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Obama Reaches Out to the World With Op-Ed on Global Economy

By Garance Franke-Ruta
Is Al Watan the new Quad City Times?

During the presidential primary campaign, Barack Obama mastered the art of reaching out to important small media outlets in order to achieve political aims, meeting with editorial boards throughout Iowa, chatting amiably with reporters from outlets such as the Mason City Globe Gazette and the Fort Dodge Messenger -- and even granting one columnist for the Daily Times Herald of Carroll, Iowa, (circulation: 6,000) an astonishing six interviews.

Today, President Obama arranged for an op-ed "on the urgent need for global economic cooperation" to run in more than 30 papers around the world, under distribution from Tribune Media Services. The move comes on the heels of Obama's YouTube Nowruz message to the people of Iran, and as his outreach to niche media at home -- another extension of the campaign strategy -- picks up steam.

Just as he once worked to speak directly to the people of Iowa, he now is reaching out to the world, pursuing a diplomatic strategy that targets nation states with the same direct appeals once reserved for states such as Indiana and South Carolina.

Designed to set the stage for the G-20 London Summit on April 2, the op-ed ran in five Arab papers: Al Watan (Gulf States), Arab Times (Gulf States), Asharq Al Awsat (regional paper in Arabic), Gulf News (Gulf States), Saudi Gazette (Saudi Arabia).

It also ran in newspapers based in Europe -- Corriere della Sera (Italy ), Die Welt (Germany), El Pais (Spain), the International Herald Tribune (Paris), Eleftyropiea (Greece), Kristeligt Dagblad (Denmark), Le Monde (France), Lidove Noviny (Czech), NRC Handelsblad (Netherlands), Svenska Dagbladet (Sweden ) and WProst (Poland) -- and in South American publications -- El Mercurio (Chile), Estado de Sao Paulo (Brazil) and Clarin (Argentina).

It ran in Asian and South Asian papers, too: The Hindustan Times/ The Hindu (India), The News (Pakistan), South China Morning Post (Hong Kong), Straits Times (Singapore), Yomiuri Shimbun (Japan) and the Bangkok Post (Thailand).

And it ran in South Africa (Sunday Times), Australia (Syndey Morning Herald and The Australian) and the United States (Chicago Tribune, the Los Angeles Times and the Baltimore Sun).

Obama's op-ed, "A time for global action," follows:

WASHINGTON -- We are living through a time of global economic challenges that cannot be met by half measures or the isolated efforts of any nation. Now, the leaders of the Group of 20 have a responsibility to take bold, comprehensive and coordinated action that not only jump-starts recovery, but also launches a new era of economic engagement to prevent a crisis like this from ever happening again.

No one can deny the urgency of action. A crisis in credit and confidence has swept across borders, with consequences for every corner of the world. For the first time in a generation, the global economy is contracting and trade is shrinking.

Trillions of dollars have been lost, banks have stopped lending, and tens of millions will lose their jobs across the globe. The prosperity of every nation has been endangered, along with the stability of governments and the survival of people in the most vulnerable parts of the world.

Once and for all, we have learned that the success of the American economy is inextricably linked to the global economy. There is no line between action that restores growth within our borders and action that supports it beyond.

If people in other countries cannot spend, markets dry up -- already we've seen the biggest drop in American exports in nearly four decades, which has led directly to American job losses. And if we continue to let financial institutions around the world act recklessly and irresponsibly, we will remain trapped in a cycle of bubble and bust. That is why the upcoming London Summit is directly relevant to our recovery at home.

My message is clear: The United States is ready to lead, and we call upon our partners to join us with a sense of urgency and common purpose. Much good work has been done, but much more remains.

Our leadership is grounded in a simple premise: We will act boldly to lift the American economy out of crisis and reform our regulatory structure, and these actions will be strengthened by complementary action abroad. Through our example, the United States can promote a global recovery and build confidence around the world; and if the London Summit helps galvanize collective action, we can forge a secure recovery, and future crises can be averted.

Our efforts must begin with swift action to stimulate growth. Already, the United States has passed the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act -- the most dramatic effort to jump-start job creation and lay a foundation for growth in a generation.

Other members of the G-20 have pursued fiscal stimulus as well, and these efforts should be robust and sustained until demand is restored. As we go forward, we should embrace a collective commitment to encourage open trade and investment, while resisting the protectionism that would deepen this crisis.

