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Barack Obama 'too tired' to give proper welcome to Gordon Brown
The London Telegraph ^ | March 7, 2009 | Tim Shipman

Posted on 03/07/2009 12:16:38 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet

Barack Obama's offhand approach to Gordon Brown's Washington visit last week came about because the president has facing exhaustion over America's economic crisis and is unable to focus on foreign affairs, the Sunday Telegraph has been told.

Sources close to the White House say Mr Obama and his staff have been "overwhelmed" by the economic meltdown and have voiced concerns that the new president is not getting enough rest.

British officials, meanwhile, admit that the White House and US State Department staff were utterly bemused by complaints that the Prime Minister should have been granted full-blown press conference and a formal dinner, as has been customary. They concede that Obama aides seemed unfamiliar with the expectations that surround a major visit by a British prime minister.

But Washington figures with access to Mr Obama's inner circle explained the slight by saying that those high up in the administration have had little time to deal with international matters, let alone the diplomatic niceties of the special relationship.

Allies of Mr Obama say his weary appearance in the Oval Office with Mr Brown illustrates the strain he is now under, and the president's surprise at the sheer volume of business that crosses his desk.

A well-connected Washington figure, who is close to members of Mr Obama's inner circle, expressed concern that Mr Obama had failed so far to "even fake an interest in foreign policy".

A British official conceded that the furore surrounding the apparent snub to Mr Brown had come as a shock to the White House. "I think it's right to say that their focus is elsewhere, on domestic affairs. A number of our US interlocutors said they couldn't quite understand the British concerns and didn't get what that was all about."

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He's only 48 years old!! These people are in way over their heads, already!!
1 posted on 03/07/2009 12:16:39 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

they’re already giving excuses for obama. Poor him


2 posted on 03/07/2009 12:18:42 PM PST by 4rcane
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

The SOB oughta try working a real job, instead of sucking off the state teat like he has so far his ENTIRE life...


3 posted on 03/07/2009 12:18:46 PM PST by jessduntno (Taxes? We got 'em! http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/2200255/posts?page=37)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

[Sources close to the White House say Mr Obama and his staff have been “overwhelmed” by the economic meltdown and have voiced concerns that the new president is not getting enough rest. ]

Maybe he should quit staying up all night at the lavish taxpayer funded parties he’s throwing.


4 posted on 03/07/2009 12:18:46 PM PST by KansasGirl
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Oh bull crap. He is clueless and ignorant of history.

What a maroon.


5 posted on 03/07/2009 12:19:07 PM PST by Recovering_Democrat
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

...and the poor guy - his hair is turning gray. He’ll be replaced by summer.


6 posted on 03/07/2009 12:19:29 PM PST by ducdriver
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
the president's surprise at the sheer volume of business that crosses his desk.

Oh, really? What did he think the President does all day? State dinners and speaking engagements and photo ops?

Guess what, President Obama. You wanted the job, you got the job. Now man up and do the job.

7 posted on 03/07/2009 12:19:29 PM PST by SandyInSeattle (HOPE and CHANGE? More like BAIT and SWITCH.)
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To: 4rcane

obama is just plain incompetant


8 posted on 03/07/2009 12:19:30 PM PST by 4rcane
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Going to the gym, looking at himself in the mirror, playing basketball, and partying every Wednesday night sure can wear a person out.


9 posted on 03/07/2009 12:19:48 PM PST by SERKIT ("Blazing Saddles" explains it all.....)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

He’s in way over his head, we’ve known this all along, the rest of the world is finding out.


10 posted on 03/07/2009 12:19:58 PM PST by Graybeard58 (Selah)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
O was in over his head on election day.

Here is a scary quote: "A well-connected Washington figure, who is close to members of Mr Obama's inner circle, expressed concern that Mr Obama had failed so far to "even fake an interest in foreign policy"."

11 posted on 03/07/2009 12:20:12 PM PST by Former Proud Canadian (How do I change my screen name now that we have the most conservative government in the world?)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Anyone miss George W. Bush yet???


12 posted on 03/07/2009 12:20:20 PM PST by Chet 99
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

ROFL..this reads like satire which makes it all the worse..

If I were a betting man, I’d bet this guy has a meltdown well before his term is up. He hasn’t even begun to deal with Russia, Iran, Syria along with a plethora of other problems.

He’s going to crash and burn..


13 posted on 03/07/2009 12:20:31 PM PST by GeorgiaDawg32 (A democrat will break your leg, then hand you a crutch and take credit for your being able to walk.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Boma just needs a little blow. He’ll be alright if he can just do a couple of lines....


