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Bush Held Bilateral Meetings at the UN in 2004

While campaign needs appear to have prompted President Obama to avoid meeting individually with any world leaders in New York City during the opening of the United Nations General Assembly, George W. Bush’s reelection drive did not preclude him from sitting down with several of his foreign counterparts in 2004 to try to hash through international problems.

Bush held at least three bilateral meetings with world leaders in 2004, meeting with the prime ministers of India, Japan and Iraq. Bush even held a press conference with the Iraqi prime minister, Ayad Allawi, and attended and spoke at the annual luncheon given by the secretary general, which Obama is skipping.

White House Press Secretary Jay Carney offered no explanation to reporters Monday about why Obama was eschewing bilateral meetings with world leaders during a time of particular crisis throughout the world.

But an Obama campaign adviser admitted to the New York Times that Obama’s campaign schedule didn’t have room for diplomacy:

A campaign adviser acknowledged privately that in this election year, campaigning trumped meetings with world leaders. “Look, if he met with one leader, he would have to meet with 10,” the aide said, speaking on the condition of anonymity.

Obama did find time to appear on an episode of “The View” Monday after he arrived in New York City.

Obama may also not have wanted to open the door up to having Gov. Mitt Romney insist that, out of fairness, the world leaders who met with Obama must meet with him too, according to Republican national security expert KT McFarland.

McFarland, who spoke on Fox News, said photo ops with world leaders would give Romney a chance to increase his stature.

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22 Responses to Bush Held Bilateral Meetings at the UN in 2004

  1. Obama knows his re-election is in jeopardy and that is really the only thing that concerns him. When a narcisstic pathological liar wannabe-dictator isn’t the center of attention, they have difficulty functioning. Besides, the coming World War is simply a distraction away from planning his next golf game or vacation.

    • I’d like him to do a guest appearance on the “Real Housewives of New Jersey”, do a photo shoot with Vogue, prepare to host the Golden Globes, have lunch with Biden, take the dog for a walk without having press around, and do a cameo on “the Simpsons”

  2. “Look, if he met with one leader, he would have to meet with 10,” Isn’t it his job to do exactly that? He isn’t paid to campaign, he is paid to be president. Someone should inform him of this fact!!!

  3. I am in my mid 50’s. I would have sworn on a stack of Bibles that there NEVER in my lifetime could have been a worse president than Jimmy Carter. I honestly believed it just wasn’t physically possible.

    Every day, in every possible way, Nobama proves me wrong over and over again!!!

    Carter was just incompetent. Nobama is pure evil!!!

    God help us if there is EVER a worse president than Nobama!!!

  4. GWB was the adult who put the needs of the country ahead of politics in an election year. Carter, Jr. just considers himself eye candy, but then, sitting next to Joyless Behar & Whoopi, you might see why he’d feel that way.

  5. Obama is a coward and, as CIC, should be removed from office ASAP! He lied about the events in the ME to save his royal posterior – grounds for impeachment. He has been AWOL for nearly 4 years – domestically and militarily. His speech today was pathetic – it’s all about the movie. Ambassador Stevens and the other died because Obama was asleep at the wheel, along with the worthless SOS. He came, he gave a speech, and now he’s high-tailing it back to his bunker until it’s time for another fundraiser.

  6. Not to worry. Billy Jeff is covering his rear. The upcomg Clinton Global Initiative fete includes both the President of Egypt and the President of Libya. What’s a dead ambassador among champagne and friends. Maybe this will be the perfect networking opportunity for Hillary. Perhaps next year, if Obama is still around, Akhmawhatever from Iran will be invited as well. There is not one Democrat in this Administration willing to stand up for America in the face of this Middle East kissy face spectacle.