Obama, Mom jeans and John Kerry

US President Barack Obama rides his bicy

There really is idiocy about. If you are paying attention, even slightly, you would know that there are no end of problems in the world, from international terrorism, missing planes, poorly performing economies, and in the US, the disastrous introduction of the Affordable Care Act. But in the midst of all this, we can see what has really been on the mind of the American President:

Obama also took to the airwaves to set the record straight about his sartorial style. Earlier this month, former Gov. Sarah Palin criticized Obama’s weakness for the current situation in Ukraine, saying that while Russian President Vladimir Putin “wrestles bears and drills for oil,” people “look at our president as one who wears mom jeans.”

“I’ve been unfairly maligned about my jeans,” Obama told Seacrest on Friday. “The truth is, generally I look very sharp in jeans.”

This is what worries him. He is a teenage girl at heart. No gravitas, no seriousness, just a man who can read a teleprompter with only the occasional mistake (see “r-s-p-e-c-t”). That he spent a nanosecond on something no one in the world had thought twice about until he raised it himself is a spooky reminder of what a nitwit he is, incapable of any kind of useful concentrated thought on any issue of substance.

Meanwhile re the Ukraine, this is what John Kerry had to say:

We hope President Putin will recognize that none of what we’re saying is meant as a threat, it’s not meant in a personal way.

It is meant as a matter of respect for the international, multilateral structure that we have lived by since World War II, and for the standards of behavior about annexation, about succession, about independence, and how countries come about it.

Unless you are very low on the low-information voter totem pole, Americans must be truly embarrassed by who they elected as President. I only wish it was just a matter of embarrassment. This catastrophic period of American governance will rebound through the rest of this century and affect far more than we can even begin to foresee.

That is just the message of assurance Putin needed so you will not be surprised to find that Russia has begun its invasion of the Ukraine.

UPDATE: While of course the main point of this post was about the priority settings of Obama who is more worried about his fashion sense than foreign policy, still I did discuss the Russian invasion of an independent European nation for which we in the West have had and will have a zero response. How much does this profound weakness tempt others in other places. Anyway, from The Diplomad:

So while we gut our military, refuse to buy Canadian oil, or become energy independent and a major supplier of energy to Europe, we prattle on and on about sanctions and international law and solidarity with the Syrian opposition Ukraine. As noted before, we could neutralize Russia’s leverage in the world very swiftly, without ever mentioning the word “sanctions.” That, however, requires something we do not have, to wit, patriotic, committed, focused, and decisive leadership. We have Obama.

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58 Responses to Obama, Mom jeans and John Kerry

  1. Infidel Tiger

    As long as there are no international disputes until 2017 we are perfectly safe with Obama and his French Horse in charge.

  2. Mk50 of Brisbane, Henchman to the VRWC

    Maybe this squealpansy’s official title should be altered to Princess Preshizzle (Paco™) O’Dumbugger the Incompetent?

  3. Mike Farrell

    I’m intrigued as to why Obama has said he will not recognise the referendum in Crimea, should they secede from the Ukraine and join Russia. I suppose as a dictator who rules through Executive Order fiat, he has no real understanding of a Constitution, easpecially his.

  4. Alfonso

    The forever future for us all is demographic. Forever and a day if the entire mendicant base would get out and vote.
    Obama is the first of many to come.

  5. Alfonso

    ‘will not recognise the referendum in Crimea’.

    The pro Russian elected govt was overthrown by a revolutionary mob. The Cultural Russian majority will win any referendum or any new election. The perils of being Fiji.

  6. cynical1

    Obama and Kerry.

    That really is “Bringing a knife to a gunfight”.

    No wonder Kerry has a long face…

  7. Alfonso

    ‘The Cultural Russian majority’….in Crimea.

  8. Megan

    Vanity working on a weak head, produces every sort of mischief.

    Jane Austen…ahead of her time.

