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Maybe Barack Obama’s attitude about 2012 is “Fine, you want this country? Please, help yourself,” because he is moving on – to the Middle East! Where he belongs, according to everybody’s handful of (crazy?) relatives who think Barack Obama is a no good Muslin terrorist. This is why he is totally taking the Palestinians’ side, according to some radio advertisement!

President Barack Obama is an unlikely participant in a Palestinian campaign to drum up support for a bid to win U.N. recognition of their statehood — a diplomatic move opposed by both his administration and Israel.

But as part of an official media campaign begun this week, Palestinians have pulled from the archive some words spoken by Obama during the 2010 U.N. General Assembly, in which he alluded to the prospect of a Palestinian state joining the world body.

“When we come back here next year, we can have an agreement that can lead to a new member of the United Nations, an independent, sovereign state of Palestine living in peace with Israel,” Obama says in his 2010 speech.

Although described by U.S. officials as no more than an expression of hope, the Obama remarks are one factor cited by Palestinians when explaining their push for U.N. membership at this year’s General Assembly, due to convene in a few weeks.

“If he said it, he must have meant it,” Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas says during a 36-second radio spot.

Oh, those naive Palestinians. America has known for some time that “saying words” and “intending to follow through” are two completely unrelated things. Lost in translation, probably. [Reuters]

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  • nounverb911

    Needs more truthiness.

  • TheGyrus

    Although described by U.S. officials as no more than an expression of hope

    Well, at least Americans aren't the only ones to have fallen for that old "hope" routine.

  • nounverb911

    “When we come back here next year, "
    I've been saying that every Passover, and I've still never been to Jerusalem.

    • LesBontemps

      Neither have most Palestinians.

  • V572 T-Blow

    “If he said it, he must have meant it,” Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas says during a 36-second radio spot.

    Ha ha, Abbas has never met John Kyl.

  • LibrulEleet

    I'm surprised the last five words of Obama's sentence weren't replaced with an elipsis.

  • flamingpdog

    The Palestinians feel Obama let them down …

    Today, we are ALL Palestinians!

    • arihaya

      need more falafels

      • flamingpdog

        or loofahs.

        • Dexter Linwood

          or spicy hummus. Mmmmm….hummus….

      • finallyhappy

        you know the falafel wars- Israeli are stuffed in pita and Lebanese are wrapped in pita- and Egyptian are made from Fava beans, not chickpeas

        • arihaya

          do Egyptians eat it with Chianti ?

  • Barb

    Sarah Palin is hoping her PAC is going to buy her a home in Israel, and today the PLO told Israel 'Okay, you can have the land back."

    • flamingpdog

      I know Sarah's all big on being on-site for the return of Jeebus, but has anyone ever bothered to tell her that brown people live in that neighborhood?

      • LetUsBray

        If she couldn't deal with Hawaii having a bunch of Asian people, seeing the people in that corner of the world would make her plotz, it would.

        • KenLayIsAlive

          She has chu-plotz, that woman.

      • PrimlyStable

        And Muslims, to boot.

      • Barb

        I want to know how tiny Palin's hands really are to be able to milk those lemming followers with such ease.

        • flamingpdog

          I dunno – is there a correlation between hand size and brain size?

          • Barb

            *perk* I just saw a tweet from Joe McGinniss. His book about Palin, "The Rogue" will be out on Sept 20th. I'm sure Palin won't be reading it, even if she could.

            He's the perv who Palin described as "Wonder what kind of material he’ll gather while overlooking Piper’s bedroom….?"

          • Guppy06

            The fact that Sarah and Todd like to do it on Piper's bed when she's away.

          • flamingpdog

            I dropped in at the local Borders two days earlier this week to check out the books at 60 to 80 percent off. There were a few Palin books left, but I decided I just couldn't walk out of the store with any of them until they were 100 percent off.

      • finallyhappy

        brown- hell, some of the Ethiopians are really black!

    • littlebigdaddy

      Blood libel!

  • flamingpdog

    "We are reminding (Obama) of what he said in the United Nations in 2010," said Ahmad Zaki ElAreedi, director of Voice of Palestine radio, one of the Palestinian Authority-run institutions broadcasting the campaign.

    Hope you guys have better luck than we do reminding Obama of what he said in 2008.

  • fuflans

    why is this night different than other nights?

  • AlterNewt

    Strategy paper for [Any policy]___________

    (For internal distribution only)

    1. Make concessions
    2. Give ground
    3. Capitulate
    4. Repeat

    • Crank_Tango

      "I have a cunning plan…"

      • arihaya

        as cunning as a fox who has been appointed Professor of Cunning in the Oxford University ?

        • GhostBuggy

          Upfists for you two. Now, let's get this liquor cabinet six inches closer to Berlin!

      • spinozasgod

        I am sure you do Baldrick……

  • Guppy06

    They think he backpedals now, they should have seen him in '08!

  • Dexter Linwood

    Obama has specifically warned the UN against recognizing Palestine, so this conspiracy theory is way out there.

  • Dexter Linwood

    BTW, they should be glad that Obama isn't their president. He'd have damn-near negotiated back the entire West Bank if he was running things over there. lol

  • arihaya

    oh great,,…

    now the Republicans candidates will be scheduled to reaffirm their unlimited support for Israel, and condemn Hummus as a terrorist organization.

  • MiniMencken

    Gosh, I think my pet unicorn just dropped dead. And I don't care how that affects my p-score.

    • AJWjr.

      Just like with all pets, they do require food and water after you buy vote for them, you can't just leave 'em tied up in the yard.

  • SudsMcKenzie

    Silly Abbas, we only mean it when we say we are "about to start bombing".

    • PubOption

      Except for Reagan

  • johnnyzhivago

    Since our policy is to keep the Palestinians in poverty, I'd like to know how they have money for a radio commercial?

    • KenLayIsAlive

      it's the Graft.

    • AJWjr.

      So we really are all Palestinians!

  • GhostBuggy

    "Maybe Barack Obama’s attitude about 2012 is 'Fine, you want this country? Please, help yourself…'”

    The other candidates don't want the country, Barry, they want TO DESTROY the country. Important difference.

    Also, wait til the Palestinians get a load of Newt "Asking me or any Republican questions about things we said will be punishable by torture" Gingrich.

  • ttommyunger

    It will take more than Barry to help those poor fuckers. God has been overseeing their destruction for over 5,000 years (they were called Philistines then) according to some written accounts. No apparent change in attitude appears to be forthcoming. They did something that just pissed him off. I'm guessing child sacrifice, but what do I know.

    • Lascauxcaveman

      Eh, both sides (who'm I kidding here? All the many multiple sides) gave as good as they got over the past 5,000 years in that region. The Jews have only been on top for, what, 60 years? (this time.) When it wasn't foreign invasions, it was internecine fighting all the way down.

      Must be something in the water.

      • ttommyunger

        And really, have you seen that property? Sand, rocks and more fucking sand.

        • flamingpdog

          Maybe it's the food – they must like the sand which is there.

          • ttommyunger

            Oh, you ARE a wordsmith! :)

    • HarryButtle

      Too much child sacrifice…or not enough?

      • ttommyunger

        Well, we don't do that here anymore, or any less.

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