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President Obama Didn't Impress Asia (he labeled himself "America's first Pacific president")
Wall Street Journal ^ | Nov. 22, 2009 | John Bolton

Posted on 11/22/2009 2:57:06 PM PST by La Enchiladita

Barack Obama's first visit to Asia since his inauguration was one of the most disappointing trips by any U.S. president to the region in decades, especially given media-generated expectations that "Obamamania" would make it yet another triumphal progression. It was a journey of startlingly few concrete accomplishments, demonstrable proof that neither personal popularity nor media deference really means much in the hard world of international affairs.

The contrast between Asia's reception for Obama and Europe's is significant. Although considered a global phenomenon, Obamamania's real center is Europe. There, Mr. Obama reigns as a "post-American" president, a multilateralist carbon copy of a European social democrat. Asians operate under no such illusions, notwithstanding the "Oba-Mao" T shirts briefly on sale in China. ...

What the president lacked in popular adulation, however, he more than made up for in self-adulation. In Asia, he labeled himself "America's first Pacific president," ignoring over a century of contrary evidence. The Pacific has been important to America since the Empress of China became the first trading ship from the newly independent country to reach the Far East in 1784. Theodore Roosevelt created a new Pacific country (Panama) and started construction on the Panama Canal to ensure that America's navy could move rapidly from its traditional Atlantic bases to meet Pacific challenges. William Howard Taft did not merely live on Pacific islands as a boy, like Obama, but actually governed several thousand of them as Governor-General of the Philippines in 1901-1903. Dwight Eisenhower served in Manila from 1935 to 1939, and five other presidents wore their country's uniform in the Pacific theater during World War II—two of whom, John F. Kennedy and George H.W. Bush, very nearly perished in the effort.

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TOPICS: Breaking News; Editorial; Foreign Affairs; Japan; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: asia; asiantripfailure; bho44; bhoasia; bhochina; bhovisit; bolton; china; japan; johnbolton; obamamania; worldopinion
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China and others know exactly how to take advantage of a 'post-American' President.
1 posted on 11/22/2009 2:57:08 PM PST by La Enchiladita
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To: La Enchiladita
he labeled himself "America's first Pacific president,"

That rates right up there with Algore inventing the Internet.

2 posted on 11/22/2009 2:59:14 PM PST by colorado tanker (What's it all about, Barrrrry? Is it just for the power, you live?)
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To: La Enchiladita
 Our Leader
3 posted on 11/22/2009 2:59:38 PM PST by Tawiskaro
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To: Tawiskaro

“You know, as I listen to you I am noticing that each of your plans to save money involve psending even more money. This does not inspire confidence.”

“And just so there is no misunderstanding — you are not allowed to pay us back with clunkers.”


4 posted on 11/22/2009 3:04:29 PM PST by BenLurkin
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To: La Enchiladita

Right offhand, I don’t know anyone that Obama impresses.

Anyone who pays lawyers to hide his records when his public record of performance is abysmal has got to be the limp-wristed nitwit that he appears to be.

(No gay bashing here, any of my gay associates and friends could beat the heck out of that little creep.)


5 posted on 11/22/2009 3:05:15 PM PST by Da Coyote
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To: La Enchiladita

“America’s first Pacific president,”

Not hardly.

Obama is Americas First Failed Black Pres-dent.....


6 posted on 11/22/2009 3:05:44 PM PST by Gator113 (Obama is Americas First Failed Black Pres-dent.....)
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To: La Enchiladita

7 posted on 11/22/2009 3:05:50 PM PST by paulycy (Demand Constitutionality.)
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To: BenLurkin

Did he take the Premier out to dinner and a movie?


8 posted on 11/22/2009 3:07:08 PM PST by Michael.SF. (At least Hitler got the Olympics for Germany)
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To: La Enchiladita

Another John Bolton bullseye.


9 posted on 11/22/2009 3:09:19 PM PST by Yardstick
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To: La Enchiladita

i would propose a slightly different headline.

President 0bama Didn’t POSITIVELY Impress Asia

he did impress them though...as he’s impressing more and more day by day


10 posted on 11/22/2009 3:09:56 PM PST by mreerm
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To: La Enchiladita
"America's first Pacific president".

Nope, America's paramount pacifist president.

Leni

11 posted on 11/22/2009 3:10:43 PM PST by MinuteGal (Bill O'Reilly: 9/8/09: "Communism is not a threat to us anymore"-10/20/09: "Obama is not a Marxist")
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To: La Enchiladita

While he is very unimpressive to the rest of the world, I can’t understand why his approval ratings still hover around 48% here... Are there that many stupid people here?

Ok, don’t answer that - we all know that about 30% of the people are idiots - but where is the other 18% coming from?


12 posted on 11/22/2009 3:13:52 PM PST by Deagle
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To: La Enchiladita

He doesn’t impress me all that much, either...


