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Obama Playing Golf in England

Just as I suspected. Obama is playing golf this afternoon in England, because he has nothing better to do on a taxpayer-financed official foreign trip. Unfortunately for him, in order to avoid causing an international incident, he had to bring along British Prime Minister David Cameron.

Just imagine, next year he’ll have to pay to play golf overseas himself.

They’re at The Grove, one of England’s most splendid courses. Have a look-see.

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Lousy conditions, though. From the pool report:

The pool was permitted to watch as President Obama and his partners completed the third hole on the course. The pool arrived on the scene as the foursome (which also included Marvin Nicholson and Joe Paulsen) made their way onto the green. Obama was wearing a black windbreaker, black pants, black cap and white golf shoes. Prime Minister Cameron donned a navy sweater (or jumper if you prefer) and dark pants.

The current temperature is 52 degrees with a stiff wind blowing.

The two leaders appeared to be having a friendly conversation, but the pool was not within earshot. Cameron missed a long putt and showed little reaction. Obama squatted down to size up his much shorter putt. The president’s putt looked to be on line as it zipped across the green, but it then rolled around the hole and right back out.

A loud “oh!” was the collective response from Obama and Cameron. “Did you see that?” Obama yelled to the pool. “Robbed.” And with that, the pool’s time on the golf course came to a quick end.

Obama will stay overnight in London before heading to Germany Sunday.

Cameron Defines the ISIS Threat

How refreshing to hear a Western leader – not ours, of course – name the threat we face, place it in historical context, and commit his country to a years-long effort to defeat it.

British Prime Minister David Cameron today raised the threat level in Britain – declaring a terrorist attack “highly likely” – and spelled out for Britons the actual problem they have to deal with.

Would that our president drop his meandering nonsense about synergies we have to create overseas and about the blame Bush supposedly holds for unleashing ISIS. All his rationalizing is what it always is with Obama, an excuse for not taking action. Because unless the enemy is Republicans, Obama lacks the nerve.

As Cameron said today, we are in a war against Islamists who want to destroy our society and replace it with their version of the Koran.

We are not just up against dudes with bombs. We are fighting an ideology that drives its adherents to utter barbarism, and before we recognize that, we won’t defeat it.

From Cameron’s speech:

What we’re facing in Iraq now, with ISIL, is a greater and deeper threat to our security than we have known before.

This is not some foreign conflict thousands of miles from home that we can hope to ignore. The ambition to create an extremist caliphate in the heart of Iraq and Syria is a threat to our own security here in the U.K.

Let’s be clear about the source of the threat that we face. The terrorist threat was not created by the Iraq war ten years ago. It existed even before the horrific attacks on 9/11.

This threat cannot be solved simply by dealing with the perceived grievances over Western foreign policy, nor can it be dealt with by addressing poverty, dictatorship or instability in the region, as important as these things are.

The root cause of this threat to our security is quite clear. it is a poisonous ideology of Islamic extremism that is condemned by all faiths and by all faith leaders . . .

We cannot appease this ideology. To do this, we need a tough comprehensive approach to defeat the terrorist threat at its source.

We are in the middle of a generational struggle between a poisonous and extremist ideology that I believe that we’ll be fighting for years, and probably decades. We must take whatever action necessary to keep the British people safe here at home.

Cameron’s remarks, offering a brutally realistic depiction of the struggle, have been called Churchillian. Unfortunately, Mr. Cameron is rather less like Churchill than a growling, lunging Yorkshire Terrier.

Under Cameron’s leadership, Great Britain is eviscerating what’s left of its military, joining the ranks of European nations who have decided to stop defending themselves while spending the money instead on social welfare.

The British recently announced that they are cutting their active duty army to 82,000. That’s about the size of the army they fielded during the Napoleonic period. So the new Lion of London will need the United States to take care of business.

But our guy, of course, is the one who removed Churchill’s bust from the Oval Office.

Which leads me to the following point: Be very afraid.

Cameron Likens Obama to Teddy Roosevelt, MLK

British Prime Minister David Cameron went straight over the top Wednesday evening during his White House State Dinner toast, calling President Obama a man of “strength, moral authority, and wisdom” while comparing him to Theodore Roosevelt, Martin Luther King and Rosa Parks.

Cameron and Obama appear to have developed a friendship – or at least a relationship that is portrayed that way by a White House that wants to disprove the criticism that Obama has developed few close relationships with allied world leaders. The pair flew to Ohio for a basketball game Tuesday and played ping pong as a team during Obama’s visit to Great Britain last May.

In describing the president’s “moral authority” and “wisdom,” Cameron seemed to be directly contrasting Obama with George W. Bush, saying Obama had “pressed the reset button” on America’s moral standing in the world.

Moral authority, because Barack understands that the means matter every bit as much as the ends. Yes, America must do the right thing, but to provide moral leadership, America must do it in the right way, too.

The first President I studied at school was Theodore Roosevelt. He talked of speaking softly and carrying a big stick. That is Barack’s approach. And in following it, he has pressed the reset button on the moral authority of the entire free world.

