obumer epic fail
The Grand Obama $2 Billion "Vacation" Summit-Epic Fail
Leaving aside his bizarre absolutions of radical Islam in the face of Hindus
who have just removed bloodstainsfromthe carpet at the Taj Mahal palace and
have lost 80 million to Islamists over history, let's focus on the stated
purpose of President Obama's $2 billion dollar "vacation:" to seal deals to
grow America's economy and create jobs at home.
That mission was, in the opinion of conservatives and liberals, at home and
around the world -- an epic fail.
"Not so beautiful from this angle." "President Obama's visit did nothing
for peaceful relations between India and Pakistan."
"Chinese officials were more blunt in rejecting U.S. calls for faster
reform, suggesting that the burgeoning U.S. trade deficit with China this
year is primarily the result of excessive spending on imports by U.S.
consumers and businesses, "If you're sick yourself, don't ask others to take
medicine," Chinese Commerce Ministry spokesman Yu Jianhua said."
Germany's Angela Merkel offered no sympathy:
"Mrs. Merkel, reflecting a more traditional German view born of her
country's history of hyperinflation before World War II, was equally
adamant. "I am not one, and Germany is not one, who says growth and fiscal
consolidation are contradictory," she said during a lunchtime address in
Seoul. "They can go together, and it is essential to return to a sustainable
She also suggested that it was the job of deficit countries - like the
United States and Britain, though she diplomatically avoided citing them -
to increase their competitiveness rather than put limits on countries that
had figured out how to get the world to buy their goods. "In the task ahead,
the benchmark has to be the countries that have been most competitive, not
to reduce to the lowest common denominator," she said. "
Mr Obama found himself in the odd position of having to defend the US's
independent central bank.He was also unable to quell concerns that the US
government is deliberately trying to weaken the dollar to boost exports.
Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva said yesterday he would press
Mr Obama to explain the Fed's move.South Korean President Lee Myung-bak
demurred when asked about it.
"I think that kind of question should be asked to me when President Obama
is not standing right next to me," Mr Lee answered."
"Obama hits the "trifecta of failure" in Seoul."
Fox News Nation Op-ed: Obama's "Asian Trip A Complete Failure"
"The most conceited White House in memory thinks it is making history in
Asia. Instead, President Obama is completing his longest foreign trip with
no real accomplishments to show for himself-and a reinforced image as a weak
leader in over his head."
Los Angeles Times:
"President Obama appeared to fall short. Leaders of the world's biggest
economies showed that they were in no mood to compromise"
"President Obama seemed willing to buck big labor's influence; his failure
to get the job done is beyond disappointing."
"So good is the India-America relationship these days that Barack Obama
has been warmly welcomed even when he comes with precious little to say.
The opening part of his four-country Asia trip, in India, may turn out to
be a great success (at least compared with the Indonesian part of it, which
risks being blown off course by a troublesome volcano). But the first two
days delivered little for anyone to get excited about."
Wall Street Journal: "Mr. Obama's Rough Week"
Once upon a time, a President could take refuge from political setbacks at
home by dialing up the White House travel office and heading overseas.
But President Barack Obama hasn't gotten much of aboost so far from his
post-election Asian odyssey, unless you count the polite applause with which
enemies of a proposed free trade deal with South Korea greeted Mr. Obama's
failure to clinch the agreement ahead ofthe Group of 20meeting in Seoul.
The collapse of the South Korea trade talks and the frosty reception Mr.
Obama's ideas for narrowing global trade imbalanced received from the
leaders of China and Germany - earned Mr. Obama well short of boffo notices
Friday in the mainstream media back home. "Traveling in Asia, Obama's Glow
Dims," declared the New York Times.
"Obama, weakened after midterms, reveals limited leverage in failed S.
Korea deal," was the judgment of the Washington Post.
"U.S. Wields Less Clout at Summit," was the call by the Wall Street
Journal's Jonathan Weisman and Damian Paletta.
The Weekly Standard's Andrew B. Wilson raised a skeptical eyebrow at
President Obama's rhetorical embrace offree trade and deregulation during
his trip to India.
The Group of 20 industrialized nations punted until next year the task of
defining what should be done to bolster the sluggish recovery and adjust
"imbalances" in trade and currency values.
Meanwhile, back in Washington, the trial balloon deficit cutting plan
launched by the co-chairs of Mr. Obama's deficit cutting commission absorbed
more buckshot from left and right, and the Democratic co-chairman, Erskine
Bowles, took a poke at "people in the White House," saying he'd spent more
time listening to Republican ideas for balancing the federal budget than any
Politico kicked Mr. Obama's summitry down below headlines about
Republicans looking for Democrats to help dismantle the President's health
plan, and began speculating about 2012: "Map Narrows for Obama reelection."
Good heavens, Obama couldn't even go to the restroom in Korea without a
controversy! Korea Herald: "Animal activists slam goldfish security."
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