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Obama Tired Of Being Wrong On Egypt

From an outraged Associated Press:

Losing patience, Obama challenges Egypt’s leaders

By Ben Feller, AP White House Correspondent
February 11, 2011

WASHINGTON – Showing deepening dismay, President Barack Obama is questioning whether Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak’s promised transfer of power has any credibility or meaning. As a defiant Mubarak stayed in office, Obama challenged the autocratic Egyptian government to explain its path toward democracy to its people and the world.

Without naming Mubarak directly, Obama issued a written statement on Thursday night in which he criticized the leader for a lack of clarity and direction.

That assessment came after Mubarak surprised those protesting in Egypt’s streets by saying, in a broadly watched speech, that he would shift powers to his vice president but remain in charge of the country.

He had been widely expected to step down on Thursday, as even the CIA chief had suggested was in the offing.

"Too many Egyptians remain unconvinced that the government is serious about a genuine transition to democracy, and it is the responsibility of the government to speak clearly to the Egyptian people and the world," Obama said. "The Egyptian government must put forward a credible, concrete and unequivocal path toward genuine democracy."

Mr. Mubarak has announced that he will lift the emergency laws and hold open and fair elections. What more does Mr. Obama want him to do – besides resigning?

After a series of fast-changing events, Obama scrambled with his national security team over how to respond to a televised Mubarak speech that had left many surprised and even baffled.

Whose fault is that? Is Mr. Mubarak to blame if Mr. Obama let his fantasies get the better of him? If Obama chose to believe the misleading reports from the ‘satellite news media’?

Obama’s tone was far less upbeat than it had been earlier in the day, when he declared the world was watching history unfold as young Egyptians rallied for freedoms.

Instead, the world got to witness Mr. Obama ‘folding.’

In his final statement, Obama challenged Egypt’s leaders to plainly explain what the new changes mean and how they would help those who have led an uprising since late January

Some in our country might wonder what Obama’s promised changes will mean and how they will help those who have led an uprising since early November.

Before Mubarak’s speech, CIA Director Leon Panetta told Congress there was "a strong likelihood" that the Egyptian leader was on the way out and could step down as early as Thursday night

Perhaps the Director of Central Intelligence shouldn’t depend upon CNN for his information.

Egypt’s military had assured protesters that Mubarak would meet their demands.

Once again, this is not quite true. The military assured protesters via State TV that their "legitimate" demands would be met. And the military would decide which demands are or are not legitimate.

"What is absolutely clear is that we are witnessing history unfold," Obama said at the start of an overshadowed economic event in Michigan. "It’s a moment of transformation that’s taking place because the people of Egypt are calling for change."

What is absolutely clear is that Mr. Obama got too far ahead of the news and made a fool of himself. Which will happen when you start to believe your own press clippings.

This article was posted by Steve on Friday, February 11th, 2011. Comments are currently closed.

13 Responses to “Obama Tired Of Being Wrong On Egypt”

  1. bill says:

    Nobody loves a loser, even if you apologize. I guess Obama can’t figure out all he did was cause the world to think he was an incompetent joke. Hey wait ….

  2. bobdog says:

    “But the first time things don’t go the way Mr. Obama wants, they become apoplectic.”

    This is hardly the first time. First time this week, maybe.

    The fact is, Obama is widely perceived as weak, patronizing, and manipulative, and he is despised and mocked around the world. On a regular basis, he has grovelled to our enemies in capitals all over the globe, including China, Russia, and the middle east, and embarrassed and alienated our allies like Britain and Israel.

    A complete waste of a perfectly good Nobel Peace Prize.

    • Liberals Demise says:

      The Nobel is completely worthless now.
      First they gave it to Jimma Carter.
      Next was the inventor of the Internet, Algore.
      And finally………the dude who did absolutely nothing to warrant
      even being mentioned, dingleBarry Obamoa.

      I see a trend and if this is the case, I predict that Kim Jock Itch of NK
      will soon covet this now worthless title.

  3. spudmom says:

    Does this mean that if we get a million people to DC for two weeks, we can get rid of Obama, too? Do you think the media and military would support us? But we would demand the resignation of Joe Biden, too.

    • mr_bill says:

      Spudmom, you’ve hit on the issue that has bothered me the most about this whole thing. nerobama has spent a lot of time telling Mubarak that he needs to listen to the Egyptian people and meet their demands while ignoring the majority of people here in the States. We have told his administration that we do not want his agenda, the courts have overturned nerobamacare and yet he continues – tone deaf to the civil demands of the American people, tone deaf to the laws and customs of our country, flagrantly contradicting the order of the courts.

