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While – ironically – all the other tabloids are busy reporting a terrorist plot, NY Post is the only one noting the answer the terrorist speakers at this session got from Netanyahu

The entire speech is here

and the NY Post article is here

Brandishing blueprints of the Auschwitz death camp, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu yesterday blasted the United Nations for turning a blind eye to terrorism and urged the world leaders to stop Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons.

It’s confusing when the truth comes from the NY Post…

For irony effect, the other covers

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I didn’t read all the puff pieces during the W era – but just enough to remember how “the pool” was reveling  in being treated with disdain – I specifically remember a certain wait in heat in Crawford and some fried chicken given to them around the pool – an actual pool, with interdiction of going in the house.

A New York Times “reporter” gets printed what the paper calls “an entertaining pool report” of the dinner of world leaders at the Phipps Conservatory (It’s kinda like TBS advertising its sitcoms with the tag line “very funny”

So, what does NY Times deem entertaining?

The real time account of the greeting of the guests includes a detailed fashion report on Obama and Michelle, plus full account of every Obama utterance, classified as “poking fun” or “teasing”. The press pool gets it twice:

Mr. Obama pokes fun at the pool, whispering something to Reggie Love and Mrs. Obama, then looking at pool and saying: “We’re talking about how you guys are all waiting to write something down.”

and then again

There’s a pause for a while between arrivals, and the First Couple turns to the pool for entertainment.

Mrs. Obama: “You guys are so quiet. Somebody should sing.”

Mr. Obama: “We should have music. Where’s the music?”

Then, “I’m teasing, Emmett, don’t freak out,” looking back at, presumably, the first Music Supplier.

Bad pool! No one started a song and dance when asked – just quiet freaking. But, hey, at least one member of the “pool” found it entertaining enough to be fit to print in the NYT.

A “pool”. It’s not just for secretaries anymore. One may wonder how many of these sycophants is missing Jr’s giving them nicknames. It was degrading, sure. But at least  it was a bit more personal then the collective

“Sing for me, pool”

Someone is relishing their power over others. And there’s a spiteful tinge in that enjoyment – and in that, W’s fratboy style is still with us. And the revelation from the food channel piece ,

“We are going to screw her just like we screwed Fox News.”

is getting reinforced here. Of course, the people asked here to be court jesters are  the ones in favor, the “lucky ones” who are “not getting screwed over”. Just benignly humiliated.


Here’s another view from an Obama event

Ladies and gentlemen, your President is a robot.  Or a wax sculpture.  Maybe a cardboard cutout.  All I know is no human being has a photo smile this amazingly consistent.

and they direct us to photographic evidence in 130 photos – a fast slideshow boggles the mind.

I don’t like anyone featured in this story, including the paper reporting it. Somehow, it makes the cover memorable

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the article is here

Trump had been criticized for renting space for Gadhafi, and his organization issued a statement saying, “We have requested that the tenant occupying the property in Bedford, New York, remove the tent that was erected. They have complied with this request.”

Oh, and in his rambling speech that lasted 90 minutes., he called for UN to be moved to Lybia so he wouldn’t suffer jet lag when he comes, called the Security Council a terror council (oh, the irony!) attacking them for being permanent

Permanent is something for God only. We are not fools to give the power of veto to great powers so they can use us and treat us as second-class citizens.”

Ironically, the man in power for 40 years, wouldn’t mind if Obama also rules forever

“We Africans are happy, proud, that a son of Africans governs the United States of America,” the Libyan leader said. “This is a historic event. … This is a great thing.” “Obama is a glimpse in the darkness after four or eight years,” said Qadhafi, who referred to Obama as “my son.” “We are content and happy if Obama can stay forever as president of the United States.

And while on UN and Obama, an interesting take on his speech from the Telegraph

Needless to say, the loudest cheers from the gathering of world leaders came when he condemned the actions of a close US ally, Israel, in continuing to build settlements in the West Bank. You can always rely on attacks on the Israelis to generate the biggest roars of approval at any meeting of the United Nations, and Obama dutifully obliged.

Here’s today’s Daily News cleverly titled cover on the story

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For Ahmadinajead’s speech see NYT – which I guess titles their piece ”

A More Conciliatory Ahmadinejad at the U.N.

simply because this time

he did not call for the complete destruction of the country, as he has in the past.”

The Daily News is more to the point

Khadafy is whacky, but Iran thug Ahmadinejad is the real threat

That Iran, which barraged peaceful protesters with clubs and bullets, is “one of the most democratic and progressive governments of the world.”

