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Ceding the notion of American exceptionalism...

... to France... yes, France.

France steps in to fill the leadership void on Libya:

France is the first country to formally recognise the legitimacy of Libya's rebel National Transitional Council and will open an embassy in Benghazi, the government announced after meeting with NTC representatives in Paris Thursday.

Libya's opposition battled for military and diplomatic advantage against Moammar Gadhafi's embattled regime on Thursday, winning official recognition from France and hitting government forces with heavy weapons on the road to the capital.

France became the first country to formally recognize the rebels' newly created Interim Governing Council, saying it planned to exchange ambassadors after President Nicolas Sarkozy met with two representatives of the group based in the eastern Libyan city of Benghazi.

In the meantime, Obama is focused on much more important things:

President Barack Obama will take a firm stance against cyberbullying at Thursday's White House Bullying Prevention summit.

The conference will bring together students, teachers, parents and experts to discuss ways to stop bullying, with a new focus on the Internet. On Wednesday, the president and first lady Michelle posted a video on Facebook spreading awareness on what is becoming a controversial topic.

"This isn't an issue that makes headlines every day, but it affects every single young person in our country," Obama said in the video.

Let me pause a moment and ask you Obama supporters a question.

Is this the freakin' hope and change you voted for? 



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Comments (27)

When France is your reality... (Below threshold)
Tsar Nicholas II:

When France is your reality check then you've already devolved into a banana republic. Another 'victory' for the Obama administration.

This really is hard to beli... (Below threshold)

This really is hard to believe.

The middle east in in turmoil, oil prices are sky-rocketing, we have violent left-wing protests in Wisconsin, The Iranians are trying to get yellow cake from Zimbabwe and our president is leading a summit on bullying?

We're a freakin international laughing stock.

Hey! Give Barry a break. ... (Below threshold)

Hey! Give Barry a break. He's up to his eyebrows planning this weekends White House party.


Welcome to Barry's Hope & C... (Below threshold)

Welcome to Barry's Hope & Change.

He will be the last President purchased by George Soros for a long long time.

To be expected from an affi... (Below threshold)

To be expected from an affirmative action zero.

What a sad legacy ... (Below threshold)

What a sad legacy this individual will leave.

Thanks SO much, 52%.

Gee, the first Pansy-Americ... (Below threshold)

Gee, the first Pansy-American President in my lifetime.

Mr. President, isn't a lead... (Below threshold)

Mr. President, isn't a leader who kills unarmed civilian protesters a bully?

Obama has certainly phoned ... (Below threshold)
Jim Addison:

Obama has certainly phoned it in for the Egyptian and Libyan crises, but he's been phoning it in since he was inaugurated. This isn't a man of action - he has no record of any actual "action" or tough decision-making in his entire life. His big policy proposals were the stimulus bill and Obamacare, and he contributed little to designing either, leaving the details to Pelosi, Reid, and the Democrats in Congress.

Obama gives speeches, throws parties, and plays golf. If America wanted a leader with proven abilities, he would never have been a serious contender in the first place. Ah, but isn't so cool that we have a black President?


On this particular narrow point of France taking the lead on Libya, it is appropriate and it's about time. In the basic post-WWII NATO scheme of things, each of the Allies would take responsibility for certain "spheres of influence" - often former colonies. So Britain watched over the Middle East and India and South Africa, France was responsible for North Africa and Southeast Asia, and the US patrolled the oceans and played center field with an eye on the Soviets.

Libya's oil goes directly to Europe, and we should be glad France is stepping up to fulfill her duties, which she hasn't really been doing since the early '60s. May the rest of NATO follow suit.

It is just too bad they are only doing it now because they must, due to a weak, indecisive, and ineffectual American President.

On another note this could ... (Below threshold)

On another note this could be the first time for the French military to shine since they surrendered to the Germans. I hope they have the brass to do the job right. mpw

The rich creamy irony: Obam... (Below threshold)

The rich creamy irony: Obama giving all the union goons he'd organized to head up to the Madison, WI anarchy march a pass to miss his anti-bullying speech.

A draw resulting in two Lib... (Below threshold)

A draw resulting in two Libyas is looking more likely. There might be a silver lining in that outcome. Ghadaffi (however the hell it's spelled) might be driven to explain in public what he meant during that UN speech when he referred to Barry as "our Obama." Especially since "his Obama" voted present for him when the chips were down.

