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Obama Urged to Seize Reins as Crises Pile Up

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posted on Mar, 15 2011 @ 09:11 AM
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The sub-headline from the main web page is actually more appropriate IMO:

Critics Question Obama's Priorities in Time of Crises

The issue is that during civil wars in the middle east that could have far reaching consequences for the U.S., and a crisis japan that could do the same in the much more immediate future, obama does his weekly radio speech about what?


Amid chaos around the world and on Capitol Hill, Obama's Saturday radio address was devoted to Women's History Month and a call to pass the Paycheck Fairness Act, a proposal meant to address the income gap between men and women. Then, the president went golfing at Andrews Air Force Base.


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Could obama act more out of touch with reality? This president needs to start leading. Forget the 2012 election. World and local events demand leadership now.

BTW - no shooting the mesenger here, the reporting is accurate.




posted on Mar, 15 2011 @ 09:23 AM
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He's not out of touch with his goal which is to make money and clear some space on the planet for his employer. He's an adolescent that was allowed to jack a car he could never have on his own and is having his way with it. You know what happens to the car in such cases dont you?



posted on Mar, 15 2011 @ 09:37 AM
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I have seen more leadership displayed at a church ice cream social on a Sunday evening. I wonder how many democrats are wishing they'd voted for Hillary...I wish they had voted for Hillary. She certainly seems to be conducting herself with a much more professional personna....

Obama makes Bill look like a superstar... wow, never thought I would be longing for the good ol' days of Clinton...way back when the biggest problem was which stain remover to buy for clothes?



posted on Mar, 15 2011 @ 09:38 AM
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Obama is leading...just not to place most will find pleasant.



posted on Mar, 15 2011 @ 09:40 AM
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Originally posted by centurion1211
This president needs to start leading.


At this point, I prefer he continue to talk about Women's History month.


The world can only handle so much incompetency at once....



posted on Mar, 15 2011 @ 09:40 AM
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This is one of the most common "no win situations" for a POTUS to find himself in - and it does happen to them all. Remember Bush during Katrina, as an example. If they react they are pegged as reactionary and hyperbolic. If they do not react they are seen as incompetent and out of touch.

It will actually take several years for us to get a clear picture of what the administration is doing, behind the scenes. Once the biographies and "tell all" books begin hitting the market, in a few years, we will begin to have the pieces of the puzzle. Until then, this is all armchair quarter backing and speculation.

~Heff



posted on Mar, 15 2011 @ 09:50 AM
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Originally posted by Hefficide

It will actually take several years for us to get a clear picture of what the administration is doing, behind the scenes.


The point is, however, that years from now it will be likely too late, and all the current signs point to a president that has checked out.

People that like to try and blame Bush for Katrina, conveniently forget that it takes the federal government about 3 days to ramp up a response to any kind of large emergency - about how long it took under Bush. The real Katrina criminals are the democrat mayor of New Orleans and the governor of Louisiana, who basically pulled a Nero while the disaster unfolded around them - remember that they at first refused federal assistance, which is the real cause of any delays in getting help to the people. Just like obama seems to be doing with world events today.



posted on Mar, 15 2011 @ 10:29 AM
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Apparently Obama is spending his time making NCAA picks. Wonder if he is going to call the Japanese Prime Minister and see who he likes for the NCAA. Will that be in the tell all books in the future?

www.politico.com...



posted on Mar, 15 2011 @ 10:40 AM
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Thousands dead and dying in Japan
Thousands rioting in the middle east
A potential nuclear cloud approaching the west coast
Rampant unemployment
Pending government shut-down

And he golfs and talks about. . . . WHAT?


Ahhh, so this is what passes for leadership in the Obama Administration.