Second, we must restore the credit that businesses and consumers depend upon. At home, we are working aggressively to stabilize our financial system. This includes an honest assessment of the balance sheets of our major banks, and will lead directly to lending that can help Americans purchase goods, stay in their homes and grow their businesses.

This must continue to be amplified by the actions of our G-20 partners. Together, we can embrace a common framework that insists upon transparency, accountability and a focus on restoring the flow of credit that is the lifeblood of a growing global economy. And the G-20, together with multilateral institutions, can provide trade finance to help lift up exports and create jobs.

Third, we have an economic, security and moral obligation to extend a hand to countries and people who face the greatest risk. If we turn our backs on them, the suffering caused by this crisis will be enlarged, and our own recovery will be delayed because markets for our goods will shrink further and more American jobs will be lost.

The G-20 should quickly deploy resources to stabilize emerging markets, substantially boost the emergency capacity of the International Monetary Fund and help regional development banks accelerate lending. Meanwhile, America will support new and meaningful investments in food security that can help the poorest weather the difficult days that will come.

While these actions can help get us out of crisis, we cannot settle for a return to the status quo. We must put an end to the reckless speculation and spending beyond our means; to the bad credit, over-leveraged banks and absence of oversight that condemns us to bubbles that inevitably bust.

Only coordinated international action can prevent the irresponsible risk-taking that caused this crisis. That is why I am committed to seizing this opportunity to advance comprehensive reforms of our regulatory and supervisory framework.

All of our financial institutions -- on Wall Street and around the globe -- need strong oversight and common sense rules of the road. All markets should have standards for stability and a mechanism for disclosure. A strong framework of capital requirements should protect against future crises. We must crack down on offshore tax havens and money laundering.

Rigorous transparency and accountability must check abuse, and the days of out-of-control compensation must end. Instead of patchwork efforts that enable a race to the bottom, we must provide the clear incentives for good behavior that foster a race to the top.

I know that America bears our share of responsibility for the mess that we all face. But I also know that we need not choose between a chaotic and unforgiving capitalism and an oppressive government-run economy. That is a false choice that will not serve our people or any people.

This G-20 meeting provides a forum for a new kind of global economic cooperation. Now is the time to work together to restore the sustained growth that can only come from open and stable markets that harness innovation, support entrepreneurship and advance opportunity.

The nations of the world have a stake in one another. The United States is ready to join a global effort on behalf of new jobs and sustainable growth. Together, we can learn the lessons of this crisis, and forge a prosperity that is enduring and secure for the 21st century.

Barack Obama is president of the United States. A Global Viewpoint article distributed by Tribune Media Services.

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P.S. (for everyone else): the topic is "President Obama arranged for an op-ed "on the urgent need for global economic cooperation" to run in more than 30 papers around the world, under distribution from Tribune Media Services." My very first post indeed asks a basic, fundamental question as to whether Obama is even legally President.

Posted by: JakeD | March 25, 2009 12:51 PM | Report abuse

The FACT is that Cheney cannot be the anti-Christ BECAUSE he is out of office. Deal with that!

Posted by: JakeD | March 25, 2009 10:41 AM | Report abuse

This man is the anti-christ.. He is the egomaniacal sick little puppet of the banker elites. He's helping them bankrupt us to create the crisis for which he has the solution -- world government.

This is pretty scary folks... Hitler on a global scale.

Posted by: username | March 24, 2009 11:18 PM

Well it's a good thing the pretty scary, egomaniacal, anti-Christ dick Cheney is no longer in office.

Posted by: kevinschmidt | March 25, 2009 2:39 AM | Report abuse

This man is the anti-christ.. He is the egomaniacal sick little puppet of the banker elites. He's helping them bankrupt us to create the crisis for which he has the solution -- world government.

This is pretty scary folks... Hitler on a global scale.

Posted by: username | March 24, 2009 11:18 PM | Report abuse

JRM2, excellent point! Thank you. I would add that when Bush DID travel to foreign countries he succeeded in embarrassing us by his behaviour and alienating a whole lot of them by his policies.
An interesting point to me in this whole story, is the fact that only 3 newspapers in this country ran the op-ed. Not important news? Not an important piece of information for our own people to know what our President is doing in terms of reaching out to the whole rest of the world? Business as usual, so no need to print the op-ed? Only "political", so no need to print the op-ed?
Or, what? Only three newspapers left in the whole of the United States? You can BET that if Bush had delivered an op-ed (a fantastical idea, given our knowledge of his own speaking and writing skills) it would have been circulated all around the nation.
I think this is peculiar that such a different and potentially impacting statement to the world from the President of the United States is basically censored within his own country. Humm?

