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Barack Obama rejects Normandy trip to avoid offending Germany
Telegraph.co.uk ^ | April 2, 2009 | Toby Harnden, US Editor, and Henry Samuel in Paris

Posted on 04/06/2009 4:20:18 PM PDT by CitizenM

Barack Obama, concerned about offending Britain and Germany, rebuffed strenuous attempts by President Nicolas Sarkozy of France to persuade the new American president to make a trip to Normandy this week.

White House officials travelled to France at the start of March to discuss a visit by Mr Obama to Omaha Beach, the site of the American Cemetery, established in 1944 just after D-Day and where 9,387 American personnel are buried. Among them is Theodore Roosevelt Jr the eldest son of the 26th US President.

French officials and senior American military officers walked with White House staff through the cemetery discussing how the two presidents might follow the same route. But even before their trip, the White House had decided that Mr Obama would not travel there this week.

"It wasn't going to happen," said an American official in Washington. "We went through the motions to placate President Sarkozy but giving special treatment to France was not on our agenda.

"During this trip, we wanted to maintain a balance between the British, German and France". A White House spokesman in London declined to comment. Last month, White House officials briefed that a Normandy visit had been considered but it had not been logistically possible.

Mr Sarkozy is said by French officials to be piqued that Gordon Brown became the first European leader to meet Mr Obama and was then lavished with praise by him at a 50-minute joint press conference in London on Wednesday.

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According to French reports, Mr Obama was to visit the Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial at Colleville-sur-mer, just north of Omaha Beach. The pair were apparently to have dined at the nearby chateau de Bénouville in Caen.

The White House rejected the offer....(see rest of story)

(Excerpt) Read more at telegraph.co.uk ...


TOPICS: Extended News; Foreign Affairs; Government; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: antiamericanism; antimilitary; disgrace; military; normandy; obama; obamagaffes; veterans
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The major media will have Americans believe that all went well in France. Of course, it did not. But then, the French are always difficult, so Obama wants us to think he can make it better. LOL.

But the worst offense was to our Military...with Obama not even making a stop to pay honor to the Americans who gave their lives in WWII, buried there. Do you suppose Obama could have visited at least one American war dead cemetery while in France, especially since this is his first trip there as President? I guess it doesn't fit in well with his agenda of apologizing for American "arrogance." "

1 posted on 04/06/2009 4:20:19 PM PDT by CitizenM
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To: CitizenM

Mostly white males died there.


2 posted on 04/06/2009 4:21:07 PM PDT by KSCITYBOY
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To: CitizenM

It wasn’t giving special attention to FRANCE YOU MORON!!!

It was giving special attention to OUR SOLDIERS GRAVES!!!

I despise this man.


3 posted on 04/06/2009 4:21:39 PM PDT by autumnraine (Freedom's just another word for nothing left to lose- Kris Kristoferrson VIVA LA REVOLUTION!)
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To: CitizenM

mr. Obama doesn’t care for our military, dead or alive.


4 posted on 04/06/2009 4:22:36 PM PDT by tbpiper (How would you define a 'domestic enemy of the constitution'?)
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To: CitizenM

Good. Obama doesn’t deserve to be in the same graveyard as the WW2 dead, or on Omaha Beach. Saves us having to listen to him read mealymouthed, hypocritical platitudes while Michelle stands around, splaylegged, dressed in the hotel bedspread.


5 posted on 04/06/2009 4:22:44 PM PDT by Tax-chick ("Never offend people with style when you can offend them with substance." ~Sam Brown)
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To: CitizenM

This guy is no Commander-in-Chief, that’s for sure.


6 posted on 04/06/2009 4:23:14 PM PDT by jersey117
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To: CitizenM

Does it get any worse?

(Stupid question. My bad.)


