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  • One Person Claps for Obama at The Hague

    03/27/2014 1:56:18 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 24 replies
    Rush Limbaugh.com ^ | March 27, 2014 | Rush Limbaugh
    BEGIN TRANSCRIPT RUSH: You may not think that it's as bad for Obama out there as I'm making it out to be. Well, Tuesday morning at The Hague, in the Netherlands, Obama held a joint press conference with the Netherlands prime minister Mark Rutte. At the very end of the presser, Obama ends it by saying this. Now, you'll hear the emcee, but the point is one person... We did not doctor this. This is the point I have to tell you: We did not touch this. There is no verbal audio equivalent of anything they Photoshopped here. This happened...
  • Barack Obama Knows Now What It’s Like to Give a Speech Where Only One Man Claps

    03/26/2014 10:48:42 PM PDT · by kingattax · 26 replies
    International Journal Review ^ | 3-26-14 | Mike Miller
    VIDEO AT LINKOkay, THAT was certainly embarrassing. At the end of a joint news conference with Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte in the Netherlands on Tuesday, the applause for Barack Obama came from a grand total of one guy. One. After thanking the crowd twice for suffering through his boring, standard worn-out spiel, Obama looked around the room, expecting the usual fanfare and applause he receives from his loyal followers back home. It never came. Instead, the Leader of the Free World was met with one slow, awkward clap. Question: was MSNBC’s Chris Matthews in the house?
  • Obama Flies to A Europe Shaken by Putin's Bold Strategy

    03/23/2014 1:33:52 PM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 122 replies
    NBC News ^ | March 23, 2014 | By Tom Curry
    resident Barack Obama flies Sunday to a Europe shaken by Vladimir Putin’s seizure of Crimea and his threats against eastern parts of Ukraine. At a summit conference at The Hague on preventing nuclear terrorism – scheduled long before the Ukraine crisis – Obama will confer with German Chancellor Angela Merkel and other leaders. On Monday afternoon Obama will meet with President Xi Jinping of China, Russia’s neighbor and sometime rival. Putin has forced the United States and Europe to refocus on the origins of the modern transatlantic alliance -- the 1949 NATO defense partnership designed to prevent a Russian invasion...
  • Europe Loses Trust in Obama

    11/12/2013 11:33:03 AM PST · by Hojczyk · 20 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | November12,2013 | JOHN VINOCUR
    What's novel here is that in Europe, doubts about America's wisdom, strength and resolve are increasingly focused on the person of the president. Beyond the espionage, think of Mr. Obama's hesitations on Iran and turnabouts concerning Syria—or his role in lengthening the U.S. budget shutdown, or in providing America with a new but crippled national health program. These days, and to varying degrees, the governments of France, Britain and Germany regard Mr. Obama as a problem. No longer expressed only in private, the notion represents a decline in the reflexive acceptance and respect that had cushioned European attitudes about his...
  • Mainstream baffled as French turn to far right

    10/14/2013 7:15:39 AM PDT · by don-o · 62 replies
    France 24 ^ | October 14, 2013
    AFP - France's mainstream political parties were Monday scratching their heads over what to do about a surge by the Front National (FN) after a breakthrough by-election win for the far-right party. The ruling Socialist party and the centre-right Union for a Popular Movement (UMP), the party of former president Nicolas Sarkozy, face humiliating reverses in municipal and European elections next year if the FN can sustain its current standing in the eyes of an electorate thoroughly fed-up with record unemployment, rising taxes and a perceived increase in crime and insecurity. A poll published last week suggested the FN could...
  • Obama's Berlin speech: History raises the stakes

    06/19/2013 7:54:20 AM PDT · by MrChips · 17 replies
    Associated Press ^ | June 19, 2013 | Juim Kuhnhenn
    BERLIN (AP) — Five years and 50 years. As President Barack Obama revisits Berlin, he can't escape those anniversaries and the inevitable comparisons to history and personal achievement. With his own 2008 speech at Berlin's Victory Column and former President John F. Kennedy's 1963 historic denunciation of the Soviet bloc as markers, Obama will use an address at the city's Brandenburg Gate on Wednesday to renew his call to reduce the world's nuclear stockpiles. The White House said Obama will draw attention to his plan for a one-third reduction in U.S. and Russian arsenals, rekindling a goal that was a...
  • Spain Hit By General Strike

