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Sen. Corker: White House Meeting...‘One Of The Most Bizarre I’ve Attended’
CBS-DC ^ | 5-23-14

Posted on 05/24/2014 7:59:34 AM PDT by afraidfortherepublic

White House officials have been holding private meetings this week aimed at soothing lawmakers’ concerns over the U.S. posture in Syria, the future of the American military presence in Afghanistan and defense spending. The meetings come as a frustrated White House seeks to push back at criticism of President Barack Obama’s foreign policy.

But the White House outreach appeared to be having little effect on some lawmakers’ concerns.

Tennessee Sen. Bob Corker, the top Republican on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, described Tuesday night’s White House meeting with chief of staff Denis McDonough and national security adviser Susan Rice as “one of the most bizarre I’ve attended.”

Another senator who attended the meeting said Obama’s advisers refused to provide lawmakers with answers about whether the president plans to keep U.S. troops in Afghanistan after the war formally concludes later this year or about the Pentagon’s efforts to find nearly 300 kidnapped Nigerian school girls.

Unsatisfied, some of the lawmakers started to leave one by one before the meeting had finished. The senator and three congressional aides briefed on the meeting insisted on anonymity to discuss the private talks.

The meetings, which have been taking place both at the White House and on Capitol Hill, come as Obama prepares for a speech Wednesday at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, New York, where he is expected to try to answer critics who say he has surrendered America’s global leadership and faltered on problems in the Middle East, Russia, China and beyond.

McDonough and Rice met at the White House on Monday night with about a dozen House Democrats. On Tuesday, officials invited 14 senators — three of them were Republicans — to the White House for a discussion on foreign policy over wine, beer, and a cheese and cracker platter...

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TOPICS: Business/Economy; Crime/Corruption; Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: afghanistan; briefing; mcdonough; rice; whmeeting

1 posted on 05/24/2014 7:59:34 AM PDT by afraidfortherepublic
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To: afraidfortherepublic

“Obama prepares for a speech Wednesday at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, New York???”

Perhaps the Bizarre One....can be queried about the VA at that time??

WHAT an Opportunity!!!


2 posted on 05/24/2014 8:01:09 AM PDT by MeshugeMikey ( "Never, never, never give up". Winston Churchill)
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To: afraidfortherepublic

Is anyone surprised by this? Everything this POS administration does is treated as a joke. There’s none of the seriousness that we used to see even at times during the Clinton administration.


3 posted on 05/24/2014 8:05:29 AM PDT by Extremely Extreme Extremist (100% pure organic, free-range conservative)
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To: MeshugeMikey

MacArthur will be spinning in his grave.


4 posted on 05/24/2014 8:08:59 AM PDT by Mouton (The insurrection laws perpetuate what we have for a government now.)
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To: afraidfortherepublic

Wars are not “concluded”. They are either won or lost.


5 posted on 05/24/2014 8:10:37 AM PDT by shove_it (long ago Orwell and Rand warned us of Obama's America)
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To: Mouton

I have to wonder what ACcess to this speech will be?

will reporters be allowed? The Public?


6 posted on 05/24/2014 8:11:00 AM PDT by MeshugeMikey ( "Never, never, never give up". Winston Churchill)
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To: afraidfortherepublic

“Obama prepares for a speech Wednesday at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, New York???”

About Gays, Transvestites and Illegal dreamers ?


7 posted on 05/24/2014 8:11:02 AM PDT by molson209 (Blank)
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To: afraidfortherepublic

two words: Susan Rice.


8 posted on 05/24/2014 8:12:11 AM PDT by 4buttons
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To: afraidfortherepublic
...White House seeks to push back at criticism of President Barack Obama’s foreign policy.

There is no defense for the Weasel-in-Chief.

9 posted on 05/24/2014 8:12:39 AM PDT by depressed in 06 (America conceived in liberty, dies in slavery.)
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To: afraidfortherepublic
The president and Susan Rice: clown car photo: clown car clown_car_33.jpg
10 posted on 05/24/2014 8:15:52 AM PDT by tumblindice (America's founding fathers: all armed conservatives)
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To: afraidfortherepublic

Folks we now have 17.5 trillion dollars in debt.