13 posted on 11/22/2009 3:14:21 PM PST by Diana in Wisconsin (We have a Pisher in Chief!)
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To: La Enchiladita

Don’t miss this article, folks—enjoy the dry humor in the writer’s tone.


14 posted on 11/22/2009 3:15:27 PM PST by Mamzelle (Who is Kenneth Gladney? (Don't forget to bring your cameras))
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To: La Enchiladita

Well join the crowd Asia, he doesn’t impress most Americans either!

I think you call it F A I L U R E especially when you have never done anything in your life that would qualify you for President!!

Where are the fawning media elites who got him elected by trying to make him a rock star when he was nothing but ghetto trash with political connections?!


15 posted on 11/22/2009 3:23:24 PM PST by kcvl
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To: La Enchiladita
"America's first Pacific GHETTO president"
16 posted on 11/22/2009 3:24:53 PM PST by kcvl
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To: La Enchiladita

America’s first failed Commander and Chief of General Motors.


17 posted on 11/22/2009 3:25:44 PM PST by Dallas59 (No To O -Time is going by really really really really slow.)
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To: La Enchiladita

He’s just the latest “no-Specifics” President...


18 posted on 11/22/2009 3:29:28 PM PST by mikrofon (Outstanding at taking none)
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To: La Enchiladita

Here is the Obama-Mao t-shirt, known locally as the “Oba-Mao” which is a raging seller in China as their communist public sees parallels between socialist U.S. President Barack Obama and Chairman Mao, the first communist head of state in China.

19 posted on 11/22/2009 3:29:57 PM PST by kcvl
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To: Tawiskaro

20 posted on 11/22/2009 3:31:05 PM PST by kcvl
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To: La Enchiladita

21 posted on 11/22/2009 3:31:53 PM PST by kcvl
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To: colorado tanker

22 posted on 11/22/2009 3:32:25 PM PST by kcvl
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To: Da Coyote
Detroit likes Obama...they seemed impressed.
23 posted on 11/22/2009 3:33:05 PM PST by SERKIT ("Blazing Saddles" explains it all.....)
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To: La Enchiladita

24 posted on 11/22/2009 3:33:44 PM PST by kcvl
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To: La Enchiladita
notwithstanding the "Oba-Mao" T shirts briefly on sale in China. ...

Pure capitalism there.

25 posted on 11/22/2009 3:34:08 PM PST by TigersEye (Sarah Palin 2010 - We Can't Afford To Wait)
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To: La Enchiladita
In Asia, he labeled himself "America's first Pacific president," ignoring over a century of contrary evidence.

Well, we all know that all beneficial (to him) history starts on 1/21/09.

All negative history started on 1/21/01.

26 posted on 11/22/2009 3:34:45 PM PST by kromike
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To: La Enchiladita

27 posted on 11/22/2009 3:34:52 PM PST by kcvl
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To: La Enchiladita

that would be a “dumb as a post” American president


28 posted on 11/22/2009 3:35:52 PM PST by silverleaf (Ours is the only country on earth with a ventriloquist dummy for President)
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To: paulycy

even the Japs were embarrassed by that bow.

It is truly disgusting that this man has no shown leadership over international affair.

If any lefty trolls think this is my observation the it is not.
My family are over in the UK and everyone over there are saying he seems pot have no clue and that he is way over his head


29 posted on 11/22/2009 3:38:20 PM PST by manc (Marriage is between a man and a woman, end of. -end racism end affirmative action)
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To: kcvl

that is excellent, I want a bumper sticker!!!


30 posted on 11/22/2009 3:38:20 PM PST by silverleaf (Ours is the only country on earth with a ventriloquist dummy for President)
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To: Deagle

Universities and Colleges who teach Socialism.


31 posted on 11/22/2009 3:38:41 PM PST by Shady (The Fairness Doctrine is ANYTHING but fair!!!!)
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To: Tawiskaro; paulycy

Great graphics!


32 posted on 11/22/2009 3:41:13 PM PST by DTogo (High time to bring back the Sons of Liberty !!)
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To: La Enchiladita

As the kid’s would say, Ambassador Bolton is the man!


33 posted on 11/22/2009 3:42:24 PM PST by Batman11 (Sarah Palin: "Illegal immigrants are called illegal for a reason!")
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To: Deagle

they’re the idiots who watch the MSM and think the MSM is not bias.

I have lost count informing others as to what is going on and they say “well I never heard that on the news are you sure”

They even said that about ACORN, SEIU, and the fraud in the elections ...

If the MSM did their job then his numbers would tank to half of what they are now.

I understand that there are some loons from the left like KOS and move on but what about the normal Dems surely they have woken up form the obama cult like mind by now.

If not then we are so screwed as a country.
Even this week it came out about women not having to get checked till 50 and the every two years.

Now even the most ardent liberal loon would surely look at that and say hang on, maybe this Govt health care is not a good idea especially after they see the Uk’s and Canada’s.


