President Barack Obama is peeved with the American press. They never say “thank you,” he whined to journalists in Japan on Monday.
According to the pool report from the press conference, one reporter said “Thank you, Mr. President.” Someone said the reporter was Australian.
“I knew it must have been an Australian because my folks never say thank you,” Obama said.
At that, the entire American pool said in unison — admittedly with a bit of sarcasm — “Thank you, Mr. President.”
PM Gillard could be heard chiming in, “There are a few cheeky Australians here.”
At first glance, Obama’s comment reeks of arrogance. He seems to think that press access is a privilege, not a right, and that he is under no obligation to even speak to reporters.
I know all you libs out there are screaming at the top of your Obama loving lungs. STOP PICKING ON PRESIDENT OBAMA!!! Oh wait, you guys are pissed off at him too. What a great “uniter” he has turned out to be. Oh,Oh,wait, he is uniting us. He’s uniting everyone that is Pissed off at him. Good job my president, you really do mean what you say.
I Looooovvvveee it!!!! Sweeeettt!!
From Fox News:
KINSHASA, Congo — U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton’s temper flared on Monday when a Congolese university student asked her for her husband’s thinking on an international financial matter.
A week after former President Bill Clinton traveled to North Korea to secure the release of two detained American journalists and stole the limelight from the start of his wife’s first trip to Africa, Clinton was clearly displeased by the question at town hall forum in Kinshasa.
“You want me to tell you what my husband thinks?” she replied incredulously when the male student asked her what “Mr. Clinton” thought of World Bank concerns about a multi-billion-dollar Chinese loan offer to the Congo.
Is there trouble in paradise? But seriously, what kind of political game are these two playing? I never understood why Billy Boy would ever stand back stage to Killary. I mean, I know they had some kind of deal, you all should read the book, Bitter Legacy; NewsMax reveals the untold story of the Clinton-Gore years. Its a goodin.
“My husband is not secretary of state, I am,” an obviously annoyed Clinton said sharply. “If you want my opinion, I will tell you my opinion. I am not going to be channeling my husband.”
This is not going away folks, until their weapons are destroyed. I could not stand the way former President Bush dealt with this situation. We are wimps when it comes to this issue and it is because of China.
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) – North Korea vowed Saturday to step up its atomic bomb-making program and threatened war if its ships are stopped as part of new U.N. sanctions aimed at punishing the nation for its latest nuclear test.
North Korea’s Foreign Ministry also acknowledged for the first time that the country has a uranium enrichment program, and insisted it will never abandon its nuclear ambitions. Uranium and plutonium can be used to make atomic bombs.
The threats, in a statement issued through the official Korean Central News Agency, came a day after the Security Council approved new sanctions aimed at depriving the North of the financing used to build its rogue nuclear program.
The resolution also authorized searches of North Korean ships suspected of transporting illicit ballistic missile and nuclear materials.
So finally the UN does something. It is amazing to me how many “libs” love this ineffectual entity. And want it to “ruuullee the woorrld”. I just want it’s headquarters out of my country.
Reporting from Washington — The Obama administration is prepared to halt North Korean ships on the high seas to carry out the newest United Nations sanctions against Pyongyang’s arms trade, the U.S. ambassador to the U.N. said Friday.
Susan Rice said the United States would intensify its scrutiny of North Korea’s trade in banned weapons, and if U.S. commanders suspect a ship is carrying them, “we are prepared to confront that vessel.”Rice’s comments to reporters at the White House came soon after the U.N. Security Council voted unanimously for new sanctions against North Korea to register its displeasure over Pyongyang’s recent nuclear and missile tests.
Rice said the U.S. Navy wouldn’t forcibly board such ships, but would direct them to a nearby port for inspection. North Korea has warned that it would regard such interdictions as an act of war.
Kim Jong II’s crazy offspring to ruulllle the world. Yea! Oh come on people, Brian and I have done “the story according to Kim” many times on this blog and on our Radio Show. The man is insane, so it’s not a leap to think that his offspring is “more” insane.
From Fox News:
North Korea has told top officials to pledge allegiance to Kim Jong Il’s youngest son, apparently setting him up to succeed his 67-year-old father.
A senior U.S. intelligence official confirmed South Korean media reports that the secretive communist state was sending “guidance” to its missions in foreign countries to swear fealty to 26-year-old Kim Jong Un as the next leader of North Korea.
“The directive went out,” the official told FOX News. “This guidance isn’t a suggestion — it’s an order.”
The official described the directive as a milestone in the history of North Korea. But the official contradicted a Reuters report that suggested North Korea would ratchet down tensions and enter talks over its nuclear program, having worked out its line of succession.
The “News Behind the News”, in this case is the reason that he picked his youngest son. His two elder son’s were becoming “moderinzed”. One even went to Japan without his father’s permission to go to Tokyo Disneyland, Ah, those rebellious teenagers, I mean “middle aged” children.
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We need to enforce their agreements and should have before they got anything from us…
From The Washington Times:
The United States, alarmed by mounting evidence that North Korea gave nuclear assistance to Syria, has rejected pressure from some of its partners in six-nation talks to compromise on an overdue declaration of Pyongyang’s nuclear activities, U.S. officials said yesterday.
