December 24, 2011 1:53 AM
Obama Regime Top 10 foolish quotes of 2011Interesting to see the view from outside the US, where our media have become simply part of the regime's propaganda machine:
The Obama administration's top 10 foolish quotes of 2011
As 2011 draws to a close, it's worth looking back at some of the year's most foolish comments from inside the Obama administration. If Academy Awards were handed out for political folly, the Obama team would be sweeping the board come Oscar time. It hasn't been an easy task narrowing the list down to a mere ten - it could easily have been a top 20 or 30. The list has a strong foreign policy bias (not least as this is a British-based blog): I've omitted many candidates on the domestic front that would certainly qualify for inclusion. But here goes:
1. Barack Obama calls himself the fourth best president in US history
Not a man known for his modesty, Barack Obama told "60 Minutes" in December that his accomplishments are up there with the likes of Abraham Lincoln, which is a stretch considering that even Jimmy Carter is looking good by comparison. Judging by his track record since taking office, perhaps he really meant 44th best rather than 4th? Here is what he declared in his interview with CBS:
(hat tip: RealClear Politics):
The issue here is not gonna be a list of accomplishments. As you said yourself, Steve, you know, I would put our legislative and foreign policy accomplishments in our first two years against any president - with the possible exceptions of Johnson, FDR, and Lincoln - just in terms of what we've gotten done in modern history. But, you know, but when it comes to the economy, we've got a lot more work to do. And we're gonna keep on at it.
2. Joe Biden compares the Tea Party to terrorists
Even by the vice president's standards, his comparison of the Tea Party to terrorists in August represented a new low. His hugely offensive remarks were symbolic of a presidency in decline, lashing out at political opponents in a show of crass desperation. According to a report by Politico, based on eyewitness accounts:
Vice President Joe Biden joined House Democrats in lashing tea party Republicans Monday, accusing them of having "acted like terrorists" in the fight over raising the nation's debt limit. Biden was agreeing with a line of argument made by Rep. Mike Doyle (D-Pa.) at a two-hour, closed-door Democratic Caucus meeting.
"We have negotiated with terrorists," an angry Doyle said, according to sources in the room. "This small group of terrorists have made it impossible to spend any money."
Biden, driven by his Democratic allies' misgivings about the debt-limit deal, responded: "They have acted like terrorists," according to several sources in the room.
3. Barack Obama calls France America's strongest ally
In January, President Obama gave Britain the boot once again when he declared France to be America's strongest ally during a White House press opportunity with Nicolas Sarkozy (view the C-Span video at 2:45 for the remark.) As I noted at the time, quite what the French have done to merit this kind of high praise from the US president is difficult to fathom, not least with France's track record of knifing the United States in the back over the Iraq war. In the words of Barack Obama: "We don't have a stronger friend and stronger ally than Nicolas Sarkozy, and the French people."
4. Joe Biden on the Taliban: "not our enemy"
Another surreal statement from Joe Biden, this time in a December interview with Leslie Gelb of Newsweek (hat tip: The Weekly Standard.) While US forces are fighting and killing the Taliban in Afghanistan, who provided safe haven for al-Qaeda when it launched the 9/11 attacks, Biden undercuts them with a statement of monumental stupidity in the midst of a major war:
Look, the Taliban per se is not our enemy. That's critical. There is not a single statement that the president has ever made in any of our policy assertions that the Taliban is our enemy because it threatens US interests. If, in fact, the Taliban is able to collapse the existing government, which is cooperating with us in keeping the bad guys from being able to do damage to us, then that becomes a problem for us.
5. White House adviser touts Obama's "leading from behind"
Only the Obama White House could actually come up with a phrase like "leading from behind" and actually see it as a positive. It emerged in a major New Yorker piece published in May assessing the president's approach on Libya and the Arab Spring, and has since been widely used to mock the Obama administration's weak-kneed foreign policy:Read more at UK Telegraph.
Nonetheless, Obama may be moving toward something resembling a doctrine. One of his advisers described the President's actions in Libya as "leading from behind." That's not a slogan designed for signs at the 2012 Democratic Convention, but it does accurately describe the balance that Obama now seems to be finding. It's a different definition of leadership than America is known for, and it comes from two unspoken beliefs: that the relative power of the US is declining, as rivals like China rise, and that the US is reviled in many parts of the world. Pursuing our interests and spreading our ideals thus requires stealth and modesty as well as military strength. "It's so at odds with the John Wayne expectation for what America is in the world," the adviser said. "But it's necessary for shepherding us through this phase."
HT: Wendy K.