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Obama's Task Tougher at Second Summit

By Ben Pershing
Thursday was brought to you by the letter "B," as the budget, Blagojevich and a brief bull market dominated headlines after G-20 summit participants struck a deal to beef up global financial regulations and bolster the coffers of the International Monetary Fund. Next is "N" for NATO, as President Obama is now in Strasbourg aiming to persuade allies to provide more troops and resources in Afghanistan.

After the agreement in London, Obama may just develop a reputation as a dealmaker. Surely if he can get China and France to agree on complex financial regulations, Obama can get Reid and McConnell, et al, together on health care reform, right? But how impressive was the deal itself? The stock markets certainly liked it. Steven Pearlstein called it not quite a "turning point" but "an easy win for all concerned." But the New York Times notes that Obama "did not get much of what American officials had been hoping for," particularly in convincing other countries to boost their stimulus spending.

Obama's task in France and Germany may be tougher. The president is pressing Britain and others to send more troops to Afghanistan just as the political and military situation there gets murkier. Obama wrapped up a press conference with Nicolas Sarkozy moments ago and will soon hold what the French call a "town hall." Then he heads to Germany to meet with Angela Merkel, watch a concert and have a "working dinner."

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By Ben Pershing  |  April 3, 2009; 8:18 AM ET
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I know that according to the biased media that when Barry comes marching home the sun will be shining, birds will sing, bells will ring. Just a minute... had to puke...
First things first, we must take a popularity poll since Ovomit is campaigning now for Narcissistic World leader and we will continue to take its temperature regularly and the bias will continue to stoke BO's fragile overweening ego.
I personally wish he would stay in Europe, since he made his statement that Americans are "Arrogant" and his twin Holder says that we are a nation of cowards.
Is that why he is in such a hurry o take our guns away.
Don't think so, check out you tube: Obama Deception, quite lengthy, but definitely worth the watch.
All the pieces of this treasonous administration fall into place.

Posted by: skip1937 | April 4, 2009 5:01 PM | Report abuse

Seems like the only people in the world who are not willing to play along is the Republican minority congress.

I mean holy #$%!, he was able to convince CHINA and France to agree to a deal, I don't know about Sarkozy but those Chinese guys a very serious dudes.

Looks like the Republicans are not only marginalizing themselves in America.

Posted by: JRM2 | April 3, 2009 3:02 PM | Report abuse

"When you see the abuse of power, you've got to speak."

-- VP candidate Joseph Biden, Aug. 27, 2008, Democratic National Convention


***


Bush-Cheney Constitutional Abuses Continue...


THE EXTRAJUDICIAL PUNISHMENT NETWORK:

VIOLATING HUMAN AND CIVIL RIGHTS OF INNOCENT BUT 'TARGETED' U.S. CITIZENS...

ON THE STREETS OF NYC, DC, PHILLY, BOSTON...

...AND IN CITIES AND TOWNS ACROSS AMERICA.

And federally-funded programs equip the "community gang stalkers" who are terrorizing their neighbors as police look the other way -- destroying their livelihoods and degrading their health with widely-deployed microwave radiation ("directed energy") weapons


A parallel array of federal "programs of personal financial destruction" slowly decimate the family finances of "target" families -- surely a factor in the mortgage meltdown that precipitated the global financial crisis.


When victims complain, they are told there is "nothing to investigate."


True -- because federal and local authorities KNOW ALL ABOUT IT.


Will the national press corps -- and Team Obama -- wake up and realize that democracy and middle-class wealth are being stolen at the GRASSROOTS?


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

OR (if links are corrupted / disabled):

http://NowPublic.com/scrivener

Posted by: scrivener50 | April 3, 2009 10:50 AM | Report abuse

If we are lucky, Obama will get some education on this trip, particularly about how (if not why) other nations are not fond of propping up the US Imperium. Other nation's leaders may not be as charming, or as "bright" as Obama, but they are not as stupid as we have been taking them to be, and they pretty much know the differences between US National interests and their own national interests. Obama can listen, it appears, and this is encouraging. It would be more encouraging if he would listen to someone other than big investors and big bankers about how to resolve that toxic asset issue. His (Geithner's) plan can hardly accomplish more than slow down the otherwise wise stimulus and reform plans underway. Our international relations will not heal until we stop bullying other nations. Why should they send troops to Afghanistan when Obama is OUR problem, a problem we created for ourselves, and a proble that would evaporate if we would simply remove our military from Islamic nations. But we cannot do that because our congress is owned by the corporate moguls who want to take the resouces from those nations, so we keep screwing ourselves out of our own future peace and international respect. All because of US national incompetence -- governing and business incompetence. With some more education in such issues, Obama may actually become a statesman instead of just another political hack with a charming tongue.

Posted by: walterj1 | April 3, 2009 9:27 AM | Report abuse

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