Posted by: cms1 | March 24, 2009 9:42 PM | Report abuse

Add "checkmate" and "I categorically deny everything else in your post" to the words you need to look up. Even if I were lying (and, again, I categorically deny the charge) calling me a LIAR is an ad hominem personal attack. Try looking that up some day. I take it you never passed "logic" class?

Posted by: JakeD | March 24, 2009 9:19 PM

I take it you never attended "logic" class.

Again you fail to refute the charges, actually facts.

You do indeed post personal ad hominem attacks. That makes you a liar.

That's not a personal attack, that's the truth!

Still waiting for you to post a relevant, rational comment in any thread.

How many comments did you make in this thread? Close to half of them from what I can see. Yet, not one addresses the topic at hand. Do you even know the topic? From your comments, apparently not!

Now that's pathetic!

Posted by: kevinschmidt | March 24, 2009 9:30 PM | Report abuse

Add "checkmate" and "I categorically deny everything else in your post" to the words you need to look up. Even if I were lying (and, again, I categorically deny the charge) calling me a LIAR is an ad hominem personal attack. Try looking that up some day. I take it you never passed "logic" class?

Posted by: JakeD | March 24, 2009 9:19 PM | Report abuse

Don't look now, but accusing someone of LYING or even "you don't know how to stay on topic and argue rationally or civilly" is, in fact, a personal attack.

Posted by: JakeD | March 24, 2009 8:53 PM

Don't look now, but you are avoiding the fact that my comments are not personal attacks, but merely responses to your comment wrongly stating you do not make ad hominem attacks.

I proved you to be a liar. This is true because, ironically, the only defense you chose is not to refute my charges, but instead, to attack me personally with ad hominem attacks!

Checkmate!

Posted by: kevinschmidt | March 24, 2009 9:13 PM | Report abuse

Don't look now, but accusing someone of LYING or even "you don't know how to stay on topic and argue rationally or civilly" is, in fact, a personal attack.

Posted by: JakeD | March 24, 2009 8:53 PM | Report abuse

Besides, you are the LAST person to be complaining about ad hominem personal attacks against anyone posting here or not.

Posted by: JakeD | March 24, 2009 8:16 PM


I am not the one making ad hominem attacks, you are. Your very first post, was an ad hominem attack. Then you compounded your crime by lying about it, and then attacking those who call you on your pathetic behavior.

By the way, using the excuse "other people do it too" does not absolve you of your crimes of posting ad hominem attacks, and then lying about your uncivil, illogical behavior.

Still waiting for you to make even one relevant, logical comment on whatever the subject is at hand in any thread.

Posted by: kevinschmidt | March 24, 2009 8:49 PM | Report abuse

kevinschmidt:

Please (re)read my 3:19 PM post: "The record will show that I never resort to ad hominem personal attacks AGAINST ANYONE HERE." (Emphasis Added)

Maybe someone else can help you understand the words AGAINST, ANYONE, and HERE.

Posted by: JakeD | March 24, 2009 8:07 PM

Why would I want to reread your garbage posts?

You did resort to ad hominem attacks, so stop trying to get off on a technicality.

You ranted and whined, "I never resort to ad hominem personal attacks AGAINST ANYONE HERE."

Well, who is here? I'm not. You're not. And neither is Obama "HERE" in WaPo's comment section. However, the rules of logic ARE HERE! They're everywhere, all the time! You do not get a free pass, ever!

Face it, you don't know how to stay on topic and argue rationally or civilly.
The best way to describe your behavior is, irrational, irreverent, irrelevant.

That is also why the Republican Party is powerless.

Posted by: kevinschmidt | March 24, 2009 8:38 PM | Report abuse

Besides, you are the LAST person to be complaining about ad hominem personal attacks against anyone posting here or not.

Posted by: JakeD | March 24, 2009 8:16 PM | Report abuse

(I categorically deny everything else in your post)

Posted by: JakeD | March 24, 2009 8:08 PM | Report abuse

kevinschmidt:

Please (re)read my 3:19 PM post: "The record will show that I never resort to ad hominem personal attacks AGAINST ANYONE HERE." (Emphasis Added)

Maybe someone else can help you understand the words AGAINST, ANYONE, and HERE.

