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April 09, 2009

Obama When Asked About Pirates and Hostage Crisis :"Guys, we're talking about housing right now."

Obama speaks during a meeting with homeowners and members of his economic team about the impact of historically low interest rates at the White House in Washington April 9, 2009. Flanking Obama are Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner (C) and Housing and Urban Development Secretary Shaun Donovan (R).

Obama declines comment on US hostage crisis off Somalia


U.S. President Barack Obama declined to answer reporters' questions on Thursday on a hostage crisis off the coast of Somalia, where a U.S. ship captain is being held captive by pirates.

Obama was asked to comment on the situation several times by reporters at a White House event on refinancing for homeowners. Obama, however, stuck closely to the script and replied that he wanted to remain focused on housing.

The AP is quoting Obama and his responding to the reporter:

Obama declines to answer question on piracy


WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama has declined to answer a question about the hostage situation off the coast of Somalia.

The president was asked about the incident as he met with U.S. homeowners about refinancing mortgages. At the close of a Roosevelt Room event, the president was asked by a reporter if he were concerned about the piracy incident.

Obama responded: "Guys, we're talking about housing right now."

Reporters were then ushered out of the room as they usually are after such events.

Obama has yet to comment publicly on the incident.

Rush speaking on Obama's lack of comment first thing on his show.
Rush: "This is President Obama voting 'present'"

Hillary Clinton Breaks Into Laughter Discussing Pirate Terror Hijacking Attack


Wild Thing's comment......

Obama is still crafting his apology because obviously this is the fault of the US after years of arrogance.

"Guys, we're talking about housing right now."

So much for the bare minimum of vague words of support for the hostage's family. Instead, it's pretty much "Shut-up and go away."

What a moron. At least say your heart goes out to the sailors and their families. He can't even bring himself to say that, because he doesn't feel that way. I have said before there is a coldness about Obama.

The actions of Obama a panzy are beyond disgusting. Obama is incompetent, inexperienced, naive, indifferent and undeserving of being in charge of our nation. I might also add that I consider him to be a coward without integrity or honor of any kind.

He only cares that the shipment arrive in Kenya. He doesn't care one bit about the Captain or crew.

And then there is Hillary.... sheesh

Hillary starts out with tough language and then laughs about Pirate attacks! She laughs?? Americans were victimized by terror today and Hillary makes light of "the shores of Tripoli"?

Posted by Wild Thing at April 9, 2009 01:57 PM


I MISS PRESIDENT BUSH!!! (and condoleeza Rice!)

Posted by: Eddy at April 9, 2009 02:37 PM

This is the smartest man they could come up with. He can't walk and chew gum at the same time. In other words don't bother me with the facts.

This is piracy on the High Seas, this is an act of war. This is how he is going to deal with the rest of the World ? What happens when he goes up against a real Power, like China or the Soviet Union. He will probably apologize for being arrogant.

What a whuss.

Posted by: Mark at April 9, 2009 04:09 PM

Can we trade Obummer and Biden for the Captain?

Posted by: Eden at April 9, 2009 05:31 PM

Eddy, yes Bush would never have said something
like what Obama said and has done.

What a huge difference.

Posted by: Wild Thing at April 9, 2009 05:35 PM

Some woman on Hannity last night said Obama was an "intellectual giant". What makes this guy an intellectual giant? They haven't released his grades or college transcripts, so how do they know he's so smart? This clown doesn't even have a grasp on reality. Americans were taken captive on the high seas and he doesn't want to discuss it...jerk.

Posted by: BobF at April 9, 2009 05:36 PM

He makes me sick. Hard not to leave the room and go vomit when he's on. Give the pirates an ultimatum. The Captain of the Maersk Alabama is released unharmed now or the U. S. Navy and Marines will land in Somalia and destroy it.Give a warning to civilians to leave or they will be a part of it. Don't bring captured pirates to a court of law, hang them on the Navy ship or wherever they are caught.
Piracy problem gone.

Osama's...err...Obama's refusal to comment is nothing more than a lying coward hiding behind what he is really doing to our country.

Bob A.

