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  • Obama Reiterates Call for Cooperation (Obama reminds world how much they like him)

    04/12/2009 4:59:14 AM PDT · by tobyhill · 22 replies · 971+ views
    washington post ^ | 4/12/2009 | Michael A. Fletcher
    President Obama, speaking days after returning from his first overseas trip since taking office, said the most critical problems confronting the nation and the world can be solved only through international cooperation. "These are challenges that no single nation, no matter how powerful, can confront alone," Obama said yesterday in his weekly radio and Internet address. "The United States must lead the way. But our best chance to solve these unprecedented problems comes from acting in concert with other nations." Major obstacles such as climate change, the global financial crisis, terrorism and nuclear proliferation demand coordinated action to overcome, Obama...
  • Victor Davis Hanson: The Postnational, Postmodern, Post-everything Presidential Trip

    04/10/2009 7:52:41 AM PDT · by Tolik · 8 replies · 828+ views
    pajamasmedia.com ^ | April 7, 2009 | Victor Davis Hanson
     1.  Do They all Do This? A good argument could be made that Jacques Chirac was deeply unpopular (along with his foreign minister Dominque de Villepin) in the US and the UK. Even more so was Gerhard Schröder, and to a lesser extent his postmodern foreign minister Joschka Fischer, veteran of the 1960s Days of Rage. No need to comment on the controversial career of Vladimir Putin. But one rarely sees Mr. Sarkozy trash Chirac, or Merkel dump on Schröder, or Medvedev reject Putin. Is the trashing of your predecessor an Obama phenomenon? Why do transnationalist, internationalist European leaders not attack...
  • Obama the Rationalist

    04/10/2009 8:51:49 AM PDT · by dr_who · 18 replies · 520+ views
    news.yahoo.com ^ | April 7, 2009 | Eamon Javers, John F. Harris
    As Barack Obama returns from Europe on Tuesday, he has in bright, bold strokes revealed his signature on the world stage: He is Obama the rationalist. A diverse set of Obama decisions in recent days have a common theme: a leader who sees himself building a more orderly, humane world by vanquishing outdated thinking and corrupting ideology. With a rapid series of major announcements and rhetorical gestures, the new president has done more than turn from Bush-era policies. He has shined a vivid light on his philosophical outlook on the world — and how starkly he differs from his predecessor on...
  • Ninety-Two Years and Counting

    04/08/2009 4:54:51 AM PDT · by rellimpank · 14 replies · 1,159+ views
    American Spectator ^ | 08 apr 09 | Geoffrey Norman
    Last Friday, a Fox New panel kicked around the matter of President Obama's remarks at the G-20 meeting where he had characterized the U.S. attitude toward Europe as "arrogant," dismissive," and "derisive." The United States, its President had said, was guilty of a "failure to appreciate Europe's leading role," in world affairs. This was too much for Charles Krauthammer. In what he described as "a turn of phrase I'm sure I will regret," Krauthammer said impatiently that Europe had been "sucking on the [American] teat for 60 years."
  • EU-US summit exposes divisions over Turkey....

    04/06/2009 11:16:53 AM PDT · by TaraP · 5 replies · 271+ views
    France and Germany in Prague on Sunday (5 April) poured cold water on US calls to press ahead with Turkish enlargement. In a seperate development, Czech politicians named statistician Jan Fischer as the country's new caretaker prime minister. "The United States and Europe must approach Muslims as our friends, neighbours and partners in fighting injustice, intolerance and violence," US President Barack Obama said at an EU-US summit in the Czech capital. Moving forward toward Turkish membership in the EU would be an important signal of your commitment to this agenda and ensure that we continue to anchor Turkey firmly in...
  • Those arrogant Americans

    04/06/2009 2:27:56 AM PDT · by Scanian · 12 replies · 999+ views
    The American Thinker ^ | April 06, 2009 | James Lewis
    We have a rock star president who for the first time in American history fired the President of a private corporation, General Motors, then immediately flew to Europe with an entourage of 500 courtiers and a worshipful media, bowed waist-deep to the King of Saudi Arabia, and proceeded to accuse his own country of arrogance. In Paris, of all places. Does anybody else think this guy is shockingly ignorant? I wonder if he has every really talked to a concentration camp survivor, or a Cuban refugee, or a boat person from Vietnam? Or a Soviet dissident. Or a survivor or...
  • 'Obama Has Reduced America's Sense of Self-Importance'...(Obama succeeded keeping the love alive)

