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White House Cheat Sheet: A President Abroad



President Obama's trip to Europe is freighted with political significance. AP Photo by Gerald Herbert

President Obama departs for an eight-day European trip today, his first extended travel abroad since being elected and a critical early proving ground for his pledge to reshape America's role in the world community.

In his first two months (or so) in office, Obama has focused almost exclusively on the economy as he has sought to solve or at least mitigate the recession gripping the country. And, despite Republican gripes, polling suggests that the American people are generally supportive of his policies.

But, how Obama plays on the world stage over the next eight days could potentially have a significant impact on the impressions of him stateside.

Obama will make stops in five countries including Britain, France and Germany as he seeks to provide tangible evidence that the last eight years of "cowboy diplomacy" -- as practiced by President George W. Bush -- are truly over.

In doing so, he must strike a delicate balance between statesmanship and celebrity, the difficulty of which was demonstrated when Obama, then the Democratic nominee, toured Europe in the middle of last summer.

The tour was initially greeted with plaudits but Sen. John McCain's (Ariz.) campaign turned the rock-star reception Obama received against him with a devastatingly effective ad that portrayed Obama as "the biggest celebrity in the world" and, temporarily, changed the dynamic of the contest.

Circumstances are clearly different now -- Obama is the president of the United States, not a candidate for that office. But, the challenges that face him are no less steep.

In addition to walking the fine line between cooperation and adoration, Obama must also appear mindful of the ongoing difficulties in the United States -- problems that won't simply disappear when he heads across the ocean.

Most importantly, the House and Senate will each vote on his budget blueprint later this week and, although the true fights over his more controversial proposals (healthcare, climate change) won't come until later this year, any significant defection among moderate to conservative Democrats could be taken as a sign of problems to come for the President.

Despite the difficulties present in such an ambitious trip as this one, Obama still retains one key trait: the American people like and trust him. In a mid March CNN poll, a whopping 66 percent said they approved of how Obama was handling "foreign affairs" as compared to just 28 percent who disapproved. And, more broadly, a Washington Post/ABC News survey released today shows nearly seven in ten Americans approving of the job Obama was doing overall with just 29 percent disapproving.

Public opinion is a fickle thing and can change quickly based on external events. But, any president would love to have the sort of approval ratings Obama currently carries as he jets toward Europe for an early test of his presidential mettle.

What to Watch For:

Tuesday's To-Reads: You don't have to read them. It will just go a lot easier for you if you do.

1. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton acknowledges that the phrase "global war on terror" has gone the way of the dodo.
2. The incomparable Glen Johnson (of the Associated Press) looks at Mitt Romney's presidential campaign-in-waiting.
3. The Post's Lori Montgomery lays out the five things to watch in this week's budget fight on Capitol Hill.
4. Artur Davis and the Reverse Bradley Effect.
5. The New Republic's Jason Zengerle pens a massive (in true TNR style) exploration of why New York City has stopped producing top level basketball talent. (Hat tip: Fennis Dembo fan Jonathan Martin.)

Money Matters Today: For months, any politician running for federal office has had today circled on their calendar. Why? Because today is the final day of the first fundraising quarter of the year, the last day to collect cash before reporting contributions and expenditures for the first three months of the year to the Federal Election Commission on April 15. Everyone in the political world -- operatives, reporters and even potential candidates -- will be closely examining these first quarter reporters for signs of strengths or, more important, weakness. Looking for a guide for the politicians with the most to prove in the first quarter? Here's our short list: 1) Jim Bunning: The Kentucky Republican ended 2008 with a paltry $150,000 in the bank. He'll have to greatly improve on that showing to ward off a potential primary challenge. 2) Chris Dodd: As chairman of the Senate Banking Committee, Dodd should have no trouble raising major sums for his reelection. But, the first three months of the year haven't been good to Dodd as he has been beset by a series of high-profile controversies. Will it affect his bottom line? 3) Walt Minnick/Bobby Bright: Minnick, from Idaho, and Bright, from Alabama, represent districts where raising money is tough for anyone -- especially a Democrat. How much did national Democrats help seed their campaign warchests and will Republicans use the out-of-state cash almost certainly raised by Minnick and Bright to cast them as bought and paid for by national Democrats?

Macker Gets Labor Support: Former Democratic National Committee Chairman Terry McAuliffe won the endorsement of the American Federation of State County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME), a major force in labor politics, for his primary campaign for governor in Virginia. While organized labor is not the force in Virginia that is in places like Ohio and Pennsylvania, having a major union like AFSCME on your side in a Democratic primary can't hurt. And, it's an endorsement that either former state Del. Brian Moran or state Sen. Creigh Deeds, both of whom are also seeking the Democratic nod, would have liked to have. Labor provides footsoldiers -- a key element in the sort of unpredictable turnout environment expected in the June 9 primary.