That is rapidly increasing.

America needs jobs. Or else everything else dissolves.


11 posted on 05/24/2014 8:15:58 AM PDT by Cringing Negativism Network (http://www.census.gov/foreign-trade/balance/c5700.html#2013)
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To: afraidfortherepublic
Everything about this administration is bizarre!
12 posted on 05/24/2014 8:16:18 AM PDT by Baynative (How much longer will the media be able to prop up this administration?)
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To: shove_it

“Wars are not “concluded”. They are either won or lost.”

I caught that. Interesting use of words.


13 posted on 05/24/2014 8:16:46 AM PDT by headstamp 2 (What would Scooby do?)
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To: afraidfortherepublic
a WH meeting...and the absentee landlord ,of course, wasn't there.
14 posted on 05/24/2014 8:21:10 AM PDT by stylin19a (Obama ----> Fredo smart)
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To: MeshugeMikey

Probably the graduation of USMA ‘14


15 posted on 05/24/2014 8:22:43 AM PDT by pettifogger (USAFA '84)
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To: afraidfortherepublic

So the Caliph plans to lead from the front, raise the black flag and attack Christendom?


16 posted on 05/24/2014 8:28:41 AM PDT by MrBambaLaMamba (Obama - "I will stand with the Muslims")
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To: Extremely Extreme Extremist
Everything this POS administration does is treated as a joke.

There are still people that worship this POS.



Obama "Greatest President" Billboard in Rural Arizona Advertises Conspiracy-Theory Website
17 posted on 05/24/2014 8:28:45 AM PDT by Cheerio (Barry Hussein Soetoro-0bama=The Complete Destruction of American Capitalism)
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To: afraidfortherepublic
The District of Corruption is in desperate need of some adult supervision.
18 posted on 05/24/2014 8:31:04 AM PDT by Cheerio (Barry Hussein Soetoro-0bama=The Complete Destruction of American Capitalism)
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To: Extremely Extreme Extremist

Cheese, crackers, and wine while discussing foreign policy. Sounds like they’re taking the matter very seriously.../s


19 posted on 05/24/2014 8:35:00 AM PDT by jsanders2001
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To: shove_it

Not to a Demwit, it’s a page straight out of rules for radicals. Redifining reality AND what past experience has taught the American people.
Wars should not be won, that could lead to dangerous patriotism and a love for American exceptionalism and Power, so just change a word or two here and there and before you know it, attitudes begin to follow. Morons...

You can sprinkle sugar on a turd,but that don’t make it a powdered doughnut.


20 posted on 05/24/2014 8:41:50 AM PDT by snappahead (if your gonna be dumb, you better be tough.)
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To: afraidfortherepublic
to the White House for a discussion on foreign policy over wine, beer, and a cheese and cracker platter...

I think this is what community organizers promoted to "Professor" do.

21 posted on 05/24/2014 8:42:53 AM PDT by spokeshave (OMG.......Schadenfreude overload is not covered under Obamacare :-()
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To: jsanders2001
over wine, beer, and a cheese and cracker platter.

The 2014 Chateau White House is a delicious whine and goes best with lots and lots of cheese.

22 posted on 05/24/2014 8:43:39 AM PDT by mojito (Zero, our Nero.)
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To: Cringing Negativism Network
Or else everything else dissolves.

The good news is that the $17.5T in debt does, too.

23 posted on 05/24/2014 8:45:46 AM PDT by Alberta's Child ("What in the wide, wide world of sports is goin' on here?")
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To: MeshugeMikey

discussion on foreign policy over wine, beer, and a cheese and CRACKER PLATTER?...

If they want to eliminate the word RedSkin in the NFL, then I would like the word CRACKER to be removed from white house meetings.


24 posted on 05/24/2014 8:47:29 AM PDT by rwoodward ("god, guns and more ammo")
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To: Cheerio

“District of Corruption”—BRILLIANT!


