'Give Barack Obama freedom of Newport' - Tory AM

'Give Barack Obama freedom of Newport' - Tory AM

'Give Barack Obama freedom of Newport' - Tory AM

FREEDOM CALL: South Wales East AM William Graham

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A CONSERVATIVE AM has called for Barack Obama to receive the Freedom of Newport when he visits in September for the Nato summit.

South Wales East AM William Graham has written to both Newport’s mayor and its council leader, calling for the US President to receive the city’s highest honour.

Past recipients have included Lord Tredegar, Field-Marshal Sir Bernard Montgomery, the Corps of the South Wales Borderers, 2nd Battalion Royal Welsh, and - most recently – Newport County AFC and Newport Rugby AFC.

Barack Obama has previously been awarded the Freedom of the city of Cape Town and has links to Wales dating back to the 19th century.

Assembly Member for South Wales East and Shadow Minister for the Economy, William Graham AM, said: “Barack Obama would be a hugely deserving and extremely distinctive addition to a very significant list.

“As the first serving US President to set foot on Welsh soil, it is only fitting that Newport should award him its highest honour.

“The NATO Summit’s arrival in Wales will be an historic event and this would be a timeless and appropriate way to mark it.

“When Barack Obama arrives in Newport next month, I would like to see him setting foot in a city keen to acknowledge his landmark visit and eager to forge ties that will remain for many decades to come.

“This summit is a unique opportunity to showcase Newport to the world and I look forward to the huge benefits it will bring to our city – and the region.”

The event, at the city’s Celtic Manor, begins on September 4th.

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12:57pm Tue 5 Aug 14

Katie Re-Registered says...

"'Give Barack Obama freedom of Newport' - Tory AM"

That's a bit stingy considering he gave the Queen an ipod!
"'Give Barack Obama freedom of Newport' - Tory AM" That's a bit stingy considering he gave the Queen an ipod! Katie Re-Registered
  • Score: 25

1:02pm Tue 5 Aug 14

Robert Shillabeer says...

Why? What has he ever done for Newport? This suggests tigon is simply ridiculing the status. There are many people in Newport who deserve the distinction much more than an American who will only visit Newport once in his lifetime.
Why? What has he ever done for Newport? This suggests tigon is simply ridiculing the status. There are many people in Newport who deserve the distinction much more than an American who will only visit Newport once in his lifetime. Robert Shillabeer
  • Score: 60

1:06pm Tue 5 Aug 14

southsea says...

who is going to pay the cost of staging this the conservative party?
who is going to pay the cost of staging this the conservative party? southsea
  • Score: 17

1:14pm Tue 5 Aug 14

Torfaenwr says...

It remains to be seen whether he, or any of the big names, will even venture beyond the Celtic Manor security bubble and visit the city proper.
It remains to be seen whether he, or any of the big names, will even venture beyond the Celtic Manor security bubble and visit the city proper. Torfaenwr
  • Score: 37

1:42pm Tue 5 Aug 14

Good Job No Kids says...

"Assembly Member for South Wales East and Shadow Minister for the Economy, William Graham AM, said: “Barack Obama would be a hugely deserving"

On what grounds? He's barely done anything worthwhile in the USA let alone in Wales
"Assembly Member for South Wales East and Shadow Minister for the Economy, William Graham AM, said: “Barack Obama would be a hugely deserving" On what grounds? He's barely done anything worthwhile in the USA let alone in Wales Good Job No Kids
  • Score: 21

1:47pm Tue 5 Aug 14

john.hall1000 says...

Probably never heard of Newport until NATO was coming here.
Probably never heard of Newport until NATO was coming here. john.hall1000
  • Score: 37

2:09pm Tue 5 Aug 14

KarloMarko says...

Wonderful idea! He can move in with "Oscar" Asghar AM and claim triple expenses for the daily commute to the White House! I expect Oscar can also get Michelle Obama and their kids and relations on the payroll of the Assembly so its a "win win" for US/Wales "relations" in every sense! Wots not to like about our political class. Hold that thought.
Wonderful idea! He can move in with "Oscar" Asghar AM and claim triple expenses for the daily commute to the White House! I expect Oscar can also get Michelle Obama and their kids and relations on the payroll of the Assembly so its a "win win" for US/Wales "relations" in every sense! Wots not to like about our political class. Hold that thought. KarloMarko
  • Score: 11

2:13pm Tue 5 Aug 14

smudge100 says...

