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    Have the administrations recent gaffes embarrassed the US?

    Have the administrations recent gaffes embarrassed the US? I mean we gave out 25 DVD's to a foreign head of state and a reset button that didn't quite translate as intended to the Russians. It looks like amateur hour to me, but I thought I'd start a poll to get the views of the forum.

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    Re: Have the administrations recent gaffes embarrassed the US?

    Quote Originally Posted by P/N View Post
    Have the administrations recent gaffes embarrassed the US? I mean we gave out 25 DVD's to a foreign head of state and a reset button that didn't quite translate as intended to the Russians. It looks like amateur hour to me, but I thought I'd start a poll to get the views of the forum.

    There is no "other" choice because in your opinion they either have or haven't.
    I think Clinton needs to learn something about other countries' "cultures".

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    Re: Have the administrations recent gaffes embarrassed the US?

    I doubt if any administration in the world is as "under the microscope" as ours..So a "sneeze" becomes a gaffe..
    We have far too many newsmen with too little to do.
    Why aren't they trying to find out the reasons for the financial crisis - or is this too much work ??

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    Re: Have the administrations recent gaffes embarrassed the US?

    Yes, it's embarrassing.

    It will be forgotten in time though. It's minor in the scope of the bigger picture.
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    Re: Have the administrations recent gaffes embarrassed the US?

    Do we mean embarrassed in a way that changes anything and has long term effects or embarrassed in the way that we forget it happened next week?
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    Re: Have the administrations recent gaffes embarrassed the US?

    Quote Originally Posted by earthworm View Post
    I doubt if any administration in the world is as "under the microscope" as ours..So a "sneeze" becomes a gaffe..
    We have far too many newsmen with too little to do.
    Why aren't they trying to find out the reasons for the financial crisis - or is this too much work ??
    We know the reasons behind the financial crisis. The MSM doesn't want to report on it though because it paints Clinton and other dems in a bad light.
    Welfare (Food Stamps, WIC, etc...) are not entitlements. They are taxpayer funded handouts and shouldn't be called entitlements at all. Social Security and Veteran's benefits are 'Entitlements' because the people receiving them are entitled to them. They were earned and paid for by the recipients.

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    Re: Have the administrations recent gaffes embarrassed the US?

    I think, for the most part, it will be forgotten in a month, if not a year. It's a 15 minute of fame kind of thing to me.

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    Re: Have the administrations recent gaffes embarrassed the US?

    If these idiotic gestures become a theme it will definitely color the administration. Alone the most that will come of two awkward incidents are a couple of minutes of Daily Show coverage.

    BTW - for a few laughs check out wiki's List of U.S. presidential faux-pas, gaffes, and unfortunate incidents
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    Re: Have the administrations recent gaffes embarrassed the US?

    I think it would be hard to argue that they haven't caused some level of embarrassment for America. As to how much? Who knows...there is no way to measure it. There are die hard Obama haters who are blowing this up way beyond what it is, and there are die hard Obama supporters who are dismissing it as nothing. I think it's slightly embarrassing, but I'm not losing sleep over it. It will be forgotten soon enough by the vast majority of people.

    But you know, we're used to this kind of thing. We had eight years of GWB, eight years of Clinton. That's sixteen years of similar incidents. Bush's shiny bomber jacket comes to mind, "Bring "em on!" comes to mind. Not to mention Bush Sr, Reagan, Ford...it's nothing new.

    Obama is one the most internationally well received American Presidents in recent U.S. history. I believe they will learn some embarrassing lessons from this and hopefully not repeat them.

    Too many times.
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    Re: Have the administrations recent gaffes embarrassed the US?

    Quote Originally Posted by P/N View Post
    We know the reasons behind the financial crisis. The MSM doesn't want to report on it though because it paints Clinton and other dems in a bad light.
    I wasn't aware that the Democrats created the bill to gut the GSA even though Clinton signed it. I wasn't aware that anyone was suppose to regulate AIG's London department that sold billions in credit default swaps. I wasn't aware that the Democrats enacted Bush's ownership society laws that help annihilate the down payment. I wasn't aware that the minority Democrats were suppose to regulate Wall Street and prevent them from over utilizing leverage.

    While it is clear that both parties played in role in setting the stage, much of the fall out isn't neither party's fault. It was Wall Street's failure to do due diligence. Take out leveraged purchases of mortgage backed securities and we'd be in a mild recession if any. Investment banks would simply take large charge offs, write down those assets to zero and be done. Instead they have to make payments on the borrowing they did to purchase such securities. People really underestimate the damage that having negative cash flow did and over emphasize the legislative bits that for years really didn't do all that much. Even the often claimed CRA arguments ignore how CRA loans were a paltry $20 billion in total. And if it wasn't for Mark to Market, we could fool a lot of people into thinking that the banks were worth more then they were.

    Like all bubbles, the fundamental problem is greed.
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