Defending Palin: Former Republican National Committee spokesman Alex Conant has turned into a blogger (it's all the rage!) and has penned an interesting defense of Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin. "Sarah Palin seems to be doing what every communications consultant I know (including myself) would advise: Avoiding national media and focus on being the best governor possible, while strategically using her immense fundraising power in the most effective ways possible," wrote Conant. We still maintain that the disconnect between Palin's national political staff and her gubernatorial staff is a major unresolved problem but, per usual, Conant's take is worth a read.

Giannoulias Follows Obama Blueprint: State Treasurer Alexi Giannoulias, a political protege of President Obama, is following in the his mentor's shoes in his bid for the Illinois Senate seat. Giannoulias announced yesterday that he would not accept any contributions from federal lobbyists or corporate political action committees for his Senate exploratory committee: "I make this decision because such a government should not be merely an ideal -- it should be a reality," wrote Giannoulias. It's worth noting that Giannoulias has considerable family wealth and spent more than $3 million of his own money in his successful 2006 campaign for treasurer -- an affluence that makes it far easier to walk away from these types of contributions. Giannoulias is clearly trying to position himself as the heir to Obama's political legacy in a Democratic field that could include former commerce secretary Bill Daley, state Attorney General Lisa Madigan and even appointed Sen. Roland Burris.

Pardon Politics: Scooter Libby didn't get the presidential pardon Vice President Dick Cheney so badly wanted for him. Will the late, great boxer Jack Johnson fair any better? Arizona Sen. John McCain certainly hopes so. McCain held a press conference on Monday -- along with Rep. Pete King (R-N.Y.) introducing a resolution to pardon Johnson who was convicted of transporting a (white) woman across state lines for "immoral purposes" in 1913. Johnson, the first black heavyweight champion, fled the country to escape imprisonment -- eventually returning to serve a one-year sentence. The negative publicity surrounding the matter all but destroyed his promising career in pugilism. (Want more on Johnson? Make sure to check out Ken Burns's terrific documentary "Unforgivable Blackness" about Johnson's life.)

DNC Gets in Rush's Grill: Tomorrow at 11:30 a.m., the Democratic National Committee unveils a billboard in conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh's hometown of West Palm Beach, Fla. -- the end result of a nationwide search for a slogan to send a message to the conservative talker. The winner? "Americans Didn't Vote for a Rush to Failure." Get it? Eh.

Say What?: "The water in Guantanamo Bay is soooo beautiful!" -- Miss Universe Dayana Mendoza after a recent trip to Gitmo.

By Chris Cillizza  |  March 31, 2009; 6:00 AM ET
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Comments

You takes a Remora, cross with it with a moron, and the result is a Remoron, Voila! Pete Hoekstra.

Any hack for a party which has no tolerance for working-Americans hopefully will be refused by battered Michiganians.

Posted by: Hub2 | April 1, 2009 10:44 AM | Report abuse

Strategery...
now thats a president making up big words

Posted by: tallertapas311 | March 31, 2009 9:18 PM | Report abuse

"Devastatingly Effective"?

Reminds me of that episode of MASH when Radar enrolls in a by-mail journalism school and starts stringing "big" words together.

Posted by: JRM2 | March 31, 2009 7:44 PM | Report abuse

ICE - Immigration and Naturalization are not a part of free trade and globalization? Are you a complete idiot? What government agency oversees those millions of L-1 visas that have cost roughly 4.5 million American's their jobs ? WHo do you think handles illegal immigrants? Millions upon millions of illegal immigrants that are here taking up jobs as house painters, roofers, concrete workers? The people who have driven the wage expectation of a skilled carpenter from $22 an hour to less than $10 an hour in 8 years? WHo took meat cutting and meat packing jobs that paid $18 an average in 1990 and bid against American's, driving those salaries down to an average of $9 an hour? What in God's name o you think "globalization" is? It is he ability of companies o comb the world looking for the cheapest labor, the lowest production costs possible without regard to the social or national consequences.

And, as for Bill Gates on some television show, what on earth do you expect him to day? ' Oh, I am firing my U.S. workforce and replacing them with Indian workers because the Indian workers are cheaper and, if they get sick, we just send them home.' Of course he's going to utter some nonsense about "better qualified". The lie is put that pretty easily, though. The U.S. workers laid of were OLDER, average age of 48, with families that entailed "risks" to Microsoft's self insurance pool, with families that entailed taking some time off to spend with the wife and kids. The Indian's are essential indentured servants. Likewise, why o you think AIG and those Wall Street banks fired their entire U.S. IT staffs *after* getting bailed out and received 38,000 emergency H1-B visas whereupon they hired 38,000 Indian IT workers!

I figure you're a lost a cause, a drooling idiot that would believe anything this ratbag President will tell you, but there are plenty of other people who will read this post here and verify this and become disgusted with this stand in for George Bush. Obama is already a disaster and is going to become a worse one because he is deaf, dumb, and blind to the horrors being suffered by ordinary people. Obama is going to grease the skids taking this country to ruin and I cannot wait for the day when his policies ruin your life to the extent that you turn on him like a rabid dog/

Posted by: mibrooks27 | March 31, 2009 6:46 PM | Report abuse

yes, sorry....it is a GOV but it has been denounced by the feds- based on their techniques. in fact, the new budget cuts funding for it.

