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Obama Isn't Attending the G20 Summit. Oh, My!

Reported by Melanie - November 14, 2008 -

Your World w/Neil Cavuto was pretty bland today (November 14, 2008). Neil broadcast live from the White House lawn about the G20 meeting this weekend so I guess he was on his best behavior.

One theme that did keep recurring though was the fact that Barack Obama is not going to attend the meeting. For example, this is how Cavuto opened the show: "Two hours away from a big din din after a huge sell-off." We're live at the White House, "where in little more than two hours the leaders of the 20 richest nations on Earth, nations that account for 90% of all the wealth on Earth, will pow wow with the out-going President of the United States. Noticeably absent? The President-elect of the United States."


Cavuto made mention of Obama's absence several times until he finally capped it all off at the end of the show with a segment featuring Rick Shenkman during which they discussed, per the chyron, "Pres-Elect Obama Not Attending G20 Summit: the Right Move?" (Shenkman said yes.)

Comment: The implication, of course, was that Obama is being negligent by not attending, though Cavuto did remind viewers that we only have one president at a time, as Obama said. But can you imagine the uproar coming out of Fox if Obama actually went? They'd be calling him arrogant and pushy and presumptuous. Sigh. (Oh, and can you believe Cavuto referred to tonight's White House dinner as "din din?" He did it three, yes THREE, times. What are we? One year olds?)

UPDATE: Obama is sending two representatives: Former U.S. Rep. Jim Leach and former U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright. And I read last week, immediately after the election, that Obama decided not to attend because he wanted to resist the Bush administration's attempt to make him look responsible for their financial mess. Good thinkin'.