New Season of Idiot Abroad begins (22 posts)

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  • Profile picture of John  Bravo John Bravo said 1 year, 11 months ago:

    http://blogs.telegraph.co.uk/news/nilegardiner/100190254/barack-obama-blunders-again-on-the-world-stage/

    It looks to be a good season.

  • Profile picture of drilnliftcrude drilnliftcrude said 1 year, 11 months ago:

    And you’ll only hear about it in the foreign press.

  • Profile picture of catpaw catpaw said 1 year, 11 months ago:

    Sounds a little nit-picky to me. I’m sure western educated foreigners understand the intracacies of their formalities and language applied to English. I didn’t notice any expressions of shock or offense.

  • Profile picture of think4yourself think4yourself said 1 year, 11 months ago:

    I’m sure GH Bush flipping off the Austrailians or Junior’s awkward shoulder rub of Andrea Merkel pales in comparison.

  • Profile picture of Lamonster Lamonster said 1 year, 11 months ago:

    Don’t forget Michele’s big ol’ hug for the queen.

  • Profile picture of Geoffrey Thorpe Geoffrey Thorpe said 1 year, 11 months ago:

    Good catch. “Nile Gardiner is a Washington-based foreign affairs analyst and political commentator. A former aide to Margaret Thatcher, Gardiner has served as a foreign policy adviser to two US presidential campaigns. He appears frequently on American and British television, including Fox News Channel, BBC, and Fox Business Network.”

    Oh, that’s not the idiot abroad you’re referring to?

  • Profile picture of Geoffrey Thorpe Geoffrey Thorpe said 1 year, 11 months ago:

    Damn fur’ners. They sure don’t like them no Obama. Okay, maybe Iran didn’t approve, but otherwise:

    “One of the first things I want to talk to Barack about is how we must do more to try and solve this crisis (in Syria). Above all, congratulations to Barack. I’ve enjoyed working with him, I think he’s a very successful U.S. president and I look forward to working with him in the future.”— British Prime Minister David Cameron, on a visit to Syrian refugees on the Jordanian border.

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    “Your re-election is a clear choice in favor of an America that is open, unified, completely engaged in the international scene and conscious of the challenges facing our planet: peace, the economy and the environment.” — French President Francois Hollande.

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    Pope Benedict XVI sent a message to Obama expressing hope that “ideals of liberty and justice, which guided the founders of the U.S.A., may continue to shine on the road ahead for the nation.” — Vatican spokesman the Rev. Federico Lombardi.

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    “When you were elected in 2008, you inspired the world with a call to take responsibility for the problems we face as global citizens. Since then, you have made earnest efforts to live up to that great hope and trust placed in you by the American public. I believe you have been re-elected now in recognition of that effort.” — the Dalai Lama.

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    The United Nations said Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon “warmly congratulates” Obama on his victory and looks forward to continuing to work with his administration on the many global challenges ahead that range “from ending the bloodshed in Syria, to getting the Middle East peace process back on track, to promoting sustainable development and tackling the challenges posed by climate change.”

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    “The bond between Europe and North America, based upon the shared values on which our alliance was founded over 60 years ago, remains as strong, and as important to the preservation of Euro-Atlantic peace and security, as ever. President Obama has demonstrated outstanding leadership in maintaining this vital bond.” — NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen.

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    “I will continue to work with President Obama to preserve the strategic interests of Israel’s citizens.” — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who has had a strained relationship with the American president over Iran and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

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    “During the last four years when Obama was U.S. president, no breakthrough happened in relations between Iran and the U.S. At the beginning of his first term the situation was a bit better, but as he went on the relations got much worse, with the sanctions being imposed. So I think the outcome of the election that was just held will not make any difference for Iran.” — Amir Karimi, a resident of the Iranian capital, Tehran.

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    “As a mother and as a grandmother who raises boy children, I think that the symbolism of having a black man occupy the highest office is something that can make my children very aspirational to know that this is possible, you know, in their lifetime.” — Zindzi Mandela, daughter of former South African President Nelson Mandela.

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    “If both parties try to overcome the accumulated distrust and turn over a new leaf, if America comes to realize that it needs to work with Vladimir Putin instead of thinking that it doesn’t like the Russia that we live in, then we could achieve results.” — Alexei Pushkov, chairman of the Russian Duma’s foreign affairs committee, calling for a new start to U.S.-Russia relations.

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    “Sandy was a climate change warning. Obama must now take the stage and fulfill the promise of hope the world needs.” — Kumi Naidoo, international executive director of Greenpeace.

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    The trust that the American people wanted to renew in you will allow the international community, Europe and Italy to benefit from your leadership without interruptions. … With your confirmation at the White House, Italy knows it can count on a strong and united America.” — Italian Premier Mario Monti.

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    “I think Obama is a man eminently capable of building bridges between the Democrats and Republicans. And if you look at the challenges ahead for America — bringing down unemployment, getting the economy going again, strengthening the political and trade relationships with Europe and Asia — there are plenty of reasons to do so.” — Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte.

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    “Many congratulations to Barack Obama on his victory. Looking forward to renewing our claim to America’s unpaid Congestion Charge bill!” — London Mayor Boris Johnson on Twitter, getting in a dig about a long-running dispute between the city and the U.S. Embassy over millions of dollars in road-use fees.

  • Profile picture of John  Bravo John Bravo said 1 year, 11 months ago:

    Looks like we have idiots at home too….

  • Profile picture of Lamonster Lamonster said 1 year, 11 months ago:

    I’m not sure what these quotes have to do with presidents making gaffes overseas (and it happens to the best of them). I send out sentiments such as this to friends at Christmas or on the arrival of a new baby. It’s kind of the thing to do.

  • Profile picture of ApolloDawn ApolloDawn said 1 year, 11 months ago:

    That’s because you have class, Lamonster.

  • Profile picture of Lamonster Lamonster said 1 year, 11 months ago:

    Class comes in many divisions, AD. Like 1st, 2nd, low,….. ;-)

  • Profile picture of Geoffrey Thorpe Geoffrey Thorpe said 1 year, 11 months ago:

    Clearly we have idiots at home. Otherwise threads like this one would never have begun.

  • Profile picture of Lamonster Lamonster said 1 year, 11 months ago:

    Participation is not mandatory, GT.

  • Profile picture of paxchristi3 paxchristi3 said 1 year, 11 months ago:

    Indeed these threads would never have started if not for Obama committing one blunder after another even at home, such as utterly failing to live up to his promise to be the most transparent administration ever: http://obamareleaseyourrecords.blogspot.com/2012/11/white-house-wont-release-benghazi-photos.html

    Do check out the video of the babe wishing y’all a happy Thanks-taking Day in the comments section.

  • Profile picture of catpaw catpaw said 1 year, 11 months ago:

    You might have added Shimon Perez’s compliments and thanks to both the American people and to the President for the “Iron Dome” defense that undoubtedly saved lives. Perez said the rocket defense would not have been possible if not for Obama.