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Putting Obama on Hold

Originally posted at American Thinker blog

From the very beginning of his presidency, Barack Obama has set the tone for his relationships with world leaders.  It is pretty much accepted that unless you’re a non-Western monarch, don’t expect Barack Obama to bow to you.

Now we come to find out that David Cameron purportedly preferred playing a third set of tennis with an old friend named Charlie Brooks over taking a telephone call from the US president.  Charlie Brooks claims that he was playing tennis with Cameron at his official residence in Chequers when Obama rang up the British Prime Minister.

According to Mr. Brooks, in the heat of intense competition Prime Minister Cameron allegedly said to his opponent, who had already won two sets, “I think we’ve got time for a third set.” He then turned to the person relaying the message and requested that they tell the caller that he’d phone him back later.

Mr. Cameron has had to put distance between himself and his neighbor/former Eton schoolmate Charlie Brooks and Brooks’ tabloid editor wife Rebekah, both of whom are embroiled in a phone-hacking scandal.

Now Downing Street is questioning Mr. Brooks’ story, claiming that “‘we are scratching our heads’ over Charlie’s recollection of the match and Mr. Obama’s intervention.”  Damian McBride, a former press adviser to Gordon Brown, speculated that what happened might have been a “ruse designed to get the Prime Minister out of the tennis match.”

President Obama is reaping what he’s sown. Either way, there is cosmic justice in Mr. Brooks’ telephone tale.  For starters, it’s no secret that Barack Obama is habitually tardy.  As a senator he was renowned for “running late,” and as president, well let’s just say Obama hasn’t exactly been punctual.  Therefore, David Cameron may have felt a man who asks everyone to wait for him shouldn’t balk at being put on hold.

Also, Barack Obama’s continued aloofness toward Binyamin Netanyahu may have set a global precedent that it’s acceptable to be dismissive of world leaders.  In 2010, after “failing to extract a written promise of concessions on settlements,” Obama walked out of his meeting with Netanyahu and retired to the White House private quarters for supper with Shelley and the girls.

In the overall scheme of mutual discourtesy, which is worse — telling Obama “I’ll ring you back after the next set,” or humiliating an ally by leaving him sitting in a room while you go upstairs and have a leisurely dinner with the wife and kids? It could be that, by refusing Obama’s phone call, David Cameron was merely emulating a man notorious for being flippant, standoffish, and rude toward others.

In lieu of meeting with Binyamin Netanyahu, leader of a nation currently being threatened with nuclear annihilation,Obama chose to whoop it up with Whoopi Goldberg on “The View,” attend some key fundraisers, and crack jokes with late night comedian David Letterman.  So, if he really was told, “Sorry Mr. President, Mr. Cameron is unavailable and will have to get back to you,” the President was simply getting back a small portion of what he regularly dishes out.

Furthermore, second only to Barack Obama, who is “very fond” of playing basketball and “chillaxing,” David Cameron is also said to be “very fond” of playing tennis and “chillaxing.”  Who better than a hoopster like Barack to understand a world leader refusing a phone call because he’s in the midst of a sweaty tennis match?

In the end, whether true or false, the story that the Prime Minister refused a call from President Obama while playing tennis does seem plausible.  After all, it’s Barack Obama who has set a contemptuous tone whereby, in pursuit of frivolous non-priorities, a world leader can now feel perfectly justified dismissing a call from a ‘close’ ally.

‘Jay and Bey’ Fete Barry

Originally posted at American Thinker blog

Forget the White House Honey Ale beer.  While cash-strapped Americans were attempting to squeeze two cups of tea out of one Lipton tea bag, Barack Obama was fundraising in a ritzy Manhattan nightclub that features an 18-foot tower of gold-bottled French champagne.

“It’s floor-to-ceiling gold bottles in the entire space. It’s beautiful – breathtaking,” a rep for the Flatiron District hot spot told The New York Post. “It’s the first thing you see when you walk in.”

That’s right — on behalf of your everyday middle-class American, Barack Obama was out stumping for dollars at hip-hop mogul Jay-Z and his diva wife Beyoncé’s 40/40 nightclub, which features “a custom-designed tower of $800-per-bottle champagne.”  Three hundred and fifty bottles of Armand de Brignac at $800 a bottle comes to a $280,000.  Allegedly, the “dazzling tower” was covered by a black drop cloth so the president could mock his wealthy competitor for being out of touch with Middle America without looking like a complete hypocrite.

Following a hard-hitting interview with David Letterman where Barry and Dave discussed pressing issues like the president’s weight and how good he looks and the misfortune of Obama never having seen the late-night comic in the buff, the president’s motorcade zipped over to a 200-person, $12,500-per-family Waldorf reception.  From there the entourage proceeded to the Flatiron District to raise money at a $40,000-per-person fundraising dinner with “Jay and Bey,” as Obama likes to affectionately call the power couple.

Once there, Barry thanked his former Situation Room guests for their friendship and acknowledged the similarities he shares with Jay-Z.  Taking a cue from David Letterman, Obama exercised his stand-up comedy routine, saying, “Jay-Z now knows, you know, what my life is like.  We both have daughters.  And our wives are more popular than we are.”

The president further addressed the crack dealer-turned-music magnate directly when he added, “So — you know.  So we’ve got a little bond there.  It’s hard, but it’s OK.”

In a red cocktail dress, the bodacious Beyoncé was also thanked by the president for being a role model to daughters Sasha and Malia.  Barack Obama must believe that gyrating around in your underwear, pole-dancing, and slithering along the ground in a leopard body suit are examples of “class … poise[,] and … talent,” because in the oh-so-very-talented Obama’s estimation, Beyoncé “[c]arries herself with such class and poise and has so much talent.”

