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Barack Obama 'too tired' to give proper welcome to Gordon Brown
telegraph.co.uk ^ | 07 Mar 2009 | Tim Shipman

Posted on 03/13/2010 12:05:42 PM PST by Free ThinkerNY

Barack Obama's offhand approach to Gordon Brown's Washington visit last week came about because the president was 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.

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."

The American source said: "Obama is overwhelmed. There is a zero sum tension between his ability to attend to the economic issues and his ability to be a proactive sculptor of the national security agenda.

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


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KEYWORDS: amateurhour; bhouk; keynan; noexecexperience; obama; zero; zerobama
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1 posted on 03/13/2010 12:05:42 PM PST by Free ThinkerNY
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To: Free ThinkerNY

No words....


2 posted on 03/13/2010 12:06:51 PM PST by Las Vegas Ron ("Because without America, there is no free world" - Canada Free Press - MSM, where are you?)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Translation: Obama works very few hours a day.


3 posted on 03/13/2010 12:06:52 PM PST by Williams (It's the policies, stupid)
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To: Free ThinkerNY
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Little men should never be elevated to important positions.
4 posted on 03/13/2010 12:06:52 PM PST by Touch Not the Cat (You may have to fight when there is no hope of victory; it is better to perish than to live a slave)
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To: Free ThinkerNY
Some sort of TelePrompTer malfunction, dontchaknow.
5 posted on 03/13/2010 12:07:31 PM PST by Mobties (A)
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To: Las Vegas Ron

No words here either....


6 posted on 03/13/2010 12:08:06 PM PST by bgill (The framers of the US Constitution established an entire federal government in 18 pages.)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

In other words, he’s in over his head. Then again, that’s something we’ve known since January 20, 2009.


7 posted on 03/13/2010 12:08:23 PM PST by WinOne4TheGipper (Truthers to the Left of me, Birthers (pretending to be) to the Right of me!)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Obama is an embarrassment.


8 posted on 03/13/2010 12:08:34 PM PST by comps4spice (Liberalism is a mental illness.)
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To: Free ThinkerNY


9 posted on 03/13/2010 12:08:49 PM PST by darkwing104 (Lets get dangerous)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

What a crock! A good day’s work would kill this lazy-ass pos. The Brits sure wanted Obama president, oh yeah, they hated George Bush and Obama was going to be the ‘’unifier’’. Well, you Brits, how do you like this guy, huh? Class act, ain’t he?


10 posted on 03/13/2010 12:09:05 PM PST by John-Irish ("Shame of him who thinks of it''.)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Ubanga’s philosophy is: Get America on the fast track to communism and the rest of the world will take care of itself.


11 posted on 03/13/2010 12:09:23 PM PST by Lancey Howard
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Reagan could have run this guys butt into the ground at
twice his age.


12 posted on 03/13/2010 12:09:23 PM PST by CrazyIvan (What's "My Struggle" in Kenyan?)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Well, did he have time for his regular Wed. night movie and basketball fest?


13 posted on 03/13/2010 12:09:33 PM PST by afraidfortherepublic
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Im getting kind of tired myself


14 posted on 03/13/2010 12:09:46 PM PST by woofie
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To: Williams

He spends his evening wining and dining with celebrities, and he spends his days whining about everything else. He needs to take his Doctors advice and lay off the booze.


15 posted on 03/13/2010 12:09:55 PM PST by All Blue State
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To: Free ThinkerNY
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 if he actually did something productive for the economy (instead of to the economy) and stopped the push for health care, Der Fuhrer might be able to get some sleep. We are deeply concerned that Der Fuhrer might need the help of chemical depressants to get sleep in the future.

16 posted on 03/13/2010 12:10:10 PM PST by mlocher (USA is a sovereign nation)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

“...the president was facing exhaustion over America’s economic crisis and is unable to focus on foreign affairs...”

That’s EXACTLY what we want the world to think while we are fighting two wars and trying to deal with enemies and financial attacks around the world...what a dipsheet surrounded by a band of morons this is...


17 posted on 03/13/2010 12:10:31 PM PST by jessduntno ("our country will stand in need of its experienced patriots to prevent its ruin." - Sam Adams)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Probably hung over from partying with pals every night.