Wisdom, because Barack has not rushed into picking fights, but is steward of America’s resources of hard and soft power. He’s taken time to make considered decisions, drawing down troops from Iraq and surging in Afghanistan.

Bush was frequently criticized for a “go it alone” approach to foreign affairs and for being too quick to intervene overseas with military force.

Cameron said he cited Obama’s “strength” because “Barack has been strong when required to defend his national interests.” He pointed to the killing Osama Bin Laden, an operation that is partially attributable to capabilities put in place by Bush.

The British leader asserted that Obama is continuing the work of Martin Luther King and Rosa Parks by waging a modern struggle for civil rights.

Our generation faces a new civil rights struggle, to seek the prize of the future that is open to every child as never before.

Barack has made this one of the goals of his presidency, the goal he’s pursuing with enormous courage.

It was not clear what specific types of discrimination or Obama-driven remedies Cameron was referencing.

“I Just Can’t Believe How Our Government Has Run Amuck”

I thought I’d share this email I got from a reader about President Obama’s decision to hop aboard Air Force One Tuesday and fly out to Dayton, Ohio with British Prime Minister David Cameron to check out a basketball game.

I can’t fathom what the president, who has done nothing serious to dislodge us from the precipice of budgetary disaster, was thinking when he decided to waste so much money.

Oh, actually, I know what he was thinking. He was thinking, “I’d like to see an NCAA tournament game.”

Anyway, this reader offered up such a raw, on-point, and well put critique that I thought I’d share it with you.

I felt that I really wanted to give him an outlet for his frustration. I noted that there was nothing malicious about what he wrote. It was just a cry of genuine grief.

Have a look. And I hope a White House that is so out of touch that it would dare pull this kind of stunt gets a look at it too.

Dear Mr. Koffler,

Am I the only one who has a problem with the President spending hundreds of thousands of dollars in taxpayer money for all his travel expenses to go to a college basketball game in Dayton Ohio?

While millions of Americans like me are struggling to fill our tanks and just make ends meet.

He talks fiscal responsibility and all that, but his actions speak louder than his empty words. He can’t get out of the White House fast enough for me. I’m not crazy about the Republican choices either. What a mess.

I just can’t believe how our Government has run amuck. It seems they are out of control and we can’t do anything about it.

Anyway, after filling up my car today at $3.90 a gallon, then I heard the Prez was flying to Dayton to watch a basketball game  on my tax dollar I had to say something, for what it’s worth. I wish people like me could actually tell these fuzzy big wigs to knock it off and they actually would.

Thanks,

Name Withheld

 

Obama Dragging Cameron to Crummy Basketball Game

First he sent the Oval Office bust of Winston Churchill packing, having it carted back up Massachusetts Avenue to the British Embassy. Then he gave the queen and iPod as a gift. One would think President Obama was finished dealing indignities to our closest ally!

But no. This afternoon, Obama will chaperone British Prime Minister David Cameron to the Midwest to witness a lousy college basketball game between a middling team and a hapless one.

The two leaders will view an NCAA Tournament opener in Dayton, Ohio between Mississippi Valley State, with its lackluster 21-12 record, and Western Kentucky, which actually has a losing record of 15-18.

Western Kentucky can’t even attract its own students to its games, let alone the president. According to the Associated Press, only 2,000 home fans showed up for a dollar-ticket promotion.

Obama, it seems, is counting on two things. First of all, it appears Cameron doesn’t know anything about basketball. He may just think he’s watching quality hoops. Hopefully, his advisers won’t tell him he’s viewing a dud.

Second, the game is being played in Ohio, which along with Florida is the most important presidential battleground in the country. Obama is clearly hoping Cameron doesn’t recognize that he’s being shown a third-rate sporting event so that he can participate in Obama’s reelection campaign.

Asked Monday by Jared Rizzi of Sirius XM whether the Mississippi Valley – Western Kentucky matchup was the best use of President Obama’s sports fan time, White House Press Secretary Jay Carney was tactful.

“March Madness is a wonderful tradition in American sports and American culture, and the president very much looks forward to having the prime minister join him for this game,” he said.

Obama Changes Libya Mission to Ousting Qaddafi

President Obama is formally adding the removal of Muammar Qaddafi to the Libya war, declaring that NATO bombing will not end until Qaddafi is gone.

In an op-ed piece published today in the International Herald Tribune, Le Figaro, and the Times of London, Obama, French President Nicolas Sarkozy, and British Prime Minister David Cameron write what was obvious to others when the “kinetic military exercise” began – that the Libyan people will never be safe as long as Qaddafi walks the streets of Tripoli.

So long as Qaddafi is in power, NATO must maintain its operations so that civilians remain protected and the pressure on the regime builds. Then a genuine transition from dictatorship to an inclusive constitutional process can really begin, led by a new generation of leaders. In order for that transition to succeed, Qaddafi must go and go for good.

The mission now also includes nation building, the trio of leaders suggest.

The United Nations and its members should help the Libyan people as they rebuild where Qaddafi has destroyed — to repair homes and hospitals, to restore basic utilities, and to assist Libyans as they develop the institutions to underpin a prosperous and open society.

Nothing serious is done by the United Nations, of course, without substantial input and leadership from the United States.