Obama working to accomplish what he said he had accomplished a week ago

Obama today:

This morning when you went to the White House website and checked into the Briefing Room and clicked on Speeches & Remarks at the top of the page was a link to today’s weekly radio address by Obama under the headline: “Weekly Address: Carrying on the Work of Our Fallen Heroes.”

In the transcript the president talked about the various attacks on American embassies and consulates in North Africa and the Middle East, mentioning by name the four who died in Libya on Sept. 11. He keeps up the pandering tone that came from the embassy in Egypt before it was attacked:

“This tragic attack takes place at a time of turmoil and protest in many different countries. I have made it clear that the United States has a profound respect for people of all faiths. We stand for religious freedom. And we reject the denigration of any religion – including Islam.

“Yet there is never any justification for violence. There is no religion that condones the targeting of innocent men and women. There is no excuse for attacks on our Embassies and Consulates. And so long as I am Commander-in-Chief, the United States will never tolerate efforts to harm our fellow Americans.”

He goes on to say the administration is in contact with governments around the globe to seek help in protecting our citizens abroad.

Obama concludes by proclaiming that “we will carry forward the work of making our country stronger, our citizens safer, and the world a better and
more hopeful place.”

What you will not find under Speeches & Remarks today at the White House website is the weekly radio speech from one week ago. You can find it if you search through the blogs, which is what I did.

In that speech, the president declared:

“Instead of pulling back from the world, we’ve strengthened our alliances while improving our security here at home.  As Americans, we refuse to live in fear.  … And our country is stronger, safer and more respected in the world.”

That was last week. This week he is working on that stronger, safer and respected, along with better and hopeful. Good luck on that, Mr. President, you said you had done that a week ago.

Obama a week ago:

42 comments on “Obama working to accomplish what he said he had accomplished a week ago

  1. Bruce Feher says:

    When you blow smoke for a living it can go anywhere.

  2. Good analogy, Bruce, I’ll probably steal that one some time.

  3. nyp10025 says:

    Here is another example of that outrageous “pandering” to Muslim sensibilities in the face of violent attacks on freedom of speech:

    “”We find them offensive, and we certainly understand why Muslims would find these images offensive,’ the State Department spokesman, Sean McCormack, reading the government’s statement on the controversy, said, ”Anti-Muslim images are as unacceptable as anti-Semitic images,” which are routinely published in the Arab press, ”as anti-Christian images, or any other religious belief.”

    Yet another instance of weakness where moral clarity is called for in foreign policy.

    Oh wait … that was the Bush Administration. Never mind ….

  4. Bush was no saint, Petey.


  5. And Romney is no Bush.

  6. nyp10025 says:

    Yeah, but words like “resolute” and “clarity” are not often associated with Mitt Romney.

  7. nyp10025 says:

    Ah, yes. Here is what Etch-a-Sketch actually had to say:

    “Romney said he had no plans to see the video, “Innocence of Muslims.” “I think it’s dispiriting sometimes to see some of the awful things people say. And the idea of using something that some people consider sacred and then parading that out a negative way is simply inappropriate and wrong. And I wish people wouldn’t do it,” he said. “Of course, we have a First Amendment. And under the First Amendment, people are allowed to do what they feel they want to do.”

    “Romney went on, “They have the right to do that, but it’s not right to do things that are of the nature of what was done by, apparently this film.”

    “He was asked whether he approved of Gen. Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs Of Staff, calling Florida pastor Terry Jones to ask him to stop promoting the film. He didn’t answer directly, but continued to condemn the film.”


  8. I’ll give you clarity but not resolute.


  9. Justice Douglas refused to watch pornographic films that the court asked to ban. He opposed it personally always ruled there was an absolute right to free speech.


  10. Steve says:

    US flag burnt.

    In London for crying out loud.

    It is not a sea change in attitude of one week.
    It cannot be the stupid film by the Coptic Christians. That is a distraction.

    Religious fundamentalists in the Middle East and Southeast Asia have hated the USA ever since we got involved in the regions business, no matter what Obama claimed a week ago.

    One would think the administration would have been paying much closer attention to signals from the Middle East and Southeast Asia. But, sadly, no. They were not.

    Like FDR with Pearl Harbor, this President is caught with his britches down and the results are multiple deaths, injuries and destruction.

