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.