The Empty Chair Strikes Back

From Weasel Zippers:

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There has been a lot of discussion that the President hasn’t even spoken to Congress on Syria, let alone brought the matter to Congress for approval, as is required by the Constitution. Remember this tweet from Ted Cruz?

Unacceptable: pic.twitter.com/woN4vSjEpE

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So last night there was an administration conference call with several Congressional leaders to “consult”.

Oh, invitation-only, by the way. Here is a list of the 26 people invited to the Friends of Barack meeting

Susan Rice, with all her usual aplomb, tweeted about it.

Sec. Kerry, Sec. Hagel, Dir. Clapper and I held a call earlier tonight with members of Congress to consult on the situation in #Syria

— Susan Rice (@AmbassadorRice) August 30, 2013

Did you see it?

Yes, the Imperial President wasn’t on the call yesterday. Amazing.

What did Obama have time to do yesterday, as he is getting set to bomb Syria and involve us in a war?

He had time to meet with Magic Johnson to talk about “creating jobs”.

Our eagle-eyed CNN WH crew just spotted Magic Johnson arriving at the West Wing.

— Jim Acosta (@JimAcostaCNN) August 29, 2013

Are you wondering if the two meetings were held at the same time?

Yes, in answer to the question, the two meetings appear to have been at the same time. Thank you, John Ekdahl.

He also apparently skipped out on another meeting on Syria on Tuesday night to meet with the family of Trayvon Martin, among other things.

The brilliance of Clint Eastwood’s skit is unmistakable – so sad for this country and its people.

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63 Responses to The Empty Chair Strikes Back

  1. Benzy says:

    As Ronald Reagan would have said… “well… there you go again”. At least BHO wasn’t off planning his next family “vacation” in some expensive, exotic locale. Maybe we should all chip in to send the entire family to Damascus for the weekend.

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  2. lovemygirl says:

    There is an empty podium outside the WH. He is giving a speech in a few minutes from what I can tell.

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  3. lovemygirl says:

    There was a tweet from Mike Doran that was good.

    On the bright side, it will give Kerry yet one more opportunity to play Churchill. He likes that role.

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    • judy says:

      Oh, I just so wish we had a body language expert in the Treehouse after these official “speeches”. Kerry looked to me like he’d rather be wind surfin’ and several nuances in the speech were clearly written by Obama’s speechwriter…24X “we know” and “let me be clear”.

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      • Koalablue says:

        Deaf person here and expert on body language. Kerry is holding something back and has that hint of annoyance in his body language. He doesn’t want to be giving speeches trying to turn Obama’s blunders into something else.

        Obama’s body language has a lot going on and his insistence in holding his daughters’ hands while walking to the helicopter or limo (there are tons of photos of Obama and Michelle holding their daughters’ hands) seems excessive to me. I felt that they were trying to project an united family. Their older daughter’s body language showed that she was uncomfortable and tired of the act.

        Obama gripping the sides of the podium is another hint of anger problems. His hands are never relaxed and his cheeks puffing out while talking gave me an impression that his tongue is numb for some reason.

        Michelle always has her hands clasped together when she’s sitting down. Never ever relaxed. The vibe I got off of her was of resentment at everything so therefore she is entitled to do whatever she wants to do because she deserves it. She has no pride in herself so she dresses shabbily when she goes out like in tank top and shorts.

        Just my opinion. 🙂

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      • ctdar says:

        I wonder where Kerry got the shiners..,,Tereza or cosmetic surgeon?

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  4. czarowniczy says:

    I still say he’s waiting for a loophole to present itself. He’s let this go for so long, praying it would just go away, that it’s festered into something he’ll regret either way he takes it. I think he’s looking for someone(s) in Congress to blame it on – and I’m seeing some business-related reasons that will keep a lot of Congress from doing anything. A few little cruise missiles and perhaps a couple of airstrikes will cool the public’s press-fanned interests, give him a little breathing space while he ‘presses for a post-strike diplomatic solution’ and give the Congress the space to blather on about his indecisiveness while looking at yet another break in September. Whew, that 126-days a year work schedule is a KILLER!

