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Joe Scarborough: Opponents of Obama's India Trip Are 'Idiots; '
Newsbusters ^ | 11-8-10

Posted on 11/08/2010 1:56:17 PM PST by My Favorite Headache

Anyone critical of President Obama being in India right now is an "idiot," MSNBC's Joe Scarborough bluntly served on his morning show, which prides itself on being a safe haven for different views. India is "exactly where [President Obama] should be" right now, he opined.

With Council on Foreign Relations president Richard Haass on as a guest Monday morning, Scarborough clamored that President Obama "needs" to be in India right now for the sake of U.S. foreign policy. "I would send my President to India, like once a month, if I could, for long weekends," he emphasized.

Scarborough hit left-wing bloggers earlier on the show for helping push President Obama's agenda too far to the left. Now he took the chance to slam the far right for what he considers unfair criticism of the President. "I was just going to say, any right-wing bloggers out there that are critical of the President being in India – anybody – is an idiot," he stated.

"They have their head in the sand, they are intellectually feeble, they have no idea about...how important India is to the United States – as Richard said – economically, politically, militarily, strategically."

Of course Scarborough's sweeping indictment of the far right seems to counter his insistence a few weeks earlier that his show is a safe haven for different voices in public policy debate to be heard. "This show is a safe house where people can come and talk whether they are on the right or the left," he glowered, calling the show "Switzerland" in a polarized news world.

In addition, last month the show ran a theme on consecutive days titled "Keep Calm And Carry On," a message meant to foster calmer debate and discourage fearmongering and hyper-partisanship.

And last week, Scarborough praised the "Rally to Restore Sanity" in Washington, saying that "Morning Joe" shared with it the sentiments of "a show where people who really disagree with each other can come on, have a fun, tough debate, and be friends at the end."

However, Scarborough insists there is only one side to the India debate – and that anyone who disagrees with him is an idiot.

The "Morning Joe" co-host agreed emphatically with Haass' reasons for the need to send Obama to India. "Strategically – the 800-pound gorilla in the room that noone's talking about is China," Haass posed.

"One of the ways you ultimately manage or help steer the rise of China is with a close-strategic relationship with India. Secondly, economically. India's this enormous market, 1.2 billion people. Politically, the world's largest democracy. Plus it neighbors on the volatile parts of Asia."

A transcript of the segment, which aired on November 8 at 6:14 a.m. EDT, is as follows:

JOE SCARBOROUGH: Richard Haas, I-I've been talking about left-wing bloggers this morning – right-wing bloggers ginned up a funny controversy about the President going to India, and there's been a lot of noise on the far-right about him going to India. That's exactly where he should be. I would send my President to India, like once a month, if I could, for long weekends.

Could you explain why India – a country we don't think about very much – is one of our most critical allies on the world stage, and why it's important the President's there?

RICHARD HAASS, President, Council on Foreign Relations: It's important for so many reasons. Strategically – the 800-pound goarilla in the room that noone's talking about is China. One of the ways you ultimately manage or help steer the rise of China is with a close-strategic relationship with India. It's the baseline.

Secondly, economically. India's this enormous market, 1.2 billion people. Politically, the world's largest democracy. Plus it neighbors on the volatile parts of Asia.

SCARBOROUGH: I was going to say, Afghanistan –

HAASS: Exactly, Pakistan. So for so many reasons, economically, strategically, China – India ought to be at the center of American foreign policy. It was actually one of – I think – the real breakthroughs of this administration, to create a strategic relationship with India. This administration's been slow to do it. But finally they are doing it, and this whole trip actually – this emphasis on Asia, at a time where China's throwing its weight around – is very, very healthy.

SCARBOROUGH: I was just going to say, any right-wing bloggers out there that are critical of the President being in India – anybody – is an idiot. I don't mean to be that blunt, it is the truth – they are – they have their head in the sand, they are intellectually feeble, they have no idea about how important, Mark Halperin, how important India is to the United States – as Richard said – economically, politically, militarily, strategically –

MIKA BRZEZINSKI: International security –

SCARBOROUGH: Yeah, the balance against China in that region – it is critical that the President of the United States is there right now.