7 posted on 04/06/2009 4:24:31 PM PDT by elcid1970 ("O Muslim! My cartridges are lubricated with pig grease!")
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To: KSCITYBOY
Bambi was too busy nuzzling up the the Muszzies.
8 posted on 04/06/2009 4:25:38 PM PDT by Eric in the Ozarks
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To: Tax-chick

“Good. Obama doesn’t deserve to be in the same graveyard as the WW2 dead, or on Omaha Beach. Saves us having to listen to him read mealymouthed, hypocritical platitudes while Michelle stands around, splaylegged, dressed in the hotel bedspread.”

This/thread


9 posted on 04/06/2009 4:25:45 PM PDT by Anti-Kenyan
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To: Tax-chick
Your comment is so true, but I have to admit I had to ROFL at this part of your post: "while Michelle stands around, splaylegged, dressed in the hotel bedspread." Wait, that part is true too. OMGoodness. You hit the nail on the head.
10 posted on 04/06/2009 4:25:56 PM PDT by CitizenM ("An excuse is worse than an lie, because an excuse is a lie hidden." Pope John Paul, II)
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To: CitizenM

Why would this offend Britain? This guy is gutless. Can you imagine Reagan giving this excuse that he did not want to offend Germany?


11 posted on 04/06/2009 4:27:42 PM PDT by Uncle Hal
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To: CitizenM
This is just wrong.

I've never been to France. But, I've vowed that if I ever make a trip there, I'm taking a day to visit the memorial at Omaha Beach.

This is just plain disrespectful to the GI's that fought and died in WWII. The Germans wouldn't be offended by it: they are very much aware of that dark part of their history. For that matter, the Vichy were defending Omaha Beach, too.... but the French weren't offended.

12 posted on 04/06/2009 4:28:02 PM PDT by justlurking (The only remedy for a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun.)
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To: Tax-chick

What you said!


13 posted on 04/06/2009 4:28:03 PM PDT by 1035rep ("The problem with socialism is that you eventually run out of other people's money.")
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To: CitizenM


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14 posted on 04/06/2009 4:28:14 PM PDT 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: CitizenM

Has any other CIC turned down this invitation?


15 posted on 04/06/2009 4:28:17 PM PDT by Right_in_Virginia
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To: 1035rep

What both of you said and that was my first thought he don’t belong there


16 posted on 04/06/2009 4:29:56 PM PDT by al baby (Hi Mom)
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To: autumnraine
I despise this man.

He's hardly a man at all.

17 posted on 04/06/2009 4:31:00 PM PDT by Mr Ramsbotham (What's Black and White and Red all over?)
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To: CitizenM
“Barack Obama rejects Normandy trip to avoid offending Germany”

I see these headlines and assume they are satire.

And then I read the source and see it's true; and have to treated for neck whiplash after shaking my head repeatedly.

18 posted on 04/06/2009 4:31:02 PM PDT by HereInTheHeartland (I agree with Rick..)
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To: CitizenM

I’d rather he stay away from everything military.
Fine with me.


19 posted on 04/06/2009 4:31:10 PM PDT by ryan71 (TERM LIMITS!!!)
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To: Tax-chick

That’s an official Tax-chick Classic [tm].


20 posted on 04/06/2009 4:31:26 PM PDT by Campion ("President Barack Obama" is an anagram for "An Arab-backed Imposter")
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To: Right_in_Virginia
Isn't that where Clinton's staff put some rocks on the beach where walked on the beach alone looking pensive, so that Clinton could put them in the shape of a cross?
21 posted on 04/06/2009 4:31:37 PM PDT by Syncro (Qui non intelligit, aut taceat, aut discat)
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To: CitizenM

Even if it wasn’t on the official schedule, you would think ANY American President would visit there just out of respect or history.

But this President does not like or appreciate anything American.

It was much more important to have town hall meetings with people who are not even American citizens rather then pay a sign of respect to those who made the freedom of Europe for the past sixty four years even possible.

Barack Obama thinks America IS the problem.

He wasn’t even smart enough to go there with Sarkozy and show him in real terms that America always pay the major cost of other people’s freedom, and that it is time for France and others to do their part.

IMHO, I am glad he did not go, That would have been a sacrilege.

He is not worthy to walk on that hallowed ground.


