Patterico's Pontifications

4/17/2009

Our Useful Idiot President

Filed under: General — Patterico @ 8:40 pm


Q. What’s the difference between Barack Obama and Hugo Chavez?
A. One is grinning as he shakes the hand of a socialist. The other one is Barack Obama.

94 Comments

  1. I half-expected to see that silly parrot of Chavez on our new President’s shoulder. Awwwk! Redistribution!

    Comment by Eric Blair (67731f) — 4/17/2009 @ 8:48 pm

  2. I guess we should be happy he did not bow.

    Comment by JD (70c2ba) — 4/17/2009 @ 8:59 pm

  3. Too bad Obama doesn’t speak Venezuelan.

    Comment by carlitos (f5f993) — 4/17/2009 @ 9:00 pm

  4. What did Barcky say to hi? My car companies are bigger than your oil company?

    Comment by JD (70c2ba) — 4/17/2009 @ 9:01 pm

  5. JD, you forgot something…

    …and both of ‘em are now officially mismanaged to hell and back.

    FIFY.

    Comment by bob (466a1d) — 4/17/2009 @ 9:03 pm

  6. How much of our money has he given away on this trip. He gave away a billion dollars while in Europe and spent several million on his fancy dan alternate life style assistants, all 500+ of them. I guess they sick their heads up each others a** since O’Dumbo’s is alway full.

    Comment by Scrapiron (996c34) — 4/17/2009 @ 9:05 pm

  7. Kindred spirits met.

    Comment by irongrampa (8332bb) — 4/17/2009 @ 9:07 pm

  8. Hugo, love your suppression of critical media. I’m copying that in the States.

    Barack

    Comment by daleyrocks (5d22c0) — 4/17/2009 @ 9:09 pm

  9. Hugo, are you carrying?

    Comment by daleyrocks (5d22c0) — 4/17/2009 @ 9:10 pm

  10. Correction:

    Hugo, are you holding? I could use some nose candy.

    Comment by daleyrocks (5d22c0) — 4/17/2009 @ 9:17 pm

  11. “Hey, HC, can I borrow your campaign manager for 2010? I have some results I need guaranteed.”

    Comment by Ed from SFV (f274d1) — 4/17/2009 @ 9:19 pm

  12. daley, I claim superiority to no man, but when I contrast my own non-usage despite many opportunities with Obama’s “blow when we could get it” I get a little sick.

    Comment by carlitos (f5f993) — 4/17/2009 @ 9:33 pm

  13. Jimmy Carter . . . Now Available in Black!

    Comment by Official Internet Data Office (4fbbd2) — 4/17/2009 @ 9:34 pm

  14. carlitos – I think he can get some high quality shit from Hugo. I get a kick out lefties mocking Limbaugh’s addiction to prescription painkillers when their hero and President is an admitted illegal drug user. Keep making those comparisons morons.

    Comment by daleyrocks (5d22c0) — 4/17/2009 @ 9:39 pm

  15. Has Zero asked for Carters help with the next election?

    Comment by highpockets (a1eff7) — 4/17/2009 @ 9:44 pm

  16. Once again the comments in blogs like this one confirms how many believe in the central premise of the Confederate States of America!!

    … well, I guess we are not as superior as we thought are we??

    Comment by The Gipper (31e6bb) — 4/17/2009 @ 9:48 pm

  17. the central premise of the Confederate States of America

    Which of course was: Vote Democrat.

    Comment by Official Internet Data Office (4fbbd2) — 4/17/2009 @ 9:50 pm

  18. Cool, the feds are claiming the captured pirate is 19. Now watch the crime lovers go nuts.

    Comment by Soronel Haetir (a3f11b) — 4/17/2009 @ 10:18 pm

  19. The Gipper – Check out your window for Karl Rove and his squadron of black helicopters. They could be on their way right now.

    Comment by daleyrocks (5d22c0) — 4/17/2009 @ 10:22 pm

  20. “Has Zero asked for Carters help with the next election?”