      He lectures Mubarak on how to respond to protesters in Egypt while ignoring those in our own streets. Millions have marched on Washington D.C. on numerous occasions to peacefully ask for changes in our government and nerobama not only ignores us, but he ridicules us in addition. nerobama is not a leader, he is a spoiled wannabe dictator and his failures, poor decisions, lackwit policies and double-standards are going to bite him in the figurative behind. His chickens just haven’t come home to roost, yet. To that end, I support your question: Will the rest of the world call for his ouster if more people gather at the Capital and make that demand? What would nerobama do if that happened? I don’t imagine he would step down and he sure as hell wouldn’t abdicate the Presidency to Plugs Biden.

    • wardmama4 says:

      Amen – I have thought the same thing ever since this mess started – but we did send millions to DC – and at the time (wasn’t it midnight on Christmas eve?!?) of the passage of Obamacare – the polls were still 60% against and the latest poll (June 2009) taken before all the summer townhalls) was 80% satisfied with their healthcare insurance – so yes since Jan 2009 – Obama has been ruling against the will of the people.

      And since now with Obamacare – he has had federal judges twice pronounce 2 of his edicts un-Constitutional, yet continue to plug away at keeping them law as he knows, if he can get one major aspect of these pos ‘laws’ into the mainstream – all the crapweasels in DC will give up because they adhere to the – once it gets going – no ‘law’ can be repealed and/or unfunded ever.

      I’d be willing to waste what little ‘extra’ (and I use that term loosely since we have no income from employment coming in) money we have to drive to DC to be part of the Angry Mob crowd to demand that Obama step down – of course they will parse that he was ‘democratically’ elected – forgetting the NBPP intimidation in PA and of course the 14 states where ACORN was investigated/charged with election fraud – once again – AGAINST THE WILL OF THE PEOPLE. How democratic of them.

      Not to mention that this whole mess was started because the Senate demanded McAmnesty’s long form bc and all accompanying paperwork because he was not born in the US but let the big O get off with a certificate of live birth (as if we are so stupid as to not believe that he is alive).

      Once again – against the law and against the will of the people.

      Of course The Big O will lecture Mubarak – as he still believes the lie that ‘he is the one who we have been waiting for’.

      Change and transformation – The Big O doesn’t appear to like a single one of the changes that have happened since Nov 2010.

      Willing to bet he really won’t like the one in Nov 2012!

      Now that will be change I can believe in!!!

  4. TerryAnne says:

    “Talk about the pot calling the kettle half-black.”

    Bravo, Steve! Bravo! (I came close to choking on my cereal with that one)

    The worst part about that letter (as posted on the WH page) is the last sentence that says Egypt has a “friend” in the US.

    A friend.

    Not an ally. A friend.

    It had to be the most hollow drivel I’ve ever heard from a presidnet (nothing new there, though). And I’m loving the fact that Mubarak blasted Obama (that comment about the West staying out of their business), and Obama totally missed or ignored it and went straight back to the “I know best” mentality.

  5. artboyusa says:

    COLT LUGER, CIA MASTERSPY, returns in “Colt: Behind the 8 Ball”!

    It was 10 am on Friday morning and Colt Luger, CIA Master Spy and Assistant Deputy Section Manager for Predictive Affairs, had just arrived at his big new office in the big new George Tenet Building at the CIA’s big new secret facility at 1947 Maple Street, Langley, Virginia (tel DAVenport 3 1947) for another day of ceaseless and secret toil in defence of America.

    Colt had just put his feet up on the desk and begun snoring comfortably when the Red Phone rang. Riiinnnnggg! Riiinnnggg! it went, to the surprise of no one who knows how phones work.

    “Huh? Wha? Colt Luger here” said Colt, correctly identifying himself. “I wasn’t asleep! Honest! I was working, working real hard to defend freedom!”

    “Hello? Agent Loon? This is the Chief!”

    The Chief! Colt jumped to attention and clicked his heels. “Yes sir, Chief!”

    “Agent Limbo – I need a full report on this Egyptian situation to deliver to the President. He wants it on his desk by lunchtime – get cracking!”

    “Egyptian situation?”

    “Yes, Agent Loki; for crying out loud, put on your television!”

    Colt pressed the clicker and Barney the Dinosaur appeared. He clicked again and his eyes widened in surprise. Wow. He clicked and clicked and clicked until his eyes bulged like billiard balls.

    “Oh – THAT situation. Of course, Chief. Right away, Chief. I’ll get out the ouija board and get right back to you”.

    “Ouija board? That museum piece? Dammit, Lobo – this information is vital, dammit. It’s for the President of the United States, dammit. He deserves an exceptional effort, dammit. Use the best predictive technology we’ve got – use…the Orb!”

    “The Orb!!?? But, Chief -”

    “Dammit, Lungfish. Do as I say!”

    “Yes, Chief”.


    Colt Luger put down the phone. He went to the secret wall safe, dialled the secret combination (12 3 4) and drew forth the secret cardboard box labelled “TOP SECRET!”

