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Obama, U.S. leaders walk delicate line on Ariel Sharon statements
politico.com ^ | 1/11/14 | EDWARD-ISAAC DOVERE

Posted on 01/11/2014 10:14:55 AM PST by ColdOne

Faced with the intense difficulty of what to say about Ariel Sharon, the former Israeli prime minister who died early Saturday after eight years in a coma, President Barack Obama didn’t say much.

The statement from Obama — who never met Sharon, and wasn’t yet even running for president when he fell into a coma, mentioned nothing about the Israeli leader’s own complicated history with war and peace, remarking only in sending “our deepest condolences” that he was a leader who “dedicated his life to the State of Israel.”

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TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; Israel; News/Current Events; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: ariel; arielsharon; israel; obama; sharon; sharondies; sharoneulogy; waronterror

1 posted on 01/11/2014 10:14:55 AM PST by ColdOne
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To: ColdOne

Walk a fine line...

Well, there’s a first time for everything, but he can’t help himself. He’ll have both feet in his mouth by tomorrow afternoon.

Wait until his Muslim Brotherhood advisers have worked their magic.


2 posted on 01/11/2014 10:18:01 AM PST by DoughtyOne (ZERO is still zero, and John Kerry is a mock-puppet!)
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To: ColdOne

Two things - I had no idea he had been in a coma for 8 years, and secondly I really, really despise Obama.


3 posted on 01/11/2014 10:18:19 AM PST by andyk (I have sworn...eternal hostility against every form of tyranny over the mind of man.)
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To: ColdOne

Perhaps we could clap our hands for 60 seconds like was done for the non-martyr Mandela.

What America has up front and visible to represent this endangered nation is a gaggle of psychos. You have to wonder who has to tie the shoelaces for the imbecilic girlyman who haunts the White Hut.

Perhaps Barry should just enter a closet, assume a fetal position and suck his thumb for three more years. The catastrophe will continue and he won’t miss a thing.


4 posted on 01/11/2014 10:19:53 AM PST by IbJensen (Liberals are like Slinkies, good for nothing, but you smile as you push them down the stairs.)
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To: ColdOne

Look...Obama said...I’m a Muzzie...He’s a Jew...Our Motto is “Kill all the Christians and Jews”. What the hell do you want me to say....Another Jew bites the dust??


5 posted on 01/11/2014 10:19:59 AM PST by Sacajaweau
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To: DoughtyOne
Don't know what to make of this.

My first impression is that he can't say amuthing for whatever reason

zero's a glory hound and there is no glory to be gotten (apparently) by praising Sharon.

Alternatively, just as any and all muzzies, he hates Israel and is dancing on Sharon's grave.

6 posted on 01/11/2014 10:22:15 AM PST by knarf (I say things that are true .. I have no proof .. but they're true.)
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To: andyk

It’s either 8 or 12 days on life support in Israel then they pull the plug.


7 posted on 01/11/2014 10:23:37 AM PST by SkyDancer ("How Can People Ask Forgiveness If They Won't Forgive Others?")
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To: ColdOne
Obama wouldn't recognize a great statesman if said statesman bit him in his derriere. Sharon was a great leader, statesman and soldier. Obama cannot claim any of those descriptions. For that matter our piss poor 44th POTUS will be famous for losing the Mideast in just five short years.
8 posted on 01/11/2014 10:24:03 AM PST by Chgogal (Obama "hung the SEALs out to dry, basically exposed them like a set of dog balls..." CMH)
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To: ColdOne

Fell all over himself over mandela thou.


9 posted on 01/11/2014 10:26:14 AM PST by Recompennation (Constitutional protection for all not ju st selectively for Democrats.)
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To: ColdOne
Ya know, Bibi and Ariel Sharon make 0bama look like a pu$$y. Must drive the narcissist crazy.

5.56mm

10 posted on 01/11/2014 10:26:43 AM PST by M Kehoe
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To: All

When Castro kicks there will be no ‘delicate line’. The panegyric will flow effortlessly and sincererly from the demagogue’s lips.


