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Polar Bear Putin’s Refusal to Extradite Snowden

vladimir_putin_and_botox_640_06Originally posted at American Thinker blog

At the G8 Summit in Ireland, Barack Obama had an opportunity to quell tension with Vladimir Putin over Syria by stepping aside and allowing the Russian president to use the exercise facilities that the president’s people had reserved first.

Wasn’t it Barack Obama who leaned in and whispered to Dmitry Medvedev to deliver the message to Mr. Putin that after the 2012 election, he’d be more flexible?  Then why, when given the chance to prove it, didn’t Obama forego the gym and allow Putin to use the workout space?

Instead of exhibiting diplomatic graciousness, me-first Obama favored himself and proved once again that his inflexibility in the little things is indicative of his inflexibility in larger things.

Prior to the Ireland gym standoff, Putin was already visibly annoyed with the man-child president.  Consequently, one can only guess what was running through Polar Bear Putin’s mind as the Russian muscleman chopped his way through the frigid waters of the lake surrounding Co Fermanagh’s Lough Erne hotel.

Thankfully, while Obama was doing curls with three-pound weights, Putin didn’t decide to make a show of force by working out his biceps and triceps chopping frozen wood for the hotel fireplace.

Nevertheless, it didn’t take long to find out what Putin was plotting while aerobically exercising in that ice bath!

Recently, Russia was presented with a perfect opportunity in the form of ex-CIA employee/NSA leaker Edward Snowden seeking asylum.  In response, Putin seems to be responding to American requests for Snowden’s return with the same level of inflexibility Barack Obama showed when he pointed toward the lake and told Vladimir to “have a great workout!”

Obama himself is probably one of the main reasons that while Russian immigration authorities review his plea for asylum, Edward “the whistleblower” Snowden is safely hunkered down in Moscow’s Sheremetyevo Airport.

Much like Obama enjoyed his time in that temperature-controlled gym, now, compliments of the Kremlin, Snowden is safely in the bosom of Putin-provided refuge.

Meanwhile, regardless of how authoritatively the U.S. begs or how earnestly Eric “Fast and Furious” Holder promises that if they send Snowden home, he won’t personally arrange the execution of the whistleblower, Putin has dug in with the same type of obstinacy Obama displayed when refusing to give up the weight room in that Irish hotel.

Not only that, but from the geriatric ward also known as the U.S. Senate comes the laughable threat that if Snowden is not extradited, sanctions will be imposed against Russia that include “revocation or suspension of trade privileges and preferences.”  Well, that certainly must have caused Putin to quake in his frozen swim trunks.

Come on, now — does anyone really believe that America’s Mom-Jeans President, or Senator Harry Reid or John McCain, intimidates a judo champion who swims in Siberian rivers and reels in pikes as big as crocodiles?  I think not.

Vladimir’s spokesperson Dmitry Peskov maintains that Snowden’s request for temporary asylum is not on the Russian president’s agenda.  Yet Vladimir did find time to take a break from ice hockey to send a friendly message via Peskov to Obama saying that “Russia … never extradite[s] anyone, and will not extradite” Snowden.

That’s why the same flexibility Obama demonstrated when he had the chance to spare Putin an early-morning swim in Lough Erne is being shown to him with regard to Edward Snowden.  Now it’s the Kremlin that has dibs on what Obama wants, and it’s Putin who is refusing to back down.

Michelle Obama’s Irish/German/African Pre-Summer Vacation

imagesOriginally posted at American Thinker Blog

Every year, like clockwork, Mrs. Obama exploits the president’s official business responsibilities to squeeze in a pre-summer vacation, otherwise known as a PSV. A PSV is where vacation junkie Michelle finds a way to finagle a series of trips at the taxpayer’s expense.

Here is how it’s done:  The president announces his plan to attend the G8 summit at the Lough Erne resort in Northern Ireland.  Michelle convinces Barack to schedule some sort of secondary sideshow so the family can use it as an excuse to travel in the highest possible style, cost-free, compliments of the American taxpayer.