Posted by: TheBabeNemo | March 31, 2009 6:27 PM | Report abuse

"ICE is not a government entity"

Let's stop right there.

Posted by: mattintx | March 31, 2009 6:03 PM | Report abuse


mibrooks,
Last time I heard, ICE is not affiliated with our free trade policy at all. Get the facts correct.
ICE is not a government entity and ICE is very much on the chopping block for their "techniques".
ICE is not backed by our President. And if it is, I want to know where it is stated by our President.

"When ICE raids a place where illegal immigrants have been taking jobs from U.S. citizens the new, but unannounced, policy is to issue them work perm its".

where illegal immigrants have been taking jobs from US citizens.
i cannot believe you are saying that.
It is the company that does the hiring and ICE allegedly gets their information from snitches. And not sanctioned by any local, county, state, or federal law.
Show me where ICE is under the umbrella of a free trade policy? Or under the umbrella of federal law with their techniques?
And yes, when ICE was raiding places left and right, before the election, "raided workers" were either deported on the spot (crime based) or given the opportunity to enroll in the system.
The company paid the price. So what's that say about companies here in the good old USA?
oh, but it's illegal workers taking American citizens job.
Your boss gave that job to them. Period.

2) Obama issued a special "stimulus" grant to Microsoft, too. That grant to build a bridge from Microsoft's main campus to corporate housing where tens of thousands of new Indian workers on L-1 visas are being used to displace tens of thousands of U.S. workers.
YES--didn't you even see Bill Gates on Fareed Zakaria? Tens of thousands of US workers are not getting DISPLACED. Point blank - they are more qualified. They are beating us with brains and that is why.

and finally, ....."and your fanciful and blind support are both misplaced and a sign of insanity"
And your insults are unnecessary.
Sure, right fine --because I believe in being optimistic and willing to grant creedance to the newly elected President.
Unlike your prejudicial butt.


Posted by: TheBabeNemo | March 31, 2009 6:00 PM | Report abuse


gee, academia-
guess being a Harvard lawyer doesn't mean anything in academia.

and it doesn't mean anything on a resume either...I'll make sure I tell my niece and nephew not to put DOCTOR or LAWYER on their resumes.

and tallertapas is right....
best thermometer in the USA is We, the People who elected that Harvard lawyer as President.

so the majority of America believes he is qualified. and you don't.
wow, i am afraid of you.

Posted by: TheBabeNemo | March 31, 2009 5:40 PM | Report abuse

Unless your saying he is inexperienced bc he was just elected, I guess that makes sense.

I dont think your that smart though, so I am guessing your still fighting the election.

He is now more experienced then Palin, McCain, Romney, etc. because HE IS THE PRESIDENT. Beat that Governers.

Posted by: tallertapas311 | March 31, 2009 4:55 PM | Report abuse

Who needs a resume.... HE WON.

His resume is now PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA.

The voters decided he was qualified.

Your fighting very old battles

Posted by: tallertapas311 | March 31, 2009 4:53 PM | Report abuse

and finally "Mr. Obama, perhaps the least experienced President in American history...."
And this is proven how?
lots of stated opinions, no facts.
Posted by: TheBabeNemo | March 31, 2009 3:32 PM | Report abuse
…………………………………………………
It’s called a resume Einstein:

1. a summing up; summary.
2. a brief written account of personal, educational, and professional qualifications and experience, as that prepared by an applicant for a job.
Also, resume, re⋅su⋅mé.

Name any past president who has risen from first term state senator to the presidency in four years?
Please don’t feed me that law professor line. Barack didn’t advance beyond adjunct because he never published anything of significance. Narcissistic autobiographies don’t count in academia.

Posted by: dcn1 | March 31, 2009 4:50 PM | Report abuse

"Mr. Obama, perhaps the least experienced President in American history...."

Well, he's tied with like 40something of them over the same timespan.

Posted by: DDAWD | March 31, 2009 4:49 PM | Report abuse

Oh yeh, 66% of the country think Obama is doing good. Thats more then who voted for him.

Keep fighting the good fight on a political blog website. Your a patriot!!!

Posted by: tallertapas311 | March 31, 2009 4:49 PM | Report abuse

There is no way a supporter who as ACTUALLY LISTENED THE WORDS the man says would right that.

Its a cool scenario to think that all these Obama people are BETRAYED by him.

Your a joke. Obama has brought change. Were you even listening to what he was saying?

Posted by: tallertapas311 | March 31, 2009 4:47 PM | Report abuse

bsimon1 - Oh, I readily admit that I voted for Obama, I campaigned for him, I donated money. That makes me a sucker and a fool. It also makes me angry and results in researching and examining everything this ratbag does. I am, I am happy to say, joined by tens of thousands of other former campaign workers and supporters and we are out there warning people about this well spoken, too slick hack. All of is promises are empty at best, outright lies usually and the sooner people wake up, the better. We are stuck with this defective product for the next four years and maybe, if enough true believers desert him, we just might force him to act in our best interests, to keep the promises he made. Otherwise, the only thing we can do is hold our noses and vote for opposition politician's that will throw a wrench into his machine.

