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Obama Says Politics ‘Stops At Water’s Edge’

From Jake Tapper at ABC News:

President Obama Slaps Romney Campaign for Violating Tradition of Politics Stopping at “Water’s Edge”

By Jake Tapper
Jun 19, 2012

LOS CABOS, MEXICO — President Obama took a shot at the Romney campaign Tuesday for leveling criticism at him overseas, in violation of the American tradition of politics stopping at the water’s edge, an adage coined in 1947 by Sen. Arthur Vandenberg, R-Mich.

The president, at the conclusion of the G20 international summit, took questions from three reporters, one of whom asked about an op-ed earlier this month in the German business journal Handelsblatt written by R. Glenn Hubbard, dean of the Columbia Business School and an economic adviser to Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney.

Obviously this reporter was not a heckler. He was clearly planted in order to ask this question. After all, who reads German business journal op-eds?

Hubbard wrote that “President Obama’s advice to the Germans and Europe has…the same flaws as his own economic policy — that it pays for itself over the long term if we focus on short-term business promotion.”

“These recommendations are not only unwise,” Hubbard wrote, “they also reveal ignorance of the causes of the crisis and of a growth trend in the future,” Hubbard writes

What a vicious attack! We hope Mr. Hubbard was reported to AttackWatch.com and the Secret Service.

President Obama begged off addressing the criticism, saying “with respect to Mr. Romney’s advisers, I’d suggest you go talk to Mr. Romney about his advisers. I would point out that we have one president at a time and one administration at a time. And I think traditionally, the notion has been that America’s political differences end at the water’s edge.”

Mr. Obama probably "begged off addressing the criticism" because it was all over his head. After all, these are the kind of questions that should be addressed to David Axelrod, not to the Celebrity In Chief.

Nevertheless we aren’t quite sure what Obama was objecting to here. Was it that someone dared to question his policies while he is in Mexico? Or that they dared to question his policies in an op-ed for a German business journal?

If the former, we never noticed Obama or any Democrats refraining from attacking President Bush while he was overseas. In fact, they would regularly declare that the Iraq War was a failure even while Bush visiting Iraq.

If the criticism is that no one is supposed to criticize the President to foreigners, why did Obama campaign in Europe in 2008? Why did Obama make his supposedly famous speech in Berlin? In reality, that speech was an attack on Bush’s foreign policies, as well as an apology for America in general.

The president also suggested that Hubbard “may not be familiar with what our suggestions to the Germans have been. I think sometimes back home, there’s a desire to superimpose whatever ideological arguments are taking place back home onto a very complicated situation in Europe.”

This from the man is trying to impose American-style democracy on the Middle East through the ‘Arab Spring." The man who told Mubarak that he had to give up power. The man who told Gaddafi he had to step down.

And never mind that Obama went to the G-20 to try to impose his ideological economic solutions on Europe. He wants them to increase their government spending, and to resist the calls for austerity.

This article was posted by Steve on Wednesday, June 20th, 2012. Comments are currently closed.

7 Responses to “Obama Says Politics ‘Stops At Water’s Edge’”

  1. GetBackJack says:

    Stops at water’s edge?


    (Momma nudges me with her elbow from her Barca lounger. “That boy’s been smoking that devil weed.”)

    • AcornsRNutz says:

      A little bit of Devil’s advocate here, but I see the wisom in the notion as it was probably initially intended, not in the way the bamster uses it here. My take on the sentiment is that letting it be known that the US has deep internal strife over the way an administration has handled it’s foriegn affairs shows weakness and gives opportunities for our enemies to exploit the rift, IE endorsing certain candidates publically in order to sway votes toward a candidate they would prefer or away from one who poses the most serious threat to them. Al-qeida endorsed Bush as a means to support obama (IE who in America would vote for the guy that the enemy prefers). In that sense, I see what the point of keeping those conversations as much out of the world arena as possible would be.

      On the other hand, obama is clearly using this as a dodge or to attempt to appear above the fray and hopefully silence the opposition to his dangerous foreign policy both economically and militarily. Also, in this day of modern high speed media, keeping these types of debates off the world’s radar screen isn’t likely to be possible. Essentially, nothing could make our current president look any weaker or more incompetent in the eyes of the rest of the world, and he doesn’t have a clue how to deal with that other than say that Romney pointing it out is somehow wrong.

    • GetBackJack says:

      Now now, you’re taking all the fun out of it being logical and stuff


  2. Mithrandir says:

    Uh-Oh! More Rules FOR Republicans

    Did Bill Clinton or Jane Fonda leave their politics “at the water’s edge?”

    The only democrat who ever tried to stop at the water’s edge was Ted Kennedy, and he wasn’t able to do it either.

    Did the democrats and their minions keep family of political figures “off limits?” Sarah Palin’s family? Newt Gingrich’s gay daughter? Mitt Romney’s wife? Nancy Reagan? Rick Santorum’s family? Michelle Bachmann’s husband?
    Any other time, a democrat will pout, “Hey! My wife’s off-limits!”–then turn around and make a snide comment about someone else’s wife.

    ~~~democrats don’t follow their own rules, they just make up more stumbling blocks for Republicans, and it’s time to even the playing field.~~~

    • AcornsRNutz says:

      “The only democrat who ever tried to stop at the water’s edge was Ted Kennedy, and he wasn’t able to do it either. ”

      Well played.

    • GetBackJack says:

      Rules For Republicans™

      There, FTFY


  3. Petronius says:

    SG : “He wants them [Europe] to increase their government spending, and to resist the calls for austerity.”

    Well of course he does. If you have a formula that can destroy America, why not use the same formula to bring down all of Western Civilization?

    One more manifestation of the Liberal Death Wish.

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