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Steyn on Obama’s Las Vegas ‘performance’: ‘Every American should be ashamed of their president’
The Daily Caller ^ | September 14, 2012 | Jeff Poor

Posted on 09/15/2012 10:10:02 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet

On Hugh Hewitt’s radio show Thursday night, National Review columnist Mark Steyn, author of “After America: Get Ready for Armageddon,” said President Barack Obama gave an embarrassing performance Wednesday during his campaign swing through Las Vegas, Nev., in the wake of attacks on U.S. diplomatic stations in Libya and Egypt.

“I thought that thing last night with the president saying he had ‘a tough day’ and comparing the dead Americans in Libya to campaign supporters, which he did — I thought was one of the most disgraceful, inept and embarrassing performances by a head of state or government that I have ever seen,” Steyn said. “Every American should be ashamed of their president.”

Steyn didn’t fault the president for going to Sin City, acknowledging that sometimes plans are in place and things have to move along. But the tone of Obama’s remarks set him off.

“He didn’t script his remarks,” Steyn said. “I mean, this is a man, for example, who doesn’t have, I think, great empathetic qualities at the best of times. But to slough it off in that bloodless language — you know, when he says, now I believe this is a direct quote, ‘Obviously, our hearts are broken today.’ If you say ‘obviously’ before it, your heart is not broken. He said, ‘Oh, it’s a tough day.’ It’s not a tough day [for him]. It’s a tough day for the families of the four people who were killed.”

Steyn told Hewitt, the author of “The Brief Against Obama: The Rise, Fall & Epic Fail of the Hope & Change Presidency,” that Obama should have prepared better for that situation, given all the tools at his disposal.

“Why can’t you — you’re spending $4 trillion a year, and you’ve got these 12-year-old speechwriters you’re so proud of, and you’re the king of the prompter, why couldn’t you on Air Force One, you’re the only head of state in any major country who has a plane to fly him around his own country, and a 40-car motorcade — while you were on the stupid plane, why can’t you actually take the trouble to learn some words that would mean something and are appropriate to the occasion?”

He compared Obama’s performance to those of former President Ronald Reagan and former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher after tragedies, reiterating his charge that Obama’s remarks were something that should embarrass Americans of all political persuasions.

“If you think of Reagan, after the space shuttle thing, if you think of what Mrs. Thatcher said after the Brighton bombing that killed cabinet colleagues of hers — it’s horrible, it’s disgraceful,” he said.

“Nobody, no novelist would attempt to do anything so crass after this man is dragged through the streets — after he is killed, dragged through the streets of Libya, God knows what’s happened to him if you believe some of the worst stories out there. And then the guy goes to Vegas. Why not just do it at Caesar’s Palace with a bunch of showgirls? Every American who’s watching, regardless if you’re Democrat or Republican, if you’re not embarrassed by the buffoon who’s serving as President of the United States after that performance last night, there’s something wrong with you.”


TOPICS: Politics; Religion; Travel
KEYWORDS: 20120911; libya; obama; odyssydawn; opodyssydawn; steyn

1 posted on 09/15/2012 10:10:07 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Any chance you have a link to audio of this. I’d like to loop it on my phone at work. People need to hear stuff like this and few, if any, say it better than Steyn.


2 posted on 09/15/2012 10:17:32 PM PDT by ProfoundMan (Time to finish the Reagan Revolution! - RightyPics.com)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

“...if you’re not embarrassed by the buffoon who’s serving as President of the United States after that performance last night, there’s something wrong with you.”

Amen to that!


3 posted on 09/15/2012 10:18:37 PM PDT by diamond6 (http://catholicknight.blogspot.com/p/catholic-prophecy.html)
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To: ProfoundMan

http://townhall.com/talkradio/hughhewitt/650799


4 posted on 09/15/2012 10:24:41 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (You cannot invade the mainland United States. There would be a rifle behind every blade of grass.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

If Obamas fecklessness and dithering prior to and after the embassy attacks and the murder of our diplomats doesn’t constitute high crimes and misdemeanors that would be grounds for impeachment then the Constitution is so much crap. Are we Americans anymore or mice?