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    • lovemygirl says:

      I had to drop my wife off and walked in as he was ending. Did he say he is leaving it up to Congress? Maybe someone reminded him about that pesky Constitution again.

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      • czarowniczy says:

        I’m going on his performance so far and his speech yesterday. I didn’t watch his speech today, I can only take so much BS and I have to help a neighbor swamp his barn/stables as it is. He has only left himself a few threads to weave with and all of them are just face-saving fluff. The Europeans won’t help, the Russians and Iranians have already called his bluff and the petro companies in the background are pulling strings like mad so that this doesn’t end badly for brokered deals and deals yet to be brokered.

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        • WeeWeed says:

          Twitterverse is under the opinion that Imam Jawbone has thrown Lurch under the bus with this retreat. Interesting. He’s in full retreat and managed to neuter Lurch in one fell swoop….

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          • stella says:

            Then, after Congress votes, he can blame them for whatever else happens.

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            • Sharon says:

              Yes.

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            • That is exactly it. Exactly.

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              • czarowniczy says:

                Ummm….hasn’t been mentioned but the boys on the Hill are out until 9 September unless they can be rounded up more soonerer. When he asks their permissions I doubt whether they’ll all make their decisions at one time – more delay while other options, potential pitfalls, constituents’ feelings, all of the good political indecision ‘can’t blame me’ crap. So Barry’s off the hook and can breathe easy for a bit while spinmeisters consider his next moves. The Hill-billies are scheduled to be out on another break from 21 thru 29 September so all concerned had better move quickly.

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                • Absolutely no word of them coming back from break early. And they’re all engaging in “Town Hall” meetings, etc. I haven’t heard anything about the conference call that took place today with all Senators. Something doesn’t smell right about this.

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                • czarowniczy says:

                  We had two friends ,a guy and a gal, who were close friends – so close that she came up pregnant. When she said the pregnancy was his responsibility he told her “Oh no, it’s your problem, you to touched it last”. I see that as what’s going on twixt the POtuS and 535 Stooges. If Congress was in session more than 1/3rd of the time perhaps they wouldn’t come home to find The Kingfish had dropped dis heuh baby on da powch.

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            • AlphaWookie says:

              I disagree this just put everyone out on the same branch. Lot’s of pols lots there jobs over Iraq. Also, what is wrong with taking this matter to congress???? We are talking about an act of war. Cruz seemed to want to have a debate. i’m with Cruz on this.

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              • czarowniczy says:

                It’s not so much about his taking it to Congress; it’s about when he took (or will take) it to them and why. This is the guy who was so POd that he couldn’t ram his agenda though Congress that he said he was going to rule by executive order. He was bantering and blustering about how Obama, Warrior Princess…errr ‘Prince’, was going to single handedly swoop down and punish the evildoers all on his lonesome. Then the polls start to show the majority of those polled (excluding Herefords) didn’t want military action. Then the Syrian Troika starts to ratchet up the thermostat, he’s in a bind and the only way he can think of to pull his sorry ass out of the mire he’s created is to toss he issue to the people he claims to have forced him to rule from the throne. I don’t remember Reagan begging Congress for permission to bomb Libya in April, 1986. That mission was planed months in advance, his decision was when to launch it. He also sent a carrier taskforce into the Gulf of Sidra, waters Libya claimed to be inside its own territorial limits – didn’t consult Congress or the UN there and that was arguably an act of war. It should have been taken to Congress as a matter of Constitutional process, not as a punt to get the blame pinned on someone else for a mess he created.

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                • justfactsplz says:

                  I always find your posts very interesting. I have learned alot from them. I like the way how you are so serious and I am really paying attention to every word, then boom, you insert some humor. I love it. My sister raises polled herefords. It is disgusting that Obama lets trivial meetings take precident over meetings about Syria.

