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President Obama in Berlin this week delivering a speech to a smaller crowd than the last time he was there his trip to Germany.
Followed his attendance at the G-8 summit in NORTHERN IRELAND.
And his bilateral meeting with Russian president Vladimir Putin well the meeting if you can read the body language in this photograph was just a little bit chilly.
Of the president's.
Out of the country avoiding some of the scandals and dropping poll numbers.
At a time when according to this Fox News poll Americans trust and confidence in government.
Is very low 63%.
So this was the president Jim who was going to reset hit the reset button on our relations with Russia did anybody in the media.
Pick up on that -- -- that as well I mean John Cassidy at The New Yorker for example pointed out that the statement that the G-8 issued that's in conjunction with.
Putin of Russia was a very bland and an effective when it came came to Syria the New York Times talk about the president's base said he's a bad diplomat on the front page.
I it was a tough week and it was capped by the bad visual.
That speech in Berlin.
Last week -- because men and five years ago you -- different.
-- yeah we've I think we have that reflected in a graphic 2008.
Two -- yet to detonate.
The candidate Obama filled up that space.
Hundreds of thousands of people this time not so many now the White House says these this was an invited group -- Now I -- but not an enthusiastic Latin that was the problem though this this appearance of these speeches action absolutely bombed I mean.
Yes that German press was kinder than others but.
Nobody liked at the British press was savage and I think that the charm is just worn off and that.
The NSA scandal has so enraged Europeans it's okay all right could be listening in on them but -- Americans and that's offended a lot of people.
Rick you spent a long time working for the State Department and a spokesman role does the imaging matter here -- the -- of the pictures we see of the president do they matter.
Well they should matter but I don't think that there matter into the US media I think Judy is right that the the international.
Coverage -- kind of waning but not here in the United States you know in the Bush Administration every problem.
Was indicative of a larger leadership problem we had problems in Iraq but it wasn't because bush was unpopular.
What we -- now with the media here in the US is that there excuse making for Obama that you take Jackie Collins piece in the New York Times this week.
She did report on the fact that the -- meeting didn't go well.
But she really gave excuses as to why she said you know potent is it is a difficult person.
There's no larger issue that Obama is the problem or his reset button.
And I think that for spot it if the White House that they can get a couple 100000 people that probably wouldn't of made it an invitation only event to start with so we have to bear that in mind.
I also think that there what if this was bush they probably would have been -- war with that the downsides of things whereas when you read the coverage it was more sort of almost on an EP reporting solid just reporting like this is what happens is what said there's not as much sort of commentary that seems to make it into the news coverage when it's somebody they don't like.
Nile Gardiner of the UK telegraph wrote a blistering column headline Barack Obama bombs in Berlin.
A week underwhelming address from a floundering president.
-- I guarantee you'll never see this in the American press.
The American -- which treated Obama as the messiah.
And help usher him into office is never going to divorce him at some point -- I think they're going to transition over to Hillary.
And work on her candidacy without ever acknowledging that they were wrong about the present.
What Chris Matthews on MSNBC was saying that the sun wasn't the president could really deliver the speech effectively careful -- click.
-- I guess he -- because he was stumbling a little bit and he couldn't see the teleprompter and so they had to read.
You know and and that makes that Chris Matthews rage at the sun.
What about it it's it's often that.
-- domestic leaders when they're having problems here they go overseas.
Is that what happened here and did it work.
I think it is that as George will pointed out -- list.
Despite the substance forget the -- -- size of the -- the substance what the president said in Berlin he wants you he's still disputing -- -- North Korea has nuclear program he wants to negotiate with the Russians and -- over over arms control time whatever else.
Building more nuclear arms.
And you says the most important issue we face.
Is global warming you're still sort of wait for the president to say where to Syria and your intervention there fit in this context -- is that less important than the polar bears -- -- It did seem that by talking about nuclear weapon you know destroying nuclear weapons and so forth of her the president was trying to change the topic to the media let it.
But what he did succeed in changing the subject but ultimately it comes down to his performance and whether or not he's credible.
And a lot of people just start -- less willingly given the benefit of -- now.
The the IRS scandal Rick has not gotten a whole lot of coverage or so would seem especially since the NSA thing broke.
Had what happened to the media coverage on the IRS issue.
It's it's already done I mean it was it was viewed as really a bureaucratic mess up and again it doesn't touch.
The White House even though we know that that the White House chief of staff.
And the White House deputy chief of staff both were involved in trying to figure out how to cover this up so we have a disinterested press you know I'm Jim brought up.
Hi John Cassidy from The New Yorker and I think.
John said something very interest in which is key to the excuse making he said that our problems.
May be beyond anybody.
And I think what we're seeing now is is of the narrative from the media to say you know these are bigger problems and Obama is trying and let's give him credit he's not being held accountable.
-- Rush Limbaugh has a theory on this expressed again this week he calls with a live ball era.
And that is that Obama is above everything he's out campaigning constantly.
And never connected with any of these scandals or other things that are going wrong in Washington.
And the media won't hold him accountable because we're all out covering his nonstop campaign all right.
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