    03/29/2012 10:16:08 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 5 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | March 29, 2012 | By David Roman
    A nationwide general strike Thursday forced the closure of factories across Spain, though activity levels remained largely normal in big cities despite minor violent incidents. The strike, called by the country's two largest unions, is the first clear challenge to Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy's austerity and reform drive. It has drawn support from the Socialist Party, which was in power until December and is the largest opposition in parliament, as well as the much smaller United Left bloc. The protest puts the spotlight on Spain just a day before the government presents its 2012 budget, which the EU and investors...
  • Now confidence in Obama plunges in Europe too - Barroso says EU-US relationship is not...

    07/15/2010 1:29:07 PM PDT · by pissant · 17 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 7/15/10 | staff
    The EU’s most senior figure has revealed disappointment with President Barack Obama’s presidency and has called for efforts to revive transatlantic relations. Jose Manuel Barroso, the President of the European Commission, said the EU-US relationship was not ‘living up to its potential’ and was being weakened by disagreements on how to deal with the economic crisis. Europe’s austerity strategy clashed with Mr Obama’s call to maintain fiscal stimulus at the G20 summit. Mr Barroso cited climate change and trade reform as further reasons for the rift in an interview with The Times.
  • Obama cancels Poland trip due to volcano fallout

    04/17/2010 12:11:14 PM PDT · by lizol · 52 replies · 1,656+ views
    The Washington Post ^ | April 17, 2010
    Obama cancels Poland trip due to volcano fallout The Associated Press Saturday, April 17, 2010; 2:56 PM WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama has canceled plans to travel to Poland for the funeral of President Lech Kaczynski (lekh kah-CHIN'-skee). A White House statement Saturday cited hazardous flying conditions posed by the ash cloud from the erupting volcano in Iceland. The cloud has forced huge portions of European airspace to be closed. The fear is that microscopic particles of highly abrasive ash could endanger passengers by causing aircraft engines to fail. Obama was to leave Washington on Saturday night for Sunday's state...
  • President Obama says the loss of Polish President Kaczynski is ‘devastating’

    04/10/2010 7:16:00 AM PDT · by lizol · 35 replies · 1,199+ views
    Thaindian News ^ | April 10th, 2010
    President Obama says the loss of Polish President Kaczynski is ‘devastating’ April 10th, 2010 - 8:15 pm WASHINGTON, D.C. (BNO NEWS) — President Obama on Saturday released the following statement after Polish President Lech Kaczynski, his wife, and other senior government figures were killed in a plane crash in western Russia. “Today, I called Polish Prime Minister Tusk to express Michelle’s and my deepest condolences to the people of Poland on the tragic deaths this morning of President Lech Kaczynski, First Lady Maria Kaczynski, and all who were traveling with them to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the Katyn massacre....
  • Special relationship between UK and US is over, MPs say

    03/29/2010 3:41:35 AM PDT · by darkside321 · 17 replies · 797+ views
    The UK government needs to be "less deferential" towards the US and more willing to say no to Washington, a group of MPs have said. The Commons Foreign Affairs committee also said it was wrong to speak of "the special relationship" with the US, as it was fostering other alliances. However, the MPs did agree that the link between the countries was "profound and valuable". The Foreign Office said the two nations share a "unique" bond. The committee said the phrase "the special relationship" did not reflect the "modern" Anglo-American relationship. It was originally coined more than 60 years ago...
  • Allies everywhere feeling snubbed by President Obama

    03/17/2010 8:54:08 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 40 replies · 941+ views
    Washington Post ^ | March 17, 2010 | Robert Kagan
    The contretemps between President Obama and Israel needs to be seen in a broader global context. The president who ran against "unilateralism" in the 2008 campaign has worse relations overall with American allies than George W. Bush did in his second term. Israelis shouldn't feel that they have been singled out. In Britain, people are talking about the end of the "special relationship" with America and worrying that Obama has no great regard for the British, despite their ongoing sacrifices in Afghanistan. In France, President Nicolas Sarkozy has openly criticized Obama for months (and is finally being rewarded with a...
  • Allied bid for Obama to remove US European nuclear stockpile

