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What in hell is he doing?

And does he freakin' know?

With Japan staggered by a natural disaster and a nuclear crisis, cruise missiles launched against Libya in our third Middle East conflict and a majority of U.S. senators complaining about a lack of leadership on the budget, President Obama decided it would be a good time to schmooze with Brazilians.

His "What, me worry?" presidency has given both Americans and our allies plenty to worry about. But in the process of making nice with Brazil, Obama made a mind-boggling announcement that should make even his most loyal supporter cringe:

We will help Brazil develop its offshore oil so we can one day import it.

We have noted this double standard before, particularly when -- at a time when the president was railing against tax incentives for U.S. oil companies -- we supported the U.S. Export-Import Bank's plan to lend $2 billion to Brazil's state-run Petrobras with the promise of more to follow.

Now, with a seven-year offshore drilling ban in effect off of both coasts, on Alaska's continental shelf and in much of the Gulf of Mexico -- and a de facto moratorium covering the rest -- Obama tells the Brazilians:

"We want to help you with the technology and support to develop these oil reserves safely. And when you're ready to start selling, we want to be one of your best customers."

Obama wants to develop Brazilian offshore oil to help the Brazilian economy create jobs for Brazilian workers while Americans are left unemployed in the face of skyrocketing energy prices by an administration that despises fossil fuels as a threat to the environment and wants to increase our dependency on foreign oil.

I can't wait to hear Obama's defenders defend this one.

Stand by for sheer idiocy.


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Comments (28)

Obama is a fucking idiot! <... (Below threshold)
914:

Obama is a fucking idiot!

Excuse my French.

He's destroying the America... (Below threshold)
TexBob:

He's destroying the America as we knew it.....Fundamentally changing it as he said he would. Destroying it from within, causing it to implode from debt and corruption.

He's doing a fricking grand job so far.

Did you really expect anyth... (Below threshold)

Did you really expect anything less from this guy? He will go down as the worst President in the history of our Nation. Being Black does not make one a good President, as soon as people understand its not the color of your skin but how you act, respond and lead that makes or breaks a person, history will paint him as the worst.

"history will paint him as... (Below threshold)
914:

"history will paint him as the worst."


Yes most definitely.

The 'present' also paints him as the worst. The incomprehensible fools who voted for this jack ass should lose all rights to vote again ever. They are not intelligent enough.

Who is Obama? We know who t... (Below threshold)
kathie:

Who is Obama? We know who the man is when he speaks for himself instead of reading someone else's words from a teleprompter. He tells the Brazilian's, "we want to be your biggest customers". Unbelievable!

Being Black does ... (Below threshold)
Brett :
Being Black does not make one a good President, as soon as people understand its not the color of your skin but how you act, respond and lead that makes or breaks a person.

Or in other words:

I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character


Unfortunately for Obama, I believe that day has come - and he has been found wanting...

Not many will hear about th... (Below threshold)
ODA315:

Not many will hear about this because the shitbird MSM won't report it. They'd rather focus their journalistic excellence on the Wookies' latest cutting-edge fashions.

Meanwhile our esteemed Speaker and his hunchback Kantor can't get out of their own fucking way.....sheesh, what a disaster.

It's all the fault of TOTUS... (Below threshold)
Neo:

It's all the fault of TOTUS

I'd venture to say that Bra... (Below threshold)

I'd venture to say that Brazil probably has a higher percentage of darker-skinned people than the USA plus it is located in the Southern hemisphere -- so according to progressive/revolutionary logic, this move makes absolutely perfect sense. Get with the times, people!

All in all this president i... (Below threshold)
DaveD:

All in all this president is trying to train Americans to accept that the bar on what is considered a "vibrant" economy is set much lower than anything we have imagined in the past. I am sure as he looks across the world above his upturned nose he would assert that if worldwide unemployment rate averages 8 to 10% then there is no need for him to work harder to help the United States post a more exceptional, lower level of unemployment.

It is words/actions like this by Obama that make me feel like 914 (#1). I confess, there is a side of me that would like to see Sarah Palin get the nomination for President. It is a crazy wish in a way because in saying that I don't see any way she can beat Obama in an election. However, in the debates leading up to the election I think she is one of the very few who would not hesitate to very directly - and I mean VERY directly - make Obama explain statements like this that he makes. We're not going to get it from the MSM. I can't think of any logical reason he could justify his statement on encouraging the development of offshore oil supplies in Brazil while shutting down the same process on our own domestic supplies. If any Obama apologists who post here frequently understand his reasoning, I would certainly welcome a clarification.

