By divulging the content of his private conversation with Bush, Barack Obama has just demonstrated to world leaders that he cannot be trusted with confidential information. So much for Obama personal diplomacy as an asset, if not a cure all, for America’s pressing international problems. I cannot imagine any savvy politician ignoring the lesson or not advised by his advisers to remember it well.
Just hours after President Bush and President-elect Obama met in the Oval Office of the White House, details of their confidential conversation began leaking out to the press, igniting anger from the president, sources claim.”Senator Obama would be wise to keep close counsel,” a top Bush source warned.
“BUSH AND OBAMA AT ODDS OVER AID FOR AUTO INDUSTRY,” splashed the NEW YORK TIMES in an exclusive Monday evening, quoting “people familiar with the discussion.”
The two met at the White House in private, without staff.
“Bush indicated at the meeting that he might support some aid and a broader economic stimulus package if Obama and congressional Democrats dropped their opposition to a free-trade agreement with Colombia,” claimed the TIMES. . . .
The ASSOCIATED PRESS quickly followed with details of the conversation, citing “aides who described the discussion on grounds of anonymity, citing the private nature of the meeting.”
Bush advisers view the leaks as an effort to undermine the president’s remaining days in office.
“Senator Obama may not be familiar with a long-standing tradition of presidents holding their private conversations, private,” a senior adviser explained to the DRUDGE REPORT.
Bush adviser was being kind. To make meeting between leaders worth while, they must be able to trust each other. The major part of that trust is built on the assumption that their discussion will remain confidential. Barack Obama has just informed world leaders that he cannot be trusted with confidential information. So much for Obama personal diplomacy as a cure all for America’s international problems.