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While Cairo Burns, Obama Parties

by Keith Koffler on January 30, 2011, 12:56 pm

The Washington A-List was out in force Saturday night at the farewell party for senior adviser David Axelrod, with a roster of guests featuring Cabinet secretaries, big shot journos and – President Obama.

As revolution threatened to sweep Egypt and possibly other allies – with the horrifying prospect of Islamism replacing reliable friends – the president was on view partying with the IN crowd.

The skepticism beyond the Beltway about whether Washington is just one big Love-In certainly gets fed by the sight – as conveyed by the press pool report – of reporters like ABC’s Jake Tapper, NBC’s Chuck Todd, National Journal’s Major Garrett, and John Harwood of CNBC and the New York Times emerging from a bash with the president that was held to toast his chief political fixer and leading spinmeister.

I understand why reporters would do this – other than the admittedly pathetic notion that, gosh, it’s fun to party with the president of the United States! It is pretty good for building sources and getting inside dope. But man, it ain’t easy smacking the White House with tough stories all the time if you’re getting invited to their exclusive parties, now is it?

Also on hand were Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner, Education Secretary Arne Duncan, and Energy Secretary Steven Chu. The party was at the Washington residence of Linda Douglass, the former hard-hitting ABC reporter who dropped out of journalism to spin the health care bill out of the White House. She’s now a VP at Atlantic Media.

So we have an official with a journalism outfit – Atlantic Media – HOSTING a party for the president and his consigliere.

Mrs. Obama stayed home. Good for her. Maybe she was monitoring the situation in Egypt.

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Granny Jan January 30, 2011 at 1:24 pm

Good for you Keith. I think you are the only one in the media who has the guts to write this.

This morning BO is solving the crisis on the basketball court and yesterday morning he watched his daughter play Bball.

I’ve hear how religious he is maybe he should have gone to church today and prayed.

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srdem65 January 30, 2011 at 1:43 pm

I agree with Jan. There should be a divide between the Press and the PowersThatBe. The MSM has been tongue-licking this President for 3 years and their complicity in hiding the truth is reflected in the distrust by the public.
There’s nothing wrong or biased if a journalist attends an affair like this one you mentioned, but it is wrong when it’s kept secret and not open to all journalists.

MrsO declined because she hates MrAxelrod and she was busy looking for more national security risks.

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Star January 30, 2011 at 1:56 pm

LOL, SrDem…I am torn–am I better when he is out partying or sitting in a photo op in a meeting wearing a sweater (no, not a cardigan) to show it’s the weekend and look who cares, even on weekends.

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bill c January 30, 2011 at 4:01 pm

we have a pro-islamist (muslim) president who wishes to fuel and control the collapse of western civilization – this shouldn’t be a surprise to anyone who pays scant attention – bravo to all the schmucks who voted for this radical marxist

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BarrySoeteroFoolsNoOne January 30, 2011 at 10:13 pm

Bill C…couldn’t have said it clearer

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yuhuh January 31, 2011 at 12:23 am

CORRECT

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Bob January 31, 2011 at 1:00 am

Please explain to me how you can be both pro-islamist and a radical marxist?

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JungleCogs January 30, 2011 at 4:04 pm

He’s just so presidential during a crisis; maybe he needs a vacation.

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joeybiten January 30, 2011 at 4:33 pm

And why is this so surprising?

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Alex January 30, 2011 at 4:36 pm

I get a kick out of the fact that Douglass left the news media, goes to work for Barry and then returned the the news media. I’d question any storys about Barry from Atlantic Media.

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ET January 30, 2011 at 4:36 pm

I take it none of the MSM’s elite “Journalists” bothered to ask Obama what if any plan exists to remove Americans caught in the Egyptian crossfire should it look like hostage taking is in the offing.

Perhaps he can dust off the one Jimmah Cahtar utilized, post-Shah……….

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Crake January 30, 2011 at 9:44 pm

Hey, yea! Why isn’t Obama thinking about our citizens?! This administration has no regard for the American people!

Oh, wait…

http://edition.cnn.com/2011/US/01/30/egypt.us.flights/

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Walter Royal January 30, 2011 at 11:15 pm

Don’t worry about that even if the idiot in the WH doesn’t know what to do the Marines do. All he has to do is let them loose and they will get our people out as well as any others who need help. Too bad the left won’t offer to go in to take the places of the potential hostages

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Todd January 30, 2011 at 4:38 pm

God help the USA. The president should be in the White house . This is and abomination and equals the genocide of Rwanda. The destruction of the USA and the blood of such will be on his hands alone. The cost will be on us as he cares not for who he serves, but for the ideal he has created in his own mind. Such ludicrous behavior from an elected official in which the people of the United States have put their trust in would make people think he has lost touch with reality. God help us all if this is all we are able to produce !

