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Now We Know We're Off Barack Obama's Radar (Australians Insulted)
The Australian ^ | Brad Norrington

Posted on 03/19/2010 1:36:20 PM PDT by tellw

Now we know we're off Barack Obama's radar

Brad Norington, Washington correspondent From: The Australian March 20, 2010

THE decision of Barack Obama to put off his visit to Indonesia and Australia a second time - this time by three months - provides a valuable insight into how this dysfunctional White House operates.

If any proof were needed that US foreign policy, especially in the Pacific, is far down the list of priorities for Obama and his team then here it is.

George W. Bush ignored the region, say his detractors. What about Obama?

The President's spokesman, Robert Gibbs, stumbled through a prepared script yesterday. But he put the situation aptly: "The passage of health reform is of paramount importance and the President is determined to see this battle through."

In other words, Obama's domestic push to pass a watered-down version of health reform in the US congress so he can chalk up a legislative victory after a year of bumbling comes first. The message to Indonesia and Australia could not be clearer.

Gibbs even omitted Australia as he read from his script that Obama expected to visit Indonesia in June.

He later issued a "clarification" that added Australia.

In an election year, Kevin Rudd would obviously be disappointed about a no-show from Obama. The presence of a charismatic president could help lift his flagging position in opinion polls.

But Rudd will get over it. He will see Obama later in the year. He also knows what the White House knows: Australia's support for the US is a given, and often taken for granted.

Indonesia's disappointment may be more acute, which only reinforces the clumsy approach taken by Washington.

Obama not only delayed his Australian visit last week but compressed the leg into an overnight stay.

Now it is off the table until June. Surely the White House could have foreseen a week ago that a better option then would have been to delay until June.

Gibbs said yesterday a congress vote on health could not take place before tomorrow, the day of the President's proposed departure, because congress rules provided that legislation must sit on the table for a 72-hour review period before a vote takes place. This is not a sudden revelation - the White House knew it all along.

It all smacks of an indecisive President who is trying to please everybody but ends up pleasing no one.

All the claims of dithering levelled against Obama by his opponents appear more and more accurate. He may sound good, but what does he do?

The heavy politicking by Obama now to nudge reluctant fellow Democratic Party members to pass health legislation could have been done last year. The prospects for passing the health legislation still do not look good at this stage.

The only plus from this experience, from Australia's point of view, is that a presidential visit in June could mean a longer stay. A President who knows not much about Australia could understand more about the country and the US alliance if his stay was not limited to a one-night stand.


TOPICS: Australia/New Zealand; Foreign Affairs; Front Page News
KEYWORDS: australia; obama

1 posted on 03/19/2010 1:36:20 PM PDT by tellw
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To: tellw

So Obammie has dissed Austrailia.

They should count themselves lucky. They ain’t missed a thing.


2 posted on 03/19/2010 1:37:47 PM PDT by Responsibility2nd
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To: tellw

At least our friends down under KNOW how dysfunctional this PBO White House is.


3 posted on 03/19/2010 1:38:22 PM PDT by Biggirl ("Jesus talked to us as individuals"-Jim Vicevich/Thanks JimV!=^..^==^..^==^..^==^..^==^..^=)
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To: tellw

English Speaking Countries are obviously the root of all evil against Islam.


4 posted on 03/19/2010 1:38:59 PM PDT by Paladin2
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To: Responsibility2nd

The problem was that Obama couldn’t really think of anyone he was going to bow to in Australia.


5 posted on 03/19/2010 1:41:37 PM PDT by glorgau
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To: tellw

Seems to me that President Bush had excellent relations with Australia.


6 posted on 03/19/2010 1:41:47 PM PDT by Carley (Are you better off now than one year ago? HELL NO!!!!!)
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To: Responsibility2nd

It has become a perverse symbol of distinction - “have you been dissed by the Kenyan”?

I would think a sequentially numbered certificate would be worth something on eBay LOL (at least I would have more to show for Øbozo’s pResidency than he has revealed so far!)


7 posted on 03/19/2010 1:41:57 PM PDT by rockrr (Everything is different now...)
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To: tellw

I sorta figured Australia was one coming out ahead top on this one.


8 posted on 03/19/2010 1:45:09 PM PDT by circlecity
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To: rockrr
Besides bowing to his superiors, Obama's known for sending cheap gifts.
 
Maybe he could sent this to Australia with his regrets...
 
 
 


9 posted on 03/19/2010 1:47:29 PM PDT by Responsibility2nd
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To: tellw; Fred Nerks
Well maybe the Queensland crocs will get a future opportunity.


10 posted on 03/19/2010 1:51:41 PM PDT by Candor7 (Now's the time to ante up against the Obama Fascist Junta ( member NRA))
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To: tellw

The amount of damage control BO’s successor is going to have to do AMONG OUR ALLIES is going to take months. Downright pathetic.