14 posted on 03/07/2009 12:20:39 PM PST by csvset
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Meanwhile every Wednesday night he’s got a party with Stevie Wonder or whoever the entertainer is for that week . . . what a load.


15 posted on 03/07/2009 12:20:55 PM PST by Woebama (Paying for my neighbor's mortgage and Wall Street's bonuses sure is hard.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
And I told him he was gonna eat cold french fries
No you didn't
I won.
16 posted on 03/07/2009 12:20:59 PM PST by allmost
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[the president’s surprise at the sheer volume of business that crosses his desk. ]

So sorry Barry, the President actually has responsibilities. I realize this is your first real job so you may not have known that.


17 posted on 03/07/2009 12:20:59 PM PST by KansasGirl
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

So much for Obama being “cool” and “unflappable.”


18 posted on 03/07/2009 12:21:33 PM PST by rightwingintelligentsia (Where do I sign up for jewelry stamps?)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
"The one real serious flaw I see in Obama " the well-known figure told a Washington official,

Mr. Magoo, you're back!

19 posted on 03/07/2009 12:21:39 PM PST by gusopol3
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To: Chet 99

Hell, this incompetent jackass is making me miss Bubba Clintoon.


20 posted on 03/07/2009 12:21:45 PM PST by fieldmarshaldj (~"This is what happens when you find a stranger in the Alps !"~~)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
The real views of many in Obama administration were laid bare by a State Department official involved in planning the Brown visit, who reacted with fury when questioned by The Sunday Telegraph about why the event was so low-key. The official dismissed any notion of the special relationship, saying: "There's nothing special about Britain. You're just the same as the other 190 countries in the world. You shouldn't expect special treatment." The apparent lack of attention to detail by the Obama administration is indicative of what many believe to be Mr Obama's determination to do too much too quickly. What a bunch of clowns! Let's see, aside from the fact that they're our allies, perhaps the fact that they have boomers sets them apart from the other 190 countries...
21 posted on 03/07/2009 12:21:51 PM PST by dinodino
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To: KansasGirl

From the article:

“The real views of many in Obama administration were laid bare by a State Department official involved in planning the Brown visit, who reacted with fury when questioned by The Sunday Telegraph about why the event was so low-key.

The official dismissed any notion of the special relationship, saying: ‘There’s nothing special about Britain. You’re just the same as the other 190 countries in the world. You shouldn’t expect special treatment.’”


22 posted on 03/07/2009 12:22:07 PM PST by combat_boots (Leave America poor, hungry, sick and defenseless. Wasn't that the plan? How's that Hopenchange now?)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Gosh, who needs executive experience to be President?

Seems to me that the “0 is our hero” crowd didn’t think it was necessary.

Who needs experience to be President? Not our messiah.

Now it turns out that 0 is “overwhelmed” by the amount of work required by a President.

Really?

You mean being the President is a tough, demanding, thankless job?

Knock me over with a feather.


23 posted on 03/07/2009 12:22:10 PM PST by mojito
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I guess “community organizing” isn’t good preparation for being POTUS.


24 posted on 03/07/2009 12:22:10 PM PST by Ikemeister
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

After all that experience at community organization and that half-term as a senator, who knew we were electing a lightweight, unprepared, puppet?


25 posted on 03/07/2009 12:22:42 PM PST by AD from SpringBay (We deserve the government we allow.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
...the new president is not getting enough rest.

That's what happens when you party (on the taxpayers' dime) every night of the week.

26 posted on 03/07/2009 12:22:46 PM PST by fullchroma (I want my country back.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

We need to see a new iconic photo of Prez Obama slumped over his desk just like the classic one of LBJ.

They also need to keep the lights in the Oval Office on 24/7 just like the unoccupied office high up in the Kremlin that was always lit late. So that Muscovites could look up and see that Stalin was always toiling late into the night on their behalf.


27 posted on 03/07/2009 12:22:48 PM PST by sinanju
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To: SERKIT

Obama wants to vote “present” as President.


28 posted on 03/07/2009 12:22:57 PM PST by Kansas58
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Sources close to the White House say Mr Obama and his staff have been "overwhelmed" by the economic meltdown and have voiced concerns that the new president is not getting enough rest.

It took a foreign news source to voice that Obama and his staff are "overwhelmed" by their jobs?! Maybe Obama should stay in the White House and do his job instead of flying all over the nation like he's still campaigning...but on the other hand, the less he does the less damage he can do to the nation, so if they need a hang fueling up Airforce 1 I hope they give me a call.

