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The Politics Thread 2009

Post by Crusher » January 9, 2009, 2:35 pm

Howard's ousting of Obama ignites firestorm

John Howard's decision to stay at the luxurious Blair House mansion in Washington DC has sparked a firestorm of protest in the US, with outraged Americans demanding the former prime minister book a hotel or stay at the Australian embassy.

The story was also a hot topic on US radio and television talkshows.

President-elect Barack Obama asked to stay at Blair House before taking the keys to the White House but was told it was booked. It forced Mr Obama, his wife, Michelle, and young daughters, Malia and Sasha, to stay at a DC hotel, the Hay-Adams.

The name of the occupant booked at Blair House on January 12 was a mystery for weeks. The Washington Post broke the news on Wednesday that Mr Howard and his wife, Janette, were the mystery boarders. News network CNN's senior political analyst, Jeffrey Toobin, said yesterday, ''Let the former prime minister John Howard stay at the Hay-Adams.''

US President George W.Bush offered Mr Howard Blair House weeks ago when he invited him to Washington to receive the Medal of Freedom for his support of the US in the war on terror. It is one of Washington's most luxurious residences, a 6500sqm mansion with 119 rooms, conveniently across the street from the White House. Mr Bush's two other key allies, former British prime minister Tony Blair and Colombian President Alvaro Uribe, will also receive the medal, but both declined offers to stay at Blair House.

Mr Blair will stay at the British embassy while Mr Uribe has found his own digs.

''This irritates me to NO end!,'' a Boston Globe reader wrote on the newspaper's website. ''The Blair House is owned by the American People! We have elected Mr Obama as our next president, yet this administration lets Mr Howard stay at Blair House! Move his backside to a hotel. Let the little girls and their family the Obamas have Blair House.''

A Washington Post reader wrote, ''WOW, Australia doesn't have an Embassy in Washington? Or is John Howard just so reviled by his own countrymen that they won't let him stay there''.

Some Americans supported Mr Howard. ''John Howard is a great friend of America and deserves to stay at Blair House,'' another Washington Post reader wrote.

Mr Howard and Mr Obama have some history. In February 2007, when Mr Howard was still in power, he took issue with the then Illinois senator's plan to set a timetable to withdraw United States troops from Iraq. ''I hope Mr Obama does not become president of the US,'' Mr Howard said at the time. Mr Obama retorted, ''We have close to 140,000 troops on the ground now and my understanding is that Mr Howard has deployed 1400. So if he's ... to fight the good fight in Iraq, I would suggest he calls up another 20,000 Australians and sends them up to Iraq.''

A Washington Post reader pondered whether the exchange almost two years ago was behind Mr Howard's decision to stay at Blair House. ''Perhaps this is payback.''

Mr Howard stressed he was staying just one night in Blair House.

http://www.canberratimes.com.au/news/lo ... torypage=2

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God this waste of space is an embarrassment to our country, even after we voted him out. He should of stayed in the White House, with George W... it's about time those two got a room!

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Re: The Politics Thread

Post by Mick » January 9, 2009, 5:14 pm

I wouldn't piss on Howard if he was on fire, but **** it he got there first why not stick around.

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Re: The Politics Thread

Post by thickos » January 9, 2009, 9:45 pm

God bless you Johnny :D

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Re: The Politics Thread

Post by Nick » January 10, 2009, 3:00 pm

thickos wrote:God bless you Johnny :D
John Howard, still pissing on the bleating left
he booked it first, Obama can deal with it

Atta boy Johnny :thumbsup
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Re: The Politics Thread

Post by Manbush » January 10, 2009, 5:29 pm

The president elect is not meant to move in till the 15th, Howard will be out by then so technically he has done nothing wrong
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Re: The Politics Thread

Post by Rick James » January 12, 2009, 11:12 am

Continues to embarrass us long after his term.
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Re: The Politics Thread

Post by Manbush » January 12, 2009, 6:06 pm

Rick James wrote:Continues to embarrass us long after his term.

How is he embarrassing us? He was invited to stay by the President, and was going to be out long before Obama was meant to move in. Obama wasnt upset, why should anyone else be?
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Re: The Politics Thread

Post by Michael » January 12, 2009, 6:44 pm

manbush wrote:
Rick James wrote:Continues to embarrass us long after his term.

How is he embarrassing us? He was invited to stay by the President, and was going to be out long before Obama was meant to move in. Obama wasnt upset, why should anyone else be?
He's a soul-mate of one of the most incompetent and disastrous political leaders of modern times...
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Re: The Politics Thread

Post by Question » January 12, 2009, 6:50 pm

slow news week..imo.

wake me whence something of importance has transpired.

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Re: The Politics Thread

Post by Manbush » January 12, 2009, 6:50 pm

Michael wrote:
manbush wrote:
Rick James wrote:Continues to embarrass us long after his term.

How is he embarrassing us? He was invited to stay by the President, and was going to be out long before Obama was meant to move in. Obama wasnt upset, why should anyone else be?
He's a soul-mate of one of the most incompetent and disastrous political leaders of modern times...

