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Have Years Of Exposure To Biden Left Obama Totally Potted?

Posted on | May 30, 2012 | 21 Comments

by Smitty

Via Ace comes another OPRA* moment:

Maybe this is a deliberate chaser insult to follow the under-bus toss exemplified in canceling Theater Ballistic Missile efforts:

Two recent editorials from Heritage fellows have criticized the Obama administration for abandoning Eastern European allies. According to the editorials, Obama has given up proposed missile defense sites in Poland and the Czech Republic (sometimes called the “third site”). They argue that this will will serve to embolden Russia and increase our vulnerability to Iran’s missile capabilities. The first problem with their arguments is that Obama has not yet abandoned the proposed missile defense sites in Poland and the Czech Republic. In fact, after a report released in a Polish newspaper said that the sites had been abandoned, administration officials were quick to point out that all options were still on the table.

Yeah, Barack’s position is ‘evolving’.

God preserve us until we can send this incompetent boob packing. More at Hot Air and Twitchy. And look at this summary from Nile Gardiner in The Telegraph:

. . .these were carefully scripted remarks by the president reading off a teleprompter. Six millions Poles died at the hands of Nazi Germany during World War Two, including three million Polish Jews during the Holocaust. The president’s use of the term “Polish death camp” is hugely insulting to the Polish people, and will reinforce the growing image across Eastern and Central Europe of an American presidency that cares little for key US allies, especially against the backdrop of its controversial and weak-kneed “reset” policy towards Russia. For a US administration that likes to boast of “smart power,” this was an act of staggering historical ignorance as well as crass insensitivity.

Who knew Rutherford was an NWA fan?
(NSFW reference for pic)

Via Insty, the White House attempts a ‘clown nose off‘**:

National Security Council spokesman Tommy Vietor said: “The president misspoke. He was referring to Nazi death camps in Poland. We regret this misstatement, which should not detract from the clear intention to honor Mr. Karski and those brave citizens who stood on the side of human dignity in the face of tyranny.”
Anxious to quell the controversy, the White House also noted that the president had visited the Warsaw Ghetto Memorial while in Poland and that he has repeatedly discussed the bravery of Poles during World War II.
The Polish Embassy in Washington, on its website, has a “how-to guide” on concentration camps that states that references to Polish death camps are “factually incorrect slurs” that should be corrected.

*Only Problematic in Republican Administrations

**Props to Treacher.


21 Responses to “Have Years Of Exposure To Biden Left Obama Totally Potted?”

  1. Evi L. Bloggerlady
    May 30th, 2012 @ 8:46 am

    I am surprised President Obama did not follow up with his favorite Chicago Pollack jokes.  

  2. William_Teach
    May 30th, 2012 @ 9:00 am

    One has to wonder how long it will take Obama to apologize. Will he start getting all defensive, and refuse? Will his admin keep trotting out platitudes without an apology? Will he petulantly provide one of those non-apology apologies (“For any who took offense, I apologize”). Maybe he’ll tells us that “mistakes were made.”

  3. Bob Belvedere
    May 30th, 2012 @ 9:14 am

    OBAMA: ‘My teleprompter acted stupidly’.

  4. creeper00
    May 30th, 2012 @ 9:17 am

    Why do people keep saying he “misspoke”?  He didn’t “speak” at all.  He read.  Those words were put into his teleprompter.  They didn’t come off the top of his head.  

  5. Maldiver
    May 30th, 2012 @ 9:26 am

    C’mon, Barack, everyone knows the death camps were on those islands in the Atlantic.  You know, the Maldives. 

  6. richard mcenroe
    May 30th, 2012 @ 9:32 am

     He’ll go the academic pedant route,”Well, you know, some people say, the death camps were located in Poland, so that makes them Polish death camps…!

  7. Taxpayer1234
    May 30th, 2012 @ 10:27 am

    OZero, Der Stoopid Gooberfuhrer.

  8. Taxpayer1234
    May 30th, 2012 @ 10:27 am

    In that case, I say we need to give HUGE rewards to the person who “mis-typed” into the teleprompter!

  9. Info
    May 30th, 2012 @ 11:34 am

    It may or may not be worth noting that “Auschwitz” is the German name for the town, not the Polish … if you ever visit, learning the Polish name will pay BIG dividends (don’t have the typefaces to render the Polish name, but it’s at Wikipedia, etc.)

    Yes, to paraphrase  the old grim jest, when your town has a name in more than three or four languages, clearly you are in a region that “produces more history than can be consumed locally” …

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  12. Maurice
    May 30th, 2012 @ 2:28 pm

    Yes, we KNOW he meant to say “Nazi death camps”, Tommy. The POINT is that your boss is a SCOAMF.

  13. Adobe_Walls
    May 30th, 2012 @ 2:42 pm


  14. Nate Lenz
    May 30th, 2012 @ 3:18 pm

    I’m beginning to get the feeling the TelePrompTer guy is deliberately sabotaging him.

  15. Adjoran
    May 30th, 2012 @ 3:20 pm

    Face it, Obama just isn’t very bright.  That’s why his undergraduate records are state secrets (even more important, because he will leak secrets to help him politically, these will never see the light of day).

    Mediocre students at mid-level colleges don’t get to transfer to Columbia as a 3rd year, it takes top grades and exceptional performance.  Non-honors grads from Columbia don’t get into Harvard Law.

    BUT if you lie and claim to be from Kenya, they might make space for a “foreign student” with lesser scores.

  16. Adobe_Walls
    May 30th, 2012 @ 4:32 pm

    Does he even proof read his speeches? I suspect he does but doesn’t practice enough to be able give even part of his speeches to the camera rather than the prompter. Apparently, from the speech writer through the aids to #OccupyResoluteDesk who read the his speeches not one of them considered for a moment that “Polish Death Camps” might be an insult or even fundamentally different than “Nazi Death Camps” in Poland. The problem isn’t merely that they don’t know but that they don’t care enough to know.

  17. Pathfinder's wife
    May 30th, 2012 @ 5:49 pm

    Ron Burgundy Syndrome strikes again for our potus.

  18. Evi L. Bloggerlady
    May 30th, 2012 @ 8:04 pm
  19. Evi L. Bloggerlady
    May 30th, 2012 @ 8:34 pm

    I also linked you guys (Wombat FYI).  

  20. ThePaganTemple
    May 30th, 2012 @ 11:46 pm

    The scary thing about it is, looking at Obama’s history with Israel, the term “Polish death camps” might have been intended as a compliment to the Poles.

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