    Romney was not getting intelligence briefings when this happened, but Obama should have been and he was skipping those. I bet Obama isn’t skipping them now.

    Barn doors and cows come to mind.

  11. nyp10025 says:

    Huh? We were not aware that the Middle East is volatile?

  12. Steve says:

    I did not say that Nyp. But, by all means, please feel free to mis read anything you like.

  13. Vernon Clayson says:

    It’s easy, we get words from Obama and then more words, every day around the damned clock, who can believe he’s governing when he’s either campaigning or making a speech praising himself? When did he last meet with a cabinet member or a member of the Congress in an actual discussion on issues of governance that weren’t meant to improve his chances for reelection? Okay, he did meet with sour faced Hillary Clinton when the four flag draped coffins from Libya arrived in this country but does anyone in the world, except Chris Matthews and nyp10025, believe the two discussed the substance of the issue, that these Americans were killed by Muslims and how we should actually retaliate? Fat chance of that, he and his posse of czars were figuring out ways to cover his behind while Hillary’s appearance was just theater to deflect fault from him. I’ll steal a little from John Kerry, when will the last American die to improve the reelection chances of the president and the members of the Congress that have to run this fall?

  14. Milty says:

    Naive statement of the week: “Today, many Americans are asking – indeed, I asked myself – how could this happen? How could this happen in a country we helped liberate, in a city we helped save from destruction? This question reflects just how complicated and, at times, how confounding the world can be.” — Secretary of State Clinton

  15. Milty says:

    There’s actually a very simple solution to this problem.

    Follow the advice of UPenn Professor Anthea Butler and arrest Sam Bacile. Better yet, let’s just execute him without a trial. The riots will stop and the Islamists will love us for it, and President Obama can go back to touting all his foreign policy successes in his quest for re-election. Plus the cause of justice will be served because Bacile is directly responsible for the deaths of all Americans at the hands of Islam this past week and fully deserves this punishment.

    Sound like a plan to you, Nyp?

  16. Milty says:

    Harvard Ph.D. and plagiarist Fareed Zakaria: “Romney faces a tough problem. President Obama is the first Democrat in nearly 50 years to enter an election with a dramatic advantage in foreign policy. (The last time was Lyndon Johnson vs. Barry Goldwater in 1964.) Unless Romney can craft a smart, strategic alternative, that gap will only get wider.”

    Electing LBJ because of his dramatic advantage in foreign policy really paid off for us, didn’t it? There’s a monument in Washington DC with the names of 58,000 Americans inscribed on it that’s a testament to LBJ’s superior foreign policy skills.

    Let’s just pray that we don’t pay this big a price for re-electing President Obama.

  17. Athos says:

    Hmmm. The Libyans think it was Al Qaeda. Think they all went to watch the movie at the same time? Yea. That must have been it, cause Heaven knows our President couldn’t be mistaken, could he?

    Jeez. It happened on 9/11. Get a clue, Øh Clueless Øne! Or more importantly, get a clue you Ø supporters (and possible voters).

  18. nyp10025 says:

    “sour faced Hillary Clinton”

  19. Rincon says:

    When dealing with snakes, you sometimes get bitten. Does anyone really think we can tame this den of serpents? Rather than being a benign provider of petroleum, the Middle East is a is a sinkhole of lost money and lives. Back in 1974, I said that we should not allow the Middle East to continue holding our energy jugular. So what have we done about it? In the name of protecting polar bears and SUV’s, we childishly avoid compromise and instead insist that our military can surely win the day. So far, it’s hasn’t.

  20. Excellent points, Vernon. Loved the line from Kerry.

  21. Naive, Milty, hell, even she doesn’t believe that.

  22. Steve says:

    And, Rincon, It never will win either. We do indeed need to develop our own energy sources. But green renewables alone will never be enough for the consumption this country likes.

    Nyp, why yes Hillary had quite the “sour face”. Chalk it up to poor acting. Or maybe she was mad she didn’t catch the intel from those skipped meetings. After all we alll know Obama was fully certain the world was respecting the USA since he and Hillary have been performing so well in foreign affairs.

    US Flag burnt in London. One of our best allies, and the sickness is spreading even there. Great work on the foreign affairs front, yep, just frikken great.