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ItsJo January 30, 2011 at 11:04 pm

Todd: You, just said a MOUTHFUL. Obama is Always Playing at something when a crisis looms. Just NOT Presidental and cares less about what happens here in America, since he thinks we are an arrogant nation. He can go live wherever come 2012 when he loses.

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Strobe January 31, 2011 at 8:10 am

What an idiot. I was in Rwanda. 750,000+ dead and yet you say the situation in Egypt is equivalent. You are a sniveling, child-brained waste of space who has probably never left whatever hick town you were born in.

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DesertSage January 30, 2011 at 4:39 pm

Conspicuously absent were reporters from Fox News as usual.

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JFitz January 30, 2011 at 6:26 pm

The only members of the media who are invited to these soirees are those who have demonstrated their unity of thought with the Regime.

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porchhound January 30, 2011 at 6:30 pm

Conspicuously absent??? It was Greta Van Sustern that actually BROKE this story nimrod.

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Star January 31, 2011 at 2:16 pm

Since when did this site get so rude and creepy?

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hydrox7 January 30, 2011 at 9:21 pm

They were there–just passed out drunk, so they didn’t leave until after everyone else had gone to bed.

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dave January 31, 2011 at 12:37 am

That’s because they were busy working.

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Fran January 30, 2011 at 4:50 pm

Who else partied while the world was in chaos and death? I do recall a leader from Germany…hmmm…yeah, his banquets and vacations.

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Bob January 31, 2011 at 1:10 am

I suppose the reference here is to Hitler, but it lacks any historical basis. Hitler, for all his villainy worked doggedly throughout the war, abstaining from drink, moving his headquarters to the front, upbraiding his underlings for any show of innappropriate luxury. In fact, had Hitler toiled less and deligated crucial decisions to his more competent generals, it’s possible Germany could have won the war.
At any rate these tenuous comparisons between Obama and Hitler, or the Democratic Party with the Nazis, or the Republican Party with the Nazis for the matter, are really less than useful. Inevitably those who make them lack much in the way of historical knowledge, much less any sense of propriety.

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allen smith January 30, 2011 at 4:56 pm

Hillary Clinton was right about the call at 3am. This moron in the White House is totally incompetent…….God help us.

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hungry January 30, 2011 at 4:57 pm

Maybe Mybelle Michelle didn’t like the dessert?

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JFitz January 30, 2011 at 4:59 pm

So long as they advance the Regime’s ideology, it is important for members of the Obama Regime to party with their useful idiots on the media. Little do they know these same idiots will be out of work if the Regime achieves a socialist state.

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d woods January 30, 2011 at 11:55 pm

Remember, even socalist governments use reporters to get their story out. Today’s reporter is looking for job security with the Obama regime.

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jim conch January 30, 2011 at 5:20 pm

Obama might as well go party while Egypt falls to the Muslims. Even if he was monitoring what was going on over there, he isn’t smart enough to know what to do anyway! Unless, maybe he wants them to become another Iran.

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Becky January 31, 2011 at 4:17 pm

Probably just celebrating possibility of another country going Muslim..

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aussiegirl January 31, 2011 at 6:17 pm

Egypt is 90% Muslim, Christian Copts 10%…. It is the copts who will suffer once a more radical muslim leader takes over.. It was bad enough under Mubarack, who hardly bothered to police the attacks on churches after Friday prayers at the mosques, and openly discriminated against non muslims…. I fear for these poor Christians, there will be a genocide under the Muslim Brotherhood, just wait and see! the West and America should be offering immigrant refugee status to such as these persecuted minorities! But what does Obama do? Allows huge influx of Somali MUSLIMS and other radicals such as Hamas to enter the USA as assisted migrants with housing supplied! .. Insanity! And where has the average American bothered to protest the Islamization of their country? No, don’t allow the persecuted, killed daily minorities like Christian Iraqis, Afghanis,Pakistanis, Ugandans, Ethiopians, and Sudanese Christians in, just keep stocking the country with potential terrorists!.. Unbelievable!! What has happened to the once great nation of America?

