Obama Provides Free Parking For Ahmadinejad’s ‘Iran Air’ Plane

September 26, 2012 at 2:00 pm (Benjamin Netanyahu, Iran, Iran Air, Israel, Joint Base Andrews, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, President Obama, The View, United Nations, Washington)

It’s a Presidential love triangle gone awry.  While Obama has openly dumped one of our most important ally’s in Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for an appearance with the ladies of The View, he has also been showering Mahmoud Ahmadinejad with gifts – such as free parking for his Boeing 747 in Washington.

The plane, named “Iran Air”, exchanged fleeting glances with the President’s plane.

Via the Washington Post:

Free parking is hard to find in Washington — but not, apparently, for the Boeing 747 that ferried Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to this week’s United Nations General Assembly gathering in New York.

That plane, emblazoned with the “Iran Air” logo, was parked Wednesday at Joint Base Andrews — the same air field where Air Force One is stored. In fact, President Obama taxied past the Iranian jet on his way to two campaign events in Ohio.

Awww…  How sweet.

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CBS: For Obama, Diplomacy "Taking a Backseat to Campaigning"

September 25, 2012 at 10:40 am (Benghazi, Bumps in the Road, Iran, Israel, Libya, Middle East, Syria, The View, United Nations, White House, World Leaders)

You know it’s bad when the normally compliant lapdog media rips the President for forsaking his job over a chance to campaign on The View.

Via CBS: 

President Obama arrived in New York Monday afternoon for the United Nations General Assembly. One of the main topics of discussion at this annual meeting will be the recent unrest outside U.S. embassies in the Muslim world, including an attack in Benghazi, Libya, which claimed the lives of four Americans. But unlike years past, the president will not be sitting down with any of the more than 120 world leaders who are here in New York.

Simply put, the White House is prioritizing the president’s reelection effort. Most heads of state will be here all week, but the president will be in New York less than 24 hours, and even then will spend most of his time away from this conference.

After landing in New York Monday afternoon, the president headed straight for a sit-down –not with visiting leaders, but with the ladies of “The View,” for an interview to air tomorrow.

Last year at the U.N. General Assembly, President Obama held 13 one-on-one meetings with major leaders.

But this year diplomacy is taking a back seat to campaigning, despite a worsening civil war in Syria, rising tensions between Israel and Iran, and the recent attack in Libya.

What CBS fails to understand is that watching U.S. buildings burn to the ground, and diplomats being murdered at the hands of Islamic extremists across the Middle East isn’t that big of a deal.

They’re just “bumps in the road“, topics hardly worthy of taking the time to actually act like a President.  This man is a rock star people, and the ladies of The View demand his time. 

World leaders?  He’ll call them … maybe.

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Senior Obama Adviser: "I Have No Problem" With the President Meeting Whoopi Goldberg and Ignoring World Leaders

September 23, 2012 at 10:20 am (Benjamin Netanyahu, President Obama, Robert Gibbs, The View, Whoopi Goldberg)

Chris Wallace this morning on Fox News Sunday called out President Barack Obama for having the time to meet with the ladies of The View, but having no time to meet with key foreign leaders in a time of crisis.

He asked Obama’s senior adviser Robert Gibbs about that fact, and Gibbs explained that there are “telephones in the White House” which the President can use to speak with foreign leaders.

He then cites the President of Egypt and the leader of Libya as examples, while noticeably leaving out the name of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

Here’s the thing – if there are telephones in the White House, why not use them to conduct frivolous interviews, and actually have the sit-down meetings with world leaders?  Where are your priorities Mr. President?

People are noticing the lack of leadership from the White House.

Here’s a transcript of the relevant portion of the interview (video below):

FOX’s Chris Wallace: “I want to go back to the UN though and New York this week. You say that he’s got schedules, that foreign leaders have schedules. But the President has blocked out time to appear on The View on Tuesday. So, he has time for Whoopi Goldberg but he doesn’t have time for world leaders?”

Obama Senior Adviser Robert Gibbs: “No, Chris. Look, the President is going to be actively involved at the UN General Assembly.”

Wallace: “He’s not meeting with any private leaders. He’s giving a speech.”

Gibbs: “Chris, they have telephones in the White House. Last week, he talked to the President of Egypt. He talked to the leader in Libya. We don’t need a meeting in Washington just to confer with leaders. We’ve got a strong – ”

Wallace: “But he does need the time to be on The View?”

Gibbs: “We have a strong diplomatic – I’m sure if he was doing an interview with you on Fox News, you’d have no problem with that.”

Wallace: “Well, he hasn’t, but that’s not the point.”

Gibbs: “I’m sure that’s not the point. No, look Chris, he’s got a strong schedule. He’s actively involved.”

Wallace: “You don’t have a problem with the fact that he’s not meeting with any world leaders, but he’s going to appear on The View?”

Gibbs: “I have no problem with that, because, Chris, you’re the President of the United States every minute of every day. That’s why you talk to the leader in Turkey, a hugely important leader and country in that region of the world. That’s why you pick up the phone and talk to the President of Egypt and tell them, they have to have a strong reaction to this violence at our embassy, they have to protect our consulate and our embassies and the people that work in them. Chris, this isn’t just about one meeting on one particular day in New York. The President is actively involved and engaged in the most dangerous place in the world every single day of the week.”

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