American mainstream media astroturfing notwithstanding, Monday’s one-day summit meeting in Washington with Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper and Mexico’s President Felipe Calderon is the classic: “A picture is worth a Thousand Words” lesson.
The American media presented the meeting as a run-of-the-mill get together of the three North American amigos.
Nothing to see here, folks, just move along.
Look at the expression on Barack Obama’s face from pictures taken during the event. The malevolent expression on Obama’s face as Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper was speaking tells a different story. The picture is right up there with Michelle’s countenance while looking at France’s Carla Bruni.
President Barry Soetoro Obama has no time, let alone respect, for Stephen Harper.
And his antipathy goes beyond the malevolent look on his face to imperious doled out punishment.
Some folk see Monday’s summit as the American media going out of its way to downplay the “dumb diplomacy” of Obama to his two closest neighbours.
Canada Free Press (CFP) sees it as downright spite toward the Conservative Harper and the country he leads.
Kudos to the Investors Business Daily who reported: “Obama’s neglect of our nearest neighbors and biggest trade partners has created deteriorating relations, a sign of a president who’s out of touch with reality. Problems are emerging that aren’t being reported.
“Energy has become a searing rift between the U.S. and Canada and threatens to leave the U.S. without its top energy supplier.
“The Winnipeg Free Press reported that Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper warned Obama that the U.S. will have to pay market prices for its Canadian oil after Obama’s de facto veto of the Keystone XL pipeline. Canada is preparing to sell its oil to China.
“Until now, NAFTA had shielded the U.S. from having to pay global prices for Canadian oil. That’s about to change.
“Canada has also all but gone public about something trade watchers have known for a long time: that the U.S. has blocked Canada’s entry to the eight-way free trade agreement known as the Trans-Pacific Partnership, an alliance of the U.S., Australia, New Zealand, Vietnam, Malaysia, Peru, Chile and Singapore. Both Canada and Mexico want to join and would benefit immensely.
The Obama administration also successfully blocked Canada from a seat on the UN Security Council in October of 2010.
The Investors Business Daily continues:
“U.S. media dutifully reported Obama’s false claim that Canada our top trading partner, is too protectionist—for whom, we don’t know. Malaysia maybe?—even if it’s good enough for NAFTA, the trillion-dollar trade treaty that is the world’s largest. Things were even worse, if you read the Mexican press accounts of the meeting. Excelsior of Mexico City reported that President Felipe Calderone bitterly brought up Operation Fast and Furious, a U.S. government operation that permitted Mexican drug cartels to smuggle thousands of weapons into drug-war torn Mexico. This blunder has wrought mayhem and cost thousands of lives.
“The mainstream U.S. press has kept those questions out of the official press conferences, while Obama has feigned ignorance to the Mexicans and hasn’t even apologized.
“In short, the summit was a diplomatic disaster for the U.S. and its relations with its neighbors, north and south.
“Once again, the Obama administration shoots itself in the foot—or, rather shoots us in the foot—through dumb diplomacy. Via InstaPundit.”
Monday’s summit is one American mainstream media mission that failed. The pictures and the words don’t match.
Marxist Obama is a clear and present danger to the Land of the Maple Leaf.
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Judi McLeod is an award-winning journalist with 30 years’ experience in the print media. A former Toronto Sun columnist, she also worked for the Kingston Whig Standard. Her work has appeared on Rush Limbaugh, Newsmax.com, Drudge Report, Foxnews.com, and Glenn Beck.
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