Obama: YouTube Selfies Over Foreign Policy
Obama: YouTube Selfies Over Foreign Policy
President Obama’s SOTU victory lap has some foreign policy hiccups. This week, House Speaker John Boehner extended an invitation to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to address a joint session of Congress in March.
Holy smokes! You would’ve thought the White House was zapped by a cattle prod!! The sputtering and squawking started immediately. According to Bridget Johnson of PJ Media:
White House press secretary Josh Earnest told reporters onboard Air Force One today that they hadn’t heard about the invitation from the Israelis at all, and “this particular event seems to be a departure from that protocol.”
“The protocol would suggest that the leader of one country would contact the leader of another country when he’s traveling there,” Earnest said.
Did you catch that? Yes, the President and the White House are mad at Boehner, but that’s not their focus. Instead they are informing a world leader that any invitation to come to the US has to get approval from the President. That also means no one else gets to invite a world leader to the US without the Duffer In Chief giving his majestic approval. And of course, the world has been snippily informed that President Obama will NOT deign to consider a meeting with Netanyahu while he is in the US. However, Raul Castro will likely have the red carpet rolled out for him in spades. Honestly, if I were Bibi, I’d be thrilled I didn’t have to see the President, considering Obama’s juvenile antics at previous meetings.
Meanwhile, Yemen has been overrun by Shiite rebels known as Houthis. We have embassy personnel on high alert, some have left the country, and others are ready to leave at a moment’s notice. This is the same country, a strong ally of the US, that President Obama crowed about last fall. In August, the White House reported:
In their meeting today at the White House, President Barack Obama and President Abdo Rabu Mansour Hadi of Yemen affirmed their desire to broaden and strengthen the U.S.-Yemen relationship. President Obama reiterated the United States’ support for the stability, security, prosperity, and unity of Yemen.
By the way, the US support for Yemen included shipping prisoners from Guantanamo Bay to that country for the last two years. Who knows where those GITMO prisoners are now. In the meantime, the White House has been strangely silent regarding Yemen’s Presidential Palace being overrun and President Hadi along with the cabinet resigning on Thursday. Thus far, the only real “statement” from Obama is that he won’t send anymore GITMO prisoners to Yemen. I’m SURE Yemen is greatly appreciative and impressed with receiving such “strong” support.
Yesterday, the news broke that Saudi King Abdullah passed away. He’d been in power since 2005 and was a moderate and favorable to the West compared to prior Saudi leaders. His successor was named immediately. Prince Salman bin Abdulaziz is considerably more hard line than Abdullah was. What does this mean for US – Saudi relations? What does this mean in terms of the issues that we face with Iran? That, ladies and gentlemen is the $64,000 question.
The Saud’s have quite a bit on their plate right now. A major state funeral to plan, the continuing rampage of ISIS, plunging oil prices, Iran, and a Saudi blogger who is being flogged in stages for daring to have an opinion contrary to that of the King. Given our current Administration’s foreign policy prowess; somehow I believe that it will be easy for the Saudi’s to shuffle the US further back on the bus while they deal with more pressing matters.
Particularly when they get a glimpse of President Obama’s activities on Thursday. Rather than the usual Presidential practice of one-on-one interviews with key journalists, the White House went off the rails:
This is a pretty big deal:
Each year, the President typically spends the days following a State of the Union address answering questions and elaborating on the plans he’s laid out for the year. That can mean interviews with reporters, speeches across the country, or even chatting with folks from their homes.
But because we’re constantly looking for ways to reach folks we don’t usually get to talk to, today we’re doing something different:
We’ve invited three of YouTube’s top content creators to the White House to interview the President about the issues they — and their audiences — care most about.
So who are these Youtube content creators? Wiki provides us with a pretty decent snapshot of two of them. Hank Green has at least 5 channels on YouTube and discusses education, environment and whatever else strikes his fancy. Bethany Mota is a fashionista and now has a fashion line at Aeropostale.
GloZell, on the other hand, well – I’m not sure how to describe her. She calls herself the Queen of the YouTube. Sports wild crazy hair and the weirdest green lipstick I’ve ever seen. Her YouTube videos include an octopus challenge, pouring honey into her eye (yes you DID read that correctly), eating half a bottle of cinnamon, and going through a variety of other wacky and really gross challenges, such as the bathtub cereal stunt. **Warning, you’ll need eye and brain bleach after this:
— Cameron Gray (@Cameron_Gray) January 22, 2015
Those are the three “journalists” that the White House and our President chose to for interviewing and discussing the issues outlined in Tuesday’s SOTU address. The President himself was so thrilled that, you guessed it; he posed for selfies!!
America’s President is gallivanting around the country, threatening vetoes if someone looks at him cross-eyed, accepts lime green lipstick as a gift for his wife, and conducts interviews with people who make a living out of living on Youtube. Meanwhile, our ally Yemen is wondering where the hell the US is, the Saudi’s will be changing regimes and we have no idea of the consequences to the US, and the White House is bleating about protocol concerning Benjamin Netanyahu’s March visit to the country. Our President has chosen YouTube selfies over the protection of our allies and a viable foreign policy. And America will suffer for it.