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Obama postpones Indonesia, Australia trip again

By Michael D. Shear

President Obama has once again postponed his trip to Indonesia and Australia, telephoning the leaders of the two countries late Thursday night, the White House said.

It is the second time the trip has been canceled. It was originally planned for March but was put off because the president wanted to be in Washington for a critical health-care vote in Congress.

Now, the president needs to stay in Washington to oversee the worsening environmental crisis from the oil spill off the Gulf Coast, making a seven-day venture oversees impractical and politically problematic.

Obama had been scheduled to leave June 13 and stay abroad for a week, spending time in Indonesia, Guam and Australia. There was no indication in the statement about when he might try again.

"President Obama spoke tonight with Prime Minister Rudd of Australia, and with President Yudhoyono of Indonesia," press secretary Robert Gibbs said in a statement sent out just before midnight. "President Obama expressed his deep regret that he has to postpone his trip to Asia that was scheduled for later this month. The President looked forward to rescheduling so that he can visit both countries soon."

The statement continued: "President Obama underscored his commitment to our close alliance with Australia and our deepening partnership with Indonesia. He plans to hold full bilateral meetings with Prime Minister Rudd and President Yudhoyono on the margins of the G-20 meeting in Canada" in late June.

There was some extra pressure on the White House to decide now whether to take the trip. When they canceled in March just two days before the trip, news organizations incurred hundreds of thousands of dollars in trip expenses that could not be refunded at that late date.

By Michael D. Shear  |  June 4, 2010; 12:21 AM ET
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Comments

do you think bama is going to go against the muslims or try to help the USA . if so you need to re think it cause he is not on either one

Posted by: mahye1935 | June 6, 2010 6:38 PM | Report abuse

It looks like Obama really doesn't want to go to Australia. Their PM really set the Muslims straight on their immigration there. Assimilate or get out! Kenya Boy knows he doesn't amount to a pimple on their PM's butt and couldn't boss him around so this gives him an excuse to delay, delay just like he did when the well blew.

He knows he can't B.S. Australians like he thinks he does Americans.

One of the real problems with this subversive we have for president is that he wasn't raised American, he didn't grow up as an American and he doesn't think like an American. The result is, he doesn't understand Americans and thinks we'll change for him! (Puke)

That's why he doesn't understand why the Constitution is so important to us, so he thinks he can just ignore it and the laws enacted under the Constitution. Just look at his reaction to Arizona's law on ILLEGALS.... He's told Morton (ICE) to ignore it and refuse to accept ILLEGALS caught by Arizona! Too bad he didn't read their law; it mirrors the federal laws he's sworn to uphold! But then, he is a Kenyan Born, Anti-American, Anti-Contitution, Muslim who thinks he's King of the world.

Any wonder that he's spent 2 million bucks to keep his birth certificate, school records and passport history from us? His actions in that regard tell us what we have for a president and it Ain't much!

This fool can cause another civil war because Americans will not sit still for him and his AMNESTY CONSPIRATORS to sell out this country.

Posted by: TexRancher | June 4, 2010 6:24 PM | Report abuse

No wonder Obama does not want to go to Australia, the PM there just told all Muslims to conform to the country or get out and don't expect Australia to rip up it's country for the Mulsims as the U.S. and Canada are doing.

Posted by: prossers7 | June 4, 2010 4:19 PM | Report abuse

No wonder Obama does not want to go to Australia, the PM there just told all Muslims to conform to the country or get out and don't expect Australia to rip up it's country for the Mulsims as the U.S. and Canada are doing.

Posted by: prossers7 | June 4, 2010 4:18 PM | Report abuse

No wonder Obama does not want to go to Australia, the PM there just told all Muslims to conform to the country or get out and don't expect Australia to rip up it's country for the Mulsims as the U.S. and Cannda are doing.

Posted by: prossers7 | June 4, 2010 4:17 PM | Report abuse

This president will continue to cancel overseas visits as long as that pipe keeps gushing oil. YES, IT'S AN OIL GUSH, NOT AN OIL SPILL!

"WE THE PEOPLE ARE BOTH AWAKE AND ALIVE, AND WE WILL NOT JUST SIT DOWN AND SHUT UP. WE ARE A VIGILANT AND LAW ABIDING PEOPLE AND WE WILL NOT TOLERATE THOSE WHO BREAK AND BEND THE LAW AT OUR OWN PERIL.

