Russia invades sovereign Georgia in early August 2008. Then candidate Obama says this:
Chicago, IL -- "I strongly condemn the outbreak of violence in Georgia, and urge an immediate end to armed conflict. Now is the time for Georgia and Russia to show restraint, and to avoid an escalation to full scale war. Georgia's territorial integrity must be respected. All sides should enter into direct talks on behalf of stability in Georgia, and the United States, the United Nations SecurityHe made no mention of the sovereignty Georgia (our ally), and made no call for Russia to get it's ass back over the border. McCain stated unequivocally, that Russia was in the wrong, and needed to get out of Georgia immediately.
Candidate Obama then took a look at the polls, raised his finger in the air to confirm that his initial statement was wishy-washy tripe that showed a complete lack of understanding of reality. So, three days later, he popped up with another statement. The new statement reflected Candidate John McCain's almost word for word.
The other day, the US Embassy released the following statement after a bunch of local yahoos attacked the Cairo location.
We condemn the continuing efforts by misguided individuals to hurt the religious feelings of Muslims—
US Embassy Cairo (@USEmbassyCairo) September 11, 2012The US Embassy in Cairo is a Plenipotentiary Office, which means it has full powers to speak on behalf of the State Department. The above statement was, indeed, an official statment of the State Department. The State Department is officially a subsidiary office of the White House. The statement, therefore, was a statement of the White House, and our president.
As the White House did not address this statement for 16 hours, it is reasonable to believe that they agreed with it. One only need look at how Obama handled to the Georgia crisis to see that this is how he operates. The event occurs, and his handlers and he determine the political consequences of various response types. The response must show the President in the most positive light regardless of the substance of that stance.
The man never played poker in his life.