Obama's European Preoccupation
Chris Stirewalt and Stephen Hayes discuss Obama's stance on the situation in Europe.
- Duration 9:09
- Date Jun 18, 2012
Chris Stirewalt and Stephen Hayes discuss Obama's stance on the situation in Europe.
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-- -- they have there in recent mass.
Especially because this Google they like they have there.
That was Republican presidential nominee de facto Republican presidential nominee.
Mitt Romney campaigning over the weekend in Brunswick Ohio.
Talking down that -- Euro -- and saying President Obama is -- in -- taking the country.
Down that path this Internet is power play and hi I'm Chris -- a very happy Monday to -- -- good.
To have you here very good by the way to have friends Steve case friend of this Internet -- these days.
-- back with us he's -- -- who interviewed in the -- Internet he's a senior writer for the weekly standard he rocks Twitter hardcore.
Pretty big deal so well.
Right now the deal right now Steve is that as much as Mitt Romney wants to associate.
President Obama with Europe which is -- essentially.
Middle of probably a decade long recession and they have these enormous fiscal problems and in on Sunday in Greece people were thrilled to have see the maintenance of a -- not happy status quo -- So Mitt Romney wants to do that but unfortunately for the president he has little choice but to delve deeply into -- into European affairs right now.
Because he wants them to not have a financial crisis right.
He needs to push everything beyond November he's in those -- Mexico right now at a meeting of the G-20 trying to work these things out they're going to be subsequent meetings later in the week it's unclear exactly what.
The president is going to do other than stand aside and applaud that there hasn't been that the crisis doesn't.
The regulations -- not wrecking the happy as we mature I did you say when I made it home and I was a teenager -- -- you you made -- don't you did not -- our congratulations do you know who else.
Is it in -- -- -- Mexico.
White House correspondent extraordinary master of foreign affairs.
-- how we doing today.
Well -- -- -- here in Los couples that breathing a sigh of relief over the Greek election which means they don't have to go back to square one on the eurozone crisis.
That will dominate the summit here but it won't be sold the year just three Euro -- the leaders and heads of the European Union are.
Are here in Los -- the seventeen nation group does have a summit.
In Brussels at the end of the mob that's when the leaders hope to come up with a plan to deal with the crisis.
But the president and the other leaders here in Los couples wanna see over the next couple of days.
Is a commitment to deal with the crisis to strengthen the banks across Europe with common standards -- banks work better together and coordinated budget policies among the country's salute.
Germans don't feel like they're paying great welfare checks it's a jobs issue for mr.
Obama and by that I mean jobs in the united state.
Europe is our largest trading partner and key part of the global financial system.
And their parents very important the United States and the rest of the world that they -- through their issues.
Now the G-8 summit at Camp David last month -- think the president tipped the scales in favor of growth instead of just debt reduction which is to say.
Sided more with France over Germany in the eurozone -- -- here at the -- funny.
The pressure will be on developing nations like Brazil India and China they contribute more to global -- Meanwhile on the sidelines of the summit are one on one meetings including one with -- Russian president Vladimir vote later today.
That's the first meeting between the president President Obama and -- since -- returned to the top spot at the Kremlin.
Obama will press him on Syria with -- blocking -- UN resolution that calls for the ouster of Bashir Al Assad and -- are continuing to ship weapons suicide we will also talk about Iran and the effort to make sure its nuclear program isn't aimed at producing weapons.
-- round of negotiations with the five permanent members of the UN Security Council and Germany and Iran began in Moscow earlier today.
-- Thanks going to have a great time down there in Mexico keep up the good work.
Okay Steve case now speaking of Vladimir Putin.
The when the president has his meeting with him today Vladimir Putin is it's got to be like king his current circumstance.
It was just back in March that -- president had his now infamous hot Mike moment -- with with who we call hero Honda power play the pocket who can.
About more flexibility after the election that -- caused -- -- series of domestic political events including allowing Mitt Romney to exert maximum pressure.
On the administration for what he says was a lax policy as it related to.
Our number one geopolitical flow as Romney calls them and then couldn't seem to live up to -- billing.
Syria they're moving -- and Marines they say into a base in Syria.
Advances on Iran's nuclear program all kinds of difficult stuff.
If couldn't that is if he wears a shirt throughout the meeting and does not bring his tiny draft with -- that that they stand there with -- -- or cleaning hunting knife.
What will be the news that comes out of -- Obama.
I mean I expect -- will hear you know that what's what's that the language that the White House both white houses of both parties to -- -- this it will be a frank and honest I got on the city's.
Yes yes frank and honest exchange look community be it the president has to guard his flank here at home on domestic politics he -- he has campaigned.
On that the Russian resent having worked in this was part of this one of the things that he held up that's the reason to reelect him as he was giving speeches.
Across the country over the past six months.
It looks more and more like that's a policy that has not worked and if if not four and these moments like this with respect to Syria and Iran.
Why half the Russian reset in the first place and most people acknowledge that we did we the United States gave up quite a bit -- Being pursuing this -- more than it was lopsided affair more than.
The Russians gave up -- check out our new directions didn't give -- much at all.
If not for these moments then why do something like that.
Well and we so we can safely say that we reset it just maybe that we've been sent to that 1977.
Good pay for it may have been a deeper -- that than previously anticipated.
So for gluten.
What he wants is more than anything else to look like a big deal because he has his own political problems at home.
And he the Russians and we talk about this here a lot is that.
There are culture says that they -- -- be a great power at a player in the world that Moscow should be a co equal.
The superpower -- to Washington.
So as far as who is concerned.
If Obama has to be more bellicose with them for Obama's own political -- domestic political problems that should be great for -- It should be respected Obama will be more bellicose and we might read something about the president having you know -- stern.
With respect to these discussions on Syria I don't expect that he will actually do that it's not it doesn't seen it's not the way that President Obama operates he's -- Is it as -- -- hasn't really ever done that in that kind of manner before and -- campaign in 20072008.
As a candidate who would not.
Do that but yet there's no question that I think it benefits Vladimir Putin to be seen as standing up to the the great Satan the United States and if you're conspiracy minded about these things you can make an argument that he's in fact trying to build.
Coalition another coalition opposite the United States that would include Syria Iran -- -- and others and then there's the economic coalition this is the G-20 after all it's getting together.
And -- these are the breaks this is the.
India China and there's that the -- -- I can't remember what the US is but.
That I can remember what this is whoever Singapore made it.
South Africa Africa.
Says the magic voice in my here.
So you have these you say you -- these countries.
And they have an interest in not seeing the traditional economic powers of the United States and Europe.
Come together and can get out of this problem.
-- let's get to the take away does any of this European folder all does any of this stuff have a real effect on the election do voters actually care.
It could not.
-- here's the problem for I think for President Obama.
There's virtually no scenario in which the president of this this is all everything was happening in Europe.
Works to his advantage at the very best he can hope for the status quo -- hope that there's not a short short term collapse and I think the results in Greece.
On Sunday make them more likely and certainly if -- -- party the far left party would have won it would -- -- the likely collapse right or the Nazis that were running in good enough -- they didn't have they didn't have quite the power of the far out exactly but but.
You know that -- I think this pushes that back.
I still think it's inevitable that group that that Greece going to be out of the hero I think this just makes it it -- -- longer term proposition.
It for the president makes it less likely that this would happen before November Europe where even the good news is bad.