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Analysis: Europe is next test for weakened Obama ( Obama is traveling again )
Reuters ^ | Mon Nov 15, 2010 2:07pm EST | Matt Spetalnick

Posted on 11/15/2010 7:09:05 PM PST by Ernest_at_the_Beach

(Reuters) - If President Barack Obama is not yet convinced that his international star power has faded, his next round of transatlantic summitry should clear up any lingering doubts.

Coming off a marathon Asia trip where Obama often found himself rebuffed by fellow world leaders, he will head to Europe this week where the agenda will be clouded by a growing divide over economic strategy and a sense of neglect among traditional U.S. allies.

His challenge is to reassure European partners that, despite political weakness at home and embarrassing setbacks abroad, he remains committed to better cooperation on issues ranging from the war in Afghanistan to the fight against trade protectionism.

But it will not be easy for Obama, whose Democratic Party suffered heavy losses in this month's congressional elections, to dispel the impression that his stature has been diminished on the world stage. He will attend back-to-back NATO and European Union summits in Lisbon on Friday and Saturday.

"The tricky thing for Obama is to show the Europeans not only that he's still important to them but that they're still important to the U.S.," said Sally McNamara, a European affairs expert at the conservative Heritage Foundation in Washington.

Accustomed to being at the center of U.S. foreign policy, Europe may be feeling jilted.

Despite the European love affair with Obama when he was elected two years ago, he has let transatlantic ties slip down his priorities list while focusing on rising Asian powers like China and India and domestic concerns such as high unemployment and an anemic economy.

It will not be lost on his European hosts that Obama, who visited Europe six times in his first year, is dashing to Lisbon for little more than 24 hours on the ground after conducting a 10-day four-country tour of Asia.

(Excerpt) Read more at reuters.com ...


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Foreign Affairs; Front Page News; Government
KEYWORDS: bho44; dearleader; democrats; europe; fail; ilduce; imamobama; ledauphin; obama; test; weakened
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1 posted on 11/15/2010 7:09:11 PM PST by Ernest_at_the_Beach
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

Just in time to do a little Christmas shopping. How convenient.


2 posted on 11/15/2010 7:11:34 PM PST by FlingWingFlyer ("In God We Trust", everyone else must show proof of citizenship.)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

This is normal for lame-duck presidents.


3 posted on 11/15/2010 7:13:33 PM PST by MulberryDraw
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To: FlingWingFlyer

The Obamas don’t give Christmas presents.


4 posted on 11/15/2010 7:13:51 PM PST by mountn man (The pleasure you get from life, is equal to the attitude you put into it.)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

Another trip???

Geeeze...does this guy EVER show up to work?


5 posted on 11/15/2010 7:13:59 PM PST by Windflier (To anger a conservative, tell him a lie. To anger a liberal, tell him the truth.)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

I want the President to have nice, relaxing, long trips. May he take many of them without ever feeling obliged to stop back by here.

HEY! Don’t come around here no more!


6 posted on 11/15/2010 7:14:08 PM PST by definitelynotaliberal
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

He’ll be home in time to go to Hawaii for a Chrismas vacation.


7 posted on 11/15/2010 7:14:46 PM PST by mountn man (The pleasure you get from life, is equal to the attitude you put into it.)
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To: MulberryDraw

Don’t you mean l!mp d!ck president


8 posted on 11/15/2010 7:16:48 PM PST by mountn man (The pleasure you get from life, is equal to the attitude you put into it.)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach; AdmSmith; Arthur Wildfire! March; Berosus; bigheadfred; ColdOne; ...

Thanks Ernest_at_the_Beach.
9 posted on 11/15/2010 7:17:24 PM PST by SunkenCiv (The 2nd Amendment follows right behind the 1st because some people are hard of hearing.)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

Is this guy EVER in the Office?? Now it’s time to load up the Family Truckster for another Wacky Obama Adventure! National Lampoons Obama European Vacation........


10 posted on 11/15/2010 7:17:33 PM PST by jakerobins
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach
He will attend back-to-back NATO and European Union summits in Lisbon on Friday and Saturday

My suspicion is that his European buddies are setting him up for some "breakthroughs"...aka some kind of treaties which the MSM will herald as earth-shaking but which nobody really cares about.

11 posted on 11/15/2010 7:17:39 PM PST by Siena Dreaming
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach
He's f*ing skying off abroad AGAIN?

This asshole just might get the coldest shoulder in diplomatic history. He may have to nuke Dublin just to stay warm.

12 posted on 11/15/2010 7:19:36 PM PST by hinckley buzzard
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

I will seldom complain when this a-hole is out of the country.


13 posted on 11/15/2010 7:22:29 PM PST by ConservaTexan (February 6, 1911)
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To: definitelynotaliberal
Hit the road Barack, and dontcha come back no more no more, no more no more...
14 posted on 11/15/2010 7:22:33 PM PST by hinckley buzzard
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

Will he be able to get in a game of golf before leaving for Europe?