    02/21/2010 11:18:33 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 25 replies · 667+ views
    AFP via Space Daily ^ | 02/19/2010 | AFP via Space Daily
    European NATO allies are to urge President Barack Obama to remove all remaining US nuclear weapons from European soil, as domestic pressure grows to rid its soil of outdated Cold War-era aerial bombs. Belgium, Germany, Luxembourg, The Netherlands and Norway will call "in the coming weeks" for more than 200 American warheads, mostly stocked in Italy and Turkey, to be taken back, a spokesman for Prime Minister Yves Leterme told AFP. A joint proposal by the five NATO members will demand "that nuclear arms on European soil belonging to other NATO member states are removed," Dominique Dehaene said. Only the...
  • Why Obama Is Ignoring Europe

    02/09/2010 8:17:17 PM PST · by Nachum · 15 replies · 659+ views
    Der Spiegel ^ | 2/9/10 | Katharina Peters
    The relationship between the US and the European Union is cooling. By declining to come to Spain for a trans-Atlantic summit, President Barack Obama made it clear that Brussels is far down on his priority list. The reasons for that can be found in Europe. The US president is traveling a lot these days -- and a clear pattern has emerged. The deeper into the United States it takes him, the better -- be it Nashua, New Hampshire or Tampa, Florida. The issue is always the same: How can Barack Obama create more jobs?
  • EU summit scrapped after Obama 'snub'

    02/03/2010 12:27:58 PM PST · by Sub-Driver · 45 replies · 1,164+ views
    EU summit off after Obama 'snub' The European Union has scrapped a summit with the US, after President Barack Obama decided not to attend. The event in Madrid in May was to have been the highlight of Spain's six-month EU presidency, and the cancellation is seen as a humiliating blow. Officials say the summit may be take place later this year. BBC European affairs correspondent Oana Lungescu says many see Mr Obama's decision as a snub to the EU's hopes of boosting its global role. On Tuesday, the White House said Mr Obama had had no plans to attend the...
  • Sarkozy cools toward Obama [has now shifted from a pro-Bush position to an anti-Obama position]

    01/03/2010 11:10:43 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 82 replies · 4,650+ views
    The Global Times of China ^ | December 29, 2009 | Staff
    French President Nicolas Sarkozy has gone cold on his US counterpart Barack Obama, the Financial Times (FT) reported Monday. Sarkozy, whose pro-Washington stance has seen him nicknamed "Sarko the American," stressed that France and the US were "the same family" during his first face-to-face meeting with Obama in April since the US elections last year. But the French president has clashed since then with his US counterpart on a series of issues, raising the question of whether Sarkozy is reverting to the anti-US posture of his predecessor, Jacques Chirac. "He has now shifted from a pro-Bush position to an anti-Obama...
  • Obama's Nobel snub angers Norwegians

    12/10/2009 1:46:06 AM PST · by rdl6989 · 80 replies · 2,685+ views
    guardian.co.uk ^ | Dec 10, 2009 | Gwladys Fouché and Ewen MacAskill
    Barack Obama has arrived in Oslo to receive his Nobel peace prize amid considerable anger over the White House's decision to cancel a series of events normally attended by the prizewinner. Obama is scheduled to meet the Norwegian prime minister, Jens Stoltenberg, and the Norwegian royal family before receiving his medal at a ceremony due to begin at midday. His main speech is scheduled at a banquet tonight. But Norwegians are incensed over what they view as his shabby response to the prize by cutting short his visit. The White House has cancelled many of the events peace prize laureates...
  • Obama Snubs the King

    12/09/2009 1:18:29 PM PST · by rightwingintelligentsia · 62 replies · 2,316+ views
    The Daily Beast ^ | December 9, 2009 | Katarina Andersson
    Finally some Europeans are angry with Obama—the very ones who are awarding him his Nobel. Katarina Andersson on the president's decision to decline lunch with King Harald and skip his own Nobel exhibit. A day before President Obama receives his Nobel Peace Prize in Oslo, the president’s treatment of his Norwegian hosts has become hot news across Scandinavia. News outlets across the region are calling Obama arrogant for slashing some of the prize winners’ traditional duties from his schedule. “Everybody wants to visit the Peace Center except Obama,” sniped the Norwegian daily Aftenposten, amid reports the president would snub his...
  • Further changes to Obama's travel plans (2 trips)