Posted by: mibrooks27 | March 31, 2009 4:40 PM | Report abuse

Lots of pots calling kettle black:

Alberto Gonzales sat down with the Houston Chronicle to offer some advice on the drug war:

He also said Mexico should have oral, public trials of major organized crime figures rather than having trials consist of written testimony read by a judge behind closed doors. Doing things in private breeds corruption, he said.

This from a guy who tried to get a drugged bed-ridden attorney general to sign away more of our rights.

At least Alberto isnt afraid to sound as stupid as the Bush-defending posters.

Posted by: tallertapas311 | March 31, 2009 4:29 PM | Report abuse

brooks writes
"BabeNemo... your fanciful and blind support are both misplaced and a sign of insanity."


BabeNemo, meet Kettle.

Posted by: bsimon1 | March 31, 2009 4:23 PM | Report abuse

I hear Obama is building a bridge of teleprompters to Europe and China so the fascists and socialists and come and roam free!!

Glenn Beck told me so!!!

Posted by: tallertapas311 | March 31, 2009 4:17 PM | Report abuse

TheBabeNemo - If you weren't blind, you would see Obama's free trade policies in practice. ICE aids. When ICE raids a place where illegal immigrants have been taking jobs from U.S. citizens the new, but unannounced, policy is to issue them work perm its. Really! http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/W/WA_WORK_SITE_RAID_WAOL-?SITE=OREUG&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT

Following last months meeting with hi-tech executives, the Obama White House has (unannounced) issued 165,000 new H1-B visas, the application deadline being today.

Obama issued a special "stimulus" grant to Microsoft, too. That grant to build a bridge from Microsoft's main campus to corporate housing where tens of thousands of new Indian workers on L-1 visas are being used to displace tens of thousands of U.S. workers.

Now, I don't know about you, but the actions of this craven corporate serving fool pretty much point to the fact that he stands for corporations, not the millions of unemployed American's desperate for jobs. He is a globalization fanatic, no different than Bush, and your fanciful and blind support are both misplaced and a sign of insanity.

Posted by: mibrooks27 | March 31, 2009 4:07 PM | Report abuse

and by calling him ACORN BARRY, he tries to say Obama forged the election, but you see Obama won in a landslide for recent elections.

And our Presidents middle name IS HUSSEIN. Deal with it. Elections over. Nobody cares.

I just wish the good ol days of insulting a president was UNpatriotic, now the right think its our duty.

Posted by: tallertapas311 | March 31, 2009 3:53 PM | Report abuse

You see, Changewhat is clever bc his name is CHANGEWHAT, because Obama wanted to change things and Changewhat mocks that.

Eventhough Obama has stopped torture, planned to get out of Iraq, passed a massive bill that some president couldnt pass in 4 years, re-protected the environment, embraced SCIENCE again, helped homeowners get back on their feet, released documents that show Cheney and Bush are pretty much criminals....

but you see CHANGEWHAT is clever bc he his name says changewhat!!! Get it!! HAHAHAHHA. Very clever

Posted by: tallertapas311 | March 31, 2009 3:50 PM | Report abuse

but were all crazy for defending Obama anyway because HE USES A TELEPROMPTER!

NOOOOOOOO!!!!! All that change was BS. He uses a damn teleprompter!


And I mispelled won as one.

I wasnt using my teleprompter

Posted by: tallertapas311 | March 31, 2009 3:45 PM | Report abuse

ACORN Barry will without hesitation throw America under the bus. He wants to be adored. He wants Europe to swoon as the media here does. So, he will toss America right in the grease. It is all our fault, we are to blame, Bush was bad, I am God. I demand your adulation and will do what ever it takes to get it, including degradation of America on foreign soil. Barry is an ASS.

Posted by: ChangeWhat | March 31, 2009 3:43 PM | Report abuse

JEP7 just couldnt take it anymore.... He had hid from his blogs after Obama one because he could understand how always referring to Obama as B. Hussein Obama didnt work.

But now hes back..... at the FIX. JEP7 is such a daring patriot. To fight posters at the FIX. You are brave.

He and Dick Cheney get it and the rest of us dont. JEP quotes the bible bc this is a CHRISTIAN nation.

JEP7 probably thinks torturing us will get us to stop.

The sad thing is your grandchildren will look back and ask questions about how bad Bush was and why he tortured people and got no results. All JEP7 will say is "your teacher is a FASCIST."

History will prove you all terribly wrong JEP7

Posted by: tallertapas311 | March 31, 2009 3:42 PM | Report abuse


lots of comments: let's see
--
"Having already witnessed the damage Obama and his free trade policies have wrought"--- and what policies are those?
he hasn't even had time to WRITE policies yet, much less, policies on free trade.

