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Tongue-tied Clinton gets warm EU welcome [mispronounced her EU counterparts' names and claimed....]
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Posted on 03/06/2009 8:30:24 AM PST by Sub-Driver

Tongue-tied Clinton gets warm EU welcome Fri Mar 6, 2009 10:59am EST

By David Brunnstrom

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Hillary Clinton raised eyebrows on her first visit to Europe as secretary of state when she mispronounced her EU counterparts' names and claimed U.S. democracy was older than Europe's.

Clinton has set herself a grueling pace on visits to Egypt, Israel and Brussels soon after touring the Far East, attending dozens of meetings and giving speech after speech, with little time worked into her schedule for sleep.

Tiredness appeared to show Friday when she answered questions in front of 500 young Europeans at the European Parliament, where she was the highest-ranking U.S. visitor since the late U.S. President Ronald Reagan in 1985.

A veteran politician, Clinton compared the complex European political environment to that of the two-party U.S. system, before adding:

"I have never understood multiparty democracy.

"It is hard enough with two parties to come to any resolution, and I say this very respectfully, because I feel the same way about our own democracy, which has been around a lot longer than European democracy."

(Excerpt) Read more at reuters.com ...


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: bho44; soshillary
And if Rice had done this........
1 posted on 03/06/2009 8:30:24 AM PST by Sub-Driver
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To: Sub-Driver

Well, I’m certain that she was somewhat ruffled after arriving at the airport under heavy gunfire.....


2 posted on 03/06/2009 8:32:31 AM PST by ButThreeLeftsDo (Fight Crime. Shoot Back.)
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To: Sub-Driver

“she mispronounced her EU counterparts’ names and claimed U.S. democracy was older than Europe’s.”.....

NICE START THERE, THUNDER THIGHS!


3 posted on 03/06/2009 8:33:57 AM PST by AngelesCrestHighway
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To: ButThreeLeftsDo

Obama wants her as far away from Washington while he crams the new Health Care Fiasco down our throats. Has to make sure she gets no credit.


4 posted on 03/06/2009 8:34:54 AM PST by acoulterfan
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To: Sub-Driver

“Toungue-tied”?

Too much ware and tare on the old sex organ there Hillary?


5 posted on 03/06/2009 8:35:25 AM PST by Semper Mark (Communism is Socialism with a gun to your head.)
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To: AngelesCrestHighway
“she mispronounced her EU counterparts’ names and claimed U.S. democracy was older than Europe’s.”.....

With the exception of the UK, and they are a monarchy. She's right. Every government in the world (UK excepted) is younger than the USA.

6 posted on 03/06/2009 8:35:38 AM PST by Centurion2000 (01-20-2009 : The end of the PAX AMERICANA.)
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To: ButThreeLeftsDo

Heavy fire, yes and let’s not forget the stress of the spiral landing.


7 posted on 03/06/2009 8:36:53 AM PST by 101voodoo
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To: AngelesCrestHighway

Well, US representative republic is older than Europe’s examples of the same, unless one means by that an oligarchy like the Republic of Venice in the Middle Ages.

Now US democracy? Well, when did that begin? Late 1800s? If so, I suppose one could argue that France was ahead of us, but just how wide was the franchise in France in 1880?

I think Reuters got at least part of this wrong.


8 posted on 03/06/2009 8:37:15 AM PST by Houghton M.
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To: Sub-Driver
"It is hard enough with two parties to come to any resolution, and I say this very respectfully, because I feel the same way about our own democracy, which has been around a lot longer than European democracy."

IN many cases that's true....

9 posted on 03/06/2009 8:38:53 AM PST by Rummyfan (Iraq: it's not about Iraq anymore, it's about the USA!)
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To: Sub-Driver

Does anyone in this Obama administration do their homework?

I may give Hillary a pass on this because she does this all of the time.


10 posted on 03/06/2009 8:39:37 AM PST by freekitty (Give me back my conservative vote.)
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To: Sub-Driver

The Smartest Woman in the World!

(highlights on Jon Stewart tonight, I’m sure)


11 posted on 03/06/2009 8:41:25 AM PST by rightinthemiddle (I think we're gonna have another civil war.)
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To: Sub-Driver

Free pass because she’s a liberal woman?
Remember the reporter asking Bush about names of foreign officials?


12 posted on 03/06/2009 8:41:33 AM PST by Leftism is Mentally Deranged (liberalism is a progressive, degenerative disease of the mind.)
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To: Houghton M.

I didn’t include the UK because it prided itself on not being European. I suppose one could say that England had something of a constitutional republic with a figurehead monarchy in 1789, but not really. At best England and ours are roughly coaeval. And strictly speaking, a constitutional monarchy is not a republic, though I suppose one could say that a form of representative government existed in England from 1688 onward—mixed with elements of oligarchy. Certainly the franchise was very restricted and it was no democracy.


