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Obama Open Mic Disses Qatar (Another friend under the bus)
politico ^ | 4/16/2011 | MATT NEGRIN & MJ LEE

Posted on 04/16/2011 5:42:25 PM PDT by milwguy

President Obama told reporters on Thursday that his meeting with Qatar's emir was cordial and useful, complete with banter about tickets for the 2022 World Cup.

But he struck a different tone later that night at a Democratic fundraiser in Chicago, saying Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani isn’t doing enough to promote democracy in his own country, even as the TV news network he sponsors promotes democracy to the entire region.

The diplomatic gaffe was the result of the same “open mic” problem widely reported Friday: Obama thought he was speaking in confidence to Democratic donors, but CBS News’s Mark Knoller was able to record an audio feed of the president’s remarks, which ranged from the brief mention of Qatar to Republican budget-cutting efforts.

Of Qatar’s emir, Obama said: “He is a big booster, big promoter of democracy all throughout the Middle East. Reform, reform, reform — you're seeing it on Al Jazeera." He continued: "Now, he himself is not reforming significantly. There's no big move towards democracy in Qatar.” The president noted that Qataris enjoy a very large per-capita income, which will "dampen a lot of conflict."

His candor was a departure from what he told reporters about the emir of Qatar earlier that day:

"I expressed to him my appreciation of the leadership that the Emir has shown when it comes to democracy in the Middle East and, in particular, the work that they have done in trying to promote a peaceful transition in Libya. ...

"And so, we've had discussions about how we can continue to promote democracy, human rights, increased freedom and reform throughout the Middle East."

In a gaggle with reporters on Air Force One Friday, at which point CBS News had only reported on the president’s comments about last week’s budget negotiations with Republicans, White House press secretary Jay Carney said what Obama said to donors on Thursday was the same thing he said in public, and that the president wasn’t embarrassed by what he said.


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: chicago; obama; qatar
POTUS IS A BUFFOON, and a dangerous one at that..
1 posted on 04/16/2011 5:42:30 PM PDT by milwguy
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To: milwguy

This is important stuff.

Bumpy road ahead. Gasoline will be dumped on the mideast fire next month and gasoline will be dumped on our fire here at home. Obama and lots of like minded folks are pushing for a global revolution.


2 posted on 04/16/2011 5:50:02 PM PDT by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin! (look it up))
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To: milwguy

I would not expect a buffoon to be so utterly consistent about alienating out allies and empowering our enemies.


3 posted on 04/16/2011 5:50:42 PM PDT by null and void (We are now in day 814 of our national holiday from reality. - That 3 AM phone call? Voicemail...)
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To: milwguy
3-2-1 ... US troops or advisors kicked out of Qatar. Only a matter of time.

Code Pink and Ron Paul would be proud.

What a doofus!

Sick John Bolton on this guy in the 2012 race.

4 posted on 04/16/2011 5:51:34 PM PDT by AmericanInTokyo (I LOVE the harrassment of Obama and his White House by pitbull Donald Trump. Get out the popcorn!)
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To: milwguy

0bama is not a buffoon. 0bama is an evil man with an agenda.
As long as the United States is strong and soverign, the New World Order/One World Government cannot come about.


5 posted on 04/16/2011 5:56:01 PM PDT by unkus
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To: milwguy

The mahogany Stalin would not recognize democracy if it bit him in the ass. And, it will in ‘12!


6 posted on 04/16/2011 5:57:56 PM PDT by depressed in 06 (Hope and change is share the poverty.)
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To: milwguy

Zer0 has his head where the sun don’t shine. This isn’t the first and it sure won’t be the last time he’s ticked off allies.


7 posted on 04/16/2011 5:58:02 PM PDT by jazusamo (His [Obama's] political base---the young, the left and the thoughtless: Thomas Sowell)
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To: cripplecreek; milwguy

Qatar was actually one of the most US-positive, market economy-oriented places in the ME...obviously, they had a way to go, but they were working on it.

But that’s not the type of “change” Obama wants in the ME. What he wants is the Islamic theocratic dictatorship as a political system, and Marxist collectivism as an economic system.