  9. Mick Gold Coast QLD

    From Megan at 10:49 am:

    ” Vanity working on a weak head, produces every sort of mischief.”

    That fits nicely Megan, just like his mom jeans.

    Does Reggie Love wear the dad jeans in this lovely couple, I wonder?

  10. Megan

    Does Reggie Love wear the dad jeans in this lovely couple, I wonder?

    Not a chance in hell of The One allowing anyone to steal his jeans thunder. So to speak.

  11. H B Bear

    Looks like the slow kid riding to special school in clothes his mum bought him. Pretty much what you would expect from the first Affirmative Action US president.

  12. Robbo

    Putin is no fool and he knows that Obama will do nothing but talk, talk, talk. The USA has twice managed to elect a complete dill as President and while most informed people throughout the world understand that fact the reality has still not hit home for the average Mr & Mrs America. They are still firm believers that everything that is good for the world is embodied in the policies and actions of the US, and that Russia is still a bad place with bad leaders who will bring the world to an end. Sadly, for them, the worst and baddest leader is sitting in their White House.

  13. jupes

    Looks like the slow kid riding to special school in clothes his mum bought him …

    … on a girls bike.

  14. nilk, Iron Bogan

    No no, Deadman, this is the photo of Vlad and Barry that you want. It cracks me up every time I see it.

  15. Greigoz

    I don’t think we should be fooled into believing America will different following Obama’s second term completion. The Democrats have worked out that the majority of Americans are apathetic, comfortable and hooked to a government drip. The evangelistic media continually broadcasts an ‘its all okay here’ message, so I expect that unless an outstanding candidate is fielded by the Republicans then we’ll end up with another Clinton behind the Big Desk.

  16. boy on a bike

    Message to the low information voters:

    “Yo! Putin be dissin’ our Pres. He be treatin’ Obama like his bitch. I say we put a cap in Putin’s skinny white ass.”

    There – that should cut through.

  17. JC

    Let me say at the outset that the Kenyan has go a lot of things wrong, but I really don’t get why people think the Kenyan’s Administration got “Ukraine” wrong. What should the US response be other than what’s currently been done now…. basically hot air and a big load of nothing. Are people really suggesting the US should attacks Russia?

    In fact I would argue that in this case it was the Europeans who may have caused Russia to act. Russia is paranoid about it borders The incessant EU attempts to move former East European states away from the Russian orbit to the EU has been asking for trouble for a long time.

  18. JC

    oops no quotes around Ukraine..

  19. Ed

    Let me say at the outset that the Kenyan has go a lot of things wrong, but I really don’t get why people think the Kenyan’s Administration got “Ukraine” wrong. What should the US response be other than what’s currently been done now…. basically hot air and a big load of nothing. Are people really suggesting the US should attacks Russia?

    In fact I would argue that in this case it was the Europeans who may have caused Russia to act. Russia is paranoid about it borders The incessant EU attempts to move former East European states away from the Russian orbit to the EU has been asking for trouble for a long time.

    Yeah I agree with all this.
    It’s between the EU and Russia; America should sit this one out.
    Any war over Ukraine would turn it into rubble.

  20. Fleeced

    Yeah, it’s fun to mock Obama, but (the) Ukraine is something the US should probably not be involved in.

  21. Andrew

    Hypothetically, what if the people of Crimea genuinely feel that they have been shafted by getting thrown out of Russia, all speak Russian, all would be really happy to join Russia, and considered the Ukrainian government corrupt and inept? (God knows we all know what that’s like.)

    Should the Kenyan allow this to happen? If so, how does he make Putin understand that he can’t pull the same “Russian minority” crap in Estonia next week? The Kenyan has been doing a fair bit of regime change lately, none of it very good. He has done over Egypt for no good reason, and Putin is entitled to wonder why he can’t have a go.

  22. Ant

    The stupidity of Obama’s foreign policy was loudly broadcast when his idiot Secretary of State came up with the monumentally inane RESET button stunt.