13 posted on 03/06/2009 8:41:47 AM PST by Houghton M.
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To: Sub-Driver

It looks like she was saying a two party democracy was older then the multi-party which it is - Greeks, Romans had two parties - this mishmash of almost every minority get representation in government is newer.


14 posted on 03/06/2009 8:42:44 AM PST by edcoil (Slave owners could justify themselves too. Think about it Arnold.)
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To: acoulterfan

“Obama wants her as far away from Washington while he crams the new Health Care Fiasco down our throats”

I was wondering if Hillary will ever be allowed back in the states.

She has gotten a nice world tour thanks to Obamachev. Probably got a lot of donations for Bill’s massage parlor as well.


15 posted on 03/06/2009 8:43:44 AM PST by y6162
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To: Centurion2000

Iceland has the oldest continuously intact legislative body - 930 AD.


16 posted on 03/06/2009 8:45:31 AM PST by stormer
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To: Sub-Driver

OK, other than the fact that US is a Republic (or is supposed to be) instead of a Democracy, what’s wrong with her statement? Do the media claim that in 1781 Europe was already democratic?


17 posted on 03/06/2009 8:46:26 AM PST by TennesseeProfessor
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To: Centurion2000
I think you might make a case for the Swiss cantons but other than that you are correct and so was she.

Team Obama is the T-ball of professional politics.

18 posted on 03/06/2009 8:51:10 AM PST by Billthedrill
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To: Billthedrill

Uh, there’s ancient Greece.


19 posted on 03/06/2009 8:54:26 AM PST by Martin Tell (Happily lurking in one location for over ten years)
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To: Sub-Driver

Our Traveling Moron speaks.


20 posted on 03/06/2009 8:56:08 AM PST by Eric in the Ozarks
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To: Sub-Driver

a gaffe a minute.

Lets not call them the Democrat Party, they hate that, lets call them the Donner Party


21 posted on 03/06/2009 9:08:06 AM PST by GeronL (Will bankrupting America lead to socialism?)
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To: Martin Tell

Oh, yeah, well, them... ;-)


22 posted on 03/06/2009 9:12:21 AM PST by Billthedrill
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To: Sub-Driver

Clowns on parade best describes the obama administration.


23 posted on 03/06/2009 9:28:41 AM PST by TheKidster (you can only trust government to grow, consolidate power and infringe upon your liberties.)
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To: GeronL
Gaffe a minute, indeed.

Watch for the "sleep deprivation" excuse, cause she is working SO hard.

24 posted on 03/06/2009 9:29:01 AM PST by Jumpmaster (Defund the Left!)
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To: Sub-Driver
"I have never understood multiparty democracy. "

We don't have that here. The two parties have merged.

Plus the USA a Constitutional Representative Republic.

25 posted on 03/06/2009 9:33:48 AM PST by Syncro (Play by the rules and you're gonna miss all the fun--Jacky Don Tucker (Toby Keith)
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To: Sub-Driver
She also dubbed European Commission External Relations Commissioner Benita Ferrero-Waldner as "Benito."

Whom can she have been thinking of?

.......


26 posted on 03/06/2009 9:59:34 AM PST by ScaniaBoy (Part of the Right Wing Research & Attack Machine)
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To: Sub-Driver

Amateurs all around in this adminstration!


27 posted on 03/06/2009 10:03:16 AM PST by chris_bdba
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To: stormer
Iceland has the oldest continuously intact legislative body - 930 AD.

Did not know that thanks. To counter it though, Iceland is not really part of Europe.

28 posted on 03/06/2009 10:37:37 AM PST by Centurion2000 (01-20-2009 : The end of the PAX AMERICANA.)
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To: chris_bdba

Children all around in this adminstration!


29 posted on 03/06/2009 10:41:31 AM PST by Vaduz
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To: Sub-Driver
she can make up for it by giving cheap CD's to all the european leaders.

30 posted on 03/06/2009 10:59:39 AM PST by ari-freedom (Hail to the Dork!)
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To: Sub-Driver
“manifestly unfit to serve” Keith Olbermann, 12/06/07 referring to President Bush.

"I don't think he has the intellectual depth." Joe Scarborough referring to President Bush

Well now that the shoe's on the other foot............

31 posted on 03/07/2009 10:43:47 AM PST by Lockbox
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To: Markos33

“Toungue-tied”?

Too much ware and tare on the old sex organ there Hillary?

Maybe it’s some kind of lesbian bondage thing?


32 posted on 03/07/2009 10:46:37 AM PST by tet68 ( " We would not die in that man's company, that fears his fellowship to die with us...." Henry V.)
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To: tet68

Probably is...

If Huma went with her, then that appendage could have
had an Olympic workout the night before.


33 posted on 03/07/2009 10:51:14 AM PST by Semper Mark (Communism is Socialism with a gun to your head.)
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