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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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To: autumnraine

I cannot even put into words the dislike I have for this moron in chief. I cannot stand looking at him, listening to him. If there was any doubt about this guy’s hate for America, this trip has dispelled all doubt.

Not that I had any doubt. I have always known how much he hates this country. No one can sit in a church for twenty years, listening to that diabolical so called reverend spew his hate and love this country.


51 posted on 04/06/2009 4:49:10 PM PDT by rep-always
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To: CitizenM

He doesn’t want to offend Germans? Maybe he really means Nazis.

I think most Germans are pretty disgusted at what their country did...in fact I recall the remains of a bombed out church in Berlin or Frankfurt (can’t remember which) and they left the part of the building that held the steeple as a monument with a plaque saying “lest we forget”.


52 posted on 04/06/2009 4:50:30 PM PDT by Aria ( "The US republic will endure until Congress discovers it can bribe the public with the people's $.")
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To: CitizenM

Even that sexual predator and rapist from Arkansas (what was his name?) went there; and if I remember right, had American flags pulled up and laid on the ground so he could thoughtfully and pensively (with lower lip bitten, of course) stand them upright . . . a ridiculous and horribly unpatriotic thing. Better that this empty suit not go there and do something really stupid like say he wishes he could speak “Normandy” to tell everyone how he feels. What a moroooooooooooon!


53 posted on 04/06/2009 4:51:42 PM PDT by laweeks
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To: Robe

BTTT


54 posted on 04/06/2009 4:52:19 PM PDT by Robe (Rome did not create a great empire by talking, they did it by killing all those who opposed them)
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To: Northern Yankee
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.

How many Kenyans came ashore at Normandy?

55 posted on 04/06/2009 4:52:20 PM PDT by TYVets
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To: CitizenM

Well, he probably did more honor to the dead by not going there rather than showing up and apologizing to the Germans or something equally as appalling.


56 posted on 04/06/2009 4:52:39 PM PDT by NonValueAdded (May God save America from its government; this is no time for Obamateurs. Emmanuel = Haldeman?)
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To: CitizenM
I'm not pleased with this choice of Obama and his administration. D-Day is the only reason there still IS a Europe as we know it. What complete disrespect - I'm sorry, but this blows my mind.
57 posted on 04/06/2009 4:52:54 PM PDT by khnyny ("The demagogue is one who preaches doctrines he knows to be untrue to men he knows to be idiots.")
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To: autumnraine

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

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

I despise this man.”

You nailed it...


58 posted on 04/06/2009 4:53:12 PM PDT by GOPRaleigh (Obama's Wal-Street: Falling Prices)
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To: CitizenM

Please note that the _Telegraph_ doesn’t even quote someone calling Obama on the carpet for offering such a transparently lame excuse. Sycophants.


59 posted on 04/06/2009 4:53:48 PM PDT by Poe White Trash
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To: JewishRighter

My thoughts exactly. For the longest time I have been telling myself that it is Philosophy and Policy that is driving my disgust with this man. But I must admit it is really personal. God forgive me but I loath this man as a person.


60 posted on 04/06/2009 4:53:55 PM PDT by mick (Central Banker Capitalism is NOT Free Enterprise)
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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.

That is too good.

61 posted on 04/06/2009 4:54:00 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: CitizenM

Obama doesn’t want to iritate the nazi sympathizers. Arafat’s uncle alligned with Hitler to eradicate the Jews.

This man is bringing shame on our nation.


62 posted on 04/06/2009 4:54:15 PM PDT by a fool in paradise ( “Saving the New York Times now ranks with saving Darfur as a high-minded cause.”NYTimes Bill Kell)
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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....”

Indeed. BO is a clueless, classless, unappreciative, America loathing dolt. I hope he NEVER walks the hallowed ground in Normandy.


63 posted on 04/06/2009 4:55:27 PM PDT by LeonardFMason
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To: CitizenM
Barack Obama rejects Normandy trip to avoid offending Germany

Would he reject going to Hiroshima to avoid offending Japan.....

.....No, he would go to say that he thinks America was wrong to drop the bomb.

64 posted on 04/06/2009 4:55:55 PM PDT by SteamShovel (Global Warming, the New Patriotism)
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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

Which of course is exactly the real reason, not the bushwa put out by the mushpeddlers.

65 posted on 04/06/2009 4:55:58 PM PDT by hinckley buzzard
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To: CitizenM

There are many legitimate reasons for a President might not make a stop at Normandy on a trip to multiple European cities. However, to give the reason as “not to offend the Germans” is idiotic. But it’s the Obama White House, nothing like this should surprise us.

I really which someone would post a countdown clock to the next presidential election. I could use a morale booster right now.


66 posted on 04/06/2009 4:57:02 PM PDT by GreenLanternCorps ("Barack Obama" is Swahili for "Jimmy Carter".)
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To: KSCITYBOY
Mostly white males died there.

They are all the hated Christians and Jews too, I'd bet.