Robert Shillabeer wrote:
Why? What has he ever done for Newport? This suggests tigon is simply ridiculing the status. There are many people in Newport who deserve the distinction much more than an American who will only visit Newport once in his lifetime.
Totally agree, he's here because the NATO summit happens to be here not because he wants to. Do you really think he'll leave the Celtic Manor to do some exploring around Newport?
[quote][p][bold]Robert Shillabeer[/bold] wrote: Why? What has he ever done for Newport? This suggests tigon is simply ridiculing the status. There are many people in Newport who deserve the distinction much more than an American who will only visit Newport once in his lifetime.[/p][/quote]Totally agree, he's here because the NATO summit happens to be here not because he wants to. Do you really think he'll leave the Celtic Manor to do some exploring around Newport? smudge100
  • Score: 21

2:13pm Tue 5 Aug 14

smudge100 says...

Robert Shillabeer wrote:
Why? What has he ever done for Newport? This suggests tigon is simply ridiculing the status. There are many people in Newport who deserve the distinction much more than an American who will only visit Newport once in his lifetime.
Totally agree, he's here because the NATO summit happens to be here not because he wants to. Do you really think he'll leave the Celtic Manor to do some exploring around Newport?
[quote][p][bold]Robert Shillabeer[/bold] wrote: Why? What has he ever done for Newport? This suggests tigon is simply ridiculing the status. There are many people in Newport who deserve the distinction much more than an American who will only visit Newport once in his lifetime.[/p][/quote]Totally agree, he's here because the NATO summit happens to be here not because he wants to. Do you really think he'll leave the Celtic Manor to do some exploring around Newport? smudge100
  • Score: 6

2:28pm Tue 5 Aug 14

davidcp says...

Giving a black guy freedom - couldn't use a different term could we?

On a more serious note, what would that actually mean - free to do what, that he might otherwise be (a) prohibited from doing and (b) actually want to do? And that I can't?
Giving a black guy freedom - couldn't use a different term could we? On a more serious note, what would that actually mean - free to do what, that he might otherwise be (a) prohibited from doing and (b) actually want to do? And that I can't? davidcp
  • Score: 0

2:42pm Tue 5 Aug 14

KarloMarko says...

"Arising from the medieval practice of granting respected citizens freedom from serfdom , the
tradition still lives on in countries such as
the United Kingdom, Republic of Ireland,
Australia, Canada and New Zealand –
although today the title of "freeman"
confers no special privileges."......'S
erfdom', you mean we don't have that round here anymore? And I thought Terry Mathews was Lord of the Manor.
"Arising from the medieval practice of granting respected citizens freedom from serfdom , the tradition still lives on in countries such as the United Kingdom, Republic of Ireland, Australia, Canada and New Zealand – although today the title of "freeman" confers no special privileges."......'S erfdom', you mean we don't have that round here anymore? And I thought Terry Mathews was Lord of the Manor. KarloMarko
  • Score: 2

2:58pm Tue 5 Aug 14

Newportg says...

Good Job No Kids wrote:
"Assembly Member for South Wales East and Shadow Minister for the Economy, William Graham AM, said: “Barack Obama would be a hugely deserving"

On what grounds? He's barely done anything worthwhile in the USA let alone in Wales
In America Obamecare is hardly nothing!
[quote][p][bold]Good Job No Kids[/bold] wrote: "Assembly Member for South Wales East and Shadow Minister for the Economy, William Graham AM, said: “Barack Obama would be a hugely deserving" On what grounds? He's barely done anything worthwhile in the USA let alone in Wales[/p][/quote]In America Obamecare is hardly nothing! Newportg
  • Score: 2

3:07pm Tue 5 Aug 14

marks missus says...

Well it should be cardiff as the celtic manor is apparently in cardiff !!
Well it should be cardiff as the celtic manor is apparently in cardiff !! marks missus
  • Score: 10

3:07pm Tue 5 Aug 14

Ceffyl says...

