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  • Barack Obama's Shortcomings Hidden by Beautiful, Mesmerizing Stardust


    Marc Ambinder thinks Obama's — and, by extension, the U.S.'s — failures at G-20 might have been somewhat obscured by all the zazz and hooha…

    There may indeed have been "friction" between the Americans and some European leaders on issues like accounting standards, but this blog evaluates the political consequences of President Obama's activities for his domestic audience. You'd be forgiven for not seeing too much coverage of the economic debate, and for thinking that Obama Style Eclipised Merkel Substance, and not the other way round.

    The message is probably different in Europe — the U.S. didn't get what it wanted, but I think the national security message shapers here are OK with that. While it's true that the U.S. hoped for some flexibility on spending, it was important not to appear to be seen as bullying Europe into submission.

    Well, I can see what he's getting at, but I think that when you're concerning yourself with economic issues at an extreme macro level like this, you have to remember that what I really liked about Michelle Obama's outfits were how understated they were, ya know? I think she totally gave Carla Bruni a run for her money in the Jackie O department.

    You go, girl!


    Tags: Barack Obama, Carla Bruni, France, G-20, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, Michelle Obama
  • G-20 Protesters Demand an End to Money

    You know what the problem with modern society is? You know why everything seems to be going all crazy these days? It's the 5,000-year-old tradition of using a medium that can be exchanged for goods and services in lieu of a straight barter system. That and non-broken windows.

    Luckily, some very intelligent people in London — where the G-20 summit is being held this week — are taking care of all that right now

    At least 4,000 anarchists, anti-capitalists, environmentalists and others jammed into London's financial district for what they called "Financial Fool's Day." The protests were called ahead of Thursday's summit of world leaders, who hope to take concrete steps to resolve the global financial crisis that has lashed nations and workers worldwide…

    Some protesters spray-painted the side of the RBS building with the phrases "class war" and "thieves." Others pushed against columns of riot police who swatted them away with batons.

    Demonstrators shouted "Abolish Money!" and clogged streets in the area known as "The City" even as Prime Minister Gordon Brown and President Barack Obama held a news conference elsewhere in the British capital.

    No word yet on whether or not world leaders will take these helpful people's sage advice to return to an economy based upon lentils and goats.

    But hopes are high.


    Tags: Economy, G-20, London, Money, Protesters, United Kingdom
  • He's Got the Whole World in His Brain

    This comes from a website called badpaintingsofbarackobama.com, but I think it's actually kinda brilliant.

    Its underlying message, I'm assuming, is that the Earth and everything contained therein are all made up of thought matter produced within the crucible of Barack Obama's fusion-powered mind (which obviously get very hot, thus the need for irrigating rivers of pure cool water throughout his upper body).

    I mean, I think it's kind of obvious.


    Tags: Barack Obama, France, G-20, Nicolas Sarkozy
  • Barack Obama to Headline "Summer of Rage" in London

    When Barack Obama travels to Europe for the G-20 summit next month, he won't be receiving the hot frenzy of adoration he got when he made his Rainbow Tour last summer…

    Gatherings of world leaders and global financial meetings always draw anti-globalization protesters, anti-capitalists and anarchists out to create mayhem — and a contingent of riot police to stop them.

    But the global economic crisis has fueled the fire such that British police officials are bracing for what has been described as a "summer of rage."

    A summer of rage?! That sounds awesome! Or horrible. Definitely one of the two. Probably not both.

    London Anarchists, one of the groups planning to disrupt events when the president is in town [Ed note: I think I saw them back when they opened for Mike Watt back in '99], is stirring trouble, saying, "World leaders, including Barak [sic] Obama, are set to meet at Docklands Excel Centre in London's East End, for the G20 financial summit on April 2, to sort out the global crisis they themselves conspired to create," and has called for a "rebellious call for days of action" to agitators. The alert calls April 2 "a day of f—ing up the summit and other adventures. Be warned. Be aware. Be ready!" [Ed note: If it is them, then at least they're not playing the same Clash covers and Sex Pistol ripoffs they used to.]

    Another group, known as G20 Meltdown, distributed a flier with a picture of dummy hanging by a noose and the caption "what a banker," calling on agitators to storm the Bank of England at noon on April 1. "We should kick the bankers and their political cronies out of the city and out of power. This is really the beginning of the end."

    "A picture of dummy hanging by a noose"? Wow, they really went all out? Why didn't they write a poem about a dance piece about a picture of a dummy hanging by a an artist's rendition of a noose.

    Maybe I'm just one of those literalists, but I think I might put the extra 36 seconds in to find a picture of an actual person hanging by a noose. I mean, if I was gonna go to all the trouble of being an idiot anyway.


    Tags: Economy, G-20, Protesters, United Kingdom