67 posted on 04/06/2009 4:57:10 PM PDT by hinckley buzzard
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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.”

Correct! I’m glad he’s not going. He doesn’t belong there.


68 posted on 04/06/2009 4:58:30 PM PDT by Fu-fu2
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To: CitizenM

There’s somethin’ stirrin’.


69 posted on 04/06/2009 4:59:20 PM PDT by numberonepal (Don't Even Think About Treading On Me)
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To: Ukiapah Heep

Your father was a real man and a real hero.


70 posted on 04/06/2009 5:04:01 PM PDT by cubreporter (Rush the greatest voice of CONSERVATISM! God Bless Rush Limbaugh!!!)
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To: autumnraine

I do not imagine that it has crossed Mr. Obama’s mind that were it not for the sacrifices of American soldiers, he would not possess the freedom to gallivant about Europe apologizing for America. To rise above mere detestation of our presumptive leader at a moment like this requires an effort that pales in comparison to theirs.


71 posted on 04/06/2009 5:07:30 PM PDT by andy58-in-nh (You have enemies? Good. That means you've stood up for something, sometime in your life.)
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To: KSCITYBOY

0bama doesn’t give a darned about the sacrifices made for our liberty. He is completely out of touch with history, with dignity, and with honor.

What I don’t get - how can the American people be so absolutely stupid as to continue to support this absolute disaster?


72 posted on 04/06/2009 5:09:40 PM PDT by TheBattman
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To: CitizenM

Not on the apology tour itinerary.


73 posted on 04/06/2009 5:13:21 PM PDT by IrishCatholic (No local Communist or Socialist Party Chapter? Join the Democrats, it's the same thing!)
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To: SteamShovel
No, he would go to say that he thinks America was wrong to drop the bomb.

You know, the odds are better than even that if he goes to Japan he will do that very thing given his statements re nuclear disarmament.

74 posted on 04/06/2009 5:13:31 PM PDT by jdub (A patriot must always be ready to defend his country against his government.)
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To: Anti-Kenyan; CitizenM; 1035rep; Campion; Madame Dufarge; mass55th; Harmless Teddy Bear; ...

Thank you all very much! Please tip the FReepathon ;-).

Bill Clinton’s scene with the rocks on the beach was unspeakable, but B.O. would be worse. Suppose he decided it was time to apologize for the United States’s unwarranted intrusion into the affairs of Europe?


75 posted on 04/06/2009 5:13:36 PM PDT by Tax-chick ("Never offend people with style when you can offend them with substance." ~Sam Brown)
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To: Pride in the USA; Stillwaters
The most ignorant, offensive, treasonous b*stard to have ever served as the Commander-in-Chief. The Obamessiah administration has the audacity to say that paying respects to the gravesites of over 9,000 of the most heroic men to have ever died for our nation would be pandering to France! I trust that our active and reserve military forces take careful note of such reports.

"We went through the motions to placate President Sarkozy but giving special treatment to France was not on our agenda..."

76 posted on 04/06/2009 5:16:47 PM PDT by lonevoice (This tagline is identical to the one you are reading)
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To: CitizenM
Thank God the Commander-in-Thief didn't go to the military cemetery. It would just provide him another kumbaya photo-op akin to kissing the @$$e$ of our enemies and pissing on these brave men's graves!

I never thought we would see another President as despicable as Bubba, but I think we've found him.

77 posted on 04/06/2009 5:18:21 PM PDT by Gritty (This is our moment. We are fundamentally transforming the United States of America.-B Hussein Obama)
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To: CitizenM

You have got to be kidding me.


78 posted on 04/06/2009 5:18:45 PM PDT by SlapHappyPappy
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To: CitizenM


79 posted on 04/06/2009 5:20:02 PM PDT by Chode (American Hedonist - Obama is basically Jim Jones with a teleprompter)
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To: Dallas59
LOL!

But can you find a bigger hole next time?

80 posted on 04/06/2009 5:20:53 PM PDT by FatherofFive (Islam is an EVIL like no other, and must be ERADICATED)
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To: Tax-chick

LOL!


81 posted on 04/06/2009 5:22:17 PM PDT by MS.BEHAVIN (Women who behave rarely make history)
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To: CitizenM

Get this POS American hater out of OUR White House. Have you had enough yet????? Is his agenda not clear enough yet?????


82 posted on 04/06/2009 5:24:02 PM PDT by mojitojoe ( Idiots elected a Marxist ideologue with narcissistic personality disorder & America is dying.)
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To: cubreporter; CitizenM
My father participated in D-Day also. He flew bombing missions over Normandy Beach. IIRC, 75% of these men lost their lives (daytime missions as opposed to night like the British, etc). If being reported accurately, this is just so sad and disappointing on so many levels.

For comparison purposes, I had a very interesting conversation some time ago, with Sen. George McGovern (as everyone knows, a Democrat) regarding his memories of WW-II - he talked about a good friend that he lost and still thought about 50+ years later like it was still YESTERDAY. It was extremely touching and totally sincere. Sen. McGovern really is a great American.(I "classify" myself as a conservative , Repub, btw)

83 posted on 04/06/2009 5:24:31 PM PDT by khnyny ("The demagogue is one who preaches doctrines he knows to be untrue to men he knows to be idiots.")
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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?

