Bombing in Britain: British press rips Obama’s speech

by editor on May 27, 2011

The greatest speechifier in history bombed in Great Britain on Wednesday. Barack Obama may have quoted Winston Churchill, but his stolid speech in Westminster Hall didn’t inspire any comparisons to the great British Prime Minister.

The Telegraph UK tells the tale of Obama without his Teleprompter:

The pictures were better than the words…

…Perhaps Mr Obama was smothered also by his audience, which remained stubbornly unresponsive. For most of the time the President had nothing to bounce off: no applause and certainly no shouts of praise or blame as might be heard in an American church or at an American political rally.

The presidential text sounded as if it had been worked on so hard and conscientiously by a vast team of helpers that it had lost all savour, and been reduced to a series of orotund banalities, of the sort which can be heard at every tedious Anglo-American conference: “Profound challenges stretch out before us…the time for our leadership is now…Our alliance will remain indispensable.”

It did not help to hear Mr Obama assert, after only a minute or two, that “fortunately it’s been smooth sailing” between Britain and the United States “ever since” 1812, when we burned down the White House. Everyone present will have been able to think of occasions when this was not so. Suez did not seem like plain sailing.

We would like to take this opportunity to apologize to our British cousins. We Americans have learned first hand that tales of Barack Obama’s oration skills were greatly exaggerated. We should have warned you.

Our bad.

Perhaps President Obama could pick up a few tips listening to one of history’s greatest speakers.

Source: Telegraph UK

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Florodora May 27, 2011 at 5:45 am

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What an embarrassing louse. My loathing for another human being couldn’t be any stronger than what I feel for this charlatan, this simpleton, this emptiest of empty suits. I pray that little by little, the whole world awakens to the fraud that is Barack Obama.

Sailingbum May 27, 2011 at 6:04 am

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As correctly assessed “this charlatan, this simpleton”..
Vague and empty platitudes..
The hallmarks of all oBlowMe’s great oratory!!

Olivia May 30, 2011 at 4:30 am

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What an embarrassing louse. My loathing for another human being couldn’t be any stronger than what I feel for this charlatan,
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….which makes you a mighty poor excuse for an American, either because of the level of your hatred for its leader, or the level of your gullibility. Or both.

ray May 27, 2011 at 6:03 am

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The difference between the title of leader and being a leader.

perlcat May 27, 2011 at 6:12 am

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Well, that’s Barry.

Underneath the surface layer of flowery lies and bullshit, there’s a solid foundation of lies and bullshit.

hisham May 27, 2011 at 7:31 am

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LMAO Perlcat! When this gas-bag opens his orifices and jettisons gaseous orata, the MSM hangs on his every syllable, but whenever I hear this obnoxious prevaricator, I’m looking for something to wipe my rearend with!

Olivia May 28, 2011 at 5:26 pm

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This is so funny. The far right thinks that the right wing Telegraph (together with their favorite tabloid, the Daily Mail) qualifies as a representative sample of “the British press.” It never fails—-those are the ONLY European publications I ever see them quoting from.

What’s even funnier is that the American Obamaphobe who presented this blurb here conveniently left out the complimentary part…..

…Applause did break out when Mr Obama observed that “it’s possible for the sons and daughters of former colonies” to sit as Members of Parliament, and for “the grandson of a Kenyan who served as a cook in the British Army to stand before you as the President of the United States.”
Here was a personal connection rather than a platitude. We warm to Mr Obama, and feel an affinity with him, in part because he is a grandson of the British Empire. As well as being an American, he is one of us. And like many Americans, he has a generous appreciation of the tradition of liberty on this side of the Atlantic: hence his references to Magna Carta, the Bill of Rights, Adam Smith and Winston Churchill.
Mr Obama’s warmth returned immediately after he had spoken, as he moved slowly out of the great hall, shaking hands with Nick Clegg, John Major, Tony Blair, Gordon Brown, Glenda Jackson, Nicholas Soames and many others. Here once more was a man with the gift of raising people’s spirits.