The U.S. was the one country that could have put meaninful, genuin pressure on Israel to stop its bombardment of Gaza. Instead, Obama wagged his finger with one hand and patted Netahyahu on the head with the other. I can't think of a worse time to give him an award.
The U.S. was the one country that could have put meaninful, genuin pressure on Israel to stop its bombardment of Gaza. Instead, Obama wagged his finger with one hand and patted Netahyahu on the head with the other. I can't think of a worse time to give him an award. Ceffyl
  • Score: 10

3:16pm Tue 5 Aug 14

Sheep'n'wellies says...

No thanks biggest terrorist leader in the world
No thanks biggest terrorist leader in the world Sheep'n'wellies
  • Score: 11

3:25pm Tue 5 Aug 14

Mwy Eira says...

Had to check my calendar ... Nope it's not April 1st.
Had to check my calendar ... Nope it's not April 1st. Mwy Eira
  • Score: 16

3:31pm Tue 5 Aug 14

PaulHalliday says...

This is a crazy idea. There are so many people locally who work hard for the people of Newport. They deserve it long before Obama
This is a crazy idea. There are so many people locally who work hard for the people of Newport. They deserve it long before Obama PaulHalliday
  • Score: 20

3:59pm Tue 5 Aug 14

KarloMarko says...

Obama has the complete "freedom" to hack the entire world's communications, to torture, to abduct using British bases with no redress, to run a prison camp in Cuba, to execute without trial, to murder civilians by drone and to finance any murderous Israeli fundamentalist regime he desires. Why then would he need Newport's "freedom"?
Obama has the complete "freedom" to hack the entire world's communications, to torture, to abduct using British bases with no redress, to run a prison camp in Cuba, to execute without trial, to murder civilians by drone and to finance any murderous Israeli fundamentalist regime he desires. Why then would he need Newport's "freedom"? KarloMarko
  • Score: 14

4:50pm Tue 5 Aug 14

MERoden says...

You lot of moaning minnies should be ashamed of yourself talking down Newport all the time and criticising Obama.

Obama is a good person. He has done a lot of good for America and the world, such as encouraging more equality and business investment, which I strongly agree with.

This NATO Summit is a good opportunity for Newport to market itself to the world as a good place to do business.

We need to welcome Obama and the rest to Newport, and show them what a welcoming and friendly city Newport is.

I strongly DISAGREE with the following comment:

marks missus says...
Well it should be cardiff as the celtic manor is apparently in cardiff !!

I am pleased to say the Celtic Manor is in NEWPORT. Always has been and always will be. I live opposite the Celtic Manor.
You lot of moaning minnies should be ashamed of yourself talking down Newport all the time and criticising Obama. Obama is a good person. He has done a lot of good for America and the world, such as encouraging more equality and business investment, which I strongly agree with. This NATO Summit is a good opportunity for Newport to market itself to the world as a good place to do business. We need to welcome Obama and the rest to Newport, and show them what a welcoming and friendly city Newport is. I strongly DISAGREE with the following comment: marks missus says... Well it should be cardiff as the celtic manor is apparently in cardiff !! I am pleased to say the Celtic Manor is in NEWPORT. Always has been and always will be. I live opposite the Celtic Manor. MERoden
  • Score: -29

5:36pm Tue 5 Aug 14

jimmysmith says...

Pathetic argus to be honest .if your in touch with reality then im a martian ,the last year or so your getting as desperate and treacherous as the likes of the murdoch tabloids and bbc .you dont represent the real people of wales
Pathetic argus to be honest .if your in touch with reality then im a martian ,the last year or so your getting as desperate and treacherous as the likes of the murdoch tabloids and bbc .you dont represent the real people of wales jimmysmith
  • Score: -5

5:44pm Tue 5 Aug 14

Mwy Eira says...

davidcp wrote:
Giving a black guy freedom - couldn't use a different term could we?