MARK HALPERIN: And I'd add one more thing to that list, which is this is a country where the people actually want closer ties with the United States, where there's no real tension, you've got a lot of Indian-Americans, you've got a lot of people in India who would like to come here and trade with the United States, Indian companies – people talk about outsourcing, a lot of Indians want to invest in the United States – it is all upside for us, and it's important for the President – that's why he's spending three days there, which is a lot of time.

SCARBOROUGH: Well, he really needs to do that. And also, historically, and we'll talk to Richard some more about this, because the President's speaking before the Indian parliament --

BRZEZINSKI: 7:00 Eastern –

SCARBOROUGH: 7:00 Eastern Time. But also, we have good relations with India. September 11 came, and our shift dramatically went over to Pakistan – and adversary for a very long time. This is important, as Richard said, George W. Bush quietly built the relations up there, but we – we need to – we need to keep pushing.

Read more: http://newsbusters.org/blogs/matt-hadro/2010/11/08/joe-scarborough-opponents-obamas-india-trip-are-idiots-would-send-presid#ixzz14jIrsnfY

Video at the link.


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1 posted on 11/08/2010 1:56:20 PM PST by My Favorite Headache
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To: My Favorite Headache
Obama's staff has said the Indian reports that this is costing $200,000,000 are wildly exagerated. So then when can we expect a full accounting of what it cost?

TRANSPARENCY

2 posted on 11/08/2010 1:58:20 PM PST by a fool in paradise (The establishment clause isn't just against my OWN government establishing state religion in America)
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To: My Favorite Headache

Maybe they will give him Keith times lot ?


3 posted on 11/08/2010 1:58:28 PM PST by RnMomof7 (Gal 4:16 asks "Am I therefore become your enemy, because I tell you the truth?")
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To: My Favorite Headache

The point that you don’t seem to understand Joe, is that you don’t just run off to some foreign country right after a major election.


4 posted on 11/08/2010 1:58:31 PM PST by ari-freedom (Ding dong the Pelosi is gone!)
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To: ari-freedom
you don’t just run off to some foreign country right after a major election

You do if your party took a drubbing because of you, but you're too self-involved to address the issues. Even better, you *stay* in the foreign country, indefinitely. I'm sure Zero and Michelle could live quite comfortably in India, especially compared to most Indians.

5 posted on 11/08/2010 2:01:43 PM PST by Tax-chick (The alligator ate my friend. He will eat your friend, too. Then he will eat Tom.)
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To: My Favorite Headache
Needs a re-write:

" Anybody who disagrees with right-wing bloggers out there that are critical of the President being in India – anybody – is an idiot,"

There. Fixed it.

6 posted on 11/08/2010 2:02:06 PM PST by PATRIOT1876 (Language, Borders, Culture, Full employment for those here legally)
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To: My Favorite Headache

STFU, Joe Scumbag!


7 posted on 11/08/2010 2:02:17 PM PST by Reagan Man ("In this present crisis, government is not the solution to our problem; government is the problem.")
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To: My Favorite Headache

Does the Scab really believe any of that crap he spouts?


8 posted on 11/08/2010 2:02:29 PM PST by GeronL (http://libertyfic.proboards.com <--- My Fiction/ Science Fiction Board)
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To: My Favorite Headache

Joe’s just making sure that he will get invited to all of the holiday parties put on by his buds at MSNBC.


9 posted on 11/08/2010 2:06:26 PM PST by windsorknot
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To: My Favorite Headache

Joe who?


10 posted on 11/08/2010 2:06:55 PM PST by Paperdoll ( On the cutting edge)
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To: My Favorite Headache
Flawed premise: He isn't criticized for being in India, he is being criticized for the extravagant manner in which he is there and the timing after a major election where he was resoundingly defeated. The LOVE ME tours are passe now and a waste of money.
11 posted on 11/08/2010 2:09:07 PM PST by FTJM
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To: My Favorite Headache

I always forget. Is Joe Scarborough the one who had a staffer mysteriously found dead in his office and nothing ever came of it?