…..and not one of you lemmings caught it.

theBeachBumConservat!ve May 27, 2011 at 1:45 pm

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rotfluidmeyomaeb !!!!! (rolling on the floor laughing until i dropped my enchilada , you owe me an enchilada, buster)

perlcat May 27, 2011 at 8:30 pm

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…and I had the best damn enchiladas in Omaha today — that and a tamale, smothered in a red pork chili so good, after I ate all the food, I licked the plate clean and rolled in it like a dog.

‘course, I do that every friday.

KimmyQueen May 28, 2011 at 7:58 am

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Uhm… that sounds good.

Olivia May 30, 2011 at 4:36 am

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Well, that’s Barry.

Underneath the surface layer of flowery lies and bullshit, there’s a solid foundation of lies and bullshit.

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I think you’re confusing him with Sarah Palin. Obama has in fact done much of what he proposed to do—-defend the country, get bin Laden, reform health care (even though right wing misanthropes see health care as a luxury that should be denied to those who can’t afford it) and raise our international reputation almost back to pre-Bush levels. He also got the economy turned around and headed in the right direction, although it will take years (or decades) to recover from this deep recession.

Sure, there’s plenty still to be done. But it’s ridiculous to trash him for not having an instant magic fix, while giving Bush a free pass for his many screw-ups.

RockingHorseGuy May 30, 2011 at 10:38 am

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Obama campaigned on getting bin Laden? I must have missed that one. Can you show us a link to some documentation of that? Oh, wait,…
This is Olivia. Her word is gospel. I apologize, and bow deeply, backing slowly and respectfully from her highness. I’m sorry, I didn’t mean to read your post. It just happened.

Olivia May 30, 2011 at 5:56 pm

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Obama campaigned on getting bin Laden? I must have missed that one. Can you show us a link to some documentation of that?

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Sure. I guess most of you far righters were too busy bashing Hillary Clinton back during the 2008 election season to pay much attention to what Obama was saying. Here you go:

“We cannot tolerate a terrorist sanctuary, and as president, I will not,” Obama said in May 2008. “We must make it clear that if Pakistan cannot or will not act, we will take out high-level terrorist targets like bin Laden if we have them in our sights.” http://www.usvetdsp.com/oct08/obama_apostate.htm

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kKHsjRzUTLQ

http://articles.cnn.com/2008-11-12/politics/binladen.hunt_1_tora-bora-bin-intelligence-officials?_s=PM:POLITICS

CAS May 27, 2011 at 6:22 am

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The Brits are quite aware that Obobo returned the bust of Churchill. That he had the nerve to quote Churchill to them must have been quite gallling.

They have perfected the art of “stony silence”, no doubt it was lost on him.

KimmyQueen May 27, 2011 at 6:40 am

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LOLOLOLOLOL

Oh am sorry, I wasn’t supposed to laugh?

jukin May 27, 2011 at 6:45 am

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WAIT!!!! I read and heard that Obama wowed the British Parliament with another greatest speech ever given. No bias in our press. Would you have thought three years ago that you would have to get real news from outside the country?

It’s certainly odd how the smartest preside..man in the history of the universe does so many stupid actions and makes so many screw ups. How could such a mediocre person rise to POTUS without 99% of the media covering up and propping him up? Left is right. Up is down. Ignorance is strength. And by the way your chocolate ration has been increased from thirty grams to twenty-fives grams.

Olivia May 28, 2011 at 5:32 pm

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WAIT!!!! I read and heard that Obama wowed the British Parliament with another greatest speech ever given. No bias in our press. Would you have thought three years ago that you would have to get real news from outside the country?
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This wasn’t a “news” story—-it was an opinion piece. And, if you’d actually read it, rather than just swallowing the highly edited version you were fed here, you’d realize that the writer did go on to praise Obama’s ability to connect.

Disappointed that we’ve got a literate president now, instead of a swaggering cowboy wannabe? Like it or not, it would seem that most of the western world doesn’t agree with you.