18 posted on 03/13/2010 12:10:34 PM PST by katnip
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To: Free ThinkerNY

I’m sure Obama is unfocused and elitist and unwilling to work hard.

But it raises a point. They want to centralize more and more power and control in Washington around the executive. Then we see the executive and those around him are not capable of handling this resposibility without being “exhausted” and they ignore half of his most important duties.

This is an argument against big government.


19 posted on 03/13/2010 12:11:01 PM PST by Williams (It's the policies, stupid)
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To: Free ThinkerNY
"Obama is overwhelmed. There is a zero..."
20 posted on 03/13/2010 12:11:13 PM PST by rfp1234
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To: Free ThinkerNY; All

This isn’t about being tired, too many hours, or anything else except an effort to show disrespect to England.


21 posted on 03/13/2010 12:11:18 PM PST by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: Las Vegas Ron

Good lord...almost as blatant as “I have a headache”

So I’ve heard...


22 posted on 03/13/2010 12:11:55 PM PST by MNlurker
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Obama, ‘’exhausted’’ Translation: Stoned and hung-over. F’ing useless pile ‘o’ crap is what he is.


23 posted on 03/13/2010 12:12:00 PM PST by John-Irish ("Shame of him who thinks of it''.)
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To: Free ThinkerNY
How many times will the Brits let themselves be insulted by this racist dirtbag before they respond in kind? A child can see the pattern of disrespect.
24 posted on 03/13/2010 12:12:10 PM PST by hinckley buzzard
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Unqualified for the job and unable to perform.


25 posted on 03/13/2010 12:12:18 PM PST by votemout
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Those late-night Hollywood bashes.


26 posted on 03/13/2010 12:12:22 PM PST by Kenny
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To: mlocher

I agree with you. Trying to do all the wrong things does wear a person out. He might be surprised at how little effort it takes to accomplish good things.


27 posted on 03/13/2010 12:12:48 PM PST by Tax-chick (Aw, CUSSWORDS!!!)
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To: Free ThinkerNY
Soooo, what happens when that 3am call comes..

should we not wake him up???

How could so many people be so stupid as to voluntarily elect this man to the most important position on earth?

28 posted on 03/13/2010 12:13:23 PM PST by evad (OBAMA is a Clear and Present Danger to This Nation..and...He doesn't learn.)
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To: John-Irish

indisputable GWB was Britain’s best friend and they have gotten totally hosed by Obama.

The French president has no respect for Obama.

Chavez/Amadinetc. mock Obama.

China is pissed.

Japan lefties trying to kick us out.

See any of that increased world respect anywhere?

BTW, GWB also was Afruca’s best friend.


29 posted on 03/13/2010 12:14:25 PM PST by Williams (It's the policies, stupid)
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To: Free ThinkerNY
because the president was facing exhaustion over America's economic crisis and is unable to focus on foreign affairs, ...

Never send a Community Organizer to do a President's job!

30 posted on 03/13/2010 12:14:34 PM PST by missnry (The truth will set you free ... and drive liberals Crazy!)
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To: All Blue State
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Send more and more to him. Send it to him in cases...
31 posted on 03/13/2010 12:14:36 PM PST by Touch Not the Cat (You may have to fight when there is no hope of victory; it is better to perish than to live a slave)
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To: Free ThinkerNY
The American source said: "Obama is overwhelmed.

If he is unable to perform the duties required by the office, he needs to resign. Of course, he is far too egotistical to put the needs of the COUNTRY before his own.

32 posted on 03/13/2010 12:14:58 PM PST by SCalGal (Friends don't let friends donate to H$U$ or PETA.)
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To: driftdiver

Or telling our enemies that Washington is too distracted to worry about them...


33 posted on 03/13/2010 12:15:09 PM PST by MNlurker
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Not even a Bush league player. Pee Wee league, maybe, but all wee weed out. Should perhaps moderate his alcohol consumption.


34 posted on 03/13/2010 12:15:43 PM PST by The_Media_never_lie
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To: Free ThinkerNY
Well this is what we get when we elect a "community organizer" to the top executive post in our government who never held down a real job in his life and whose only real job experience was campaigning for the next higher job.