  23. Milty, you are on a roll. The comparison to LBJ is priceless.

  24. Vernon Clayson says:

    My writing that Hillary Clinton was “sour-faced” in her appearance with her lord and master was mild compared to what I’ve said about her in the past, I was calling her a shrill fish-wife when she first arrived on her husband’s coattails in 1992, I’m sure you remember Bubba Bill Clinton saying we got two for one when he took office. So we’ve had two decades of looking at her sneering sour face. She looked happier dancing with an African woman two weeks ago than she ever looked on Bill’s arm on in Barry’s presence. Bill got her in the door, more likely to get her out of his sight than to promote her politically.

  25. Milty says:

    Hey, at least we got “two for one” with Bill and Hillary. At least they never had the gall to complain that Hillary didn’t draw a salary as first lady.

  26. Steve says:

    After November I hope that comparison to LBJ does not pan out.

  27. Rincon says:

    I agree with you Steve. Our domestic sources alone can take us a long way. Add to that some reasonable motivations to squander less energy and only then would I consider renewable energy for whatever is left.

    I also note that you quite properly said the renewable energy will never be enough for the comsumption this country likes. Likes is the operative word here. So far, to get what we like, we’re quite willing to bust our budget and send our troops overseas to be maimed and killed. I suppose it depends on what we consider to be the best choice.

    I am of the opinion that we treat ourselves like spoiled children. If the consumer wants something, then by God, we’re going to give it to him regardless of the harm done to our country. According to the Dept of Transportation, the average driver in 2000 drove more than twice as many miles per year as in 1960. Are we really that much happier than we were then?

  28. Yes, I am happy I can drive as far as I like and can afford.


  29. Steve says:

    George Carlin did a bit where he said “this is the USA, nail two things together that have never been nailed together before and someone will buy it.”

    That IMO is the best description of a free market. One is free to build and sell while others are free to buy and spend.

    Doing what one likes to do is the driving force of a successful economy. When powers that be try to restrict this driving force of human nature we find places like the old Soviet Union with Levi’s on a black market.

    Every regulation written should have this driving force as its primary concern. The goal should be as much freedom as possible while keeping the “must haves” safe and secure. Those must haves are things like clean air, open spaces, and clean water. Trying to save every microbe is ridiculous and will have the same effect as unregulated freedom.

    As for the comment about the consumer, I say not so. We consumers earn the right to spend.
    Its those that have it handed to them via welfare that need to be taught how to earn it once again and this really is harming our country. Three generations deep is just a perversion of free enterprise. I recognize it took three generations to get this deep and it will take more than that to fix it. I say bring it on home and concentrate on us once again, that would be a good start.

  30. Vernon Clayson says:

    So Hillary didn’t ask or speak in favor of a first lady being paid, why the hell would she or Lady Michelle want a salary when every wish is granted and all expenses are paid? Neither of them will ever lack for anything for the rest of their lives, for the feminists out there, both owe their queenly lives to the good fortune of their husbands, whatever they might think they brought nothing to the table. Okay, wide hips but nothing else.

  31. Steve says:


    In every language, the first word after “Mama!” that every kid learns to say is “Mine!” A system that doesn’t allow ownership, that doesn’t allow you to say “Mine!” when you grow up, has — to put it mildly — a fatal design flaw.
    From the time Mr. Developing Nation was forced to read The Little Red Book in exchange for a blob of rice, till the time he figured out that waiting in line for a loaf of pumpernickel was boring as fuck, took about three generations….
    Decades of indoctrination, manipulation, censorship and KGB excursions haven’t altered this fact: People want a piece of their own little Something-or-Other, and, if they don’t get it, have a tendency to initiate counterrevolution.
    — Frank Zappa

  32. Rincon says:

    You misread my intentions. I agree that our freedom is not to be traded away for an answer to a foreign policy problem. In their zeal to please consumers, politicians often take away some of our freedoms. One of many examples: Having Uncle Sam dip his hand into my pocket to fund the military option takes away some of my freedom to keep what I earn. Bankrupting the country threatens my freedom in a more unpredictable way, so the present course does not necessarily preserve freedom in the long run.