Posted by: JakeD | March 24, 2009 8:07 PM | Report abuse

One of Obama's goals must be to get the other members to lower interest rates and to start spending a lot more money. Otherwise, the value of the dollar will drop even further causing long term interest rates to skyrocket. That will bring a halt to any hope of a recovery in the U.S.

That is the precarious position the U.S. finds itself in, thanks to the previous administration. This didn't just happen over night. It took years for the U.S. to lose it's competitive edge in just about everything, except war mongering.

We sowed genocidal WMDs, we reaped the destruction of the U.S. economy. Hopefully, the other members will realize the worst thing that could happen to them would be for the U.S. to fall into a greater depression, followed by the voters replacing Obama with another far right, angry, Neocon-Fascist pawn of the Military Industrial Complex.

Posted by: kevinschmidt | March 24, 2009 8:05 PM | Report abuse

kevinschmidt:

Last I checked, a question cannot -- by definition -- be a "personal attack" and Barack Obama is NOT posting on WaPo forums (cf. your allegations, including that I am "lying" are indeed personal attacks of someone posting here; therefore you are in violation of http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-srv/liveonline/delphi/delphirules.htm )

Your "when did you stop beating your wife?" question is easily answered: "I've never beat my wife."

Posted by: JakeD | March 24, 2009 3:39 PM

Actually, most of your post, with or without questions are attacks.

Questions can indeed by attacks by definition.

Please stop asserting your wrong headed opinions as facts.

Your dishonesty is transparent.

You claim your ad hominem attack on Obama does not count because he personally did not post his oped.

So you do admit to your ad hominem attack on Obama. I thought so!

Since you claimed to have not done so, and it is apparent that you did in fact do so, the only possible conclusion is that you are indeed a LIAR!

Facts aren't personal attacks.

Grow up and stop being so irrelevant and so uncivilly irreverent.

Posted by: kevinschmidt | March 24, 2009 7:50 PM | Report abuse

With the economy being the main topic of the past year, it is a tremendous irony that the recent state of the economy on a national level, has been bad for Afrimericans for over twenty years due to Reagonomic policies designed to limit Afrimericans access to federal financial, and other resources.

Afrimericans have been suffering this for so long it's normal.

If Obama, the new Congress, and the Republican Party want to see the U.S economy improve steadily, and robustly, Obama, Congress, and the Republican Party start pumping billions of dollars into the Afrimerican Community, and business like they have pumped trillions of dollars into White communities, and business interest the racist nature that has re risen in the core fabric of U.S. business, finance, and politics will counter with putting the money they stole back in, and hopefully, they will overhaul their policies, and practices to be more inclusion of Afrimericans, instead of being so racist as to sink a nation just to spite the Black skinned citizens.

Posted by: afrimerican | March 24, 2009 7:44 PM | Report abuse

it's been a slice.
i have to go reach out to someone

Posted by: TheBabeNemo | March 24, 2009 6:27 PM | Report abuse

uh, japan, europe, north america...

i think

Posted by: TheBabeNemo | March 24, 2009 5:44 PM | Report abuse

Oh, a "joke". I get it now (don't tell scrivener50 ; )

Posted by: JakeD | March 24, 2009 5:38 PM | Report abuse

jakey...it was a joke.

but watch out for the long arm of 41 and his New World Order.

Posted by: TheBabeNemo | March 24, 2009 5:36 PM | Report abuse

TheBabeNemo:

You see where "conspiracy theories" get you? Bush41 is no longer President anymore either. Quick: who is on the Trilateral Commission?

Posted by: JakeD | March 24, 2009 5:24 PM | Report abuse

jakey....
no, but 41 is.
in fact, he's gearing up for Jeb.

Posted by: TheBabeNemo | March 24, 2009 5:16 PM | Report abuse

tropicalfolk

Oh my - don't you know your history?

What are you going to do now about Franklin D. Roosevelt's Conferences on Foreign Relations at Malta and Yalta..

Po lil guy... You have been sent for and can't go.

Just out of your element here.

Posted by: dutchess2 | March 24, 2009 5:08 PM | Report abuse

oh, and one more..

if anyone doesn't know WHY troops are sent, will be sent, to Afghanistan..
better talk to the families of 730 employees of Cantor Fitzgerald

who were just going to work that day

my god, have you AGAIN forgotten about what WE SAID WE WOULD NEVER FORGET !!