On a more serious note, what would that actually mean - free to do what, that he might otherwise be (a) prohibited from doing and (b) actually want to do? And that I can't?
This poster has got a point. Granting 'freedom' to a black African American could be seen as a tad insenstitive. Considered to be an archaic 'English' tradition too.
[quote][p][bold]davidcp[/bold] wrote: Giving a black guy freedom - couldn't use a different term could we? On a more serious note, what would that actually mean - free to do what, that he might otherwise be (a) prohibited from doing and (b) actually want to do? And that I can't?[/p][/quote]This poster has got a point. Granting 'freedom' to a black African American could be seen as a tad insenstitive. Considered to be an archaic 'English' tradition too. Mwy Eira
  • Score: -11

6:11pm Tue 5 Aug 14

Paxman's Army says...

Like Obama and a few others, I'm American. Last year they awarded me the Freedom of Splott award.
Like Obama and a few others, I'm American. Last year they awarded me the Freedom of Splott award. Paxman's Army
  • Score: 4

6:40pm Tue 5 Aug 14

architron says...

The guy has taken away the freedoms of the US people for years until the country is on the brink of Marshall law.

I don't think so, get a grip on reallity!
The guy has taken away the freedoms of the US people for years until the country is on the brink of Marshall law. I don't think so, get a grip on reallity! architron
  • Score: 0

7:09pm Tue 5 Aug 14

marks missus says...

marks missus wrote:
Well it should be cardiff as the celtic manor is apparently in cardiff !!
I live by there too and i love newport, as a matter of fact i would never live any where else and i worked up celtic manor on the rider cup but im sure there are plenty of individuals that do alot for newport that deserve it as well
[quote][p][bold]marks missus[/bold] wrote: Well it should be cardiff as the celtic manor is apparently in cardiff !![/p][/quote]I live by there too and i love newport, as a matter of fact i would never live any where else and i worked up celtic manor on the rider cup but im sure there are plenty of individuals that do alot for newport that deserve it as well marks missus
  • Score: 6

7:58pm Tue 5 Aug 14

ex-St. Julians boy says...

I wonder if Obama has managed to find Newport on a map yet? Presumably they do have a world map in the White House, don't they?
I wonder if Obama has managed to find Newport on a map yet? Presumably they do have a world map in the White House, don't they? ex-St. Julians boy
  • Score: 5

8:19pm Tue 5 Aug 14

KarloMarko says...

They didn't give Elvis "Freedom of the City" when he played Newport's Majestic Ballroom in 1962. Well maybe it wasn't Elvis, just some other fat bloke from Cardiff...
They didn't give Elvis "Freedom of the City" when he played Newport's Majestic Ballroom in 1962. Well maybe it wasn't Elvis, just some other fat bloke from Cardiff... KarloMarko
  • Score: 2

9:35pm Tue 5 Aug 14

Port0214 says...

Credit where credit is due, Mr Graham A.M and all the other useless windbags down the bay may be completely useless as elected representatives, but when it comes to comedy they have few peers.
Credit where credit is due, Mr Graham A.M and all the other useless windbags down the bay may be completely useless as elected representatives, but when it comes to comedy they have few peers. Port0214
  • Score: 15

10:59pm Tue 5 Aug 14

scraptheWAG says...

of this is funney can you imagine what he will think of newport OMG
of this is funney can you imagine what he will think of newport OMG scraptheWAG
  • Score: 2

12:25am Wed 6 Aug 14

Radio Wales says...

ex-St. Julians boy wrote:
I wonder if Obama has managed to find Newport on a map yet? Presumably they do have a world map in the White House, don't they?
I wouldn't imagine he will bother, it's not like he'll be driving here is it?
Besides, I understand he doesn't want it. It seems the Celtic Manor isn't good enough for him to stay at and he's looking at Cardiff for somewhere more - er - presidential, or most likely the US embassy in London - if Cameron will give him a lift on his way home that is...
[quote][p][bold]ex-St. Julians boy[/bold] wrote: I wonder if Obama has managed to find Newport on a map yet? Presumably they do have a world map in the White House, don't they?[/p][/quote]I wouldn't imagine he will bother, it's not like he'll be driving here is it? Besides, I understand he doesn't want it. It seems the Celtic Manor isn't good enough for him to stay at and he's looking at Cardiff for somewhere more - er - presidential, or most likely the US embassy in London - if Cameron will give him a lift on his way home that is... Radio Wales
  • Score: 1

6:49am Wed 6 Aug 14

artsfan says...

