Obama To French Leaders: "We Have A Temporary Absence Of American Leadership"

Submitted by: fancylad 1 week ago in News & Politics


Obama stresses that the US lacking in leadership when it comes to tackling climate change.

An excerpt from the Washington Examiner: "While speaking to a group of business leaders in Paris, former President Barack Obama said there is a “temporary absence of American leadership” when it comes to tackling climate change.

“I grant you that at the moment we have a temporary absence of American leadership on the issue,” the former president noted, which was met with laughter from the room full of French former ministers and CEOs at the invite-only event, according to Reuters.

However, he noted, “you're seeing American companies and states and cities continuing to work" to meet targets and stay on track.

According to ABC News, the swipe at the current administration was part of a speech Obama delivered at the event, “Fear Less, Innovate More.”

In June, President Trump announced he was pulling the U.S. out of the Paris Agreement, a landmark achievement for the Obama administration, aimed at reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
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Male 1,544
conservatives foolishly respected the office of the president.  But with all the democrats have taught us in the last year about dishonorable behavior....boy the next democratic president will be immediately impeached and blocked from any successes.  

Obama deserved to be impeached for at least five things he did, and probably should be prosecuted now that he is out of office.  THAT is definitely on the table if he does not keep his yap shut
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Male 814
spanz They guy in office now and the birther movement?
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Male 5,427
spanz I'm curious. For what five things do you think Obama should have been impeached?
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Male 41,611
squrlz4ever Invaded Libya in complete violation of the US Constitution.
Oh at first it was OK. The President has powers to enact military actions for acertain period of time without approval of Congress.
But it went beyond that time... and Congressional approval was not sought, nor given. Thus it was then 100% in violation of the Constitution, and thus a violation of the Presidential Oath (and illegal too) and thus should have been immediately impeached and tossed out of office... but Democrats have no honour or shame... just ask Franken! Or ten dozen others...
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Male 5,427
5cats Good answer (at least the greater part of it without the partisan barbs). The invasion of Libya was, indeed, illegal and set a bad precedent that puts America still further down the path of being a nation in perpetual war, with no end in sight.

Spanz, 5Cats helped you out with #1. Do you have four more?
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Male 15,408
He has a point. GOPpers may not agree, but all the world leaders whose business it is to know all agree.
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Male 441
There is an error in post, here is the fix:

In June, President Trump announced he was pulling the U.S. out of the Paris Agreement, a landmark achievement for the Obama administration, aimed at reducing greenhouse gas emissions redistributing wealth from the US to the pockets of rich folks.
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Male 8,203
johncourage No it wasn't.  But whatever floats your boat.  Mind you I still don't think the Paris Agreement went far enough.
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Male 4,383
johncourage Hear, hear, and moving C02 emissions, along with jobs and vast sums of money from the US to other parts of the globe with much less-to-zero clean burning technologies.
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Male 1,543
Verses the 8 year lack we had before.
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Male 8,203
scheckydamon Oh for fuck sake, this fact defying bubble and reality you braindead conservatives live in is ridiculous.  Obama wasn't the greatest leader, definitely didn't LACK leadership.  
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Male 1,543
normalfreak2 Well for fucks sake, you have your opinions and I have mine. We disagree. Unlike your pedantic knee jerk reaction to everything conservative, I try to give more though out responses but sometimes my BS meter pegs and I respond like I did. So get with the show and make reasoned responses and not fuck sakes responses.
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Male 41,611
normalfreak2 Insults are all you have now?? How pathetic... Obama sucked shit and you know it. LOOK at his 2x Secretaries of State: what did they accomplish in 8 fucking years??? NAME THEM!
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Male 1,544
Gosh, there really is no end to Obamas destruction of the office of the presidency.  What ELSE can he do to demean the office further than he already has done?
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Male 3,830
spanz gosh get over it. you're the type so say get over trump hes the president but, shit. you got your own attacment issues brodeo. emails? bengahzi? pizza shops? -- pizza shops that arent papa johns.
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Male 6,637
rumham
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#NationInFreeFall
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Male 3,830
monkwarrior truely you follow christ
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Male 6,637
rumham just summing up your response.
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Male 3,830
monkwarrior ditto me too
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Male 6,637
rumham no one's perfect
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Male 3,830
monkwarrior you come super close bro
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Male 6,637
rumham no one is like Christ
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Male 40
datastrom you beat me to it!  5cats, have you heard the stats about america using some 25% of all the worlds energy? so how would america lead CO2 reduction when we havent officially done anything about the problem yet? 

trump rolling back pollution regs, trying to get coal going again, etc....