Except I'd be worried that Uhh-bama would put the rocks in the shape of a Crescent, or a Hammer-and-Sickle.

84 posted on 04/06/2009 5:26:27 PM PDT by MuttTheHoople
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To: CitizenM
Even for a totally incompetent person like Obama this cannot be true, is it? Please tell me that this is a joke.
85 posted on 04/06/2009 5:27:59 PM PDT by jveritas (God Bless our brave troops)
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To: jveritas

I thought this was from Onion but no the POTUS is a narcissis fool....the silver lining if FR is an indication, this pos-er is a one termer at most!


86 posted on 04/06/2009 5:31:23 PM PDT by iopscusa (El Vaquero. (SC Lowcountry Cowboy))
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To: iopscusa
I guess he figured that the cross of stones couldn't be done again.

Of course he could make a crescent out of the stones on the beaches of Normandy.

87 posted on 04/06/2009 5:33:52 PM PDT by mware (F-R-E-E, that spells free. Free Republic.com baby.)
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To: lonevoice
Starting with his no-show at the Hero's Ball on Inauguration day, this clown has been trampling on the dignity of our vets and active duty forces. There are 11 living veterans in my family going back to Okinawa, Korea, Gulf of Tonkin right up to Iraq. We are all doing a slow burn over this clown. Our July 4th party will be very “spirited” this year.
88 posted on 04/06/2009 5:34:04 PM PDT by libertymaker
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To: CitizenM
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

Memo to all governments: The Obama regime cannot be trusted in negotiations.
89 posted on 04/06/2009 5:35:17 PM PDT by Oztrich Boy ( As for a future life, every man must judge for himself between conflicting vague probabilities. - D)
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To: jveritas

I really thought this was a joke.

I guess the second most unbelievable aspect of this behavior by zero is that he does not care what 45% of Americans think.

The most unbelievable aspect is that half of the body politic thinks (I means feels) that this is A-OK.

What has happened to our country?

I am so sad for my children. I had it so great for so long and didn’t even know it.


90 posted on 04/06/2009 5:39:25 PM PDT by BIV (typical white person)
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To: mware
A flash back to when we had a real president.

President Ronald Reagans Speech at Point-du-Hoc, Normandy

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rBeyZAmmJNg&feature=related

91 posted on 04/06/2009 5:39:55 PM PDT by mware (F-R-E-E, that spells free. Free Republic.com baby.)
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To: mware

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rBeyZAmmJNg&feature=related


92 posted on 04/06/2009 5:40:25 PM PDT by mware (F-R-E-E, that spells free. Free Republic.com baby.)
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To: Tax-chick

Obama in those honored resting places of our American heros would be desecrating them.


93 posted on 04/06/2009 5:43:19 PM PDT by patriot08
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To: patriot08

Exactly - the perfect, concise statement.


94 posted on 04/06/2009 5:44:32 PM PDT by Tax-chick ("Never offend people with style when you can offend them with substance." ~Sam Brown)
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To: All

MY GOD, how in the name of everything holy could people in this country have been so f-ing stupid to elect this POS.


95 posted on 04/06/2009 5:45:37 PM PDT by Marathoner (The dream: 1-20-2013, hearing "I, Sarah Heath Palin, do solemnly swear...")
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To: TYVets
How many Kenyans came ashore at Normandy?

Not as many as there were of the good old American GI's.

If I ever get to France that's the first place I'm going.

My daughter even brought me back some sand from Omaha Beach. I treasure that very much.

96 posted on 04/06/2009 5:45:44 PM PDT by Northern Yankee (Freedom Needs A Soldier)
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To: All

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.
_________________________________-

Bravo.
Priceless


97 posted on 04/06/2009 5:46:00 PM PDT by patriot08
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To: CitizenM

The Germans can handle the truth. They know we kicked their ass, making the world a better place. If Zero was president during Hitler’s rule, he probably would have tried to find “common ground” with the Nazis.


98 posted on 04/06/2009 5:46:39 PM PDT by Redgirl (Quick, someone change the locks!)
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To: Tax-chick

Thats beautiful! Well said Madam!


99 posted on 04/06/2009 5:49:28 PM PDT by libs_kma (F.U.B.O.)
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To: Northern Yankee; TYVets
How many Kenyans came ashore at Normandy?

Probably a few British Kenyan settlers wound up, by 1945, in units assaulting Europe. Many more colonial units - white, black, Indian, and others - fought in the Middle East and North African theaters, and in the Pacific with ANZAC troops.

(/WW2 trivia ... I'm reading biographies of British generals currently ;-)

100 posted on 04/06/2009 5:51:30 PM PDT by Tax-chick ("Never offend people with style when you can offend them with substance." ~Sam Brown)
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