Obama, mentally, is a flyweight...no, maybe that should be fleaweight. He’s dumb as the day is long, he’s a sociopath, he’s amoral, but he has found the simple keys to dominance...and he is thus exactly like any other raving dictator from primitive times to the times of Hitler and Stalin and even Pol Pot.

There are people behind him who are smarter than he is, but the fact is that without him, they would be nothing. They have found the perfect rabble-rousing psychopathic vehicle.


8 posted on 04/16/2011 5:58:58 PM PDT by livius
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To: depressed in 06

“The mahogany Stalin’’. I like that!


9 posted on 04/16/2011 6:01:08 PM PDT by jmacusa (Two wrongs don't make a right. But they can make it interesting.)
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To: milwguy

More stupidity from a very stupid man with an agenda.


10 posted on 04/16/2011 6:02:45 PM PDT by NWFLConservative
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To: milwguy
Obama's main efforts over the next 1.5 years will NOT be to run the country.

It will be to squeeze as much money as possible from Dem donors.

It will be fund-raiser after fund-raiser. Will the liberal MSM take up the cry they take when a Repub is in office "there's too much money in politics?"

Don't think so.

11 posted on 04/16/2011 6:08:06 PM PDT by Siena Dreaming
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To: FReepers
Is This You Too?

“I do so enjoy these money raising pleas. Too bad you kicked off so many patriots back in the day that criticizing the big spending Bush was a cardinal sin on the so called conservative free republic.

Nope, I will happily continue to freeload information from this site. If the lights go dark, well, so be it...”

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12 posted on 04/16/2011 6:10:13 PM PDT by DJ MacWoW (America! The wolves are at your door! How will you answer the knock?)
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To: milwguy

Bfl.


13 posted on 04/16/2011 6:11:01 PM PDT by GlockThe Vote (F U B O ! ! !)
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To: livius
But that’s not the type of “change” Obama wants in the ME. What he wants is the Islamic theocratic dictatorship as a political system, and Marxist collectivism as an economic system.

That's why I think the "open mic" is BS. That was deliberate.

14 posted on 04/16/2011 6:11:37 PM PDT by BerryDingle (I know how to deal with communists, I still wear their scars on my back from Hollywood-Ronald Reagan)
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To: jmacusa
Personally I think "Mr. Hankey" is a much more appropriate description.

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15 posted on 04/16/2011 6:12:11 PM PDT by NWFLConservative
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To: milwguy

Two open mic within a week or so? Are some of the sound engineers falling out of love with the “One”?


16 posted on 04/16/2011 6:14:14 PM PDT by skr (May God confound the enemy)
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To: cripplecreek; ExTexasRedhead; blackie; LucyT
Timing is everything!

Qatar eyes multimillion dollar hotel in Cuba

Qatar and Cuba on Wednesday launched a joint $75 million project to create a five-star resort on the Caribbean island, officials said.

Obama eases Cuba travel restrictions

"President Obama has directed that a series of steps be taken to reach out to the Cuban people to support their desire to enjoy basic human rights and to freely determine their country's future," White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs said.

17 posted on 04/16/2011 6:15:26 PM PDT by MamaDearest
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To: AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; ColdOne; Convert from ECUSA; Delacon; ...

Thanks milwguy.
...saying Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani isn't doing enough to promote democracy in his own country... Obama thought he was speaking in confidence to Democratic donors, but CBS News's Mark Knoller was able to record an audio feed of the president's remarks...
Well, after lots of ridicule from the partisan media shills, Knoller will be out of a job.


18 posted on 04/16/2011 6:17:57 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (Thanks Cincinna for this link -- http://www.friendsofitamar.org)
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To: Siena Dreaming
It will be to squeeze as much money as possible from Dem donors. It will be fund-raiser after fund-raiser.

Democrat "stash" amount unknown, but certainly substantial and growing with each Obama campaign stop.