"Obama is slothful, Economically stupid and arrogant–and does NOT know it. He is about to embarrass the USA".
---and how is he going to do that? Specially when millions are falling over each other to see him speak.
"2. Now that we have observed him flounder for 2 months another factor is clear–he is ADDICTED to ADRENALIN. He needs a bigger crisis each day".
--which President Bush provided him. And just how has this President "floundered for 2 months"...specially with the train wreck he was left to clean up? And the train wrecks that the crooked CEO(S) fully intend to keep on with???
"3. Obama has already severely weakened the US economy with a Stimulus and Budget so absurd even the French and Chinese are worried about Obama Socialism".
----How has HR1 weakened the US economy? And how has the pending budget weakened the US economy?

and finally "Mr. Obama, perhaps the least experienced President in American history...."
And this is proven how?

lots of stated opinions, no facts.

Posted by: TheBabeNemo | March 31, 2009 3:32 PM | Report abuse

Lynn11 wrote: "The polls will stay this way because all people see is a black man."

Yeah, everyone knows how tolerant and forgiving Americans are towards black men.

This has to be the lamest, most counter-factual argument I have seen this week (I don't even count zouk anymore, of course).

Posted by: nodebris | March 31, 2009 3:32 PM | Report abuse

No more cowboy diplomacy. Now to nuance (slither and dither).

Posted by: hipshot | March 31, 2009 3:26 PM | Report abuse

Hopefully BHO doesn't surrender to the French.

Posted by: leapin | March 31, 2009 3:21 PM | Report abuse

Black people can't do arithmetic?

Interesting.

Do go on.

Posted by: mattintx | March 31, 2009 3:18 PM | Report abuse

President Obama is a brother from Cook County, Illinois with a Harvard law degree.
he is NOT simply a black man.

Posted by: TheBabeNemo | March 31, 2009 3:17 PM | Report abuse

The polls will stay this way because all people see is a black man. They do not care what his experience or character is. They are just proud of themselves cause he is a black man. They look and say, "isn't it cool, be proud of us." You know the same way they do with kids, 2+2=5, good job at least you tried. It is also all about not wanting anyone to think you are racist. If you say you disagree with Obama than immediately you are called racist. The polls just mean they like Obama as a black man. Does not mean they think he is doing a good job.

Posted by: Lynn11 | March 31, 2009 2:46 PM | Report abuse

This “last eight years” line is becoming very tiresome. The media are determined to use this as a built in excuse for every mistake made by their anointed candidate. Mr. Obama, perhaps the least experienced President in American history, will succeed or fail on his own merit. It’s time for journalist to take off his training wheels.

Posted by: dcn1 | March 31, 2009 2:43 PM | Report abuse

"The tour was initially greeted with plaudits but Sen. John McCain's (Ariz.) campaign turned the rock-star reception Obama received against him with a devastatingly effective ad that portrayed Obama as "the biggest celebrity in the world" and, temporarily, changed the dynamic of the contest."

Uh, no. You see, Chris, hard as it iis on the DC Press Bubble to beleive, Obama won, despite all you guys' hard work for you old drinking buddy, McCain.

and I'm sorry, but that's a godawful picture of you.. you look like a smirking child.

Posted by: drindl | March 31, 2009 2:26 PM | Report abuse

God, is cillizza a hack. To the extent that McCain's celebrity ad was "devastating" (um, a little overstated perhaps?), it was hacks like cillizza pimping the asinine story. Such stupidity is made devastating by stupid stories like this, and lazy, snarking journalists who would rather talk about nonsense like Al Gore going bald, and Bush being the guy you'd like to have a beer with (how'd THAT work out for you), etc.

Devastating? So devastating that Obama won in a landslide. Give me a break.

Posted by: monk4hall | March 31, 2009 2:08 PM | Report abuse

Maxjack;

"Now that we have observed him flounder for 2 months.."

70% approval ratings is floundering?

Bush needed a national disaster to get over 50% ratngs, and those ratings faded when the public learned they got gamed.

And as for Obama's dependance on advice from Solomon, you might want to read your Bible a bit closer. He ended his life a bitter and unhappy billionaire who wrote his sad Ecclesiastes "all is vanity" prose when he finally realized all the wealth, wine and women in the world could never give him the simple happiness a lowly shepherd could know.

AS for the actual verse you cherrypicked, methinks thou shouldest read it thyself, and look in the mirror before you recommend it's message to someone like President Obama.

HYPOCRITE!

Posted by: JEP7 | March 31, 2009 2:05 PM | Report abuse

"Devastatingly effective"?

Dude, get over yourself.

Posted by: public-washingtonpost-com | March 31, 2009 2:04 PM | Report abuse

"He's allegedly the 'economy candidate', being a successful businessman. "

Yeah, but Mitty is also a CEO who put a lot of people out of work. Guess we'll see how the public feels about that in a few years.

My guess though is that the gop will nominate someone very authoritarian, because historically, rightwing movements tend to slide farther right with economic downturns.

also, the emerging consensus among themselves seems to be that the R's were not sufficiently 'conservative' during the last 8 years - that was their problem, they say.

