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Obama campaign: The President doesn’t need to meet with foreign leaders - because he has a phone
Red Alert Politics ^ | 9-23-2012 | Francesca Chambers

Posted on 09/23/2012 11:02:24 AM PDT by smoothsailing

September 23, 2012

Obama campaign adviser: The President doesn’t need to meet with foreign leaders face-to-face because he has a phone

Francesca Chambers

Obama campaign adviser and former White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs defended President Barack Obama’s decision to not to meet with Israeli President Benjamin Netanyahu or any other world leaders during their upcoming visits to the United States for the United Nations general assembly meeting, saying that the United States President doesn’t need to meet face-to-face with foreign leaders – phone calls are sufficient.

Gibbs made the comments on Fox News Sunday in response to criticisms from host Chris Wallace that the President was making time in his schedule for “The View” and “The View” host Whoppi Goldberg during the trip to New York, but not for foreign leaders.

“Chris, they have telephones in the White House.” Gibbs said, adding that since the September 11 strikes on US embassies in Libya and Egypt President Obama has spoken on the phone with both the Libyan and Egyptian Presidents. “We don’t need a meeting in Washington just to confer with leaders.”

He tried to turn the tables on Wallace, saying that if Obama was doing an interview with him instead of the ladies of “The View,” Wallace would “probably have no problem with that.” (Wallace used that opportunity to point out that the President hasn’t even done an interview with him, “but that’s not the point.”)

The former Obama administration official said that he has “no problem” with the President’s decision not to meet with foreign leaders in lieu of appearing on “The View” because he will still be “actively involved” in the conference.

By actively involved, Gibbs means the President will merely be giving a speech during the international affair, Wallace pointed out.

Gibbs explained that even though the President himself would not be meeting with world leaders, other qualified administration officials would be taking meetings on his behalf.

“Well, look Chris, I think that we have schedules, leaders have schedules, and in many cases those schedules aren’t going to overlap,” Gibbs claimed. “But understand that Ambassador Rice will be seeing many people and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will be seeing people.”

He also tried to put the incident in a broader context, saying that,”This isn’t just about one meeting on one particular day in New York. The President’s actively involved and engaged in the most dangerous place in the world every single day of the week.”

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Francesca Chambers About Francesca Chambers

Francesca is the Editor of Red Alert Politics - an online publication written by and for young conservatives. Red Alert Politics is a product of Clarity Media Group, the parent company of The Washington Examiner and The Weekly Standard. She is also a contributor to The Examiner's Campaign 2012 coverage and its Beltway Confidential Blog

Francesca is a veteran of several political campaigns. She has also worked in new media at The Leadership Institute, at the Republican National Committee and on Capitol Hill. She has been featured as a speaker at Leadership Institute and the Cato Institute and she is a regular guest on the "Big Picture" with Thom Hartmann on Russia Today and on "Powers to the People" with Tony Powers on S.C. FOX affiliate WNRR.

Francesca graduated from the University of Kansas with BAs in Political Science and Journalism. At KU she was an editor of the University Daily Kansan and an active member of Student Senate.


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1 posted on 09/23/2012 11:02:27 AM PDT by smoothsailing
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To: smoothsailing
So that means he doesn't need to raise re- election campaign funds because he has a phone ?

Or ? it proves he's a real manly kind of man because he has a phone ?
2 posted on 09/23/2012 11:05:17 AM PDT by American Constitutionalist (The fool has said in his heart, " there is no GOD " ..)
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To: smoothsailing; The Looking Spoon; John Semmens

That is the funniest satire I have seen in a while.... wait, it IS satire right??


3 posted on 09/23/2012 11:05:17 AM PDT by GeronL (The Right to Life came before the Right to Pursue Happiness)
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To: smoothsailing

Rock Chalk Jayhawk. Glad to see a good conservative writer coming out of the Daily UDK.


