Obama showing weakness on the world stage?
Why is the president passing on meetings with leaders?
- Duration 19:57
- Date Sep 25, 2012
Why is the president passing on meetings with leaders?
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Tonight the hit and run is complete and at this very hour president Obama's back -- Washington after fleeing New York City and United Nations General Assembly.
That means yet again he is -- her resume -- daily routine of fund raising hobnobbing with celebrities in campaigning.
And as we reported last night during his brief visit to New York he found time to sit down for an interview with yes the ladies of the deal.
And today -- even cleared a few minutes on a scheduled to deliver well a quick speech at the UN.
However he did declined to me with a single world leader while he was on the ground.
That makes him the first president more than two decades to avoid his counterparts on a UN trip in addition.
He uttered the word terrorist only once today now ironically the same same amount of times that he tweeted about the ongoing NFL referee labor dispute.
Now what statistics like these that clearly show where the president's priorities lie.
Let's see Whoopi Goldberg enjoyed bait car let trumps Benjamin Netanyahu pro football matters and more urgent -- the threat that are posed by terrorists.
And if he needed anymore proof that this president is not interested in siding with our allies and Israel -- came yesterday what you are seeing is the American delegation.
Watch and they're listening intently to president eight off Mahmoud -- damage Odyssey delivered his remarks.
You know the same remarks in which he declared that Israel will -- be eliminated.
That's -- type of hateful rhetoric that our representatives.
Patiently listening to -- Monday.
Owned by the way we're just learning from reports that I ran.
Is now test firing missiles ones that are designed to hit warships and by the way the Iranians are now bragging to the world that they have developed long range drones.
Capable of carrying bombs and missiles anywhere in the Middle East.
So we're glad that everyone welcomed with open arms Adolf junior to the -- went.
But today it was President Obama who took to the podium and it was -- long before he used his time in the spotlight.
To bash that anti Muslim YouTube trailer once again.
You know the one that was released in July that initially he blamed on all of the violence in the Middle East here's what he said.
That is what we saw play out in the last two weeks.
As a crude and disgusting video.
Sparked outrage throughout.
The Muslim world the United States government had nothing to do with this video we understand why people take offense to this video because millions of our citizens our -- -- I know there are some who asked why don't we just ban such a video.
There's no video of the justifies an attack on -- -- -- -- more than abuse the people who produced this video represents.
Those of Americans.
-- wait a minute on confuse so now we're back to blaming the video for the terrorist attack.
The war we told it was quote self evident by Jay Carney that this was all the work of al-Qaeda.
All right well first we were told those all because of the video than it was terrorism than it was al-Qaeda.
My head spinning trying to keep up with a changing versions and the finger pointing that goes on.
So let's call -- what it is it is a cover up by the administration.
And by the way a pair of senators must be smelling the same stink because they are demanding that the secretary of state Hillary Clinton release.
Ambassador Stephens diplomatic cables and amazingly enough just a few short blocks away from the UN war president continue to condemn this YouTube trailer.
What we are waiting this week the return of the biggest piece of trash disguised as so called art.
That is the photo that is depicting a crucifix that is submerged in the artist's urine.
And we didn't hear the president -- -- this garbage from his UN -- as a matter of fact we heard nothing.
And joining me now with reaction -- former New Hampshire governor of one man Romney supporting wrecking crew John Sununu along with Fox News contributor Joseph Trippi.
Welcome both of you you know until I maybe even help me out here.
Has anybody drawn more attention.
To this this trailer that is trash a cartoon issue was sold poorly and amateurish -- put together.
Then the president of the United States why does he continue to obsess on this.
He did it says he said that he said that the video was.
Wrong and bad and it it was any said the same thing he'd be yeah I disagree with you -- -- mentioned that we shouldn't.
You know freedom of speech is important but it really -- the -- it's.
He's been saying this from the beginning it's the video now the -- -- he said Susan Rice out here Jay Carney -- and I can't -- Saddam out there for days.
Telling the American people.