PsychoDad May 28, 2011 at 8:11 pm

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Haha, LITERATE???? “I umm, when we, ahhh, first came to, like… your country here… we, ahh… hey Michelle be waiting on me, Bill, finish up for me, yo.’

Navyvet May 27, 2011 at 6:47 am

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I wish this fool would simply stay in D.Sleaze. and stop traveling around embarrassing this country. In the US the press will fawn over him and oooh and ahhh every time he so much as flatulates. Or in Chrissy case, pee his pants while fantasizing.

alien May 27, 2011 at 7:10 am

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Is no one aware how conservative the Telegraph is? I didn’t hear the speech but don’t expect neutrality from this paper either

perlcat May 27, 2011 at 7:37 am

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Not as bad as the daily mail.

I don’t have a problem with a professed bias. It’s the pretending there is no bias when clearly there is that irritates me.

Overall, the source article was pretty fair. I could tell because my “Barry Sense” — a sense of profound irritation at sympathetic coverage of Obama — was grating on my nerves. They were not mocking as we are — just observing that the audience was clearly not responding to it like they may have in the US, what with there being more shills in the audience here. (my words, not theirs…)

alien May 27, 2011 at 9:33 am

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You are correct.. i just read the article and it is not anywhere as damning as the IHTM post characterizes it, and i judged based on my knowledge of the Telegraph’s conservative leanings

perlcat May 27, 2011 at 10:05 am

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I like the telegraph — but to get the total brit new picture, you have to read the official mouthpiece of their government as well. Problem is, the Beeb is harder to take. Daily Mail is funny, though.

toocoldinwa May 27, 2011 at 7:47 am

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He thinks it is still 2008. He drinks with his pinky extended. He flubs the toast. He gives a sub-par speech…how embarrassing. I should send another letter to the British Embassy and apologize on behalf of all normal Americans.

Olivia May 28, 2011 at 5:36 pm

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He thinks it is still 2008. He drinks with his pinky extended. He flubs the toast. He gives a sub-par speech…how embarrassing. I should send another letter to the British Embassy and apologize on behalf of all normal Americans.

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Great idea, if you want the British embassy to conclude that American conservatives are a bunch of ignorant jackasses. Bush already started that job; you might as well finish it. :P

Now, explain to me how Obama “flubbed the toast,” when it was the musicians who broke into his speech prematurely. Are you now going to claim that Obama arranged with them to interrupt the toast, in hopes of annoying the Queen? @@

DJ May 28, 2011 at 6:32 pm

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“Now, explain to me how Obama “flubbed the toast,” when it was the musicians who broke into his speech prematurely. Are you now going to claim that Obama arranged with them to interrupt the toast, in hopes of annoying the Queen? @@”

It was explained that the cue for the British National Anthem is always after the words, “Her Majesty, the Queen”.

Obama didn’t get the memo.

PsychoDad May 28, 2011 at 8:14 pm

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No, the REAL retarded orangutang disaster was when he went on speaking THROUGH THE ANTHEM!!!

The anthem which is, in essence, a PERSONAL salute to HM, who was Sock Puppet’s hostess. So it was a grotesque blunder insulting not only the nation , but the person of Her Majesty.

Pettier nations have gone to war over lesser slights.

Olivia May 30, 2011 at 6:02 pm

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The anthem which is, in essence, a PERSONAL salute to HM, who was Sock Puppet’s hostess. So it was a grotesque blunder insulting not only the nation , but the person of Her Majesty.

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I think Her Majesty is a bit better qualified than some Obamaphobic keyboard commando in the U.S. to determine what constitutes an actual insult to her person, and what was merely a ceremonial glitch.

So far, she’s given no indication that she was offended by the glitch. (If anything, she may have been concerned that a visiting dignitary’s speech was prematurely interrupted.) So, if she wasn’t upset by it, why are you having such trouble letting it go? You weren’t even there. ;)

PsychoDad May 28, 2011 at 8:20 pm

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Didn’t get the memo? Again? Hey Satch, Routine 7!

“Absolutely not, this is a pretty big government, the United States government. I got a lot of moving parts.”