22 posted on 04/06/2009 4:31:41 PM PDT by exit82 (The Obama Cabinet: There was more brainpower on Gilligan's Island.)
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To: Uncle Hal

That’s what i was wondering. This couldn’t possibly offend the UK. I’m not even believing the germans would be offended by it.


23 posted on 04/06/2009 4:31:45 PM PDT by mamelukesabre (Si Vis Pacem Para Bellum (If you want peace prepare for war))
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To: CitizenM

24 posted on 04/06/2009 4:32:00 PM PDT by KeyLargo
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To: CitizenM
Well if he wouldn't visit wounded living service members, did you really expect him to visit the dead.

Somehow, I doubt those fallen heroes (with crosses for headstones) would be too disappointed that the messiah is too busy explaining to Muslims that America is not a Christian nation to bother visiting their graves.

25 posted on 04/06/2009 4:32:41 PM PDT by NavVet ( If you don't defend Conservatism in the Primaries, you won't have it to defend in November)
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To: CitizenM

All the moron had to do was to take a moment to pay his respects at a German war dead cemetery. Problem solved.

My good God, is this man totally witless?


26 posted on 04/06/2009 4:32:58 PM PDT by Senator John Blutarski (The progress of government: republic, democracy, technocracy, bureaucracy, plutocracy, kleptocracy,)
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To: CitizenM

THIS GUY IS SUCH A POS


27 posted on 04/06/2009 4:33:52 PM PDT by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: jersey117
This guy is no Commander-in-Chief, that’s for sure.

His goal is to be Czar of the U.S.
28 posted on 04/06/2009 4:34:29 PM PDT by Man50D (Fair Tax, you earn it, you keep it!)
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To: Dallas59

If you scroll down real real fast, past your post, you see obama’s face with those donkey ears.


29 posted on 04/06/2009 4:34:45 PM PDT by mamelukesabre (Si Vis Pacem Para Bellum (If you want peace prepare for war))
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To: CitizenM

I really am starting to hate this guy on a personal level. At first I thought it was just he was a radical who’s views I don’t like. Now I think he’s really a bad person.

Especially in light of how far he went out of his way to say how awful America is, he could have at least made a point to visit a site that represents how great America is.


30 posted on 04/06/2009 4:35:04 PM PDT by JewishRighter
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To: Dallas59

Excellent!!!


31 posted on 04/06/2009 4:35:55 PM PDT by JewishRighter
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To: Tax-chick

The cat in me salutes you, ma’am!!


32 posted on 04/06/2009 4:37:10 PM PDT by Madame Dufarge
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To: CitizenM

Amazing slap in the face of my comrades in arms!


33 posted on 04/06/2009 4:37:35 PM PDT by LiteKeeper (When do the impeachment proceedings begin?)
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To: Tax-chick

LOL! You hit that one right on the money friend.


34 posted on 04/06/2009 4:37:35 PM PDT by mass55th (Courage is being scared to death - but saddling up anyway...John Wayne)
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To: CitizenM

“No, Mr. President. ‘Don’t mention the war’ was my line.”

35 posted on 04/06/2009 4:38:07 PM PDT by RichInOC (No! BAD Rich! (What'd I say?))
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To: Syncro
Isn't that where Clinton's staff put some rocks on the beach where walked on the beach alone looking pensive, so that Clinton could put them in the shape of a cross?

Yes. And count on Obama doing the same thing when his thugs do a poll and find out Americans are not happy with his dissing of American heroes.

36 posted on 04/06/2009 4:38:23 PM PDT by Right_in_Virginia
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To: Tax-chick
Even Clinton wouldn't have dared pull this kind of stunt. Does Obama really think that he is that immune to public opinion?
37 posted on 04/06/2009 4:38:40 PM PDT by Harmless Teddy Bear (When you're spinning round, things come undone. Welcome to Earth 3rd rock from the Sun!)
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To: Harmless Teddy Bear
Does Obama really think that he is that immune to public opinion?

He's confident the public will never learn about this.