Radio Wales wrote:
ex-St. Julians boy wrote:
I wonder if Obama has managed to find Newport on a map yet? Presumably they do have a world map in the White House, don't they?
I wouldn't imagine he will bother, it's not like he'll be driving here is it?
Besides, I understand he doesn't want it. It seems the Celtic Manor isn't good enough for him to stay at and he's looking at Cardiff for somewhere more - er - presidential, or most likely the US embassy in London - if Cameron will give him a lift on his way home that is...
I heard he was staying on a US warship in Cardiff Bay.

Anyway, I agree with the majority on here for once. Award him an honour, for what? He's a terrorist leader. The USA imprisons people without trial. They torture people. They show no respect for the freedom of anybody, anywhere. They wreak havoc worldwide and our government sucks up to them and follows them, making us terrorist targets. No doubt, as a direct result of the Newport NATO summit, many more innocent people worldwide will be killed.

The peace protestors will be helping local businesses and will be doing a lot more for Newport than those murderous bigwigs. It's great that they've chosen Pill Mill for most of their activities and Pill Mill fields for the peace camp rather than somewhere out of town. They are the ones who should be welcomed and honoured.
[quote][p][bold]Radio Wales[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]ex-St. Julians boy[/bold] wrote: I wonder if Obama has managed to find Newport on a map yet? Presumably they do have a world map in the White House, don't they?[/p][/quote]I wouldn't imagine he will bother, it's not like he'll be driving here is it? Besides, I understand he doesn't want it. It seems the Celtic Manor isn't good enough for him to stay at and he's looking at Cardiff for somewhere more - er - presidential, or most likely the US embassy in London - if Cameron will give him a lift on his way home that is...[/p][/quote]I heard he was staying on a US warship in Cardiff Bay. Anyway, I agree with the majority on here for once. Award him an honour, for what? He's a terrorist leader. The USA imprisons people without trial. They torture people. They show no respect for the freedom of anybody, anywhere. They wreak havoc worldwide and our government sucks up to them and follows them, making us terrorist targets. No doubt, as a direct result of the Newport NATO summit, many more innocent people worldwide will be killed. The peace protestors will be helping local businesses and will be doing a lot more for Newport than those murderous bigwigs. It's great that they've chosen Pill Mill for most of their activities and Pill Mill fields for the peace camp rather than somewhere out of town. They are the ones who should be welcomed and honoured. artsfan
  • Score: 0

11:00am Wed 6 Aug 14

Gatesy101 says...

He won't be able to collect any honours unless he can scale the ridiculous fence they are putting up on the M4!
He won't be able to collect any honours unless he can scale the ridiculous fence they are putting up on the M4! Gatesy101
  • Score: 1

11:31am Wed 6 Aug 14

Dolieboy says...

Doubt if we will ever see him in Wetherspoons. Give him freedom of the Celtic Manor you mean!!
Doubt if we will ever see him in Wetherspoons. Give him freedom of the Celtic Manor you mean!! Dolieboy
  • Score: 4

5:53pm Wed 6 Aug 14

PrivateTom10000001 says...

I’m surprised Welshmen & Diarrhea man (same person) have not been on here yet telling everyone to lock their doors and watch their belongings while this Stranger is in town!
I’m surprised Welshmen & Diarrhea man (same person) have not been on here yet telling everyone to lock their doors and watch their belongings while this Stranger is in town! PrivateTom10000001
  • Score: 11

6:02pm Wed 6 Aug 14

displayed says...

'Give Barack Obama freedom of Newport' - Tory AM"
Just one thing thereis nofreedom oin Newport City!
Tiurn it back to town , that lldo it.
Its a city full off drunks druggos and miscreants causing as much damage and harm to people as they can!

Just try walking thro the city and downtown Pill................
....

It doesnt deserve the title of City and Mr president doesn't deserve to attend the summit!

Hes a gotta country heading for financial an social meltdown, US banks forclosing on properites as the owners cant afford the repayments , inadequate social housing, inner city gang warfare, obscene wealth for a certain elevated elite, employment escalation along with its ailing economy!