    I thought he was going to appoint him Ambassador to Israel.

    Comment by daleyrocks (5d22c0) — 4/17/2009 @ 10:24 pm

  21. I guess we should be happy he did not bow.

    Of course, even if it had been captured on video, the White House merely would have denied it.

    With such a farce and flake as president, I guess we should all be relieved that Obama at least showed enough good sense to not lean over, unzip Chavez, bend down and do to him what Monica did to Bill.

    Comment by Mark (411533) — 4/17/2009 @ 10:24 pm

  22. Yeah. I remember back when Putin nationalized the oil companies, thinking ‘there they go back into socialism and repressive all-powerful government’. Now it’s the USA.

    At least Putin nationalized strong and valuable industries!

    This absolutely sucks!. (I hate that word, but it’s the least vulgar one I can think of at the moment…)

    I think palling around with Chavez and others of his ilk will be educational for Obama. Because they will set him up to use him however they can, while he thinks their expressed ideological similarities is a bond. A swindler’s dream.

    Comment by jodetoad (b147dc) — 4/17/2009 @ 10:27 pm

  23. Hugo, my good friend Bill Ayers is a big fan of yours.

    Comment by daleyrocks (5d22c0) — 4/17/2009 @ 10:31 pm

  24. daleyrocks..yes. Only if Israel signs on to START.

    Comment by highpockets (a1eff7) — 4/17/2009 @ 10:31 pm

  25. Hmm…

    I’m gonna go ahead and disagree here with the prevailing wisdom on the blogosphere. Presidents often have to shake hands with leaders of countries we’re not fond of. They often smile while they do it.

    Example 1

    Example 2

    Example 3

    Now, the warmth is rather disturbing, what with the grinning in lieu of a polite smile and the left hand coming into play for some comradely shoulder action. He still thinks he can win the enemies of America over with his personality.

    Still, if we’re going to pack the First Tuxedo into Air Force One and send him to these summits, he’s going to have to shake hands with everyone.

    Look, say you go to the office Christmas party and John from Accounting is there. You know, the guy who screwed you out of five hundred bucks in expenses and hit on your wife last year while you were in the bathroom. You might be able to avoid him for a bit, but you have to deal with him eventually. He’s not going to go away if you ignore him, and he’s not going to come around to your side if you snub him.

    Besides, have we not learned anything from the whole Cuba thing? Treating commie thugs like they’re threats to the fabric of America allows them to hold onto power for decades by playing the Yanqui card. It’s a damned if you do, damned if you don’t thing. Shaking his hand makes him legitimate, snubbing him lets him go on a three hour rant about Yanqui arrogance on his TV show.

    I don’t know. Maybe my outrage meter has been pegged so much lately that it’s out of tune.

    Comment by Britt (e49966) — 4/17/2009 @ 10:57 pm

  26. los dos pendejos grande.

    Comment by redc1c4 (9c4f4a) — 4/17/2009 @ 10:58 pm

  27. Hey Barack, do joo know Michael Jordan?

    Comment by daleyrocks (5d22c0) — 4/17/2009 @ 11:43 pm

  28. Aw you guys, so cynical. Can’t you see how happy the two of them are together? Everything between the United States and Venezuela is going to be hunky-dory now that Obama is on the scene to charm every tin-horn dictator with his sheer wonderfulness. You see, countries that have traditionally been hostile to us — Cuba, Venezuela, Iran, North Korea, etc. — were only so because of how awful the Bush/Cheney/Haliburton axis was to them. It was never about using the U.S. as a catch-all bogeyman to distract your own citizens from their lack of freedom and their abject poverty. Obama is going to bring them all into the giant One World embrace.

    Comment by JVW (bff0a4) — 4/18/2009 @ 12:57 am

  29. Idiot? No question.

    Useful? …

    Comment by Rusty Bill (b1bb16) — 4/18/2009 @ 5:22 am

  30. Obama was not qualified to the Presidency when he was elected and still not qualified. And his Left wing socialist stand is tearing America apart, the political divide in America is wider than ever.

