Framing the Dialogue

With Friends Like These…

As someone who sits more in the middle (I don’t buy the “right” label anymore) I cannot help but chuckle as President Obama’s leftist friends start to treat him with the same level of respect as they used for President Bush. They have held their tongues for over two years, but as Obama faces the tough path of being elected versus running for office, some of his actions are leaving his “friends” unable to hold their tongues. It would be more humorous if the issues weren’t more serious and perhaps with the future of our country at stake.

Joe Biden: One of the most damning came from a prescient Joe Biden in an interview with MSNBC’s Chris Matthews a number of years ago.

“I was chairman of the Judiciary Committee for 17 years or its ranking member. I teach separation of powers in Constitutional law. This is something I know. So I got together and brought a group of Constitutional scholars together to write a piece that I’m going to deliver to the whole Unites States Senate pointing out the President has no Constitutional authority to take this nation to war against a country of 70 million people unless we’re attacked or unless there is proof that we are about to be attacked. And if he does, if he does, I would move to impeach him. The House obviously has to do that, but I would lead an effort to impeach him. The reason for my doing that, and I don’t say it lightly, I don’t say it lightly….”

He didn’t say it lightly and right about now he wishes that he hadn’t said it.  The message from Biden is clear and if he is a man of his word he will immediately call for President Obama’s impeachment. This is perhaps even more critical as news reports that American marines may be deployed to Libya. I am not sure why ground troops are needed to enforce a “no fly” zone. Could this be Obama’s Vietnam?

Louis Farrakhan: In a recent interview Obama’s “brother” Louis Farrakhan warned the president about his recent actions against “brother” Gadhafi (who has the name spelled perhaps the most ways of anyone on earth). As a note, Brother Farrakhan tends to be wordy so I took some latitude in removing parts of his rambling diatribe.

“Well, today our dear brother…would love to go into Libya and kill Brother Gadhafi, and kill his children as they did with Saddam Hussein…People unhappy with government are not soley in Libya. Many are unhappy with Mr. Obama…Now, I want to warn you, in the name of Allah, that this is more complex than what you think…If you are not careful, you’ll ignite the Libyan people against you…Don’t let these wicked demons move you in a direction that will absolutely ruin your future with your people in Africa and throughout the world…They don’t like the way you’re handling the situation in the Arab world!…You can’t order him (Gadhafi) to step down, and get out – who the hell do you think you are, that you can talk to a man that built a country over 42 years, and ask him step down and get out? Can anybody ask you?…Be careful, brother, how you handle this situation because it is coming to America.”

Donald Trump: I don’t really know whether Mr. Trump was ever a friend of Obama, but he fits the mold of the Bill Gates’ of the world of rich people who want government to increase entitlements. Trump has been making the rounds and sounding like he’ll run for president in 2012. He is trying to sound conservative and he may be regarding fiscal issues, but he keeps bringing up an issue close the heart of another Obama follower, MSNBC’s Chirs Matthews. Neither want to be labeled “birthers,” but neither can let go of the Obama birth certificate (or lack thereof) issue. A recent appearance on ABC’s The View, Trump again brought up the issue. It is hard to argue (except for Whoppi) with the logic of simply producing the document to shut up critics.

“I want him to show his birth certificate. There’s something on that birth certificate that he doesn’t like.”

Hilary Clinton: I certainly don’t think that Hilary is an Obama friend, but she is his Secretary of State and probably as close to a friend as politics will allow. In an interview with CNN’s Wolf Blitzer Clinton repeatedly answered “no”to questions about staying on in an Obama Administration IF he is re-elected in 2012. The “if” was Blitzer’s term not hers.

Matt Damon: Hollywood’s intellectual juggernaut, Matt Damon has weighed in and is not a big fan any longer in a recent appearance on Larry King Light (or as it is officially known – Piers Morgan Not For Long or perhaps something else).

“I really think he misinterpreted his mandate. A friend of mine said to me the other day, I thought it was a great line, ‘I no longer hope for audacity.’…I don’t think the mission there (Afghanistan) has been very well articulated. And I think it would help to kind of reframe the way we’re thinking about being there and why we’re there.”

Harry Belafonte: I am not sure why Belafonte’s words would have any impact since he befriends communists yet lives in America, but as an avid Obama supporter his criticism must sting.

“Hey mister tally man, tally me banana…I think [Obama] plays the game that he plays because he sees no threat from evidencing concerns for the poor.  “He sees no threat from evidencing a deeper concern for the needs of black people, as such. He feels no great threat from evidencing a greater policy towards the international community, for expressing thoughts that criticize the American position on things and turns that around. Until we do that, I think we will be forever disappointed in what that administration will deliver.”

Hugo Chavez:  My guess is that Obama is no longer welcome at Chavez’ book club.

“Libya is under imperial fire. Nothing justifies this.  Indiscriminate bombing…”Who gave those countries the right? Neither the United States, nor France, nor England, nor any country has the right to be dropping bombs.”

I don’t know if there is any truth to the rumor that Barack Obama will be the next “project” for golf master Hank Haney. My guess is that with friends like these he’ll have a lot of free time come February 2013!

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