|At President Obama's meeting with the heads of South American countries this morning, Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez stood, walked over to him, and presented him with a copy of "Open Veins of Latin America: Five Centuries of the Pillage of a Continent" by Uruguayan author Eduardo Galeano.|
Obama politely posed for a photograph with Chavez, shook his hand, and accepted the gift.
The book, first published in Spanish in 1971, offers a critique of the consequences of 500 years of European and U.S. colonization of Latin America.
Lets face facts that in Obama's mind having pics like this
doesn't click in his mind as anything wrong. The problem is its one thing to be humble and say we will listen blah blah blah, it is another thing to make America look weak while keeping giving up ground in any sort of talks with North Korea, Cuba, Iran and now Venezuela. At least show you have some damn pride being the President of the United States of America and not look like President Pantywaist running around saying everything is our fault.
The most glaring character trait of Obama so far is that he is willing to even lie on topics in whatever host country he is in at the moment 90% of guns in Mexico gimmick.
Captain Ed points out this smart power is high on show and low on substance.
|Obama’s apologizing for being dictatorial … to Hugo Chavez, Evo Morales, and the Castros. As for “dictat[ing] our terms,” we used to call that defending American interests. When negotiating, people try to get the best terms for themselves. We didn’t send gunboats to Venezuela or Bolivia during the Bush administration, and the only people seizing assets over the last eight years have been the Venezuelans under Chavez.|
Once again, we have the new President embarking on the “We Suck ‘09″ tour, kicked off in Europe, where he felt the need to apologize for the last administration’s efforts to defend America’s interests on the international stage. Obama likes to call this “smart power” and tells us we’ll get more by appearing humble than by pursuing our interests in the normal fashion. So far, the rest of the world has applauded Obama’s performance — and gone on to reject our requests for economic cooperation, combat troops for Afghanistan, partnership with Russia against Iran, and North Korean continuation of the six-party nuclear disarmament talks without launching long-range missiles over Japan.