Posted by: TheBabeNemo | March 24, 2009 5:07 PM | Report abuse

TheBabeNemo:

Are you still here (sorry if that's a "racist" question too)?

Posted by: JakeD | March 24, 2009 5:06 PM | Report abuse

How exactly is "Is Obama a 'natural born' citizen?" a RACIST question, anymore than "Is McCain a 'natural born' citizen?"?

Posted by: JakeD | March 24, 2009 5:06 PM | Report abuse

Jake-D - that was not an honest question.

That was a racist slur.

People been delivering racist slurs against blacks for hundreds of years. There are no new scripts, and none of it too cute by half.

You are not fooling anyone.

Posted by: dutchess2 | March 24, 2009 4:59 PM | Report abuse

TheBabeNemo:

Bush is not President anymore.

Posted by: JakeD | March 24, 2009 4:53 PM | Report abuse


tropical...you talkin' about Bush?

What we are witnessing is beyond depressing.
Yes- September 11, 2001 under Bush was depressing, wasn't it.
A public person who cannot speak without a teleprompter.
Yes-Bush who didn't know what INTERNETS meant. While President Obama was SO BAD IN PUBLIC, that he commanded standing room only audiences around the world.
A man who insults foreigners with the same ease he once insulted small-town Americans.
Yes--and how did President Obama insult any foreign leader? Tell me how. While Bush insulted small town Americans by never catching Public Enemy #1. Or that Mission Accomplished.
A Commander in Chief who sends thousands of troops to Afghanistan without telling them what their mission is.
Yes-that was Bush. And for Daddy, he invaded Iraq.
A man who promised change and hope, but has surrounded himself with cronies, lobbysts, tax cheats and so on.
Yes, and Bush had Cheney, Liddy, Madoff, Daddy, Rove--who else is in jail now?
A professor of Constitutional Law who has no idea of how to use the powers of the Presidency.
Now tell me again, how has President Obama messed up the office or institution of the Presidency?
An economic dummy who believes a crisis of overspending, overconsumption and overindebtedness can be solved with... more spending, more consumption, and more debt.
Yes, you keep describing Bush very well since his last grasp in HIS presidency was to pass the Economic Stabilization Act of 2008 for his rich buddies to pull ace cards out of their pocket to circumvent the very regs and laws we are trying to put back together (you know, the ones they broke for a decade under Bush)

thanks for your insight.


Posted by: TheBabeNemo | March 24, 2009 4:50 PM | Report abuse

donclampett,

Many of us didn't vote for Obama, but I think all of us wished him well. If he succeeded in tackling the economic crisis, everything would be better: our jobs, our homes, our retirement accounts, our children's college funds, our individual and collective self-esteem.

What we are witnessing is beyond depressing. A public person who cannot speak without a teleprompter. A man who insults foreigners with the same ease he once insulted small-town Americans. A Commander in Chief who sends thousands of troops to Afghanistan without telling them what their mission is. A man who promised change and hope, but has surrounded himself with cronies, lobbysts, tax cheats and so on. A professor of Constitutional Law who has no idea of how to use the powers of the Presidency. An economic dummy who believes a crisis of overspending, overconsumption and overindebtedness can be solved with... more spending, more consumption, and more debt.

This op-ed on the global economy has only proved that Obama is the wrong person at the wrong time.

Posted by: tropicalfolk | March 24, 2009 4:26 PM | Report abuse

Golf is ALWAYS great!

Posted by: JakeD | March 24, 2009 4:20 PM | Report abuse

Sorry - victim of premature postulation.

JakeD - my only question:
How's golf?

I engineered an interesting ISDN link up with WAMU in Washington DC this morning.

"The Future of US Labor"
http://wamu.org/programs/kn/09/03/24.php#25217

Guests are:

Nelson Lichtenstein, Director of the Center for the Study of Work, Labor and Democracy, UC Santa Barbara

Melanie Trottman, Reporter, The Wall Street Journal

Anna Burger, Secretary/Treasurer, Service Employees International Union; Chair, Change to Win labor federation; Member of the President's Economic Recovery Advisory Board

Good discussion on proposed "Card Check" legislation.

Posted by: JohnQuimby | March 24, 2009 4:15 PM | Report abuse

and that is why the Rahm-a-tolla froze the regs.

Posted by: TheBabeNemo | March 24, 2009 4:13 PM | Report abuse

The set up here is for market REGULATION. That's next.

See, now that people know how they've been fully and legally hosed they'll be all about changing the law that regulates finance.