12 posted on 11/08/2010 2:11:07 PM PST by Texas Eagle (If it wasn't for double-standards, Liberals would have no standards at all -- Texas Eagle)
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To: Paperdoll

Joe who had the dead girl found in his office?


13 posted on 11/08/2010 2:12:09 PM PST by mimaw
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To: My Favorite Headache
Speaking of the way that the Obama administration treated the dignitaries from India when asking for their identification and how Gibbs mishandled the press conference:

"They have their head in the sand, they are intellectually feeble, they have no idea about how important...India is to the United States – as Richard said – economically, politically, militarily, strategically. It seems that they would know better how to act in an international setting.

14 posted on 11/08/2010 2:12:24 PM PST by PATRIOT1876 (Language, Borders, Culture, Full employment for those here legally)
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To: My Favorite Headache
Anbody who thinks that it's a good idea to have the president spend $200 MILLION DOLLARS A DAY when the country has 10% plus unemployment – anybody – is an idiot. I don't mean to be that blunt, it is the truth...they have their head in the sand, they are intellectually feeble.
15 posted on 11/08/2010 2:14:49 PM PST by PATRIOT1876 (Language, Borders, Culture, Full employment for those here legally)
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To: a fool in paradise

He could have done this without spending billions. He should have flown over in AF1 with a fighter escort, made an appearance at the Indian Parliament, then flown home. It would have been 2 million dollars worse case.


16 posted on 11/08/2010 2:16:15 PM PST by FreeAtlanta (Hey, Barack "Hubris" Obama, what are you hiding? Release your Birth Certificate!)
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To: Texas Eagle

*I always forget. Is Joe Scarborough the one who had a staffer mysteriously found dead in his office and nothing ever came of it?*

From the way Joe is speaking, it would appear that HE died, his brain shut down, but his mouth just kept on talking...


17 posted on 11/08/2010 2:18:46 PM PST by PATRIOT1876 (Language, Borders, Culture, Full employment for those here legally)
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To: PATRIOT1876
From the way Joe is speaking, it would appear that HE died, his brain shut down, but his mouth just kept on talking...

Well, either way, you don't suppose somebody might have information about that whole situation that they are using to keep, oh, I don't know, keep Joe in line? Keep him on the plantation so to speak?

I'm just sayin'.

18 posted on 11/08/2010 2:21:08 PM PST by Texas Eagle (If it wasn't for double-standards, Liberals would have no standards at all -- Texas Eagle)
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To: My Favorite Headache

Every one of these democrats in power sound like Snookie on Jersey Shore.

He’s Stoooo-pid. Ya know, Stoooooo-pid like dat.

Their ability to get past the words stupid, dumb, ignorant is lacking. Maybe Snookie can teach them a few more words.


19 posted on 11/08/2010 2:22:02 PM PST by OpusatFR
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To: FreeAtlanta

I’ll wager that if security was the need for all of this expense, we could have had them fly here instead for far less.


20 posted on 11/08/2010 2:22:30 PM PST by a fool in paradise (The establishment clause isn't just against my OWN government establishing state religion in America)
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To: My Favorite Headache

Is Joe still alive?


21 posted on 11/08/2010 2:22:49 PM PST by bmwcyle (It is Satan's fault)
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To: My Favorite Headache

No Joe you’re the IDIOT!!!!!!!


22 posted on 11/08/2010 2:25:46 PM PST by SandRat (Duty, Honor, Country! What else needs said?)
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To: My Favorite Headache

Joe Scarborough is the David Brooks of Cable-TV.


23 posted on 11/08/2010 2:29:28 PM PST by TexasCajun
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To: My Favorite Headache
I would send my President to India, like once a month, if I could, for long weekends," he emphasized.

Saying "my president" infers that you would say the same thing about your President GW Bush?

The leftist 'idiots' couldn't stand GW going to his ranch for a weekend.

24 posted on 11/08/2010 2:32:52 PM PST by TribalPrincess2U (demonicRATS= Obama's Mosque, taxes, painful death. Is this what you want?)
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To: My Favorite Headache

Scarbourgh idiot in chief. I am so glad they took this moron off 630 AM in the mornings.