Not that he's got the "highest job", there is nothing else to campaign for and real work is expected to be done. Only problem is, he's in way over his head and has absolutely no idea how to carry out his job. Therefore, he must rely on handlers to tell him what to do and how to do it.

The result is both the Peter Principle and "affirmative action" being carried out to the extreme.

35 posted on 03/13/2010 12:15:49 PM PST by SamAdams76 (I am 2 days away from outliving Jim Jones)
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To: Free ThinkerNY
Hang on ... somewhere in my memory banks, I seem to recall this *exhausted* excuse was used when 0bama went oversees last year, wasn't there some dinner or such he was to attend, but he didn't, spent it with the kids, the WH press office citing "too tired"??

It didn't happen to have been some UK/Brown dinner, was it??

36 posted on 03/13/2010 12:17:05 PM PST by MozarkDawg
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To: Williams
It's not the 'work' that's getting to him. It's the booze, cigarettes and who knows what else....he sure wasn't doing scholarly work all that supposed time at Columbia and Harvard. There is no extensive openly-documented proof (essays, grades, tests, theses, etc.) of such an education EARNED - only diploma(s).

In truth, he's an intellectual lightweight Eliza Doolittle.

37 posted on 03/13/2010 12:17:36 PM PST by Gaffer ("Profling: The only profile I need is a chalk outline around their dead ass!")
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To: Tax-chick
Great observation!

Oh well, at least I can take solice in knowing that he is up at night worried about the economy. And the more he does, the more his insomnia kicks in.

38 posted on 03/13/2010 12:18:04 PM PST by mlocher (USA is a sovereign nation)
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To: Free ThinkerNY
He's never had a real job. He's never been held to the same standard as us mere mortals in anything he's done. He coasted through college, coasted through Harvard Law, managed to get the top job on the law review without publishing anything, etc., etc.

Why is anyone surprised?

39 posted on 03/13/2010 12:18:32 PM PST by joe.fralick
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Who would have guessed that 2 years of campaigning is not the same as actual executive experience?


40 posted on 03/13/2010 12:19:07 PM PST by crazyhorse691 (Now that the libs are in power dissent is not only unpatriotic, but, it is also racist.)
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To: mlocher

And also, Gordon Brown is a schmuck.


41 posted on 03/13/2010 12:19:09 PM PST by Tax-chick (Aw, CUSSWORDS!!!)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Every other President we’ve had has been able to handle the duties so why is Obama who is younger than most of the others having a problem with it? Get off your duff you lazy bum or give the job up. I never once heard Bush complain that the job made him tired even during the time 9/11 was a current event. I also don’t remember Clinton complaining that the economy he faced made him tired? If you can’t handle the job step aside.


42 posted on 03/13/2010 12:19:35 PM PST by chris_bdba
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Ten-foot projectile vomit alert.


43 posted on 03/13/2010 12:19:52 PM PST by manic4organic (Obama shot hoops, America lost troops.)
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To: Williams

Even his homies in Indonesia know he’s a fake.


44 posted on 03/13/2010 12:20:05 PM PST by RS_Rider (I hate Illinois Nazis)
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To: Free ThinkerNY
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.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P7tCymWHs-k

45 posted on 03/13/2010 12:20:21 PM PST by TruthWillWin (The problem with socialism is that you eventually run out of other peoples money.)
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To: John-Irish


46 posted on 03/13/2010 12:20:22 PM PST by pabianice
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To: Las Vegas Ron

“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”.” Except for trying to destroy Israel...


47 posted on 03/13/2010 12:20:25 PM PST by richardtavor
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To: John-Irish


48 posted on 03/13/2010 12:20:54 PM PST by pabianice
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To: Free ThinkerNY
Article is a little old.

By Tim Shipman in Washington Published: 6:45PM GMT 07 Mar 2009

49 posted on 03/13/2010 12:21:34 PM PST by fso301
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To: pabianice

50 posted on 03/13/2010 12:21:34 PM PST by SamAdams76 (I am 2 days away from outliving Jim Jones)
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