5 posted on 09/15/2012 10:26:05 PM PDT by jmacusa (Political correctness is cultural Marxism. I'm not a Marxist.)
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To: ProfoundMan
Never mind - found it. Thanks.
6 posted on 09/15/2012 10:26:34 PM PDT by ProfoundMan (Time to finish the Reagan Revolution! - RightyPics.com)
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To: diamond6

If ir were a “R” candidate there would be hell to pay.


7 posted on 09/15/2012 10:26:49 PM PDT by berdie
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Why not just do it at Caesar’s Palace with a bunch of showgirls?

Because Obama would prefer the Chippendales.

8 posted on 09/15/2012 10:28:03 PM PDT by smoothsailing
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To: smoothsailing

Prominent Members of Chicago Black Community: Those closest to Obama know there’s no 2nd term
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-gop/2931779/posts


9 posted on 09/15/2012 10:32:13 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (You cannot invade the mainland United States. There would be a rifle behind every blade of grass.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Better link - thanks Vet


10 posted on 09/15/2012 10:39:31 PM PDT by ProfoundMan (Time to finish the Reagan Revolution! - RightyPics.com)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

The saddest fact isn’t that Obama has acted shamefully in this hour of testing, it’s that the American people elected this cipher knowing full well what a perilous place the world is.

The excreta is about to hit the fan, and we have President ShamWow at the helm.


11 posted on 09/15/2012 10:47:14 PM PDT by M1911A1
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Can you imagine the comedians and news headlines of all these gaffes if Obama were a Republican?

As it is, the guy who runs Saturday Night Live still doesnt think there is anything but perfection in Obama and he cannot be parodied. lol


12 posted on 09/15/2012 10:53:14 PM PDT by GeronL (The Right to Life came before the Right to Pursue Happiness)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Ashamed? I loathe him from the very depths of my being.


13 posted on 09/15/2012 10:57:16 PM PDT by TigersEye (dishonorabledisclosure.com - OPSEC (give them support))
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To: jmacusa

14 posted on 09/15/2012 11:14:29 PM PDT by rawcatslyentist (I'd rather have a bottle in front of me, than a Barack 0b0tt0my!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Statements by BO and hill on the tarmac when the bodies were unloaded might as well have been read by computer voices.

They don’t give a damn.


15 posted on 09/15/2012 11:30:59 PM PDT by Sequoyah101 (Half the people are below average, they voted for oblabla.)
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To: nutmeg

bookmark


16 posted on 09/15/2012 11:32:03 PM PDT by nutmeg (I'm with Sarah Palin and Ted Cruz: "ABO"/Ryan 2012)
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To: Sequoyah101; B212

Here is how Obama feels about ‘how he acts’. It is from 2008. Compare what he said to what is going on today.

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-bloggers/2931552/posts
From POST #11 by B212

The following is a narrative taken from a 2008 Sunday morning televised “Meet The Press’.

From Sunday’s 07 Sept. 2008 11:48:04 EST, Televised “Meet the Press” the THEN Senator Obama was asked about his stance on the American Flag.

General Bill Gann’ USAF (ret.) asked Obama to explain WHY he doesn’t follow protocol when the National Anthem is played.

The General stated to Obama that according to the United States Code, Title 36, Chapter 10, Sec. 171...
During rendition of the national anthem, when the flag is displayed, all present (except those in uniform) are expected to stand at attention facing the flag with the right hand over the heart. Or, at the very least, “Stand and Face It”.

NOW GET THIS !!’Senator Obama replied:
“As I’ve said about the flag pin, I don’t want to be perceived as taking sides”. “There are a lot of people in the world to whom the American flag is a symbol of oppression..” “The anthem itself conveys a war-like message. You know, the bombs bursting in air and all that sort of thing.”

(ARE YOU READY FOR THIS???)
Obama continued: “The National Anthem should be ‘swapped’ for something less parochial and less bellicose. I like the song ‘I’d Like To Teach the World To Sing’. If that were our anthem, then, I might salute it. In my opinion, we should consider reinventing our National Anthem as well as ‘redesign’ our Flag to better offer our enemies hope and love.It’s my intention, if elected, to disarm America to the level of acceptance to our Middle East Brethren. If we, as a Nation of warring people, conduct ourselves like the nations of Islam, where peace prevails - - - perhaps a state or period of mutual accord could exist between our governments ......”