That's the choice INSTEAD of nationalization or receivership or whatever else the left thinks is the instant answer.

JakeD a fair question

Posted by: JohnQuimby | March 24, 2009 4:04 PM | Report abuse


it's a great read....
what we found out with the investigation of OK city, boxed it up, and never looked at it again for years.

till 9-11

Posted by: TheBabeNemo | March 24, 2009 4:04 PM | Report abuse

No. But. I'm not into vast right (or left) wing conspiracies. Too many people involved to keep their mouths shut.

Posted by: JakeD | March 24, 2009 3:55 PM | Report abuse


jake:
not sure at this point.
have you read "Why America Slept"?


Posted by: TheBabeNemo | March 24, 2009 3:49 PM | Report abuse

TheBabeNemo:

That's a violation of the Posting Rules as well. You don't honestly believe that McVeigh was STATE sponsored terrorism, do you? Do you also think that steel doesn't melt?

Posted by: JakeD | March 24, 2009 3:46 PM | Report abuse

Jax:
"We will be attacked by state sponsored terrorists in the USA"
Already done. Oklahoma City.

donclampett: it's called "outreach".
and the best thing about outreach is ---after doing such, you know exactly where your enemies are coming from.

SNL moment:
Jake, you ignorant sl***.
(((how's that for a personal attack)))

Posted by: TheBabeNemo | March 24, 2009 3:43 PM | Report abuse

TheBabeNemo:

I have no idea what you are talking about. I had golf shoes on most of yesterday.

Posted by: JakeD | March 24, 2009 3:41 PM | Report abuse

kevinschmidt:

Last I checked, a question cannot -- by definition -- be a "personal attack" and Barack Obama is NOT posting on WaPo forums (cf. your allegations, including that I am "lying" are indeed personal attacks of someone posting here; therefore you are in violation of http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-srv/liveonline/delphi/delphirules.htm )

Your "when did you stop beating your wife?" question is easily answered: "I've never beat my wife."

Posted by: JakeD | March 24, 2009 3:39 PM | Report abuse

Am I dreaming or is this real?!! I mean I can't believe it... We have an economic meltdown, our retirements have pretty much vaporized, people are running around with pitchforks and threatening to murder our bankers, yet our president feels perfectly content to fart around with swing-sets and sports picks and yuk fests. Isn't this called disconnect?

Then we get from our president these audacious and totally off-the-wall actions like offering an olive branch to a 3rd world country who would love to murder half the people on the planet. And now he is offering to become the world's first global leader. He's all over the place! The economic crisis is the last thing on his mind. It's like watching a child with ADHD that ate 3 chocolate bars for breakfast. My God! What's next? Is it me, or does anyone else see that there is something very wrong here.

Posted by: donclampett | March 24, 2009 3:37 PM | Report abuse

jakey:
those blood-stained stilettos..

((((mmuuuuuuhhhhhaaahhhhaaaaa)))

Posted by: TheBabeNemo | March 24, 2009 3:35 PM | Report abuse

The record will show that I never resort to ad hominem personal attacks against anyone here. Don't kill the messenger for simply asking honest questions.

Posted by: JakeD | March 24, 2009 3:19 PM

Please stop lying.

Your very first post is an ad hominem personal attack on Obama.

Your "when did you stop beating your wife" questions are hardly honest.

Posted by: kevinschmidt | March 24, 2009 3:35 PM | Report abuse

JaxMax:

During this financial "crisis" DO WE REALLY NEED TO WASTE OVER $2 BILLION PER YEAR TO RUN THE WHITE HOUSE?

http://whitehousetransitionproject.org/resources/briefing/Patterson-Cost%20of%20WH.pdf

Posted by: JakeD | March 24, 2009 3:32 PM | Report abuse

hold the phone JRM....there is a cycle here you must recognize. I will try to run it down to you...
economic stabilization act of 2008 - bush.
blind sides the obama administration with the fine print of bonuses.
HR1 is signed by President Obama without the fine print of the stabilization act of 2008 hitting.
AIG pulls an ace card out of their pocket because of the economic stabilization act of 2008 and pays off "legal contracts" (made legal by economic stabilization act of 2008).
President Obama is slammed, because he signed the HR1 and can't "go back" so to speak.
However, the double whammy comes this week.
The taxing of the bonuses. OH THE HORROR!
And Congress says, "uh, can't pull that ace card out".
And THEN, the White House comes out with the budget, which will pull 2 kings on that lonely ace.

get it...

