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Published on: March 1, 2012 10:19 PM
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New York, NY - Raking in campaign cash, President Barack Obama blitzed through Manhattan Thursday night, offering donors at ritzy fundraisers a vigorous defense of his foreign policy record, saying his administration’s successes abroad would weaken one line of Republican attack in the presidential election.

“The other side traditionally seems to feel that the Democrats are somehow weak on defense. They’re having a little trouble making that argument this year,” Obama told supporters at a $35,800-a-person dinner.

From ending the war in Iraq to ordering the raid that killed al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden, the president said his approach to foreign policy was based on the belief that “there’s no contradiction between being tough and strong and protecting the American people, but also abiding by those values that make America great.”

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Despite Obama’s assertions, Republican presidential candidates have hardly backed away from criticizing his foreign policy record. GOP front-runner Mitt Romney has said Obama’s foreign policy is based on saying “pretty please” to overseas foes. And former House Speaker Newt Gingrich recently criticized Obama for apologizing to Afghan authorities for burned Qurans on a military base, saying the apology was “astonishing” and undeserved.

At a separate fundraiser earlier Thursday - a $5,000-a-person reception - Obama defended his commitment to Israel’s security, particularly amid the turbulence in the Middle East and North Africa, where some long-time leaders having been pushed from power over the past year.

The sweeping changes, he said, make foreign policy in the region more complex. “It used to be easier to deal with one person who was an autocrat when it came to knowing who you could strike a deal with,” Obama said.

With the region’s leadership structure changing, Obama said the U.S. would have to take into account the “politics and the attitudes of people in the region,” some of which he acknowledged were anti-Israel.

Further underscoring tensions in the Middle East, a supporter at yet another fundraiser urged the president to avoid a war with Iran over its disputed nuclear program.

“Nobody has announced a war,” Obama cautioned. “You’re jumping the gun a little bit.”

Before raising money in New York, Obama focused his political sights on snowy New Hampshire, where he demanded that Congress eliminate oil and gas company subsidies that he called an outrageous government giveaway. Though politically a long shot, the White House believes the idea resonates at a time of high gasoline prices.

“Let’s put every single member of Congress on record: You can stand with oil companies or you can stand up for the American people,” Obama said, reiterating an appeal he made last year as gas prices were rising.

The president also said Republican charges that his policies are driving up gas prices won’t pass “a political bull-detector” test and pointed to a chart that showed decreasing U.S. dependence on foreign oil.

His remarks came as retail gasoline prices rose Thursday to a national average of $3.74 per gallon.

Obama has repeatedly called for an end to about $4 billion in annual tax breaks and subsidies for oil and gas companies, government support that Obama has said is unwarranted at a time of burgeoning profits and rising domestic production.

“It’s outrageous. It’s inexcusable. I’m asking Congress: Eliminate this oil industry giveaway right away,” he told a crowd at Nashua Community College after touring the school’s automotive lab.

Republican presidential contenders and GOP leaders in Congress denounced Obama’s appeal for ending subsidies and called on Obama to take further steps to expand oil production in the United States.

Obama’s move was his latest and most direct appeal to Congress to act on the tax breaks, a move that is certain to get stiff Republican opposition and that failed even when Democrats controlled both Houses of Congress.

But an administration official said the White House expects Congress to soon take up a measure ending some subsidies. The official requested anonymity to avoid speaking publicly without authorization.

In choosing to launch his trip in New Hampshire, Obama picked a state he easily carried in 2008. He and his surrogates have paid particular attention to the state in recent months. It offers only four electoral votes in the November election, but Democrats have been eyeing New Hampshire warily following its sharp shift to the right in the 2010 midterm elections.

Criticized by Republicans for taking too much credit for increasing oil production at home, Obama made sure to credit both his administration and that of his predecessor, George W. Bush, without mentioning Bush by name. The move seemed intended on stripping away that line of criticism from his opposition.

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell said Obama has offered nothing to show that “raising taxes on American energy production will lower gas prices and create jobs.” White House spokesman Jay Carney shot back that oil companies are making big profits and “it doesn’t make sense for the taxpayer to cushion their already very robust bottom line.”

Last year, a report by the nonpartisan Congressional Research Service that was getting renewed attention on Thursday concluded that Obama’s oil and gas proposals “may have the effect of decreasing exploration, development and production, while increasing prices and increasing the nation’s foreign oil dependence.”

Obama went further than he has in the past in describing how the global standoff with Iran is driving up the cost of gasoline.

“The biggest thing that’s causing the price of oil to rise right now is instability in the Middle East - this time it’s Iran,” Obama said. “A lot of folks are nervous about what might happen there, so they are anticipating there might be a big disruption in terms of flow.”


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 Mar 01, 2012 at 10:59 PM amerikaner Says:

when it smells like fish, tastes like fish it is fish. when a Muslim speaks, acts it is a Muslim. even if he's in the white house.