When I become President, I will seek a pact of agreement to end hostilities between those who have been at war or in a state of enmity, and a freedom from disquieting oppressive thoughts. We as a Nation, have placed upon the nations of Islam, an unfair injustice which is WHY my wife disrespects the Flag and she and I have attended several flag burning ceremonies in the past”.

“Of course now, I have found myself about to become the President of the United States and I have put my hatred aside. I will use my power to bring CHANGE to this Nation, and offer the people a new path. My wife and I look forward to becoming our Country’s First black Family. Indeed, CHANGE is about to overwhelm the United States of America “


17 posted on 09/16/2012 12:26:36 AM PDT by UCANSEE2 ( If you think I'm crazy, just wait until you talk to my invisible friend.)
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To: UCANSEE2; B212

“The following is a narrative taken from a 2008 Sunday morning televised “Meet The Press’.”

about Obama and the flag pin, I can’t find that on Youtube anywhere. I don’t want to pass around stuff that is made up.


18 posted on 09/16/2012 5:05:25 AM PDT by vanilla swirl (searching for something meaningfull to say)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Every American who’s watching, regardless if you’re Democrat or Republican, if you’re not embarrassed by the buffoon who’s serving as President of the United States after that performance last night, there’s something wrong with you.”

That "something wrong" was also manifesting itself in those who voted for him and especially in those who intend to vote for him again.
19 posted on 09/16/2012 5:57:44 AM PDT by aruanan
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To: UCANSEE2

Nothing implied but does Youtube have a video of this?

I looked but did not find one.


20 posted on 09/16/2012 9:20:45 AM PDT by Sequoyah101 (Half the people are below average, they voted for oblabla.)
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To: vanilla swirl
about Obama and the flag pin, I can’t find that on Youtube anywhere.

Do you mean not wearing the flag pin, or Obama saying why he wouldn't wear it ?


21 posted on 09/16/2012 4:25:26 PM PDT by UCANSEE2 ( If you think I'm crazy, just wait until you talk to my invisible friend.)
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To: vanilla swirl

Abracadabra. (youtube must have removed it, whereas they are keeping the ‘Innocence of the Muslims’ (a title which is totally in contrast to the contents of the video)

http://www.youdecidepolitics.com/2008/05/04/video-barack-obama-on-meet-the-press-5408/


22 posted on 09/16/2012 4:30:38 PM PDT by UCANSEE2 ( If you think I'm crazy, just wait until you talk to my invisible friend.)
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To: vanilla swirl

P.S. It is 48 minutes long. Hope you can listen without wanting to puke.


23 posted on 09/16/2012 4:32:22 PM PDT by UCANSEE2 ( If you think I'm crazy, just wait until you talk to my invisible friend.)
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To: Sequoyah101

See post 22.


24 posted on 09/16/2012 4:33:36 PM PDT by UCANSEE2 ( If you think I'm crazy, just wait until you talk to my invisible friend.)
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To: vanilla swirl

I don’t know if you wasted your time watching that video, however, it turns out the quote I took from another thread was part of a SATIRE PIECE by John Semmens. (his satire pieces are excellent)

I did listen to 20 minutes of the Obama interview (as atonement for my sins) and when Obama was asked about the pin and not saluting the flag, he said something like “how dare they question me (my patriotism)” and started talking about his grandparents.

I am sorry I misled you and others on this thread.


25 posted on 09/16/2012 7:46:44 PM PDT by UCANSEE2 ( If you think I'm crazy, just wait until you talk to my invisible friend.)
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To: Sequoyah101

Post 25 is for you too.

I apologize for making an assumption on the source. I should have known it was ‘too good to be true’.


26 posted on 09/16/2012 7:49:27 PM PDT by UCANSEE2 ( If you think I'm crazy, just wait until you talk to my invisible friend.)
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