11 posted on 01/11/2014 10:27:37 AM PST by pluvmantelo (Disqus seems to be taking longer than usual. Reload?)
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To: andyk

I’m sure the Obama Administration and the world in general will accord Ariel Sharon the same outpouring of sympathy and respect they did for Nelson Mandela. I’m sure the First Lady has already left Hawaii for Tel Aviv, and they are already warming up Air Force One for Obama and the large entourage to accompany him and soften the sorrows as he mourns Sharon’s passing. I’m sure the networks are gearing up for the same round-the-clock coverage they accorded the funerals of Arafat and Mandela.


12 posted on 01/11/2014 10:28:27 AM PST by huckfillary
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To: andyk
Two things -

Sharon has been a regular in death pools, and his official passing will start a new round...

What do you want to bet that besides all the usual bile BHO & Co. are wont to spew about Israelis in general, non-liberal leaders in particular, they are afraid of comparisons of "Sharon"-care to Obamacare?

I'm sure that unless it was an illegal alien, Obamacare would have the MDs pulling the plug immediately after a coma diagnosis, without even waiting to hear the prognosis.

13 posted on 01/11/2014 10:45:17 AM PST by Calvin Locke
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14 posted on 01/11/2014 10:46:19 AM PST by DJ MacWoW (The Fed Gov is not one ring to rule them all)
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To: ColdOne

The Lion,

may He rest in Peace.


15 posted on 01/11/2014 11:15:27 AM PST by Big Red Badger ( - William Diamonds Drum - can You Hear it G man?)
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To: ColdOne

Obama, I am sure you can think of some lie. Your entire life is filled and surrounded by lies.


16 posted on 01/11/2014 11:18:21 AM PST by freekitty (Give me back my conservative vote; then find me a real conservative to vote for)
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To: Big Red Badger

Ø is now extremely melancholy... he has been shuffling and stumbling all over the WH, but sadly, he can find no Arial Sharon bust statue that he could ship back to Israel to show his deep sympathy.


17 posted on 01/11/2014 11:20:04 AM PST by C210N (When people fear government there is tyranny; when government fears people there is liberty)
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To: IbJensen

Well....Obama and the American Obamabot media made pure jest and mockery of Mandela’s passing!!! Obama even got to flirt openly in front darling, America hating wife, Michelle while Mandela was hardly in his grave!!!

My goodness, what did you folks think....that Obama, the lover of the “Muslim Brotherhood” and Jew hater to his very core, was going to praise Ariel Sharon. Yep...Obama will salute Sharon by sending Joe Biden, the court jester and proven moron to Israel to attend the funeral...and, put his Democrat foot in his Jew/Israel hating mouth. Sad days for the American Republic!!!

The state of Israel, the people of Israel, freedom loving people and Jews all over this world have lost a great leader & statesmen....they will not soon see again.


18 posted on 01/11/2014 11:24:05 AM PST by JLAGRAYFOX ( My only objective is to defeat and destroy Obama & his Democrat Party, politically!!!.)
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To: andyk
I'll see your two reallys and raise you two more!
Oooh, do I despise everything about him and his supporters.
If Sharon had been black, Obama would have flown to Israel immediately for photo ops. What a phony-baloney POS we have in the White Hut.
19 posted on 01/11/2014 11:55:36 AM PST by BatGuano (You don't think I'd go into combat with loose change in my pocket, do ya?)
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To: ColdOne
He did NOT walk a fine line. He issued a terse, meaningless statement undeserving of a giant like Ariel Sharon:

For Immediate Release

January 11, 2014

Statement by the President on the Passing of Ariel Sharon

On behalf of the American people, Michelle and I send our deepest condolences to the family of former Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon and to the people of Israel on the loss of a leader who dedicated his life to the State of Israel. We reaffirm our unshakable commitment to Israel’s security and our appreciation for the enduring friendship between our two countries and our two peoples. We continue to strive for lasting peace and security for the people of Israel, including through our commitment to the goal of two states living side-by-side in peace and security. As Israel says goodbye to Prime Minister Sharon, we join with the Israeli people in honoring his commitment to his country.

