Skip to comments.Sen. Corker: White House Meeting...‘One Of The Most Bizarre I’ve Attended’
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 Obamas 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 nights White House meeting with chief of staff Denis McDonough and national security adviser Susan Rice as one of the most bizarre Ive attended.
Another senator who attended the meeting said Obamas 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 Pentagons 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 Americas 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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“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!!!
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.
MacArthur will be spinning in his grave.
Wars are not “concluded”. They are either won or lost.
I have to wonder what ACcess to this speech will be?
will reporters be allowed? The Public?
Obama prepares for a speech Wednesday at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, New York???
About Gays, Transvestites and Illegal dreamers ?
two words: Susan Rice.
There is no defense for the Weasel-in-Chief.
Folks we now have 17.5 trillion dollars in debt.
That is rapidly increasing.
America needs jobs. Or else everything else dissolves.
“Wars are not concluded. They are either won or lost.”
I caught that. Interesting use of words.
Probably the graduation of USMA ‘14
So the Caliph plans to lead from the front, raise the black flag and attack Christendom?
Cheese, crackers, and wine while discussing foreign policy. Sounds like they’re taking the matter very seriously.../s
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.
I think this is what community organizers promoted to "Professor" do.
The 2014 Chateau White House is a delicious whine and goes best with lots and lots of cheese.
The good news is that the $17.5T in debt does, too.
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.
“District of Corruption”—BRILLIANT!
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.
I don’t believe we can operate on that assumption.
America we need to balance our budget, and bring back jobs to America.
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.
Cracker platter wonder if that is an Oman?.
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.
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.
I believe in import tariffs, though I am open to other ideas.
What do you think would help?
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.
You do know that billboard is agit prop erected by serious anti Obama folks to aggravate people
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...
“wine, beer, and a cheese and cracker platter...”
That’s why they left early. Hard liquor would have kept them there for hours.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
okay so there will plenty of face time....
I can barely wait to see how much hes aged this week....
Oh my....an minute could seem like an hour in The Presence of The One....
Someone is calling the shots in the White House, and it isn't Baraq Obama.
Obama didn’t even attend the meeting!