WE WILL BOTH "PEACEFULLY" DEMONSTRATE AND EXERCISE OUR RIGHTS, AND WE MOST CERTAINLY VOTE THIS NOVEMBER.

AND WE W I L L REMEMBER IN NOVEMBER!!!``

Posted by: barrysal | June 4, 2010 2:37 PM | Report abuse


Obama barbeques in Chicago while Biden visits the Unknown Soldiers tomb. He hangs with Paul McCartney and parties while oil spews. He waited three months to answer the Afgahn Generals's request for troops, nine months to get involved in health care, etc etc. He's a two-bit community organizer, a muslim sympathizer, and the most asinine, crass, and fraudulent President this country has ever known.
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Posted by: Billw3 | June 4, 2010 12:50 PM | Report abuse

Obama is an escape artist. He runs to the golf course or takes a vacation when we have a crisis..or like Ft. Hood he fails to even acklowlege the murders were committed by a radical jihadist Muslim. I'm sick of this incompetent boob. The entire government he has appointed are in chaos and busily working in their areas of expertise to overthrow the American people and the USA.

Posted by: Callie1 | June 4, 2010 11:17 AM | Report abuse

Again, Obama hasn't a clue about oil production. Mr Arrogance is going to New Orleans to get in the faces of the working people in the oil industry. A lot of good that will do. Obama will be a negative impact on fixing the oil leak.

Our president - the one with all the answers - is afraid to stage a press conference! HA!

Posted by: InventorNC | June 4, 2010 11:03 AM | Report abuse

Stop the blame game Obama, and do something at last to stop the oil leak.
He's correct to canel his visit, but I am shocked by the total lack of relevant action on the part of President Obama and his team to solve the oil leak problem. The heart of the problem is a TECHNICAL problem, which calls for a TECHNICAL solution, not the blame game that Obama is playing.
In parallel to the work of the BP engineers, Obama should show some initiative and set up a small working group of engineers from rival oil companies and experts from appropriate University Engineering departments. They should come up with realistic plans to stop this oil leak as soon as possible. I assume that the BP guys are working 16 hours per day and seven days per week, and that they have run out of energy and ideas. A parallel effort might get that hole plugged a few weeks earlier than BP can manage, and that’s a whole lot of pollution saved.
It’s a sorry sight to see the USA, the number-one high-tech nation, not even making an effort to stop the leak and leaving it all to BP.
Please, President Obama, stop the crime and punishment blame game, and show us how to run the show down there.

Posted by: davidplane1 | June 4, 2010 10:23 AM | Report abuse

BP SAYS CAP IS WORKING AS OIL SPEWS AND SURGES

The media disconnect between what the headlines say today and the endless gusher at the bottom of the Gulf brings to mind that old comeback line, "Who are you going to believe? Me, or your lying eyes..."

***

Politics and politicians are neutered by their own naivety -- and a refusal to believe that extremist evil lurks on America's dark side:

ENDLESS GULF OIL SPILL: PURPOSEFUL 'END OF DAYS' POWER PLAY?

http://nowpublic.com/world/endless-gulf-oil-spill-purposeful-end-days-power-play

Gulf oil spill diverts attention from domestic atrocities against American citizens...

HOMELAND FUSION CENTERS SILENTLY ASSAULT, IMPAIR 'TARGETED' AMERICANS WITH CELL TOWER MICROWAVE RADIO FREQUENCY WEAPON SYSTEM, COMMUNITY VIGILANTISM, FINANCIAL SABOTAGE: VETERAN JOURNALIST

Are political leaders "targets" too?

http://nowpublic.com/world/u-s-silently-tortures-americans-cell-tower-microwaves

IDEOLOGICAL CENSORSHIP OF THE NET: NOT FOR CHINA ONLY

http://nowpublic.com/world/u-s-govt-censors-net-political-speech-targeted-americans OR NowPublic.com/scrivener

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Posted by: itkonlyyou100 | June 4, 2010 9:08 AM | Report abuse

Here is another piece of advice for Barry and Michelle: until the crisis in the Gulf is a bit more in control, cancel all the star studded love fests with rock stars fawning all over you.

The sight of our President and all his hangers on having a wonderful fun filled evening courtesy of Sir Paul and company on the eve of another obligatory photo op tour to the Gulf makes one wonder if anyone in the White House is tone deaf or understands how out of touch this makes our President seem with the people in the Gulf who are suffering a once in a lifetime tragedy and the rest of the nation who believes a crisis like this deserves 100% of his attention and is not seen as another item on his to do list for the day.