    It’s gone downhill fast from there.

  23. james

    If a francophone friendly government in Canada was overthrown by a mob that then formed its own unelected government that removed the privileges of French as a language and made various anti francophone gestures leading to civil unrest Washington might feel itself compelled to do something and would consider itself justified in doing so.

    particularly if there was support from the rebels from Russia and other overseas powers looking to expand their influence next to the U.S mainland.

    Putin is not a nice man and he runs a not nice government, but from a wider geopolitical outlook it is NATO and the EU that are the long term strategic aggressors since the end of the cold war in eastern Europe.

    Traditionally Russia is paranoid about more or less everyone, hence the traditional Russian strategy of relentless territorial growth to create buffer zones against invasion.

    In this case they are the reacting party, not the protagonist.

    Not much help to Ukrainians, but if the Russian areas go their own way it may make Ukraine a more stable country in the long run.

  24. MT Isa Miner

    </blockquoteDeadman

    #1226770, posted on March 16, 2014 at 10:18 am

    Let’s enjoy the “Putin vs Obama” poster again.

    Thanks Deadman, I didn’t see that one. Now to slip it into the monitor of the teens ;)

  25. blogstrop

    They’ve elected him twice, and are therefore totally stuffed.

  26. Boambee John

    “I’m intrigued as to why Obama has said he will not recognise the referendum in Crimea, should they secede from the Ukraine and join Russia.”

    He’s afraid of the precedent it might set for the more disgruntled parts of the (currently) United States, which produce a lot of the current economic growth there.

  27. Vasily

    Good to see Australians thinking for themselves here.

    Steve,

    When Soviets invaded Hungary in ’56, what did Ike do?

    When Soviet’s invaded Czechs in ’68, what did Johnson do?

    And they were both stronger presidents than Obama. But they weren’t “crazy brave” like Palin.

    “Russian invasion of Ukraine has begun”
    Please, a consolidation of Russian friendly forces on the Arabat Spit does not constitute an invasion of Ukraine. Look at a map!

    Do you really think the US president should take foreign policy lessons from Mrs Palin and her neo-con war-mongering, regime change effecting pals in the US State Dept? God protect us! That is a recipe for WWIII! As other commentators above note, Russia is simply reacting to Western provocation which has seen NATO expand onto former Soviet territory since 1991 despite promises otherwise and has most recently seen a democratically elected government in Ukraine brought down by force of violent mob, allowing NATO missiles and troops to be stationed on what is viewed by Russians, with some justification, as a land that is historically and culturally, not to mention geographically, part of the Russian “rodina” (motherland). A line had to be drawn somewhere, and it was always going to be Ukraine. Hypothetically, imagine if Russians overthrew state government of Alaska by inciting, through propaganda and cash, the (mainly Russian Orthodox) indigenous population to rise up against the local American government. Next step is Russian missiles and troops on Alaskan soil. Do you think even jeans wearing Obama wouldn’t react? And rightly so! That hypothetical is even the better parallel with Ukraine than HUngary or Czechoslovakia.

  28. Steve Kates

    You do know that Alaska is an American state, don’t you?

  29. Vasily

    Another reason why US shouldn’t go to war over Crimea, Steve:

    Russian public debt US$308 billion; about 2% of the US debt.
    Russian debt as percentage of GDP is 12.2% while the US is 72%.

    This is the great neo-con legacy. America cannot afford another war, yet somehow it can still afford to send millions of $ in greenbacks to Ukrainian demonstrators while at the same time cutting benefits for its war veterans. In Russia they raised pensions for war veterans. Obama is obviously not the answer (he should have got the neo-cons out of the state department for a start), he is a dupe for powerful background figures (notably George Soros), but neither is the GOP. America is in a bad way and should focus on its own problems rather than fomenting political instability elsewhere.

