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NYT: World Complicates Obama’s Re-Election

From a terribly sympathetic New York Times:

In a World of Complications, Obama Faces a Re-election Test

Published: June 17, 2012

WASHINGTON — For Barack Obama, a president who set out to restore good relations with the world in his first term, the world does not seem to be cooperating all that much with his bid to win a second.

That reality has been on vivid display in recent days. Europe has seemed unable to contain its rolling economic crisis to just Greece. The Syrian conflict has intensified as the United Nations suspended its observers’ mission amid the violence. Egypt’s popular revolution is at risk of being reversed by the military. And the Russians are cracking down at home and rattling sabers abroad.

How petty and selfish these other countries are. Don’t they realize their actions could hurt Obama?

By the way, the alternative headline for this article is: "Obama Re-Election Complicated by World Events." Which seems to better express The Times’ real concerns here.

As President Obama left on Sunday for an international summit meeting in Mexico, the daunting array of overseas issues underscored the challenges for an incumbent who is trying to manage global affairs while arguing a case for re-election. Although American voters are not particularly focused on foreign policy in a time of economic trouble, the rest of the world has a way of occupying a president’s time and intruding on his best-laid campaign plans.

Gosh, that is terrible. Remember all the articles in the New York Times about all of the complications George Bush faced in the world in 2004, when he was fighting two wars and facing other problems around the world? We don’t either.

If anything, the dire headlines from around the world only reinforce an uncomfortable reality for this president and any of his successors: even the world’s last superpower has only so much control over events beyond its borders, and its own course can be dramatically affected in some cases. Whether from ripples of the European fiscal crisis or flare-ups of violence in Baghdad, it is easy to be whipsawed by events

Which follows on the news we just got that a President really doesn’t have any control over the economy, either.

Which makes you wonder why the news media spends so much time worrying about the President, if he is so powerless when it comes to both world events and the domestic economy?

“Both candidates have to pretend that the U.S. presidency is far more influential over events than it really is,” said Stephen D. Biddle, a scholar at the Council on Foreign Relations. The obvious example is the European economic situation, which has profound implications for the American economy but is largely out of American hands

Absolutely. So all of that talk about the recession being Bush’s fault was just pretending. It was really due to the foreigners.

But the real message is summed up in the final paragraph:

But for all the attention on Syria, Egypt and other areas of conflict, the most important crisis for Mr. Obama remains the European economy because of its impact at home. “Europe’s weakness is likely to blow back on Obama’s efforts this fall — just at the wrong time,” [says Nancy E. Soderberg, a national security aide and United Nations diplomat under President Bill Clinton.] “He’ll have to run harder because of it.”

So the news media will have to redouble their efforts to convince the voters that the economy is in trouble because of Europe, and not because of Obama’s policies.

Or to sum things up even more succinctly: ‘Obama’s failures aren’t just Bush’s fault. The world is to blame, too.’

This article was posted by Steve on Monday, June 18th, 2012. Comments are currently closed.

7 Responses to “NYT: World Complicates Obama’s Re-Election”

  1. Petronius says:

    The science of victimology has been pushed to new levels. We now have our first victim president.

  2. untrainable says:

    Dang racist planet. Does this put Oblameless into a protected class all his own?

  3. P. Aaron says:

    Obama was supposed to be the ‘smart’ guy in the room.

  4. wirenut says:

    I smell a vast nationwide conspiracy of constitutional citizens putting Barry to the curb this fall. The “print”, from here on out, will be pointless and mindless. Much like this administation has been. The best we can do is to make them,
    all “has been’s”.
    I can hardly wait for the October suprise.

  5. Tater Salad says:

    Remember the “Flexibility” comment with Barck having his hand on Dimitri Medieved’s knee? Well, Vladimir will create a crisis thereby giving Obama the upper hand on the crisis. It will make him look like a he is strong on foreign policy to get re-election. After getting re-elected…….then the flexibility kicks in and the American people will feel the effects of it by getting “screwed”!

  6. GetBackJack says:

    Can’t improve on Steve’s last line

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