    Comment by RM (4df5dd) — 4/18/2009 @ 5:52 am

  31. Yes, Hugo, in five years, I will be where you are now, and in five years you will be where Zimbabwe is now, what a glorious future for socialists of the world, united.

    Comment by eaglewingz08 (e40a12) — 4/18/2009 @ 6:22 am

  32. What Chavez lacks in brains he makes up for with ballz.

    What Obama lacks in ballz he makes up for with swarminess.

    Comment by HeavenSent (637168) — 4/18/2009 @ 6:23 am

  33. So which demigod wants to tea bag the other? Here I thought the Monkey boy was straight when Cindy Sheehan visited Caracas and she fell for Hugo.

    Hey O’Dumbo, any truth to the sodomy rumors between you and male parishioners at your old hate Whitey/Amerikkka church?

    Do the gay media “stars” have anything to say about these two leftist idols? Powerline now says Anderson Cooper is gay. Do Maddow and Sullivan join him for lovefests? Easy to make fun of the tea protestors and suggest that they are all fellators, so why should we not make fun of alternative lifestyles of biased media?

    I still liked the photoshopped pic of Hillary and Obama naked post-coital.

    Hey Hugo, tell Obama to raise oil prices pronto so your nationalized horror of oil company farces can once again become profitable.

    Comment by aoibhneas (0c6cfc) — 4/18/2009 @ 6:45 am

  34. There are not sufficient words to express how distasteful I find that photo.

    Comment by EW1(SG) (e27928) — 4/18/2009 @ 6:48 am

  35. I wonder what our erstwhile allies in Columbia make of that noxious mug shot; they better get ready for some vigorous under – the – bus tossing.

    I thought he was going to appoint him Ambassador to Israel.

    Actually, I heard he was next in line to give tours of Auschwitz, albeit giving a daring and innovative “alternative history” to the tourists.

    Comment by Dmac (1ddf7e) — 4/18/2009 @ 7:17 am

  36. Aw come right out and say it—”useless”.

    Comment by Mike Myers (674050) — 4/18/2009 @ 7:41 am

  37. unbelievable. what does an enemy of the united states have to do to not evoke huge grins from this moron?

    next thing we’ll be seeing is obama giving ahmadinejad a hug, while stating he was actually performing a reverse heimlich manoeuver or something.

    Comment by ktr (5eba07) — 4/18/2009 @ 8:32 am

  38. ktr,

    Apparently, Hugo Chavez the thug is not an enemy of the United States… conservatives are.

    Comment by Stashiu3 (460dc1) — 4/18/2009 @ 8:50 am

  39. next thing we’ll be seeing is obama giving ahmadinejad a hug,

    There’s a phrase that a picture speaks louder than words.

    In this instance, with Obama grinning from ear to ear at an out-and-out ultra-leftist, that should be combined with the current president’s previously documented (and totally inappropriate) bowing before the king of Saudi Arabia, which then should be attached to Obama’s embrace of fanatics like Jeremiah Wright — not to mention radicals like Bill Ayers — in order to conclude there are more than a few Freudian slips (both visual and aural) on full display.

    Comment by Mark (411533) — 4/18/2009 @ 9:03 am

  40. Fascists of a feather, hang out together!

    Comment by AD (65649f) — 4/18/2009 @ 9:17 am

  41. I guess our new motto is “we suck, please, oh please forgive me…” I am so tired of Obama apologizing and groveling at anyone’s feet. We have no pride left. How low the USA has fallen.

    Comment by Pat (76f72e) — 4/18/2009 @ 10:11 am

  42. So, Patrick, just out of curiosity, if you were president, would you have attended the event? How would you have behaved? Rather than guess at how you would conduct inter-American diplomacy, I thought I’d ask.

    Comment by Tim McGarry (9fe080) — 4/18/2009 @ 11:12 am

  43. Nixon grinned “ear to ear” meeting Chairman Mao. As Don Rumsfeld did shaking Saddam’s hand.

    Venezuela says the two men “talked about their mutual desire to change the relationship between their countries.”