No sir, he sure dont!
'Give Barack Obama freedom of Newport' - Tory AM" Just one thing thereis nofreedom oin Newport City! Tiurn it back to town , that lldo it. Its a city full off drunks druggos and miscreants causing as much damage and harm to people as they can! Just try walking thro the city and downtown Pill................ .... It doesnt deserve the title of City and Mr president doesn't deserve to attend the summit! Hes a gotta country heading for financial an social meltdown, US banks forclosing on properites as the owners cant afford the repayments , inadequate social housing, inner city gang warfare, obscene wealth for a certain elevated elite, employment escalation along with its ailing economy! No sir, he sure dont! displayed
  • Score: -1

6:08pm Wed 6 Aug 14

displayed says...

ex-St. Julians boy wrote:
I wonder if Obama has managed to find Newport on a map yet? Presumably they do have a world map in the White House, don't they?
Heres a map for him, it mite help;
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W,+Washington,+DC+20
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42.9218442,-41.14550
81,5z/data=!4m13!4m1
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[quote][p][bold]ex-St. Julians boy[/bold] wrote: I wonder if Obama has managed to find Newport on a map yet? Presumably they do have a world map in the White House, don't they?[/p][/quote]Heres a map for him, it mite help; https://www.google.c om/maps/dir/The+Celt ic+Manor+Resort,+Col dra+Woods,+The+Usk+V alley,+Newport+NP18+ 1HQ,+United+Kingdom/ The+White+House,+160 0+Pennsylvania+Ave+N W,+Washington,+DC+20 500,+United+States/@ 42.9218442,-41.14550 81,5z/data=!4m13!4m1 2!1m5!1m1!1s0x4871e6 35548113a5:0xe9883b5 cb40e5403!2m2!1d-2.9 32224!2d51.602952!1m 5!1m1!1s0x89b7b7bcde cbb1df:0x715969d86d0 b76bf!2m2!1d-77.0365 3!2d38.897676?hl=en displayed
  • Score: -2

11:39am Thu 7 Aug 14

crasper says...

"'Give Barack Obama freedom of Newport' - Tory AM"

Why ?
Just why did he think of him and not any of the others attending the Summit ?
I've nothing against Obama infact I quite like the chap but still can not think of a reason why anyone would think of him to give "The freedom of Newport" to.
"'Give Barack Obama freedom of Newport' - Tory AM" Why ? Just why did he think of him and not any of the others attending the Summit ? I've nothing against Obama infact I quite like the chap but still can not think of a reason why anyone would think of him to give "The freedom of Newport" to. crasper
  • Score: 0

6:52pm Thu 7 Aug 14

jimmysmith says...

typical tory .give the freedom of newport to an international terrorist .The tories have given enough of this country away already thank you .
typical tory .give the freedom of newport to an international terrorist .The tories have given enough of this country away already thank you . jimmysmith
  • Score: -5

9:26pm Thu 7 Aug 14

Independentvoter says...

Why has William Graham written to (his mate that campaigned with him on Tory elections - what can he do ?) a mayor that no one wanted or even voted in ? Pathetic ! He was just past the position of mayor just like the other former labour councillors. He did not earn his position to be mayor of Newport ! Lets vote someone in who has earned that respect and has worked hard for Newport !
Why has William Graham written to (his mate that campaigned with him on Tory elections - what can he do ?) a mayor that no one wanted or even voted in ? Pathetic ! He was just past the position of mayor just like the other former labour councillors. He did not earn his position to be mayor of Newport ! Lets vote someone in who has earned that respect and has worked hard for Newport ! Independentvoter
  • Score: 0

7:42am Fri 8 Aug 14

Independentvoter says...