19 posted on 04/16/2011 6:19:30 PM PDT by MamaDearest
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To: BerryDingle

I entirely agree. The “open mic” was probably staged by Bambi’s handlers, but he’s a petty, spiteful, devious person and this is exactly how he goes about things.


20 posted on 04/16/2011 6:20:42 PM PDT by livius
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To: MamaDearest
Dig deeply enough and I'll bet you'll find a wannabe Chicago connection to the proposed venture. If the powers that be in Qatar cut out Chicago, Obie cuts out Qatar.
21 posted on 04/16/2011 6:25:56 PM PDT by gov_bean_ counter (I am declaring 2011 to be the year of ME!)
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To: livius

How interesting that O believes a high per capita income is a good thing..........for others in other countries.

Not only is he a psychopathic liar, he’s a marxist to the core.


22 posted on 04/16/2011 6:46:23 PM PDT by Carley ( TYPICAL STREET THUG, NASTY BULLY, THAT'S OUR PRESIDENT.)
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To: milwguy

We all know how Reagan was treated for any off mike comments. The silence will of course be deafening here.


23 posted on 04/16/2011 6:47:22 PM PDT by HereInTheHeartland (Yes We Can, have smaller government)
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To: skr

24 posted on 04/16/2011 6:50:17 PM PDT by JoanneSD
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To: gov_bean_ counter
Dig deeply enough and I'll bet you'll find a wannabe Chicago connection to the proposed venture.

If it were found, it would be silenced / suppressed via government media. The level of corruption is unparalled. Worse yet, actions such as making rulings without the authority of congress and with judges who should have recused themselves from cases are blatant and non-challenged.

25 posted on 04/16/2011 6:59:32 PM PDT by MamaDearest
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To: livius
"But that’s not the type of “change” Obama wants in the ME. What he wants is the Islamic theocratic dictatorship as a political system, and Marxist collectivism as an economic system."

Well stated!

26 posted on 04/16/2011 7:21:56 PM PDT by StormEye
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To: Carley

...and he hates the US with a passion. We are and we stand for everything he despises: success, freedom, reason.


27 posted on 04/16/2011 7:58:34 PM PDT by livius
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To: skr

“...Are some of the sound engineers falling out
of love with the ‘One’?”

Hey, give the sound guys a break. They’re on loan
from Biden’s staff.


28 posted on 04/16/2011 8:28:45 PM PDT by Sivad (NorCal Red Turf)
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To: gov_bean_ counter
Dig deeply enough and I'll bet you'll find a wannabe Chicago connection to the proposed venture. If the powers that be in Qatar cut out Chicago, Obie cuts out Qatar.

Chicago connection located (Rezko):

Chicago Crescent: Rezko, Blago,CAIR, a million buckes and …Abraham Lincoln

Rezko even was trying to get the Emir of Qatar, Sheikh Hamad Bin Khalifa Al-Thani, to partner with him in one of his businesses! He was quoted in Springfield newspaper, last year saying, “I’m planning to get him to do business in Illinois,” Rezko said of the emir. After the Emir visited Springfield in May of last year.

29 posted on 04/16/2011 10:02:47 PM PDT by MamaDearest
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To: AmericanInTokyo

US allies have ALREADY been punted from Qatar over “airline access rights”. Don’t kid yourself, if Qatar is genuine in their “offended” status, the USA is not too much further down the list of “offensive regimes”, despite (or perhaps because of...) the TOTUS’ best efforts.


30 posted on 04/16/2011 10:48:08 PM PDT by Don W (You can forget what you do for a living when your knees are in the breeze.)
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To: MamaDearest

Great catch. Al Capone would be proud of this bunch.


31 posted on 04/17/2011 5:35:26 AM PDT by gov_bean_ counter (I am declaring 2011 to be the year of ME!)
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To: milwguy

His problem isn’t open mic, it’s open mouth.


32 posted on 04/17/2011 5:46:17 AM PDT by Rocky (REPEAL IT!)
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To: MamaDearest

Aye, 0bama is a big jerk!


33 posted on 04/17/2011 8:45:25 AM PDT by blackie (Be Well~Be Armed~Be Safe~Molon Labe!)
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