    12/06/2009 7:11:05 PM PST · by Shermy · 29 replies · 1,156+ views
    Norway Post ^ | December 5, 2009
    US President Barack Obama has made further changes to his plans for travelling to Europe. He will now go to the UN Climate Summit in Copenhagen after the Nobel Peace Prize Award ceremony in Oslo, rather than before. (With latest update) Aftenposten, quoting the White House, says Prsident Obama has decided to attend the closing sessions of the Copenhagen Summit, and arrive there on December 18th. Original plans called for Obama to travel to Copenhagen for the opening of the Summit, and then travel on to Oslo on the evening of Wednesday, December the 9th, and then return to Washington...
  • Why Europe Feels Rejected by Obama

    11/17/2009 2:01:16 PM PST · by Sub-Driver · 34 replies · 1,392+ views
    Why Europe Feels Rejected by Obama By JOHN VINOCUR Why would an American president not come to a celebration marking the fall of the Berlin Wall, and with it, the triumphant end of the Cold War — one of the high points of the United States’ and Europe’s common 20th-century history? Whatever the exact answer — and it could be that a fatigued Barack Obama didn’t want the physical strain of a trans-Atlantic trip days before a weeklong tour of Asia — his absence from the Nov. 9 ceremonies in Germany has reinforced Europe’s fear that it has become an...
  • Obama Draws Criticism for Sitting Out Berlin Wall Anniversary

    11/08/2009 2:12:54 PM PST · by Bulldawg Fan · 25 replies · 1,372+ views
    Foxnews.com ^ | 11/8/09 | unknown
    The president does not plan to travel to Germany to attend the 20th anniversary celebration Monday of the fall of the Berlin Wall, drawing heated criticism from those who say he's ignoring a shining triumph of American-inspired democracy. In this July 24, 2008, photo, then-Sen. Barack Obama is seen greeting the crowd in Berlin. (AP Photo) President Obama squeezed in a trip to Copenhagen last month to lobby, unsuccessfully, for Chicago to host the 2016 Summer Olympics. He plans to travel to Oslo next month to accept the Nobel Peace Prize, an award that even Obama has said he does...
  • Caption: Another Hillary moment (party at the 20th Anniversary of fall of Berlin Wall)

    11/08/2009 10:41:36 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 27 replies · 1,912+ views
    Reuters Photos on Yahoo ^ | 11/8/09 | Reuters
    German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle (R) introduces his partner Michael Mronz (L) to his U.S. counterpart Hillary Clinton during the Atlantic Council Awards ceremony at the Adlon hotel in Berlin, November 8, 2009, one day ahead of the celebrations marking the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach (GERMANY ANNIVERSARY POLITICS)
  • Obama steps into GM Europe row

    11/05/2009 5:15:08 PM PST · by bruinbirdman · 25 replies · 730+ views
    The Telegraph ^ | 11/5/2009 | Graham Ruddick
    Barack Obama has stepped into the row about the future of Vauxhall and Opel as anger about General Motors’ decision to keep its European operations threatens to harm transatlantic relationships. President Obama is believed to have secured an agreement with Angela Merkel, the German chancellor, that she would “co-ordinate” with the US leader on the future of GM Europe during a phone call. The American government is the majority shareholder in GM but a spokesman for Ms Merkel said President Obama told Ms Merkel he had not been involved in the car maker’s decision to scrap the sale of Vauxhall...
  • Who lost France ?

    10/24/2009 11:58:43 AM PDT · by RobinMasters · 18 replies · 1,138+ views
    Hot Air ^ | October 23, 2009 | ED MORRISSEY
    Barack Obama campaigned on restoring America’s standing with its allies, accusing the outgoing Bush administration of insulting and alienating our closest friends with his alleged unilateralism. How has Obama done as President? He has repeatedly insulted the British, insisting that there is no “special relationship” and demonstrating it by denying Gordon Brown the usual joint press conference on his visit to the US. Reuters reports that another close ally has taken the measure of Obama and started looking elsewhere for cooperation: French President Nicolas Sarkozy, initially dubbed Sarko the American for his pro-U.S. stance, is finding it much tougher to...
  • ANALYSIS - Disappointed Sarkozy shifts gaze from Washington