4 posted on 09/23/2012 11:06:35 AM PDT by ncfool (OMG 2012)
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To: smoothsailing

Aren’t we lucky to have this moron.


5 posted on 09/23/2012 11:07:04 AM PDT by boomop1 (term limits will only save this country.)
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To: smoothsailing

Bibi now knows when his phone don’t ring he knows its Obama.


6 posted on 09/23/2012 11:08:36 AM PDT by AU72
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To: smoothsailing
TOP TEN THINGS YOU DON'T NEED TO DO BECAUSE YOU HAVE A PHONE..

1. # You don't need to be a real world leader or meet with world leaders because you can call them on a phone.
2. # Being a President of the United States, so all he has to do is look official in the Oval Office on the phone.
7 posted on 09/23/2012 11:09:10 AM PDT by American Constitutionalist (The fool has said in his heart, " there is no GOD " ..)
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To: GeronL

Sadly, it’s not satire we are really living in this real hell the Democrats created for us.


8 posted on 09/23/2012 11:10:19 AM PDT by American Constitutionalist (The fool has said in his heart, " there is no GOD " ..)
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To: smoothsailing

"Uhhhh, President Morsi? ... Hullo? ... Damn, first that iPhone, now this!"

9 posted on 09/23/2012 11:11:30 AM PDT by mikrofon (Phone-y)
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To: American Constitutionalist

He can stay in the white house and not fly all over the nation at taxpayers expense campaigning as he can tweet or phone his supporters.


10 posted on 09/23/2012 11:12:17 AM PDT by YukonGreen
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To: smoothsailing
Gibbs explained that even though the President himself would not be meeting with world leaders,

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Ummm-Hmmmm....

BaghBoy Bob_1

11 posted on 09/23/2012 11:14:12 AM PDT by Wings-n-Wind (The main things are the plain things!)
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To: smoothsailing
What an arrogant, narcissistic Donkey's behind this Kenyan, Muslim, Marxist is. Obamination just keeps getting better and better.
12 posted on 09/23/2012 11:14:34 AM PDT by MasterGunner01
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To: American Constitutionalist
look official in the Oval Office on the phone. ...

On the Oval phone, shoes on the Oval desk.


13 posted on 09/23/2012 11:15:58 AM PDT by C210N ("ask not what the candidate can do for you, ask what you can do for the candidate" (Breitbart, 2012))
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To: GeronL

What’s the plastic vile on his desk for ? Walmart drug test kit ?


14 posted on 09/23/2012 11:16:24 AM PDT by American Constitutionalist
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To: smoothsailing

Where’s that pic of home brandishing a baseball bat while on the phone in the Oval Office?


15 posted on 09/23/2012 11:18:12 AM PDT by ctdonath2 ($1 meals: http://abuckaplate.blogspot.com)
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To: Wings-n-Wind

LOL!


16 posted on 09/23/2012 11:18:24 AM PDT by smoothsailing
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To: American Constitutionalist

>>>So that means he doesn’t need to raise re- election campaign funds because he has a phone ?>>>

A very good juxtaposition of his spokesperson’s words. I agree.


17 posted on 09/23/2012 11:18:54 AM PDT by kitkat
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To: C210N
It's the Muslim/Middle East sign of disrespect.


18 posted on 09/23/2012 11:18:54 AM PDT by American Constitutionalist
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To: smoothsailing

19 posted on 09/23/2012 11:19:22 AM PDT by Libloather (The epitome of civility.)
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To: smoothsailing; All
"Obama campaign adviser:
The President doesn’t need to meet
with foreign leaders face-to-face
because he has a phone"


20 posted on 09/23/2012 11:22:01 AM PDT by musicman (Until I see the REAL Long Form Vault BC, he's just "PRES__ENT" Obama = Without "ID")
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To: smoothsailing

Maybe Netanyahu should just watch the Spew, since butt boy gets so many tough questions on that show.