15 posted on 11/15/2010 7:25:20 PM PST by Nepeta
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To: MulberryDraw

He and the Wookie only have two more years maxing out CO2 on Air Force 1. He’s not going to let his perks go to waste.

None of the weak minded that voted for the flippant guy thinking he was going to heal our planet expected he would submerge the Maldives jetting around the world.


16 posted on 11/15/2010 7:41:14 PM PST by A message
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

Soros’ little messenger boy on the road again.


17 posted on 11/15/2010 7:43:07 PM PST by Don Corleone ("Oil the gun..eat the cannolis. Take it to the Mattress.")
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach
"The tricky thing for Obama is to show the Europeans not only that he's still important to them but that they're still important to the U.S.,"

It's ALL About Obama isn't it?

18 posted on 11/15/2010 7:45:00 PM PST by mylife
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach
"The tricky thing for Obama is to show the Europeans not only that he's still important to them but that they're still important to the U.S.,"

It's ALL About Obama isn't it?

19 posted on 11/15/2010 7:45:29 PM PST by mylife
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To: Candor7; LucyT; little jeremiah; Las Vegas Ron

sniff sniff


20 posted on 11/15/2010 7:57:08 PM PST by mojitojoe (In it’s 1600 years of existence, Islam has 2 main accomplishments, psychotic violence and goat curr)
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To: A message

He’s not going to let his perks go to waste.
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BINGO! They will have to tear him away from AF!. I don’t think he will ever give it up willingly. That must be where he and iReggie get their alone time.


21 posted on 11/15/2010 7:59:28 PM PST by mojitojoe (In it’s 1600 years of existence, Islam has 2 main accomplishments, psychotic violence and goat curr)
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To: mylife

This EPIC FAIL president, nobama, must have quite a “carbon footprint”. Aren’t any of the usual-suspect eco-nut “nonprofits” complaining? How many crummy polar bear cubs did his travel kill today!?


22 posted on 11/15/2010 7:59:52 PM PST by hal ogen (1st Amendment or Reeducation Camp?)
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To: Windflier
Another trip???

Geeeze...does this guy EVER show up to work?

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OBAMA-DANCE-2sm

23 posted on 11/15/2010 8:03:44 PM PST by BobP (The piss-stream media - Never to be watched again in my house)
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To: hal ogen
Obama makes baby polar bears sad....


24 posted on 11/15/2010 8:04:39 PM PST by mylife
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

- Barack, why don’t we just forget the “Pig-in-a-Poke” itinerary, and just play it by ear, like normal people?

- Honey, we’re not normal people. We’re the Obamas.


25 posted on 11/15/2010 8:04:44 PM PST by Lonely Bull
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach
If President Barack Obama is not yet convinced that his international star power has faded, his next round of transatlantic summitry should clear up any lingering doubts.

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26 posted on 11/15/2010 8:06:10 PM PST by taraytarah
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(but that is because polar bears are white racists..)


27 posted on 11/15/2010 8:06:27 PM PST by mylife
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach
The tricky thing for Obama is to show the Europeans not only that he's still important to them...

Except they already think he sucks.

28 posted on 11/15/2010 8:10:52 PM PST by ROCKLOBSTER (Celebrate: Republicans freed the slaves Month.)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

I don’t think he can stay around DC. I think he is in melt down mode and they are doing everything they can to keep it from happening. Escaping on his favorite thing in the entire world, AF1 is what he does to escape reality... and have some private time with IReggie.


29 posted on 11/15/2010 8:12:24 PM PST by mojitojoe (In it’s 1600 years of existence, Islam has 2 main accomplishments, psychotic violence and goat curr)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

Is Wookie going? She would love to shop, but she might have to face Mrs. Sarkozy and that wouldn’t be fun.


30 posted on 11/15/2010 8:13:47 PM PST by mojitojoe (In it’s 1600 years of existence, Islam has 2 main accomplishments, psychotic violence and goat curr)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

Excerpt from the article:

The EU summit was originally scheduled for May in Madrid, but it was called off after Obama decided not to go. U.S. officials said it would have been little more than a photo-op.

Then the euro zone debt crisis erupted, with the near-collapse of Greece’s sovereign debt market and a spillover effect on U.S. financial markets and the economy.

That sent officials scrambling to reschedule the summit, which now is sure to discuss Ireland’s emerging debt woes.

Obama said last week at the G20 that he had developed “genuine friendship” with some foreign leaders, including Merkel. But European diplomats demurred, saying he had mostly forged working relationships, not close personal bonds.

Born in Hawaii and raised partly in Indonesia, Obama — who lacks the instinctive European focus of his predecessors — has declared he wants to be America’s first “Pacific president.” Europeans may be wondering where that leaves the Atlantic.