    10/23/2009 2:39:40 PM PDT · by Cincinna · 25 replies · 1,567+ views
    Forbes.com ^ | Fri Oct 23, 2009 | Crispian Balmer
    French President Nicolas Sarkozy, initially dubbed Sarko the American for his pro-U.S. stance, is finding it much tougher to deal with Washington than he had anticipated and is recalibrating his policies accordingly. Stung by perceived snubs from U.S. President Barack Obama and encouraged by the growing importance of the G20, Sarkozy is increasingly reaching out to non-aligned states in an effort to extend France's international influence. He has forged especially close ties with Brazil, is seeking alliances in central Asia and is intensifying his activities in the Middle East, using multi-billion dollar military and civilian nuclear trade deals as his...
  • Sarkozy says no more French troops

    10/16/2009 7:02:34 AM PDT · by xzins · 107 replies · 2,942+ views
    UPI.com ^ | 16 Oct 09
    UPI) -- President Nicolas Sarkozy of France says he wants to see victory in Afghanistan but has no plans to send more French troops to that country. Speaking to the Le Figaro newspaper, the French leader said he believes there should be a build-up of more Afghan troops, CNN reported. As for staying on in Afghanistan, Sarkozy told the newspaper: "I answer yes -- and stay to win. "But France will not send one more soldier," he added. "My belief is that more Afghan soldiers are needed. It is them who will be the most efficient to win this war...
  • Dear Europeans: Obama Is Just Not That Into You

    10/16/2009 6:02:30 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 4 replies · 401+ views
    IBD Editorials ^ | October 16, 2009 | VICTOR DAVIS HANSON
    Norway stunned the world by awarding the coveted Nobel Peace Prize to President Obama, who was nominated for the honor after being in office less than two weeks. But the award is in keeping with Europeans' behavior over these first nine months of Obama's presidency. They've gone gaga over the guy. In return, however, their crush is not quite being reciprocated. Obama did his best to avoid British Prime Minister Gordon Brown at the recent G-20 summit. The tabloids in Britain still whine about the tawdry gifts the cool Obama gave Brown when he came to Washington earlier this year....
  • Obama Cancels Plans to Attend Berlin Wall Anniversary

    10/16/2009 1:45:45 PM PDT · by Gritty · 48 replies · 1,641+ views
    Der Spiegel ^ | 10/16/2009 | unknown
    US President Barack Obama has shelved his plans to attend festivities marking the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will reportedly take his place at the Nov. 9 celebrations. Germany is going to have to wait longer than expected for US President Barack Obama's first official visit. Citing government sources in Berlin, Reuters reported on Friday that Obama will not attend the anniversary festivities marking two decades since the fall of the Berlin Wall. The event will take place on Nov. 9 -- just two days before Obama embarks on a long-planned...
  • Michelle Obama: It's a 'sacrifice' to travel to Europe to pitch for the Olympics

    09/30/2009 5:06:32 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 30 replies · 1,570+ views
    washingtonexaminer.com ^ | Sept. 30, 2009 | Byron York
    In her speech in Copenhagen today, First Lady Michelle Obama said her trip to Denmark, along with the travel of her "dear friend" and "chit-chat buddy" Oprah Winfrey, as well as tomorrow's visit by President Obama, is a "sacrifice" on behalf of the children of Chicago and the United States. "As much of a sacrifice as people say this is for me or Oprah or the president to come for these few days," the first lady told a crowd of people involved in the Chicago project, "so many of you in this room have been working for years to bring...
  • Obama worries Europe after Polish slight

    09/30/2009 12:53:26 AM PDT · by underthestreetlite · 9 replies · 710+ views
    Russia News Net ^ | 29 September 2009
    The American decision to back out of a Bush-administration agreement has Europe worried that Barack Obama may sacrifice Central Europe to repair relations with Russia. The Los Angeles Times has reported that the Polish Foreign Minister, Radoslaw Sikorski, said last week his country would now have to look inward rather to the US for security. Barack Obama in overturning the Bush-era plan for the missile shield in Poland and other parts of Eastern Europe caused memories of the Cold War to come flooding back in Poland, which was once the casualty of Russian domination. In Poland and among other members...
  • Obama Will Disappoint Europeans As Post-American World Emerges