 I will never believe someone like scott pruitt, who will deny all the science, then later on try to use the very thing he denies as a way to prove himself correct! baffles the mind!
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Male 41,611
jarred Because they've lowered CO2 emissions by more tones than all the rest of the world combined? That's how.
By replacing some Coal with natural (fracking) gas power: that's mostly how. Something (fracking) Obama opposed as hard as he could btw.
It's called 'free enterprise' and that works better than government regulations every time. Just ask Stalin, Castro or Mao!

Meanwhile both India and China ADD hundreds of coal-power plants every year. Dirty ones, burning dirty coal FYI. Tell me again how the Paris Accord will save the world...
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Male 41,611
Except America is leading the world in reducing CO2... this year especially!
They've reduced CO2 more than all other nations on Earth combined!
And they are doing it using methods Obama fought against and tried hard to disrupt.

So if America isn't "leading the world" when they are, in fact, leading the world? What are the rest of the world doing? 

This stuttering clusterfuck couldn't tell the truth if his life depended on it...
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5cats Three Pinocchios  - "An EPA spokesperson said the administrator “was referencing the CO2 footprint from energy-related industries,” citing a report from the Association of Air Pollution Control Agencies, which states that “per capita energy-related carbon dioxide emissions were down 18.1 percent on average nationally.”

In other words, Pruitt is picking the data metric that puts his talking point in the best possible light, even if means he is not consistently using the same metric. But he obscures that fact by failing to clarify that he’s shifting metrics.

In other words, Pruitt is picking the data metric that puts his talking point in the best possible light, even if means he is not consistently using the same metric. But he obscures that fact by failing to clarify that he’s shifting metrics.

With respect to India and China, Pruitt’s claim uses total emissions reductions as a comparison point. And when it comes to the United States, Pruitt is using the per capita measure.

By this measure, the United States produced more than double the emissions of China and eight times more than India. The United States has a long way to go to bring per capita emissions in line with China and India, yet Pruitt twists this metric to make it seem as if the United States is not such a big emitter of CO2."

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/fact-checker/wp/2017/10/23/epa-administrator-scott-pruitts-claim-the-u-s-is-leading-the-world-in-c02-footprint-reductions/
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Male 41,611
datastrom Per capita is MEANINGLESS it isn't a relevant statistic. It is the gross megatons that matter.

So yes, the USA has reduced by far more than anyone else, and meanwhile China and India keep increasing and NO ONE SAYS ANYTHING. What does that tell us? (Hint: it's a sham).

Again: total emissions is all that matters. If the good people of Andorra reduced by 50%? It wouldn't mean a goddamn thing overall... it would change nothing, ever. But a 1% reduction by America would be massive. 

Again: Canada (8th in the world iirc) could drop it's CO2 to ZERO and in 100 years the benefits would barely be measurable, that's ZERO not some tiny fraction. No industry, no cars or trucks, trains or planes, no oil or gas, no farming = no measurable effect overall.
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Male 10
5cats You are a fucking moron. You see all the negative points most of your posts have? That is because people hate you. Also I have yet to see you post anything that proves your point. Post something from a scientific source for once, and can you do something for other people and leave this site, it would make a lot of people happy.
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Male 306
haytur A scientific source regarding politics? Are you retarded? Economics and political "science" are not science.
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Male 3,830
5cats hey 5cats showing what he did for thanksgiving! looks like fun
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Male 6,637
... which began LONG before he was in the position.  And the kicker is he didn't do anything about it, and now speaks like a hypocrite.

You want leadership, then you have to do the duty your forefathers entrusted into you:
Take back your government and instill new governance.

It only takes 4 simple words:

  1. DEATH
  2. TO
  3. THE
  4. PRESIDENCY

Chant them over and over, gather at your government houses, grow in numbers, persist, and you'll succeed.

