They say a picture is worth a thousand words, which is probably why this news story didn’t bother to include any photos of our intrepid presidente Obama-messiah shaking hands with his commie counterparts in South America. After all, even the stupid American voters who voted for the Obama-messiah know that Chavez and Co. are evil to the core. Obviously, such a photo splashed across the internet (and on Fox nightly news) would not do much for Obama-messiah’s faltering domestic reputation.
Obama-messiah told his gracious communist hosts in South America that he “has a lot to learn” about working with the Latino commies, but “looks forward” to listening to them and figuring out how he can work together more effectively with them. He then shook hands with Venezuela’s communist maestro, Hugo Chavez, not once but three times.
Chavez, of course, is the man who, several years back, called President Bush “the devil” at a UN General Assembly meeting where the two had spoken on successive days. Taking the podium the day after Bush spoke, Chavez stated that he could “still smell the sulfur” up on the stage. So now, in a move reminiscent of Jimmy Carter’s apologetic stance toward the Ayatollah’s during the Iranian hostage crisis, Obama-messiah rewards Chavez for his insolence and infantile disrespect to a fellow U.S. president by repeatedly glad-handling him at the South American commie-fest.
The bottom line is that the Latino commies want Obama-messiah to open up the American money spigot to them, too. Chavez even gave Obama a copy of a book called The Open Veins of Latin America: Five Centuries of the Pillage of a Continent, which complains that western nations have economically plundered the Latin American nations for fifty years, and argues that now the western nations (meaning the U.S., of course) must pay through the nose if we want their cooperation in trade and political relations.
In other words, the Latino commies are playing the victim card in order to convince Obama-messiah to send billions more dollars in U.S. aid to corrupt South American governments. (Hey, everybody needs a new Mercedes or two.) And since Obama-messiah is a professional victim himself, it will probably work. Chavez is merely preaching to the choir. He doesn’t have to do much to convince our globe-trotting do-gooder man-god to “spread the wealth” down South America way, too.
Obama extends hands to Chavez, Ortega at summit
Sat Apr 18, 5:10 pm ET
PORT-OF-SPAIN, Trinidad – President Barack Obama offered a spirit of cooperation to America’s hemispheric neighbors at a summit Saturday, listening to complaints about past U.S. meddling and even reaching out to Venezuela’s leftist leader.
While he worked to ease friction between the U.S. and their countries, Obama cautioned leaders at the Summit of the Americas to resist a temptation to blame all their problems on their behemoth neighbor to the north.
“I have a lot to learn and I very much look forward to listening and figuring out how we can work together more effectively,” Obama said.
Obama said he was ready to accept Cuban President Raul Castro’s proposal of talks on issues once off-limits for Cuba, including political prisoners held by the communist government.
While praising America’s initial effort to thaw relations with Havana, the leaders pushed the U.S. to go further and lift the 47-year-old U.S. trade embargo against Cuba.
To Latin American nations reeling from a sudden plunge in exports, Obama promised a new hemispheric growth fund, an initiative to increase Caribbean security and a partnership to develop alternative energy sources and fight global warming.
As the first full day of meetings began on the two-island nation of Trinidad and Tobago, Obama exchanged handshakes and pats on the back with Venezuela’s Hugo Chavez, who once likened President George W. Bush to the devil.
In front of photographers, Chavez gave Obama a copy of “The Open Veins of Latin America: Five Centuries of the Pillage of a Continent,” a book by Eduardo Galeano that chronicles U.S. and European economic and political interference in the region.
When a reporter asked Obama what he thought of the book, the president replied: “I thought it was one of Chavez’s books. I was going to give him one of mine.” White House advisers said they didn’t know if Obama would read it or not.
Later, during a group photo, Obama reached behind several leaders at the summit to shake Chavez’ hand for the third time. Obama summoned a translator and the two smiled and spoke briefly.
Those two exchanges followed a brief grip-and-grin for cameras on Friday night when Obama greeted Chavez in Spanish.
“I think it was a good moment,” Chavez said about their initial encounter. “I think President Obama is an intelligent man, compared to the previous U.S. president.”
At a luncheon speech to fellow leaders, Chavez said the spirit of respect is encouraging and he proposed that Havana host the next summit.
“I’m not going to speak for Cuba. It’s not up to me… (but) all of us here are friends of Cuba, and we hope the United States will be, too,” Chavez said.
The White House said Chavez was civil in his criticism of the U.S. during a summit meeting, but that there was no discussion of reinstating ambassadors who were kicked out of each other’s countries last year. “Relationships depend on more than smiles and handshakes,” Obama economic adviser Larry Summers told reporters later.
Bolivia President Evo Morales, a close ally of Chavez, said Obama’s pledge of a new era of mutual respect toward Latin America rings hollow.
“Obama said three things: There are neither senior or junior partners. He said relations should be of mutual respect, and he spoke of change,” Morales said. “In Bolivia … one doesn’t feel any change. The policy of conspiracy continues.”
Morales expelled U.S. ambassador Philip Goldberg in September and kicked out the Drug Enforcement Administration the next month for allegedly conspiring with the political opposition to incite violence. Chavez expelled the U.S. ambassador in Venezuela in solidarity. The Bush administration subsequently suspended trade preferences to Bolivia that Bolivian business leaders say could cost 20,000 jobs.
Obama also extended a hand to Nicaragua’s Daniel Ortega, whom President Ronald Reagan spent years trying to drive from power. Ortega was ousted in 1990 elections that ended Nicaragua’s civil war, but was returned to power by voters in 2006.
Ortega stepped up and introduced himself to Obama, U.S. officials said. But a short time later, Ortega delivered a blistering 50-minute speech that denounced capitalism and U.S. imperialism as the root of much hemispheric mischief. The address even recalled the 1961 Bay of Pigs invasion of Cuba, though Ortega said the new U.S. president could not be held to account for that.
“I’m grateful that President Ortega did not blame me for things that happened when I was three months old,” Obama said, to laughter and applause from the other leaders.
Associated Press writers Frank Bajak and Vivian Sequera contributed to this report.