KimmyQueen May 29, 2011 at 2:21 pm

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This man embarrasses me so much. I know that Bush was embarrassing sometimes but he at least was fun. Obama is not fun he is irritating.

Olivia May 30, 2011 at 4:38 am

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“Now, explain to me how Obama “flubbed the toast,” when it was the musicians who broke into his speech prematurely. Are you now going to claim that Obama arranged with them to interrupt the toast, in hopes of annoying the Queen? @@”

It was explained that the cue for the British National Anthem is always after the words, “Her Majesty, the Queen”.

Obama didn’t get the memo.

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So, if you had to have that explained to you, why would you be trashing Obama for not knowing it?

CAS May 30, 2011 at 10:04 am

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Because knowing proper protocol is part of his job.

Olivia May 30, 2011 at 6:12 pm

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Because knowing proper protocol is part of his job.

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Not necessarily. Presidents don’t magically acquire expertise in foreign court protocol when they move into the White House. Buckingham Palace has advisors to instruct visitors on royal protocol—-a very necessary practice, since it can be very exacting, even for visitors who know the Queen personally.

Only an idiot would blame a visiting foreign head of state for the musicians accidentally breaking into his speech. You know very well that, if it were Queen Elizabeth attending a state dinner at the White House, and the orchestra started playing before she was done speaking, you’d be b*tching up a storm that Obama, rather than the Queen, had screwed it up.

CAS May 31, 2011 at 10:46 am

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Nope, sorry. That doesn’t hold water. The White House has a protocol department charged with instructing the President on the order of events to ensure these things don’t happen. The orchestra didn’t break into his toast, he began speaking too soon. His bad, not the orchestra’s. And only and idiot would continue to speak as if the orchestra was playing God Save the Queen to accompanny his magnificent toast.

alien May 31, 2011 at 11:20 am

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He spoke too soon for what? What was supposed to happen in the intervening timespan? I can see from a simple video search that he’s talking for at least 3 minutes before the music cuts into his toast. Everyone is listening politely as he speaks. Its a simple miscue, which i might add, the British are not in the slightest bit concerned about, as are Obama’s partisan foes at home, who have all suddenly become experts on all matters of Royal protocol. In fact LOL my relatives found it endearing.. perhaps you should lecture them

perlcat May 31, 2011 at 11:25 am

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A politician talking too much and too long? Man, that’s gotta be news.

alien May 31, 2011 at 1:59 pm

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hehe the first time i saw the video, i got the impression he was being played off the stage, and he just hastily wrapped it up. Yeah, awkward. But nothing like CAS’s contention that he spoke too soon. I still don’t understand that point.

CAS May 31, 2011 at 3:09 pm

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You’re right, I misremembered the length of time he had been speaking. However, he really should have known the orchestra wasn’t playing a soundtrack to his toast – he admitted that’s what he thought was happening.

alien May 31, 2011 at 3:51 pm

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right.. a crescendo as the PM later said, for his Shakespearean climax.. lol, its just kinda funny when i think about it. He looks the goofball a bit.. so did Bush at times.. we all have a laugh and move on.

I kinda think you guys are burying the lead here too.. its one of Obama’s characteristic pauses-in-speech which probably led to the miscue

whiskeyriver May 27, 2011 at 8:33 am

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While Bozo Obummer is emarrassing us in England tornados are wreaking havoc in our country. The Mississippi is flexing its muscles and tens of thousands now have to find someplace else to live and try to earn a living.

I want to know who is really leading our country. Puppets do not work until someone pulls the strings, or sticks their hand in the sock, so who is making Obama dance? We have serious problems in our country and where is our elected leader? On the wrong side of the big pond, making a fool of himself and, by association, us.

Olivia May 28, 2011 at 5:39 pm

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I want to know who is really leading our country. Puppets do not work until someone pulls the strings, or sticks their hand in the sock, so who is making Obama dance? We have serious problems in our country and where is our elected leader? On the wrong side of the big pond, making a fool of himself and, by association, us.

