?
     
     
     
     

  • I once worked with a guy who had to negotiate with a Japanese company.
    He arrived and they went through the customary greeting with the exchange of business cards and such.  Then they sat down to begin the negotiation, as he went through our company’s position/offer of the negotiation, the Japanese businessmen would shake their heads in agreement.
    At the end of the day, the chief negotiator thanked him and said that they would get back to him the next morning with their position/offer.  The man responded that he thought that it should be easy to achieve a quick resolution since it appeared that everybody in the room was in agreement.
    The chief negotiator responded that the shaking of their heads meant that they understood his point, not that they agreed with it.
    I believe that Obama is having the same misunderstanding.

  • HE Talked, but I am sure that he sis not listen. because I am certain that the Asian leaders all gave him the smae advice.  Stop borrowing so much money and debasing your currency.

  • Obama tied the U.S. economy directly to Asia’s openness to U.S. products, noting that an increase of just 5 percent in U.S. exports to Asia Pacific nations could produce hundreds of thousands of American jobs.

    Absolutely!  Why, we could save or create 1,327 jobs in Ottawa’s 4077th Congressional district alone!

    / sarc

    Bolton says (correctly) that yapping is NOT a policy: it is a tool.  It is, sadly, a tool that works well for Imeme on the domestic front.  This is not because he’s an especially good communicator (though he does read TOTUS quite well), and certainly not because he has much to say that is worth hearing.  Rather, it’s because his dopey supporters and especially MiniTru make the same mistake of confusing a lot of yap with actual accomplishments.  Imeme can CLAIM to be a deficit hawk; they take him at his word.  He can CLAIM to have opened a new era of cooperation with Red China; they take him at his word.  He can CLAIM to have created or saved a million jobs in imaginary places, and they take him at his word.  Anybody remember his big speech at Caterpillar when he was busy wasting $780 billions on “stimulus”?  How he promised that Cat would see all its jobs come back?  How’s that working out?  It doesn’t matter: if a tree falls in the woods and MiniTru ignores it or says that it’s Bush’s fault, did it really happen?

    James MarsdenAs I have been predicting, The Clown™ is a one-termer.

    We can only hope and pray that you are right.  The fact that a slim majority of the American people were conned into electing this arrogant fool in the first place tells me that they are more than capable of being tricked again, especially if the GOP performs as usual and nominates yet another horrible candidate.  How about a Graham / Snowe ticket?  Or maybe Pat Buchanan can run with Fred Phelps?  When it comes to incompetence, the GOP has it down to a science.  Throw in the 10 – 15% boost in votes that any dem will enjoy due to MiniTru’s partisan coverage, add organized cheating by the DNC, ACORN, the unions, and other dem gangs, and you’ve got a real potential for four more years of “Yes We Can!”

    • docjim505 says: “The fact that a slim majority of the American people were conned into electing this arrogant fool in the first place tells me that they are more than capable of being tricked again, especially if the GOP performs as usual and nominates yet another horrible candidate.”
      Here is my take on this: In 1976, the GOP got blown out…Nixon, then Ford, sunk us into a hole. The country turned to an inexperienced man named Jimmy Carter (although he had been a Governor of Georgia), naïve as hell, who took this country into an economic tailspin and, in the vein of “reaching out to the world, made us a laughingstock. Carter was a national disaster. Between inflation, gas lines, and hostages in Iran, and the Russians in Afghanistan, the whole world looked to be coming apart, and we had a dolt running the country.

      So, in 1980, the GOP nominated Ronald Reagan for President. I remember how the Demmies shouted, “Bring on this old man! Bring on this fake actor! We will beat him with ease!” Imagine how shocked and stunned they were (and, as some have admitted, still are, nearly 30 years later), that Reagan demolished Carter, making way for the Reagan Revolution. Blue collar Dems abandoned their party for the GOP. Independents moved over to join Republicans. Dems lost control of the US Senate for years, and although Reagan didn’t accomplish everything he wanted, his ideas of lower taxes and help for small business and smaller government rang true with the people and led, I believe, to the GOP Revolution in 1994 that brought 12 years of GOP control of the Congress.

      Jimmy Carter did us a tremendous favor: it was he, and he alone, who helped get Reagan elected and shift the electorate to the GOP. The Clown™ is doing us the same favor: in 2010 he will get enough Demmies thrown out of office to shift control of the Congress back to us, and in 2012 we will see the rise of a dynamic Republican who, like Reagan, is being written off now as a loser, as a dimwit, as unelectable, and who will rise above all that and lead the country back to its rightful direction: forward, not backward.

      Is Sarah Palin the answer? I do not know. But I do know that after we flirted with McCain in 2008, the GOP will not be in the mood to nominate a weak sister for President again. We need a Reagan who will toss off the Demmies’ attacks, and we will find one, one way or another.

      Mark my words.

      • I hope that you are right.

        The problem is the GOP: what WILL they do?  Who will they nominate?

        I suggest that Reagan was a magnificent aberation.  He was absolutely comfortable in pursuing and EXPLAINING his conservative ideals and policies in a way that seemingly very few Republicans will do these days.  As has been discussed here many times, there is a significant part of the GOP that is NOT especially conservative and certainly shows little eagerness to explain why conservatism is good for the country.  So, we get (as you say) weak sisters like Yosemite Sam as our nominees, people who seem to believe that the best way to win is to try to demonstrate how “moderate” they are by pretty much agreeing in principle with liberals even though they may not agree with spending quite so much, quite so fast.

        Then, too, is the issue of how a GOP candidate should be “conservative”.  Fiscally?  Socially?  Foreign policy?

        Finally, while Imeme, by his disastrous policies and arrogant manner, will give the GOP a huge advantage in ’10 and ’12, the GOP still must find candidate who can take advantage of it and clearly articulate how they will be VERY different from him, SanFran Nan, Dingy Harry, and the rest of that odious gang.  Judging by who got nominated in NY-23, they’ll do a horrible job.

  • “the shaking of their heads meant that they understood his point, not that they agreed with it.”
    This. Same thing in China, Vietnam, Taiwan, etc. I have numerous times tried to warn my customers about this, but often they don’t get it. “Come on, lets get to the next point on the agenda! They agreed to it.” Uh, sure they did.
    I really think Eurocentric progressives (in US and Europe) will be in for a shock when the Asians take over foreign policy issues globally.