The declaration, which was due at the end of December, would complete the second phase of an October deal aimed at denuclearizing the Korean Peninsula and clear the way for promised political and economic benefits to the communist state.
“We won’t have a complete and correct declaration until we have a complete and correct declaration,” Christopher R. Hill, the chief U.S. negotiator, said yesterday after meeting with his North Korean counterpart, Kim Kye-gwan, in Beijing. “So I’m not sure if we yet have an understanding on that.”
The Syrian connection has become a major problem for the United States since an Israeli air strike in Syria in September. The target was widely reported to be a nuclear facility under construction with help from North Korea. Current and former U.S. officials said yesterday that intelligence points to a plutonium-related facility.
Yesterday, Mr. Hill said the North’s declaration must account for the Syrian connection. “We discussed all of the elements that we believe need to be included, including the Syrian matter and uranium enrichment,” he said of his talks with Mr. Kim.
U.S. and Israeli officials have refused to talk about the September strike, but diplomats and analysts said even the administration’s strongest advocates of engagement with Pyongyang are worried by what they have learned from intelligence sources.
It is widely accepted that the Israeli strike on Syria was to take out a nuclear facility. It is believed that N. Korea played a roll in it’s construction, so this is important.
It appears thanks to releasing about 25 million dollars to N. Korea they have started cooperating with the international community. Nuclear negotiator Christopher Hill has arrived in N. Korea today.Hill will reinforce the importance of the need to move swiftly to fulfill all the commitments that were made as part of a Feb. 13 disarmament agreement. Hill also said he expects planning of the shut down of North Korea’s nuclear facilities within the next two weeks.
Just some good news…
From the AP:
North Korea’s No. 2 leader reiterated Thursday his country’s pledge to abandon its nuclear weapons, as the impoverished nation sought a resumption of aid at its first high-level talks with South Korea since conducting an atomic test.
Kim Yong Nam said “the denuclearization of the Korean peninsula is the dying wish” of the country’s founding president, Kim Il Sung, the father of current leader Kim Jong Il.
North Korea “will make efforts to realize it,” he told South Korean Unification Minister Lee Jae-joung in Pyongyang, the North’s capital.
It appears that Kim Jong Mentally il is finally in therapy. This is very good news, but Iran looks like it will never give up it’s nuclear ambitions. That said it is one less thing we have to worry about right now.
Just watching the progress of the diplomacy in N. Korea…
From The Washington times:
North Korea’s top nuclear negotiator was on his way to the United States yesterday for talks on issues that a State Department official said would include the first steps toward the normalization of diplomatic relations.
The trip, which coincides with the first high-level talks between North Korea and South Korea in more than four months, reflects the rapid easing of tensions with President Kim Jong-il’s regime since North Korea agreed this month to freeze its nuclear program in exchange for heavy fuel oil and other concessions.
Kim Kye-gwan, North Korea’s vice minister of foreign affairs, arrived in Beijing yesterday and was expected in San Francisco tomorrow, a State Department official told The Washington Times. He will continue to New York for talks with his U.S. negotiating counterpart, Christopher Hill, which will likely begin early next week.
At a State Department briefing yesterday, spokesman Sean McCormack said the two would begin a process of normalization described in the nuclear deal concluded with Pyongyang on Feb. 13 in Beijing.
Why have I not been talking about the N. Korea talks before? Simple I like to report the NEWs, not every detail of every story as nothing happens.
From the AP:
Under a Feb. 13 agreement, the North — which tested a nuclear weapon late last year — agreed to dismantle its nuclear facilities and to normalize its relationships with
South Korea, Japan and the United States in exchange for oil shipments, other aid and security guarantees.
The deal requires North Korea to first shut down and seal its main nuclear reactor, accept international monitors and begin discussions with the United States on its other nuclear facilities. In return, the nations will ship the North an initial load of fuel oil.
If North Korea then declares all its nuclear programs and begins to disable its nuclear facilities, it will get a much larger shipment of fuel oil and aid.
What they are not telling you is very important, the Chinese were signatories to this agreement. Why is that important? Well for one, they share a border. Secondly they are their biggest suppliers of food and heating oil aid, which they cut off after their nuclear testing. Why did they cut it off? Because China told them NOT to test a nuclear weapon and they did it anyway. So hundreds of thousands of people starved. Kim jong- mentally il has finally been humbled and now he wants to deal, because you cannot feed people with a nuke.
The head of the U.N. nuclear watchdog said Friday that North Korea has invited him to visit to discuss dismantling its nuclear facilities — a sign of the country’s new willingness to subject its atomic program to outside scrutiny.
Mohamed ElBaradei, director of the International Atomic Energy Agency, said he and North Korean authorities would discuss how to “implement the freeze of (nuclear) facilities” and “eventual dismantlement of these facilities.”
IAEA spokeswoman Melissa Fleming said ElBaradei would probably visit in the second week of March, after the agency board meets on North Korea and Iran, the other country of international nuclear concern.
It looks like we are getting down to some serious progress in N. Korea now! And no Mr Levin, it is not the same as the Clinton deal. Clinton did not have China on board and it was, in fact, a bi-lateral agreement, not a multi-lateral agreement. Even Chris Wallace was amazed by your statement that it was multilateral and China was involved, because you have your facts wrong; or you were spinning like a tornado!
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