Obama and Associations: “Chavez, Morales and Ortega Must Be Really Good Guys”

A fourteen year old, seeing the pictures of Barack Obama with  Hugo Chavez, then Morales and then with  Daniel Ortega, said to me, “Chavez, Morales and Ortega must be really cool guys.”

Is this what the president wants?  Apparently so.  I mean, he made it so.

U.S. President Barack Obama shakes hands with Bolivian President ... 
U.S. President Barack Obama shakes hands with Bolivian President Evo Morales during the opening ceremony of the 5th Summit of the Americas in Port of Spain April 17, 2009. REUTERS/Xinhua/David de la Paz

In the era of rock stars and the media of soundbites, what has the President of the United States and his administration transmitted thus far?  Ortega, Chavez and castro are good.  islam is all good.  America is mostly bad — especially the evil George Bush from whom we inherited much evil like the CIA interrogation techniques and the war in Iraq and (shhhhh — can’t say it) terrorism.

The White House, including David Axelrod and a willing media and Janet Napolitano’s DHS have also transmitted that the Tea Party participants and veterans are evil and dangerous — or at least “unhealthy.”

All this should be no surprise as the president demonstrated a knack for associating with interesting people all his lfe, like “God Damn America” Wright and Weather Underground bomber William Ayers.

John McCain was too much the gentleman to point out that these associations might indicate a certain, say, tendency.

What do you think?

Related:

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Obama’s Latin Lovers

By Ralph Petrs
The New York Post

MY president went to Trin idad and Tobago, and all I got was this lousy Che Guevara T-shirt.

At a Caribbean resort, Obama grinned through a semi-erotic encounter with Venezuelan dictator Hugo Chavez, then failed to answer a “strategic rape” charge lodged against America by ex-Sandinista Daniel Ortega of Nicaragua (who knows plenty about rape).

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez gives U.S. President Barack ... 
Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez gives U.S. President Barack Obama a copy of “Las Venas Abiertas de America Latina” by author Eduardo Galiano during a meeting at the Summit of the Americas in Port of Spain, Trinidad April 18, 2009. Photo by Kevin Lamarque, Reuters.

Ignoring America’s allies in favor of photo ops with anti-American leftists, such as Ecuador’s Rafael Correa and Chavez, Obama blamed the United States for Latin America’s problems.

Whoa! Plenty of US policies toward Latin America have been misguided and myopic. But the primary causes of political, economic and social failure from the Rio Grande to Tierra del Fuego have been homemade.

Until Latin American states accept responsibility for what generations of corrupt, oppressive leaders did to their own countries, they won’t progress beyond their self-destructive cultures of blame.

It’s easy to chant, “Yanquis, go home!” Well, the Yankees went home. And only such countries as Chile, Colombia and, increasingly, Brazil, which have taken responsibility for their own futures, are making progress.

Obama was exactly right on one point: Our relations with Latin America must be a partnership in which all are treated as equals, based upon mutual respect.

But how do the lurid, screwball attacks on us by the likes of Chavez, Ortega or Bolivia’s Evo Morales — a racist demagogue — count as examples of mutual respect? Doesn’t our country deserve some slight defense from our president?

Obama needs to get up off his knees. Foreign leaders have already pegged him as the wimpiest metrosexual this side of the men’s grooming-products counter at Barney’s.

As for our southern neighbors, blaming the gringos is easy. And it’s satisfying. And suicidal. Take just two tragic examples of today’s self-destructive “populism” in South America.

Argentina, a land of enormous potential, just never gets its act together. Democracy never quite works. Instead, the old culture of deadly caudillos, of strongman rule — dating back to Rosas in the 19th century — morphed into one of strongmen-through-elections.

Read the rest:
http://www.nypost.com/seven/04212009/po
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