    09/25/2009 6:16:45 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 23 replies · 1,538+ views
    IBD Editorials ^ | September 25, 2009 | MARK STEYN
    Half a decade or so back, I wrote: "It's a good basic axiom that if you take a quart of ice cream and a quart of dog feces and mix 'em together the result will taste more like the latter than the former. That's the problem with the U.N." Absolutely right, if I do say so myself. When you make the free nations and the thug states members of the same club, the danger isn't that they'll meet each other half-way but that the free world winds up going three-quarters, seven-eighths of the way. That's what happened in New York...
  • Senators Disagree on Obama's New Missile Defense Policy in Europe

    09/24/2009 6:26:57 PM PDT · by Pan_Yan · 8 replies · 598+ views
    VOA News ^ | 24 September 2009 | Cindy Saine
    Several U.S. senators have blasted President Barack Obama's decision to change U.S. missile defense policy in Europe, accusing the president of "abandoning" U.S. allies there. Senior Pentagon officials and some other senators defended the new strategy at an Armed Services Committee hearing Thursday, saying the new plan is the best way to deal directly with the nuclear threat from Iran. President Obama surprised the world last Thursday when he announced plans to cancel a missile defense system in Europe proposed by the Bush administration. The Bush-era program would have placed ground-based interceptors in Poland and a radar station in the...
  • Obama may appear before Olympic committee to support Chicago's bid

    09/20/2009 4:54:28 PM PDT · by COUNTrecount · 17 replies · 853+ views
    LA Times ^ | Sept. 20, 2009 | Christi Parsons
    Reporting from Washington - President Obama is dispatching an advance team to Copenhagen to pave the way for a possible personal appearance before the International Olympic Committee next month. The decision doesn't necessarily mean Obama will be able to make an in-person appeal for his adopted hometown of Chicago, which is bidding to host the Olympics in 2016, a senior advisor to the president said Saturday. But the president wants to make sure he has the option to go, in case he can get away from healthcare discussions to make the trip. Before any presidential trip, White House advance teams...
  • Christ Worships Obama, Makes Graven Image ('He has power, lots of power,' says Christ)

    07/23/2009 9:37:56 AM PDT · by kristinn · 8 replies · 787+ views
    Thursday, July 23, 2009 | Kristinn
    The Associated Press reports a German artist named Juergen Christ has made a wood carving illustrating Barack Obama's Berlin speech last year, engravings of which will be sold as art.Christ is quoted as saying of Obama, "He's young, good looking, can orate amazingly and has power, lots of power."Christ also calls Obama "an honest soul."Christ wears a bow tie. Who knew?AP photo by Roberto Pfeil
  • Psychiatric Care Ordered for Obama Protester

    07/21/2009 11:57:19 AM PDT · by Dallas59 · 22 replies · 856+ views
    Yahoo News ^ | 07/21/2009 | Yahoo News
    BERLIN – A court has ordered psychiatric care for a man who staged a short-lived protest before Barack Obama's speech in Berlin during his campaign for the U.S. presidency.
  • Why Germany Can Expect The Re-Election of Angela Merkel

    07/17/2009 3:21:34 PM PDT · by FMoran · 7 replies · 797+ views
    The Politicizer ^ | 07.13.2009 | Emily Sieg
    n Germany, 2009 is known as the ‘Super Election Year.’ Not only have the European Union elections already taken place, but come September, a new state government may be formed. The current Chancellor, Angela Merkel, plans to retain the top office as member of the Christian Democrats Union (CDU). Her challenger, Frank-Walter Steinmeier, hails from the Social Democrats Party (SPD) and currently holds both positions as Vice-Chancellor and Foreign Minister. Political scrutiny of the two candidates has revealed peculiar results. Critics characterize Mr. Steinmeier’s faults in much the same way as his rival’s. Charisma is an attribute that can neither...
  • America's European President

    07/14/2009 4:38:09 PM PDT · by Titus Quinctius Cincinnatus · 1 replies · 191+ views
    Soon to be published | 14 July 2009 | Tim Dunkin
    You can often tell a lot about a man by looking at those who approve of him. This was shown last week during Obama's whirlwind tour of Russia, Italy, and Ghana. He practically gave away the whole house when he was in Moscow, agreeing to limit America's nuclear arsenal, while also putting an effective halt to the missile defense program that would protect our erstwhile allies in Europe from Russian extortion – so we can be pretty sure the Russians like him now. In Italy, we were treated to the spectacle of Old Europe's socialist leaders (and remember, even “right-wingers”...
  • Caption the Obamas leaving Italy

