Skip to comments.NBC’s Chuck Todd: It’s kind of odd that Obama won’t take any meetings with foreign leaders
Posted on 09/24/2012 10:35:31 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
He's right, and for a couple of reasons, not the least of which is the unrest in the Middle East. One would think that an American head of state would take advantage of a UN meeting to grab some quality time with leaders in the region and try to hammer out some support. Instead, Barack Obama will be on The View --- and the RNC is making sure everyone knows it:
NBCS CHUCK TODD: Meanwhile, today the president comes to New York for the United Nations General Assembly where he delivers his speech tomorrow but wont have a single one-on-one meeting with a world leader on his schedule. Not anybody. This is about a do-no-harm trip and his aides dont want any unexpected news. Republicans are already making hay of the president making time to tape the View today. He will also deliver a speech at the Clinton Global Initiative. Obama campaign senior advisor Robert Gibbs was pushed about this schedule on Fox News.
OBAMA CAMPAIGN ADVISOR ROBERT GIBBS: We have schedules. Leaders have schedules. In many cases those schedules arent going to overlap.
FOX NEWS CHRIS WALLACE: But he has time for Whoopi Goldberg but he doesnt have time for world leaders?
GIBBS: No, Chris look, the president is going to be actively involved at the U.N. General Assembly.
TODD: The White House also argues that Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice will hold meetings. But folks it is odd to have a president come to the United Nations and not have any bilaterals. Granted it is a campaign year, but still odd considering whats going on in the Middle East.”
First, kudos to Chuck Todd, who did better than his own network and most of the others in pointing out the problems Obama has on foreign policy. The Sunday talk shows all avoided the subject except for Fox, where Chris Wallace peppered Robert Gibbs on the issue. Just three weeks ago, Obama and the Democrats wanted to make foreign policy a central theme in the election, and the media was happy to cover that strategy … as long as it played well for the White House. Suddenly, we have a dead ambassador, a huge intel loss, and embassies on fire throughout the Muslim world, and all of a sudden the media wants to talk about the economy.
The decision to snub world leaders is even more curious, given the easy optics for Obama. Incumbent presidents have a tremendous prestige advantage in re-election campaigns, which only get enhanced by public têtes-aux-têtes with other heads of state. The fact that the White House is avoiding these opportunities tells you all you need to know about their confidence in foreign policy as a winning issue for Obama in this election now.
WHAT DOES WHOOPI (It's-not-rape-rape) GOLDBERG HAVE THAT NETANYAHU DOESN'T?
Kind of odd. Really!?
He’s the president of the US. Our ambassador and staff were murdered in the country in which they were serving. Last WEEK. ON Sept 11.
Chuck ought to try “outrageous” “dangerous” “grossly negligent” just to start.
Kind of odd. Unbelievable.
“Obama is a worthless, useless, incompetent joke - hoax prez”
Your comments are overly kind; he’s far worse than that, IMO.
Obama can’t say , “punches above their weight “ LOL ,so now he would nothing to say to and about foreign leaders
He doesn’t want to get caught with any more open mices professing he’ll have “more flexibility” after the elections. He’s sending those messages with bill and hillary.
That’s about as tough as The Ass Chuck Todd is ever going to be on His One.
I don’t think he wants to involve the US in anything that is happening, as he wants them all to have free reign to do their will and destroy Israel.
What would he possibly discuss with them? He just needs to watch the news to see the denouement of this plan.
He no longer needs to be an apostle of despotism - he merely needs to stay out of the way to let the dogs have their head.
He can meet with disciples. He can’t take a chance on anyone else. They might reveal him for who he is, a total clown, a very dangerous person, a nation ending turncoat.
Its kind of odd that Todd (odd Todd.. har har) is just now wondering about Obama...???
Wonder if odd Todd is curious about the horrible economy and lack of jobs under Obummer...?
Well, the press certaily isn’t going to hold him to doing his job.
This insecure little ass is afraid to face foreign leaders.
During a debate, Romney should totally step out of character and say, “For Christ’s sale, Barry, ya went on The View!! The View! The world is melting down, our ambassador was just tortured and murdered, and you’re goin’ on The View??? You’ve been on the job for 4 years, and you still don’t get it, do ya?”
GOES TO VEGAS, LATE SHOWS, THE VIEW
B/S my blood is boiling and he is doing this because th emedia lets him.