Mrs. Shawn Corey Carter reciprocated with a compliment by telling the hundred or so multimillionaires that “I can’t tell you how proud we are to host tonight’s event with President Obama. … We believe in his vision.”  It would be interesting to hear Beyoncé share exactly what she understands that vision to be.

While Obama spoke, the tony crowd sat on plush couches munching on hamburger sliders and sipping champagne.  Some crowded the overhead balcony and listened as Obama talked about the “choice voters face this fall as they decide whether to give him a second term or elect Republican Mitt Romney. It is a choice, he said, that will determine the long-term direction of the country.”

The president said, “So, I don’t want people to be complacent, but I also don’t want people to be discouraged. We’re on the brink of an election, but more importantly, we’re on the brink of moving America in a direction where we’re going to be more just, more fair.”

We’re on the brink, all right.  As for the “fair” part — how fair is fair?  Are we on the verge of being so fair that all Americans will one day also be able to pay $40K for a teensy-weensy burger and some bubbly?

Either way, as unprecedented tornadic wind gusts and sideways rain beat against the side of the New York City nightclub, the Pharaoh — I mean Obama — promised the group that although the economy tanked during the last four years, he plans on doing exactly what he’s been doing, fully confident that “[t]he economy’s going to grow in a way that includes everybody.”

Wait — “the economy’s going to grow in a way that includes everybody?” If the $40,000 40/40 club group gave any thought to what including “everybody” could mean for them, after gagging on those cheeseburgers, Jay-Z, Beyoncé, and the donors would think twice before giving Barack Obama another turn at bat to level the playing field.

Nonetheless, in the shadow of the shrouded 18-foot champagne tower, the president declared that, despite his failed attempts at kowtowing to Islam, his being burned in effigy in India, and the ever-increasing anti-American sentiment in the Middle East, re-electing him guarantees an “America that’s respected around the world, because we’re putting forward our best values and our best ideals” — whatever that means.

And in the end, Barack Obama’s ninth New York campaign haul, give or take an $800 bottle of champagne or two, came to a paltry regular-Joe total of $6 million.

Michelle Obama Tells Letterman She’s a Blue Collar Gal from Chicago

Originally posted at Breitbart BIG Hollywood

Not until it was almost certain that Barack Obama would become the 44th President of the United States was Michelle LaVaughn Robinson Obama proud to be an American.

However, listening to her now, it’s quite clear that she’s always been proud to call the south side of Chicago home.

Recently, while making the talk show rounds, The First Lady appeared on “The Late Show with David Letterman.” Besides family dinnertime discussions about macroeconomics, Obama told Letterman that both she and President Obama work hard to “instill the values of south Chicago in their daughters.

If given the choice, the President and First Lady prefer to identify with the culture of a “toddlin’ town” that, besides Al Capone and deep-dish pizza, also introduced America to aging bomb-throwing domestic terrorists, racist/anti-Semitic reverends, a deeper understanding of community organizing, and a president who, above all, does Saul Alinsky proud.

According to Michelle, for the Obamas, Chicago is all about the values – so much so that when the family steps off the elevator, the second- and third-floor family residence of the White House magically transforms into the Windy City.

Michelle told a fawning Letterman that “what we want to have happen is when they get off that elevator and walk in to our residence that it feels like the south side of Chicago, the same values, the same rules, the same sense of responsibility.”

Working class. Blue collar. Joe and Jane Sixpack wearing matching Cubs hats.

If the first lady favors ideals unique to south Chicago over traditional American values, then why were the couple’s children, Sasha and Malia, skiing with Mom in Aspen in February when Chicago law enforcement logged in a whopping 18 homicides for that month alone?

Mrs. Obama explained further to an enthralled Letterman, who once said that former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin resembles a “slutty flight attendant,” that around the family residence Chi-town standards of “kindness, empathy and respect” are always a must.

The fact that Mrs. Obama failed to address Letterman’s previous disrespectful, sexually perverted remarks about Piper Palin, who was Malia’s age at the time those comments were made, may mean that on Chicago’s south side, if it’s a conservative being attacked, it’s perfectly acceptable for “kindness, empathy and respect” to be excluded from the conversation.

A relaxed Michelle expounded on the idyllic values residing in the old neighborhood as compared to the tedious perks the Obamas presently endure as they struggle to survive in the lap of luxury.

Relating directly to the plight of the common folk, Michelle reminded America that back in Chicago, even though they lived in Hyde Park in a mansion valued to be worth $3 million and Sam Kass was their personal chef, the Obamas “didn’t have [butlers], you know. So, Barack and I really do work hard to, you know, figure out how you create those values in this other world that we know nothing about.”

All right now, hold it right there. America has been handed a lot of poppycock for three years, but are we now supposed to, you know, believe that haute couture-wearing, $4 million Christmas-vacationing Michelle Obama is trying to, you know, create a south side of Chicago atmosphere on the second and third floor of the White House and is doing it by making sure that Sasha and Malia, when they’re not, you know, vacationing in Spain or Mexico, “have chores to do?”

And is America also supposed to believe that nouveau riche Michelle and her husband are, you know, living in a strange world that, you know, they know nothing about?

Guess so, because she told Letterman that Chicago values are a must for Sasha and Malia, and that these are the “things that we can give them … that [are] more important than anything that they’ll have.”

Then, quite by accident, the First Lady shed light on the source of the President’s ideological approach to governing. While discussing her daughters, Mrs. Obama actually admitted to Letterman that, just like they’ve done to America for the last three years, if Sasha and Malia refuse to obey them, Michelle and Barack just say “Give me that” and “take their stuff away.”

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