Can you imagine this failed US president coming to you with a partnership suggestion? Say you are the head of the government of Britain or Germany or France, maybe Turkey – heck, most likely even Russia.
It would go something like this ---
Phone operator (PO): ‘er, Madame prime minister (MPM), I have a Barack Obama (BO) on the phone for you.
MPM: what does he want now?
PO: don’t know – he sounds like he’s not sure. I think he wants to chat.
MPM: find out what he wants but don’t let him blather on – ask for specifics.
PO: okay, but he’s not the easiest guy to pin down, you know. I’ve tried this before.
MPM: no sh**
PO: BO, MPM asked me to find out what you want.
BO: I want to chat.
PO: about what?
BO: things, things that are going on – here and there, everywhere.
PO: specifics please, she asked me to pin you down about specifics.
BO: well lets chat about the situation in Iraq and, you know, over there.
PO: specifics, Barack; you gotta give me specifics.
BO: will she bomb some of the bad guys for us?
PO: which ones?
BO: don’t know – we’re not sure – maybe she has an idea.
PO: Barry, we’ve been down this road before; it’s not gonna work; not this time.
BO: c’mon I got problems here at home. Everyone’s on my case – they're saying I don’t know what to do, give me a break (aside, in the background - in a whisper – different voice – “you’re late for your tee time”)
PO: call back when you know what you want - even better send it to us in writing – I don’t think MPM is going to do anything based on a phone call with you (sounds like a giggle)
BO: shucks, I’m the president, I head up the most powerful military in history and I’m late for my game.
PO: remember Barry what Bush said – fool me once, shame on you; fool me twice shame on me. You should have listened to George – call him, he may have some ideas.
BO: okay tell her we’ll stop listening to all her calls and we’ll give her Poland and Hungary if she will bomb the bad guys in Iraq.
PO: oh, Barack, you silly, silly boy.
BO: she can have California too – no make that Texas – he**, she can have both.
PO: bye – bye!