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Presidential Smackdowns: Get in Line

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President Obama has gone from Arab Spring to Jewish Sting and a spanking by the Queen.

The President’s recent demands that Israel get in step and agree to peace with Palestine and go back to pre-1967 boundaries were met by a swift, concise, and direct response from Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu expressing in no uncertain terms Israel’s dismissal of such talk as ignorant and impossible considering such boundaries would leave Israel all but indefensible from attacks.  The response prompted news anchors to report the Israeli leader treated the president like a “schoolboy.”

Class was again in session Monday as Netanyahu addressed Congress where he again, and more fully, exposed Obama’s lack of education on this subject.  What we saw in Benjamin Netanyahu was the skill of a great statesman, poise under pressure, courage of conviction, and true leadership.  The qualities so obviously lacking in our current commander in chief.

Among the many strong statements made in his address were the following:  “Israel is not what’s wrong in the Middle East. Israel is what’s right in the Middle East.”

“The conflict has never been about the establishment of a Palestinian state. The conflict has been about the existence of a Jewish state.”

“We will not negotiate with a Palestinian government backed by the Palestinian version of Al Qaeda.”

“The Palestinian refugee problem will be solved outside the borders of Israel.”

Throw in his urgent reminder that Iran must be stopped in its march toward nukes, and you have a clearly defined and principled outline for policy.  If only the President’s “policy” had such clarity.

But the smackdowns didn’t end there.  After his meeting with the Prime Minister, President Obama jetted off across the Atlantic for a date with the Queen where he once again set himself up to be “schooled”.  In an awkward moment seen in this video, the President proposes a toast to Queen Elizabeth II but as he does the orchestra begins to play the British anthem “God Save the Queen”.  As with any national anthem the people stand in quiet reverence as the anthem is played, but Barak Obama just keeps on talking as he shares his toast with the audience.  The Queen gives him a quick glance, as if to say, “time to stop talking”, but Obama continues on until he turns to the Queen and says “to the Queen” at which point she turns to Obama and says something causing the President to look a bit sheepish as if he’d just been scolded.  He puts his glass down and awkwardly stands there.

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I’ve listened to the audio where the Queen speaks to Obama and I swear she says “Put it down”.  Referring to the glass (and not so subtly his ignorance and disrespect for the anthem).   Whatever she says it seems to hit Obama like a slap in the face.

What amazes me is the fact that this man didn’t even flinch as the anthem began playing.  Its as if he has no clue what to do when a national anthem is played…..then again maybe that’s the case.  As you may recall the flack early in the President’s term when he refused to put his hand over his heart when his own national anthem was played.

Hey at least he’s consistent in his disrespect.

Who will be next to Smackdown the President?  I’m waiting on the Vegas odds.

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Written by DCL

May 25, 2011 at 2:57 pm

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  1. Since your slapping BO for mistakes in protocol, you might like to know that the Queen of England isn’t the same as the Queen Mother, which you refer to her as above.
    The Queen Mother was the Queen’s mother.

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    Jade

    May 25, 2011 at 4:31 pm

    • Ooops…good thing I’m not President! Thank you for the correction. Noted and done.

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      Doug

      May 25, 2011 at 5:53 pm


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