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Notshocking January 30, 2011 at 5:20 pm

Hey, he’s an American president, a representative of the people; that’s what we do here.

They’ve been selling this place out from under us for over 30 years now, and the American people have been more concerned with football, fantasy sports, dancing with the stars and American idol, more so than learning what the hell’s been going on, and how they can stop it.

For example, when Bush41 signed the NAFTA framework agreements nobody said anything, when Clinton42 signed it into law, sold missile tech to China, and undid Glass-Steagall on behalf of the Republicans who proposed the repeal, the average person was more concerned with boxers or briefs, Monica scented cigars and sexual relations. Bush43 build the police state apparatus around all of us and everyone blasted anyone who said that might be a problem; we need to give up our rights to be safe???? HUH ????

So not to get biblical with all you blowhard gas bags, but let he who is without sin cast the first stone at the new boss. (Same as the old boss BTW)

All this crap you’re swimming in didn’t just fill the pool in the last two years; you fools have either been sitting on your shoulders, mocking anyone who has been trying to wake you up for the last 30 years or soundly sleeping to the lullaby of the TV set.

Cut out the phony left vs right, liberal vs conservative BS…

At the bottom of the pit there may be differences, but the controllers are all working together against the majority; letting the lemmings in-fight over petty differences.

Divide and conquer and it’s working like a charm.

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Patrick Henry January 30, 2011 at 7:16 pm

Man, you hit that one out of the ballpark! This has been going on for years and the vast majority have been sleeping through it.

They’ll still defend Bush and they’ll still defend Clinton. Just give them enough to appear to be their friend while you orchestrate their destruction.

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dave January 30, 2011 at 7:16 pm

AMEN! What I have been saying for years

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cjk January 31, 2011 at 1:20 am

It takes a true special type of fool to equate conservatives and lefties.

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youprovedhispoint February 8, 2011 at 12:18 am

CJK,

You proved his point beautifully…

You’re both ignorant.

Did you even read the comment?

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meadowlands January 30, 2011 at 5:25 pm

All he does is party. It doesn’t matter what or where the crisis is. I hope everyone remembers in 2012

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ExLibris January 31, 2011 at 12:05 am

They won’t.

The attention-span of the average US voter is probably about 4 minutes…the length of a typical MAJOR news segment on TV.

I’d bet that’s barely longer than you can keep the attention of a ferret on a double-shot caffeine-boosted mocha latte.

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Liberal Bob January 30, 2011 at 5:30 pm

Something in the DC water?

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Ron Miller January 30, 2011 at 5:31 pm

Given Obama’s disdain for Israel, maybe the idea of the muslim brotherhood running Egypt isn’t all that distasteful to him. Or maybe he’s just trying to outdo Jimmy Carter in completely fouling up in the middle east.

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Looters January 30, 2011 at 5:37 pm

Call a spade a spade: ABC, NBC, CBS, MSNBC, etc. and all the other lame-stream crooks are propogandists for the most evil and corrupt pretender of a president that we have ever had. They will be remembered when the muslim revolution comes to our doors and we Americans have to fight back.

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Josh January 30, 2011 at 5:45 pm

Now be careful what you report on our “leader” Even a Messiah needs to party from time to time… I think Obama is letting off some steam knowing the hounds are sniffing about looking for his ” no existant birth certificate” .. Obama has a good run trying to destroy our country under his matra of change … The only think that changed is our coutries debt … Obama ‘s chickens will come home to roost as well..

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Dale January 30, 2011 at 5:50 pm

Shame on these biased media fools. I don’t believe a word that Andrea Mitchell, Katie Couric, Jake Tapper, Chuck Todd say, they’re hypocrites!! They’re so soft on Obama they daren’t criticize him!!!

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Lorraine January 31, 2011 at 4:14 am

I love the word “daren’t”…. and the list of media fools could be pages longer.

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blacknblue2 January 30, 2011 at 5:58 pm

How nice Obama is partying again, meanwhile our ally Egypt, is dying. How nice? Errrrrrrrrrr!!! How many days until the arrested adolescent is out of the White House!

So let me see. Obama and the administration add on to the Bush debt and China has us in a choke economically.

The we are losing allies in the Middle East. Obama won’t let us drill for oil in this country and the middle east just may cut off our oil.

And Obama continues to party. What the heck is he doing?!?!?!?!??!

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Watcher January 30, 2011 at 5:59 pm

Watching Meet the Press today. Chuck Todd would not answer question about this being the Presidents first “not inherited foreign policy issue and how he’s handled it. Now I know why !!!

