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  • Barack Obama Will Call Netanyahu, Maybe

    Barack Obama has gotten some criticism for taking meetings with hosts of The View rather than with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Maybe Bibi should've gotten himself a show on TLC  if he wanted a face-to-face with the president.

    As it is, he'll have to settle for a phone call

    Obama spent only 24 hours in New York for the UN General Assembly earlier this week before Netanyahu arrived, and the Israeli leader will meet Secretary of State Hillary Clinton later on Thursday instead of Obama.

    "I expect the president will have a follow-up phone call with the prime minister probably Friday," White House spokesman Jay Carney told reporters…

    It said the president's schedule, as he campaigns hard for re-election, did not allow him to be in New York at the same time as Netanyahu, who is demanding Washington establish public red lines for Iran over its nuclear program.

    That's a little impersonal, considering the threat Netanyahu described in his speech before the U.N. General Assembly. Bibi, who's drawn more "red lines" than a mortgage banker in a rough neighborhood,  described the nuclear threat to Israel with a simple chart…

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    Tags: Barack Obama, Benjamin Netanyahu, Iran, Israel, United Nations
  • Barack Obama's Private Messages to World Leaders

    President Obama will not meet with world leaders as they gather in New York for the United Nations General Assembly. Whether it's because he's too busy campaigning or because he doesn't want to create headlines, opening himself up for attack, the move is being criticized by those on the right and the left.

    What Obama's critics fail to note is that, despite being indisposed, he did take time out between television appearances to send quick messages to world leaders. We got our hands on a few of those messages, which we're now sharing with the world…

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    Tags: Barack Obama, Benjamin Netanyahu, China, David Cameron, Iran, Libya, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, Mitt Romney, Russia, United Kingdom, United Nations, Vladimir Putin
  • President Obama Starts a Twitter War with Aziz Ansari

    Iran's nuclear capabilities? Suck it! Gas nearing $5 a gallon? Uh… duh! The housing crisis? Big whoop! Meeting with Prime Minister Netanyahu? Ishkabibble! President Obama has more important things to do. Namely starting Twitter beef with comedian Aziz Ansari…

    "I just want to remind him: I've got more Twitter followers than you, man," Obama said at a fundraiser last week in New York City. "I just want to keep him humble and hungry. We all need someone who does that; fortunately, I have Michelle."

    OH. SNAP. President Obama has approximately 11 million more followers than Ansari's measly 1.6M. Dayyyyyyyyyyyum! And a DOUBLE SNAP on Michelle! Guess she's never heard of  this holiday. Or maybe she has, and it's Matt Drudge that's never heard of it.

    Unfortunately, it's hard to be humble when the POTUS singles you out. Ansari responded by tweeting:

    Now that the President has some experience starting a war, maybe all those Republican hawks will back off on Iran. If only Mahmoud Ahmadinejad had a Twitter account…

    Tags: Amy Poehler, Benjamin Netanyahu, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, Twitter
  • Barack Obama and Nicolas Sarkozy's Open Mic

    Last week's G20 meeting gave world leaders the opportunity to find common ground. For instance, President Obama and Nicolas Sarkozy found out that they both love to complain about Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu

    "I cannot bear Netanyahu, he's a liar," Sarkozy told Obama, unaware that the microphones in their meeting room had been switched on, enabling reporters in a separate location to listen in to a simultaneous translation.

    "You're fed up with him, but I have to deal with him even more often than you," Obama replied, according to the French interpreter.

    While this has promised to be an embarrassment to both leaders, there's a variety of ways the two could have dismissed this gaffe. First of all, improv. The two men could have been doing an improvisational exercise for their Netanyahu roast. You know, the super secret one they were planning for that very night? Well, not anymore now that the stupid media ruined everything!

    If that didn't work, they could have flown Ashton Kutcher over to tell Netanyahu he'd just been punk'd. Heck, Kutcher probably has a direct portal from his home to Cannes. And after all, everyone knows that Obama is the George Clooney of world leaders.

    While both of these ideas are undeniably genius and completely foolproof, Obama and Sarkozy have decided to take the "no comment" route. Netanyahu also said mum, leaving Vice Premier Silvan Shalom to explain it this way…

    "Everyone talks about everyone. Sometimes even good friends say things about each other, certainly in such competitive professions," Shalom, a former foreign minister and rival of Netanyahu in the rightist Likud party, told Israel's Army Radio.

    "So you have to consider the main things. Is Obama a friend of Israel? Is Sarkozy a friend of Israel? Is their policy a consistent policy of support for Israel? The answer to all of these questions is affirmative and, as far as I'm concerned, that is what's important."

    *Swish* Perfect diplomatic save. With friends like these, there's no such thing as enemies.

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    Tags: Barack Obama, Benjamin Netanyahu, G-20, Israel, Nicolas Sarkozy, Palestine