25 posted on 11/08/2010 2:33:02 PM PST by stockpirate ("......When the government fears the people you have liberty." Thomas Jefferson)
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To: My Favorite Headache
Strategically – the 800-pound goarilla in the room that noone's talking about is China. One of the ways you ultimately manage or help steer the rise of China is with a close-strategic relationship with India. It's the baseline.

Joe plays dime-store Kissinger and tries to articulate Realpolitik in a way the MSNBC audience can understand--by calling people idiots.

26 posted on 11/08/2010 2:33:02 PM PST by Opinionated Blowhard
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To: My Favorite Headache

Coming from scarhead... I wear that as a coat of honor!

LLS


27 posted on 11/08/2010 2:34:25 PM PST by LibLieSlayer (WOLVERINES!)
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To: My Favorite Headache

Yes, the same Joe whose young female intern was found dead in the office the next morning while wearing clothing from the night before. Yes, that Joe.


28 posted on 11/08/2010 2:37:04 PM PST by Yaelle
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To: My Favorite Headache

Joe is as unprofessional as everyone else on that channel.


29 posted on 11/08/2010 2:46:53 PM PST by jersey117
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To: a fool in paradise

I thought Scarborough was the conservative on MSNBC. I guess that says a lot about MSNBC.


30 posted on 11/08/2010 2:52:09 PM PST by SkipW
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To: My Favorite Headache

...and then Joe sat in the corner, away from the other kids, and ate some paste...


31 posted on 11/08/2010 2:55:23 PM PST by PATRIOT1876 (Language, Borders, Culture, Full employment for those here legally)
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To: My Favorite Headache
Anyone critical of President Obama being in India right now is an "idiot," MSNBC's Joe Scarborough bluntly served on his morning show, which prides itself on being a safe haven for different views. India is "exactly where [President Obama] should be" right now, he opined.

Wrong Joe. The politician who should be hiding in India is a former Congressman who had a female 28-year-old office worker found dead in his district office in Florida. You know Joe, the guy that left congress and divorced after the body was found and then went on to a TV career at MSNBC.

32 posted on 11/08/2010 2:55:41 PM PST by hflynn (The One has been reduced to the Zero)
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To: a fool in paradise

We could have flown everyone the marxist has met and everyone his mooching wife has meet to Washington for less than what this trip is costing. And, they would have had the time of their lives and better good will toward us than 1 minute of having to kiss the arrogant creeps feet.


33 posted on 11/08/2010 2:55:49 PM PST by FreeAtlanta (Hey, Barack "Hubris" Obama, what are you hiding? Release your Birth Certificate!)
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To: Paperdoll

You know, the Joe that played with himself all thru his childhood. This guy is so stupid I have wondered if any of his family members played in “Deliverance”?


34 posted on 11/08/2010 6:27:07 PM PST by biff
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To: AdmSmith; Arthur Wildfire! March; Berosus; bigheadfred; ColdOne; Convert from ECUSA; Delacon; ...
G'night all!
35 posted on 11/08/2010 7:04:21 PM PST by SunkenCiv (The 2nd Amendment follows right behind the 1st because some people are hard of hearing.)
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To: TigersEye

So idiots are opposed to $2 billion vacations?

A ten day vacation at $200 m a day ...

US to spend $200 million a day on Obama’s Mumbai visit
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2619618/posts


36 posted on 11/09/2010 2:44:22 AM PST by Arthur Wildfire! March (Our 2010 victory was won the Tea Party Way, not the RINO way.)
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To: Arthur Wildfire! March

I’m pretty sure that Obama could have subbed-out this vacation to a bunch of Indian contractors from Chennai and only spent about $10m per day.


37 posted on 11/09/2010 8:24:12 AM PST by alancarp (Please don't tell Obama what comes after "trillion")
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To: alancarp

GW visited one preisdent in South America where we aren’t very well liked. At one moment, he was only allowed to have one security guard. They tried to separate him from his guard. GW walked into the crowd and rescued his guard. I imagine the cost for that trip was pretty low.


38 posted on 11/09/2010 12:37:59 PM PST by Arthur Wildfire! March (Our 2010 victory was won the Tea Party Way, not the RINO way.)
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