Posted by: Bob A at April 9, 2009 05:38 PM

Err? There are only civilians in Somalia. It is the ultimate expression of a disorganized community. Nobody is there to be the cop.

Wild Thing is right about Obama being fundamentally cold. The way he voted in the Illinois State house on abortion revealed a chilling disregard for compassion. It is not that he has thought about late term abortions and made a decision to favor them. Instead he voted as if he did not see why anyone would think about the decision.

A visit to Weasel Space
As for why some people think Obama is a towering intellect, that comes from an effect in what is humorously called Weasel Space. A weasel has an intelligence, which is the unit of measure in Weasel Space hence, the name. Two people have difficulty communicating if they are too different in intelligence, e.g. a one-weasel difference.

The “depth perception” of relative intelligence fades out at about one-weasel above the observer's intelligence, If you meet someone who is more than one-weasel smarter you it is difficult to tell how much smarter relative other people who are also more than one weasel smarter. Trust people have for other people also falls off above one-weasel.

There is a whole set of units for expressing range of study, breath of experience and depth of knowledge in terms of weasel units and the social interactions of people relative to one another.

It is not all Revenge of the Nerds stuff since it expresses is important group dynamics to understand why a General Norman Swartzkoff is not followed as leader instinctively. (He is referred to as super weasel as there are extremely few people who match his intelligence, once tested as 190)

The short version is that Obama is trusted and perceived intelligent is because he is less than one-weasel smarter relative to the liberal arts majors that populate journalism.

Posted by: Avitar at April 9, 2009 06:48 PM

Obviously pirates and hostage situations were not covered very extensively in community organizing school. Barry H. is awaiting updating to his teleprompter before he states his policy on pirates.

I imagine that (embarassed)Moroccan dignitary is wondering, "is this the best America can come up with?".

Posted by: TomR at April 9, 2009 07:13 PM

Avatar this sounds like a classic case of Cognitive-Dissonance.

Posted by: Mark at April 9, 2009 09:30 PM

Please to allow me to translate.

"Guys, we're talking about housing right now."


"My handlers haven't told me what what my position is yet."

Posted by: Rick at April 9, 2009 11:02 PM

BobF., oh my gosh.....LMAO no way.
Thanks Bob for the laugh.
"intellectual giant" That woman
that said that is off her rocker.
heh heh

Posted by: Wild Thing at April 9, 2009 11:49 PM

Bob A., I know what you mean, each day now
I wake up and think ok how is Obama going to
mess with our country today.
He sure hates America.

Posted by: Wild Thing at April 9, 2009 11:53 PM

Avitar, thanks for that about the
A visit to Weasel Space.

Posted by: Wild Thing at April 10, 2009 12:09 AM

Tom LOL I guess not.

"Obviously pirates and hostage situations were
not covered very extensively in community organizing school"

He gets thrown so easily, very dangerous for a leader
to be like that.

Posted by: Wild Thing at April 10, 2009 12:13 AM

Rick, haha that is just what is happening.
He is so weak, a communist but as a person
he is so very weak.

Posted by: Wild Thing at April 10, 2009 12:18 AM

Wild Thing:
You are welcome to the Weasel Space visit.

We may have to upgrade Obama. He showed enough backbone to give the authorization to the military for the Seals to do the job (GO SEALS!!) he then stayed out of the way and let the people who knew what they were doing do the job. That puts him a notch above Jimmy Carter in the competence department.

If he does not let his people gut the military's budgets, he could wind up between Bill Clinton and LBJ. If he adequately funded the military, he could wind up as only the fourth worse President of the last fifty years. (His financial meddling with the markets so far is already going to blowback on the United States for the next decade.)

He has such a long way to go that it maybe too much to ask but we can only hope. At least he has stuck with mostly Clinton retreads and appointed surprisingly few Rev. Wright grade nut jobs to his administration. He could achieve being the adult in the POR House (Pelosi, Obama and Reid) when they meet.

I MISS PRESIDENT BUSH!!! (and Condoleezza Rice!)

Posted by: Avitar at April 13, 2009 05:08 PM