The pentagon etc staff should be telling him do something or they resign their position and go public.
We’ve become a laughing stock and weak around the world now, we get attacked and he goes to vegas!, he slept in during this attack , he gos ot late shows and the world is going mad.
An empty chair on the world stage.
Can anyone think of any foreign policy concessions he has won from another country? I can't. Even Honduras stood up to him. He doesn't want to go do anything international because he knows he has a high chance of failing.
There is nothing odd about it. Obama realizes that nothing good for him politically will come from a meeting with Natanyahu. He cannot control Netanyahu who will do whatever is necessary to protect his country. Netanyahu could go to the press and announce Obama said this or that or even release a transcript or tape. Therefore Obama will not only avoid Netanyahu during an election campaign but avoid all leaders to appear fair and even handed. Obama will simply not risk a faux paux despite the serious crisis in the Mideast that demands the engagement of the President. The UN has been rightly disparaged but it would seem if you have the leaders of the US, Israel and Iran in New York at the same time, this would be the time to at least attempt a diplomatic approach to this crisis. Its always the young people who die because of hubris.
The only thing odd Chuck U is you and all the clowns you hang around with continuing to pretend you are journalists.
Hey Chuckie! Why don’t you ask The Spokeskid.
“Stand up, Chuck.”
Nevermind. To stand up you’d have to remove your tongue from Ubama’s anus. And you won’t do that.
It's above his pay grade.
But seriously, he won't meet with them because he doesn't want to give Mitt yet more ammunition to throw at him in the debates...more direct quotes that he can't explain away, more bogus and uninformed diplomatic hi-jinks he cannot qualify...etc.
“O” is that uncertain and ignorant of what he needs to do as the leader of the free world, that he cannot meet with other leaders.. He knows that anything he says or does will be reported on, come back to haunt him in a debate and he has no idea what to say or do! He's afraid of his own shadow and does NOT want to be on the record AT ALL!
Another thread today contains an article about potential "complacency" among Americans.
If American citizens are so "complacent" that they don't see that a President who smoozes with super-wealthy celebrities, appears on Letterman and The View while the Middle East is burning him in effigy, along with the flag he represents, and millions of his citizens are suffering loss of pay checks and the resulting indignity of his failed policies, then perhaps they no longer represent an intelligent voting group.
While he chit-chats with wealthy Hollywood types, he disparages and punishes what he calls "rich" people who have earned their wealth either by "making" things or risking their own money in investments that enabled others to produce wealth. That is not a leader whose actions match his words and ideology.
Back in 2010, just before the November landslide vote for Republicans, hundreds of thousands of orderly and concerned citizens assembled in Washington, D. C. for what was called a "Restore Honor" demonstration of strength.
President Barack Obama stated: Its not surprising that someone . . . is able to stir up a certain portion of [the American people]. "
Hundreds of thousands of peaceable, well-informed, independently knowledgeable citizens of the United States voluntarily assemble themselves in their nation's capital because of their concern about the future of liberty in America, and their President views them as being "stir(red) up" by "someone"?
How arrogant and insulting!
Does Mr. Obama view them, as he must have viewed the thousands who attend his campaign rallies, as just ignorant puppets who can be yanked around by "someone" like himself or Glenn Beck?
What does this say about the honor and sincerity of the man who sought and holds the office of President of the United States?
Can anyone imagine any one of America's first four Presidents holding such a view of a peaceable assembly of 300-500,000 of his fellow citizens, as occurred in 2010?