Lol cant disagree you with you on that
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Post by Sasha » January 12, 2009, 9:13 pm

Michael wrote:
manbush wrote:
Rick James wrote:Continues to embarrass us long after his term.

How is he embarrassing us? He was invited to stay by the President, and was going to be out long before Obama was meant to move in. Obama wasnt upset, why should anyone else be?
He's a soul-mate of one of the most incompetent and disastrous political leaders in the history of mankind ...
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Re: The Politics Thread

Post by Nick » January 13, 2009, 3:08 pm

Heres one for ya team, its a quick little quiz that is suppose to show where you lie on the political compass
http://www.politicalcompass.org/test

my results were surprising:

Economic Left/Right: -1.75
Social Libertarian/Authoritarian: -1.79
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Re: The Politics Thread

Post by Manbush » January 13, 2009, 3:21 pm

Lol mine were

Economic Left/Right: -5.62
Social Libertarian/Authoritarian: -3.13
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Post by Sasha » January 13, 2009, 3:25 pm

Mine were

Economic Left/Right: -5.25
Social Libertarian/Authoritarian: -3.69
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Re: The Politics Thread

Post by Michael » January 13, 2009, 3:55 pm

Economic Left/Right: -7.75
Social Libertarian/Authoritarian: -5.54
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Re: The Politics Thread

Post by Nick » January 13, 2009, 5:17 pm

Michael wrote:Economic Left/Right: -7.75
Social Libertarian/Authoritarian: -5.54
extremest **** :lol:
not surprisingly im the closest to centre, which clearly means im the least biased :cool: :lol:
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Re: The Politics Thread

Post by Question » January 13, 2009, 5:22 pm

*clears throat*

Economic Left/Right: -0.38
Social Libertarian/Authoritarian: -1.13


Too many Question's imo and trick one as well..
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Post by Michael » January 13, 2009, 5:23 pm

Matt is a f**king facist...
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Post by Question » January 13, 2009, 5:24 pm

Michael wrote:Matt is a f**king facist...
you Anarchist you.

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Post by Manbush » January 13, 2009, 5:38 pm

Lol just waiting to see if anyone gets a + score
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Re: The Politics Thread

Post by greeneyed » January 13, 2009, 5:53 pm

Economic Left/Right: 1.50
Social Libertarian/Authoritarian: -4.26
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Re: The Politics Thread

Post by 1-eyedgreen » January 13, 2009, 8:54 pm

Economic Left/Right: -0.62
Social Libertarian/Authoritarian: 0.92
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Re: The Politics Thread

Post by thickos » January 13, 2009, 9:51 pm

Economic Left/Right: -2.38
Social Libertarian/Authoritarian: -3.90

And I vote Liberal too! :D

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Post by Michael » January 13, 2009, 10:01 pm

1-eyedgreen wrote:Economic Left/Right: -0.62
Social Libertarian/Authoritarian: 0.92
Sieg heil Mein Fuhrer.
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Post by Sasha » January 13, 2009, 10:21 pm

Anyone who scores over +3.5 on the Social Side will be banned immediately.
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Re: The Politics Thread

Post by Dr. Alex » January 13, 2009, 10:29 pm

Economic Left/Right: -5.12
Social Libertarian/Authoritarian: -5.38

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Re: The Politics Thread

Post by 1-eyedgreen » January 13, 2009, 10:33 pm

Michael wrote:
1-eyedgreen wrote:Economic Left/Right: -0.62
Social Libertarian/Authoritarian: 0.92
Sieg heil Mein Fuhrer.
:lol:
The more time I spend in this thread the worse I get.
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Re: The Politics Thread

Post by Stringer » January 14, 2009, 7:11 am

Economic left/right -1.00
Social libertarian/Authoritarian -0.72
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Post by T_R » January 14, 2009, 7:43 am

Economic Left/Right: -1.50
Social Libertarian/Authoritarian: -5.33

Apparently.
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Re: The Politics Thread

Post by Rick James » January 14, 2009, 8:07 am

Economic Left/Right: -5.12
Social Libertarian/Authoritarian: -7.08 :D
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Post by Nick » January 14, 2009, 8:20 am

Rick James wrote:Economic Left/Right: -5.12
Social Libertarian/Authoritarian: -7.08 :D
It's been a treat mate. Banned!
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Re: The Politics Thread

Post by Crusher » January 14, 2009, 10:03 am

Economic Left/Right: -2.62
Social Libertarian/Authoritarian: -5.13

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Post by Rick James » January 14, 2009, 3:33 pm

Raider_69 wrote:
Rick James wrote:Economic Left/Right: -5.12
Social Libertarian/Authoritarian: -7.08 :D
It's been a treat mate. Banned!
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I'm starting the Raiders Communism Army in Melbs... prepare to be invaded from the South :lol:
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Re: The Politics Thread

Post by Sterlk » January 16, 2009, 6:51 pm

Economic Left/Right: -3.38
Social Libertarian/Authoritarian: -2.21
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Re: The Politics Thread

Post by Stringer » January 17, 2009, 5:40 am

Sterlk wrote:Economic Left/Right: -3.38
Social Libertarian/Authoritarian: -2.21
:o Thought you would of been one of the ones banned Sterlk :lol:
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