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From On High The President Surveys World
IBD Editorials ^ | June 12, 2009 | CHARLES KRAUTHAMMER

Posted on 06/12/2009 6:49:11 PM PDT by Kaslin

When President Obama returned from his first European trip, I observed that while over there he had been "acting the philosopher-king who hovers above the fray mediating" between America and the world.

Now that Obama has returned from his "Muslim world" pilgrimage, even the left agrees. "Obama's standing above the country, above — above the world. He's sort of God," Newsweek's Evan Thomas said to a concurring Chris Matthews, reflecting on Obama's lofty perception of himself as the great transcender.

Not that Obama considers himself divine. (He sees himself as merely messianic, or, at worst, apostolic.) But he does position himself as hovering above mere mortals, mere country, to gaze benignly on the darkling plain beneath him where ignorant armies clash by night, blind to the common humanity that only he can see.

Traveling the world, he brings the gospel of understanding and godly forbearance. We have all sinned against each other. We must now look beyond that and walk together to the sunny uplands of comity and understanding. He shall guide you. Thus:

(A) He told Iran that, on the one hand, America once helped overthrow an Iranian government, while on the other hand "Iran has played a role in acts of hostage-taking and violence against U.S. troops and civilians." (Played a role?!) We have both sinned; let us bury the past and begin anew.

(B) On religious tolerance, he gently referenced the Christians of Lebanon and Egypt, then lamented that the "divisions between Sunni and Shia have led to tragic violence" (note the use of the passive voice). He then criticized (in the active voice) Western religious intolerance for regulating the wearing of the hijab — after citing America for making it difficult for Muslims to give to charity.

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1 posted on 06/12/2009 6:49:11 PM PDT by Kaslin
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To: Kaslin

Thanks Kas.


2 posted on 06/12/2009 6:51:07 PM PDT by AliVeritas ( Pray, Pray, Pray)
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To: Kaslin

“Distorting history is not truth-telling, but the telling of soft lies. Creating false equivalencies is not moral leadership, but moral abdication. And hovering above it all, above country and history, is a sign not of transcendence but of a disturbing ambivalence toward one’s own country.”

Easy to be ambivalent for Obama... this is not truly his country.


3 posted on 06/12/2009 6:55:34 PM PDT by antceecee (Bless us Father.. have mercy on us and protect us from evil.)
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To: Kaslin
Obama is the worst kind of fool. He is selling out his country in the vague hope that barbarians will act civilized.
4 posted on 06/12/2009 6:59:51 PM PDT by fhayek
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To: antceecee
this is not truly his country.

It is now … to do with as he wishes for the next four years. ;-)

5 posted on 06/12/2009 7:00:13 PM PDT by doc1019 (The invitation for salvation always requires an RSVP.)
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To: Kaslin

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WIsou0IRIQU


6 posted on 06/12/2009 7:03:41 PM PDT by RushIsMyTeddyBear (Obama. Clear and Pres__ent Danger.)
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To: Kaslin; Chieftain

thanks for the thread.

Krauthammer is my FAVORITE! I LOVE WATCHING HIM ON FOX nEWS.
He has now taken over Brit Hume’s role to B-slap Juan williams.


7 posted on 06/12/2009 7:14:50 PM PDT by Recovering Ex-hippie (h)
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To: devolve; antceecee; ntnychik; PhilDragoo; dixiechick2000; Kaslin; MeekOneGOP; Lady Jag; ...
AND now he plans to bulldoze shrinking cities - one way or another...

 


8 posted on 06/12/2009 7:22:03 PM PDT by potlatch ( When You Change The Way You Look At Things - The Things You Look At Change)
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To: Recovering Ex-hippie

B-slap Juan williams

ha ha, I’m glad someone is doing it


9 posted on 06/12/2009 7:25:25 PM PDT by beefree
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To: Kaslin
obama hover Pictures, Images and Photos
10 posted on 06/12/2009 7:27:45 PM PDT by smokingfrog ( Don't mess with the mockingbird! /\/\ http://tiny.cc/freepthis)
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To: fhayek
Obama is the worst kind of fool. He is selling out his country in the vague hope that barbarians will act civilized.

Obama is like Jimmy Carter on steroids. His naivete is astounding and dangerous. Like Carter, he's in over his head, but just dosen't know it.

11 posted on 06/12/2009 7:30:12 PM PDT by Starboard
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To: Kaslin
Photobucket
“People get the government they deserve.” Joseph deMaistre.

And when people become THIS freaking STUPID and inattentive to their freedoms, THIS is the PRESIDENT they deserve.


12 posted on 06/12/2009 7:32:00 PM PDT by Dick Bachert
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To: potlatch

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Excellent potlatch


13 posted on 06/12/2009 7:38:41 PM PDT by devolve ( . . . . Obama confiscated Teacher & Police Union pension funds? . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .)
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To: Kaslin

Always been my contention that the original fathers of our country were extremely intelligent and the IQ of our political representatives has been going down at a constant rate. Present political situation stands by my political hypostasis.


14 posted on 06/12/2009 7:39:08 PM PDT by doc1019 (The invitation for salvation always requires an RSVP.)
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To: Starboard

I respectfully disagree, I wish he was just a fool. I don’t this the USA is his country, I don’t think what he is doing is just a string of foolish mistakes or even that he wants to bring socialism to the USA, I think he hates our country and that makes him very dangerous.


15 posted on 06/12/2009 7:39:11 PM PDT by joesjane (The strength of the pack is the wolf - Rudyard Kipling)
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To: devolve

Thank you, much work in that.