25 posted on 05/24/2014 8:47:34 AM PDT by milagro (There is no peace in appeasement!)
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To: shove_it
That's why the U.S. military campaigns in Afghanistan and Iraq were never "wars" to begin with. There was no formal declaration of war, no foreign country that was the "enemy," and therefore no way to measure victory or defeat.

These are nation-building campaigns, not wars. You can't defeat an enemy in the traditional sense of the term if the whole purpose of waging war against him is to do business with him.

26 posted on 05/24/2014 8:48:51 AM PDT by Alberta's Child ("What in the wide, wide world of sports is goin' on here?")
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To: Alberta's Child

I don’t believe we can operate on that assumption.

America we need to balance our budget, and bring back jobs to America.


27 posted on 05/24/2014 8:51:30 AM PDT by Cringing Negativism Network (http://www.census.gov/foreign-trade/balance/c5700.html#2013)
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To: rwoodward
it DOES Must Smack of Racessism and much be addressed.of that be assured


28 posted on 05/24/2014 8:51:52 AM PDT by MeshugeMikey ( "Never, never, never give up". Winston Churchill)
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To: Cringing Negativism Network

I’ve read endless posts from you on this subject, but I have yet to see anything resembling a plan — or even a set of ideas — from you about how to get any of this done.


29 posted on 05/24/2014 8:55:31 AM PDT by Alberta's Child ("What in the wide, wide world of sports is goin' on here?")
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To: afraidfortherepublic

Cracker platter wonder if that is an Oman?.


30 posted on 05/24/2014 9:10:43 AM PDT by Vaduz
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To: MeshugeMikey

Cadets are going to love this. If I’m not mistaken, this in the middle of Commencement Week, and they’ll have to be seated at least three hours before the one speaks. That’s in addition to the discomfort suffered by having to listen to the mendacious idiot.


31 posted on 05/24/2014 9:30:15 AM PDT by Rummyfan (Iraq: it's not about Iraq anymore, it's about the USA!)
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To: afraidfortherepublic

says: “..The senator and three congressional aides briefed on the meeting insisted on anonymity to discuss the private talks.”

And then they name the Senator.

Journalists cannot write intelligently.


32 posted on 05/24/2014 9:34:35 AM PDT by KC Burke (Gowdy for Supreme Court)
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To: Alberta's Child

I believe in import tariffs, though I am open to other ideas.

What do you think would help?

Thanks.


33 posted on 05/24/2014 9:40:16 AM PDT by Cringing Negativism Network (http://www.census.gov/foreign-trade/balance/c5700.html#2013)
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To: MeshugeMikey

To our esteemed Pres, Va is a state across the Potomac River. And uh, democrats now rule it. I sometimes, uh, play golf there since, uh Bill Clinton’s buddy runs the place.


34 posted on 05/24/2014 9:42:30 AM PDT by billhilly (Its OK, the left hated Bush.)
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To: Cheerio

You do know that billboard is agit prop erected by serious anti Obama folks to aggravate people


35 posted on 05/24/2014 9:45:14 AM PDT by wardaddy (we will not take back our way of life through peaceful means.....i have 5 kids....i fear for them)
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To: afraidfortherepublic
"to the White House for a discussion on foreign policy over wine, beer, and a cheese and cracker platter..."

When the "cheese and crackers" platter takes up more space in the article than the subject discussed, you know the Nation is in deep trouble...

36 posted on 05/24/2014 10:24:39 AM PDT by TXnMA ("Allah": Satan's current alias... "Barack": Allah's current ally...)
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To: afraidfortherepublic

“wine, beer, and a cheese and cracker platter...”

That’s why they left early. Hard liquor would have kept them there for hours.


37 posted on 05/24/2014 11:35:51 AM PDT by windcliff
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To: Cringing Negativism Network
I believe in import tariffs,...

Wow, right up there with raising the minimum wage. Nothing like making things cost more for everyone to get the economy going.

How about freeing energy to be competitive. Americans are great at using energy to be productive.