Miss Bush yet?



posted on Mar, 15 2011 @ 11:02 AM
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In my considered opinion only, Obama has never been a leader to the American people. He said "Change we can believe in." Well? Where is the change, people? All I can see is more and more of the same, the rich taking it all, and the poor going without, and then the rich try to take away what dignity the poor have left. Draconian laws put into place by Bush/Cheny/Rumsfeld/Rove are still in place, more land is declared "government property." and the water is now "government property." A good job for an average American citizen is non existent. Health care is health scare to most, but still many have no health care at all. Japan is going throught the toughest time it ever has before, and what is Obama doing today?
www.whitehouse.gov...



posted on Mar, 15 2011 @ 11:03 AM
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Originally posted by Hefficide

This is one of the most common "no win situations" for a POTUS to find himself in - and it does happen to them all.
~Heff


Also wanted to respond to this.

The easiest way to find oneself in a no win situation is to take no action at all. I also can imagine that obama might be feeling sort of "persecuted" for all the bad and no-decisions made by his administration so far to the point that he is now afraid to go out on any limbs.

Consider how obama has handled the middle east crisis. Obama actively campaigned to get rid of Egypt's leader, who while hardly a saint, was no threat (almost a friend to the U.S.). Contrast that with the handling of the situation in Libya, where obama has done absolutely nothing, but Gadaffi has actually arranged for the killing of Americans in Germany and the Pan Am airliner bombing. Quite easy to see that what obama has done is the exact reverse of what should have been done.

Rather than retreat into a sort of leadership paralysis in fear of making more bad decisions, obama needs to locate his spine and cojones and pull himself together to be the leader the rest of the world expects and expected him to be.



posted on Mar, 15 2011 @ 02:12 PM
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The contemporaneous crises in the Middle East and Japan may be the opportunity for capitalism to re-take the ground lost in Obama's battle to destroy it.

We probably cannot avoid revitalizing our economy and energy production as we strive to replace Arabian oil, resume production of the auto and electronics industries what we surrendered to Japan, and rebuild the cities and towns devastated in the wake of the earthquake.

The only thing that would prevent this is Obama's deference to China to take the lead, which remains quite possible. The Honshu Islands dispute revealed Obama's inability to stand up for our Japanese friends and willingness to cater to the communist regime in Beijing.

We can only "hope" for "change", right?
(My money is on the capitalists to come to the world's rescue once again, regardless of what their spineless president would prefer.)

jw
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posted on Mar, 15 2011 @ 02:36 PM
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"Monkeyshines" may be defined as doing anything and averything BUT your job or duty.
And THAT says all you have to know about the current "american leader"



posted on Mar, 15 2011 @ 02:52 PM
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Originally posted by jdub297
reply to post by centurion1211
 
The contemporaneous crises in the Middle East and Japan may be the opportunity for capitalism to re-take the ground lost in Obama's battle to destroy it.

We probably cannot avoid revitalizing our economy and energy production as we strive to replace Arabian oil, resume production of the auto and electronics industries what we surrendered to Japan, and rebuild the cities and towns devastated in the wake of the earthquake.

The only thing that would prevent this is Obama's deference to China to take the lead, which remains quite possible. The Honshu Islands dispute revealed Obama's inability to stand up for our Japanese friends and willingness to cater to the communist regime in Beijing.

We can only "hope" for "change", right?
(My money is on the capitalists to come to the world's rescue once again, regardless of what their spineless president would prefer.)

jw
edit on 15-3-2011 by jdub297 because: faulty punkedyouasian


Which capitalism are you referring to? Govt sanctioned industries offering wages to laborers is nto capitalism, its fascism. Capitalism would be when anyone could start their own company, and if you look around, that's not the case, If you dont got juice with the boys in charge and make appropriate payments you are gonna be crushed. Capitalism requires options and choices, not the choice to be a disposable asset for one approved connected corporation or another. Wage slavery is not actual functional capitalism unless it's a choice among others. IF you get on the wrong side of gubmint you dont stand a chance no matter how good you are at what you do,



posted on Mar, 15 2011 @ 02:55 PM
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Originally posted by centurion1211
BTW - no shooting the mesenger here, the reporting is accurate.