16 posted on 06/12/2009 7:40:21 PM PDT by potlatch ( When You Change The Way You Look At Things - The Things You Look At Change)
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To: Kaslin

I remember reading Krauthammer (in the ‘70s?). I couldn’t tell then if he was a conservative or liberal. He seems to have come into his own lately with some great columns.


17 posted on 06/12/2009 7:41:28 PM PDT by Aquinasfan (When you find "Sola Scriptura" in the Bible, let me know)
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To: joesjane

I agree with you that he and his policies are dangerous. However, I believe he’s a fool to the extent that his ambitious plan to to re-make the country is going to backfire on him (granted, we’ll all be hurt in the process). In just five short months Obama is already spending the country into insolvency and sending mixed signals to the world about America’s foreign policy. If you’ll recall the inept Carter era (or rather ‘error’) things got out of hand both economically and overseas. The same types of failures will occur with Obama. Regards.


18 posted on 06/12/2009 8:08:14 PM PDT by Starboard
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To: potlatch

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Your .gifs get better and better


19 posted on 06/12/2009 8:15:34 PM PDT by devolve ( . . . . Obama confiscated Teacher & Police Union pension funds? . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .)
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To: Starboard
I don't think he plans to be re-elected, he has a balls to the wall scorched earth pace and I think he is trying to do as much damage as possible. I hold each and every voter who voted for him or did not vote personally responsible.
20 posted on 06/12/2009 8:15:47 PM PDT by joesjane (The strength of the pack is the wolf - Rudyard Kipling)
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To: Kaslin

Humpty-Dumpty


21 posted on 06/12/2009 8:30:18 PM PDT by BenLurkin
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To: devolve
[Your .gifs get better and better]

Thank you, it's all that's left in me now and parody is better than hateful words to me.

Imagine cutting out one tassel and putting it on 17 times, flipping, rotating it and putting it on another frame 17 times to make them sway. Alternately compo siting those two frames to make them go up and down on a background where I made clouds and a bird move behind him.

It gives me comfort and peace, from myself to me.

22 posted on 06/12/2009 8:30:21 PM PDT by potlatch ( When You Change The Way You Look At Things - The Things You Look At Change)
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To: potlatch

15 tassels, not 17. I can’t even count anymore!!


23 posted on 06/12/2009 8:33:57 PM PDT by potlatch ( When You Change The Way You Look At Things - The Things You Look At Change)
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To: joesjane

You may be proven right. On the bright side, if we can somehow survive his scorched earth policy, Dems will become an endangered species. Have a good weekend.


24 posted on 06/12/2009 8:41:54 PM PDT by Starboard
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To: Kaslin

I hold Mr. Krauthammer in absolutely the highest esteem but this is where I am far more cynical than he. Regarding this quote:

“For instance, in the United States, rules on charitable giving have made it harder for Muslims to fulfill their religious obligation” — disgracefully giving the impression to a foreign audience not versed in our laws that there is active discrimination against Muslims, when the only restriction, applied to all donors regardless of religion, is on funding charities that serve as fronts for terror”.

Obama actually believes that Hammas and their likes, funded by organizations in the US which have been shut down by the US government for supporting terrorist activities, are being wrongly discriminated against for our barring such funding. He has demonstrated he is anti-Israel and believes Hammas and the PLO are legitimate political entities.


25 posted on 06/12/2009 8:45:09 PM PDT by caper gal 1 (Who is John Galt?)
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To: potlatch

That is a great graphic pot. I am going to put it on my website.

Pray for America


26 posted on 06/12/2009 8:53:50 PM PDT by bray (Time to Stand Up)
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To: bray

Glad you like it bray. It’s a table graphic, you’ll have to do a view source and get the code.


27 posted on 06/12/2009 8:57:48 PM PDT by potlatch ( When You Change The Way You Look At Things - The Things You Look At Change)
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To: joesjane

I do not believe he will see the end of his first term. He will be forced out of office by scandal.


28 posted on 06/12/2009 9:00:46 PM PDT by Forward the Light Brigade (Into the Jaws of H*ll)
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To: Kaslin


Figure 1 - From on high, the President surveys the world.

29 posted on 06/12/2009 9:57:03 PM PDT by Lexinom
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To: joesjane
[I don't think he plans to be re-elected, he has a balls to the wall scorched earth pace and I think he is trying to do as much damage as possible.]

You're right. I think Rham Emanuel and David Axelrod are operating in a two-year window. Historically, the Democrats should lose congressional seats in 2010 and could lose the whole enchilada like 1994. So they're ramming through their biggest ticket items first with no regard to the deficit or to the economic destruction a folly like the carbon tax would bring. I think federal money is being looted in a variety of ways and squirreled away.

Emanuel learned from the Clinton's that while you are in power you can seed the bureaucracy with partisans who later cause all manner of mischief when Republicans return to control.

Emanuel and Axelrod aim to strengthen the shadow government. Obama is there to exact revenge on behalf of the human savages of the world.

30 posted on 06/12/2009 10:04:16 PM PDT by Brad from Tennessee (A politician can't give you anything he hasn't first stolen from you.)
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To: potlatch

Funny, back during redevelopment in the ‘60s, the activist groups said tearing down the blight in the inner cities was a racist way of busting up perfectly good minority neighborhoods. Crickets chirping while Obama dreams up something similar. Nice imagery with the “magic carpet”.


31 posted on 06/12/2009 11:21:13 PM PDT by ntnychik
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To: Kaslin
"Traveling the world, he brings the gospel of understanding and godly forbearance. We have all sinned against each other. We must now look beyond that and walk together to the sunny uplands of comity and understanding. He shall guide you."

*snort* Krauthammer understands That One very well.

32 posted on 06/13/2009 8:57:04 AM PDT by SuziQ
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