38 posted on 04/06/2009 4:40:52 PM PDT by Right_in_Virginia
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To: CitizenM
My father is dead. He was a WW2 vet. At least he never lived to see this.
39 posted on 04/06/2009 4:42:43 PM PDT by Ukiapah Heep (Shoes for Industry!)
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To: CitizenM

It was a terrible disrespect to our military and it was intentional.


40 posted on 04/06/2009 4:43:00 PM PDT by Carley (President Obama Dropped a MOAB on America)
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To: CitizenM

They would spit on the muzzie in Normandy.

LLS


41 posted on 04/06/2009 4:43:35 PM PDT by LibLieSlayer (hussein will NEVER be my President... NEVER!!!)
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To: autumnraine; SkyDancer
Obama... words can't describe what I feel at the moment.

My daughter went to Normandy when she was in France. She felt honored and humbled; thankful for what her grandfather and great uncles had done for her.

42 posted on 04/06/2009 4:43:37 PM PDT by Northern Yankee (Freedom Needs A Soldier)
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To: CitizenM
But the worst offense was to our Military...with Obama not even making a stop to pay honor to the Americans who gave their lives in WWII, buried there. Do you suppose Obama could have visited at least one American war dead cemetery while in France, especially since this is his first trip there as President? I guess it doesn't fit in well with his agenda of apologizing for American "arrogance." "

Exactly. The idea of honoring Americans who sacrificed their lives for freedom and liberty is so repugnant to this cretin the White House he has to lie about his reason.

43 posted on 04/06/2009 4:44:45 PM PDT by raybbr (It's going to get a lot worse now that the anchor babies are voting!)
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To: Tax-chick
Obama doesn’t deserve to be in the same graveyard as the WW2 dead, or on Omaha Beach.

Definitely. It would be a sacrilege.

Honor, duty and country aren't in his teleprompted lexicon.

44 posted on 04/06/2009 4:45:05 PM PDT by browardchad
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To: Tax-chick
Good. Obama doesn’t deserve to be in the same graveyard as the WW2 dead, or on Omaha Beach. Saves us having to listen to him read mealymouthed, hypocritical platitudes while Michelle stands around, splaylegged, dressed in the hotel bedspread.

LOL I wish I'd said that!

45 posted on 04/06/2009 4:45:45 PM PDT by raybbr (It's going to get a lot worse now that the anchor babies are voting!)
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To: CitizenM

If there were stray stones on Utah Beach, I swear he’d arrange them in either a Hammer and Sickle or a Crescent Moon.


46 posted on 04/06/2009 4:46:56 PM PDT by SERKIT ("Blazing Saddles" explains it all.....)
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Good. Obama doesn’t deserve to be in the same graveyard as the WW2 dead, or on Omaha Beach. Saves us having to listen to him read mealymouthed, hypocritical platitudes while Michelle stands around, splaylegged, dressed in the hotel bedspread.

Thread over; thanks Tax-chick!

47 posted on 04/06/2009 4:47:43 PM PDT by Michael Barnes
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To: CitizenM
You can take the HoodRat out of the Hood, but you can't take the Hood out of the HoodRat.

And the Corollary:

Either you have class or you don't. If you don't, you can't pretend that you do, because either you have class or you don't.

48 posted on 04/06/2009 4:47:52 PM PDT by Blackhawk (God said it, I believe it, That settles it.)
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To: CitizenM
But the worst offense was to our Military...with Obama not even making a stop to pay honor to the Americans who gave their lives in WWII, buried there.

Oh, just a bunch of arrogant Americans buried there...

49 posted on 04/06/2009 4:48:07 PM PDT by Always Right (Obama: more arrogant than Bill Clinton, more naive than Jimmy Carter, and more liberal than LBJ.)
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To: JewishRighter

“Especially in light of how far he went out of his way to say how awful America is, he could have at least made a point to visit a site that represents how great America is.”

You nailed it!


50 posted on 04/06/2009 4:48:50 PM PDT by bricklayer
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