29 posted on 03/07/2009 12:22:58 PM PST by highlander_UW (The only difference between the MSM and the DNC is the MSM sells ad space in their propaganda)
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To: ducdriver

Biden?


30 posted on 03/07/2009 12:23:40 PM PST by anniegetyourgun
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To: Recovering_Democrat

Not to mention lack of possessing any CLASS!


31 posted on 03/07/2009 12:23:49 PM PST by spiderfern
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

He’s “overwhelmed” all right. This SOB is in way over his head.


32 posted on 03/07/2009 12:23:54 PM PST by A_Former_Democrat
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Give Obama a break. He is up late and working very hard...to destroy my country.
33 posted on 03/07/2009 12:23:57 PM PST by ditto h
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Horse Hockey


34 posted on 03/07/2009 12:23:58 PM PST by Dallas59 ("You know the one with the big ears? He might be yours, but he ain't my president.")
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To: fieldmarshaldj

I know. Me too. It is unbelievable.


35 posted on 03/07/2009 12:24:00 PM PST by KansasGirl
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
But Washington figures with access to Mr Obama's inner circle explained the slight by saying that those high up in the administration have had little time to deal with international matters,...


36 posted on 03/07/2009 12:24:26 PM PST by Polybius
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To: Chet 99

Hell, I miss Bill Clinton!!!!!


37 posted on 03/07/2009 12:24:42 PM PST by GoCards
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Hell, ive never been in government, and i know how the joint press conference goes *just from watching TV*.
Im gonna go out on a limb and say i would have even thought the DVDs might have seemed tacky as an official state gift.

Inexperience doesnt excuse rude or tacky.


38 posted on 03/07/2009 12:25:01 PM PST by DesertRhino (Dogs earn the title of "man's best friend", Muslims hate dogs,,add that up.)
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To: anniegetyourgun

Biden’s next in line, and poor bambi will be too tired to function. He’ll have to take the summer off to recuperate.


39 posted on 03/07/2009 12:25:09 PM PST by ducdriver
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To: fullchroma

xactly - they need to cut the parties and get to bed right after they put the girls to bed....as in 9 PM.


40 posted on 03/07/2009 12:25:17 PM PST by anniegetyourgun
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Cut out all the jetting around the country and parties at taxpayers’ expense and maybe the poor widdle baby won’t be so tired.


41 posted on 03/07/2009 12:25:33 PM PST by bgill
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I wouldn’t be at all surprised if this was true as he has never done anything, period. But, it is surprising that “sources close to the White House” are actually saying this out loud to someone. Why?


42 posted on 03/07/2009 12:25:34 PM PST by John W
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Perhaps he has an undisclosed illness?


43 posted on 03/07/2009 12:25:47 PM PST by Carley (President Obama ~ Leaving No Tax Cheat Behind)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
"the president's surprise at the sheer volume of business that crosses his desk"

You can't just vote "Present" when you're POTUS.

44 posted on 03/07/2009 12:25:52 PM PST by ETCS
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Those visits to the gym are doing nothing to improve his stamina.
45 posted on 03/07/2009 12:25:55 PM PST by stayathomemom (Cat herder and empty nester)
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To: John W

Leaking is what Dems do.


46 posted on 03/07/2009 12:26:11 PM PST by anniegetyourgun
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

If he’s too tired it’s not because he’s concentrating on his job but that he’s GOING TO TOO MANY COCKTAIL PARTIES, damn him!!! Don’t you DARE tell me this commie bastard has a conscience about this country’s decaying economy!

http://www.worldnetdaily.com/index.php?fa=PAGE.view&pageId=90945

White House nightlife under investigation
‘This party atmosphere sends the wrong message’


47 posted on 03/07/2009 12:26:12 PM PST by deannadurbin
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To: csvset

Maybe Larry Sinclair can help.


48 posted on 03/07/2009 12:26:27 PM PST by A_Former_Democrat
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To: ducdriver

“He’ll be replaced by summer.”

Hmmm....interesting statement.


49 posted on 03/07/2009 12:26:29 PM PST by EggsAckley ("The problem with socialism is that you eventually run out of other people's money.")
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To: dinodino

This whole episode begs a large question:

If they can so badly botch the visit of a PM, what else are they botching?

What else are they screwing up real bad, but no one has noticed quite yet?

Can you imagine what a fiasco we’ll be in six months from now?


50 posted on 03/07/2009 12:26:36 PM PST by mojito
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