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What is it that you want him to do about the Mississippi River that he isn’t already doing?

(P.S. Obama isn’t making a fool of you. You and your fellow Obamaphobes are doing a bang-up job of that, right here, all by yourselves.)

whiskeyriver May 29, 2011 at 9:41 pm

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Let’s see here. He could have been touring, and talking to everyone on the ground, in these devastated areas. He could have been urging Congress to approve emergency funds to help the displaced families on the Mississippi river and those left homeless by the tornados in the midwest.

That $20 billion he wants to give to middle eastern countries? Wouldn’t it be better spent at home instead? And, isn’t this lack of response from the White House after Katrina hit the gulf coast the reason you liberals tried to beat up on George Bush? At least Bush stayed home and tried to get all the various, mostly useless, gooberment agencies to work together to help the people. He didn’t run off and hide in England giving boring speeches. He didn’t go to Ireland to suck up the suds with the locals. He stayed home and tried to do what he was elected to do, take care of our country.

Olivia May 30, 2011 at 6:40 pm

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Let’s see here. He could have been touring, and talking to everyone on the ground, in these devastated areas.
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He did that.
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He could have been urging Congress to approve emergency funds to help the displaced families on the Mississippi river and those left homeless by the tornados in the midwest.
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All done.
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That $20 billion he wants to give to middle eastern countries? Wouldn’t it be better spent at home instead?
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That’s Congress’s decision to make, not the president’s.
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And, isn’t this lack of response from the White House after Katrina hit the gulf coast the reason you liberals tried to beat up on George Bush?
At least Bush stayed home and tried to get all the various, mostly useless, gooberment agencies to work together to help the people.
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Wrong. Bush didn’t stay home—he was off on an extended vacation in Crawford at the time. He declared a federal state of emergency; then went off on a round of birthday parties and photo-ops. Vice President Cheney and Secretary of State Rice, too, were on vacation, so no one was at home minding the store for several days—even though it was the worst natural disaster in the nation’s history.

To be fair, Bush didn’t know about the extent of the mess on the Gulf Coast, since he doesn’t read or watch the news. It was only after one of his aides provided the information on one of the DVDs that were customarily assembled for Bush, that he found out what most of the rest of the nation already knew. And, by then, hundreds of New Orleans residents were suffering hugely from the combined effects of heat exposure, dehydration, hunger and lack of medical treatment. (Hundreds of others were dead.)

Don’t even try to pretend that Obama’s state trip to Europe is in any way comparable to Bush dropping the ball in 2005. It’s obvious that your feelings are still smarting over the (justifiable) criticism aimed at Bush, and trying to turn the tables by blaming Obama for the same things. But, no matter how badly you want it to, it doesn’t fit.

Sorry.

Kip Hooker May 30, 2011 at 7:06 pm

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“And, by then, hundreds of New Orleans residents were suffering hugely from the combined effects of heat exposure, dehydration, hunger and lack of medical treatment. (Hundreds of others were dead.)

Good to know that only the NOLA residents counted.

alien May 27, 2011 at 9:28 am

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btw inclusion of Churchill’s words always welcome.. i can listen to this over and over

RockingHorseGuy May 27, 2011 at 9:57 am

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Yeah, that Churchill guy. He must have had a really good set of teleprompters to be able to speak the way he did.

perlcat May 27, 2011 at 10:07 am

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Now I have to clean Mountain Dew out of my keyboard again.

alien May 27, 2011 at 10:09 am

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he did sound like he was hittin the sauce a bit, though.. admirable

perlcat May 27, 2011 at 10:39 am

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Yes, but in the mornings, he was sober.

KimmyQueen May 27, 2011 at 9:48 am

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Am I wrong or he hasn’t said anything about the disasters at home? Maybe say he is praying for the victims? Has anyone heard anything like that?

alien May 27, 2011 at 9:54 am

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he said something about it in London a few days back

mike May 27, 2011 at 4:36 pm

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Yeah KQ, after Netanyahu mentioned the Missouri tornadoes at the joint conference, dear leader stated that he might be able to grace them with his presence within a week. Such a kind and caring leader.
As far as I know, he never really acknowledged the terrible flooding in Tn. last spring. I could be wrong about that, but I never heard of it, and if it did happen it was after they had time to recover pretty much.

