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Despite Obama charm, Americas summit boosts U.S. isolation
Reuters ^ | April 16, 2012 | By Brian Ellsworth

Posted on 04/16/2012 9:49:48 AM PDT by Oldeconomybuyer

President Barack Obama patiently sat through diatribes, interruptions and even the occasional eye-ball roll at the weekend Summit of the Americas in an effort to win over Latin American leaders fed up with U.S. policies.

He failed.

The United States instead emerged from the summit in Colombia increasingly isolated as nearly 30 regional heads of state refused to sign a joint declaration in protest against the continued exclusion of communist-led Cuba from the event.

The rare show of unity highlights the steady decline of Washington's influence in a region that has become less dependent on U.S. trade and investment thanks economic growth rates that are the envy of the developed world and new opportunities with China.

It also signals a further weakening of the already strained hemispheric system of diplomacy, built around the Organization of American States (OAS) which has struggled to remain relevant during a time of rapid change for its members.

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TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: election2012; failure; journalism; mediapac
"He failed".


1 posted on 04/16/2012 9:49:59 AM PDT by Oldeconomybuyer
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

Despite Obama charm — nice phrase.

Despite Obama charm — Chicago did not get the 2016 Olympics.

Despite Obama charm — partisanship in DC is at an all time high.

Despite Obama charm — non-black Americans who are attacked by thugs continue to shoot those “kids who were just about to turn their lives around”.

Despite Obama charm - The $4T in extra government fraud, waste, and abuse over the past three years only bought higher unemployment.

The only appropriate word for these surprises is — “unexpected”.

2 posted on 04/16/2012 9:55:33 AM PDT by Pollster1 (Can we afford as much government as welfare-addicted voters demand?)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

translation: So now you’re just an Evil Empire with a smiling black man in charge.

3 posted on 04/16/2012 10:01:44 AM PDT by Buckeye McFrog
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To: Buckeye McFrog

The bozo “listened politely” because he didn’t have a teleprompter and was thus rendered speechless.

4 posted on 04/16/2012 10:20:37 AM PDT by Walrus (Can a president be impeached for stupidity?)
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To: Walrus

Plus he probably knows less Spanish than I’ve learned from Sesame Street and from shopping at Lowes.

5 posted on 04/16/2012 10:35:55 AM PDT by Buckeye McFrog
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