    You attend a summit consecrating intransigence?

    Comment by steve (509564) — 4/18/2009 @ 11:29 am

  44. “Nixon grinned “ear to ear” meeting Chairman Mao.”

    steve – I don’t recall the pictures, but at that point all the heavy lifting had already been done by Kissinger in advance. Do you know what groundwork has been done in advance of Obama’s apologies?

    Comment by daleyrocks (5d22c0) — 4/18/2009 @ 11:33 am

  45. Do you know what groundwork has been done in advance of Obama’s apologies?

    Fill us in.

    Sheer imagery, not hemispheric policy and diplomatic estrangement, seems to be the motif.

    Comment by steve (509564) — 4/18/2009 @ 11:45 am

  46. Every so often the specter of Socialism returns to haunt impoverish another country.

    This time the victim is us.

    Comment by Kevin Murphy (0b2493) — 4/18/2009 @ 11:46 am

  47. The picture makes me vomit in my mouth a little.

    The really awful bit is that Obama doesn’t even realize he’s being laughed at abroad. He just doesn’t know or realize.

    Comment by Vivian Louise (c0f830) — 4/18/2009 @ 11:49 am

  48. Capitalism has worked everywhere for over two hundred years, with brief periods of recession.

    Socialism has failed everywhere for over one hundred years with brief periods of growth.

    But once again we are going to buy the same lies, from the same people, who again claim “this time it will be different.”

    Feh.

    Comment by Kevin Murphy (0b2493) — 4/18/2009 @ 11:51 am

  49. The reason the photo is so troubling is because we have no confidence in our president’s determination to preserve that system that has indeed worked everywhere for hundreds of years. If Obama were just playing nice while standing firmly on the principles that our nation has always been known for, it would just be another photo op. But because we don’t have any confidence in him or his economic decisions or even his political will, it’s just a big red flag of danger…or rather a white flag of surrender. Apologies for Americ will inevitably follow.

    Comment by Dana (d08a3a) — 4/18/2009 @ 11:59 am

  50. Patterico, this headline is beneath you. Especially just 90 days into his administration. Even ‘Dubya’ got a few years grace before proving his incompetence to the majority of the world.

    I’ll give you the benefit of the doubt that it was composed after a long day of government work. Otherwise, meow! Quite a catty conclusion given his list of accomplishments. Professional jealousy, perhaps.

    But barking, ‘He’s an idiot!’ is a headline born out of frustration. Hannity, Boortz, O’Reilly, Malkin, Boss Limbaugh et al might applaud this kind of pie throwing but William F. Buckley would glare, tap his clipboard and blink with sour disapproval.

    Comment by DCSCA (9d1bb3) — 4/18/2009 @ 12:01 pm

  51. O has zero accomplishments. GWB was attacked constantly well before his election and the attacks and smear campaign from the leftists and MSM (but I repeat myself) never let up.

    Your outright lies, ASPCA, will only help you in your leftist world.

    Comment by John Hitchcock (fb941d) — 4/18/2009 @ 12:08 pm

  52. I don’t recall the pictures, but at that point all the heavy lifting had already been done by Kissinger in advance.

    There, in fact, is a rather famous photo of Nixon and Mao shaking hands. But as you describe the situation at the time, it was a meeting that had resulted after months of planning, with the whole world wondering and waiting. So there’s a greater chance Nixon pondered and rehearsed his behavior quite awhile before finally shaking the hand of the ultra-leftist, uber-leftist, fanatic-leftist Mao.

    As for the image of Obama with Chavez, their handshake occurred in mixed company, people all around the two in more of a cocktail-and-schmooze-type setting, at a gathering of far less prominence, publicity and hype. So the reaction of the guy currently in the White House towards the extremist from Venezuela likely was impromptu and genuine. IOW, sort of the way Obama probably responded to Jeremiah Wright or Bill Ayers after listening to variations of Hugo-Chavez-like “goddamn America” sermons, diatribes or comments.