Posted by: TheBabeNemo | March 24, 2009 3:32 PM | Report abuse

OBAMA SURRENDERS USA ECONOMIC SOVEREIGNTY

The key quote for Obama's Manifesto:

"Only coordinated international action can prevent the irresponsible risk-taking that caused this crisis".

Posted by: JaxMax | March 24, 2009 3:31 PM | Report abuse

TheBabeNemo:

What shoes?

Posted by: JakeD | March 24, 2009 3:28 PM | Report abuse

PREDICTION-OBAMA’S NEXT STEP

Based upon Obama’s Worldview, we can expect Obama will soon be exposed publicly promoting the following:

1. Global”coordination” of the economic crisis. Now that Obama has taken us from a Recession to a Depression, he will promote and seek a type of economic merger with Europe–who will want none of it.

Continued US economic decline, ballooning deficits, flight from the US dollar.

Europe will be economically predominant before the end of Obama’s term.

The USA will NOT be the dominant economic power by the mid term elections.

Obama/Pelosi will drive the US economy into the ground.

2. Obama will blithely ignore severe security threats to the USA.

Forget about connecting the dots, Obama does NOT even recognize the dots.

We will be attacked by state sponsored terrorists in the USA.

While Obama Slept.......

Posted by: JaxMax | March 24, 2009 3:26 PM | Report abuse


it is a wonderful idea for President Obama to "kill lots of birds with one stone".
How else is one to get the message across to the GLOBAL COMMUNITY.
say it with me now folks...GLOBAL COMMUNITY.

and hey, for all those b***ing about our President Obama getting "out to the common man" (as well as the GLOBAL COMMUNITY)
sans the oval office...
well, let's see now....the Oval Office is good for cigars, blue dresses, and little sexual rendevous, no?
Love those oval office stories!!

would you b**** if he sat in the giorgio gold stripe chairs all day on his blackberry or smart phone?

hey jakey, welcome back....i see you found your shoes.


Posted by: TheBabeNemo | March 24, 2009 3:25 PM | Report abuse

Last time I checked, CNN is not Fox News.

Posted by: JakeD | March 24, 2009 3:25 PM | Report abuse

JRM2:

(March 19, 2009) OBAMA Administration pushed for language protecting bonuses

http://www.cnn.com/2009/POLITICS/03/18/aig.bonuses.congress/index.html

Posted by: JakeD | March 24, 2009 3:23 PM | Report abuse

Those were all honest questions (the WaPo reported on the critter hunt several times), and I happen to know for a fact that raccoons LOVE raw eggs.

Posted by: JakeD | March 24, 2009 3:21 PM | Report abuse

"after HE SIGNED a law that allowed those financial institutions to pay huge bonuses to those who caused the global crisis in the first place.

Posted by: tropicalfolk | March 24, 2009 2:26 PM"
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No, that would be your hero GW. The bonuses were fought for and approved by GW as a part of TARP 1. The reason why it can't be stopped is because AIG can now sue the Government under the conditions of accepting the TARP funds.

But, I guess if you watch FOX news all day you get a warped sense of reality.

Posted by: JRM2 | March 24, 2009 3:20 PM | Report abuse

The record will show that I never resort to ad hominem personal attacks against anyone here. Don't kill the messenger for simply asking honest questions.

Posted by: JakeD | March 24, 2009 3:19 PM | Report abuse

"Raccoons love raw eggs too. Was this one caught in the Oval Office? Instead of the Easter Egg roll, are they going to use watermelons this year?

Posted by: JakeD | February 25, 2009 4:40 PM"
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This is all anybody needs to know about JakeD

Posted by: JRM2 | March 24, 2009 3:16 PM | Report abuse

"Never in my 62 years have seen any U.S. President be out of the Oval Office so much.

Posted by: elainekramer | March 24, 2009 3:03 PM"
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Then you haven't been paying attention the last 8 years, Bush took nearly 1/3 of his 8 year Presidency off on VACATION, while we were mired in two wars, being hit with devastating natural disasters in some of our largest cities and the making of a catastrophic economic meltdown was brewing.

AND ALL of which he left for Obama to clean up for him.

You got a problem with reaching out to allies and other nations to help solve our problems?

