see? he just can’t win….

Reuters: If Egypt’s President Hosni Mubarak is toppled, Israel will lose one of its very few friends in a hostile neighborhood and President Barack Obama will bear a large share of the blame, Israeli pundits said on Monday….

CNN: A top Senate Republican leader accused the Obama administration Monday of failing to promote democracy around the world …. possibly leaving Egyptian protestors wondering if the U.S. really stands with them…..

Meanwhile: The White House has confirmed that President Obama sent a message to Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak telling him not to run for another term, delivered by former ambassador Frank Wisner. The answer from Mubarak was unclear, an administration official said, but Al Arabiya TV reports that Mubarak will announce in a speech shortly that he won’t run.

27 Responses to “see? he just can’t win….”

  1. 1 Theo67
    February 1, 2011 at 3:06 pm

    Republicans are so irresponsible. As for the Israelis, they’ve made their bed, now they have to lie in it.

  2. 2 tally
    February 1, 2011 at 3:07 pm


    Apparently that “top Senate Republican leader” needs a refill for his sippy cup of STFU.

  3. 3 Fred
    February 1, 2011 at 3:33 pm

    Israel should place the blame on Israel and Israel alone

  4. 5 sherijr
    February 1, 2011 at 3:38 pm

    Everyone is always trying to box him in.. luckily he thinks.. works and lives outside their wee, narrow boxes.

  5. 8 hgerhard
    February 1, 2011 at 4:17 pm

    The Israelis are understandably worried that a new government in Egypt might not be as supportive of their own interests. However, the legitimate demands of the Egyptian people should never be set aside to maintain the status quo in the region. Israel should welcome the call for democracy and should re-examine its own actions, especially where those actions impede the peace process. Instead of relying on the support from a dictator, Israel’s policies should encourage cooperation and negotiations with its neighbors to achieve lasting stability and peace.

    • 9 majii
      February 1, 2011 at 4:46 pm

      Thanks for this, hgerhard.

      No country should exploit the misery of another nation’s citizens for its’ own benefit. With Mubarak gone, maybe there’s a chance for some much needed changes to take place in the ME–changes that improve the lives of the ciitzens.

  6. February 1, 2011 at 4:38 pm

    Did you guys see this:

    OBAMA GETS THROUGH: Hosni Mubarak announced Tuesday that he won’t seek another term as the president of Egypt, after President Obama told him in a message delivered by a former ambassador that he shouldn’t run.

    Mubarak pledged to “finish my work” to guarantee that “everything goes smoothly.” He said he will work for a “peaceful transition.”

    Obama wasn’t mentioned in Mubarak’s speech. In Cairo, thousands of protesters rejoiced as he spoke.

    White House press secretary Robert Gibbs had delayed his daily briefing, which was scheduled for 2:30 p.m., ostensibly to wait until Mubarak had made his announcement.


    • 11 majii
      February 1, 2011 at 4:49 pm

      Thanks, Donna.

      This is another example of the president’s detractors needing another huge dose of STFU. While they’re blaming him for things they think he should be doing, he’s working hard behind the scenes bringing about real change.

      • 12 Dorothy Rissman
        February 1, 2011 at 8:24 pm

        Unfortunately, it seems to be what he will have to put up with as long as he is in office. Poor Bo. He is so amazing.

  7. 13 Kelly
    February 1, 2011 at 5:23 pm

    I love the way the administration has handled this situation. If only Pres Obama was Pres during 2001.

    • 14 tally
      February 1, 2011 at 5:26 pm


      Not to belittle your comment (that I agree with ONE BILLION PERCENT) but if MY CAT (either one) had been POTUS in 2001, the entire planet would be a better place. Not as good as if Obama had been….. but…just saying.

  8. February 1, 2011 at 5:52 pm

    I am proud of the way President Obama have handled this situation. The whole thing is a wait and see. Some people keep trying to make this about President Obama and America. It’s not about us. It’s about the people of Egypt and their want’s and desires. I feel if Netanyahu was a great leader, he should of made more friends in the region, such as the Palestinians. And not just rely on one country. He should of known a man in his 80’s wouldn’t last to long anyway.

    The people of Egypt may want their leader out now, but I don’t think that would be a good thing. They should give him a few months to set up a democracy for the country. If he left now with no one in charge, that is an opening for God knows who to fall into place, and could make things worst for them. A government should never be left unattended. I understand their anger but they have to be practical. They don’t have a leader picked out.

  9. 17 Asher in Boston
    February 1, 2011 at 5:57 pm

    Iam soo sick of these detracters. All that is important now are the wishes of the Egyptians. Period. Now maybe, this will bring about changes of democracy in the whole of ME. Though people here should realise that some of these countries ie, Jordan and Saudi Arabia are monarchs, meaning changes in governing and human rights should be implemented, but lets remember that, the Kings are the rulers and people’s cultures should be respected. I know, I know, here a monarch is like a four letter word to most, but in other parts of the world, people are happy by that system. All that needs to change is transperancy, availbility of services, human rights mostly for women.

  10. 18 Fred
    February 1, 2011 at 6:35 pm

    Gergen and Borger from CNN are really pissing me off 😡

  11. 21 Fred
    February 1, 2011 at 7:04 pm

    good grief!

    Gergen and Borger were yapping 2 hours ago that President Obama had not said publicly and as soon as he did they started b*tching that they didn’t see the need to say anything at all and that other idiot said that he should have had Gergen as the President’s aide instead

    The President thanked the Army for not resulting in violence and the told the Egyptian people that the American people was with them and he his own way he kinda told Mubarak to piss off and piss off faster

    President Obama just can’t a damn break 😡

    • 22 Fred
      February 1, 2011 at 7:05 pm

      sorry for any mistake but I was typing fast and I am too pissed off right now 😡

    • February 2, 2011 at 2:55 am

      David Gergen is an arse…

      He’s so pissed at being ignored by the Obama administration – he’s always fancied himself a big time “advisor” to many Presidents and he lobbied unsuccessfully to be one for President Obama…

      He will poke holes at any and everything President Obama does – Gergen’s petty and shallow play at revenge…

      Like so many idle self-serving know-it-all but know-nothings, Gergen and his ilk will deny our brilliant and spectacular President any credit for his focus, hard work, brilliance and many mind-blowing successes, and only because they can’t share in of the glory or take credit for any of it…

      David Gergen, like his employers at CNN, is so desperate to stay relevant that he will do and say just about anything and for that he is quickly losing whatever marginally believable credibility he ever had…

      Non-partisan my foot…

  12. February 1, 2011 at 7:07 pm

    I don’t think these people realize just how difficult the job of President of the United States is.

    I can’t even begin to imagine.

  13. 27 globalcitizenlinda
    February 1, 2011 at 7:29 pm

    I have not yet heard this question raised so I feel I should raise it – it relates to the soften antagnostic, negatively hardening and dismissive tone that was reported to come from our closest ally Israel.

    For months now, a significant number of leaders and ordinary people in Israel have been antagnostic towards President Obama and his call for moving the Israel-Palestine conflict foward; a few have called POTUS names which I do not want to repeat. I wonder if there any deep regret on their part that in sometimes trying to humiliate and undermine President Obama’s call to make some consention from both sides, they left a chance for resolving this under peaceful times slip by and they are now being overtaken by a potential more hostile negotiating climate? It cannot be easy going foward for the two neighbors!

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