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adminrots January 30, 2011 at 6:06 pm

Sounds like what the kids call a sausage party. Eewww.

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Vic Livingston January 30, 2011 at 6:09 pm

You think that’s bad — how about the hypocrisy of lecturing Egypt on human rights while the U.S. government, according to a former top FBI official, runs a nationwide vigilante Gestapo that deconstructs the lives of Americans targeted by ideologues within as “dissidents” or undesirables. A veteran mainstream media journalist — and a victim of this torture matrix — tells the story that mainstream media cannot or will not report:
http://nowpublic.com/world/u-s-govt-runs-gang-stalking-vigilantism-says-ex-fbi-official

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robert smith January 30, 2011 at 6:09 pm

Jake Trapper (of ABC) is reporting that Obama has warned Mubarak, for the last two years, to get ahead of this.

This failure to influence Mubarak by Obama is astounding.

Look at how Obama has succeeded with his engagment with Iran.

With North Korea.

With China.

With Russia.

With Afghanistan.

With Pakistan.

Why should Eygpt be any different?

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aussiegirl January 31, 2011 at 6:21 pm

They all know he is a fool, and that he’s really on THEIR side against America!

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Ashley January 30, 2011 at 6:12 pm

Thanks for bringing this to the world’s attention, Keith. You also made the Drudge Report!

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diane January 30, 2011 at 6:14 pm

Atlas Shrugs has got a great read on the crisis.

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Brenda January 30, 2011 at 6:22 pm

Good and acurate read. I only pray we make it till 2012. Mr. Chaos In Chief knows he loves chaos even if it mean he has to create it. He’s a loser. It will be very hard to rid outselves of this affirmative action President. As we have seen with the CBC or any other affirmative action appointees once they get the position it’s hell to remove them.

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porchhound January 30, 2011 at 6:25 pm

I guess they must have cloned Jimmy Carter, gave him a bogus birth certificate, and installed him in the White House…to his credit, misguided as he was, at least Carter’s motives were pure.

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Deb January 30, 2011 at 6:38 pm

Obama really has no clue. Does this man have no scrupples at all??? Oh, wait maybe he’ll take a vacation to Egypt.

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Dale5 January 30, 2011 at 6:39 pm

I,m sure Herr Gobbles had his own group of reporters to get his story out!
These reporters should be identified so we recognize the news they submit has been fine tuned by the WH.

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Major Beatdown January 30, 2011 at 6:44 pm

Barry fiddles while Egypt burns. It really doesn’t matter what he does. When important decisions are to be made, he’s wholy unqualified to make them. Muslim extremism is about to make a major advance in one of the worst possible places, at one of the worst possible times. Barack The Destroyer will be remembered as the “ONE” whose “watch” this happened on. Unrest will spread all over Africa and the awful middle east. Oil prices of course will sky rocket (possibly by design of the White House). The first candidate to promote “drill baby drill”, will “bury baby Barry” in 2012!

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Dipshit Dupnik January 30, 2011 at 6:56 pm

Did the media hacks ever get off their knees?

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LibsAreCommies January 30, 2011 at 7:04 pm

Worst. President. Ever.
We sooo need a coup here and now…

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Sammie Jo January 30, 2011 at 7:10 pm

I just hope this country can last until this buffoon gets out of the WH.

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Wake up america January 30, 2011 at 7:23 pm

I can imagine how these so call jounalist would gave reported this story had it been bush partying when people are dying in the streets of Egypt. Obama has been one of the most pampered presidents in the history of the united states. Now one would ask if this is because he is black? Well should we start criticizing the white half of Obama? Let’s not forget that there’s a white half tovthis man. So I won’t be labeled a racist I’ll go after the white half. Obama is the most incompetent president, however if you repeat how intelligent he is over and over.. Maybe people will believe it . And by the way just name me one thing that he has done so far that would grant him that title? He takes unemployment from 6.5 to at one point over 10. He takes the debt to the highest number ever in the history of the us. He cause more divisiveness then ever seem before. So what part of that is to be hailed intelligent? Have we lowered our standards because of affirmative action? I would sat so… Obama is a product of affirmative action. Brilliant… Only if you continue to believe the reporters that he has in his hind pocket!!

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Dutra January 30, 2011 at 7:46 pm

The only thing that bothers Obama is the uncertainty of who he will bow to next.