That on the anniversary of 9/11 the attacks on all of our embassies the depth of four Americans was all related to this video not nothing to do with the US nothing to do with the anniversary of 9/11.
So why does he keep promoting -- -- now if anybody doesn't know about it they well.
Now he said.
He said in his speech that is not just that this video but any video that goes against christianity offends christianity -- offends Jews and it's -- -- semitism any of that.
Has no place but it's also no excuse for violence he made that very clear in the speech on -- you know I don't under I mean he did I mean that's that that's the facts I mean -- the but the thing is he -- you sound like I'm still on the world stage and gave that speech and I thought it was exactly what he need to say.
Joked -- he there is no way.
He -- he he should have referred to the video almost ten times in that speech.
Look this is a president who was trying to hide the fact.
That we knew ahead of time that September 11 was going to be a horrible day.
That -- ambassador Stevens understood he was in serious trouble there.
That we left him under protected.
And -- know if you thought was not a demonstration.
The assault was not a demonstration.
But a well planned military movement.
-- tacking on three sides with rocket propelled grenades.
And it was deliberately designed to be -- September 11 assault it had nothing.
To do with the video and shame on this president for going back.
Trying to hide the facts by saying it over and over again we don't in New York.
We don't know any of that we we may know that went all the facts are in and and it's all investigated and it will be but at the time this -- -- -- stoppers that is not so we're gonna do joke -- they know this they admitted yesterday.
And the day before and now he's retreating again look let me tell you what the big problem with this president is in my opinion.
He is absolutely.
And detached from his job when he doesn't go and attend 60%.
Of the detailed presidential daily briefings that come from the CIA.
And things they can just skim it skimmed the summary paper on and on his iPad instead of sitting down and engaging in what I.
I was in a White House would George Herbert Walker Bush.
He took that -- every day.
Bush took it every day and I believe.
That Bill Clinton took it every day this president thinks he's smarter than those guys and he doesn't have to engage in the discussion.
That's the most important half hour of the day for a president who west to protect the security the united.
So let me add another George -- what George Herbert Walker Bush did not hold any bilateral meetings at the UN a scenario I don't wanna talk about George Herbert Walker Bush is enough for really know who -- what is -- here saying -- you have PNC.
He was like really late inning you've been saying that no do -- president I honestly didn't bilateral communications George from her -- this is what message did the same exact thing -- End of the United States is lying to the families of four dead Americans -- is that -- -- admitting to if this was Nissan reminded this was a spontaneous attack they said it was.
Did they just happen to have been there in their back pocket.
A rocket propelled grenade if it wasn't a planned orchestrated attack if it what it did they just haven't I have a mortar round in their back pocket.
Ferguson -- firing at the -- -- wait a minute.
I know I will lead America I know he's.
Attacks on weight for me for second wind wind Libya fell when the government collapse there were packed thousands and thousands of our Fiji's that we're missing.
We all know that that's -- -- so this spontaneous thing that just happened to bring to -- is the -- are all over the potato.
That if I'm not doing the spontaneously I think I'm saying those of weapons are all over that that country this isn't like you know -- just walked -- got any beef on the security on the anniversary of nine elevenths.
Tell -- yes it works those are things that you're there will be if -- there's an investigation in east looked.
You don't say it's terrorism if you're government you don't say it's terrorism until you know it's -- I don't ask your question -- and I actually right after what they've been saying.
And here's what's and what's -- your -- -- -- coverup Joseph here's a chance for you to show me up I did OK I haven't got the slightest idea -- What in God's name this president means when he says our strategy in that part of the world is to lead from behind.
Why don't you explain to me he never -- that I will then know it what in God's name can you mean by lead from behind unit look.
This president made a promise the American people that we get out of Iraq he did that -- withdrawn where where were where you don't have to handle our Afghanistan don't have an error trail that let me tell you why the answer is important since you don't that is not only from behind he's leading he's lead us out of Iraq he called it boldly call that the -- and don't even say that and he didn't say yeah.