    07/10/2009 12:23:45 PM PDT · by Sig Sauer P220 · 91 replies · 3,926+ views
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  • G-8 Summit (Obama making us proud)

    07/09/2009 1:45:05 PM PDT · by Nachum · 38 replies · 2,630+ views
    Yahoo ^ | 7/9/09 | REUTERS
    U.S. President Barack Obama (C) and France's President Nicolas Sarkozy (R) take their places with junior G8 delegates for a family photo at the G8 summit in L'Aquila, Italy, July 9, 2009.
  • White House Says Obama, Pope Benedict XVI Will Have "Frank" Talk on Abortion

    07/08/2009 2:48:39 PM PDT · by wagglebee · 45 replies · 1,070+ views
    Life News ^ | 7/8/09 | Steven Ertelt
    Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) -- The White House is saying that pro-abortion President Barack Obama and Pope Benedict XVI, the head of the Catholic Church, will have a "frank' talk on abortion when they meet on Friday. Obama is currently in Italy for the Group of Eight summit and the two will meet after the conference concludes. "I think there will be a frank discussion [about abortion]," White House spokesman Robert Gibbs told reporters aboard Air Force One, according to an AP report.On subject like abortion where Obama is out of step with the pro-life teachings of the Catholic faith,...
  • Secret Service set to save Obama if quake hits Italy

    07/08/2009 5:39:27 PM PDT · by pissant · 52 replies · 1,341+ views
    McClatchy ^ | 7/8/09 | Stevie Thomma
    L'AQUILA, Italy — The Secret Service is confident it can get President Barack Obama out of harm's way if there is any earthquake aftershock large enough to threaten safety at a summit meeting in Italy, a top aide said Wednesday. “They wouldn't let us do anything that put anybody in danger,” White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs said as Air Force One flew to Italy from Russia. “And obviously there's plenty of planning, plenty of planning on what to do if by chance something were to happen.” After a stop in Rome, Obama was heading about 50 miles East to...
  • Obama praises Italy's 'great' leader as a man of integrity — but it's not Berlusconi

    07/08/2009 10:49:22 AM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 26 replies · 1,646+ views
    Obama praises Italy's 'great' leader as a man of integrity — but it's not Berlusconi Silvio Berlusconi escorts the President ... Image :1 of 3 Richard Owen, L'Aquila Many Italians will no doubt be pleased that when President Obama arrived in Italy today for his first G8 summit, he immediately launched into lavish praise of the nation’s “great leader”. This eminent figure had “the admiration of the Italian people”, Mr Obama said, not only because of his long public service but also for his “integrity and his graciousness". “I just want to confirm that everything I have heard about him...
  • White House Won’t Reveal How Much Michelle Obama’s European Vacation Cost Taxpayers

    07/06/2009 5:22:28 AM PDT · by kellynla · 53 replies · 2,796+ views
    cnsnews.com ^ | July 06, 2009 | Fred Lucas
    America may be in the midst of a deep recession, and the nation may be facing unprecedented deficit spending and debt, but the White House will not reveal the cost to taxpayers of the European vacation that first lady Michelle Obama and the president’s two daughters, Malia and Sasha, took last month. Travel by an American first lady typically includes the military passenger jet that carries her and the children, Secret Service personnel to provide security, and a separate cargo plane to haul official vehicles. First Lady Michelle Obama’s tour of Paris with her children included a convoy of 20...
  • When Benedict Meets Barack (Obama will help the Catholic Church find its footing in the world)

    07/05/2009 12:30:31 PM PDT · by presidio9 · 81 replies · 2,677+ views
    Time ^ | Sunday, Jul. 05, 2009 | Jeff Israely
    When Pope Benedict XVI greets U.S. President Barack Obama at the Vatican on July 10, the symbolism and sheer star power of the encounter will keep the pundits chattering away. The photo op alone is worth a thousand words: The 82-year-old man in white, the world's most recognizable religious leader and head of its largest single denomination comes face-to-face with the charismatic first black President of the world's last superpower. And the scheduling efforts of both the Vatican and the White House suggest a shared appreciation of the symbolic weight the first encounter between Obama and Benedict could carry. It...
  • 'Obama Is Certainly a European'

