MAUREEN DOWD skewers obama

Discussion in 'Politics' started by Max E., Sep 26, 2013.

  1. Max E.

    Max E.

    The man formerly hailed as a messiah was having a bad day.

    The Iranians snubbed him. The Brazilians upbraided him. Ted Cruz fauxlibustered him. And you just know that, behind the scenes, the Russians were messing with him.

    At the end of a long, hard day at the United Nations, he escaped into the sweaty and freighted embrace of the Clintons, who had to explain and defend the president’s own health care plan for him at their global initiative conference/Hillary 2016 pep rally. The choreography of diplomacy danced around the tantalizing possibility of a historic handshake that could end three decades of poison. (Even though the last climactic clasp, between Yitzhak Rabin and Yasir Arafat, disappointingly proved that sometimes a handshake is just a handshake.)

    With the welcome exit of the provincial Iranian fruitbat, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, could the country W. declared part of the “axis of evil” reach out to the country smeared as the “Great Satan” by Ayatollah Khomeini? Obama administration officials at the U.N. on Tuesday explained to reporters that there would not be a bilateral between President Obama and President Hassan Rouhani of Iran, or any sort of “formal meeting.”

    “We’re not prepared for heads of state to negotiate or presidents to negotiate on the nuclear issue,” an official said, speaking on background. An “encounter” would be permissible. Not a long one, but an “informal, brief encounter.”

    “So,” a reporter asked, “like a handshake?”

    “Yes, that type of thing,” the official replied. “Exactly. On the margins here.”

    Except that, after the White House spent a week suggesting that there could be a press-the-flesh moment, Rouhani snubbed Obama. And not on the margins.

    Maybe the tweet-happy Iranian president was too busy retweeting Christiane Amanpour to have time to pretend to bump into the American president in a U.N. hallway. “Ultimately it became clear that that was too complicated for them at this time,” the Obama official said just before 3 p.m., trying to put a good face on the scuttled face-to-face, adding that “the Iranians, number one, have an internal dynamic that they have to manage” and they “were not ready to have an encounter at the presidential level.”

    Even a brief encounter wasn’t brief enough.
  2. Tsing Tao

    Tsing Tao

    Not sure I'd call that "skewering".
  3. Max E.

    Max E.

    When someone as far left as maureen dowd points out how the whole world is mocking obama's incompetence, then you know its bad, itd be like ricter suddenly calling for reducing the budget deficit. This article is pretty much as far right as maureen down would ever go.
  4. Tsing Tao

    Tsing Tao

    Yeah, I get it. It's definitely a hit piece on Obama, so we should be happy some progress is being made.