El Supremo in the (White) House

I’m telling you, Obama seems more like El Supremo as each day passes. I refer to the character in the C.S. Forester novel “Beat to Quarters’ – the first of the Horatio Hornblower trilogy. These are outstanding novels – don’t be confused by the unusual name of the hero. Hot Air reports:

For a head of state to visit the White House and not pose for photographers is rare. For a key ally to be left to his own devices while the President withdraws to have dinner in private was, until this week, unheard of…

After failing to extract a written promise of concessions on Jewish settlements, Mr Obama walked out of his meeting with Mr Netanyahu but invited him to stay at the White House, consult with advisors and “let me know if there is anything new”, a US congressman who spoke to the Prime Minister said today.

“It was awful,” the congressman said. One Israeli newspaper called the meeting “a hazing in stages”, poisoned by such mistrust that the Israeli delegation eventually left rather than risk being eavesdropped on a White House phone line. Another said that the Prime Minister had received “the treatment reserved for the President of Equatorial Guinea”…

Newspaper reports recounted how Mr Netanyahu looked “excessively concerned and upset” as he pulled out a flow chart to show Mr Obama how Jerusalem planning permission worked and how he could not have known of the announcement that hundreds more homes were to be built just as Mr Biden arrived in Jerusalem.

Mr Obama then suggested that Mr Netanyahu and his staff stay on at the White House to consider his proposals, so that if he changed his mind he could inform the President right away. “I’m still around,” the Yediot Ahronot daily quoted Mr Obama saying. “Let me know if there is anything new.”

Can you imagine? Obama could not have shown more disdain for Netanyahu. Now, the Israelis are no angels, either – they could have attempted to shame Biden during his visit, if they felt that was the advantageous thing to do. So I am not so sure their explanation holds water.

But for the President to act so dismissively – in a childish attempt to “get back” at Netanyahu is just nuts.


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