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Phoning it in

Rich Galen

Wednesday September 26, 2012


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  • During President Barack Obama's whirlwind visit to New York City delivered a speech to the United Nations.

  • In that speech Obama said,
    "The attacks on our civilians in Benghazi were attacks on America."

  • To keep close tabs on our response to those "attacks on America" Obama played footsie with the gals on The View. And attended a reception. And Tweeted about the nature of the global issue of replacement refs in the NFL. And, for all I know, took a turn as the Naked Cowboy in Times Square.

  • This is from that well-known right-wing mouthpiece, Time Magazine:
    He arrived in Manhattan on a glorious autumn afternoon and rushed to his first - and only - public event of the day: a taping of ABC's The View with his wife, Michelle.

  • Obama did find time to slip in his U.N. speech during which he also said:
    "We were inspired by the Tunisian protests that toppled a dictator �"

    "We insisted on change in Egypt �"

    "We supported a transition of leadership in Yemen �"

    "We intervened in Libya alongside a broad coalition �"

    "We, again, declare that the regime of Bashar al-Assad must come to an end �"

  • Is it just me, or did Barack Obama sound like he was channeling George W. Bush?

  • Obama wagged his finger in the face of the Iranian delegation and warned them about their program to build nuclear weapons saying,
    "There is still time and space to [resolve this]. But that time is not unlimited."

  • He said the U.S. "will do what we must" to prevent Iran from getting a nuke, but late reporting gave no guidance on what that might involve.

    Dear Mr. Mullings:

    Stop it.

    Stop what.

    Stop pretending you're outraged at Obama's United Nations speech.

    I, er, am �

  • Ok. I had no more emotional reaction to watching Obama's speech than Obama had giving that speech.

  • We were both phoning it in.

  • First of all, just having a pretend election does not a democracy make

  • The Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt didn't just send NGOs helping to establish democratic institutions out of the country; it raided their offices, stole their money, and have sicced Interpol on some of the Americans who left the country effectively making them the equivalent of international arms dealers.

  • Yeah, Barack. That's working.

  • After the attack on the Consulate in Benghazi, the U.S. Embassy in Tripoli did nothing to keep potentially sensitive information from falling into the wrong hands.

  • "Information," here, being defined as Ambassador Chris Stevens' diary. The "wrong hands," here, being defined as a CNN reporter.

  • Yeah, Barack. That worked.

  • We were wrong in attacking Obama for having dissed Benjamin Netanyahu and refusing to have a one-on-one meeting while they were in New York - or in Washington.

  • Obama didn't have a one-on-one (called a "bi-lat," short for bi-lateral) meeting with any foreign leader.

  • All those who believe Barack Obama hates doing the job of President but loves being President, raise hands.

  • Oh. Everyone.

  • At a concert in Washington, DC this week that noted expert in international political philosophy, Madonna, said
    "For better or for worse, all right, we have a black Muslim in the White House, okay?"

  • That reminded me of one of my favorite Galen-isms:
    No matter how good your cause, there is always someone who agrees with you that you wish didn't.

  • Raise hands if you believe that if Clint Eastwood had said to the empty chair in Tampa "You are a Black Muslim" you think it might have created more of a sensation than a half-naked singer in Washington, DC saying the same thing.

  • Oh. Everyone.

  • Finally, in New York, there was much ado about the spat between Japan and China over islands "called Senkaku in Japan and Diaoyu in China, [that are] are controlled by Japan but claimed by China and Taiwan," according to the BBC.

  • Japan says they bought the islands. China says they were not for sale.

  • Japan hasn't, to my knowledge, said from whom they bought the islands but it is clear that my earlier suggestion it was from some guy named "Buster" was probably wrong.

  • On the Secret Decoder Ring page today: Links to the text of Obama's speech, to the NPR coverage of CNN and the Ambassador's diary; to Madonna's remarks and to the dispute between Japan and China.

    Also a bumper strip Mullfoto that's pretty good.

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