Thursday, May 15, 2008

"... You Prob'ly Think This [Speech] is About You, Don't You, Don't You, Don't You?"

(Hat tip: Kathryn Jean Lopez)

Obama says Bush falsely accuses him of appeasement:
WASHINGTON - Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama accused President Bush on Thursday of launching a "false political attack" with a comment about appeasing terrorists and radicals.

The Illinois senator interpreted the remark as a slam against him but the White House denied that Bush's words were in any way directed at Obama, who has said as president he would be willing to personally meet with Iran's leaders and those of other regimes the United States has deemed rogue.

In a speech to Israel's Knesset, Bush said: "Some seem to believe that we should negotiate with the terrorists and radicals, as if some ingenious argument will persuade them they have been wrong all along.

"We have heard this foolish delusion before. As Nazi tanks crossed into Poland in 1939, an American senator declared: 'Lord, if I could only have talked to Hitler, all this might have been avoided.' We have an obligation to call this what it is — the false comfort of appeasement, which has been repeatedly discredited by history."

Obama responded with a statement, seizing on Bush's remarks even as it was unclear to whom the president was referring.

"It is sad that President Bush would use a speech to the Knesset on the 60th anniversary of Israel's independence to launch a false political attack," Obama said in the statement his aides distributed. "George Bush knows that I have never supported engagement with terrorists, and the president's extraordinary politicization of foreign policy and the politics of fear do nothing to secure the American people or our stalwart ally Israel."

White House press secretary Dana Perino flatly rejected the idea that the Knesset remark was aimed in any way at Obama. The remark is fairly typical for Bush speeches, and Gordon Johndroe, a national security spokesman for the president, said the president was referring to "a wide range of people who have talked to or suggested we talk to Hamas, Hezbollah or their state sponsors" over a long period of time.

One such person most recently was former President Carter, who held talks with Hamas leaders, prompting criticism from Bush officials.

Still, even as the White House said Bush meant no dig at the Democrat, Perino couldn't resist the opportunity to get in a small one.

"I understand when you're running for office you sometimes think the world revolves around you. That is not always true. And it is not true in this case," she said...
(emphasis added)

My Comments:
LOL! What a self-important dolt Obama is. Not ready for prime time.

As Lopez notes:
... I think that the senator's response is telling: "It is sad that President Bush would use a speech to the Knesset on the 60th anniversary of Israel's independence to launch a false political attack." Senator, what he said is about much more than an election. The president knows that, do you?
(emphasis added)

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At 5/15/2008 11:42 AM, Anonymous crankycon said...

What's telling is that Obama's camp naturally jumps to the conclusion that Bush, in talking about appeasers, is talking abou Obama. What does that say about Obama?

So funny.

At 5/15/2008 11:51 AM, Blogger gordon gekko said...

Doth protesteth too much

At 5/15/2008 12:34 PM, Blogger Darwin said...

You'd also think that some of Obama's famous sensitivity and empathy might have queued him in that the Israelis feel a bit strongly both about the appeasment attempts before WW2 and about negotiating with Hamas, Iran, etc. Something about people who want to exterminate their entire race.

I read an interview with Obama about relating to the Jewish community a while back, and he made the rather startlingly "all about me" claim that he felt that he had a lot in common with Jews because they have been dispersed from the Holy Land and he was part of the diaspora of Africans. It seems like his MO is invariably to try to come up with some way to claim that any given group is just like him, and then expect them to fall into his train of awed supporters.

At 5/15/2008 12:52 PM, OpenID discalcedyooper said...

I think it is obvious Bush's slighly veilied reference was inclusive of Obama. Bush's speech is one of the more wreckless ones I have heard in my lifetime. It was in poor taste and will hopefully in the end remind folks why they need to oppose the more maniacal foriegn policy proposed by McCain.

At 5/15/2008 1:33 PM, Blogger Jay Anderson said...

I think it's more likely an "If the shoe fits ... " moment than directly aimed at Obama. Bush was talking about a mindset that's representative of many on the American left, and Obama just so happens to be one of the most outspoken proponents of that mindset. But it's probably just as likely (if not more so) that Bush had Jimmy Carter - who was actually over in the Middle East recently in full appeasement mode - in mind.

At 5/15/2008 2:12 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yes the shoe does fit; both Mr. Obama and Mr. Carter are a pair of anti-American fruit loops.


At 5/15/2008 3:56 PM, Blogger Terry said...

Meanwhile our nation's top lawmaker, the very woman who made a rogue visit to state sponsor of terrorism in defiance of her country's Department of State and the chagrin of the prime minister of Israel said the comments were "beneath the dignity of the office of the president and unworthy of our representation".


At 5/15/2008 4:02 PM, Blogger Jay Anderson said...

Do the Dems REALLY think taking the President on over the issue of negotiating with TERRORISTS is a winning issue for them? It's almost like the President baited them into this response and they went for it hook, line, and sinker. Take it away from here, Sen. McCain.

What a bunch of asshats!

At 5/15/2008 4:08 PM, Anonymous lwestin said...

It seems to have set the stage for McCain's 'I'm a nice guy' speech today.

At 5/15/2008 5:25 PM, Blogger Donald R. McClarey said...

I can imagine the negotiations between a President Obama and President Ahmadinejad:

Obama: We want you to stop your nuclear program.

Ahmadinejad: No.

Obama: Ok, well how about agreeing not to attack Israel?

Ahmadinejad: "Those who think they can revive the stinking corpse of the usurping and fake Israeli regime by throwing a birthday party are seriously mistaken. Today the reason for the Zionist regime's existence is questioned, and this regime is on its way to annihilation."

Obama: Well, I'd like to thank you for sitting down with me and engaging in a dialogue.

Ahmadinejad: Anytime.

At 5/16/2008 12:50 PM, Blogger Vir Speluncae Orthodoxae said...

Home Run Jay!

At 5/17/2008 4:09 AM, Anonymous USpace said...

The terrorist monkey can not be negotiated with. The only reason to maybe talk to Ahmadamadmonkey in say maybe Switzerland is to provoke him by debating his ideology and criticizing the hatred. Force him to say lots of stupid and insane things which would be widely publicized thus educating more people to his ideology's insanity. This, I am quite sure, Obama would never do.

Ouch, Obama and the poor little Dems were hit a little too close to home by what GW said. It's one of the best things Bush has ever said. Bravo! And he didn't even have to mention the Dhimmicrats or any body's name.

So sure, then he folded in Saudi Arabia, but what he said in Israel almost makes that OK.
absurd thought -
God of the Universe says
appease the appeasers

don't embarrass them
by calling them appeasers

absurd thought -
God of the Universe said
have a sit down with Hitler

he should have been sweet-talked
he had goodness within

Appeasement Talk Bothers Appeasers

Help Halt Terrorism Now!



At 5/31/2008 10:11 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...



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