One would think that by now NOTHING would stun us. NOTHING!
Barack Obama is receiving the Today’s Are You Freakin’ Kidding Me? Award and the Barack Obama Award for the Audacity of Arrogance for the following statements coming from the Pretender-In-Chief who gave us stimulus 2.0 and a trillion dollar takeover of the healthcare industry, (not to mention Cap And Trade). I see someone has been doing some internal polling and is trying to keep the independents from jumping off the capsizing ship with his Fox News interview and about-face on the deficits. I hate to say it, but there is more to this story than meets the eye with this fraud.
BEIJING, Nov 18 (Reuters) – President Barack Obama gave his sternest warning yet about the need to contain rising U.S. deficits, saying on Wednesday that if government debt were to pile up too much, it could lead to a double-dip recession.
With the U.S. unemployment rate at 10.2 percent, Obama told Fox News his administration faces a delicate balance of trying to boost the economy and spur job creation while putting the economy on a path toward long-term deficit reduction.
His administration was considering ways to accelerate economic growth, with tax measures among the options to give companies incentives to hire, Obama said in the interview with Fox conducted in Beijing during his nine-day trip to Asia.
“It is important though to recognize if we keep on adding to the debt, even in the midst of this recovery, that at some point, people could lose confidence in the U.S. economy in a way that could actually lead to a double-dip recession,” he said.
Fox News, which released a transcript of the interview, showed that comment by Obama on Wednesday morning and said the full discussion would be broadcast later in the day.
REAL Americans are on the right side of history…Barack Hussein Obama? Not. So. Much. I know he finally came out today and condemned the violence in Iran….EVERYBODY knows it is way too little…uh..uh..uh…way too late. Barack you are a COWARD and/or you have saved all of your Bold steps for turning America into a socialist european state.
Here we are 11 days into the protests in Iran that are getting bloodier by the minute and the guy in the White House is voting present again when what we DESPERATELY NEED is The Leader Of The Free World.That’s right, Barack Obama forfeited that to Bibi Netanyahu when he went on his last apology tour, (and 150,000+ American Souls buried in European graveyards are still screaming for justice about that), through the Middle East, and Bibi solidified his position when he stepped up Sunday in solidarity with the Iranian protestors right along with millions of Americans and citizens of other countries. Imagine that, an Israeli backing Persians. Who woulda thought?
The Leader of The Free World has always been an American president because our presidents stood for life, liberty, and freedom for all peoples.Barack is so busy voting present instead of asking Mishy for his balls back so that he can stand up and be a man, that he cannot see the forest for the trees.It does not matter if America appears to meddle or not, we will get blamed. We, as Americans are definitely strong enough to take that criticism and the Iranian protestors NEED the support of our government and the international community to put a stop to the Iranian regime that is KILLING their own people. Sounds like a skip down the genocide path to me.
This is a golden opportunity to set the record straight for what past administrations (not average everyday Americans) did when they propped up the Shah and created this mess in the Middle East (among other dictators). This is also a golden opportunity, (and if Barack had ever run a private company he would see it), to create another strong ally in the Middle East.
Obama has been stalling and fiddle-f*cking around with the whole Iranian revolt situation while REAL Americans and the Israelis, the Germans, the Brits, and assorted other people with their heads screwed on straight are calling for the Iranian government to STOP KILLING THEIR OWN PEOPLE. Frak! I cannot believe I have to even point this out.
Bambi? Has no one amongst all of your czars told you that Americans are the frakkin’ calvary coming to the rescue when people are being murdered? Why do you think the Iranian Protestors are doing what they are doing, and who do you think that they waiting for help from? They have done their part, it’s time for America and the international community to put as stop to the killing of innocent Iranians.
Now here is Bambi’s Timeline, and then what real Americans are saying:
Obama has been criticized by some Republicans for his muted reaction to developments in Iran. The president said in an interview with CNBC on Tuesday that he shared the world’s concerns about the election but that he had to move cautiously because “the easiest way for reactionary forces inside Iran to crush reformers is to say it’s the U.S. that is encouraging those reformers.”
“What I’ve said is, look, it’s up to the Iranian people to make a decision,” he said. “We are not meddling.”
Obama opened himself to more criticism when he said in an interview with the Times and CNBC that, from a U.S. national security perspective, Ahmadinejad and Mousavi were not that much different.
“Either way,” Obama said, the United States is “going to be dealing with an Iranian regime that has historically been hostile to the United States, that has caused some problems in the neighborhood and is pursuing nuclear weapons.”