  30. Vasily

    @ Steve

    “You do know that Alaska is an American state, don’t you?”

    I should think that was obvious, Steve. It’s an analogy and like all analogies not perfect.
    My point is to convey how Russians feel about Ukraine. Of course, Ukraine is not Russian state (!), but US meddling in our backyard created these tensions. That was my point.

  31. Steve Kates

    This is not the tinder for WW III but if I were an Eastern European I’d be thinking some very worrying thoughts. You know I also think Obama’s not up to the job but just what does the supposed leader of the supposed free world think about any of this? Eisenhower didn’t go to war over Hungary in 1956 nor did Nixon do the same when the Czechs were invaded in 1968, but there was a position that the US took that was reasonably clear. So my question to you is what do you think the response of the West should be assuming you think there should be any response at all?

  32. Vasily

    Steve, the West, including the US bears much responsibility for the present situation.
    Firstly, they should have honoured James Baker’s promise to Gorbachev that NATO would not seek to expand eastwards if Russia recognised a united Germany. Instead, they went back on that promise and have been encroaching upon Russia’s historic sphere of influence for 20 + years now.
    Secondly, the US & EU should have refrained from becoming involved in internal Ukrainian politics, which is highly provocative to Russians. There are historical factors here that Americans will not understand unless they both study the history and have some empathy with Russian sensibility. Historically, Crimea has been Russian longer than Australia has been settled by Europeans. That counts for something. Foolishly, Krushchev handed the Crimea to Ukrainian Soviet Republic in the 1950s, but that act does erase Russian interest in the republic. The referendum will no doubt confirm that interest. If the US supports “self-determination” of western Ukrainian peoples (including Galician neo-Nazis who nor form part of illegal Ukrainian government), achieved via putsch, it can hardly with integrity fail to recognise orderly vote of self-determination in Crimea. So, what to do? No sanctions. Learn from their mistakes and seek to re-build relations with Russia. What do you think?

  33. Mk50 of Brisbane, Henchman to the VRWC

    Vaseline:

    This is the great neo-con legacy.

    The Preshizzle is a neocon?

    So this window-licker is babbling nonsensical labels and he’s too stupid to understand them.

    Who is this dribbling idiot called Vaseline?

  34. Vasily

    Re Western empathy for Russia. NATO expansion needs to be seen in context of Russian historical consciousness of being invaded by Napoleon and Hitler. Neither US, nor Australia nor UK for that matter has that experience. So, please try to put yourself in our shoes. Russian defence of Crimea is morally just that, defensive act. Russia has exercised great restraint for last 20 years – there is no appetite for war, but our borders and in this case long standing interest in Crimea including military installations must be defended. Even US rightly did not tolerate Soviet missiles in Cuba in 1962. Even Israel rightly seeks a buffer between it and aggressive enemies. Russia should not be allowed same prerogative?

  35. Vasily

    @ MK50

    Please, this is a discussion between grown-ups. Your ignorance does not admit you to it. Educate yourself re Victoria Nuland and others in US State Dept.’s involvement in Ukrainian coup. NUland organised to pay the Maidan demonstrators with US$. She is a neo-con leftover, as are many in US State Dept.

  36. Vasily

    Sorry

    Should be: that act does not erase Russian interest in Crimea.

  37. Alfonso

    Indeed, Obama is a disaster, but only half grown up neo cons believe the West has lost anything worth fighting more ruinous wars for in the Ukraine. Energy sanctions are a joke, ask Germany.
    And yes, Russia can absorb as many similar Russian minorities as it chooses, neither the US nor Europe have any dog in that fight until Putin wants East Germany back….even then their taxpayers have had enough of other people’s wars.

    Australia must nuc up.