    04/06/2009 5:37:31 AM PDT · by IrishMike · 12 replies · 1,090+ views
    Spiegel ^ | 04/06/2009 | Josh Ward
    With rousing speeches and a diplomatic manner, Barack Obama quelled fears that differences of opinion would end Europe's love affair with him. German commentators applaud how he handled himself during his European visit but worry that rougher times lie ahead. Before US President Barack Obama came to Europe last week for a series of meetings with global leaders, many worried that Europe's Obama-mania had waned in the wake of growing disagreements on both sides of the Atlantic about how to handle a number of issues, ranging from how to combat the economic crisis to how to combat the growing Taliban...
  • Barack Obama's missile defence pledge fails to stir Czech audience

    04/06/2009 3:58:00 AM PDT · by Schnucki · 12 replies · 745+ views
    Telegraph (U.K.) ^ | April 6, 2009 | Bruno Waterfield
    Barack Obama's praise for the Czech government's "courage" in hosting a planned United States missile defence fell flat with many of his supporters during a speech to an audience of 20,000 on Sunday. President Obama linked America's missile defence project to his wider vision of a world free of atomic weapons while setting out his new US policy on nuclear non-proliferation. "Iran's nuclear and ballistic missile activity poses a real threat, not just to the US, but to Iran's neighbours and our allies. The Czech Republic and Poland have been courageous in agreeing to host a defence against these missiles,"...
  • Paris and Berlin bristle as Obama backs Turkey for EU

    04/05/2009 10:36:24 PM PDT · by mojitojoe · 52 replies · 2,495+ views
    Reuters ^ | 4/5/2009 | Kerstin Gemhlich and Mark John
    PRAGUE (Reuters) - U.S. President Barack Obama urged the European Union on Sunday to accept Turkey as a full member of the 27-nation bloc, in remarks rejected outright by France and met coolly by Germany. The disagreement was a rare outward sign of divergence at an EU-U.S. summit stage-managed to relaunch trans-atlantic ties that were strained under the Bush administration and which both sides are now eager to mend. "The United States and Europe must approach Muslims as our friends, neighbours and partners in fighting injustice, intolerance and violence, forging a relationship based on mutual respect and mutual interests," Obama...
  • Obama sees peaks, valleys on Europe trip [MSM bow mention]

    04/05/2009 11:05:39 PM PDT · by Plutarch · 17 replies · 1,077+ views
    The Hill ^ | April 5, 2009 | Bridget Johnson
    President Obama prepared to end his first overseas trip at the nexus of Europe and Asia having received a crash course in the strengths -- and limits -- of his popularity when it came to forging foreign policy... ...Obama mugged for the cameras with Russia's Dmitry Medvedev, chatted with Chinese President Hu Jintao, and kept tea time at Buckingham Palace. His few stumbles included giving the queen an iPod on the heels of widespread mockery over his earlier gift of a DVD set to Brown, and appearing to bow upon shaking hands with Saudi King Abdullah, an image that has...
  • Leave Turkey’s bid to join EU to us, Nicolas Sarkozy warns Barack Obama

    04/05/2009 7:54:37 PM PDT · by Cincinna · 44 replies · 1,904+ views
    TIMES ONLINE ^ | April 6, 2009 | David Charter in Prague
    The love-in between Nicolas Sarkozy and Barack Obama proved short-lived after the French President warned his US counterpart yesterday to keep his nose out of the issue of Turkey’s membership of the European Union. President Obama used his first EU-US summit, on the eve of his visit to Turkey, to encourage European leaders to embrace the Muslim country and “anchor it in Europe”. However, Mr Sarkozy, a long-standing opponent of full membership for Turkey, rebuffed the US leader in language that seemed to sour the revival of Franco-US relations. Support for Turkey in joining the EU, a process that it...
  • Obama calls for 'world without' nukes [Obama naive beyond description]

