Monday, March 29, 2010
I wouldn't trust David Axelrod as far as I could throw him, but especially not on anything involving dinner
A Reuters report from yesterday printed in the WaPo quotes White House senior advisor David Axelrod as insisting that the Obama Administration was not snubbing Israel or Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu when Obama ducked out of their White House meeting to eat dinner — without offering Netanyahu so much as a package of saltine crackers:
"This was a working meeting among friends. And so there was no snub intended," White House senior adviser David Axelrod told CNN's State of the Union news program.
Axelrod noted that the two leaders had met in private for two hours and had better things to do with their time than worry about protocol.
However, my own White House sources, which are extremely unreliable, assure me that the real explanation for why Bibi got bupkis is that Axelrod had already eaten the hamburger intended for the Prime Minister — an unfortunate incident which resulted in Axelrod offering to gladly pay Netanyahu back for the hamburger next Tuesday.
Seriously, this is unfortunately typical of the Obama White House's treatment of our allies. First Obama embraces America's enemies. Then he insults our best friends. And then he (or his proxies like Axelrod) insist that the insults somehow don't count because, well, ummm, because, ummm, who cares about protocol? Yeah, who cares about protocol when we're in the midst of a big, artificially contrived spat with Israel over the propriety of Israel announcing new construction in Jerusalem while Biden was visiting, which was, you know, an important matter of ... protocol?
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(1) Gregory Koster made the following comment | Mar 30, 2010 12:32:45 AM | Permalink
Dear Mr. Dyer: Many thanks for helping me stay on my diet. I was just about to sit down to dinner and saw your Axelrod/Wimpy comparison. So much for the appetite. That and the belly laughs kept the diet going...Your comparison of protocol in re Biden versus protocol in re Netanyahu is deadly, and ought to be spread more widely.
I don't know if you've seen Glenn Reynolds's notion on why The One is clouting Israel. It doesn't seem likely that such a gang of dummies has this much foresight and discipline.
I repeat: the load on Netanyahu's shoulders is appalling. But not so appalling as the load of moral debt the US is acquiring by forcing Israel to do the dirty work of standing up for Western interests. I would not want to be the American President who succeeds The One, and has to look Israel and the Israelis in the eye. The shame is, and will be, horrible.
Apologies for being almost off-topic, considering the underlying seriousness of the situation, but...
Isn't that picture of David Axelrod the very image of what you would expect to emerge from the manager's office of a used car lot?
(3) Insufficiently Sensitive made the following comment | Mar 31, 2010 7:27:48 PM | Permalink
Protocol, shmotocol. Obama's anti-hospitality to Netanyahu, while he made his lordly way to dine, was the most egregious sort of insult he could have sprung. Even a community organizer would know that, and our President has a whole staff to advise on protocol - or just plain manners. This calculated contempt was gutter politics on stilts.
[It's bad enough in lowbrow America, but in Europe the tradition of hospitality is even more a matter of honor for the host. If Obama's trying to put on European airs, he's got a lot to learn - or has learned it, then deliberately violated it.]
Obama reminds me more every day of Tony Soprano. And not in a good way at all.
(5) Milhouse made the following comment | Apr 2, 2010 11:31:06 AM | Permalink
He's offering to repay the hamburger till next Tuesday? That might work in Israel, where Passover will be over by then, but outside Israel it lasts an extra day, and won't be over till Tuesday night.
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