Because conservatism is perfect and cannot fail.

Posted by: drindl | March 31, 2009 2:03 PM | Report abuse

Slothful = lazy.
Arrogant = uppity.
"Just [s]hut [u]p = know your place.

Did I leave anything out?

Funny thing, I was just wondering what happened to "dianne72."

Posted by: mattintx | March 31, 2009 1:59 PM | Report abuse

Carbubble writes
"[Mitt Romney] isn't conservative enough to get the GOP nomination and he's too weaselly to get elected in the general election."

Perhaps. Historically, the GOP nominates the runner-up from the prior nomination process. Most would agree that this implies Gov Romney is the most likely nominee, at this point, for 2012. Of course, GW Bush interrupted that cycle, so its clearly not a flawless predictor.

What might happen, is the GOP will nominate the candidate who they think is best suited to the problem of the moment. The focus on Iraq policy in late 2007 & early 2008 likely secured McCain's nomination. But by the time the general election cycle rolled around, the focus turned to the economy - to McCain's detriment.

This habit of the GOP's also supports Romney's candidacy at this early stage of the cycle. He's allegedly the 'economy candidate', being a successful businessman. Whether that proves to be an asset once the next election cycle starts ramping up in late 2011 remains to be seen.

Posted by: bsimon1 | March 31, 2009 1:53 PM | Report abuse


OBAMA AND THE G20-WELCOME TO THE NFL

When a highly touted College Football Player starts his first game in the NFL, some veteran will knock him silly and say “Welcome to the NFL”.

The G20 has the potential to be a “Welcome to the NFL” moment for Obama due to the convergence of 3 factors:

1. Obama is slothful, Economically stupid and arrogant–and does NOT know it. He is about to embarrass the USA.

2. Now that we have observed him flounder for 2 months another factor is clear–he is ADDICTED to ADRENALIN. He needs a bigger crisis each day.

3. Obama has already severely weakened the US economy with a Stimulus and Budget so absurd even the French and Chinese are worried about Obama Socialism.

Obama need not have a Failed Presidency–there is still some hope left.

Our currency is at stake here, and Obama is clueless.

Just Shut Up. Let Bernanke speak.

King Solomon gave wise counsel in the Bible for Obama:

Pr 17:28 Even a fool is thought wise if he keeps silent, and discerning if he holds his tongue.


Pr 10:19 When words are many, sin is not absent, but he who holds his tongue is wise.


Posted by: JaxMax | March 31, 2009 1:49 PM | Report abuse

Never in a Million Years is there ever going to a President named Mitt. No way, No How!

He isn't conservative enough to get the GOP nomination and he's too weaselly to get elected in the general election.

Posted by: Carbubble | March 31, 2009 1:35 PM | Report abuse

bsimon, you know that last comment of mine was meant for the dickson, (another Zook sock puppet, maybe, will he ever be just one man?) not for you.

Good to see some of the old crew still holding down the sanity fort here on The Fix. I lurk a lot but since the election, haven't done much posting on many of the blogs. But this is getting outrageous, and like I said, these Obama haters are no patriots, like Cheney, they are proving their loyalty is to a stale "slave power" ideology, not to the American way.

That term, "slave power" comes from the civil war era, when a powerful minority sought to subjugate and classify our great nation into slaves and slaveowners, with free men as a nuisance to dispose of or cast out. They used the media and the government to continually brainwash the public, and made laws in the territories that threatened anyone who even spoke out against slavery with imprisonment or hanging.

The past 8 years of lies, obfuscation and transfer of wealth to the greedy rich may not be nearly as pernicious as slavery was, but like slavery, their fiscal darwinism has clearly backfired on them.

Seems as if our own resident "conservative elite" has met the same disappointment those slavers did back in 1860-65. And much like so many misguided southern ladies and gents, they refuse to see the truth and cling to their delusions.

They are so very bitter about it, now they haunt our blogs with ghosts of ages long dead, and more recent ages now being buried by a new age of progress. But still, as we see in their comments here, they are still hoping against Hope that their greedy legacy will be reborn somehow.

But the majority rules, especially when it awakens to it's own deception. Republicans will have hell to pay for what they did to our great nation by handing their precious party of Lincoln over to the no-bid book-cooking CEO's who dragged us into an economic abyss and spent all our world respect on a cheap game of torture.

Posted by: JEP7 | March 31, 2009 1:30 PM | Report abuse

which is it, krauty? hypocrisy, thy name is republican...

"Earlier this month, after the AIG bonuses controversy broke, Charles Krauthammer advocated unusual capital punishment for AIG executives, suggesting “an exemplary hanging or two” in Times Square and even a guillotine “party.” But today, after President Obama compelled GM CEO Rick Wagoner to resign, Krauthammer regained his sense of civility, criticizing the administration for “demanding” Wagoner’s “head on a pike”:

KRAUTHAMMER: What this is is the President giving in to populist pressure, demanding a head on a pike, which is the titular head of the company, whether or not it makes any economic sense at all. And that makes you worry."

