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Live-Blogging the AIPAC Speech Today at 10:30a.m.

May 22, 2011

Time for some shameful self-promotion. I will be live-blogging President Obama’s speech at AIPAC today at 10:30a.m. over at because what better way to spend a Sunday than listening to the POTUS discuss my favorite topic with my favorite lobby, the American Israel Public Affairs Committee! 😉

It’s also a great test of my typing skills. So please come over and visit me.

Against my better judgment I’ll be posting his speech here later so those that are interested can discuss it. I don’t believe Secretary Clinton will be at the conference. Good for her- she deserves a day off.

10 Comments leave one →
  1. Thain permalink
    May 22, 2011 9:09 am

    Cool, I’ll head over there because I really don’t want to watch the video or watch it on cspan on TV because my head will explode.

  2. Carolyn-Rodham permalink
    May 22, 2011 9:54 am

    Great! I’ll be reading along.

  3. Carolyn-Rodham permalink
    May 22, 2011 11:32 am

    At least he mentioned the 1967 lines and called Netayahu out on the distortion of what he was trying to say, but other than that, this was a pandering election speech. I am so disappointed in Obama.

    • Carolyn-Rodham permalink
      May 22, 2011 11:40 am

      “And the United States will stand up against efforts to single Israel out at the UN or in any international forum. Because Israel’s legitimacy is not a matter for debate.”

      It’s not ISRAEL”S legitimacy, it’s the legitimacy of Israel’s ever-expanding settlements. Sheesh. Talk about distortions.

  4. Carolyn-Rodham permalink
    May 22, 2011 11:47 am

    Wow, I just read your comment over at Taylor Marsh:

    “Strong speech. Hit all the right notes. Bibi opened the door by misrepresenting Obama’s 1967 statements and Obama did a good job respectfully rebutting it. And he did so in a way that will make it difficult for Bibi and the media to slam him for. If anyone looks bad right now it’s bibi.”

    Funny, I felt he totally wussed out! But then again, I haven’t mastered double-speak. It sounded like a re-election speech to my ears.

    • May 22, 2011 11:50 am

      It goes without saying that i disagree with about 90% of what was said but honestly, my expectations are so low that merely by defending his line about 1967 made me happy.

      I think his comments about the Palestinians were inexcusable- he continues to misrepresent them and lump them all together and not give them any credit for what they’ve done- it’s the Palestinians who have stood by previous agreements, not the Israelis.

      Was this a re-election speech? Of course it was. And that’s why I constantly bang on about how damaging it is to have such a limited debate on Israel and Palestine. So long as AIPAC and the media refuse to allow differing views from being heard in the mainstream press, nothing will change. It’s a sad statement on things that Obama or any politician has to go before this group and pander. But the question is, what are we doing to change that?

      BTW, I put a new post up with the transcript of the speech

  5. May 22, 2011 11:52 am

    What is so infuriating is how after years of demanding the palestinians use peaceful resistance, we now call their nonviolent efforts “delegitimization.” It’s inexcusable.

    • Carolyn-Rodham permalink
      May 22, 2011 12:02 pm

      Absolutely – you hit on one of the more infuriating parts of O’s speech. He’s too smart not to realize three realities:

      1) Hamas and Fatah have joined forces because the Palestinian PEOPLE want them to work together for PEACE. To endorse in any way Israeli’s self-serving distortion that Fatah has thrown in their lot with the “terrorists-hell-bent-on-Israeli’s-destruction” was unconscionable. He might have given more of a shout out to the Palestinian PEOPLE rather than demonizing their leaders.

      2) There will be no peace negotiations without Hamas seated at the table.

      3) Hamas will never acknowledge Israel’s right to exist as a pre-condition for negotiations. That doesn’t mean that by their actions (negotiating for peace), they won’t be implicitly acknowledging just that, but to ask them to make some sort of public declaration now would be profoundly humiliating and politically suicidal.

      4) For Bibi to keep harping on #1-3 is a transparent means of endlessly stalling the peace process. And stalling is putting it generously.

      • Carolyn-Rodham permalink
        May 22, 2011 12:03 pm

        I guess that’s 4 realities!

  6. January 24, 2013 7:36 pm

    I always love his speeches. He has a great voice. He’s not to loud but not too soft.

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