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 Mar 01, 2012 at 10:59 PM am Says:

with friends like that, Israel doesn't need enemies

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 Mar 02, 2012 at 03:16 AM Avreich1 Says:

Reply to #1  
amerikaner Says:

when it smells like fish, tastes like fish it is fish. when a Muslim speaks, acts it is a Muslim. even if he's in the white house.

Why are such spiteful (and so obviously untruthful) remarks like that necessary?

I did some research on the 2008 Presidential election and found that no less than 78% of American Jews voted for Barack Obama.

Given that, I cannot understand how the other 22% have suddenly become so eloquent in the opposition to the current incumbent. Or do American voters rush hither and yon, baa-ing all the time, behave like shepherdless flocks of sheep,?

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 Mar 02, 2012 at 03:36 AM ALLAN Says:

Always nice to see the Campaigner in Chief in town. Now if he would just get back to DC and do his best to help with out of control gasoline prices and rising tensions in the Mid-East.. that would be nice. It appears that his #1 priority is getting himself re-elected while everything gets put on the back burner.

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 Mar 02, 2012 at 08:02 AM Anonymous Says:

it was awful.....after visiting a relative in the hospital, i was looking forward to comingg home....thanks to president obama, i had to wait on the sidewalk- as all the streets leading to my car were closed....so there i was waiting with some excited lunatics.....waiting and waiting ...finally the motorcade passed us....30 motorcycles, 2 limo's..(pres. in one of them) and 25 suv's.......yay!! im soooooo lucky!! people were actually taking pictures....i was tempted to ask them of what...all u saw was a black limo....finally 10 min. later the streets were opened and we had the freedom to walk....the garage was not allowed to open his gate untill the police gave him the green light....omg.....

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 Mar 02, 2012 at 09:12 AM not suprised Says:

What do you expect, after listening to the teleprompter in chief,lying and schnorring. The dumb lazy democrats still believe him.

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 Mar 02, 2012 at 09:14 AM Anonymous Says:

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amerikaner Says:

when it smells like fish, tastes like fish it is fish. when a Muslim speaks, acts it is a Muslim. even if he's in the white house.

Hopefully, you will not be an Amerikaner much long (hamayven yavin). We really don't need racists like you here or anywhere else for that matter. I suspect you won't be posting or doing much else after our President is reelected in November.

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 Mar 02, 2012 at 12:04 PM Shula Says:

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Anonymous Says:

Hopefully, you will not be an Amerikaner much long (hamayven yavin). We really don't need racists like you here or anywhere else for that matter. I suspect you won't be posting or doing much else after our President is reelected in November.

Muslim is not a race last I checked. Or do you suggest that the only thing anyone could object to in Mr. Obama is his race? Now, why would that be? Perhaps because this is the first and only thing you yourself notice about him? And if this was a fundraising trip, why is the President flying on the taxpayer's dime? Even if other presidents did the same thing, he is supposed to have been the change.

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 Mar 03, 2012 at 08:03 PM qazxc Says:

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Shula Says:

Muslim is not a race last I checked. Or do you suggest that the only thing anyone could object to in Mr. Obama is his race? Now, why would that be? Perhaps because this is the first and only thing you yourself notice about him? And if this was a fundraising trip, why is the President flying on the taxpayer's dime? Even if other presidents did the same thing, he is supposed to have been the change.

Just curious - did complain when Bush did the same thing?

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 Mar 03, 2012 at 08:06 PM qazxc Says:

Reply to #5  
Anonymous Says:

it was awful.....after visiting a relative in the hospital, i was looking forward to comingg home....thanks to president obama, i had to wait on the sidewalk- as all the streets leading to my car were closed....so there i was waiting with some excited lunatics.....waiting and waiting ...finally the motorcade passed us....30 motorcycles, 2 limo's..(pres. in one of them) and 25 suv's.......yay!! im soooooo lucky!! people were actually taking pictures....i was tempted to ask them of what...all u saw was a black limo....finally 10 min. later the streets were opened and we had the freedom to walk....the garage was not allowed to open his gate untill the police gave him the green light....omg.....

Would you like the President of the United States to fly economy and take a cab from JFK?

Can I see where you posted rants like this on line when Bush tied up traffic a few years ago?

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 Mar 03, 2012 at 08:09 PM qazxc Says:

Reply to #3  
Avreich1 Says:

Why are such spiteful (and so obviously untruthful) remarks like that necessary?

I did some research on the 2008 Presidential election and found that no less than 78% of American Jews voted for Barack Obama.

Given that, I cannot understand how the other 22% have suddenly become so eloquent in the opposition to the current incumbent. Or do American voters rush hither and yon, baa-ing all the time, behave like shepherdless flocks of sheep,?

No, unzerer sheptzoloch run in which ever direction Rush, Shawn, Savage and the Great Nitwit Mark Levin tell them to run.

Independent thinking is baaaaad, baaaaaad, baaaaad.

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