And, you know, we respect Iran’s sovereignty. And we respect the fact that ultimately the Iranian people have to make these decisions. But I hope that the world understands that this is not something that has to do with the outside world. This has to do with what’s happening in Iran. And, I think ultimately the Iranian people, will obtain justice.
Q: People in this country say you haven’t said enough, that you haven’t been forceful enough in your support for those people in the street, and which you say?
A: To which I say the last thing that I want to do is to have the United States be a foil for those forces inside Iran who would love nothing better than to make this an argument about the United States. That’s what they do. That’s what we’ve already seen. We shouldn’t be playing into that. There should be no distractions from the fact that the Iranian people are seeking to let their voices be heard.
Now, what we can do is bear witness and say to the world that the, you know, incredible demonstrations that we’ve seen is a testimony to, I think what Dr. King called the the arc of the moral universe. It’s long but it bends towards justice.
President Obama is sticking with his call for a restrained U.S. response to Iran’s post-election protests as pressure mounts from the GOP for him to “lead” by declaring his support for the country’s pro-reform demonstrations.
“The last thing that I want to do is to have the United States be a foil for those forces inside Iran who would love nothing better than to make this an argument about the United States,” Obama said in an interview broadcast Monday on CBS’ “The Early Show.”
“We shouldn’t be playing into that,” he said in the interview recorded Friday. “There should be no distractions from the fact that the Iranian people are seeking to let their voices be heard.”
Obama told Pakistan’s Dawn newspaper, in an interview published Sunday, that the United States has no way of knowing whether the disputed Iranian election 10 days ago was fair or not. Iranians should be able to peacefully protest the results in any case, Obama said.
A leader of a democracy is almost morally bound to stand in solidarity with those fighting for their freedom, facing bullets, tear gas, and chemicals. At least there is one person on the world stage not acting like a weather vane. Leader of the Free World people.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel added her voice to a growing chorus of Western leaders demanding respect for civil liberties in Iran.
“Human rights and citizens’ rights are inseparable, and that is why Germany stands behind the people, and peaceful demonstrations in Iran, who want to make use of their freedom of speech and who want to gather peacefully. I, therefore, demand that Iran’s leaders allow peaceful demonstrations, allow free reporting of events, stop the use of violence against demonstrators and free imprisoned people.”
UPDATE: The Iranian Guardian Council rejected annulling the election results. The public mourning of protesters has been banned. Live rounds are being fired to disperse crowds. And a stadium is being occupied by the military, which sound to me like they are preparing for mass incarcerations or worse. Looks like they’re going to try and break the protests and not look back. WHERE IS THE WEST?!?
I don’t understand Obama’s policy of “non-interference” in Iranian affairs. He has no apparent qualms about telling the Israelis what to do when it comes to building houses, so why the tepid reaction to this?
A victim of tyrrany
I agree with Peter Daou, who said this about Obama’s measured tone towards the violence in Iran:
Sometimes – most of the time – a calm, measured approach is the right one, but there are times when we need bold acts that emanate from our core, thunderous words to condemn evil and injustice, steely-eyed confidence that doing the right thing is better than doing the pleasing thing. We are living in those times.
And one of my personal favs: Marc Rubin of Tom In Paine
The other argument being made for Obama’s soft pedaling is he doesnt want to be used as a “foil” or an excuse by the current governement to unleash more violence against the demonstrators.
Is he kidding? All he has to do is warn Iran publicly against doing just that and make it clear publicly that the safety of the demonstrators is the responsibility of the Iranian government and that any attempts to use the United States as an excuse to commit murder or human rights violations against its own people will be just that — an excuse.
But Obama’s decision to sit on the sidelines in order to preserve some future attempt at negotiating with the current regime has been usurped whether he likes it or not. There are already reports that anywhere from 19 to 150 people have been killed by government police and militia. If this continues and the present government cracks down harder on the demonstrators and the violence increases it will be impossible for Obama to “negotiate” anything with the current Iranian government if they succeed in quashing the revolution. Any outstretched hand to this government after a bloodbath will look like the worst kind of appeasement.
People are taking their lives into their hands to stand up against a repressive government that poses a threat to the whole world and Obama is worried about Iran’s reaction to his own response, which when one thinks about it, doesn’t bode well for how Obama would handle negotiations with Ahmedenjad anyway.
It should be clear by now that there is a revolution taking place and so far, Obama’s approach in trying to preserve a “negotiating” position with the present oppressive government has made him look weak and foolish. Events in Iran will make any attempts at negotiating with the current government impossible in the future. Instead Obama should try and seize this opportunity to rally and lead the rest of the world to condemn the actions of the Iranian goverment . He could call for new supervised elections. He could do a lot of things but he isn’t.