No Worse Friend

This is beginning to bother me more than a little. Barack Obama today insulted another ally of the United States.  Silvio Berlusconi of Italy attempted to shake Obama’s hand – but Obama simply walked past the man and ignored him. This was quite intentional on Obama’s part, as the pictures make painfully clear:

It might not have been the best start for the host of the G8 summit. Italian premier Silvio Berlusconi offered his hand to Barack Obama, only for the U.S. President to carry on walking and seemingly ignore it.

Obama was arriving for the traditional family picture on the first day of the G8 Summit in L’Aquila, Italy.
Berlusconi attempted to greet the U.S. President as he arrived but Obama walked off leaving the Italian’s hand empty.

Two things the White House and Obama appear to be consistent on: Shabby treatment of allies and welcoming embraces for enemies of this nation.

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8 Responses to No Worse Friend

  1. Guess Silvio’s off the iPod list.

  2. Andrew X says:

    It took me about five minutes of mental speechlessness at the sheer and utter disgraceful crassness of this to even begin to respond.

    But, keeping my cool here, it occurs to me that this neophyte could be vulnerable to some serious payback. Namely, all foreign leaders have to do, is make absolutely clear that Obama’s entire song and dance on “improving America’s image and foreign relations” is all shuck and jive.

    Frankly, if you removed that entire element from the 2008 campaign, I think John McCain might have taken him (close, but a win). The “whole world hates Bush” was a fantasy laid on us by the MCA (media/culture/academia), and a tremendously effective lie it was. It had no foundation in reality, but…. well, we all live and breathe, and that dynamic needs no further elaboration here.

    But the “Oh, we want Chaaaaaaaaaynnnnnnge, so the world will love us again because deep down, *I* am a wondeful person….” IS a HUGE part of why Obama won. Take that away, and what would be left?

    Well, Berlusconi, Merkl, British leaders, and other leaders treated in this manner by this President can take that away from him. Make it crystal clear
    that they do not trust him, do not like him, are not impressed by him, and are willing to respond to contempt with same.

    And they should. For all of our sakes.

  3. J says:

    It makes an even starker contrast when you line up the bowing to the saudi, the jovial hugging with chavez and the groveling to putin….God help us and our “former” allies.

  4. feeblemind says:

    I am thinking Burlesconi made some racially insensitive remarks about Obama earlier this year. Payback on Obama’s part? Still, it is a good illustration of Obama’s utter lack of class. Arrogant narcissists do things like this.

  5. martian says:

    This is par for the course with this self-absorbed ego-maniacal moron. He’s so busy making sure he is out in front of everyone else so the cameras can see him that he may not have even realized Berlusconi was there.

  6. Gaius says:

    Glenn, you know better than that. My comment policy still stands. You can edit yourself or I will delete this comment.

  7. Gaius says:

    ac – Over the top – edit it or I will remove it.

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