Turkey tried to block the appointment of Anders Fogh Rasmussen as new NATO secretary general because he didn't properly punish the Danish cartoonist who caricatured Mohammed. France's Nicolas Sarkozy and Germany's AngelaMerkel were outraged; Obama said he supported Turkey's induction into the European Union.
. . . . and he never mentioned the Armenian genocide.
The picture of Obama and Hugo Chavez shaking hands.
Hugo Chavez gave him the anti-American screed "The Open Veins of Latin America." Obama didn't remark upon it.At least it wasn't DVDs.
Nicaragua's Daniel Ortega went on a 50-minute anti-American rant, calling Obama "president of an empire." Obamadidn't leave the room. "I thought it was 50 minutes long. That's what I thought," he said.
Executives at AIG get $165 million in bonuses, despite receiving an $173 billion taxpayer bailout.
"For months, the Obama administration and members of Congress have known that insurance giant AIG was gettingready to pay huge bonuses while living off government bailouts. It wasn't until the money was flowing and news wastrickling out to the public that official Washington rose up in anger and vowed to yank the money back." -- AssociatedPress, 3/18
"After pushing Congress for weeks to hurry up and pass the massive $787 billion stimulus bill, President Obama promptly took off for a three-day holiday getaway." -- New York Post, 2/15
17. MEGHAN CLYNE ON: "I WON" AND THE DEATH OF BIPARTISANSHIP
"Obama soared to victory on the hopeful promise of a new era of bipartisanship. During his inaugural address he even promised an 'end to the petty grievances and false promises, the recriminations and worn-out dogmas, that for far toolong have strangled our politics.'"Too bad it took all of three days for the promise to ring hollow."Start with Obama's big meeting with top congressional leaders on his signature legislation -- the stimulus -- on theFriday after his inauguration. Listening to Republican concerns about overspending was a nice gesture -- until he shutdown any hopes of real dialogue by crassly telling Republican leaders: 'I won.' Even the White House's leaking of thecomment was a slap at the Republican leadership, who'd expected Obama to adhere to the custom of keeping privatemeetings with congressional leadership, well, private."It's only gone downhill from there. The stimulus included zero Republican recommendations, and failed to get a singleHouse Republican vote."It's not just the tactic of using Republicans for bipartisan photo-ops, and then cutting them loose before partisandecisions, that irks Obama's opponents. The new president wasted no time rushing forward with policies and legislationguaranteed to drive Republicans nuts. The first bill he signed into law was the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act -- a partisanhot-button that drew all of eight Republican supporters in the entire Congress. Then there was the swift reversal of Bush policies on abortion and embryonic-stem-cell research -- issues dear to the Republican base."And when Obama and the Democrats in Congress took up SCHIP -- the children's health-insurance bill thatRepublicans say vastly expands government's role in health care -- they had an easy chance for real bipartisanship. After all, the bill had been hashed out in the previous Congress, and a bipartisan accord was reached before President Bushresponded with a veto. Did the Obama team push for the compromise version in the 111th Congress? Nope. They went back to the drawing board, ramming through the Democrats' dream version."Of course, the lack of bipartisanship isn't limited to Capitol Hill. Obama has taken gratuitous swipes at the Republicanswho recently decamped Washington, blaming President Bush for everything from the economy and the war to the lack of