21 posted on 09/23/2012 11:27:20 AM PDT by Arrowhead1952 ("It's better to vote for a Republican you don't know than wind up with a dim you don't like".)
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To: smoothsailing

These idiots are TEENAGERS!!!!

EVERYTHING they do - is JUST how selfish, self-serving, irresponsible teenagers behave.


22 posted on 09/23/2012 11:39:04 AM PDT by joethedrummer
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To: GeronL

Obama to Nentenyahu: “If The Phone Don’t Ring, It’s Me Not Calling You Up”.


23 posted on 09/23/2012 11:42:54 AM PDT by smoothsailing
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To: smoothsailing; American Constitutionalist

Even with Obama, I certainly wish this was parody.

How can a President do absolutely EVERYTHING so backwards??


24 posted on 09/23/2012 11:52:14 AM PDT by GeronL (The Right to Life came before the Right to Pursue Happiness)
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To: smoothsailing

so we have an empty chair with a teleprompter and now we need a phone next to the empty chair?


25 posted on 09/23/2012 11:56:10 AM PDT by plain talk
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To: smoothsailing
I'd love to see a commercial about the financial "collapse" back in 2007, when all the important leaders rushed to Wash. DC, and bammey said he didn't need to go because they could "call" him....

come on Romney....don't pull a Mccain on us...CAMPAIGN HARD!

26 posted on 09/23/2012 11:58:11 AM PDT by cherry
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To: plain talk

Totus + Cotus <= P-otus


27 posted on 09/23/2012 12:01:35 PM PDT by combat_boots (The Lion of Judah cometh. Hallelujah. Gloria Patri, Filio et Spiritui Sancto.)
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To: GeronL
How can a President do absolutely EVERYTHING so backwards??

I'm convinced that everything he does is by design.

28 posted on 09/23/2012 12:05:40 PM PDT by smoothsailing
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To: smoothsailing

For a second I thought the headline read: “The president doesn’t need to meet with foreign leaders - because he is one.” :)


29 posted on 09/23/2012 12:07:23 PM PDT by Mr. Jeeves (CTRL-GALT-DELETE)
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To: combat_boots; plain talk
Empty Chair Of The United States = ECOTUS

ECOTUS1

30 posted on 09/23/2012 12:09:41 PM PDT by smoothsailing
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To: smoothsailing

He’s got that iPad for his daily briefings too. Maybe he and Shelly can just stay out at their new house in Hawaii after Christmas no matter how the election turns out.


31 posted on 09/23/2012 12:19:55 PM PDT by 9YearLurker
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To: C210N

Caption: "What do we do now Ms. Jarret?"

Obama: Do we want anchovies on the pizza?


Whoever is at the desk is running the show and its not Obummer. ;-)
32 posted on 09/23/2012 12:25:25 PM PDT by Tunehead54 (Nothing funny here ;-)
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To: smoothsailing

One of the first rules of success - if a meeting is important, do it f2f. Body language is 1/2 the communication.


33 posted on 09/23/2012 12:26:02 PM PDT by marsh2
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To: GeronL

White House pimp referral service for the Secret Service maybe ?


34 posted on 09/23/2012 12:27:53 PM PDT by American Constitutionalist
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To: smoothsailing



WH " Juan ? got any Columbia hookers for my Secret Service agents named Roxane maybe ?
Columbia : Juan " yes sir, but they are high priced "

WH " no problem Juan, I can bill the tax payers for it "...
35 posted on 09/23/2012 12:32:57 PM PDT by American Constitutionalist
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To: smoothsailing

And as soon as he can figure out how to use it...


36 posted on 09/23/2012 12:36:40 PM PDT by DPMD
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To: smoothsailing

And the same President can skip over half of his daily presidential briefings because he has an iPad.

It must be great to be such a genius.


37 posted on 09/23/2012 12:39:22 PM PDT by ProtectOurFreedom
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To: American Constitutionalist

That’s actually believable.