    Comment by Mark (411533) — 4/18/2009 @ 12:16 pm

  53. The Precious is an outperformer; having proven his utter incompetence in record time.

    I didn’t admire Bush while he was president, but his administration is looking better by the day in comparison to the puerile economic and political monkeywrenching The Obamessiah and his crowd are up to.

    Comment by Brother Bradley J. Fikes, C.O.R. (0ea407) — 4/18/2009 @ 12:17 pm

  54. “But barking, ‘He’s an idiot!’ is a headline born out of frustration.”

    Heh.

    The man was a useful idiot before taking office. Why should the mere fact of assuming the office of the Presidency change anything?

    What part of this do people like DCRAP find hard to understand?

    Comment by daleyrocks (5d22c0) — 4/18/2009 @ 12:21 pm

  55. I don’t recall the pictures, but at that point all the heavy lifting had already been done by Kissinger in advance.

    There, in fact, is a rather famous photo of Nixon and Mao shaking hands. But as you describe the situation at the time, it was a meeting that had resulted after months of planning, with the whole world wondering and waiting. So there’s a greater chance Nixon pondered and rehearsed his behavior quite awhile before finally shaking the hand of the ultra-leftist, uber-leftist, fanatic-leftist Mao.

    As for the image of Obama with Chavez, their handshake occurred in mixed company, people all around the two in more of a cocktail-and-schmooze-type setting, at a gathering of far less prominence, publicity and hype. So the reaction of the guy currently in the White House towards the extremist from Venezuela likely was impromptu and genuine. IOW, sort of the way Obama probably responded to Jeremiah Wright or Bill Ayers after listening to variations of Hugo-Chavez-like “goddamn America” sermons, diatribes or comments.

    Comment by Mark (411533) — 4/18/2009 @ 12:23 pm

  56. Quite a catty conclusion given his list of accomplishments.

    If you were better educated, you would understand where the term “useful idiot” came from.

    But you aren’t.

    Comment by Mike K (2cf494) — 4/18/2009 @ 12:27 pm

  57. ASPCA – You can admit now that you voted for Obama because he was black and he assuaged your liberal guilt because everyone knows he was the least qualified and least experienced nominee for President ever. That is now being proven out in carnival of cluelessness of his first 90 days in office.

    Conservative prefer to judge candidates by their qualifications and positions, especially when those positions don’t come with rapidly changing expiration dates.

    Comment by daleyrocks (5d22c0) — 4/18/2009 @ 12:28 pm

  58. Conservatives and Libertarians prefer to judge candidates by their qualifications and positions, especially when those positions don’t come with rapidly changing expiration dates.

    FIFY :-)

    Comment by Brother Bradley J. Fikes, C.O.R. (0ea407) — 4/18/2009 @ 12:29 pm

  59. By the way, Patterico, why do you say “Useful Idiot”? Obama seems MUCH more like “Fellow Traveller”. If not Party Member.

    Comment by Kevin Murphy (0b2493) — 4/18/2009 @ 12:36 pm

  60. #53- As opposed to ‘affable dunce’. Speak for yourself.

    Comment by DCSCA (9d1bb3) — 4/18/2009 @ 12:40 pm

  61. From Jake Tapper,

    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.

    At the start of the first plenary session at the Summit of the Americas later this morning, President Obama was asked what he thought of Chavez’s gift.

    “You know, I thought it was one of Chavez’s books,” Obama answered. “I was going to give him one of mine.”

    Comment by Dana (d08a3a) — 4/18/2009 @ 12:41 pm

  62. #58 – =yawn= Reagan gave the Ayatollah a signed Bible. No ego there. Anybody checked eBay Iran lately?

    Comment by DCSCA (9d1bb3) — 4/18/2009 @ 12:47 pm

  63. Venezuela says the two men “talked about their mutual desire to change the relationship between their countries.”

    Considering that on March 7 Chavez said that Obama needed to wipe his ass, and has called him an “ignoramus,” that’s quite a startling turnaround.

