Saturday, July 02, 2016

Obama, the ‘silly amigo’ in Ottawa


President Obama took his “climate change” show — the same one that Democrat majorities would not pass — and the anti-Trump rants to Ottawa.    
He stood besides Canadian PM Justin Trudeau and Mexican President Enrique Pena-Nieto:
Mr. Obama deplored the anti-immigrant remarks of Donald J. Trump, the presumptive Republican nominee, particularly his statements about Mexican immigrants. Though he never mentioned Mr. Trump by name, Mr. Obama said the next American president would have a strong interest in having a solid relationship with “our good neighbor to the south.”
Speaking at a news conference with the Canadian and Mexican leaders after their meeting, the president said that anti-immigrant appeals had a long history in the United States, but that they had never permanently curtailed the flow of people into the country.
“We should take some of this rhetoric seriously and answer it boldly and clearly,” Mr. Obama said, answering a question from a Mexican journalist, “but you shouldn’t think it is representative of how the American people think.”
Mr. Obama said he rejected the argument that the harsh tone in the American presidential campaign, or in Britain’s recent referendum on leaving the European Union, was populist. He ridiculed the notion that a candidate who worked to preserve the interests of wealthy people could be a populist.
“They don’t suddenly become populist because they say something controversial in order to win votes,” Mr. Obama said. “That’s not the measure of populism; that’s nativism or xenophobia or worse. Or it’s just cynicism.”
Mr. Peña Nieto, for his part, put Mr. Trump in a line of populist demagogues, including Hitler and Mussolini, though he, like Mr. Obama, did not use the candidate’s name. “Those political actors, by using populism and demagoguery, they choose the easiest way to solve the challenges of today’s world,” he said.
No one asked President Pena-Nieto about Mexico’s immigration laws or the anti-American rants that one hears in the Mexican Congress. Is that demagoguery too? No one asked. I guess that they are too obsessed with Trump!
No one asked PM Trudeau about President Obama refusing to go along with the Keystone Pipeline.  Also, it is likely that a future U.S. president will have to send troops to the Middle East. Will Canada support a NATO mission again?
And finally no one in the media reminded President Obama that candidate Obama once wanted to renegotiate NAFTA too.
It would have been more appropriate if President Obama had focused on terrorism, since I am not familiar with any “climate change” blowing up airports or discos. Of course, we are talking about President Obama, the man who told us that he ended wars and the enemy was on the run. Quite true — the enemy is running after us!
Last, but not least, a group of Canadians stood up and chanted “four more years”. Four more years of what? A GDP under 3%? Weak foreign policy?   Are some Canadians that silly or what?
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