Still Eastwooding: President Obama bails on UN lunch with world leaders

President Obama was a no-show today at Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s annual luncheon, held in honor of heads of state and government. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, who has been tasked with doing all of the heavy lifting at the General Assembly, attended instead.

Inner City Press reports that Obama ducked out early to fly back to Washington, D.C., and quoted a high-level U.N. official as saying “that the lunch isn’t listed on his schedule is insulting, or really, depressing.” As president of the host country, Obama was expected to attend and lead a toast. At last year’s luncheon, Obama noted, “I am very glad that it is not my last lunch, and we will have five more lunches in the coming five years.”

The Obama campaign has been pushing $5 tickets to enter its “last dinner with Barack” fundraiser. Obama’s promise of five more lunches with the U.N. has already been broken; perhaps a different host will make time to fill the empty chair next year.

  • Love of Country

    Wizard of Oz – Please send in Dorothy, the Lion, the Tin Man and that Scarecrow but tell that Owebamao fella to beat it. If he only needed a road map, a brain, a heart and some courage I would see him too but he needs far more than just that and actually needs far more help than I can give him …. leadership, patriotism and integrity come from within!

    • AMERICAN Kafir™(KAdams)

      You know, well, he just got the iPhone 5, and um well, you know, Apple parted with Google Maps, so well um, you know, he got lost? Maybe?

  • Michael Charland

    Guys, it’s obvious he’s going back to DC to do some important presidential work.

    • Michael Charland

      Nope. Couldn’t type it with a straight face. Good lord lol

  • nc

    Seriously, are we witnessing a breakdown?

    He is the President of the United States – remember? Far be it from me to give a rip about the UN, but it’s getting to be like he can’t even manage the facade anymore. No joke.

    • Love of Country

      “can’t even manage the facade anymore” …. I LOVE IT!

    • Jim Russell

      This Whitehouse is empty.

      • PennyRobinsonFanClub

        “has been”

    • disqus_LASIg6epmj

      I dunno how legit this ‘insider’ is (I’m always skeptical) but it talks about O withdrawing more and more. The current site is As I said, I’m always leery of anyone who says they are an insider, but in light of how he can’t handle anything but soft media or ppl who fawn over him, it makes sense.

    • strat77

      He sees his job as reelection and redistribution. If meeting with world leaders doesn’t further either of those – it doesn’t make it onto his schedule.

    • Ginger

      What’s really sad is his voters don’t care.

  • Rafael Eduardo Peña-Rios Riber

    why did hillary bother with primaries in 2008? she is basically running the show!

    • TracyJean

      I was thinking earlier today that the Dems may as well have nominated Hillary in 2008.

      • Shelby is a Patriot

        And the sad thing is, Hillary would actually be an improvement. That’s how bad it is. o_o

        • disqus_LASIg6epmj

          Though I don’t want her as president, she’s a least a heck of a lot smarter than the Campaigner-in-Chief.

    • Sharon Schlund

      But this way when it all falls apart Obama has someone to blame!

      • Shelby is a Patriot

        More like a plan B, really. He’s still gonna blame Bush.

  • chicagoxile

    This is like that press conference when Obama pushed Bill Clinton to the podium and said something like, “I gotta go somewhere.” Why’s he always hiding behind a Clinton?

  • Charles Bailey

    Guess that’s another…Empty Chair! Get him out and I’ll even help pack!

  • txsoutherngrace

    My less than lukewarm opinion of the UN aside, there are times in life, presidential or not, that we do things because they are the right thing to do.

    This was one of them, but he lacks in proprietary skills, political and social.

    He failed at delivering what should have been a no holds barred, hard hitting “peace through strength” speech and spent 5 minutes longer on an inane non-causal video than he did on Iran … who with perfect speech timing simultaneously performed a missile test in the Strait of Hormuz sinking their target as a US & Allies Armada performed “war games” mine sweeping the Persian Gulf..

    • guest

      txs, I agree. This is one time that the invisible man needed to put on his big boy pants and actually acted like the President. With a capitol “P”.

    • disqus_LASIg6epmj

      Exactly. The UN may suck, but there’s a time a leader has to suck it up and be PRESIDENTIAL. When has this guy been presidential?

      • txsoutherngrace

        Ummm ummmm … let me get back to you on that one!

  • GoSellCrazySomeplaceElse

    I’m sure there is an empty chair at the table with his name on it.

    • WingedBishop

      I bet it’s the nicest chair at the table too.

  • NWFL Conservative

    Of course he didn’t. He’s a spineless coward who does not have the stones to face the music over his and his State Department’s dismal failures and the deaths of the last two weeks, Nor will he want to have to defend his steadfast refusal to admit to the movie had nothing to do with it. So he sends his number one stooge in his place.

    Why do you think he snubbed PM Netanyahu and went on that bobblehead Letterman’s show instead? He knows he is completely outmatched by him and doesn’t like being exposed publicly for the a clueless little idiot he is.

    When the going gets tough, the weak hit the links or go on vacation. He is absolutely pathetic.

  • Owen007

    So much for the world leaders’ plan to give Obama a wedgie and steal his lunch money.

  • ZoriahShepard

    Is he trying to set a world record for pissing off the most world leaders ever???

  • OldmanRick

    The brat had to get back to spin city east to manage the country. More than likely he left early to enjoy a round of golf before dinner.

  • Krebs v Carnot

    He couldn’t hack the competition. Remember, “It is very rare that I come to an event where I’m like the fifth or sixth most interesting person in the room.”

  • Shelby is a Patriot

    He had to. Didn’t you hear about the Packers game? 0_o

  • disqus_LASIg6epmj

    Valerie Jarrett must not have been nearby to pull his puppet strings, so he couldn’t risk talking to the big boys and girls.

  • alzadoda

    Empty chair at the lunch. Empty chair at the White House. Empty chair at important meetings on national defense. No empty chair at tv talk shows. Has he been working at all for the last 4 years? Or has he just been “eye candy”?

  • Timothy Crenshaw

    Wow. Where are the leftist apologists now? I don’t see a single defense from any of the blindly following, think as I tell you to think, you must be racist if you don’t support Obama crowd. I guess they take their clues about everything from him even debates and conversations. Perhaps when he stops running, they will stop running and we can ask them about disappointed they are that he cannot be Presidential in even a tiny way.

  • Moue La Moue (D)

    Wow, that isn’t insulting, is it? / Sarc. There are literally, no words. No. Words.

  • stillinthe60s

    Guess Obama has decided that, yes, Hilary would be the better choice to pick up the phone at 3 a.m.

  • Isle Say

    Perhaps it was more political strategy?

  • freeinaz

    It should really be the last luncheon the U.N. is able to hold here in the U.S. Close the place down it’s just another money pit.

  • Joe W.

    In retrospect, it is amazing how prescient Clint Eastwood was with the “Empty Chair” skit. The Muzzie from Kenya is fulfilling Clint’s prophecy……

  • “G”willekkers

    Barack Obama should be impeached and Hilary Clinton should step down as Sec of State. They are both responsible for the death of four American citizens in Libya, one of them an Ambassador. If they knew, they are guilty… if they didn’t know, they should have. It is shameful and the lies add insult to injury. The cover up leads one to believe that there is much more we don’t know. And we certainly can’t expect the media to hold them accountable.