It was the Asian-Pacific Economic Cooperation Summit in Hawaii, held over the weekend, and apparently Barack Obama left the Gaffe-O-Matic 5000 turned up to maximum. All of the president's ignorance, intellectual laziness, and diplomatic sloth were on display for the whole world to see.
While holding a press conference on his "birth island" - Ko Olina - he offered up the annexation of Hawaii to the Asian hordes:
When I meet with world leaders, what's striking -- whether it's in Europe or here in Asia -- the kinds of fundamental reforms and changes both on the revenue side and the public pension side that other countries are having to make are so much more significant than what we need to do in order to get our books in order.
Next, he embarrassed our Japanese allies:
Japan’s foreign ministry quickly denied the claim on Sunday. “Prime Minister Noda never said this,” the ministry wrote in a statement.
On Monday, White House spokesman Josh Earnest affirmed the U.S. report during a press conference...
Just how dumb is the Obama administration? Free trade is a sensitive issue in Japan, and most likely the Japanese PM was trying to quietly work out a deal with us. But Barack Obama and his cronies, desperate for any appearance of a diplomatic victory, just had to open their fat traps and crow about it. And blew the whole f*cking deal up in the process.
And how's this for smart diplomacy - praising China, our biggest creditor and most dangerous competitor, for being - get this - "grown up":
“Now they’ve grown up, and so they’re going to have to help manage this process in a responsible way,” Obama said during a press conference.
But trust me - Obama is just getting started! Now he turns his stupidity on his own people, while making this now-infamous remark:
“We’ve been a little bit lazy, I think, over the last couple of decades,” he said during a scripted conversation Saturday in Hawaii with Boeing’s CEO at a summit for Pacific region business leaders.
Obama said the cure is an increased recruitment effort by the federal government — not, as conservatives urge, lower taxes and reduced regulation.
Sigh. The tonic for everything is more government. That, and Bush-bashing:
Obama also took time in the Saturday press event to disparage former President George W. Bush’s foreign policy in the Pacific.
“Obviously, having gone through a couple of tough years, having been engaged in a decade of war, we recognize all the challenges that are out there for the United States....
“The news I have to deliver for the American people is American leadership is still welcome.”
I am sure that's true. It's just our current leadership that the rest of the world wishes would just stay home....