By Dan Joppich
Usually, dudes like to puff and flex in an attempt to promote their manhood and manliness. Not Obama.
When Obama threw down the gauntlet in front of Assad and Congress a couple weeks ago, he wasted no time showing just how serious he was by heading straight to the golf course and then flying off to Sweden.
Leading up to his speech last night, his military solution was referred to as “unbelievably small”. Quite an admission from the U.S.’s big guy. Realizing that he had to bolster his international chops, our Ditherer in Chief raised that to “modest”. Michelle must be so proud.
In the interest of full disclosure, the quote referring to military response was that it would entail “modest effort and risk”. Better than “unbelievably small”, but certainly not something to make Assad and all other current and future world leaders considering such tactics tremble. Most Americans would probably prefer the leader of the free world using words like, “Shock and awe.”
Early on in the speech, Obama must have consulted Hillary when he suggested that we all go to YouTube and watch the videos online before making up our minds about whether a military response is the right thing to do. Wasn’t this the same suggestion Obama, Clinton, and Rice made during the Benghazi attack mopup?
Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice… well, you know.
Obama had been trying to credit his muscle-flexing for Assad’s petty submission, but last night Obama claimed that he was the one who suggested the diplomatic solution involving Assad giving up his chemical weapons.
Yes, Kerry went off script and made the suggestion, never expecting anybody to seriously consider it as an option. What the White House never expected was Putin immediately recognizing it as a way to publicly spank Obama.
The spinmeisters at Obama for America, must have been called in to rework this part of his speech. Obama didn’t just infer that it was his idea, he claimed it as his own:
“In part because of… constructive talks I’ve had with President Putin, the Russian government has indicated a willingness to join with the international community [presumably the same international community that painted that red line] in pushing Assad to give up his chemical weapons.” (emphasis was Obama’s)
I’m not sure what I think about my leader name-dropping a Russian to make himself look good. It’s bad enough that he claims street cred by hanging out with entertainers and sports figures, but Putin?
This rewriting of history could only have been constructed by Axelrod, Rahm Emmanuel and OFA. No doubt with the rubber stamp from Jarrett.
Obama was just as surprised as the rest of the world when Kerry went off script with such a ludicrous suggestion. He never had constructive talks with Putin about it. As a matter of fact, Putin had Kerry’s Russian counterpart confirm that Kerry was not serious when he said it.
Putin did not go to the Russian government, as Obama puts forward. Putin may not have Obama’s stature, but he has a backbone. The buck stops with him. He does not go to the Politburo or his czars to get support or permission. Unlike Obama, while we may not agree with his tactics, we can appreciate that Putin is a man of action and understands what it means to be a leader.
In addition, Putin has not joined the international community (which only exists in Obama’s mind and Teleprompters). France has brought the suggestion to the U.N. and Putin (again, not the Russian government) has rejected the terms as proposed. Putin has also taken the opportunity to smack Obama’s forehead and poke him in both eye’s by making the agreement conditional on Obama promising not to use military force against his little buddy Assad.
Lastly, Obama has been downshifting his monster truck for the last two weeks but now it seems that its electric motor has gone dead. Much as he overcompensates for his lack of manhood, his true nature was revealed to the world. Obama has decided to once again lead from behind.
Putin will work to provide a politically face-saving solution for Obama, France will take the lead at the U.N., and Obama can hook up with his buddies on the golf course where they can drink beers, compare putters, brag about the size of their drivers and lie about how far their drives went.