President Present strikes again

CBS’s Chip Reid took aim at Obama’s lack of leadership, proving it’s not just the conservatives who are noticing BigO’s tendency to vote “present” on the hard things:

Q Is the President satisfied to follow, not lead, on deciding whether to do it?

MR. CARNEY: I take issue with the characterization. We think it is precisely because the President believes that the best outcome in a situation like we see in Libya, as we have seen in different forms in other countries in the region, that the best outcome will come when the action taken by countries — third-party countries outside of the country where the unrest is happening — be done in consensus with international partners, precisely so that it is not viewed by those who oppose positive democratic reform as the dictate of the West or the United States.

Q But wouldn’t it be fair to say — accurate to say the United States is still sitting on the fence on this? Isn’t it time to make a decision, yes or no?

MR. CARNEY: Well, Chip, you tell me if as an American citizen would you want your President not to consider all the implications and ramifications of taking military action.

Q Doesn’t there come a point to make a — where you have to make a decision?

via The Gateway Pundit.

As Pete Schweizer pointed out this morning on Big Peace:

President Obama continues to believe that speeches and statements (“Gaddafi should step down”) are tantamount to a policy.   Power politics is not a debating society and flowery speeches and expressions of “hope and change” mean nothing at the end of the day. When Obama sat in the Illinois State Senate,  he had a habit of voting “present” on certain thorny political issues.  When it comes to leading the Free World,  ”present” won’t just cut it.

Obama votes “Present” on foriegn & domestic issues

Earthquakes & Tsunami in Japan, rebel uprising in Libya, turmoil in the Middle East, Great Depression Part 2 in the US, budget woes in Congress, Union thugs trying to take over in Wisconsin, Ohio, and several other states…. And what does Obama choose to address in his weekly radio address? Gender inequality. Huh? Say wha?

Amid chaos around the world and on Capitol Hill, Obama’s Saturday radio address was devoted to Women’s History Month and a call to pass the Paycheck Fairness Act, a proposal meant to address the income gap between men and women. Then, the president went golfing at Andrews Air Force Base.

“I don’t know if they don’t realize the disconnect and maybe they don’t care … but it does matter,” Dana Perino, former White House press secretary under George W. Bush, told Fox News.

via Obama Urged to Seize Reins as Crises Pile Up – FoxNews.com.

 

This is what you call a Colossal Foreign Policy FAIL.

So…. Does anyone in this administration have a clue when it comes to foreign policy?

On Tuesday the Obama Administration asked Hosni Mubarak to step aside.
On Wednesday
they said that transitioning power “now means yesterday.”
On Saturday
morning the Obama Administration said Mubarak must stay.
On Saturday
evening the Obama Administration said Mubarak should step aside.
On Sunday
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said Mubarak must stay in power.
Today
the Obama Administration said that political reform will be a gradual process.

Is it any wonder then that the Obama Administration has alienated all sides in Egypt?

via The Gateway Pundit.

Wikileaks – Cablegate edition. AKA The destruction of American Diplomacy

I’m busy with other things, like family & life right now.  But Melissa Clouthier at LibertyPundits.net has a great round up and analysis of what is going on with the fit-hitting-the-shan diplomatic document dump over at WikiLeaks today.

Now that they might make the President and the Russians look bad….it’s personal. Back when it only made President Bush look bad, it was useful. Right now, Wikileaks is facing a Denial of Service attack, but the New York Times and news organizations around the world are releasing the documents at this moment.

Read the whole thing here.

Obama’s Epic FAIL in Asia

Dude. When Communist China is lecturing the President of the United States on capitalism…. That’s an Epic FAIL of massive proportions.  As Chuck DeVore writes:

International affairs commentator Fareed Zakaria, once supportive of Obama’s foreign policy views, summed it up best in the pages of the Washington Post, “Two years ago Barack Obama was superman. Now he can’t do anything right.”

Read the whole thing at: Obama in Asia: Epic FAIL.

Obama loses his cool over some hecklers.

via Gateway Pundit.

Seems a bunch of hecklers were hassling BigO about Global Aids funding.  Read this story in WashPo for more information on why the hecklers are mad.  I love this story because all those invovled in the Global Aids Fund are praising Bush and dissing BigO.  Awesome.

The trouble, activists say, is that the big gains in generosity and economizing have mostly stopped. International AIDS assistance was the same in 2008 and 2009, and is not expected to go up much, if any, this year. The White House request for global AIDS spending for the next fiscal year is only 2 percent higher than what is being spent this year.

Although there’s argument about the exact numbers, there’s little doubt the Obama administration is on track to spend less than planned by either the GHI or the Lantos-Hyde Act of 2008, which renewed PEPFAR (Bush’s revolutionary President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief) and authorized spending $48 billion from 2009 through 2013. Many other donor countries are taking a similar go-slower approach.

“Bush made a commitment, and then circumstances changed. Despite the change, he kept his word,” said Zeitz of the Global AIDS Alliance.

Dirty Politicking by Dems in NJ? Color me not surprised.

Tea Party groups in New Jersey are outraged over ads that have mysteriously surfaced in support of a supposed Tea Party candidate. The sponsored ads on Google are being served up all over the web, in places like BlogTalkRadio, in support of one Peter DeStefano, and direct viewers to the website of njteapartycoalition.org.

The problem is, the NJ Tea Party Coalition, the owners of that website, did not purchase any such ads.

via Big Journalism.

Not surprising.  Actually, there is a whole lot of this kind of stuff surfacing this election cycle.  I’m not sure if it’s because the Silent Majority has become Citizen Journalists, or because the Dems are getting extremely sloppy with BigO in charge.

Affirmative Action hits Wall St.

A little-noticed section of the Wall Street reform law grants the federal government broad new powers to compel financial firms to hire more women and minorities — an effort at promoting diversity that’s drawing fire from Republicans who say it could lead to de facto hiring quotas.

Deep inside the massive overhaul bill, Congress gives the federal government authority to terminate contracts with any financial firm that fails to ensure the “fair inclusion” of women and minorities, forcing every kind of company from a Wall Street giant to a mom-and-pop law office to account for the composition of its work force.

via Feds demand diversity on Wall Street – Carrie Budoff Brown – POLITICO.com.

But here’s the kicker, Ms. Susan Collins, a RINO from Maine says:

“It is very sweeping, from my review of the legislation,” said Collins, who voted for the bill. “It talks not just about federal offices and agencies. It also talks about contractors and subcontractors, and so the implications are very unclear and can be read to require quotas, and that’s an entirely different and controversial debate and does not belong in the financial bill.”

Photo by WallyG

Then why, why, why did you vote for this monstrosity?!?!  This whole thing is just a mess! This was like HCR 2.0.  Did she even bother to read the bill before she voted for it? If so, why vote yes on something that is full of things like this, that just don’t belong in a financial bill?  ARRGGHH!

There are no clearly defined quotas, or standards of diversity.  It’s up to whoever is in charge of implementing this nonsense – probably another soon-to-be-appointed Czar – to decide whether or not to enforce this Affirmative Action on these companies.  This bit especially gets me:

forcing every kind of company from a Wall Street giant to a mom-and-pop law office to account for the composition of its work force.

So, essentially, if your office doesn’t meet up with some arbitrary idea of what a “diverse workforce” should be, someone needs to get fired so we can hire a different skin tone.  How is that not racism?

And just where is this blatant racism coming from? Not Breitbart or the teaparties. Nope, it’s coming from the Federal Government.