34 posted on 11/22/2009 3:42:52 PM PST by manc (Marriage is between a man and a woman, end of. -end racism end affirmative action)
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To: kcvl

you know that is a good question.
What exactly has he veer done in his life besides getting in ivy league schools through affirmative action and there is no evidence that he went to columbia as non one can remember him there.

The man is a fraud and so is his wife and yet we still have sheep who follow this idiot


35 posted on 11/22/2009 3:44:26 PM PST by manc (Marriage is between a man and a woman, end of. -end racism end affirmative action)
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To: La Enchiladita

How nauseating!!!!! He turns my stomach!
Total embarassment. Hope his ratings plummet tomorrow!


36 posted on 11/22/2009 3:45:29 PM PST by pollywog ( It's Saturday ~~~ But SUNDAY'S A COMING'!!!!)
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To: La Enchiladita
In Asia, he labeled himself "America's first Pacific president," ignoring over a century of contrary evidence.

James Polk was the America's first Pacific President.

37 posted on 11/22/2009 3:45:43 PM PST by Dixie Yooper (Ephesians 6:11)
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To: manc
have no clue and that he is way over his head

They are very perceptive over there in the UK. ;0)

38 posted on 11/22/2009 3:45:58 PM PST by paulycy (Demand Constitutionality.)
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To: kcvl
LOL!
39 posted on 11/22/2009 3:46:11 PM PST by colorado tanker (What's it all about, Barrrrry? Is it just for the power, you live?)
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To: paulycy

LOL.

It amazes me how the media actually think there is still an aura around him.

It was them who got him elected by ignoring his associations and lack of experience .

The Chinese don’t go for all that show biz crap like the school kids and aging hippies do over here.

They look for actions instead of just words. The wall of china photo was set up to make bozo look stupid. There he was walking by himself, a sad skinny plastic faced man who has no clue.

If the GOP had any guts they would have gone to the area of Chicago where he was a rabble rouser and took a video of the place and the asked is this the change you want, is this how you want to see America because this is what obama has been doing for this area.

Done nothing in his life, his wife has done crapo but make money through no show jobs and now the freeloader mother in law and family are at the white house.
What a sham this all is.


40 posted on 11/22/2009 3:51:57 PM PST by manc (Marriage is between a man and a woman, end of. -end racism end affirmative action)
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To: kcvl

They “ get it” in China! Hope we do here before it is too late!!


41 posted on 11/22/2009 3:52:23 PM PST by pollywog ( It's Saturday ~~~ But SUNDAY'S A COMING'!!!!)
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To: colorado tanker

Multiculturalism/diversity/political correctness is a mental illness shared by all the elite. It is if we have inbread royality running the country. Obama is the best of the best pin heads.


42 posted on 11/22/2009 3:54:49 PM PST by SaraJohnson
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To: paulycy

“has no clue that he is way over his head”

As Levin pointed out, he really isn’t that smart. The ultimate empty suit....no substance, and everyone knows it except him, because he’s been fawned over so long by the sycophant Left. Truly an embarrassment.


43 posted on 11/22/2009 3:55:10 PM PST by madmominct
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To: kcvl

HA HA HA!!An outcome based pResident..


44 posted on 11/22/2009 3:55:26 PM PST by RadioCirca1970 (Victory or Death in the War on Terror)
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To: paulycy

I’d bet a shiny nickel that that’s *exactly* what the Emperor is thinking.


45 posted on 11/22/2009 3:59:14 PM PST by Riley (The Fourth Estate is the Fifth Column.)
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To: La Enchiladita
"America's first Pacific president"

moron

46 posted on 11/22/2009 4:01:19 PM PST by sten
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To: manc
They look for actions instead of just words.

Successful people are always warriors on some level. zer0 only fights shallow political thuggish battles and not real ones. The weakness is obvious to one and all, even his minions.

He thinks he can win without having to fight the battles the rest of the world has to but he is learning very quickly that he can't and worse that he is not equipped to achieve anything that isn't given to him or extorted from someone. He can't negotiate himself out of a paper bag much less play hardball with Hu, Putin, Achmedinejad, Kim, etc. etc. etc.

He can't even figure out how to travel abroad without humiliating himself.

He's a jackass.

47 posted on 11/22/2009 4:01:27 PM PST by paulycy (Demand Constitutionality.)
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To: DTogo

:0)


48 posted on 11/22/2009 4:03:54 PM PST by paulycy (Demand Constitutionality.)
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To: Deagle

“but where is the other 18% coming from?”

Some of it is probably a result of fudging the numbers.


49 posted on 11/22/2009 4:06:26 PM PST by GoDuke
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To: La Enchiladita

“...five other presidents wore their country’s uniform in the Pacific theater during World War II...”

Which reminds me. I am sure that others have pointed this out but I’ll repeat it: Obama is our first president who did not wear a military uniform since FDR. And FDR had a good reason to not wear one, he couldn’t walk on his own.

That speaks volumes about the man’s lack of character.


50 posted on 11/22/2009 4:11:54 PM PST by OldPossum
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