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David January 30, 2011 at 7:47 pm

Even if he were in the White House he would just be starring at the TV wondering why no one respects is Nobel Peace Prize and asking himself: ” what do I do now? ” He might as well party because he’s useless doing anything else.

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jamman January 30, 2011 at 7:52 pm

But man, it ain’t easy smacking the White House with tough stories all the time

*****

WTF? This President has never been asked a hostile question by the Press. They are in the tank for him and have been since day one. Thank God for Fox News/Brietbart/Drudge. The Media conglomerate is composed of the same east coast ivy league elitist circle that the Democrat Party is controlled by.

FUBHO and the Pess too.

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Aunt Bee January 30, 2011 at 7:53 pm

A nation can survive its fools, and even the ambitious. But it cannot survive treason from within. An enemy at the gates is less formidable, for he is known and carries his banner openly.

But the traitor moves amongst those within the gate freely, his sly whispers rustling through all the alleys, heard in the very halls of government itself.

For the traitor appears not a traitor; he speaks in accents familiar to his victims, and he wears their face and their arguments, he appeals to the baseness that lies deep in the hearts of all men.
 
He rots the soul of a nation, he works secretly and unknown in the night to undermine the pillars of the city, he infects the body politic so that it can no longer resist. A murderer is less to fear.

~ Marcus Tullius Cicero, Roman Statesman, philosopher and orator (42 B.C)

http://911essentials.com

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PoorUSA January 30, 2011 at 10:25 pm

Excellent!

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aussiegirl January 31, 2011 at 6:30 pm

Oh wow…what a great quote , fits Obama perfectly!! Cicero probably wasn’t listened to either, and thats why Rome fell eventually!

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gneubeck January 30, 2011 at 7:56 pm

Jimmy Carter gave us the Ayatollahs in Iran, now Barack Obama is about to give us the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt. It’s no surprise that our devout Muslim in the WH, schooled from birth in Marxist dogma; and, experienced only in ‘Community Agitating’ as practiced on the streets of Chicago, while publically praising the Egyptian leader Mubarak would be secretively undermining him by providing guidance and counseling to Egyptian youth activists intent on overthrowing the Mubarak government. The Obama media is quick to emphasize that the Muslim Brotherhood, an ultra-extremist organization dedicated to the formation of a Muslim caliphate and imposition of sharia law on the entire Middle East, lacks a sufficient majority and populace support to achieve their objectives. It was only a few months ago that the same talking heads were erroneously discounting the Hezbollah fanatics attempts to achieve control in Lebanon! We should have learned from history that a small, dedicated, well organized group, willing to employ unconstrained violence in the pursuit of their goals can indeed prevail against a less-well organized majority more passive in their strategy. Unfortunately, Obama is a delusional narcissist who has actually convinced himself that foreign leaders, friend and foe alike, are enamored with his incoherent verbosity. In truth, they view Obama with amused ridicule. America is paying an agonizing and perhaps irreparable price for having elected such a severely mis-guided “incompetent”; and, the on-going Middle East inferno may well further enshrine Obama as: ‘Ignorance at its pinnacle’. Greg Neubeck

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Juan January 30, 2011 at 8:28 pm

The WH press corps are all Obamanites.

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al January 30, 2011 at 8:33 pm

michell was home packing for a well needed vacation ..its been a while..

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mick January 30, 2011 at 8:47 pm

it is nice that obama is giving the

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wncchester January 30, 2011 at 8:54 pm

“I understand why reporters would do this”

I do too. And it’s a sad state of current “MSM journalism” that they didn’t refuse to be a party to the party.

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Ellie_C January 30, 2011 at 9:48 pm

Oh, this is silly. You know very well they’re all watching what’s going on.

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Juan January 30, 2011 at 9:50 pm

All of the media are on the Obama payroll. Why wouldn’t they be invited?

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Linda January 30, 2011 at 9:53 pm

French Revolution anyone??? Look it up. The similarities are shocking.

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Randell McCook January 30, 2011 at 9:59 pm

Journalist are not one-sided hacks like you. A true journalist provides conrext. Judging from the audience you have providing comment you fon’t have to concern yourself with such trivial professional requirements.

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aussiegirl January 31, 2011 at 6:37 pm

the audience he has at least can spell !! ( fon’t?) And there are no true professional journalists anymore, they are all biased left wingers like you!

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Bill January 30, 2011 at 10:05 pm

It’s all part of the don’t drill energy policy, get oil prices so high that there is none. We are getting close.

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