Posted by: JRM2 | March 24, 2009 3:14 PM | Report abuse

I think the man is nothing like a President. Let's think about how many years he was in the Illinois Senate and was probably never there. Same goes for the U.S. Senate. Now he's thinking his real purpose in life in hanging out with the T.V. news commentators and Jay Leno. When in the world will this guy ever sit down for one day and do some work in the Oval Office. And please, Mr. President, you keep yourself of that plane two or three days per week, but you're doing nothing but using up plane fuel for your next campaign. Who is it you don't like to see, your family, the folks your hired? Never in my 62 years have seen any U.S. President be out of the Oval Office so much.

Posted by: elainekramer | March 24, 2009 3:03 PM | Report abuse

Idiots, small minded idiots. Will someone please put a muzzle on JakeD and the rest of these fools who can't see beyond their noses.

Posted by: xxx1 | March 24, 2009 2:53 PM | Report abuse

Is Obama a "natural born" citizen?

Posted by: JakeD | March 24, 2009 12:17 PM


Is JakeD a "natural born" idiot?
It seems as if can still fool all of the rabid right all of the time ...

Posted by: kevinschmidt | March 24, 2009 2:47 PM | Report abuse

tropicalfolk:

It seems as if he can still fool some of the people all of the time ...

Posted by: JakeD | March 24, 2009 2:30 PM | Report abuse

Unbelievable!!!!

Obama tells one thing to Congress (energy independency, no Korean batteries for American cars, etc), and then he has the nerve to tell exactly the opposite to the whole world (no protectionism).

He writes about the need to stop reckless behavior by financial institutions... after he has showered those same financial institutions with trillions of taxpayers money, and after HE SIGNED a law that allowed those financial institutions to pay huge bonuses to those who caused the global crisis in the first place.

Obama criticizes "spending beyond our means" just after he put in place a budget that will double the US debt.

Unbelievable!!! And terrifying!!!

Posted by: tropicalfolk | March 24, 2009 2:26 PM | Report abuse

PRESIDENT'S PRIVATIZATION

We hope always coming best things; but not to forget to anticipate the worst ones being able to occur.

In the light of Sociological Perspective: "The US President has turned over a Nation work to a private school work."
We know that a Nation is very far different from a school. All the persons of a Nation are not similar to the students of a private school (being of an independent budget).

Could a President be talking and working as a principal of a private school?

"The rest is silence ."William Shakespeare

Huy Tử, S&FR, Boston, MA.

Posted by: huytu-4w_ed | March 24, 2009 2:13 PM | Report abuse

scrivener50:

I was wondering what was holding you up (for a minute, there, I was actually worried they had finally caught you).

Posted by: JakeD | March 24, 2009 1:59 PM | Report abuse

EXTRAJUDICIAL TARGETING AND PUNISHMENT OF AMERICAN BREADWINNERS AND THEIR FAMILIES:

THE UNTOLD STORY BEHIND THE ECONOMIC MELTDOWN.

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TEAM OBAMA: WHAT DO YOUR BUSH HOLDOVERS KNOW ABOUT THESE ONGOING SECURITY-INTEL-REVENUE 'MULTI-AGENCY COORDINATED ACTIONS'...

* Silent, covert microwave radiation weapons (D.E.W.) assaults on innocent but "targeted" U.S. citizens;

* Terroristic vigilante community gang stalking, surreptitious home entry, police-tolerated vandalism;

* Secret federal "programs of personal financial destruction" that have used the IRS as an ideological tool of "social cleansing."


http://www.nowpublic.com/world/gestapo-usa-govt-funded-vigilante-network-terrorizes-america
http://www.nowpublic.com/world/domestic-torture-radiation-weaponry-americas-horrific-shame

OR (if links are corrupted / disabled):

http://www.NowPublic.com/scrivener

Posted by: scrivener50 | March 24, 2009 1:48 PM | Report abuse

Remember that dustup about the Big Three automaker CEOs "flying" their private jets to D.C.? There's no more expensive "private jet" in the world than AIR FORCE ONE. Why doesn't Obama lead by example?

Posted by: JakeD | March 24, 2009 12:51 PM | Report abuse

DO WE REALLY NEED TO WASTE OVER $2 BILLION PER YEAR TO RUN WHITE HOUSE?

http://whitehousetransitionproject.org/resources/briefing/Patterson-Cost%20of%20WH.pdf

Posted by: JakeD | March 24, 2009 12:30 PM | Report abuse

Is Obama a "natural born" citizen?

Posted by: JakeD | March 24, 2009 12:17 PM | Report abuse

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