    One of the reasons we drive so far is precisely because our freedoms have been eroded at the local level. If you want to skip the rest, you can go to smartgrowth.org. It’s too complex to describe fully, but our zoning laws have forced many of us to drive greater distances. As an example, many suburbs in the past including mine, did not allow multiple unit dwellings.

    In the ’80’s though, their downtown areas began to die because shopping malls were set up on the perimeter, coaxing residents to drive farther. Today, many of these suburbs have changed zoning to allow upscale condos and apartments near their downtown areas. People always wanted them as evidenced by their huge popularity, but zoning laws had prevented their construction (this was less freedom, not more). The result of these zoning changes: vastly invigorated downtown areas which offer a lifestyle of convenience for residents. They walk to the train station to go to work, and walk to shopping, or to have dinner and a movie, etc.

    Their expenses are dramatically less: A large condo building can have as many people as several blocks of homes. Obviously, heating and A/C are less, but this also means less asphalt along with road maintenance such as snow plowing (you’ve heard of it I’m sure : ) ), shorter gas, water, and electric lines, shorter storm sewers, garbage routes, sidewalks, and even much less lawn and yard care. More freedom, less driving.

    According to a Sept 17 Time article, we pay $138 billion per year in energy subsidies. That’s about $460 for every one of us by my calculations. I don’t see how eliminating this socialistic policy impinges on our freedom, but allowing us to pay our true energy costs would prove to be very motivating towards minimizing our energy expenditures.

    Lots more examples, but I’m sure I’ve bored you to death already.

  33. Steve says:

    Do those subsidies include wind and solar? Do they describe a subsidy as an incentive energy specific or one that is general to all business? Does the Time article seperate these out for the different energy sources?

    To me, driving is freedom. I like going places far away from my local circle.

  34. I’m always for free markets, Rincon.

  35. Rincon says:

    You know of course, I just threw that figure at you because it was a big one :). For some reason, our media don’t believe in footnotes, so I know nothing about how the number was calculated. I’m sure those energy subsidies include those for alternative energy, which I would also like to see eliminated. I believe fossil fuel industry subsidies are much greater, but I’m sure there’s a lot of latitude in how they’re calculated. For instance, did it include the free Gulf Coast oil leases from 1996 and if so, how were those amortized?

    I don’t advocate restricting people’s driving priviliges. I just don’t want them traveling on my dime, even if that dime is hidden in a defense budget that protects our oil supply.

  36. Steve says:

    OK I refuse to give up anypower or any range in my vehicle choices. The Volt is ok but way too small and cant tow worth a dam. I do not accept I have to give up my truck or my towing capabilities or my range. In fact any vhicle I choose will have to come with IMPROVEMENTS over the choices I have so far found. The Volt the LEaf the Prius just do not have these things and I had just about given up on alternative powered vehicles.
    Until now.
    Check out Via Motors.
    I hope to have one of these in the near future. One with the output power option.
    Coupled with a home sized Bloom Box the future looks really good.

  37. Steve says:

    Sorry for all the grammar and spelling errors, I should have used the wordprocessor and proofed it as hard as I usually do but I have strong feelings about this. This is our future and I think it has real possibilities if the feds can just get the hell out of the way.

  38. Steve says:

    Via motors, Rincon. The future of real American freedom.

  39. Rincon says:

    Very impressive. I’ll be pulling for it. Maybe we can get off the foreign oil after all! They’ll sell even better if we get rid of our fossil fuel subsidies…but I still want the zoning boards and building inspectors to give us our freedom back.

  40. Dave says:

    If Obama is reelected you will get a real example of the Dung hitting the fan. It seems that Sheriff Joe is the only one who understands the real problem and is willing to do something about it. What I don’t understand is why no one in authority is doing anything about it. Larry Klayman of Freedom Watch has put all Secretaries of State and the DNC on notice that fraud charges may be forthcoming if Obama is Certified as being eligible in accordance with the Constitution. He claims (I believe correctly) that it requires two parents holding citizenship in the U.S. to meet the requirements set forth in the Constitution. Because the State of Hawaii refuses to release the birth documents and there is probable cause to believe they would prove to be fraudulent, I am dumbfounded that no Federal Lawsuit has been filed to force Hawaii to release all pertinent data.
    Our freedom depends on the truth and we have yet to get the truth.

  41. Nyp says:

    You tell ’em, brother!

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