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‘G’ whiz: judging Obama’s summit performance

Posted by James McPherson on April 4, 2009

Writing for CNN, James Carvell called the final day of the G-20 Summit, “Barack Obama’s single best day since inauguration,” while Fareed Zakariah suggested, “President Obama is failing in his role as leader of the free world.”

Over on Fox News, Bill O’Reilly “asked” if Obama was “selling out America” (part of Fox’s ongoing “We distort, you decide” marketing strategy).  Former Democratic whoremonger and current Fox News whore Dick Morris lied about it (now there’s a surprise), saying the summit, which in truth achieved almost nothing of substance, “was a disaster, but it’s probably a disaster he [Obama] likes … in which, essentially, all of the U.S. regulatory bodies and all U.S. companies are put under international regulation, international supervision. It really amounts to a global economic government. … Just when Obama is accused of socialism, he’s essentially creating world economic governance.”

The blatant misrepresention (unless it’s just stupidity) by Morris would be bad enough, of course, but Fox still has his appearance (and O’Reilly’s question) on the front of its Web site–though of course both are posted below its daily “Pop Tarts” section and headlines about the “top 10 beach bodies” and a show starring Hugh Hefner’s ex-girlfriend.

Of course, on the most obnoxious network from the opposing perspective, MSNBC highlighted “Obama’s charm offensive” while its various hosts did their usual pro-bama fawning. So maybe for a better sense of the summit, we should look to what they’re saying in other countries. After all, the group is called the G-20, not the “Gee, the U.S. and 19 other countries Americans don’t care about.”

Zakaria quoted a column in the Guardian stating that Obama “looks neither like JFK nor FDR but rather JEC–that’s James Earl Carter–better known here as Jimmy Carter.” But the Guardian also considers Gordon Brown a big winner, while “fat cats” and world climate were losers. As long as even fired fat cats are collecting millions of dollars while millions of people worry about paying for groceries I can’t consider them “losers.,” at least not in the sense that the newspaper means.

As it turns, out, looking at media from around the world, the reviews are mixed. Media in those countries tend to be as ethnocentric as ours are, focusing on their own situations and how the summit might affect them. And the fact is, the effects–if any–of what happened in London likely won’t be know for some time.

Leave it to al-Jazeera to provide the best interpretation of the summit and Obama’s performance there: “It’s a start.”

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4 Responses to “‘G’ whiz: judging Obama’s summit performance”

  1. tony said

    CNN, MSNBC, FOX and others media along with the republicans and their supporters have not said anything good about Obama or any of the things he has done since running for President. The media, goes completely out its way to only interview people who have something negative to say about anything Obama does. To think that all the people and enties I mentioned above is willing to bring America down for their own personal gain is criminal and should be dealt with as such. Big problem is that the Dems. have no back bone and let these anti-American criminals get away with murder. How sad, how awfully sad.

  2. I can’t believe all the negativism about Obama. He is trying very hard to get a lot of problems solved not of his making. There are a lot of idiots in this world along with jealousy and envy. What we all need is to take a good look at ourselves before we put others down…and what is wrong with Jimmy Carter? He is a very good, kind, and decent person of which we have very few in this evil world. We need more diplomacy and talk. Violence and killing doesn’t solve anything. We need to discuss and negotiate. Why can’t we all get along? I’m sure the majority of the people of the world want the same thing…peace, happiness, a home, clothing, food, freedom to worship, financial security, freedom. Greed is what got us where we are and some people thinking they are better than others. Treat others as you would have them treat you and remember…what goes around comes around. We don’t need the negative attitude of the republicans and nasty spin and lies of FOX. I wonder how these people sleep at night and if they can look themselves in the mirror in the morning? They are all sick!! Let’s get along and respect each other. Bertina

  3. earl said

    Hussein Obama is a puppet and George Soros is the puppeteer who pulls his strings. Nancy (jack in the box) Pelosi and Harry (Las Vegas Mob) Reid gives him all of his “dialogue” to his teleprompter. This combination will make him much more unpopular than Jimmy Carter.

  4. zelda said

    No one can be president that is not controlled by some special interest group.
    He or she, could never make the nominee list without some jerk or scary controlling group holding the strings.
    Despots are all over the place………….our system is set up that way .
    The people are groaning under the weight of all this crap.
    Some see the situation for what it is…others are too scared to look and yet others are knuckle draggers manipulated by the media .
    Poop on em all……….

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