Posted by: drindl | March 31, 2009 1:28 PM | Report abuse

eat it, rightwing trolls:


"66 percent: President Obama’s approval rating, according to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll. Forty-two percent of the public believes the country is on the “right track,” the “highest percentage saying so in five years and marks a sharp turnabout from last fall, when as many as nine in 10 said the country was heading in the wrong direction.”

Posted by: drindl | March 31, 2009 1:26 PM | Report abuse

Having already witnessed the damage Obama and his free trade policies have wrought, the voters would have to be stupid and suicidal, both, before getting their hopes up about this trip. The last time Obama had a big "meet" was with those hi-tech executives and the outcome has been over 50,000 more U.S. jobs outsourced to India, another 165,000 H1-B visas issued by *this* White House, and a multimillion dollar "stimulus" grant issued to Microsoft to build a bridge from their main campus to their apartments housing thousands of cheap Indian workers brought here on the L1-B visa. This meeting? It's a bunch of free trade-globalization ghouls attempting to keep that Ponzi Scheme running. Nothing good is going to come of Obama's going to Europe ... or coming home, for that matter.

Posted by: mibrooks27 | March 31, 2009 1:25 PM | Report abuse

Chris, only in the minds of the GOP did the 'biggest celebrity in the world' thing have traction. Most Americans saw it as a good thing that he was so well liked. Perhaps if Bush hadn't been so reviled, Obama wouldn't have seemed so great. It's all relative.

Posted by: katem1 | March 31, 2009 1:21 PM | Report abuse

I question your choice of adverbs: "devastatingly effective?" I disagree. They were temporarily effective, yes, but not devastatingly so, otherwise McCain would be president.

Posted by: JMorogiell | March 31, 2009 1:18 PM | Report abuse

"The world smells his weakness and is positioning......"

and the world smells your stupidity and is recoiling...

and I see poor unemployed zouk is on here all day.. you need a tin cup, zouk, so we can all throw you a few pennies for being our village idiot.

"Secretary of State Hillary Clinton acknowledges that the phrase "global war on terror" has gone the way of the dodo."

thank god that verbal abomination is gone now.maybe we can stop looking like the stupidest nation on earth.

Posted by: drindl | March 31, 2009 1:17 PM | Report abuse

So, Mr. Europe expert, how long until Gonzales and Feith and Addington and Yoo will be grovelling before a world court, spilling all those beans about Cheney and Bush?

You're no patriot.

Posted by: JEP7 | March 31, 2009 1:10 PM | Report abuse

georgedixon1 writes
"[President] Obama is going to grovel and appease."


Because any foreign policy that can't be summed up as "yer either with us, or with th' terrerists" is groveling and appeasement.


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Posted by: bsimon1 | March 31, 2009 1:09 PM | Report abuse

B. H. 'Neville Chamberlain' Obama is going to grovel and appease.

The world smells his weakness and is positioning......

Posted by: georgedixon1 | March 31, 2009 12:37 PM | Report abuse

Zouk's a public service announcement warning of the dangers of republican ideology. "This is your brain on right-wing dogma . . . "

Posted by: nodebris | March 31, 2009 11:31 AM | Report abuse

First they tried to bring Obama down to Palin's level. Then Limbaugh's. Bush at least occupied the same office.

Posted by: mattintx | March 31, 2009 11:10 AM | Report abuse

Hey NewBeeboy,

The GM CEO got let go because he didnt have a plan.

And if you followed your geopolitics, youd know that Brown is lame duck and Conservative Cameron (who Obama is meeting with) will be PM next year. And Cameron is a young energetic leader, so that will be fun when you guys love him while you mocked Obama for the same thing. You guys know how to eat your words.

Cameron is something the GOP here will never have. A sane moderate conservative who is not based on religious extremism.

Posted by: PJF311 | March 31, 2009 11:09 AM | Report abuse

Another article open for comments, another GOP troll meltdown. Why don't you guys go punch a wall or something. Bush is reviled, Obama is respected. You can whine all you want.

Posted by: chrisfox8 | March 31, 2009 11:00 AM | Report abuse

"28 percent who disapproved"

And they really can't tell you why, without spouting dittoheaded cliches they got from the wingnut talk radio cabal.

It is getting tedious to watch so many self-proclaimed "patriots" show their true colors as they try desperately to bring Obama down to Bush's level.

Since the Bush era of borrow and spend, that old tax and spend curse has turned into a blessing. People understand "pay as you go" on the street, kicking that debt can down the road for our progeny doesn't sit well with loyal Americans.

So now, the only alternative is to hit the rich up for some of that easy money they transferred into their own accounts over the past 10 years.

If they didn't want to pay higher taxes in the future, they shouldn't have created such a whopping deficit to make war against Saddam Hussein. Falling back on the old "tax and spend" accusations only sounds like sheer hypocrisy to most Americans, especially the new generation that was raised in the Bush "borrow and spend" era.

To them, tax and spend just seems like a solution, not a problem.