Oh because you say it is? FOX NEWS Source.
Let's take a gander at the fair and balanced sources:


"I don't know if they don't realize the disconnect and maybe they don't care ... but it does matter," Dana Perino, former White House press secretary under George W. Bush, told Fox News



Former Bush adviser Karl Rove said that he doesn't "begrudge" the president for taking time out for recreation, but Libya and the budget in particular demand more involvement on Obama's part.



"He seems paralyzed," said Nile Gardiner, a director with the conservative Heritage Foundation.



John Bolton, the hawkish former ambassador to the United Nations under Bush, also wrote in a column Monday that Obama is "passive" as the window of opportunity in Libya narrows.



For every call for the United States to flex its muscle, there are warnings about unintended consequences. Sen. Dick Lugar, R-Ind., ranking Republican on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee,



Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., wrote in a column Monday that Obama is "absent from this debate."


What a crock. Partisan opportunists one and all. FOX NEWS is a charlatan pretending to be an impostor masquerading as a legitimate news organization. The term "always consider the source" never rang so true.

:shk:



posted on Mar, 15 2011 @ 03:04 PM
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I thinkit's pretty apparent to all that the accomplishment/recreation quotient is approaching negative infinity. No fox news analysis is needed. THe man dont do jack but monkeyshines unless yo call destruction of america and desolation of the public an accomplishment in which case the ratio approaches positive infinity



posted on Mar, 15 2011 @ 03:04 PM
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The whole Middle East/North Africa situation reminds me of the fall of communism. With the billions and billions of dollars invested in the intelligence agencies, they failed to see yet another, massive global upheaval coming.

As was the case with Reagan, the administration seems to have been caught totally by surprise, and is scrambling to come up with a policy.

Obviously this is a situation where everyone must be trying to pull the covers to their side of the bed. On one side, the corporations which have invested a great deal and risk losing profit potential if any regime change occurs, and on the other side, citizens of countries sick of dictatorships who long for a say in government.

Hmm... I wonder who made the larger campaign contribution?

the Billmeister



posted on Mar, 15 2011 @ 03:04 PM
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"I don't know if they don't realize the disconnect and maybe they don't care ... but it does matter," Dana Perino, former White House press secretary under George W. Bush, told Fox News

Former Bush adviser Karl Rove said that he doesn't "begrudge" the president for taking time out for recreation, but Libya and the budget in particular demand more involvement on Obama's part.

"He seems paralyzed," said Nile Gardiner, a director with the conservative Heritage Foundation.

John Bolton, the hawkish former ambassador to the United Nations under Bush, also wrote in a column Monday that Obama is "passive" as the window of opportunity in Libya narrows.

For every call for the United States to flex its muscle, there are warnings about unintended consequences. Sen. Dick Lugar, R-Ind., ranking Republican on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee,

Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., wrote in a column Monday that Obama is "absent from this debate."


Fantastic insight, really.

There really isn't much left for anyone to defend anymore; even his own party's senators are taking pot-shots at his failure to take decisive action on key issues. You know it. It is way past denial and indefensible.

When a freshman senator from West Virginia'calls out" the president and he and his sycophants slink away, it speaks volumes for his "leadership" and "decisiveness."

His eyes are focused on 2012 and everything comes second or worse. If it even smells conservative it is ignored.

This is your "post-partisan" hope for "change [you] can believe in?" That's all you've got - belief in a sloganeer.

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posted on Mar, 15 2011 @ 03:08 PM
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Maybe he knows somethin` about the end , and he lives his last year relaxing without too much work



posted on Mar, 15 2011 @ 03:11 PM
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As I said - and many understand - playing "shoot the messenger" does not diminish the message.

And if you think it does specifically in the case of my OP, please post the statements that are incorrect - if you can find one ...




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