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                • czarowniczy says:

                  I just wish that the government would release the films taken by the 3rd Reich and Japan when they tested nerve agents against prisoners to see how effective they were under various conditions. They were shown years ago in chem war specialist training – mostly the civilians only get to see the old animal tests. Death by choking or blister gas can be very long – my grandfather was gassed in WW I and he had severe lung damage for decades – Brit government gave him a disability as his condition was such he couldn’t work. The nerve gases can do the same thing as low-level exposure can cause neurological damages – the atropine and 2-PAM just save you where you’re at, if enough damage has been done that’s where you stay. We were scared and incensed that Al Qaeda was working on nerve gases back when we still though AQ were bad guys and not just grey-zone rebels. Remember the videos we captured of them using it on a dog? We were upset they were using it on dogs and now we’re wishy-washy that they’re using it on kids? What about when they use it on our kids?

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                • stella says:

                  czar, my eldest uncle also was gassed in WWI. He had lasting effects, and died young of heart failure.

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          • czarowniczy says:

            Problem is that just when you think a politician’s caught in the trap he builds up a large enough coat of slime to slither out of chews off his own limb.

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    • doodahdaze says:

      He needs a Cape and a Mask like the other Superhero’s. Its a Worm, it’s a Buzzard, No! It’s Obamaman!!

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      • czarowniczy says:

        As I’ve said before, he’s the idol of black culture, the Trickster – Brer Rabbit (rabbits on my front lawn are objecting to the comparison). He belongs an a major city street corner hosting a 3-card monte game.

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  5. sangell says:

    Potus just announced he will allow Congress to have vote on using military force against Syria. He didn’t say he would abide by a NO vote but he’s going to make them vote it up or down.

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    • myopiafree says:

      That is an honest way to NOT GO TO WAR. The Brits resolved it for the P.M., and they were CORRECT. Congress can and should do the same thing. We are, after all, NOT the “worlds police man”, and should never play that role – unless PART of the United Nations. Tragically, Samantha is also “out on vacation” and can not be reached – nor even does she attend serious meeting on Syria in the UN. DO NOT DO ANYTHING – OBAMA. Let it fade away. Better Jaw, Jaw, Jaw, than a false, un-necessary war that we do not want.

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  6. Murse says:

    Oh well, at least he can still promise people free stuff to improve his numbers.

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  7. Yes – he “welcomes the debate” and then issued his usual “you’d better agree with me or else” warnings – only this time to the world and not just Congress. This man is something else. On the up side, he’s looking more grey by the day.
    He made sure to point out that this will be a “punishment” to Assad and his regime and that he has been told that it’s a “go” at any time – in an hour, a day, a week or a month. Someone must have convinced him of the seriousness of some in Congress to move for impeachment if he acted without Congressional approval and it’s obviously enraged him. He made sure to hammer home the point that HE believes he does not need the authority of Congress to act, but, since this is a democratic republic he thinks it’s better to ask for permission. I think his advisers have sufficiently convinced him that to act without the approval of Congress would be wading into impeachment territory; otherwise we’d have had a different speech from the Oval Office today.
    In his warnings to Congress, the American people and the world he also pointed out the danger in “ignoring” this act of rebellion against international law regarding the use of chemical weapons as a precursor to all manner of nightmare scenarios. Interesting, he didn’t once mention that he supplied the chemical weapons to Syria for use by the rebel forces as he has been accused by some in the region.

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  8. Seems like an awful lot of blustering to say he’s looking forward to debating with Congress about it when they return September 9th. What happened to urgency and imminent threat? Has anyone been paying attention to what his other hand has been doing?

    I’m still bothered by the timing of those executive actions. So military weapons that go out, can’t come back in and firearms can’t be registered to corporations/trusts. Very random.

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    • stella says:

      I saw that – made me snicker!

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    • unitron says:

      The “…let (Diety) sort it out” meme implies the first part “Kill them all…”

      I wonder if she thinks the Syrian Christians would somehow escape unscathed.