Sorry to disagree with you all folks !!! but I think The President of the United States should be given the freedom of our city - After all - us Newportonians are well known (even around the world) for being nice people right ?
Sorry to disagree with you all folks !!! but I think The President of the United States should be given the freedom of our city - After all - us Newportonians are well known (even around the world) for being nice people right ? Independentvoter
  • Score: -2

8:00am Fri 8 Aug 14

corpamassive says...

smudge100 wrote:
Robert Shillabeer wrote:
Why? What has he ever done for Newport? This suggests tigon is simply ridiculing the status. There are many people in Newport who deserve the distinction much more than an American who will only visit Newport once in his lifetime.
Totally agree, he's here because the NATO summit happens to be here not because he wants to. Do you really think he'll leave the Celtic Manor to do some exploring around Newport?
Obama's coming to my house for a smoke and a can, got my settee out the front already,Its gona be a major **** up Blad.
[quote][p][bold]smudge100[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Robert Shillabeer[/bold] wrote: Why? What has he ever done for Newport? This suggests tigon is simply ridiculing the status. There are many people in Newport who deserve the distinction much more than an American who will only visit Newport once in his lifetime.[/p][/quote]Totally agree, he's here because the NATO summit happens to be here not because he wants to. Do you really think he'll leave the Celtic Manor to do some exploring around Newport?[/p][/quote]Obama's coming to my house for a smoke and a can, got my settee out the front already,Its gona be a major **** up Blad. corpamassive
  • Score: -1

2:01pm Fri 8 Aug 14

DavidMclean says...

Am I the only one who sees the irony in giving one man the freedom of the city at the same time the rest of us are having to suffer road closures, business interruption, school closures and a police presence that will make Newport look like something from a Judge Dredd comic?

Frankly, I'll be happy when Mr Obama and the rest hightail it back out of Newport so the rest of us can get our freedom back and carry on with our lives.
Am I the only one who sees the irony in giving one man the freedom of the city at the same time the rest of us are having to suffer road closures, business interruption, school closures and a police presence that will make Newport look like something from a Judge Dredd comic? Frankly, I'll be happy when Mr Obama and the rest hightail it back out of Newport so the rest of us can get our freedom back and carry on with our lives. DavidMclean
  • Score: 4

3:52pm Fri 8 Aug 14

Cymru Am Beth says...

MERoden wrote:
You lot of moaning minnies should be ashamed of yourself talking down Newport all the time and criticising Obama.

Obama is a good person. He has done a lot of good for America and the world, such as encouraging more equality and business investment, which I strongly agree with.

This NATO Summit is a good opportunity for Newport to market itself to the world as a good place to do business.

We need to welcome Obama and the rest to Newport, and show them what a welcoming and friendly city Newport is.

I strongly DISAGREE with the following comment:

marks missus says...
Well it should be cardiff as the celtic manor is apparently in cardiff !!

I am pleased to say the Celtic Manor is in NEWPORT. Always has been and always will be. I live opposite the Celtic Manor.
You would have expected all minuses on your post, because anything that appears a possibly good business move is shunned by the losers on here.
They just don't get it.
Save your comments for people with ambition and drive and 'thinking outside of the box'.
You won't get any of that on here.
This is Newport, where the vast majority of people don't want success and are envious and critical of anyone who has got on in life.
Newport will always be regarded as a basket case as evidenced by the totally negative views propounded on this site.
I wonder how many minuses I can collect from the no-hopers on this occasion?
[quote][p][bold]MERoden[/bold] wrote: You lot of moaning minnies should be ashamed of yourself talking down Newport all the time and criticising Obama. Obama is a good person. He has done a lot of good for America and the world, such as encouraging more equality and business investment, which I strongly agree with. This NATO Summit is a good opportunity for Newport to market itself to the world as a good place to do business. We need to welcome Obama and the rest to Newport, and show them what a welcoming and friendly city Newport is. I strongly DISAGREE with the following comment: marks missus says... Well it should be cardiff as the celtic manor is apparently in cardiff !! I am pleased to say the Celtic Manor is in NEWPORT. Always has been and always will be. I live opposite the Celtic Manor.[/p][/quote]You would have expected all minuses on your post, because anything that appears a possibly good business move is shunned by the losers on here. They just don't get it. Save your comments for people with ambition and drive and 'thinking outside of the box'. You won't get any of that on here. This is Newport, where the vast majority of people don't want success and are envious and critical of anyone who has got on in life. Newport will always be regarded as a basket case as evidenced by the totally negative views propounded on this site. I wonder how many minuses I can collect from the no-hopers on this occasion? Cymru Am Beth
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4:15pm Fri 8 Aug 14

Mervyn James says...

