Real Time host Bill Maher pointed out that all the world’s woes– ISIS, the crash of MH17, Boko Hara–seem to be the fault of the black guy who has the audacity to occupy the White House. “The common thread seems to be that it’s Obama’s fault,” he said. Maher added that 57% of Republicans want President Obama impeached. “I think they wanted him impeached at the Inaugural Ball. I think the high crime he’s guilty of is getting elected.”
Since Maher was graced with two conservatives on his panel, he said, “I just want to know what should he be doing differently–and be specific.”
Matt Kibbie, the President and CEO of FreedomWorks who called the shutdown a “brilliant strategy,” claimed that he isn’t a member of the “blame Obama first crowd.” Surprisingly, he acknowledged that Bush shoulders “some” of the blame for our nation’s problems but then added that “this President has zero respect in the world.”
Maher pointed out that, in fact, numerous polls have shown that President Obama is well-respected in the world, and that “our standing in the world is up since he got elected.”
Kibbie shot back, “Except for the bad guys. Do you think that Vladimir Putin respects this President? I don’t think so.”
Maher asked the FreedomWorks CEO what President Obama should do to earn Putin’s respect “because he’s already slapped all these sanctions on him.”
“It’s called leadership,” Kibbie responded.
“It’s called leadership,” Maher quipped, “Remember when I said ‘be specific?'” He added, “Excuse my French…but what the [email protected]#$ does that mean?”
Republican Hogan Gidley chimed in to say that the President is liked in the world, but “the country is no longer respected because we haven’t flexed any muscle militarily, we haven’t flexed our muscle with sanctions.” He added that President Obama, who recently flexed his muscles with sanctions against Russia, “refuses to name Putin as a bad actor in the planes coming down because then he has to take action against Putin.”
Just seconds after complaining that President Obama doesn’t flex his muscles with sanctions, then saying that President Obama hasn’t done enough in the way of sanctions, he added that “the sanctions don’t do anything.”
Maher asked what we should be doing. “Should we be sending armies into Russia?”
“Absolutely not,” replied Gidley. He said that we should make a number of ineffective, symbolic gestures because “Putin loves symbolism.” For instance, Putin wants to buy some French helicopters. Gidley’s solution is to buy them out from under him.
“That’s why we should impeach him,” laughed Maher, “He didn’t buy French helicopters.”
Watch this trainwreck for yourself, below: