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Obama 'heartbroken' by Japan disasters, restates U.S. support (during "Education Month" photo op)
Los Angeles Times ^ | 3/14/11 | Michael A. Memoli

Posted on 03/14/2011 10:30:46 AM PDT by NormsRevenge

President Obama, "heartbroken" by the unfolding tragedy in Japan, reiterated Monday that the United States stood ready to support its ally in the aftermath of Friday’s devastating earthquake and tsunami.

"The United States will continue to offer any assistance we can as Japan continues to recover from multiple disasters," Obama said.

His remarks came at a Virginia middle school, the latest event in what the White House has called "Education Month." The president used Monday’s event to call on Congress to reauthorize "No Child Left Behind" before the start of the next school year.

"I want every child in the country to head back to school in the fall knowing that their education is America’s priority," he said. "Let’s seize this education moment."

At Kenmore Middle School in suburban Washington, Obama said that in the new global economy America needed not only to make sure no child was left behind but also to ensure that they got ahead.

Both parties widely agree that the 2002 law needs an overhaul. The nature of the changes, however, are the subject of considerable debate.

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


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; Front Page News; Government; Japan
KEYWORDS: 0badliver; bho44; bhoasia; disasters; fubo; golf; heartbroken; japan; japanearthquake; littlecreep; lyingpos; marxistliar; obama
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offers to send his personal golf coach, masseur, and private brewmaster.
1 posted on 03/14/2011 10:30:50 AM PDT by NormsRevenge
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To: NormsRevenge

Thats all well & good, but did he shoot par on Saturday?


2 posted on 03/14/2011 10:32:32 AM PDT by skeeter
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To: NormsRevenge

what heart?


3 posted on 03/14/2011 10:32:32 AM PDT by mom4melody
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To: NormsRevenge
Never let a crisis go to waste.
4 posted on 03/14/2011 10:33:16 AM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum ("If they bring a knife to the fight, we bring a gun." -- Barry Soetoro, June 11, 2008)
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To: NormsRevenge

This must mean that there is another high dollar vacation in the works.


5 posted on 03/14/2011 10:34:40 AM PDT by Howie66 (I can see November (2012) from my house.)
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To: NormsRevenge

...major damage control by Team Dumbo


6 posted on 03/14/2011 10:35:04 AM PDT by Doogle ((USAF.68-73..8th TFW Ubon Thailand..never store a threat you should have eliminated))
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To: NormsRevenge
"I want every child in the country to head back to school in the fall knowing that their education is America’s priority," he said. "Let’s seize this education moment."

Seize this, Bambi. A child's education is his or her parents' responsibility, not America's.

7 posted on 03/14/2011 10:37:02 AM PDT by andy58-in-nh (America does not need to be organized: it needs to be liberated.)
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To: NormsRevenge

obama will pray to allah for the Japanese while picking his March Madness brackets.


8 posted on 03/14/2011 10:37:26 AM PDT by Londo Molari
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To: NormsRevenge
Obama is bolstered by the ripple effects, like energy restrictions, economic problems, commodity shortages that will hit the USA because of all this.
9 posted on 03/14/2011 10:37:26 AM PDT by oyez (The difference in genius and stupidity is that genius has limits.)
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To: mom4melody
"Broken hearted" =
10 posted on 03/14/2011 10:38:47 AM PDT by BenLurkin (This post is not a statement of fact. It is merely a personal opinion -- or humor -- or both)
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To: Howie66
This must mean that there is another high dollar vacation in the works.

I suggest somewhere on the Pacific Rim.

11 posted on 03/14/2011 10:39:19 AM PDT by andy58-in-nh (America does not need to be organized: it needs to be liberated.)
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To: NormsRevenge


Not concerned enough to interrupt his golf game...
12 posted on 03/14/2011 10:41:29 AM PDT by Kozak ("It's not an Election it's a Restraining Order" .....PJ O'Rourke)
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To: skeeter

Thats all well & good, but did he shoot par on Saturday?

What did you do Saturday? I guess I should feel bad as I did not stop my life due to Japan. I mean come on. We are getting worse than the blame Bush group who did this for eight years. I mean what the heck do you want him to do. I wonder if the Japanese Prime Minister stopped his life when New Orleans had their hurricane. It is bad enough that Obama is spending our money sending the carrier Ronald Reagan over to Japan which we cannot afford.


13 posted on 03/14/2011 10:43:56 AM PDT by napscoordinator
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To: NormsRevenge

Obama golfs when he’s “heartbroken”.


14 posted on 03/14/2011 10:44:07 AM PDT by Retired Greyhound
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To: Kozak

I had no idea that President Obama was Prime Minister of Japan. You guys are ridiculous.


15 posted on 03/14/2011 10:44:47 AM PDT by napscoordinator
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To: NormsRevenge
Didn't Zer0 say that he was "standing by" the Iranian protesters and the Lybian protesters???

If he "stands by" the Japanese in the same way...

...they are toast...

When president Zer0 says he is "standing by" someone, maybe that someone should take it as a threat?

16 posted on 03/14/2011 10:46:51 AM PDT by B.O. Plenty (Give war a chance...)
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To: NormsRevenge

“President Obama, “heartbroken”.

Objection: Assumes a fact not in evidence.


17 posted on 03/14/2011 10:47:12 AM PDT by Gator113 (I'll be voting for Sarah Palin, Liberty, our Constitution and American Exceptionalism.)
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To: andy58-in-nh
Yea well I guess he forgot about this.

Link to NEA General Counsel

18 posted on 03/14/2011 10:47:45 AM PDT by MsLady (Be the kind of woman that when you get up in the morning, the devil says, "Oh crap, she's UP !!")
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To: NormsRevenge
Since you're obviously not using him now can I have your sushi chef?"


19 posted on 03/14/2011 10:48:02 AM PDT by COUNTrecount (Barry...above his poi grade.)
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To: Kozak

Zero has his Jazz hands on.


20 posted on 03/14/2011 10:48:12 AM PDT by duckman (My Grandma Isn't Shovel Ready!)
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To: Howie66
Nah, he'll probably just do a flyover on his way to China to service....er...I mean....meet with Hu.
21 posted on 03/14/2011 10:49:18 AM PDT by liberalh8ter
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To: napscoordinator
I mean what the heck do you want him to do.

Well, I thought he was president of the US and thought maybe he should act like it.

I can see now that would be silly.

22 posted on 03/14/2011 10:51:37 AM PDT by skeeter
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To: NormsRevenge

Oh I’m SOOOOO broken hearted!... My heart is bleeding!... now pass me that 9 iron.


23 posted on 03/14/2011 10:51:45 AM PDT by Safrguns
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To: NormsRevenge
"heartbroken"

I guess that's why he waited three days to say anything, and didn't see fit to mention this cataclysm in his Saturday radio address.

Someone must have told him how hard we the people were beating him up over the weekend for his utter lack of human empathy.

24 posted on 03/14/2011 10:53:07 AM PDT by EternalVigilance (The whole earth may move, but God's throne is never shaken. I think I'll stand by Him...)
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To: NormsRevenge

25 posted on 03/14/2011 10:53:37 AM PDT by maggief
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To: skeeter

He is. Hopefully if we have another New Orleans or California earthquake that is a disaster he won’t take a week to speak on it. He has already said he was saddened about the tragedy in Japan and sending our resources to Japan. Hopefully he won’t do anymore. Of course, Japan just asked us for some help so I guess we will be sending more soon.....can you say 16 trillion in debt any minute. How do you suppose we are going to pay Japan? With what? I thought we were broke. We can’t be broke one day and then give away money the next. Conservatives anyone????


26 posted on 03/14/2011 10:54:49 AM PDT by napscoordinator
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To: MsLady
It's so rare to see a Progressive actually drop the mask and momentarily stop pretending to care about whatever it is they pretend to care about while seeking unlimited power and unearned wealth.

That speech reminds of an incident that took place many years earlier. When Albert Shanker, the former head of the American Federation of Teachers was asked about where the interests of school children ranked among his priorities, he responded: "When school children start paying union dues, that’s when I’ll start representing the interests of school children."

27 posted on 03/14/2011 10:56:29 AM PDT by andy58-in-nh (America does not need to be organized: it needs to be liberated.)
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To: NormsRevenge

Didn’t stop him from enjoying a round of golf on Saturday.


28 posted on 03/14/2011 11:00:30 AM PDT by Starboard
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To: napscoordinator
Look, I'm talking about appearances, you're carrying on about something entirely different.

The president is largely symbolic & has a bully pulpit. When he says he's 'heartbroken' I expect him to be at least believable. He makes a fool out of ALL of us when he doesn't.

Bush, whom I did not care much for, gave up golfing while soldiers were dying in Iraq because of appearances. I respect that.

29 posted on 03/14/2011 11:00:47 AM PDT by skeeter
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To: NormsRevenge

U.S. President Barack Obama signs a screen showing Duke Ellington during a visit to Kenmore Middle School in Arlington, Virginia March 14, 2011. Obama wrote, "It don't mean a thing if it ain't got that swing!"', a reference to a Duke Ellington composition. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque


30 posted on 03/14/2011 11:01:23 AM PDT by maggief
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To: Doogle
Yeah he slips it in on his education propaganda teleprompted speech how mulatto of him.
31 posted on 03/14/2011 11:01:23 AM PDT by Dubya-M-DeesWent2SyriaStupid! (Obama:If They Bring a Knife to the Fight, We Bring a Gun (the REAL Arizona instigator))
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To: maggief

As it is I have the stomach flu... you can’t make that crap up! Does the SOB asswipe think he is funny or charming?


32 posted on 03/14/2011 11:03:02 AM PDT by Dubya-M-DeesWent2SyriaStupid! (Obama:If They Bring a Knife to the Fight, We Bring a Gun (the REAL Arizona instigator))
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To: Dubya-M-DeesWent2SyriaStupid!
"It don't mean a thing if it ain't got that swing!"

REUTERS

(Feel better!)

33 posted on 03/14/2011 11:07:18 AM PDT by maggief
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To: maggief
We all knew he would do this. I predicted it.

But somehow I was hoping he would shuthefreakup today as I am sick already.


34 posted on 03/14/2011 11:12:52 AM PDT by Dubya-M-DeesWent2SyriaStupid! (Obama:If They Bring a Knife to the Fight, We Bring a Gun (the REAL Arizona instigator))
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To: Howie66
This must mean that there is another high dollar vacation in the works.

Obama and family will take another vaca when the girls get spring break from school. You heard it hear first.

35 posted on 03/14/2011 11:15:52 AM PDT by sportutegrl
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To: sportutegrl

Friday the first Fam plus entourage are leaving for a well deserved vacation in Brazil. Golf can be soooo tiring doncha know.


36 posted on 03/14/2011 11:22:32 AM PDT by Covenantor ("Men are ruled...by liars who refuse them news, and by fools who cannot govern." Chesterton)
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To: NormsRevenge

If he had a heart; might be believable. But. . .we know better. Not a chance. he really should try and practice ‘sincerety mode’. Empty, empty words. . .


37 posted on 03/14/2011 11:39:53 AM PDT by cricket (Osama - NOT made in the USA. . . .and Obama, not made in the USA either.. .)
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To: napscoordinator

No. . but making the statement that you’re “heartbroken” rather than some less dramatic statement would require you to ACT LIKE IT! He comes across as a hypocrite with the dramatics.


