Obama’s State Department botches again

In the digital age, perils lurk everywhere.  Most organizations know that.  When I sign my kids up for Chorus or Girl Scouts or soccer, the organization asks me for permission to use my children’s photos on line or in other publicity material.  Obama’s State Department, however, didn’t think that far ahead, and has now put the daughters of the Spanish Prime Minister at risk.  Will this amateur hour nightmare never end?

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  • http://ymarsakar.wordpress.com/ Ymarsakar

    Obama: Oops, I did it again.

  • Mike Devx

    I’m going off-topic here, hopefully for a good cause on which I’ve opined before.

    Instapundit: kudos for linking to Book! Thank you, Glenn Reynolds! Instapundit posted a link to a PJTV video by Bill Whittle that I thought was fantastic, concerning how ACORN was taken down. And what the aftereffects may be. All with a delightful comparison to a battle between Hannibal of Carthage and the Romans at Cannae at about 800 BC (if I remember correctly).


    The point I want to emphasize about Whittle’s speech is what he said: We live in an age of video, and the reason ACORN went down is… video. You can write a million words, and make a million speeches, but it’s all about video these days. Video, video, video, video, video. The written word simply isn’t cutting it anymore as a powerful persuader.

    Video… and brilliant strategy for the USE of the videos.

    And that brings me to the Republicans. If they ever want to achieve any lasting victory over their opponents, which includes the mainstream media, they have got to develop a powerful video outlet of their own. They must master video. They must have a top-flight video office in Congress and they must all make use of it.

    They can’t use the mainstream media. It is against them. (That’s another powerful point Bill Whittle makes towards the end of his presentation: This was not so much a victory against ACORN as it was a victory against a national media grown so corrupt and full of malfeasance that they suppressed the ACORN story as best they possibly could.) And if the Republicans don’t develop their own video machine with top flight presentation values, and a brilliant strategy for use, they’re toast. And they will DESERVE to be toast.

    So I am sick and tired of my so-called conservative politicians in Washington D.C. playing their usual tired and worthless games. Trotting from chamber to chamber, sitting in meeting after meeting, pumping out newsletter after newsletter and plea after plea for more funds. More funds… for what? For trotting to more chambers, sitting in more meetings, and putting out more newsletters? Why bother?

    My Congressman is a good guy, but he’s a go-along, get-along fellow. Very sedate, seeking compromise with the Democrats always. As a physician he WANTS health care reform and will allow the Democrats much of what they want, in order to get a little bit of what he wants. That’s not good enough. I want a Congressman who will stand up and say – ON VIDEO – “I refuse to take part in a travesty of a legislative agenda that ruins my beloved country’s future. I WILL NOT! If the Democrats want to take this country down the road to ruin, they can do it without my vote. I will not be silent. There is nothing conservative about any of this, and for me to pretend otherwise would be a grotesque violation of my every principle.”

    Except that he has no real principles, except to go-along, and get-along. Just like John McCain, but without the national audience.

    Enough. I’ve had enough. Though he’s a good guy, we don’t need good guys anymore.

    We need fighters. I will not vote for Michael Burgess, good guy, and decent guy, that he may be. The times have passed him by. I need fighters who will fight, and fight smart.

  • http://bookwormroom.com Bookworm

    By the time I finished reading your powerful comment, Mike, I was standing on a chair yelling and waving an imaginary hat. You’re right that video is the future although, sadly, not mine. I’m not at all a visual person, so I’ll have to lag in the rearguard on this revolution.

  • http://home.earthlink.net/~nooriginalthought/ Charles

    While I agree that the Obama “regime” (I’m using that term as that is what all the leftists called the Bush administration; and with all the “czars” just whose administration is closer to a regime?) is a bunch of amateur screw-ups and YES, they should have known about Spain’s no photos of minors laws.

    However, Zapatero is sounding a bit like Obama – “don’t you take pictures of my kids I don’t want them in the public eye – EXCEPT when I want to use them for my own political gain.” (he didn’t really say that but both Obama and Zapatero act as if they said that)

    Barcepundit has an interesting article on this no-pictures-of-the-kids subject.

    He has a couple of good points. One is that these are not photos taken by the paparazzi; Two, this trip was paid for with public money. To use that leftist phrase the public has a right to know (and see) who is benefiting from their tax dollars ( Euos or whatever).

    So, I say, despite the no-photos-of-minors laws in Spain, you cannot expect to use a very public function, using tax money, and not expect some photos to be taken and shown to the public.

  • http://ymarsakar.wordpress.com/ Ymarsakar

    You got to work on those podcasts, Book.

    While video grabs people’s attention, it’s the commentary and analysis that makes sense out of it, that gives the story legs.

  • http://ymarsakar.wordpress.com/ Ymarsakar

    Spain owns their ‘reporters’, so as a consequence of the free press, you get the logical end result.

  • Mike Devx

    Book said,
    > You’re right that video is the future although, sadly, not mine. I’m not at all a visual person, so I’ll have to lag in the rearguard on this revolution.

    Book, you do a fine job with videos, though it’s clear you love the written word.
    You have a very good video presentation here on your blog, and it pulls people in. My video involvement is… zero. I’m in sad shape in this modern world.

    I love to read, too. Back to my books!