You ARE talking about a USA president, who got the peace prize for waging war ! All these awards are perverse, we should be awarding things to people who don't go around killing others and arming everyone to the teeth, and openly hypocritical. Makes no difference to me if he is black/white or striped, he has no record of being peaceful or even neutral. He's never heard of Newport either, madness. Perhaps its some pathetic attempt to get him to visit Newport. Bribery !
You ARE talking about a USA president, who got the peace prize for waging war ! All these awards are perverse, we should be awarding things to people who don't go around killing others and arming everyone to the teeth, and openly hypocritical. Makes no difference to me if he is black/white or striped, he has no record of being peaceful or even neutral. He's never heard of Newport either, madness. Perhaps its some pathetic attempt to get him to visit Newport. Bribery ! Mervyn James
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4:24pm Fri 8 Aug 14

DaiiWatkins says...

YESSSS!!! American or not, he has done more with his life than anyone from Newport will ever do! Why not give him Freedom of Newport? He is the first black Presedent. Thats a huge step in our world.

#Barak4FreedomOfNewp
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YESSSS!!! American or not, he has done more with his life than anyone from Newport will ever do! Why not give him Freedom of Newport? He is the first black Presedent. Thats a huge step in our world. #Barak4FreedomOfNewp ort DaiiWatkins
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10:33pm Fri 8 Aug 14

zooportandproudofit says...

Why not..he could get in all of Iffy's bars for free...
Why not..he could get in all of Iffy's bars for free... zooportandproudofit
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10:43pm Fri 8 Aug 14

zooportandproudofit says...

Then pop around to Dock St for a kebab n cheesy chips with gravy,then stop on Chepstow Rd all night garage for some fags n munchies,then back to the ObamaCave....All in a nice car with a very vigilant,escort..
Then pop around to Dock St for a kebab n cheesy chips with gravy,then stop on Chepstow Rd all night garage for some fags n munchies,then back to the ObamaCave....All in a nice car with a very vigilant,escort.. zooportandproudofit
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9:55am Sat 9 Aug 14

Mervyn James says...

Case proven not to expose the poor bugger to Newport. (Or us to him).
Case proven not to expose the poor bugger to Newport. (Or us to him). Mervyn James
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4:31pm Sat 9 Aug 14

thomas35 says...

The Freedom of Newport must surely be given to Mrs MERKEL considering the possibility old friends of her visited the area in the 1940,s

Boom Boom!!
The Freedom of Newport must surely be given to Mrs MERKEL considering the possibility old friends of her visited the area in the 1940,s Boom Boom!! thomas35
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12:45am Fri 15 Aug 14

Stan Edwards says...

He should be impeached in his own country.
Ultra Vires his Presidential powers
IRS scandal
Fast and Furious with Eric Holder
Immigration run riot
Obama Care - signed off the Bill which is inoperable. Nancy Pelousi - you have to approve the Bill before you can read it. Duh!
Leaving the US insecure
Where was he the night Ambassedor Stevens died in Bengazi?
Allowed the Moslem Brotherhood to infiltrate the US administration.
Supported the wrong side in Egypt - supported Morsi
Supported the opposition in Syria - that opposition turned into ISIS
Cannot deal with Hamas because his hands are tied.
Cannot openly support Israel - the only democracy in the Middle East
Seen by the Russians as a soft touch.
Seen as a appeaser.
He should be impeached rather than given freedom.
He should be impeached in his own country. Ultra Vires his Presidential powers IRS scandal Fast and Furious with Eric Holder Immigration run riot Obama Care - signed off the Bill which is inoperable. Nancy Pelousi - you have to approve the Bill before you can read it. Duh! Leaving the US insecure Where was he the night Ambassedor Stevens died in Bengazi? Allowed the Moslem Brotherhood to infiltrate the US administration. Supported the wrong side in Egypt - supported Morsi Supported the opposition in Syria - that opposition turned into ISIS Cannot deal with Hamas because his hands are tied. Cannot openly support Israel - the only democracy in the Middle East Seen by the Russians as a soft touch. Seen as a appeaser. He should be impeached rather than given freedom. Stan Edwards
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