On this trip, the ancillary appearance will be in Belfast where President Obama will subject Irish students to a sizeable dose of his customary blarney. Michelle, as well as Sasha and Malia, will all grit their teeth and endure the Belfast students’ speech.

Let’s remember, this is the woman who couldn’t find the time to meet and spend diplomatic time with China’s first lady Peng Liyuan at the Sunnylands Summit in Rancho Mirage, California because she had to stay home for the weekend to help her daughters close out the school year at Sidwell Friends. When it comes to sharing the spotlight with a slender and attractive first lady from overseas, suddenly Michelle becomes a homebody.

Cleaning out backpacks and scraping all those stickers off the inside of school lockers must be why Michelle feels she’s earned herself yet another PSV.

From Belfast it’s off to Dublin for a tour of Ireland’s oldest university, Trinity College.  The first lady will then meet with Irish Embassy staff, and for the highlight of the return to Barry O’Bama’s ancestral homeland, will attend a special performance of Riverdance.  The latter will be held at a venue whose name aptly sums up the festive spirit of LGBT Pride Month recently celebrated at the White House: the Gaiety Theatre.

While at the Riverdance performance, it remains to be seen whether Michelle has plans to “Let’s Move” across the stage and join in the joyful Irish step dance.

At the Riverdance function, America’s boogying first lady will be joined by Fionnuala O’Kelly, the wife of the Taoiseach Enda Kenny, and Sabina Higgins, the wife of the Irish President Michael Higgins, who all clearly have more clout than Xi Jinping’s fetching bride Peng Liyuan when it comes to getting Michelle O’Bama to accept an invite.

Apparently, it’s vital that the president’s wife and kids take in the Riverdance performance because “They were invited to visit the last time that Barry O’Bama was in Ireland.” Mr. and Mrs. Obama couldn’t make it that time because Barack was busy banging back Guinness and behaving like an Irish Kunta Kinte in Moneygall tracing his Gaelic roots.

So therefore, according to White House deputy national security adviser Ben Rhodes, the only reason the White House is spending millions of dollars for Mom and the girls to fly to Ireland is so that the trio has another “opportunity …to accept …hospitality?”

Next stop on Michelle’s PSV is Deutschland, where Frau Obama and Fräuleins Sasha and Malia will join der Führer, er, I mean the President in Berlin.

Huge supporter of Israel that she is, the first lady will visit the Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe in Mauerpark. Chancellor Angela Merkel’s husband Joachim Sauer will be doing the honors and is scheduled to escort Michelle on a better-half tour of the (Berlin) Wall Park.

Frau Obama will then pay a visit to the Reichstag before joining President Obama for the official dinner hosted by the chancellor, where Mrs. Obama will likely be wearing haute couture pricy enough to solve the Euro Crisis.

Michelle and the girls will then climb aboard Air Force One, fly home, unpack, and then repack for the next leg of the PSV.  From June 26th until July 3rd the travelling Obamas will venture forth on a $60-100 million trip to sub-Saharan Africa that a White House Official is saying is “long overdue.”

In Africa the Obama entourage will spend a night in Dakar, Sénégal, two nights in Johannesburg, a night in Cape Town, and one night in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.  A stop in Kenya to visit the extended Obama family is not on the itinerary, oddly enough, and neither is a visit to King George VI Hospital in Nairobi, nor Coast Province Hospital in Mombasa.

On a 2011 pre-summer vacation the first lady and the girls toured South Africa without the president. In Botswana, Michelle feasted on fried fat cakes.  If she chooses to indulge in similar fried fare this time around, even if she choses to sit out the Riverdance, she really should seize the opportunity to dance with the Masai tribe in Tanzania.  After all, up next is the “official” summer vacation in August at a 28-acre luxury estate in Martha’s Vineyard, and Michelle soon will need to fit into her swimsuit.

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