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Frequent Flier Obama Not Accomplishing Much

Thursday, 16 Jul 2009 06:05 PM

By Andrea Tantaros

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Since taking office, President Obama has racked up more miles to his name than most astronauts. According to Fox News, "in his first six months in office, President Obama has traveled abroad the equivalent of twice around the world."

It's no surprise that the unseasoned and untested Frequent-Flier-In-Chief needs to get some ink in his passport, but the real question is, besides helping Obama brush up on his romance languages, what has he really accomplished overseas? The answer: not much.

At each summit, foreign leaders have been more interested in getting Obama's autograph than his thoughts on missile defense. When he's asked for cooperation from more troops in Afghanistan to help with Guantanamo detainees to climate change concessions, each time he's been rudely rebuffed. His speech in Cairo, intended to chart a new beginning, fell flat thanks to his amorphous, vague platitudes and pandering. The only thing that matters to Arab countries is how he handles the peace process between Israel and the Palestinians. Obama, unsurprisingly, said nothing new.

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