  38. Vasily

    @ Alfonso

    Russia does not want East Germany back.
    Russia has no appetite – morally or economically – for empire building.
    But Putin has made it clear to the West for 10 years that NATO and Western encroachment stops at Ukraine and Georgia. Only neo-cons didn’t get the message, hence our present little crisis. If I were an American senator of independent mind, I would love to get Ms Victoria Nuland before an inquiry and Sen John Sidney McCain III too, among others. They have invoked forces they do not understand and further decreased America’s standing in the world.

  39. Mk50 of Brisbane, Henchman to the VRWC

    Vase, you are a newbie here and know very little about this online community.

    It really shows.

  40. nilk, Iron Bogan

    Do you really think the US president should take foreign policy lessons from Mrs Palin and her neo-con war-mongering, regime change effecting pals in the US State Dept?

    So getting involved in regime change in Libya, supporting the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt and other fun pasttimes were Palin’s ideas?

    Wow.

  41. Perpetual Motion

    Now that America has trialled a black, female president is it too much to hope that they’ll get serious again?

  42. The issue is not whether the US should risk war with Russia over Ukraine, Crimea or whatever – it can’t now, any more than it could over Hungary or Czechoslovakia. That much is true. What’s different now is Obama’s impotent, emasculate, rabbit-in-the-headlights approach to foreign policy. He’s dabbled in two wars by proxy against ninth-rate opposition by means of the military equivalent of kicking sand in someone’s face, as opposed to his predecessor’s willingness to go in swinging, get bloody, put troops on the ground and actually run a serious invasion and occupation, and all of a sudden he’s found that (a) he’s not the biggest and strongest kid in the sandbox any more, (b) he never was, (c) he traded for too long on a reputation built by men he despises, and (d) someone far more publicly masculine than he is (and for all that much of Putin’s public image is probably manufactured, there’s no doubt about which man is and perceives himself as more of a man), has called him on his bullshit and is treating him like a little bitch. He got done on the world stage over Syria, and now he’s going to be done over Ukraine and the Crimea as well.

    It’ll take the Democrats until he’s dead of old age to admit the mistake they made electing him their President, but when they do, the judgement will be far more harsh than anything the most rabid Tea Partier could dish out.

  43. Token

    So getting involved in regime change in Libya, supporting the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt and other fun pasttimes were Palin’s ideas?

    Wow.

    The left and those who believe its brain dead memes need to project & re-write history. It is sad when we see the tired old memes regurgitated at the Cat.

  44. Token

    What’s different now is Obama’s impotent, emasculate, rabbit-in-the-headlights approach to foreign policy.

    In ’08 Obama made clear how inept he is at foreign policy. He has lived up to that appallingly low standard and even was presented as a “foreign policy” president in ’12.

  45. Vasily

    @ nilk

    Palin is an independent operator, but she is displaying her naivety, or is it ignorance, by goading Obama into action over Crimea. Libya and Egypt and now Syria are all US State Dept escapades, as was Iraq. The State Dept is the last bastion of the neo-cons in US govt. Please, check out what I say. I can also say that when State dept does this – interveven in internal affairs of sovereign nations – it acts against what is best in American tradition of democracy.

    @token

    You make me laugh. I am not of the Left. It is interesting that when you hear a different, non-Western perspective you must categorise it in Western terms. In any case, name calling is no substitute for argument.

  46. Vasily

    @ perturbed

    Good description of American aggression, but you don’t ask what has it achieved except to destabilise Iraq, Egypt, Libya, Afghanistan and now Ukraine? When do you think those idiots in the State Dept will wake up? Putin had to step in to de-escalate things in Syria, but graciously brought the incompetent Obama in on the deal. That’s called statesmanship and the West doesn’t seem to have a leader who can exercise it, especially not the USA. I am not happy over this – I lament it! It makes the world a more dangerous place.

  47. Vasily

    @ MK50

    What do you imply? That Catallaxy Files does not tolerate free speech? Alternative viewpoints? Please!