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Male 5,427
monkwarrior So as anyone who's been on IAB for a while knows, this is advice you give Americans often. I've probably seen you make this statement about "four simple words" at least a hundred times, possibly more.

But I can't remember anyone asking you to elaborate. The advice is, to say the least, peculiar. To what "government houses" are you referring? The U.S. Capitol Building? The White House? The headquarters of the FBI? What do you envision happening, specifically? Do you believe that some divine intercession will occur due to the chanting? If so, what do you think it is that God will do?

Your chant suggests you want to see the office of the American presidency eradicated. Have I got that right? If so, with what do you see it being replaced? A theocracy, perhaps?

Honest, forthright answers would be appreciated. Thanks.
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Male 6,637
squrlz4ever go read your declaration of independence.
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Male 5,427
monkwarrior I have; thanks. Your response has nothing to do with what I asked you.

I didn't ask you why you're giving this advice. I asked you what you think will happen, and what you want to see happen, if the advice were followed.
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Male 6,637
squrlz4ever Think:
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House = singular.  Houses = plural.  Dictionary link for plural

2)
We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. — That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, — That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government

Think.

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Male 5,427
monkwarrior I specifically requested that you respond honestly and forthrightly. Instead, you're dancing around doing the usual MonkWarrior routine.

Again: I'm very familiar with the Declaration of Independence, thank you. Also again: I didn't ask you why you're giving this advice. I asked you what you think will happen, and what you want to see happen, if the advice were followed.

I asked specific questions, none of which you have answered. One gets the sense that your thinking on these matters lacks depth, and you simply don't have the answers.

I could well be wrong; perhaps you do.

Regardless, I have enough experience interacting with you to know that once you start dodging questions with your slippery eel act--for whatever reason--it's a waste of time proceeding further. So, thanks for playing, as you often like to say. I'm out. I just don't have the time to waste here going in circles.
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Male 3,830
squrlz4ever dude yeah im guilty of it too, addressing the derp in the room. but there is not reason with this one. he a one note boring symphony
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Male 6,637
squrlz4ever I'm trying to get you to think.  You ask many pointless questions where the answers are right in front of you.  Think.
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Male 3,830
monkwarrior says the guy who never answers a question. like i get it you're so much better than us. good job. 
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Male 6,637
rumham i don't think im better than anyone.  But trolls?  almost anyone and everyone is better than trolls.
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Male 3,830
monkwarrior you are wayyy too into chanting shit.  and why havent you met with likeminded people and gathered in union and love to overcome to evil of this world?
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Male 6,637
rumham  Love works, but hard love works better.
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Male 3,830
monkwarrior hard love.
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Male 6,637
rumham The things that people, nations, or other institutions don't want to hear, all because they are deep in their sins, or committed to them.
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Male 3,830
monkwarrior you said deep
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Male 6,637
rumham i also said "The" "Things" "That" "People" "Nations" "Or" "other" "institutions" "don't" "want" "to" "hear" "all" "because" "they" "are" "in" "their" "sins" "committed" , and "them"
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Male 3,830
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Male 6,637
rumham there there, o flotyham
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Male 3,830
monkwarrior yeah thought you might say that
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Male 4,383
rumham heh heh, heh, heh, you said hard.
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Male 40
obama shows alot of class. even when the people who oppose his views do not. 

when growing up, if my parents ever got word of me acting uncouth, or being a claseless jerk, i could be sure there was going to be hell to pay. even if i was in the right. 

thing is, most of the people i have known in my life were raised the same way i was, to show respect and class even if it isn't deserved. 


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Male 716
jarred i acrually think Bush and Clinton have more class in this then Obama. A POTUS shouldnt be demeaning the office of its successor. Theyve had their term dont snipe from the sidelines.
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Male 4,392
the Paris Agreement is pointless
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Male 41,611
dm2754 It is designed to fail. Even they admit it will never be achieved.

But it will still siphon billions, if not trillions of dollars from the poor into the hands of the rich! With themselves taking a healthy cut along the way...

Tax the poor and give to the rich = Paris Accord!
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Male 357
We have a complete lack of leadership in the White House. Our president changes his position when the wind blows. That isn't leadership.
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