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  • In Over His Head: Devoid of Ideas, Obama Finally Agrees to Talk to Foreign Policy Experts

    Pretty unusual” is how Associated Press reporter Julie Pace described Obama’s “dinner with the experts” last night at the White House. She was referring to an event in which the president and Joe Biden mingled with foreign policy specialists from the past and present. The guest list included Richard Haas, Zbigniew Brzezinski, Steven Hadley, Jane Harman, Tom Donilon, Sandy “Docs in his Socks” Berger, and many others.

    Not only does he not typically reach out to folks like this — he actually has criticized what he calls the ‘Washington chattering class’,” said Pace.

    She’s absolutely right. Whenever he has chatted with so-called experts(*)  in the past, it has tended to be for symbolic purposes only. By multiple accounts, President Obama has been known to ignore even his own generals on the ground when their advice hasn’t lined up with his preconceived political calculations.

    (*) Most of the “experts” Obama spoke with last night were in fact left-leaning, which MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell actually admitted resembled one of her own show’s guest lists. But hey, it’s better than talking to a wall like Obama normally does.

    So what’s to be made of this? Is Barry conceding that he’s finally out of ideas? Has he gone for broke in a desperate attempt to locate a Hail Mary that will rescue him from his self-created foreign policy mess?

    You bet.

    But will their words of advice have any bearing on what ends up in his primetime address on Wednesday?

    Well…don’t count on it.


    Matt Fox

    Senior Editor

    Fox has history in broadcasting that spans two decades. From his early days as an FM host and club DJ in the mid-90′s to his later experiences in political talk radio, he has always had a knack for combining topical news with his love for popular culture. Those experiences culminated in his position as executive producer for several radio shows featured in the TALKERS Heavy 100. Originally from New York, Fox has made the great pilgrimage down to sunny south Florida.

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