    With shaking hands he opened the flaps and held up the result of years of research and development and a good chunk of the Agency’s secret trillion dollar budget – The Orb! Also known as “The Amazing 8 Ball”.

    Colt marvelled at the flawless perfection and the perfect flawlessness of the gleaming black sphere, so clearly labelled with a large number 8 in white – here was the most amazing and accurate predictive tool in the CIA’s armory.

    There were no secrets from the inky depths of the amazing 8 Ball…except maybe for the Cuban Missile Crisis, the Tet offensive, the oil embargo, the fall of the Shah, the end of Communism, the Iran –Iraq war, the Russian invasion of Afghanistan, the invasion of Kuwait, September 11, the location of Saddam’s WMDs…Hell, thought Colt. No one’s perfect. What do they expect for a trillion bucks a year – Nostradamus?

    As in expert in Predictive Affairs, he naturally would have to test the thing out carefully first to guarantee the kind of accuracy the CIA demanded.

    “Is my name Colt Luger?” he whispered and shook the globe furiously for a moment. He turned it over and stared breathlessly into the black depths within. After a few seconds a strange pyramidal form silently materialized and Colt could read the answer of the Amazing 8 Ball:

    “MAYBE” it said.

    “Hmmm…I’ll take that as a ‘yes’” thought Colt. “Let’s see: will Mubarak still be in power in twelve months?” he asked.


    “Uh huh. Another ‘yes’. Okay; will someone not Mubarak be in power in twelve months?”


    Confirmation from two sources! My God! This thing was incredible! But what was being confirmed?

    “Should the US encourage a transition of power to the army?”


    “C’mon, c’mon – quit stalling!” snarled Colt Luger, shaking the sphere frantically. “Tell me!”


    “Oh crap crap crap!” Colt shook the Amazing 8 Ball furiously. It was broken! It couldn’t be broken! This thing was worth millions! What if they took it out of his salary?


    “Answer me, damn you!” yelled Colt, shaking the Amazing 8 Ball even harder and harder until it slipped from his fingers and smashed in pieces on the marble floor of his office. Black water and a little plastic triangle pooled around Colt’s feet.

    Uh oh, thought Colt. Uh oh. Maybe I can blame this on the dog or my kid sister or something. No – sabotage! That was it! Sabotage by an unknown and unforeseeable threat, probably from an enemy of sand based origin. That should be good for another few million on the budget. Phew. What a genius you are, Colt. Meanwhile, you still have a report to write…

    A couple of hours later CIA Director Leon Panetta handed the President a folder marked “Top Secret”. The wiry Indonesian (oh, yeah. Panetta had the scoop on that) flipped quickly through the pages. “This report is one page long, Leon. What’s the problem?”

    “Um, massive equipment failure, Mr President” answered the Director. “Possibly sabotage. It’ll cost billions to deal with but even so, we’ve used the Agency’s finest minds and our finest predictive resources to give you the best intelligence available, I can assure you”.

    The President stared back at him in silence. ‘ANSWER HAZY – TRY AGAIN LATER’ doesn’t give me much to go on, Leon” he said…

    • wardmama4 says:

      Thank goodness I was too lazy to get up and get a drink – our you would owe me a monitor (big flat screen) over that – so true, so real, so perfect.

  6. tranquil.night says:

    Well maybe if your only concern wasn’t using the Egypt protests for some maniacal attempt to rekindle the atmosphere of your Immaculation… erhm, I don’t remember where that thought was going.

    But here’s a list of status quos of which I’m tired:

    – You, (Moron), being wrong about everything.
    – Everything being made about you, so you can be wrong about it.
    – Trying to decide if you are so continually and thoroughly wrong, all the time, because of what an extraordinary fool – or how diabolically dangerous you are. Or both.
    – But I’m tired of wishing for a United States without an adolescent Marxist on the throne of Liberty.

  7. proreason says:

    Our little international community organizer has taken the art of lying to an entire new level. “Proactive Lying”.

    In preparation to exploit this wonderful crisis, the boy king has come out for every possible outcome, all at the same time. Now, with the full and ecstatic compliance of the msm, he can claim, no matter what happens, that he marshalled the events.

    Many people will believe him, because he is, after all, the president.

  8. JohnMG says:

    …..”Is Mr. Mubarak to blame if Mr. Obama let his fantasies get the better of him?”…….

    You mean such things like ‘hope’ and ‘change’? Golly! What an inspiration O-boo-boo has been to the universe. Now if he could just get us to listen. I’m waiting for him to tell the whole world that we’d be sooooo well off if we followed his directives. Alas,, if only we were smart enough to recognize his genius.

    • Liberals Demise says:

      “I’m waiting for him to tell the whole world that we’d be sooooo well off if we followed his directives. Alas,, if only we were smart enough to recognize his genius.”

      I’d sooner eat a grenade w/o the spoon!!

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