The reason it's important.
Is that we have lost respect in that region.
That is a region of the world where you must lead by respect.
Not by popularity.
Right up by the warmth and charm of the president.
But by respect by the strength of the United States.
The resolve of the United States.
The clear agenda of the United States so the president of the United States -- issues like Iran's nuclear power this guy has drifted for four years.
Wandering around without crippling sanctions on this.
On these people and we're gonna end up one day there are they there nuclear power there that is so may still miss it -- scare the hell out of every one.
He has built a coalition world war of worldwide and unity and -- -- spent a stronger than any sanctions ever been.
Gone on our honoree and and yes I'll still doesn't you know he -- he pants he asked don't know.
No you OK okay what what can he says when you guys running dope runners -- I'm quoting our -- Cuba Venezuela.
Those countries are tiny.
They don't represent a threat who said that -- you know.
Who said why are ran Cuba Venezuela those questions are those -- countries are tiny they then have a -- who said that.
I don't know Chirac called by Iraq policy -- Barack -- -- and Barack Obama said we need to get rid of aside fourteen months ago did.
Levees may sit around watching that Russians.
In this area without having -- -- -- -- on the ball a little -- -- let me move the ball here a little bit so here you have the president and I have no problem the president going on the view I think -- but I think he should go on they have a big audience and it's a good choice.
I'm -- eye candy right.
What let -- a little bit of what.
Yeah exactly that's what I read but here's a thing.
He's not gonna meet -- Bibi Netanyahu we've got twenty countries -- more two continents now.
On fire ablaze.
Our flags -- down.
Our ambassadors killed Navy SEALs killed death to America being -- course he says it has nothing to do with America.
But the president goes on the view won't be with -- with prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
Because -- would have to meet with ten other leaders.
All should we not -- the poor president obviously what we see here is a priority sitting down with Letterman and meeting beyoncé and hanging out -- -- -- But not meeting world leaders time as look anti terrorism looms and Americans -- Then he's been talking to all these haltingly -- -- -- them he has yes he has he's talked to the to Netanyahu the president why would he hit the worst hit and -- There there's no need look there are other things to do know that Hillary the other guys -- -- the view up.
-- the -- -- but the guy can govern and I just can't do other things that the sandbag us.
Let me tell you -- he can't do.
He goes on Leno and Letterman starts talking about the debt doesn't know it says it's ten trillion dollars the president says well I don't know how and what the number is.
How do you not know it sixteen trillion dollar it -- -- -- Does it really -- president of the United States that had not -- -- has not -- brilliant I admit it Mitt Romney believes the country should go to war he should say so he thinks we need to do -- -- this is about Avon resident -- well all -- -- don't miss Johnny doesn't.
He doesn't know -- it's time we had this conversation look.
Those who put the Middle East has been burning for 2000 years I know not like that every time I say that I don't know yes you re hitting why not why bring it -- -- -- -- Beirut Beirut.
Beirut exhibit with a little gap now in what -- he's skull that they pass all these guys sit on -- -- -- -- is like this is look that every -- we have.
US assets all around the world every time there's been -- every president's had this kind of situation happened much worse in this wind.
And and this president believed to go get the guy hits not bravado you don't say bring it on.
Why not -- 200 -- on who does -- dead Americans you you you go why not the people you find out you know did it and you kill them.
And that's what happened with Osama bin Laden on this president's watch.
But he now has -- really -- nine words this -- is not bold it's not rhetoric is really I really thought let's just say it's rhetoric.
All this is is far hi John rhetoric -- Yeah I would compound are not just spending on you're defending the indefensible.
This is a no I'm not has cost us let's go back to the analysts I don't know what does not go stock through the bush took bush to tell -- -- -- well -- -- governor.
Mean look just.
This is this is a critical time this is a part of the world where -- transition was taking place.
And we should have been their leading it.
We should have been there.
Putting pressure on the Russians not to be supplying aside.