38 posted on 09/23/2012 12:50:10 PM PDT by smoothsailing
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To: American Constitutionalist

Well, the guy did want to meet the “Pimp with a limp”, and I bet he has met many pimps before it


39 posted on 09/23/2012 1:14:52 PM PDT by GeronL (The Right to Life came before the Right to Pursue Happiness)
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To: smoothsailing; GeronL
How can a President do absolutely EVERYTHING so backwards??

I'm convinced that everything he does is by design.

And a LOT of hard work!


40 posted on 09/23/2012 1:19:57 PM PDT by Talisker (One who commands, must obey.)
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To: 9YearLurker

“phone it in” -
Perform an act in a perfunctory, uncommitted fashion, as if it didn’t matter.


41 posted on 09/23/2012 1:26:04 PM PDT by smoothsailing
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To: Talisker

There is so much truth there!


42 posted on 09/23/2012 1:28:06 PM PDT by smoothsailing
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To: smoothsailing

Yep, that’s our president—when he isn’t hoping to fundamentally change our Constitution and deflate the position of America in the world.


43 posted on 09/23/2012 1:36:31 PM PDT by 9YearLurker
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To: smoothsailing

Yah, he can just text them.

Used to be, Presidents met with presidents, prime ministers, heads of state.

Obama meets with agitprop media whores. I feel that America is so embarrassed by this islamist communist jerk.


44 posted on 09/23/2012 1:38:51 PM PDT by FlyingEagle
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To: 9YearLurker

It’s all or nothing with Obama. He’s the all, we’re the nothing.


45 posted on 09/23/2012 1:44:40 PM PDT by smoothsailing
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To: smoothsailing

Oh please someone make a picture of an empty chair with a red phone sitting on it.


46 posted on 09/23/2012 2:08:37 PM PDT by Mike Darancette (Take two Aspirin and call me in November - Obama for Hindmost.)
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To: smoothsailing

Now put a red telephone on the chair.


47 posted on 09/23/2012 2:09:50 PM PDT by Mike Darancette (Take two Aspirin and call me in November - Obama for Hindmost.)
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To: Mike Darancette

Phone on Chair Rings.
Voice Over: “There’s a man on the phone”, what if that man has something important to say, Shouldn’t we talk to the man?

Remember “there is a bear in the woods”?


48 posted on 09/23/2012 2:18:05 PM PDT by Mike Darancette (Take two Aspirin and call me in November - Obama for Hindmost.)
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To: smoothsailing

I actually agree that the POTUS does not need to meet with foreign leaders except on very rare occasions. In fact, there is a whole litany of things the POTUS should not do, because it overloads their job with inefficiency and waste.

How about this for a list?

1) The State of the Union was given in writing from Thomas Jefferson to Woodrow Wilson. Today it wastes a huge amount of time and money to give a pathetic dog & pony show. Go back to giving it in writing.

2) The POTUS should delegate ceremonial and recreational activities, like throwing out baseballs. He should limit even military memorials to Memorial Day.

3) The most common reason to meet foreign leaders should be to sign treaties. The background to such treaties should be done in advance by functionaries of both governments.

4) The POTUS, by act of congress, should be forbidden from visiting disaster areas, or even flying over them at low altitude. All he can do there is get in the way, and he is *less* capable for helping there than he is back in his office.

5) The length of the presidential campaign should be limited by act of congress, so that the POTUS doesn’t have to spend the last year or more of his time in office campaigning.


49 posted on 09/23/2012 2:20:01 PM PDT by yefragetuwrabrumuy (DIY Bumper Sticker: "THREE TIMES,/ DEMOCRATS/ REJECTED GOD")
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To: smoothsailing

Fine, so let him call David Letterman,Joy Behar,Whoopie Goldberg and go Meet with BiBi in Person and Devise a Plan to annihilate the Muslim Horde!


50 posted on 09/23/2012 3:19:38 PM PDT by ballplayer
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