Obama to UK: I was just lying when I said a Brexit would be a disaster

Barack Obama is being credited by Nigel Farage for giving them the boost to win the Brexit referendum:

UK Independence Party (UKIP) leader Nigel Farage told Breitbart that the visit by President Obama, where he threatened to send Britain to the “back of the queue” if the public voted to leave the European Union (EU), backfired and caused a “Brexit Bounce”, swaying Britons to vote for Brexit.

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Asked of any lessons drawn from his own experiences that could be applied during the American presidential elections, Mr. Farage advised:

“Threatening people insults their  intelligence.

“Don’t threaten people repeatedly because if you do in the end they think you’re crying wolf and they won’t believe you.  It’s Project Fear, or in the end when Obama came it was Project Threat.

Citing Mr. Obama’s visit to the UK at the request of Prime Minister David Cameron:

The lessons learnt from the Obama visit are fascinating.  Here is the most powerful man in the world coming from a country that we have always had huge regard for. And people in Britain listening to Obama said: ‘how dare the American president come here and tell us what to do’ and it backfired.

And I think we got an Obama Brexit Bounce, because people do not want to be told how to think and how to vote.

And Reuters report that Brexit has delivered a huge blow to the credibility of Obama:

The financial and political fallout from Britain’s vote to leave the European Union has added to a string of setbacks for President Barack Obama as he works to burnish his legacy before his presidency ends in January 2017.

The Brexit decision came after a deadlock in the U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday effectively ended Obama’s push to overhaul immigration rules, and the week after the worst mass shooting in modern U.S. history.

For Obama, the reversals heighten pressure on him and fellow Democrats to work harder for the Nov. 8 elections – particularly for the party’s presumptive presidential nominee, Hillary Clinton, who represents his best shot at making sure more of his policies are not rolled back.

Speaking at two fundraising events in Seattle on Friday night, at the end of an arduous day that saw global markets plunge after the Brexit vote, Obama acknowledged the shifting political winds four months from the vote.

Which is why Barack Obama is now walking back his intemperate comments about last cab off the rank:

US President Barack Obama says the United States’ relationship with both the United Kingdom and the European Union will endure in the wake of Britain’s decision to leave the bloc.

“The people of the United Kingdom have spoken, and we respect their decision,” Obama said in a statement on Friday (local time).

“The United Kingdom and the European Union will remain indispensable partners of the United States even as they begin negotiating their ongoing relationship,” Obama added.

Britain’s decision to leave the EU has forced the resignation of Prime Minister David Cameron and dealt the biggest blow since World War Two to the European project of greater unity.

The decision was met with watchful acceptance by US officials even as it rattled Wall Street and other markets around the world.

US Vice President Joe Biden, travelling in Ireland, said the United States would have preferred Britain to have voted to remain in the European Union, but respected the result.

“I must say we had looked for a different outcome. We would have preferred a different outcome… but the United States has a long-standing friendship with the United Kingdom and that very special bond will endure,” he said in a speech in Dublin.

Obama, during a visit to London in April, had argued passionately against Brexit.

He had travelled to London at the request of Cameron, whom he calls a friend, exhorting Britons to stay in the EU. The unusual intervention was denounced as meddling by those campaigning for the country to leave the EU.

Obama has said his involvement was justified because of the two countries’ longstanding special relationship.

He also had warned that leaving the EU would put Britain at the “back of the queue” for a trade deal with the United States.

A threat he now doesn’t have the will, the power or the inclination to deliver on. It was also a threat that delivered up the result he didn’t want.

Adolf Hitler found out that when you back Poms into a corner they fight, hard. Barack Obama has now learned that lesson.

 

– Breitbart, Reuters, Newshub


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As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story. When he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

They say that news is something that someone, somewhere, wants kept quiet. Cam Slater doesn’t do quiet and, as a result, he is a polarising, controversial but highly effective journalist who takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

Love him or loathe him, you can’t ignore him.

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