38 posted on 03/14/2011 11:40:05 AM PDT by Twinkie ( PEACE)
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To: napscoordinator
It seems you need a little primer on how nations treat each other. Nations that are allies and support each other do little things like care about what happens to each other. If you want to be totally mercenary about it we should care about a possible nuclear problem that has the potential to cause harm to the U.S. I expect the President to pay attention to things like that rather than worry about his gold game. The Presidency is not a 9-5 job. Under Obama it is more like a 9-10:30 job two or three days a week when he is not on vacation. What is ridiculous about wanting the President to do his job?
39 posted on 03/14/2011 11:57:49 AM PDT by prof.h.mandingo
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To: NormsRevenge
Beat me to it.

Obama: "I am so heartbroken about Japan"

Caddy: "Here's your 5-iron, Mr. President"

Obama: "Thanks, FORE!"< swip >"Get on the green you...!"< turns >"Really, I'm very upset".

40 posted on 03/14/2011 12:00:11 PM PDT by LoneStarGI (Vegetarian: Old Indian word for "BAD HUNTER.")
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To: prof.h.mandingo

What specifically are you suggesting would be appropriate or “his job”? He should curl into the fetal position and weep until it’s all cleaned up? I detest the man but I don’t understand what people would expect as “presidential” in this case, a natural disaster in a foreign country...


41 posted on 03/14/2011 1:12:13 PM PDT by RDAardvark (impeach the long-legged mack daddy!)
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I expect the President to pay attention to things like that rather than worry about his gold game.

Gold game????? I suspect you are trying to say golf game.


42 posted on 03/14/2011 1:17:13 PM PDT by napscoordinator
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To: sportutegrl

:-)


43 posted on 03/14/2011 1:17:23 PM PDT by Howie66 (I can see November (2012) from my house.)
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To: napscoordinator

“We are getting worse than the blame Bush group who did this for eight years.”

Bush eventually stopped playing golf during his administration, saying he didn’t think it’s right when soldiers are dying for their CIC to be seen playing golf.

Obama, on the other hand, is Nero with a golf club.


44 posted on 03/14/2011 1:28:16 PM PDT by drierice (Barry is our Sputnik Moment)
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To: drierice

He quit in 2003. He took up biking to clear his mind. I hope that Obama does not do that. Can you imagine the pictures in the paper and internet over that.


45 posted on 03/14/2011 1:36:10 PM PDT by napscoordinator
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To: RDAardvark

No smart ass. Did you read my post? There is a possible danger to our country besides showing some measure of concern to an ally. Get off your lazy ass, quite golfing and partying and at least “act” like you know what you are doing. No reports of any briefings etc. on possible problems we may face. Sometimes a President has to act like a President. There is style and substance. Presidents need to know how to do both.


46 posted on 03/14/2011 4:06:47 PM PDT by prof.h.mandingo
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To: napscoordinator

Oh yeah. He has MUCH more important things to deal with, the “March Madness” brackets. You and Zero are the ridiculous ones.


47 posted on 03/16/2011 5:52:02 AM PDT by Kozak ("It's not an Election it's a Restraining Order" .....PJ O'Rourke)
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To: NormsRevenge
"I want every child in the country to head back to school in the fall knowing that their education is America’s priority," he said. "Let’s seize this education moment."

Why didn't he seize the "education moment" when he got elected.... Oh right, he was busy cramming socialized medicine down our throats.

48 posted on 03/16/2011 5:54:07 AM PDT by jersey117
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To: napscoordinator

The one small thing he could have done was exhibit a bit of decorum. Out of respect, he should not have gone golfing in the immediate aftermath of the devastation. I mean... it just looks bad.


49 posted on 03/16/2011 5:57:15 AM PDT by jersey117
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To: NormsRevenge

That’s nice.

Why don’t we have C-17s, C-5s, C-141s and C-130s flying a bridge between here and Japan? Every bit of emergency supplies we’re not currently using should be getting loaded and flown in.

Japan is our ally, and modern, not some little cesspit. If we can pony up for Haiti, we need to do a lot more for Japan. Don’t worry about the cost; they’re good for it.


50 posted on 03/16/2011 5:58:04 AM PDT by Little Ray (The Gods of the Copybook Heading, with terror and slaughter return!)
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