11 posted on 03/19/2010 1:51:52 PM PDT by Desdemona
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To: tellw

Barack doesn’t speak Australian.


12 posted on 03/19/2010 1:53:40 PM PDT by Uncle Miltie (Call the local offices of Congresscritters. They are still answering the phone.)
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To: tellw

He might be hit by a dirty shoe in Indonesia. They don’t like him either.


13 posted on 03/19/2010 1:56:57 PM PDT by BobS
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To: Desdemona
"The amount of damage control BO’s successor is going to have to do AMONG OUR ALLIES is going to take months." And our next President can't a Third World one with no standards.
14 posted on 03/19/2010 2:06:08 PM PDT by BobS
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To: Responsibility2nd

Is that arugula LOL?!


15 posted on 03/19/2010 2:07:33 PM PDT by rockrr (Everything is different now...)
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To: tellw
In other words, Obama's domestic push to pass a watered-down version of health reform in the US congress so he can chalk up a legislative victory after a year of bumbling comes first.

It's refreshing how clearly Australians tend to see most things.


16 posted on 03/19/2010 2:08:56 PM PDT by Oceander (The Price of Freedom is Eternal Vigilance -- Thos. Jefferson)
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To: Responsibility2nd

Exactly. They have Muzie extremists so one big muzzie Kenyan extremist wont make a biggie...unless the white liberals start bitching about it.


17 posted on 03/19/2010 2:12:06 PM PDT by max americana
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To: tellw

The UK, Israel, and the American people are off of Obama’s radar as well. The Australians are in good company.


18 posted on 03/19/2010 2:12:40 PM PDT by Nepeta
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To: Carley

Yes.. the leftist lap dog that wrote this piece had to pay homage to satan by attacking Bush... a good man compared to the muzzie from hell.

LLS


19 posted on 03/19/2010 2:17:40 PM PDT by LibLieSlayer (Wolverine)
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To: Desdemona

It’ll take decades.


20 posted on 03/19/2010 2:19:03 PM PDT by Niuhuru (The Internet is the digital AIDS; adapting and successfully destroying the MSM host.)
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To: tellw

They should have gotten a clue when it took days for Obama to call them with offers of help and condolences after the horrible bush fires right after Zero took office.

The little dictator hates our friends and loves our enemies.


21 posted on 03/19/2010 2:23:55 PM PDT by penelopesire ("The only CHANGE you will get with the Democrats is the CHANGE left in your pocket")
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To: tellw

Hey, if the Aussies are perturbed about a short stay, they should count there blessings. Of course if they insist on a longer stay; how’s three years sound? We could use the break.


22 posted on 03/19/2010 2:24:53 PM PDT by AFreeBird
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To: tellw

Wondered how long it would take for the Aussies to realize they have been dissed. Longer than I thought.

obozo blew you off.


23 posted on 03/19/2010 2:31:13 PM PDT by Sequoyah101 (Half of the population is below average)
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To: Oceander

He just keeps pissing off our frineds and kissing our enemies. He’s the enemy and should be treated that way.


24 posted on 03/19/2010 2:39:17 PM PDT by bfree (The revolution is coming and it will be violent--FUBO)
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To: glorgau

Are there no Burger Kings in Australia?


25 posted on 03/19/2010 2:40:19 PM PDT by Nickname (2012 - Yes You're Canned!)
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To: AdmSmith; Berosus; bigheadfred; Convert from ECUSA; dervish; Ernest_at_the_Beach; Fred Nerks; ...
Obama to put off his visit to Indonesia and Australia a second time -- this time by three months
...soon to be 'never going to go back to Indonesia' after Iran is bunker-bustered out of the nuclear weapons and terrorism business.
26 posted on 03/19/2010 2:41:03 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (http://themagicnegro.com/)
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To: Responsibility2nd

Australia and the rest of the governments that he intended to visit should send him a short message about ‘rescheduling’ ———Don’t Bother, Asshole!


27 posted on 03/19/2010 2:49:23 PM PDT by Gaffer ("Profling: The only profile I need is a chalk outline around their dead ass!")
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To: tellw

dumb@ss foreign-lefties are still waving the “Obama the Charismatic Leader” nonsense.

If I were Rudd, I would be thankful to have an unexpected weekend off and not have to spend it with Obama, Michelle and their community activist brown-shirts.


28 posted on 03/19/2010 3:11:40 PM PDT by PGR88 (I'm so open-minded, my brains fell out.)
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To: Nickname
Are there no Burger Kings in Australia?

Actually - no.

When they decided to sell franchises out here, the name 'Burger King' had already been trademarked in Australia by a small burger shop. So they had to change the name. They tried rebadging to Burger King a few years ago after the trademark had expired, but the familiar name was now too well known.

29 posted on 03/19/2010 3:29:18 PM PDT by naturalman1975 ("America was under attack. Australia was immediately there to help." - John Winston Howard)
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