    Anyway, all of you, I would like to see your government adopt a more independent foreign policy, especially now that you are sitting at the table with the big boys. Simply repeating the US line, as your Prime Minister and Foreign Minister do, is embarrassing for you, surely? I know you rely on US security umbrella (good luck with that into the future) but your best service to your ally is to offer an independent viewpoint from your own perspective. Offering moral support to a coup is not in the tradition of Australian democracy, surely? As a medium size power in a region fraught with possible tensions, Australia should be a voice of caution as regards US interventionism.

  48. Vasily

    @ Steve’s Update

    “I did discuss the Russian invasion of an independent European nation for which we in the West have had and will have a zero response. How much does this profound weakness tempt others in other places.”

    Steve, as I hope my comments here have shown, what i shapening in Crimea cannot be categorised simply a case of “Russia invading an independent European nation”. Just by ignoring the history and counting the votes we can see that Crimea regards itself as Russian, not Western European. As an autonomous republic within the former Ukraine, Crimea has the moral right to determine its political destiny.

    Also, with respect, a democracy cannot run foreign policy simply on the basis of providing deterrents to others. Each crisis should primarily be handled on its own merits. The “domino theory” did not work out in Vietnam, and war was a very costly way to find that out. Look, Western Europe has Ukraine in its orbit now, although one suspects Russian speakers in the east will become restive if they are oppressed. Russia will welcome Crimea back into its fold following the referendum. Best thing is to call for detente and return to friendly communications. To that end, would be good if John Kerry was not US Secretary of State! The man is a pompous buffoon.

  49. james

    The “domino theory” did not work out in Vietnam, and war was a very costly way to find that out.

    While I agree with you on Crimea the events in Laos, Cambodia and even the Communist rebellion in Thailand prove that the western intervention in Vietnam may indeed have slowed the spread of Communism.

    With no western deterrent Thailand would have swung with the wind as it always does, Burma would have been a wasteland of violence and Malaysia would have been again under threat by the reds, also threatening the straits and Singapore.

    The domino theory was in retrospect very right. If peace in those countries is worth the cost in blood and treasure when viewed from the relative comfort of the 21st century is another matter entirely.

    You have to remember that the people in the press and academia who poo pooed the domino theory and led to it being a by line for paranoia WANTED THE COMMUNISTS TO WIN.

  50. politichix

    Vasily
    #1227880, posted on March 17, 2014 at 11:43 am
    You make me laugh. I am not of the Left. It is interesting that when you hear a different, non-Western perspective you must categorise it in Western terms. In any case, name calling is no substitute for argument.

    Vasily, I am loving your contributions to this conversation, am grateful for the perspective you bring and the time and patience you are taking to put your point across. Very catallaxy of you! I think you should be offered a guest post slot…

  51. PoliticoNT

    Obama’s worried about how he looks in jeans? For impact in terms of just how irrelevant he’s become that reminds me of Kevin Rudd talking to a polar bear paperweight just before last year’s election. You just knew that he was finished.

    See:

  52. PoliticoNT

    And now with link – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OkZreWqbfT8

    (Or maybe not, can’t seem to get the ‘link’ function to work)

  53. reminds me of Kevin Rudd talking to a polar bear paperweight just before last year’s election. You just knew that he was finished.

    Good God, yes. His endless schoolyard selfies were evidence enough that he only wanted to be seen to be popular (with an uncritical – or mostly uncritical – audience), but that was the defining moment which showed he was all gone between the ears. Nothing but earwax remained at that point.

  54. Mick Gold Coast QLD

    From Vasily at 12:12 pm:

    “The “domino theory” did not work out in Vietnam, and war was a very costly way to find that out.”

    Are you seven or something? Did Miss at school tell you the Vietnam War was icky and bad?

    As james points out at 12:27 pm:

    “You have to remember that the people in the press and academia who poo pooed the domino theory and led to it being a by line for paranoia WANTED THE COMMUNISTS TO WIN.”

    Learn your history from a wider selection of sources. You’ve got no bloody idea at all.

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