December 10, 2009

Ice Rubes Upset With Obama, But They Have Only Themselves to Blame

Just the latest in along line of arrogant gaffes:

"The American president is acting like an elephant in a porcelain shop," said Norwegian public-relations expert Rune Morck-Wergeland. "In Norwegian culture, it's very important to keep an agreement. We're religious about that, and Obama's actions have been clumsy. You just don't say no to an invitation from a European king. Maybe Obama's advisers are not very educated about European culture, but he is coming off as rude, even if he doesn’t mean to."

It isn't that complicated to understand. When someone is given an award or honor they clearly don't earn, it holds little meaning for them—it is a devalued trinket, and little more.

The Nobel committee whored itself to the unearned image of a political pop-star.

They do not deserve to be surprised or offended when he acts like one.

Posted by Confederate Yankee at December 10, 2009 07:15 AM

You mean Norway's king wasn't on Obama's "bowing tour?"

Posted by: locomotivebreath1901 at December 10, 2009 09:13 AM

OMG! You mean that Obama doesn't value the Nobel Peace Prize?

Well, he shouldn't worry. His accomplishments will surly equal Arrafats, so the bar really is set pretty low.

Posted by: Jack at December 10, 2009 09:42 AM

When the award was announced, you can totally believe there was a meeting of the minds to determine "what the Hell do we do now?". It was decided that turning down the award (the fraud would never turn down ANY award) was out of the question, so the decision was made to grin and bear it; go to Oslo, accept the award, say a few words and then get out of town as quickly and quietly as possible. And that's exactly what has been done.

Lunch with the King??

Like, how many votes will that get me? Besides, I like AF #1 and want to get back on board as quickly as possible. It's a cool ride, man!

Posted by: Dell at December 10, 2009 09:53 AM

Lunch with the king is part of protocol. Obama has a serious problem with his protocol staff. His bowing and the lack of this lunch could be enough to set off a world war. They have gone to war for less. Don't get in a wad over fighting Europe, I anticipated that response. The fight would be with Russia as they perceive Obama to be weak and stupid.

Posted by: David at December 10, 2009 10:20 AM

Of course there is the trend developing that he only snubs those of european descent.

Posted by: RFYoung at December 10, 2009 10:47 AM

Obama only grovels to real tyrants and enemies. I am sure the Obami keep trying to explain that to the world.

Posted by: iconoclast at December 10, 2009 01:01 PM

I don't expect American presidents to know all the protocol do's and don't of each nation they ever deal with.

I do however expect the State Dept and Whitehouse protocol officers to know that stuff by heart and brief a president so they can act accordingly.

Fire the protocol officers. If they briefed as expected and it was ignored, then fire the COS for the trip who's job it was to smack the president around until he saw the error of his ways.

Obama's crew is behaving like a bunch of barbarians who just walked out of the woods wearing bearskins and wielding stone knives.

Posted by: Purple Avenger at December 11, 2009 03:37 AM