Informed citizens are the bulwark of liberty for a nation, and they should be considered a treasure. Here are quotations from two Founders and former Presidents. Note the tone of those Presidents' comments regarding the need for the kinds of citizens who attended that 2010 Saturday event in Washington--citizens Mr. Obama discounted as merely "stirred up":
"I do not think it for the interest of the General Government itself, and still less of the Union at large, that the State governments should be so little respected as they have been. However, I dare say that in time all these as well as their central government, like the planets revolving round their common sun, acting and acted upon according to their respective weights and distances, will produce that beautiful equilibrium on which our Constitution is founded, and which I believe it will exhibit to the world in a degree of perfection, unexampled but in the planetary system itself. The enlightened statesman, therefore, will endeavor to preserve the weight and influence of every part, as too much given any member of it would destroy the general equilibrium." --Thomas Jefferson to Peregrine Fitzhugh, 1798. ME 10:3
"I know no safe depositary of the ultimate powers of the society but the people themselves; and if we think them not enlightened enough to exercise their control with a wholesome discretion, the remedy is not to take it from them, but to inform their discretion by education. This is the true corrective of abuses of constitutional power." --Thomas Jefferson to William C. Jarvis, 1820. ME 15:278
"If Caesar had been as virtuous as he was daring and sagacious, what could he, even in the plenitude of his usurped power, have done to lead his fellow citizens into good government?... If their people indeed had been, like ourselves, enlightened, peaceable, and really free, the answer would be obvious. 'Restore independence to all your foreign conquests, relieve Italy from the government of the rabble of Rome, consult it as a nation entitled to self-government, and do its will.' But steeped in corruption, vice and venality, as the whole nation was,... what could even Cicero, Cato, Brutus have done, had it been referred to them to establish a good government for their country?... No government can continue good but under the control of the people; and their people were so demoralized and depraved as to be incapable of exercising a wholesome control. Their reformation then was to be taken up ab incunabulis. Their minds were to be informed by education what is right and what wrong; to be encouraged in habits of virtue and deterred from those of vice by the dread of punishments proportioned, indeed, but irremissible; in all cases, to follow truth as the only safe guide, and to eschew error, which bewilders us in one false consequence after another in endless succession. These are the inculcations necessary to render the people a sure basis for the structure of order and good government. . . ." --Thomas Jefferson to John Adams, 1819. ME 15:233
"An enlightened people, and an energetic public opinion... will control and enchain the aristocratic spirit of the government." --Thomas Jefferson to Chevalier de Ouis, 1814. ME 14:130
"I know no safe depositary of the ultimate powers of the society but the people themselves; and if we think them not enlightened enough to exercise their control with a wholesome discretion, the remedy is not to take it from them, but to inform their discretion by education. This is the true corrective of abuses of constitutional power." --Thomas Jefferson to William C. Jarvis, 1820.
"Every government degenerates when trusted to the rulers of the people alone. The people themselves, therefore, are its only safe depositories. And to render even them safe, their minds must be improved to a certain degree." --Thomas Jefferson: Notes on Virginia, 1782.
"Educate and inform the whole mass of the people. Enable them to see that it is their interest to preserve peace and order, and they will preserve them. And it requires no very high degree of education to convince them of this. They are the only sure reliance for the preservation of our liberty." --Thomas Jefferson to James Madison, 1787.
"Whenever the people are well-informed, they can be trusted with their own government." --Thomas Jefferson to Richard Price, 1789.
"Whenever things get so far wrong as to attract their notice, the people, if well informed, may be relied on to set them to rights." --Thomas Jefferson to Richard Price, 1789.
"Although all men are born free, and all nations might be so, yet too true it is, that slavery has been the general lot of the human race. Ignorant they have been cheated; asleep they have been surprised; divided the yoke has been forced upon them. But what is the lesson?... The people ought to be enlightened, to be awakened, to be united, that after establishing a government they should watch over it." - James Madison
"A well-instructed people alone can be permanently a free people." - James Madison
"I believe there are more instances of the abridgement of freedom of the people by gradual and silent encroachments by those in power than by violent and sudden usurpations." - James Madison
"To suppose that any form of government will secure liberty or happiness without any virtue in the people, is a chimerical idea." - James Madison
Foreign leaders will not bow down and worship. Neither will they swoon in ecstacy. So Zero will not get the visuals the campaign wants, not to mention the risk that someone might ask an unscripted question, or offer an irreverent observation.
Romney should see if he can meet with some of the world leaders. As long as they’re not Islamic or French.
Or the risk that he's seen bowing to his Muslim masters again.
BUT HE HAS TIME FOR “THE VIEW” AND DAVID LETTERMAN.
WHAT DOES WHOOPI (It’s-not-rape-rape) GOLDBERG HAVE THAT NETANYAHU DOESN’T?
Viewers that sit at home, don’t work and watch the bigoted, potty-mouthed Whoopi and vote the way she does.
A syphallus damaged brain.
It’s also kind of odd that a majority of the electorate in 2008 voted for a guy as POTUS who had no distinguishable achievement in life other than being half black, clean and articulate.
Maybe he knows he’s on the way out and figures it would be a waste of time?