31 posted on 11/15/2010 8:17:14 PM PST by mojitojoe (In it’s 1600 years of existence, Islam has 2 main accomplishments, psychotic violence and goat curr)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

Traveling again? I wonder how many billion he’s going to drop this time!


32 posted on 11/15/2010 8:18:56 PM PST by vigilante2 (Reelect Nobody)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

The EU summit was originally scheduled for May in Madrid, but it was called off after Obama decided not to go. U.S. officials said it would have been little more than a photo-op.
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last time I checked, thats the only thing he will show up for.


34 posted on 11/15/2010 8:28:36 PM PST by When do we get liberated? (A socialist is a communist who realizes he must suck at the tit of Capitalism.)
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To: mojitojoe
Well, then again there is this famous picture...


35 posted on 11/15/2010 8:29:32 PM PST by Screaming_Gerbil (Life is God's gift to you. The way you live your life is your gift to God. Make it a fantastic one.)
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To: mojitojoe
I don’t think he can stay around DC. I think he is in melt down mode and they are doing everything they can to keep it from happening...

I think you are right...

36 posted on 11/15/2010 8:31:20 PM PST by Screaming_Gerbil (Life is God's gift to you. The way you live your life is your gift to God. Make it a fantastic one.)
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To: Screaming_Gerbil

Oh please...... don’t be fooled by those 2 photos taken a long time ago:

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-bloggers/2590512/posts


37 posted on 11/15/2010 8:34:36 PM PST by mojitojoe (In it’s 1600 years of existence, Islam has 2 main accomplishments, psychotic violence and goat curr)
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To: Screaming_Gerbil

Indeed and lots has happened since those early photos were taken.


38 posted on 11/15/2010 8:36:55 PM PST by mojitojoe (In it’s 1600 years of existence, Islam has 2 main accomplishments, psychotic violence and goat curr)
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To: MulberryDraw

It’s normal for lame duck presidents to be usurping, lying, bisexual, (former?)cocaine using mental cases?

Do tell.


39 posted on 11/15/2010 8:42:23 PM PST by little jeremiah (Courage is not simply one of the virtues, but the form of every virtue at the testing point.CSLewis)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

Is whats-her-face going too?


40 posted on 11/15/2010 8:49:57 PM PST by bergmeid
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

By the time he’s out of office we will have to replace AF1 or at least have it fumigated. How many engines has he worn out so far?


41 posted on 11/15/2010 9:18:04 PM PST by A Strict Constructionist (Oligarchy...never vote for the Ivy League candidate.)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach
Oh posh what does he care Kal is back!!
http://blogs.abcnews.com/thenote/2010/11/kal-penn-kalpen-modi-white-house-harold-and-kumar.html
42 posted on 11/15/2010 9:25:49 PM PST by Polynikes (Haakkaa Paalle)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

sorry, we can’t afford your get out of the States for Thanksgiving trip. Please use ‘go to meeting’ and video conference it.


43 posted on 11/15/2010 9:31:59 PM PST by blueplum
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To: Screaming_Gerbil

Those are really nice pictures.


44 posted on 11/15/2010 10:27:46 PM PST by jackibutterfly
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach
His challenge is to reassure European partners that, despite political weakness at home and embarrassing setbacks abroad, he remains committed to better cooperation on issues ranging from the war in Afghanistan to the fight against trade protectionism.

Hardly... his challenge will be to convince Europe that a majority Islam population won't be as bad as feared by the greedy white people who currently run the place...

45 posted on 11/15/2010 10:51:34 PM PST by April Lexington (Study the Constitution so you know what they are taking away!)
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To: April Lexington
Post 46 self pulled by self moderator... I can't type what I'm thinking and still maintain any semblance of dignity on this forum...
46 posted on 11/15/2010 10:54:38 PM PST by April Lexington (Study the Constitution so you know what they are taking away!)
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To: Screaming_Gerbil
Wow! She really dressed down to meet the Wookie at its own level. Sigh... cute shoes, though...
47 posted on 11/15/2010 10:56:06 PM PST by April Lexington (Study the Constitution so you know what they are taking away!)
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To: April Lexington

That’s alright. Nothing much dignified gets typed around here after midnight anyhow.


48 posted on 11/15/2010 11:30:32 PM PST by Brucifer (Proud member of the Double Secret Reloading Underground.)
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To: mountn man
They don't give presents, and they can be rude when they are required to do so, as in the case of the gift to the Prime Minister of England, to name one.

But they are plenty generous when it comes to giving goodies to themselves..they are SOOO thoughtful and they don't hold back!

The truth is they are cheap a-holes...totally disgusting people and it shows in so many ways.

49 posted on 11/16/2010 12:32:24 AM PST by itssme
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To: FlingWingFlyer

President Tinkerbell will get to lick more ice cream cones


50 posted on 11/16/2010 12:35:26 AM PST by dennisw (- - - -He who does not economize will have to agonize - - - - - Confucius)
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