"Because the Only Good Progressive is a Failed Progressive"

I know we conservatives kne... (Below threshold)

I know we conservatives knew he would be just like he is. No experience, no resume, no record. This guy is a clown. An embarrassment. 2012 cannot come fast enough. ww

"President Barack Obama wil... (Below threshold)
retired military:

"President Barack Obama will take a firm stance against cyberbullying "

As opposed to the real bullying which the unions are trying in places like Wisconsin.

Hey talking bad about someone on the internet is a no no but causing millions of dollars of damaage in person is just fine.

How is that hope and change working out for you.

Is this the freakin' hop... (Below threshold)

Is this the freakin' hope and change you voted for?

Ah... no.

I didn't vote for him, I wouldn't vote for him because his record was laughably thin when it came to preparing him for President - but I figured that when he DID get into office he'd fucking realize the job wasn't a 24/7 ego-stroke. That with the gilded trappings of the job came a cage of heavy responsibility that he wouldn't be able to leave for the duration of his tenure.

That he'd man up and actually make hard decisions, especially in the international realm.

Well, why am I not surprised that he couldn't?

Cyberbullying... hey, you gotta have priorities, I guess, but that one would seem pretty low on the list...

About time! I've been wait... (Below threshold)
Andrew X:

About time! I've been waiting for thi Pesident to step ut to the plate and at least provide some leadership on this ever more volatile issue. It is about time the Chief Executive and boss of the head law enforcement official take a stand on the threats, lawlessness, and thuggery that is on display in Madison. A president cannot allow such things to....



Oh. I thought it said CRYBABY-bullying.

Never mind.

"President Barack Obama wil... (Below threshold)
retired military:

"President Barack Obama will take a firm stance against cyberbullying"

Well I guess Obama found something that was within his pay grade to comment on.

Let's see

Sarkozy - Stance on Libya
China, Russia, Israel, UK - comments on the Middle East

Obama - "dont post negative things on facebook"

Someone should point out th... (Below threshold)
retired military:

Someone should point out that obama has personally set back equality of african americans in politics 20 years.

I hope we can last another 20 months.

In France's defense, there ... (Below threshold)

In France's defense, there is a certain justification for their taking a lead role here. They've been in bed with him for decades, buying his oil and selling him weapons. It's arguably their mess.


For those who take their in... (Below threshold)

For those who take their informations only in US medias outlets. The french army beated twice libyan army in Chad (operation Manta 1983 and operation Epervier 1986) Battles: Oum Chalouba, Faya Largeau. Results : libyan army kicked out of Chad never return again, french army still on the ground, watching.

..And BTW a french civilian... (Below threshold)

..And BTW a french civilian jetliner (UTA)was destroyed in flight by a Lockerbie's style terrorist attack over the desert of Niger at the final of 1989. Gess who were responsible ?

Its pretty clear that the t... (Below threshold)

Its pretty clear that the thug in chief thinks he is going to censor the internet before 2012.

2012 can't come fast enough, but a recall would come quicker.

Actually Paul, the majority... (Below threshold)

Actually Paul, the majority of "wins" in Chad were done by the FFL (Foreign Legion), which is hardly French (the officers are French nationals. The enlisted are primarily eastern Europeans, Brits, Americans, Ghurkas, etc. A few frenchman thrown in.)

The problem is not a lack o... (Below threshold)
Rodney G. Graves:

The problem is not a lack of American Exceptionalism.

The problem is that this President and his administration are unequal to the task and have no idea of how to lead.

So Bambi is going to follow... (Below threshold)
John S:

So Bambi is going to follow France into battle. I don't have a good feeling about this.

There must be money to be m... (Below threshold)

There must be money to be made off the rebels... or Khadaffi's checks are bouncing

Rick is getting more and mo... (Below threshold)
Steve Crickmore:

Rick is getting more and more infantile. Obama devoted much of Monday to Libya. He has a lot of responsibilties. As for responsibities about informing the public, before you get too self- congratulatory and smug, each of the fifteen posters here totally missed the Tunisian revolution. It passed without comment by any of you. None of you thought the subject was worthy of a post or comment, including the administration's policies and time spent on Tunisia. Where was wizbang with it razor sharp political preceptions? Were you all deluding yourself that Obama was wasting his time on Tunisia? You probably simply didn't care, or couldn't see what was about to happen in the Arab world. Jay, at least wanted to talk about Lebanon when I said that the Tunisian revoultion would prove to be more important than the Iranian revoultion.






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