      (the saying–”Kill them all, the Lord will recognise His own.”– is supposed to have originated with Roman Catholic monk and Papal Legate Arnaud Amaury, Abbot of Citeaux during the massacre at Béziers on 22nd July, 1209.)

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  9. lovemygirl says:

    Mike Dornan just responded to Axelrod on twitter. 🙂

    .@davidaxelrod So POTUS holds the power of life & death in his hands, and he uses it to score a few points against Congress. Glad ur proud.

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  10. rashomon says:

    Something’s rotten in Denmark, so to speak. I wouldn’t trust this administration to walk my dog, much less let go with “surgical” strikes against a country who has done nothing to threaten us. And the claptrap Kerry is releasing does nothing to prove anything except that NSA is listening, listening, listening, but has to import Muslims to translate their “intelligence” because the government fired all our native translators back in the ’90s for reasons yet to be determined.

    Some Syrian friends say Assad tries to keep the country secular and they as Christians have done fine for several generations. The recent fate of the Coptics in Egypt and Christians in Turkey and northern African countries makes them wary of anything the rebels say; they have no idea who some of the rebels are or what they represent for the future. Besides, their local intelligence sources suggest the chemicals were released “accidentally” by the rebels, who were unfamiliar with them and how to use them.

    Since our exploits into “Fast and Furious” have only resulted in an underground, black market of arms on the streets across America, I wouldn’t put it past the administration to have arranged for the delivery of chemicals to the rebels. A “false flag” against the Assad regime gives Obama an excuse to look Presidential in world affairs while throwing off our citizens’ attention to the disaster our domestic affairs have become. No jobs, daily rewrites about Obamacare’s impact on the economy AND (most importantly) actual delivery of medical services, ineffective educational systems with costs out of control, bankrupt states and cities, illegals destroying our legal system, racial tensions at an all time high, regulations up the wazoo, more people on welfare that working, threats of new problems in the banking and real estate industries…welcome to the world of Saul Alinsky and Cloward/Piven.

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  11. unitron says:

    Congress doesn’t seem to be too interested in cutting short their vacation to rush back to DC to be consulted.

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  12. Josh says:

    “In the words of Stephen Hayes, ‘this President has no idea what he is doing’.”
    Au contraire, B Hussein O and his ilk know EXACTLY what they are doing.

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  13. He was very clear that his military aides have told him that the strikes are a “go” at any time – so no rush. He also made clear it is a punitive strike. Something doesn’t sit right with this, when the speculation was that the strikes would begin this weekend and now he’s putting it off indefinitely (which is a good thing.) However, he’s not to be trusted. Has anyone seen this article where foreign AP correspondent (and a well established and credible correspondent) claims that he has been told, personally, by rebel forces that they were the ones who inadvertently set off the chemical weapons given to them by the Saudis (and, most likely, by Obama)?

    http://conservativeread.com/syrian-rebels-admit-responsibility-for-chemical-weapons-attack/

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    • Benzy says:

      Of course, if the chemical weapons were set off by the rebels and DID come from U.S. source (through whatever round-about methods).. it would NOT matter to a liberal, those would simply be “unfortunate” facts.. kinda like what happened in Benghazi and what anyone did (or did not do) about it.

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      • ctdar says:

        And now, just like Hussein/iraq, with all the dithering Obama has done it will be hide and seek to find the syrian weapons of mass destruction.

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        • benzy says:

          The “Syrian” weapons of mass destruction.. which may well have originally been the Iraqi weapons of mass destruction, hidden in Syria, away from prying UN and military eyes while Saddam denied their existence

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  14. halfacarafe says:

    If we allow this behavior by our elected, we also share the chair.

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  15. whiteradish says:

    Send US warships in, point a few missiles towards Syria, act tuff…………yell FORE!

    Barry plays war like he plays golf. Zero strategy, zero skill. Even if he attacked Syria, Assad would militarily outsmart the Grifter-in-Chief, because let’s face it, ValJar the Chicago slum lord is no match in War unless she can throw Michelle out the castle walls like the French did to livestock in Monty Python’s Holy Grail.

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