_________________

For Immediate Release

December 05, 2013

Statement by the President on the Death of Nelson Mandela

James S. Brady Press Briefing Room

5:25 P.M. EST

THE PRESIDENT: At his trial in 1964, Nelson Mandela closed his statement from the dock saying, “I have fought against white domination, and I have fought against black domination. I have cherished the ideal of a democratic and free society in which all persons live together in harmony and with equal opportunities. It is an ideal which I hope to live for and to achieve. But if needs be, it is an ideal for which I am prepared to die.”

And Nelson Mandela lived for that ideal, and he made it real. He achieved more than could be expected of any man. Today, he has gone home. And we have lost one of the most influential, courageous, and profoundly good human beings that any of us will share time with on this Earth. He no longer belongs to us -- he belongs to the ages.

Through his fierce dignity and unbending will to sacrifice his own freedom for the freedom of others, Madiba transformed South Africa -- and moved all of us. His journey from a prisoner to a President embodied the promise that human beings -- and countries -- can change for the better. His commitment to transfer power and reconcile with those who jailed him set an example that all humanity should aspire to, whether in the lives of nations or our own personal lives. And the fact that he did it all with grace and good humor, and an ability to acknowledge his own imperfections, only makes the man that much more remarkable. As he once said, “I am not a saint, unless you think of a saint as a sinner who keeps on trying.”

I am one of the countless millions who drew inspiration from Nelson Mandela's life. My very first political action, the first thing I ever did that involved an issue or a policy or politics, was a protest against apartheid. I studied his words and his writings. The day that he was released from prison gave me a sense of what human beings can do when they’re guided by their hopes and not by their fears. And like so many around the globe, I cannot fully imagine my own life without the example that Nelson Mandela set, and so long as I live I will do what I can to learn from him.

To Graça Machel and his family, Michelle and I extend our deepest sympathy and gratitude for sharing this extraordinary man with us. His life’s work meant long days away from those who loved him the most. And I only hope that the time spent with him these last few weeks brought peace and comfort to his family.

To the people of South Africa, we draw strength from the example of renewal, and reconciliation, and resilience that you made real. A free South Africa at peace with itself -- that’s an example to the world, and that’s Madiba’s legacy to the nation he loved.

We will not likely see the likes of Nelson Mandela again. So it falls to us as best we can to forward the example that he set: to make decisions guided not by hate, but by love; to never discount the difference that one person can make; to strive for a future that is worthy of his sacrifice.

For now, let us pause and give thanks for the fact that Nelson Mandela lived -- a man who took history in his hands, and bent the arc of the moral universe toward justice. May God Bless his memory and keep him in peace.

END 5:30 P.M. EST

20 posted on 01/11/2014 12:05:46 PM PST by PghBaldy (12/14 - 930am -rampage begins... 12/15 - 1030am - Obama's advance team scouts photo-op locations.)
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To: ColdOne

If he were black they would be kissing his a## like mandela’s


21 posted on 01/11/2014 2:13:59 PM PST by ronnie raygun
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To: huckfillary; Impy; fieldmarshaldj
>> I’m sure the Obama Administration and the world in general will accord Ariel Sharon the same outpouring of sympathy and respect they did for Nelson Mandela. <<

I find it interesting that numerous freepers roundly denounced Mandela's record the moment he died and decried the media for whitewashing his career and making Mandela out to be a perfect saint... yet now that Sharon dies the ONLY statements I see on here are praise about what a wonderful heroic patriotic statesmen he was.

He may have been a great general but he was a lousy Prime Minister and his actors towards the end of his career were very harmful to Israel. Ignoring that fact because he died now won't change it. Those who whined about the biased Mandela coverage and the complete coverup over Mandela's questionable actions should practice what they preach.

22 posted on 01/13/2014 1:47:34 AM PST by BillyBoy (Looking at the weather lately, I could really use some 'global warming' right now!)
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