How can this guy promise Br... (Below threshold)
jvc:

How can this guy promise Brazil that we will be their best customer? Crude oil is bought by private oil companies and refined into other products, which are sold on the open market. The US doesnt directly buy crude oil, except ... oh, wait. I see now. Barry is going to drain the strategic petroleum reserve to lower gas prices, right around election time, and refill it with Soros oil.

"I can't think of any lo... (Below threshold)
JLawson:

"I can't think of any logical reason he could justify his statement on encouraging the development of offshore oil supplies in Brazil while shutting down the same process on our own domestic supplies."

I think he believes that the US is 'too big to fail', DaveD - that no matter what's done to it there is simply no way to wreck it. Like a toddler who throws his toys around, he's not thinking about the long term - he's just looking for immediate gratification. If something breaks, he discards it and goes to the next toy. We're not working right - so he will need to find something else wants someone who'll play with him by HIS rules.

It's all a game to him - who can he find to stroke his ego? And WE just don't play by the rules, damn it...

So now he'll travel around, looking for folks who'll play his game We're not grateful enough for what he's done for us. WE are not WORTHY of his attentions. So he's going elsewhere, telling them how great THEY are while passing out our money so they can develop something we desperately need.

And THEY are grateful, while we just complain after all he's done for us. No wonder he bugs out every chance he gets.

Bet ya there is going to be... (Below threshold)
gladius:

Bet ya there is going to be an awful lot of cheatin to get this guy reelected.

We're going to reduce our d... (Below threshold)
kevino:

We're going to reduce our dependence on foreign oil by reducing oil production at home.

Meanwhile, our policy is: "Drill, baby, drill -- in Brazil."

The Obama White House looks like the gang that couldn't shoot straight. What a bunch of clowns.

Maybe Brazil's the 57th sta... (Below threshold)
JLawson:

Maybe Brazil's the 57th state.

Barry does have a strong re... (Below threshold)

Barry does have a strong resemblance to Alfred E. Neuman!

The only thing I can think ... (Below threshold)

The only thing I can think of is the Lefties want to use up everybody else's oil first so we can dominate in about 200 years?!?

What in hell is he doing?</... (Below threshold)
GarandFan:

What in hell is he doing?

Hell, he doesn't know. He's making it up as he goes along. He wants $5-6/gallon gasoline.

Lat time I checked the oil ... (Below threshold)
Woop:

Lat time I checked the oil companies were still making record profits.

Greedy little pigs want more, that's understandable. Fat slobs want more and more pudding....

Last time I checked the majority of Americans were against expanding offshore drilling or drilling in ANWAR.

Oh, I forgot. Tea Party slobs only quote "what the public wants" when its agreement with their own goals.

Lat time I checked... (Below threshold)
Morrissimo:
Lat time I checked the oil companies were still making record profits.
...but not record profit margins. Kind of an important distinction.
Greedy little pigs want more, that's understandable. Fat slobs want more and more pudding....
...which is the ugly reason why capitalism works: it harnesses inevitable human selfishness in the best possible way so that it might benefit others as well. Unfortunately, we're not living in a capitalist market economy, we're living in a plutocratic kleptocracy in which the highest levels of government and regulation have been purchased. Is that crap? Yes - so let's talk about how to fix it. But don't for a second try to run the "Everything is bad, so capitalism has failed" straw man crap around here :)
Last time I checked the majority of Americans were against expanding offshore drilling or drilling in ANWAR.
Fascinating ...source? I'd like to review the methods by which such results were obtained.
Oh, I forgot. Tea Party slobs only quote "what the public wants" when its agreement with their own goals.
Ad hominem attack aside, the current incarnation of the Tea Party has pretty well been coopted into the latest-and-greatest platform for the usual Republican screeching points - so while I don't quite share your degree of disdain for it, I'd just as soon it GTFO. The original tea party movement - as catalyzed by Rick Santelli and FedupUSA - was narrowly focused on ending the plutocratic financial fraud that was and is[1] day by day destroying what's left of our country's economic future.

