Jun 8 2009
As Obama prostrates himself before the Muslim world, one by one, he is alienating America's staunchest allies
He’s already thrown Israel under the bus, but England, France, and Germany seem to be on Obama’s chopping block, too.
The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Friday shows that 34% of the nations voters now Strongly Approve of the way that Barack Obama is performing his role as President. Thirty-four percent (34%) Strongly Disapprove giving Obama a Presidential Approval Index rating of 0. Thats the highest level of strong disapproval and the lowest overall rating yet. RASMUSSEN
A rift has quietly opened up between Germany and the United States.
There is a sense that the Obama administration is ignoring the needs and counsel of longtime allies. Divided Germany was once at the center not only of the cold war, but of American foreign policy as well, which is no longer the case. Yet the United States can ill afford to alienate Europes largest economy and its most important intermediary in the strained relationship with Russia. Theyre confused by the wave of criticism which has been sent at them by the administration and people close to the administration.
The German news media have questioned why Mr. Obama was not going to Berlin, suggesting the Comission might have been intended as a snub to Mrs. Merkel. While Mr. Obama enjoys tremendous personal popularity among the German people, relations with Mrs. Merkel have been bumpy from the beginning. In Germany much symbolic weight is attached to Mrs. Merkels decision not to travel to Washington to meet with Mr. Obama in March, but to talk by video conference instead.
But signs of discord were evident even last summer, when Mrs. Merkel rejected Mr. Obamas request during the presidential campaign to speak in front of the Brandenburg Gate, saying it was not an appropriate location for a candidates address.
Germans remain surprised that an ambassador to their country has not been named more than four months after Mr. Obamas inauguration. There is a sense that, with his focus split between domestic concerns and the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, the new president is taking his staunchest European allies for granted. NY TIMES
Why couldn’t President Obama have put on more of a show for his British guests? He looked like he simply couldn’t be bothered.
On this side of the Atlantic the whole business looked pretty demeaning. The morning papers and TV last night featured plenty of comment focused on the White House’s very odd and, frankly, exceptionally rude treatment of a British PM. Squeezing in a meeting, denying him a full press conference with flags etc. The British press corps, left outside for an hour in the cold, can take it and their privations are of limited concern to the public.
But Obama’s merely warmish words (one of our closest allies, said with little sincerity or passion) left a bitter taste with this Atlanticist. Especially after his team had made Number 10 beg for a mini press conference and then not even offered the PM lunch.
We get the point, sunshine: we’re just one of many allies and you want fancy new friends. Well, the next time you need something doing, something which impinges on your national security, then try calling the French, or the Japanese, or best of all the Germans. The French will be able to offer you first rate support from their catering corps but beyond that you’ll be on your own.
When it comes to men, munitions and commitment you’ll soon find out why it pays to at least treat the Brits with some manners. UK TELEGRAPH
The Obamas decline dinner with the Sarkozys.
President Obamas reluctance to spend more than minimum time with the French leader on his visit for the D-Day anniversary has come as an embarrassment to the Elysée Palace.
Americas First Family will not be dining with President Sarkozy and his wife, Carla Bruni, even though they are staying at the residence of the US Ambassador, yards from the Elysée apartments where the Sarkozys spend their weekends.
Mr Obamas irritation with his French counterpart began when Mr Sarkozy tried to grab the limelight at the G20 summit in London in April and talked condescendingly of the US President in private. Mr Sarkozy told colleagues that he found Mr Obama to be inexperienced and unbriefed, especially on climate change. Mr Obama hit back last month, telling a visiting French minister: Please tell Nicolas that I shall do my homework, and in two months Ill know all about climate change.TIMES ONLINE
Obama criticizes French ban on hijab.
When Obama said that Western countries should avoid “dictating what clothes a Muslim woman should wear”, it could have been perceived as a personal attack in France. The hijab, along with all religious symbols, was banned in French schools in 2004.
The French government’s decision to ban pupils from wearing “ostentatious religious symbols” caused a ruckus with hijab-wearers in the country when it was first enforced. Although the law remains in place five years on, Obama’s highly critical comments on the subject come as a slap in the face for the French model. Our Observers who wear, or have worn the hijab, give us their opinion. OBSERVERS.france.24
Israel shocked by Obama’s comparison of Palestinians’ plight to Holocaust.
Ministers and MKs on the Right expressed outrage on Thursday at US President Barrack Obama’s comparison of the suffering of the Palestinians to what Jews endured in the Holocaust.
In his Cairo speech, immediately after talking about the Holocaust, Obama said that “on the other hand, it is also undeniable that the Palestinian people – Muslims and Christians – have suffered in pursuit of a homeland.”
“Obama shockingly equated the destruction of European Jewry to Arabs brought upon themselves when they declared war on the nascent state of Israel,” National Union MK Arye Eldad said. “If he doesn’t understand the difference, perhaps he will when he visits the Buchenwald concentration camp [on Friday]. And if he still won’t get it then, the Muslims will teach him a painful lesson that his predecessor learned on September 11.” JERUSALEM POST
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