First off, check this out: (Via America Digest)
Via U.K. Telegraph:
Sources close to the White House say Mr Obama and his staff have been “overwhelmed” by the economic meltdown and have voiced concerns that the new president is not getting enough rest.
British officials, meanwhile, admit that the White House and US State Department staff were utterly bemused by complaints that the Prime Minister should have been granted full-blown press conference and a formal dinner, as has been customary. They concede that Obama aides seemed unfamiliar with the expectations that surround a major visit by a British prime minister.
But Washington figures with access to Mr Obama’s inner circle explained the slight by saying that those high up in the administration have had little time to deal with international matters, let alone the diplomatic niceties of the special relationship.
Allies of Mr Obama say his weary appearance in the Oval Office with Mr Brown illustrates the strain he is now under, and the president’s surprise at the sheer volume of business that crosses his desk.
A well-connected Washington figure, who is close to members of Mr Obama’s inner circle, expressed concern that Mr Obama had failed so far to “even fake an interest in foreign policy”.
A British official conceded that the furore surrounding the apparent snub to Mr Brown had come as a shock to the White House. “I think it’s right to say that their focus is elsewhere, on domestic affairs. A number of our US interlocutors said they couldn’t quite understand the British concerns and didn’t get what that was all about.”
The American source said: “Obama is overwhelmed. There is a zero sum tension between his ability to attend to the economic issues and his ability to be a proactive sculptor of the national security agenda.
“That was the gamble these guys made at the front end of this presidency and I think they’re finding it a hard thing to do everything.”
Oh, it gets better, trust me… Too Tired?!?! Seriously? Think that’s bad?
Via The Old Gray Lady:
President Obama declared in an interview that the United States was not winning the war in Afghanistan and opened the door to a reconciliation process in which the American military would reach out to moderate elements of the Taliban, much as it did with Sunni militias in Iraq.
Mr. Obama pointed to the success in peeling Iraqi insurgents away from more hard-core elements of Al Qaeda in Mesopotamia, a strategy that many credit as much as the increase of American forces with turning the war around in the last two years. “There may be some comparable opportunities in Afghanistan and in the Pakistani region,” he said, while cautioning that solutions in Afghanistan will be complicated.
“I don’t think that people should be fearful about our future,” he said. “I don’t think that people should suddenly mistrust all of our financial institutions.”
As he pressed forward with ambitious plans at home to rewrite the tax code, expand health care coverage and curb climate change, Mr. Obama dismissed criticism from conservatives that he was driving the country toward socialism. After the interview, which took place as the president was flying home from Ohio, he called reporters from the Oval Office to assert that his actions have been “entirely consistent with free-market principles” and to point out that large-scale government intervention in the markets and expansion of social welfare programs began under President George W. Bush.
Sitting at the head of a conference table with his suit coat off, Mr. Obama exhibited confidence six weeks into his presidency despite the economic turmoil around the globe and the deteriorating situations in Afghanistan and Pakistan. He struck a reassuring tone about the economy, saying he had no trouble sleeping at night.
Asked if the United States was winning in Afghanistan, a war he effectively adopted as his own last month by ordering an additional 17,000 troops sent there, Mr. Obama replied flatly, “No.”
Again, can someone please tell me why we elected this feckless idiot douche nozzle? I am really beginning to believe that America blew it. In a really, really, really, big way.
Those who were actually stupid enough to vote for this socialist idiot, get what is coming to them. (yes, that applies to my family too.)
I mean, this asshole is acting like this is some sort of a community organizer job. Being the President is a serious job and this idiot is not even acting remotely like a President.
As much as I disagreed with President George W. Bush on Iraq, I will say this; you never, EVER heard George W. Bush complain or his staff ever say to reporters, even anonymously say that the job was making him tired! Not once.
Not getting enough sleep, what a pansy ass!
Others: JustOneMinute, Power Line, Pajamas Media, Flopping Aces, QandO, Six Meat Buffet, Macsmind, Flopping Aces, Gateway Pundit, NO QUARTER, AMERICAN DIGEST, Wizbang, Atlas Shrugs, THE ASTUTE BLOGGERS, HotAir, NO QUARTER, PoliGazette and Cold Fury
Update: Right Voices links in. Thank you!
Update #3: Peace and Freedom Global Future links in. Thank you!
Update #2: Whole Bunch more cool people covering this:
- This is why we needed the fighter… « Moderate in the Middle
- Ace of Spades HQ
- Gripe of the day: Floundering v Foundering | STL-CargoShortsToday
- Obama And The Fine Art of Political Nuances « Peace and Freedom Global Future
- Narcissistic views on News/Politics
- Ed Driscoll » I Don’t Think The Obamamobile Turns In Any Other Direction
- Being President Not As Easy As Community Organizer :: all-encompassingly :: blog
- threedonia.com » The Drowning Man
- SnarkyBytes » So it is Incompetence after all. Good to know.
- Track-A-’Crat: The Roll Call Of Democratic Delinquency
- Tough job « The Tiger in DC
- Riehl World View
- Great news: Obama fumbled Brown visit because he’s in over his head — But As For Me
- The American Pundit » Blog Archive » Obama Only Messed Up Brown Visit Because He’s In Over His Head
- Right Angles » Blog Archive » How’s that OJT going, Barack?
Edited to remove accidental dupe links… ooops!