38 posted on 05/24/2014 12:38:41 PM PDT by depressed in 06 (America conceived in liberty, dies in slavery.)
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To: depressed in 06

I do not believe in raising the minimum wage.

I am strongly against that idea.

But we must protect American jobs. It is time to protect America.


39 posted on 05/24/2014 12:41:11 PM PDT by Cringing Negativism Network (http://www.census.gov/foreign-trade/balance/c5700.html#2013)
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To: Cringing Negativism Network
Import tariffs would make products manufactured in foreign countries more expensive here in the U.S., but that doesn't necessarily mean companies are going to move their operations here to the U.S. In fact, recent trends indicate that import tariffs would be pretty pointless. Even sales at Wal-Mart are down, which means more and more Americans can't even afford the imported crap anyway. Basically, Wal-Mart is losing its business to yard sales and flea markets.

I'm not sure what you mean by "help" in your question. What's the problem you're looking to address? The $17.5T debt? Unemployment in the U.S.? Improving our standard of living? I only ask this because the answer may be different depending on what exactly the problem is.

40 posted on 05/24/2014 1:15:20 PM PDT by Alberta's Child ("What in the wide, wide world of sports is goin' on here?")
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To: Alberta's Child

You nailed it.

I am concerned with our rapidly-increasing foreign debt, and I am concerned with American unemployment.

Those two are big considerations.

I see both our national parties, working in exactly the wrong direction on both of those very important issues.

Both parties. Both parties are sending US jobs overseas, and both parties are importing more all the time.

One or the other of our two national parties needs to be for American workers.

I want the GOP to stand up and rebuild our own country. I do not want it to be democrats who stand up for Americans.

GOP get with it.

Hire Americans.

Or we may have to replace you. The Tea Party would be an effective replacement, if they will support working Americans.

It would be simpler however, if the GOP itself, were to stop offshoring jobs.

We have been destroying our own country for an entire generation.

We need to build up America once again.

I would welcome to hear your thoughts. This is a very serious issue we are facing.

It is getting worse, every single day.

We need to change.


41 posted on 05/24/2014 1:28:56 PM PDT by Cringing Negativism Network (http://www.census.gov/foreign-trade/balance/c5700.html#2013)
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To: Cringing Negativism Network
It is getting worse, every single day.

We need to change.

Yes it is. We are watching the US turn into a third world country. Depravity is becoming the new normal. The nuclear family is being deliberately undermined. The political class believe normal, white, middle class Americans to be a bigger threat than Islamic terrorism. The sky over our country grows very dark. How can the toxic trends be reversed? I have no idea. I know that the fecklessness and fatuousness displayed by those who call themselves our leaders in uniform and out reminds me of the fumbling, ineffectual, immoral, and corrupt fops running France in the 1780’s. Something really bad is coming for our country. The only questions are when and how bad.

42 posted on 05/24/2014 2:51:18 PM PDT by robowombat
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To: pettifogger

okay so there will plenty of face time....

I can barely wait to see how much hes aged this week....


43 posted on 05/24/2014 5:40:09 PM PDT by MeshugeMikey ( "Never, never, never give up". Winston Churchill)
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To: Rummyfan

Oh my....an minute could seem like an hour in The Presence of The One....


44 posted on 05/24/2014 5:44:13 PM PDT by MeshugeMikey ( "Never, never, never give up". Winston Churchill)
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To: Extremely Extreme Extremist
This account SCREAMS that there is no leadership in the White House. It also screams that Obama is lazy, detached, and would serve no purpose in these meetings even if he did attend.

Someone is calling the shots in the White House, and it isn't Baraq Obama.

45 posted on 05/24/2014 6:34:56 PM PDT by Hoodat (Democrats - Opposing Equal Protection since 1828)
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To: afraidfortherepublic

Obama didn’t even attend the meeting!


46 posted on 05/25/2014 9:26:37 AM PDT by PghBaldy (12/14 - 930am -rampage begins... 12/15 - 1030am - Obama's advance team scouts photo-op locations.)
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