Posted by: JEP7 | March 31, 2009 10:21 AM | Report abuse

Careful, zuke, your gynephobia is showing.

Posted by: mattintx | March 31, 2009 9:49 AM | Report abuse


there are too many G groups and they all get mad if not included.

tell President not to eat the nuts and to explain that the Bush Doctrine is gone.

Posted by: TheBabeNemo | March 31, 2009 9:41 AM | Report abuse

Thanks for several links to good Tuesday reads.

What would our posters think was a very successful G20 mission? A moderately successful one? A failure?

The only metric I can think of is the relative willingness of the G20 to coordinate the attempt to thwart recession. Within that metric there are so many possibilities that I do not see how they can be measured for at least a year.

What am I missing?

Posted by: mark_in_austin | March 31, 2009 9:19 AM | Report abuse

Maybe he'll make Brown resign as head of the U.K. - if he doesn't like his plan.

Posted by: newbeeboy | March 31, 2009 8:59 AM | Report abuse

URGENT TO: Attorney General Eric Holder (staff, please forward)


cc: Rahm Emanuel; David Axelrod; Jay Carney; White House staff


WHILE THE GENERATED, MANUFACTURED ECONOMIC CRISIS CAPTURES THE HEADLINES...


...DEMOCRACY AND PERSONAL LIBERTY ARE POISONED AT THE GRASSROOTS.


WHERE IS THE CIVIL RIGHTS DIVISON PROBE?


***


INNOCENT BUT TARGETED.


Google it.


YOU -- or someone close to you -- could be the next victim.


Unless Team Obama -- especially AG Holder, SecDef Gates, SecDHS Napolitano, SecTreas Geithner -- take down the draconian Bush-Cheney extrajudicial punishment network...


...an array of secret "programs of personal financial destruction" and a government-funded network of vigilante "community stalking"... using the GPS satellite system to hunt and harass human prey (with the full knowledge of law enforcement)...


...coupled with the proliferation of mind- and body-degrading "directed energy" microwave radiation weapons -- the Zyklon-B of a grassroots, government-enabled American Gestapo.


Attorney General Holder, you must act NOW to restore human and civil rights in America.


Before the naivete of liberals empowers the saboteurs and Dr. Strangeloves who say "No!" to change.


***


Where is the civil rights division investigation that victims have demanded?

Or is there "nothing to investigate" -- because the government already knows all about this?


http://NowPublic.com/scrivener

Posted by: scrivener50 | March 31, 2009 8:50 AM | Report abuse

13 colonies!!!! Another lame Zouk-like joke.

I guess that would be retribution for the bad gifts Obama gave Browns kids that Drudge and the "OUTRAGE" police were so upset about.

Yeh, Obama and his Afghan policy are still those weak tired stereotypes of Dems weak on foriegn policy.

How about you all try a real argument other then fake outrages and stereotypes like teleprompters, gifts, being weak, and being bad at being president.

That was Bush, remember.

Posted by: tallertapas311 | March 31, 2009 8:47 AM | Report abuse

We might be back to the thirteen British colonies by the time he leaves London.

Posted by: newbeeboy | March 31, 2009 8:32 AM | Report abuse

THE ZOUK IS LOOSE TODAY in FORCE!!!!!

WATCH OUT

Get it, he called Obama the messiah, like hes a God. HAHAHAHAHAHAHA

Keep it up Zouky

Posted by: tallertapas311 | March 31, 2009 8:03 AM | Report abuse

Hey Chris,
How did that "devastatingly effective ad" work out for ol' John McCain?? I nice 10 days ahead of Obama!!! Maybe if he had sustained that, he wouldnt have had to sell his soul and pick Palin instead of Lieberman.

I remember the days when it was pretty common for the world to like and even love the President.

Bush broke that trend with wild effectiveness, but he was good at breaking lots of things.

Keep defending the GM CEO? You guys sound smarter everyday!!! And I bet Obama will use a teleprompter in Europe for something!! NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!! THE HORROR!!!! A TELEPROMPTER!!!!!!!

Posted by: tallertapas311 | March 31, 2009 8:01 AM | Report abuse

so messiah will NOT be running any companies. He will be hiring and firing, setting salaries, making production decisions, planning and design, finance and budget, mergers and acquasitions and even warranties. But not running the company.

Much the same way he will be spending three times as much while spending half as much.

Posted by: king_of_zouk | March 31, 2009 7:46 AM | Report abuse

Does Obama in Europe manage to trump the outrage over GM?

http://www.political-buzz.com/

Posted by: parkerfl1 | March 31, 2009 7:45 AM | Report abuse

I sure hope the Paris Hilton president with his groveling and seeking of adulation, no matter the respect works. I expect the entire planet to lie down and spread it's legs.

Posted by: king_of_zouk | March 31, 2009 7:35 AM | Report abuse

I sure hope the Paris Hilton president with his groveling and seeking of adulation, no matter the respect works. I expect the entire planet to lie down and spread it's legs.

Posted by: king_of_zouk | March 31, 2009 7:35 AM | Report abuse

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