One of Obama’s favorite rhetorical crutches made an appearance, today, in his bold Copenhagen speech, designed to throw a lifeline to the stalled climate talks.
Obama, Dec. 18, 2009:
“I have to be honest, as the world watches us … I think our ability to take collective action is in doubt and it hangs in the balance,” Obama told the COP-15 plenary session as hope faded for anything more than a vague political agreement.
When Obama stews about “the world” watching…are Americans included in that equation? Because I can assure him, that most Americans watching this farce are rooting for it to fall apart completely. But I don’t think he really cares what Americans think.
“The time for talk is over, this is the bottom line: We can embrace this accord, take a substantial step forward. We can do that, and everyone who is in this room will be part of an historic endeavor, or we can choose delay,” he said.
Here are some more times when talk was allegedly “over”:
Obama on the (now failed) Stimulus package Feb 5, 2009:
“The time for talk is over,” he added. “The time for action is now, because we know that if we do not act, a bad situation will become dramatically worse. Crisis could turn into catastrophe for families and businesses across the country.”
Obama on health care legislation, July 21, 2009:
“The time for talk is through.” — President Obama, talking to liberal bloggers on a conference call Monday night.
Obama on health care legislation, September 9, 2009:
“The time for bickering” over health care is over.
Obama to Israel:
“It is past time to stop talking about starting negotiations,” Obama said before talks that included the two leaders as well as senior officials from the U.S., Israel and the Palestinian Authority. Talks “must begin and begin soon.”
Obama campaigning For Creigh Deeds, August 7, 2009:
“I don’t want the folks who created the mess to do a lot of talking. I want them to get out of the way so we can clean up the mess.”
Let me be clear…it’s time to retire “the time for talk is over” cliche.
As for the Copenhagan farce? It looks like Obama’s stern words were not enough to heal the divisions and stop the rising of the oceans. Hot Air reports:
Breaking: India, China walk out of Copenhagen
Barack Obama came, he spoke, and no one concurred:
India and China have taken a united stand and walked out of the climate summit as Copenhagen talks fail.
Tensions prevailed at the climate talks at Copenhagen today, as Indian prime minister Manmohan Singh and China premier Wen Jiabao walked out of the summit along with their respective delegations, as talks failed.
Obama feted Singh just this month, saying that they should be impressed that India got first crack at Obama’s state dinner agenda. Apparently, Singh was less impressed than Obama presumed.