That his nation, which arms terrorists, “has been a main victim of terrorism.”

That a regime like Iran needs and deserves “equality” – wink wink, nuclear weapons – which, of course, it denies it’s pursuing

NY Metro joins in the fun with an atrocious pun

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So goes the title of a headline – not in a conservative paper, but in the Guardian. The subtitle is

The disappointment with Barack Obama is tangible – on climate change and financial reform Europe leads while the US lags

Something we don’t get to hear much here, but it seems Europe went for some measure of regulation of their financial institutions and are recovering better now. here, Only Goldman Sachs and Bloomberg – prosper. There’s an interesting quote on deregulation

recent quote by President Obama questioning the need for supporting Europe’s proposals. “Why is it,” he asked during a recent interview, “that we’re going to cap executive compensation for Wall Street bankers but not Silicon Valley entrepreneurs or [American] football players?”

This article was prompted by Obama’s bestest speech on climate change at the UN. On this front, the world is equally unimpressed

Its biggest achievement so far has been a disappointment. President Obama signed an executive order to increase US motor vehicle mileage standards – but only to a level that will push fuel efficiency by 2020 to a level that European and Japanese cars reached several years ago, and even China has already achieved.

The word is finally getting “not ready on day one”

Beyond Obama’s oratorical skills, which excited not only American voters but people all over the world, he is mostly untested as a politician. His previous experience was only a few years in the US Senate and a few years more as a state senatorA sinking feeling is arising among many that President Obama may not be up to the task, that he may not possess the artful skills needed to accomplish even his own goals.

To be sure, the Guardian also blames our skewed political system – and they are good observations. But Obama started this with control of Congress and managed to retain only control of …prime-time TV.

Seems Obama has accomplished postpartisanship abroad, because the Telegraph agrees with The Guardian, albeit with a more polite headline

President Barack Obama is beginning to look out of his depth

and pretty much asks the same questions

Mr Obama has tactics a plenty – calm and patient engagement with unpleasant regimes, finding common interests, appealing to shared values – but where is the strategy? What, exactly, did “Change you can believe in” – the hallmark slogan of his campaign – actually mean?

Remarkably, they even see through the cluelessness of the right wing “socialist” meme

The President’s domestic critics who accuse him of being the sinister wielder of a socialist master-plan are wide of the mark. The man who has run nothing more demanding than the Harvard Law Review is beginning to look out of his depth in the world’s top job. His credibility is seeping away, and it will require concrete achievements rather than more soaring oratory to recover it.

There is however one feature Jr.jr excells at – just like the other incompetent whose policies he is continuing: governing out spite. In a fluff piece about his appearances on every program of the food channel there’s this striking paragraph

He personally decided not to go on “Paula’s Home Cooking,” because according to White House sources, the Georgia-based Paula Deen’s cooking was not healthy enough, and her demographic skewed to the same demographic as Fox News. According to one very high-ranking source, “We are going to screw her just like we screwed Fox News.”

Wow! I am not a fan of Fox News by any measure, but this is too reminiscent of W being overheard screaming:

“Screw Saddam! He’s going down!”

I guess I am glad Obama’s pettiness is still, well, on petty targets.

After creating a political crisis in NY by publicly medling in next year gubernatorial elections, Obama put himself in an embarrassing position having to meet the governor and his designated successor

The tabloids couldn’t miss such a juicy opportunity.

The Daily News continued on “His Majesty’s privilege” tone

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while the NY Post kept on with their “governor in waiting”

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and the NYT found this fit to print as well

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Here’s their article – mostly justifying Obama but with the occasional opposite POV

Joe Sestak, a Pennsylvania Democrat who ignored White House efforts to urge him to stay out of a primary race against Senator Arlen Specter. “To be seen like you are selecting winners and losers in a party-boss way will breed some resentment, and in a longer term it won’t bode well.”

Karl Rove is also asked thinks that

“This was particularly ham-handed,” Mr. Rove said. “They shouldn’t have tried this unless they can make it happen. Even then, they should have acted in a way that was subtle, not messy and ugly.”

More interestingly he reveals

The White House’s interest in trying to assure the election of Democrats to Congress reflects its own legislative agenda. But in going after governors, Mr. Rove argued, the concern is more about the president himself.

To make things more interesting, here’s Bill Clinton’s take (h/t wonk the vote at the Confluence)

Not Your Sweetie

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