    06/26/2009 6:31:35 AM PDT · by Schnucki · 12 replies · 526+ views
    Der Spiegel (Germany) ^ | June 19, 2009
    Oxford historian Timothy Garton Ash discusses the demise of Europe's social democrats, threats to the European Union posed by populist nationalists, the imminent change of government in Great Britain and America's rapid slide to the left. SPIEGEL: Professor Garton Ash, in the midst of the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression voters have turned away from the social democrats and socialists in European elections. Isn't this paradoxical? Timothy Garton Ash: I think there's an explanation for it. First, voters apparently feel that the conservatives and liberals are more competent when it comes to economic policy. Second, we are witnessing...
  • Obama to meet the pope while in Italy for G-8

    06/25/2009 9:58:47 AM PDT · by presidio9 · 48 replies · 1,437+ views
    Associate Press (Obama) ^ | June 25, 2009 | VICTOR L. SIMPSON
    Pope Benedict XVI and President Barack Obama will meet on July 10, a much-anticipated Vatican audience with a president under attack by some American bishops for his support of abortion rights. Vatican spokesman the Rev. Federico Lombardi said Wednesday the Vatican had informed the White House that Benedict is available to meet the president that afternoon. White House spokesman Robert Gibbs confirmed the meeting and told reporters in Washington that Michelle Obama would accompany the president to the Vatican audience. The meeting will be at the end of Obama's stay in Italy for a G-8 summit meeting in the earthquake-stricken...
  • Pope to meet Obama July 10 during evening audience

    06/23/2009 12:11:13 PM PDT · by NYer · 46 replies · 1,600+ views
    cns ^ | June 23, 2009 | Cindy Wooden
    VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Pope Benedict XVI will welcome U.S. President Barack Obama to the Vatican July 10 for an audience scheduled to begin at 4 p.m. Obama will visit Italy July 8-10 to participate in the Group of Eight summit, a meeting of leaders of the world's wealthiest nations. The meeting will be held in L'Aquila, site of a devastating earthquake in April. After the G-8 summit, the president and his wife, Michelle, are scheduled to fly to Ghana, arriving late July 10. Although Pope Benedict usually meets heads of state and government in the morning, the Vatican agreed...
  • Why Europe Is Talking Tougher than Obama on Iran (WARNING: LIBERAL SLANT)

    06/23/2009 9:23:08 AM PDT · by wk4bush2004 · 1 replies · 238+ views
    While President Obama has chosen a deliberately measured response to the contested Iranian election, European leaders have been far less restrained in their comments. On June 16, four days after the presidential election, French President Nicolas Sarkozy called the contested poll a "tragedy" and added that "the extent of the fraud is proportional to the violent reaction." That same day, the Italian Foreign Minister, Franco Frattini, said the violence in the streets and the deaths of protesters were "unacceptable." Three days later, British Prime Minister Gordon Brown referred to "the repression and the brutality" in Iran. Over the weekend, German...
  • Hello Europe, Good-bye Europe

    06/23/2009 2:16:40 AM PDT · by Scanian · 1 replies · 391+ views
    The American Thinker ^ | June 23, 2009 | Randall Hoven
    There has been much talk recently that the US is becoming more like Europe. To be more technically accurate, we should say that the US is becoming more like what Europe used to be. In the meantime, Europe is un-Europeanizing. We are about to make France look like a holdout for rugged individualism. Plenty of sophisticated observers, including Mark Steyn and Claudia Rosett, have said the US is undergoing Europeanization. Too late. In February of 2008, I said that we are just another European country now. Exactly one year later, Newsweek agreed with me, under the title "We are all...
  • Europeans Giving Blood Money to Iraq Insurgents

    06/20/2009 3:12:14 PM PDT · by kronos77 · 5 replies · 651+ views
    Campaign Launched in Europe Raising Money for Iraq Resistance March 21, 2006 Post a Comment Font Size Print RSS E-mail Share this story with friends Buzz Up! Facebook Twitter StumbleUpon More Posters showing an American soldier with blood spurting out of his head are being used by Iraqi insurgents to raise money in Europe. The campaign is called "10 Euros for Resistance." That's about $12, and people in Italy and the Netherlands seem to be chipping in, according to Rep. Sue Kelly, R-N.Y. "Ten euros for resistance, and people who are giving the money don't care if it buys weapons....