[1] There is no and has never been an economic recovery underway - remove the federal spending/printing and the whole "recovery" will fall flat on it's face.

The polls are published. If... (Below threshold)
Woop:

The polls are published. If Tea Party slobs can't find these polls who's surprised by that?

""Everything is bad, so capitalism has failed" straw man crap around here :) "

Inventing Straw mean to shoot down seems to be your hobby, not mine.

Plain and simple. Oil companies continue to make record profits and the public is not behind the expanded drilling that the GOP boot lickers are promoting.

The resident idiot woop is ... (Below threshold)
Hank:

The resident idiot woop is correct in that Oil companies make large profits. However, what the moron fails to notice is that the top 10 Oil companies (based on proven reserves under their control) are all foreign companies and that they're all state owned.

They are:

* National Iranian Oil Company

* Saudi Arabian Oil Company

* Iraq National Oil Company

* Qatar General Petroleum Corporation

* Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (UAE)

* Kuwait Petroleum Corporation

* Petroleos de Venezuela.S.A.

* Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation

* National Oil Company (Libya)

* Sonatrach (Algeria)


Each benefits from the fact that Ninety four percent of federal onshore lands are off-limits to oil and gas exploration, while 97 percent of offshore federal lands are off-limits.

What woop also fails to grasp is that when facts are introduced into his argument, it's an argument in favor of domestic drilling and production.

However, referring to them as greedy little pigs and fat slobs......looks to me like woop has a problem with muslims and others of middle eastern descent.

Obama's ARRA (the "stimulus... (Below threshold)
Jim Addison:

Obama's ARRA (the "stimulus bill") included $2 billion to develop offshore oil - off the coast of Brazil. There was no requirement America or American companies get anything out of the deal, either - although several American firms are benefiting: those who left the Gulf after Obama cut off operations there and moved to Brazil.

Woop ~ I understand you are very dull-witted, but try to wrap your tiny little brain around the concept: oil companies don't set the price of oil, the market does via supply and demand. The price of gasoline is closely related to the price of oil.

Sorry, Hank - turning your ... (Below threshold)
Woop:

Sorry, Hank - turning your hatred of Americans in towards your hatred of Muslims is your idea - not mine.

And here I thought you knuckleheads were concerned about American interests. Handing over American oil reserves to foreign multinational corporations - many of which the slobs tell me are under Muslim influence?

Why that's just plain stupid.

And to Jim Addison.... I ne... (Below threshold)
Woop:

And to Jim Addison.... I never suggested that oil companies are setting the price of oil. You need remedial reading help.

"although several American firms are benefiting: those who left the Gulf after Obama cut off operations there and moved to Brazil."

You just won the argument for me. Fortunately, you seem too moronic to realize it.

"We want to help you wit... (Below threshold)

"We want to help you with the technology and support to develop these oil reserves safely. And when you're ready to start selling, we want to be one of your best customers."

No, no, no!

Send us your sugar cane ethanol so we can eat our corn not drive with it. Oil is for driving. It's here and will be plentiful when Republicans regain the White House.

Can't wait!

Greedy Little Pigs = Feder... (Below threshold)
hcddbz:

Greedy Little Pigs = Federal Government.
Energy is need for all these mandates.
Electronic medical Billing requires what?
Constant power to storage and computer systems.
Computers for Children Constant power and computers
Electric cars the same.
Fossil fuels are Nuclear are the only source of constant consistent and reliable. The government make demands on energy efficient washers which does what cause us to out clothes through multiple wash cycles.

Wind is crap power generation. Every one knows it you just have to look at the history of ships to know that.
Solar is no better. Even in space which has no obstructions they still need different fuel to power satellites.

America needs exploit it own resources to the fullest.

Are you kidding me! You wou... (Below threshold)
Bill Shives:

Are you kidding me! You would have to ask the question!
This is Obama's plan to stem the tide of illegal’s coming to America. This is how he can say he is protecting the broader. Once he has ruined our economy and sent us into recession, and killed all industry by making the cost of our source of power to expensive to use. Basically making us a third world economy. Then the South Americans and the Mexicans will have no reason to come to America. The Muslim extremist will not have a reason to hate us because we will have been defeated by our own government.




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