The cratering of the US economy be damned. Obama has more important things to do with your money:
President Obama on Wednesday pledged an additional $400 million in assistance for housing, school construction and business development in Gaza and the West Bank, telling Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas in a one-on-one meeting that the US is committed to improving the lives of those who live there.
"We think it is important to reaffirm our commitment to improving the day-to-day lives of ordinary Palestinians," Obama told reporters after the morning meeting.
The Oval Office meeting had been scheduled for weeks, well before the deadly Israeli raid of an aid flotilla bound for Gaza.
Obama had been planning to spend the time focused on the Middle East peace process and the US effort to promote talks between the Palestinians and Israelis.
But the May 31 confrontation between Israeli commandos and a flotilla of activists has affected perceptions in the international community about the parties to the talks, and thus the agenda for the Abbas visit to Washing today and Thursday.
Abbas called Obama's morning pledge a hopeful sign.
"This is a positive signal of the United States, that the United States cares about the suffering of the people in Gaza," Abbas said.
The "a$$ kickin' Marxist meets with one of his allies.
During their meeting at the White House on Wednesday, President Obama reportedly coordinated strategy with Abbas about direct talks with Israel. Abbas has refused to meet directly with Netanyahu so far without 'guaranteed' results, so I'm sure that a great dealof their converstaion - aside from settling the terms of the jirzya paid to th ePalestinians - involved a joint plan to squeeze Israel for more unilateral concessions. The way Obama has set things up, the US isn't even an honest broker anymore. We're working for the Palestinians. And paying them quite nicely for the privilege.
Abbas apparently had dinner last night with around 30 'American Jewish leaders' handpicked by Obama's chief shill for working the anti-israel part of th eJewish community, former Congressman Robert Wexler.
I have no illusions about the composition of the guest list or the sort of one way fellatio that likely went on at the event