    04/05/2009 7:38:02 PM PDT · by valkyry1 · 67 replies · 1,828+ views
    POLITICO ^ | 4/5/09 | JONATHAN MARTIN & DAVID S. CLOUD
    PRAGUE – Just hours after North Korea launched a long-range rocket, President Barack Obama called for "a world without nuclear weapons" and said the United States has a “moral responsibility ” to lead the way, as the only nation ever to use them. ----------------------------------------------------------- Speaking to Iran, the other nation widely thought to be pursuing nuclear weapons, Obama reiterated his campaign pledge to engage the Tehran regime, winning applause for saying, “We believe in dialogue.”
  • Leave Turkey’s bid to join EU to us, Nicolas Sarkozy warns Barack Obama

    04/05/2009 6:55:21 PM PDT · by Schnucki · 12 replies · 798+ views
    Times Online (U.K.) ^ | April 6, 2009 | David Charter
    The love-in between Nicolas Sarkozy and Barack Obama proved short-lived after the French President warned his US counterpart yesterday to keep his nose out of the issue of Turkey’s membership of the European Union. President Obama used his first EU-US summit, on the eve of his visit to Turkey, to encourage European leaders to embrace the Muslim country and “anchor it in Europe”. However, Mr Sarkozy, a long-standing opponent of full membership for Turkey, rebuffed the US leader in language that seemed to sour the revival of Franco-US relations. Support for Turkey in joining the EU, a process that it...
  • Obama pledges US lead on climate change

    04/05/2009 5:39:48 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 53 replies · 1,179+ views
    AFP on Yahoo ^ | 4/5/09 | Leigh Thomas
    PRAGUE (AFP) – President Barack Obama said Sunday the United States was ready to take the lead in tackling climate change, as EU leaders pushed him to follow their ambitious targets to combat global warming. "To protect our planet, now is the time to change the way that we use energy," Obama told a crowd gathered at Prague Castle for his only public speech during his maiden tour of Europe. "Together we must confront climate change by ending the world's dependency on fossil fuels by tapping the power from the sources of energy like the wind and the sun and...
  • Obama will seek test ban treaty ratification (

    04/05/2009 1:13:47 PM PDT · by Red Steel · 15 replies · 759+ views
    Google AP ^ | April 5, 2009
    <p>PRAGUE (AP) — President Barack Obama is calling for the United States to make a new effort to ratify the comprehensive nuclear test ban treaty.</p> <p>Speaking in Prague, Obama said ratification of the treaty that the Senate rejected a decade ago is one of the "concrete steps" the U.S. can take to reach his goal of ridding the world of nuclear weapons.</p>
  • News Conference By President Obama (Obama invents new language!)

    04/05/2009 2:08:43 PM PDT · by ScaniaBoy · 26 replies · 1,320+ views
    Talking Points Memo ^ | April 4, 2009 | Transcript presented by the White House
    Palaiz [sic! - Palace is spelled Palais in French] de la Musique et Des Congres Strasbourg, France 4:32 P.M. (Local) ---[SNIP]--- [Full press release at link above]  Q Sonja Sagmeister from a little country, Austria, from Austrian Television. Mr. President, you said you came here to learn and to listen. So a quite personal question -- what did you learn from your personal talk with the European leaders? And did this change in a certain way your views on Europe and its politics? PRESIDENT OBAMA: It's an interesting question. I had already formed relationships with many of them. Some of...
  • Obama Backs Turkey EU Accession [Gets Butt-Kicked by Sarkozy & Merkel: "Its To The EU"]

    04/05/2009 2:47:13 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 31 replies · 1,688+ views
    BBC News ^ | April 05, 2009
    Obama backs Turkey EU accession Mr Obama said Western nations should engage with the Muslim world US President Barack Obama has arrived in Turkey on a two-day visit, after giving his support to Ankara's efforts to join the European Union. He said Turkey's accession to the EU would send an important signal to the Muslim world and firmly anchor the country in Europe. But French President Nicolas Sarkozy said it was up to the EU itself to decide who joined the bloc. Correspondents say security is extremely tight for Mr Obama's visit. Snipers and riot police have been deployed and...
  • Obama gives bust of U.S. president to Klaus, receives book