We should've been there providing assistance to those that were fighting in the right direction rather than just letting the vacuum be filled.
By the folks that we don't want running these countries we would not -- doing that this president but -- -- go to Cairo and talking soft.
That he all of us know -- -- gonna move the Muslim world because of his relationship.
Know -- if there were men like you know there were men like Chris Stephenson Stephens.
Fight fighting to move this this forward and and on I would caution everybody is a part in -- area like the Middle East with the factions that exists or hold on.
With the -- as it exists there anybody with -- hoops who police that you can.
You could say something worked -- didn't work after three years in a place an answer to the attorney for 2000 comment guy gets a bombing Iran bump in the road just yet the -- bump in the road and noise.
Yeah I had to I think you're gonna have several more.
The -- kinds of contact or dead Americans are bump in the road you don't think that's and so that's not what the president that is exactly what the president said he -- his own right it.
Tell -- what he was trying to do with that phrase.
Was to -- gloss over a difficult question and he made a dumb mistake.
And he has to deal with that dumb mistake.
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It you know I don't know the answer no -- one -- I mean I would.
I think that the Vick did did the administration has made some mistakes but I don't know that that was I -- -- let me ask you one more question do you think -- that we ought to be there.
If this ambassador where we now -- how does that decrease the ambassador -- work.
The ambassador rights inside of his diary that he was fearful of his life.
Are obvious conclusion to draw that he had to tell somebody State Department people that he worked for.
This is -- -- scene where it is a known terrorist training site in the world.
-- -- tell other people probably people in the State Department White House what was going on there.
Don't you think that all of these cables should be released and released tomorrow so that the families can have some closure after what I -- an an an answer.
To the question of why the president didn't beef up security in such a critical part of the world dangerous part of the world.
On the anniversary of 9/11.
No I don't think they should be released I don't know we don't know what classified information or not look at those classified -- did he know I think look.
They will tell you I'm sure they will be released once their candidate delegation has not done well how about the investigative handed over.
Let's not talk about would've could've happened be employed by the noisy and it should have been made from the other -- Edwards Carla -- ask you about afterwards.
It done to think.
For this administration to not have gone in.
And look for things so that.
That that ambassador Stephens diary would not have been found by a press group but would actually have been taken out by the US.
And it shouldn't we have been looking for that and other things in there before there was left it's four days and examined.
There was no as fit as best I know there were any Americans left there they've all been withdrawn immediately during -- but their business channel there was certainly material they have since they found -- -- look at all of -- trying to say is I think it matter if they wanna get Frerotte did not make comments that -- -- -- citing -- going on we have got to get professional.
-- our foreign policy we have to understand the risks of reality to peace through strength.
And trying to be.
Soft and apologetic.
As -- as a foreign policy tool is the dumbest thing we can do the presidency knowing all the you all -- Joseph let me -- -- -- in the speech OK and he was very strong and -- being.
He was pandering and it was not I was embarrassed frankly watching him -- of this speech and talk about.
I notice that he didn't I was trying to -- and talk about down the block was a crucifix submerged in urine.
He didn't feel a compulsion to go out and pander Revis -- -- -- -- this IE that he says so might read this tell me to tell you gotta stop and erupting one at a time.
So let me hold up for you here there's a picture -- here at me and this is a picture of president that's sort of works.
There's a picture president more -- and he former Muslim Brotherhood had referred to the Israelis.
As vampires supported Hamas a terrorist organization was part of a terrorist organization.
It's two billion dollars American dollars a year and I want to know he says that we're not necessarily an ally of Egypt is aligning with Iran.
Why should we give more more sent to the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt can you explain why that should be American policy.
Well I don't think I don't think I hope.
Johnson who doesn't think we should withdraw completely from Egypt in our -- -- critical trail and what I -- think.
I'll -- -- -- guys think I'm don't normally get -- -- I break welcome I don't think Mitt Romney's idea of conditionality on the funds is the right thing to do that there's -- when you give people money -- that -- what you expect a -- and you expect them to deliver.