KimmyQueen May 28, 2011 at 8:08 am

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Nice. So it took the concern of a foreign leader to prompt our dear leader to say something about the welfare of the people whom he is supposed to lead. THEN he preferred to go to Ireland and England and the summit instead of visiting the area first or something. How nice. I remember when Bush got hated on for flying over Katrina hit Louisana, yet he actually cared to do what he could before it hit and after it hit. Clinton actually seemed to care for people when stuff happened too. I mean for real does Obama CARE for us? I don’t think so.

RockingHorseGuy May 29, 2011 at 10:42 am

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I’m still wondering how in the world it helps the recovery from a disaster to have the President show up in person. It seems to me like the whole circus would just serve to get in the way of all the hard work that needs to be done.

Olivia May 30, 2011 at 5:01 am

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Yeah KQ, after Netanyahu mentioned the Missouri tornadoes at the joint conference, dear leader stated that he might be able to grace them with his presence within a week. Such a kind and caring leader.
As far as I know, he never really acknowledged the terrible flooding in Tn. last spring. I could be wrong about that, but I never heard of it, and if it did happen it was after they had time to recover pretty much.

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Well, duh. You never heard of it because you depend on an Obamaphobic right wing gossip network for your news about the White House, not because it didn’t happen. The sources YOU listen to (which, judging from your false claim, would be Sean Hannity, Erick Erickson and Rush Limbaugh) would much rather raise a stink about Obama’s speech being interrupted by musicians (and then blaming it on him) than admit that he cares about what’s going on in his country. Can’t risk destroying their carefully cultivated image of him as “uppity,” can they? :D

http://www.nbc-2.com/story/14650180/2011/05/16/obama-to-meet-with-tennessee-flood-victims

http://mediamatters.org/print/research/201006070040

deepthinker May 27, 2011 at 10:51 am

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Sounds like the British press didnt get the memo from the US press. No bashing barry, he’s the best of all times. Good for them for calling bull shit.

jukin May 27, 2011 at 11:01 am

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Obama met Churchill at a party. Churchill was quite drunk. Obama said “You sir are drunk.” Churchill replied “You are correct but you are an arrogant and ignorant ass and tomorrow I will be sober.”

Buck O'Fama May 27, 2011 at 11:35 am

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Maybe he should just bow and then quit while he’s still ahead…

perlcat May 27, 2011 at 11:40 am

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I got ya two one-liners about that:

“…but he wasn’t done listening to himself speak!”

“…can’t. Has fifteen minutes left on the iPod.”

Take your pick.

Buck O'Fama May 27, 2011 at 7:57 pm

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Hafta go with #2 as that at least limits him to 15 minutes. With #1, there is no end in sight….

perlcat May 27, 2011 at 8:31 pm

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true…

mojo May 27, 2011 at 12:33 pm

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Ok, let’s clear this misunderstanding up right now.

Lissen up, Brit scribblers – If THE ONE says it, it MUST be true!

Otherwise, you’re all dumb racists.

Olivia May 30, 2011 at 5:13 am

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Ok, let’s clear this misunderstanding up right now.

Lissen up, Brit scribblers – If THE ONE says it, it MUST be true!

Otherwise, you’re all dumb racists.

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Except that the Obamaphobe who wrote the comment (including the carefully edited commentary from the Telegraph) isn’t a “Brit scribbler,” but an American right wing hack.

If he were interested in the truth, he would have included the entire Telegraph commentary, much of which was complimentary to Obama.

And, by the way, no one said it was “racist” not to believe everything you hear. Granted, it’s profoundly stupid to swallow every negative blurb you hear about Obama and reject every positive one, but I’m not sure why you found it necessary to (what’s that buzzword you far righters are so fond of?) “play the race card” over it.

Maybe it was just the easiest way you could think of to play victim?

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