    04/05/2009 1:38:12 PM PDT · by Red Steel · 48 replies · 1,569+ views
    ceskenoviny.cz ^ | April 5, 2009 | CTK
    Prague - U.S. President Barack Obama, who attended the EU-U.S. summit in Prague today, gave a bust of a former U.S. president to his Czech counterpart Vaclav Klaus, and he received a book on Prague Castle, the presidential seat, from Klaus. The Presidential Office did not specify which president the bust depicted. The Czech and U.S. first ladies also brought presents to one another. Livia Klausova gave traditional Czech glass to Michelle Obama, and she got "a beautiful little American vase" that she will display in the Lany chateau, the presidential summer residence, Klausova said. Moreover, the Obamas received presents...
  • News Conference By President Obama (Thinks Austrian is a language!!!)

    04/05/2009 2:16:20 PM PDT · by PghBaldy · 191 replies · 9,222+ views
    Q Sonja Sagmeister from a little country, Austria, from Austrian Television. Mr. President, you said you came here to learn and to listen. So a quite personal question -- what did you learn from your personal talk with the European leaders? And did this change in a certain way your views on Europe and its politics? PRESIDENT OBAMA: It's an interesting question. I had already formed relationships with many of them. ... There's a lot of -- I don't know what the term is in Austrian -- wheeling and dealing -- and, you know, people are pursuing their interests, and...
  • Obama's Debut on World Stage Yields Mixed Results

    04/05/2009 5:52:21 AM PDT · by Son House · 11 replies · 741+ views
    FOXNEWS ^ | April 04, 2009 | FOXNEWS
    Obama failed to get European leaders to commit to U.S.-style stimulus packages or to get NATO allies to send more combat troops to Afghanistan. But he prevented French President Nicolas Sarkozy from walking out of the G20 summit, as he threatened to do earlier. He also helped persuade China to agree to publish lists of tax havens, and got NATO allies to agree to sending up to 5,000 more military trainers and police to Afghanistan.
  • Obama launches effort to reduce nuclear arms ("real and immediate consequences")

    04/05/2009 5:53:32 AM PDT · by maggief · 34 replies · 1,031+ views
    AP via Yahoo ^ | 4/05/09 | MARK S. SMITH
    PRAGUE – President Barack Obama on Sunday launched an effort to rid the world of nuclear weapons, calling them "the most dangerous legacy of the Cold War" and saying the U.S. has a moral responsibility to lead as the only nation to ever use one. In a speech driven with fresh urgency by North Korea's rocket launch just hours earlier, Obama said the U.S. would "immediately and aggressively" seek ratification of a comprehensive ban on testing nuclear weapons. He said the U.S. would host a summit within the next year on reducing and eventually eliminating nuclear weapons, and he called...
  • US first lady falls in love with Prague ('Bow' wow?)

    04/05/2009 7:23:37 AM PDT · by maggief · 181 replies · 5,464+ views
    China Daily ^ | 4/05/09 | (Agencies)
    PRAGUE -- Michelle Obama's whirlwind tour of Prague turned into a love affair with a city and its people. "I'll be back," she said. Crowds of young Czechs and tourists chanting "Obama! Obama!" waved at the first lady as she walked the cobblestones of the Jewish Quarter. She waved right back, and there were no angry faces as far as the eye could see. "She was totally with them," said Michaela Sidenberg, her guide.
  • Obama backs Turkey for EU but France says no

    04/05/2009 8:24:46 AM PDT · by VRWCTexan · 63 replies · 1,683+ views
    Reuters UK | April 5, 2009 | Reuters
    ...Obama urged the European Union on Sunday to accept Turkey as a full member of the 27-nation bloc...Obama told the summit..."Moving forward towards Turkish membership in the EU would be an important signal of your (EU) commitment to this agenda and ensure that we continue to anchor Turkey firmly in Europe,"
  • Obama swoops into Prague for EU-US summit