I see where our President has cancelled a trip to Southeast Asia. He should have cancelled the rock concert and sernenade to Michelle while he was rearranging his schedule.

Posted by: bobfbell | June 4, 2010 9:02 AM | Report abuse

DC2Amsterdam, I just checked and I can't find your name on any list of the world's most important people, so... hey! What can I say. Nobody cares what you think. Obama is a joke. Every sensible American knows he's a joke. The sooner he's out of the country, the better.

Posted by: georges2 | June 4, 2010 8:27 AM | Report abuse

Oh, this is a real mistake to cancel this trip. I do honestly believe that if Obama left the country for a while things might get back to normal. Am I the only one who thinks life for most Americans has gotten worse while he's been in office? Hmm? I didn't think so. Please, BHO, go!!! GO!!!!

Posted by: georges2 | June 4, 2010 8:23 AM | Report abuse

Not only is the president snubbing the fine people of Australia and Indonesia but he is going to be underfoot of BP's efforts to straighten up the mess in the Gulf. What possibly can he add to the effort to stop the leak. What expertise does Obama have to contribute to solving the problem? None in business. None in engineering. None in oil production. None in much of anything. But he is an expert at showboating.

Question: If a plane crashes would Obama call for airlines to stop flying? LOL - don't answer that.

Obama must sober up and realize the we must expect occasional accidents in all of our endeavors, including petroleum production.

The best thing our president can do is to get out of the way and let the experts get their work done as expeditiously as possible.

As JohnnyGee stated - Obama's micromanagement reeks of Carter's foolishness - it certainly is spooky. I will add that Obama needs lots less arrogance, and more press conferences. HA!

Posted by: InventorNC | June 4, 2010 8:05 AM | Report abuse

All trips should be postponed until the President takes care of business in his supposed home land. Do the job you wanted to do or maybe you just wanted to fly on Air Force One.

Posted by: mrcox54 | June 4, 2010 7:37 AM | Report abuse

This is what happens when you ignore your responsibilty in favor of golf, campaigning, vacation, fund raising; golf, campaigning, vacation....
He ought to have been paying attention from day 1. Now it will be interesting to see how long his attention span remains on the Gulf and not golf, campaigning, funding raising and vacation...

Posted by: sandynh | June 4, 2010 7:26 AM | Report abuse

Jimmy Carter-like? Obama isn't staying at the White House during this crisis -- HE IS ENGAGED and making repeated visits to the Gulf coast to see for himself what's happening. Drop the political spinning, please. This is serious and Obama is being serious in his response. And no, I don't work for any political party, candidate or issue.

Posted by: Kathy8 | June 4, 2010 7:15 AM | Report abuse

Obama is the President, and our country has had bigger problems than this oil spill. And unless he is going to run some remote submarine himself, he needs to let the pro's do their job. The Jimmy Carter-like micro-management parallels are just plain spooky.

Posted by: JohnnyGee | June 4, 2010 6:14 AM | Report abuse

johnboy6... this is pure BS! Any President, or Australian PM for that matter, who did not place a domestic crisis above a goodwill/political visit would not be worth his or her salt. And yes, the crisis may contain domestic political dimensions, but it represents a crises for the leadership, nonetheless. I am sure the leaders of Australia and Indonesia understand this quite well. as do most political leaders the world over.

Posted by: wgard | June 4, 2010 5:08 AM | Report abuse

johnboy6... this is pure BS! Any President, or Australian PM for that matter, who did not place a domestic crisis above a goodwill/political visit would not be worth his or her salt. And yes, the crisis may contain domestic political dimensions, but it represents a crises for the leadership, nonetheless. I am sure the leaders of Australia and Indonesia understand this quite well. as do mosar political leaders the world over.

Posted by: wgard | June 4, 2010 5:06 AM | Report abuse

This is a pretty big macro-historical moment.

Having cancelled twice, along with Robert Gates and Hillary Clinton canceling planned visits this year the only conclusion Australia can draw is that the United States places no importance whatsoever on the relationship.

And the Chinese president will keep visiting, and keep speaking to the Australian people every couple of years.

One day Americans will wonder where their allies all went, and they can look back to moments like this one.

Posted by: johnboy6 | June 4, 2010 4:06 AM | Report abuse

Sub-humans that will be critical of this in 3, 2, 1.....

Posted by: DC2Amsterdam | June 4, 2010 3:26 AM | Report abuse

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