So we know the Arab leaders are going to tear down 0bama and America. Heck 0bama is burning in effigy in France, no?
But...what if Europe and Israel go after him too?
It is like he is trying to avoid the Principal's Office. I wonder, I really wonder if the world is going to let him get-a-way so easily?
The reason 0bama will not meet with foreign leaders, hmmmm.. Oh, I know! This is his way of voting ‘present’. He’s afraid of bad press coming from such a meeting.. or a gaffe.. He’s playing it safe. No meeting, no risk of hurting his re-election chances. Sound ridiculous but that’s 0bama; ALL POLITICAL, ALL THE TIME. EVERY DECISION IS BASED ON IT’S POLITICAL VALUE or HOW IT PLAYS TO HIS BASE. Nothing is done based on whether or not it’s good or right for America.
It would be comical if it weren't so tragic.
Todd evidently has briefly mustered every ounce of his keen powers of observation and his powerful critical thinking skills, and finally at this late date has begun to suspect that something is not right, and that all is not going as well as he has been led to believe by 'the cool kids', but he hasn't quite figured it all out. No doubt he will let this momentary lapse dissipate and go back to enthusiastically touting the Party line before any more nagging doubts can surface.
By the time that he eventually figures out what most of the smart folks have known for years, that Obama is an incompetent-but-evil, America-hating Marxist whose agenda is to destroy the country, President Romney will have already started campaigning for re-election.
Not sure whether it's better to invest in booze futures or anti-depressant manufacturers - there will be a reckoning, and it will be harsh for a lot of clueless Obama toadies like Chuck Todd.
I don't know...ask Ted Danson. Tits maybe?
Who wants a lecture from a dope-smoking dope?
During a debate, Romney should totally step out of character and say, For Christs sale, Barry, ya went on The View!! The View! The world is melting down, our ambassador was just tortured and murdered, and youre goin on The View??? Youve been on the job for 4 years, and you still dont get it, do ya?
Not “a” debate, but the FIRST debate. After the first one, not as many people will watch. He needs to come out blazing. With all the material he has, with which to destroy Obama, if Romney doesn’t just absolutely smoke him, he needs his rear end kicked.
NOT ALL...repeat, not all, but a lot of the people who don’t work and sit at home all day are losers, lazy and looney. They might watch “The View” but they don’t vote.
Don’t forget Limp Pimp or whatever his name is, that Obama makes time for, rather than the Israeli Pm et al. Abominable that we should have this clown presiding over our country. BTW, just stomached a video of The Wan with the sound muted. He looks like crap. Rough, haggard, dazed...I want to say drugged out, but that cannot be...right?
NOT ALL...repeat, not all, but a lot of the people who dont work and sit at home all day are losers, lazy and looney. They might watch The View but they dont vote.
I realize that and I didn’t mean to imply that everyone that stays home is a loser, lazy or looney.
I meant the View mostly has viewers that are hooked into Whoopi’s view of life or some of those other biased women that are on that show. Not sure if they still have the token conservative on or not.
But quite a few of the people that think Whoopi is a person to be looked up to would get a “wee-wee’d up” and vote based on what she believes in. If you’ve been getting handouts your entire life (vs. the people that are temporarily getting help because of job loss, personal tragedy etc)you are going to vote to keep that going on.
Well, I would not give kudos to Chuck Todd for his one fleeting moment of thinking out loud.
He’s an owned by the left wing slug who works for the worst unbalanced news company in the US.
chuckie todd is a living example of “conflict of interest”, I put him, little bill maher, chris matthews, brian williams, georgi stenoupolus, wolf blitzer and andrea mitchell on the same wagon. I hope they all go like rather, olberman, gore and oprah...
Foreign leaders will not bow down and worship.
Some of them know who Obama is and where that kind self aggrandizement leads via history.
Its pretty sad when Chuck Todd thinks you are effed up. :)
Years ago we branded Billy Clinton the “boy President”, but I think Obama’s earned it this time around. Talk about amateur hour.
I would pay $100 to see Mitt do something like this.... and then NOT back down at all and hammer the commie muzzlim pig 0dumb0 like this throughout the entire debate. Sigh/ It's good to dream now & then!
Please God let Mitt Romney say this with righteous indignation . He will have ample opportunity. If not it is up to Romney to make the time.