    04/04/2009 6:44:55 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 16 replies · 884+ views
    AFP on Yahoo ^ | 4/4/09 | Jan Flemr
    PRAGUE (AFP) – Barack Obama flew into Prague on Saturday for a summit with EU leaders, making his first venture behind the erstwhile Iron Curtain on the third leg of his maiden European tour as US president. Obama will be using his visit to the Czech Republic -- current holder of the rotating EU presidency -- to deliver a keynote speech on nuclear proliferation, as the world awaits a threatened North Korean missile launch. Together with Poland, the Czech Republic is to host elements of a nuclear missile defence shield, initiated by Obama's predecessor George W. Bush, that Russia regards...
  • Europe melts for Michelle

    04/04/2009 5:01:02 PM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 104 replies · 2,957+ views
    Europe melts for Michelle By: Nia-Malika Henderson and Jonathan Martin April 4, 2009 06:33 PM EST He was cool and understated, the slightest bit aloof. She choked up as she told young minority girls to follow their dreams. He gave speeches. She gave hugs. And while Barack Obama came to Europe as the American president, Michelle Obama came as something entirely different – almost an American tourist, but the kind even jaded Europeans could love, big-hearted, curious, sophisticated yet accessible. They simply melted for Michelle. Of course, the Europeans were eager to gush over a First Couple not named Bush....
  • Obama Gives Croatian President Mesic Washington Treaty Copy

    04/04/2009 10:38:00 AM PDT · by Ravnagora · 6 replies · 519+ views
    Javno ^ | April 2009 | A.S./ English Translation by Lajla Mlinari&#263; Blake
    Stjepan Mesic, Barack Obama, Ivo Sanader Albania and Croatia have already done a lot on behalf of NATO, Barack Obama said, alluding to soldiers participating in peace missions. The NATO summit in Strasbourg began with a minute of silence for people who had been killed on behalf of NATO. After that, French President Nicolas Sarkozy held a speech. He said the summit was taking place in Germany and France to show that these two countries ensure peace and security together. German Chancellor Angela Merkel stressed that Afghanistan is NATO’s biggest challenge. "We must define our goals and periodically determine what...
  • Obama Connects With Young Europeans [tells cheering crowd in France, "America is changing"]

    04/04/2009 12:09:00 PM PDT · by ETL · 41 replies · 1,825+ views
    New York Times (aka NY SLIMES) ^ | April 3, 2009 | HELENE COOPER
    STRASBOURG, France — President Obama, appearing on the eve of a NATO summit meeting here, told a cheering crowd of young people on Friday that “America is changing, but it cannot be America alone that changes.” The gathering resembled any of the countless, similar rallies held during his presidential campaign. But this one took place in the Alsatian border region of France and Germany, not in a gymnasium in Des Moines, and Mr. Obama seemed bent on repairing soured trans-Atlantic relations that began with the American-led invasion of Iraq in 2003.
  • Czech leaders hope to talk Obama into radar

    04/03/2009 1:20:44 PM PDT · by Grzegorz 246 · 10 replies · 1,134+ views
    AFP ^ | April 3, 2009
    PRAGUE (AFP) – The Czech Republic's prime minister hopes to persuade US President Barack Obama not to abandon a controversial missile shield project in Eastern Europe when he visits Prague this weekend. "I will tell him that we, unlike him, are complying with the ratification" of diplomatic and military contracts on the missile shield signed in 2008, outgoing Prime Minister Mirek Topolanek said recently on the Czech Radio. Washington's new policy of dialogue with Moscow has increased anxiety among Prague and Warsaw leaders who support a radar base on Czech soil and anti-missile interceptors in Poland despite loud protests from...
  • Barack Obama puts romantic meal with Michelle before Czech politicians

    04/03/2009 3:36:28 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 90 replies · 2,801+ views
    timesonline.co.uk ^ | April 4, 2009 | David Charter
    The charms of a wonderful woman and a beautiful city are hard to beat. So much so that Barack Obama will snub his hosts after arriving in Prague this evening in favour of a romantic Saturday night dinner with his wife, Michelle. The Czech Republic is a stopover on the US President's first tour of Europe because it currently holds the presidency of the European Union, which rotates every six months. But rather than meet the country's conservative leaders, with whom the President has little in common and who have been rather rude about the United States recently, the Obamas...