    Maybe by “change the relationship,” Chavez is saying, “Please buy even more of our shitty, high-sulfur oil because I can’t keep bribing these peasants on what I’m bringing in right now.”

    Comment by Another Chris (2d8013) — 4/18/2009 @ 12:51 pm

  64. “Reagan gave the Ayatollah a signed Bible”

    ASCPA – That’s the liberal myth from McFarlane’s visit. Do you have any proof?

    Comment by daleyrocks (5d22c0) — 4/18/2009 @ 12:55 pm

  65. I didn’t admire Bush while he was president, but his administration is looking better by the day in comparison to the puerile economic and political monkeywrenching The Obamessiah and his crowd are up to. Understandable to the reactionary conservative mindset, neocon or otherwise, when suddenly shocked into reality and realizes they must PAY for the wars they start and not hide the costs off budget for years on end.

    Comment by DCSCA (9d1bb3) — 4/18/2009 @ 12:58 pm

  66. Reagan gave the Ayatollah a signed Bible.

    Was it mere “liberal myth” that Rumsfeld gave Saddam pistols and a pair of golden cowboy spurs?

    Comment by steve (509564) — 4/18/2009 @ 1:01 pm

  67. and not hide the costs off budget for years on end.

    Ironic that you should mention that…

    John Dickerson, slate.com, Feb 2009:

    Should we judge [Obama's budget] against the Bush standard, which included lots of gimmicks —including not accounting for the Iraq war — or against the standard Obama sets for himself? It’s not the first time we’ve come to this question.

    On government transparency, ethics, and now truth in budgeting, the reality has fallen short of the bold claims. Obama’s new ethics rules were heralded as the toughest in history, but after days of boasting, we learned that there were exceptions to them. The stimulus bill was heralded as a model of transparency but, in the end, wasn’t conceived transparently.

    Obama claims that he’s found $2 trillion in savings over the next 10 years. To achieve some of that savings, he inflates what’s known as the baseline — the metric against which the costs of policy changes are measured.

    Here’s an analogy that may help you understand this trick. Let’s say that your daughter is about to finish her last year of college, after which she plans to enter a monastery, where she will take a vow of poverty and refuse future parental help. But as you plan your budget for the next decade, you use current-year expenses as your “baseline” and assume that, for the next 10 years, she’ll still be in college and you’ll still be paying her annual tuition. When she graduates and enters the monastery as planned, you get to pretend that you “saved” the money for the nine years of college tuition you knew she was never going to need.

    The baseline [of Obama's budget] assumes the[Iraq] war will be funded at high levels for the next 10 years, even though Obama is planning to bring 100,000 troops home in the next 19 months.

    Comment by Mark (411533) — 4/18/2009 @ 1:24 pm

  68. “Was it mere “liberal myth” that Rumsfeld gave Saddam pistols and a pair of golden cowboy spurs?”

    steve – Don’t know, were you there?

    Comment by daleyrocks (5d22c0) — 4/18/2009 @ 1:25 pm

  69. Obama claims that he’s found $2 trillion in savings over the next 10 years.

    Which doesn’t mean jack when you’re spending $13 trillion on other things during the same period. That’s like bragging that you didn’t put $2000 on your credit card to buy a computer, when you’ve spent $13,000 at strip clubs, and owe another $20,000 on top of that.

    Comment by Another Chris (2d8013) — 4/18/2009 @ 1:31 pm

  70. “Understandable to the reactionary conservative mindset, neocon or otherwise, when suddenly shocked into reality and realizes they must PAY for the wars they start and not hide the costs off budget for years on end.”

    DCRAP – How are the costs of the wars hidden, MORON, when their funding must be separately funded by Congress each year, allowing for that glorious Democrat grandstanding, redeploying to Okinawa, etc., in front of the nation. Bush’s deficits declined, including the wars, from 2004 through 2007. The economic crisis and TARP led to an obvious blip in 2008, which you Messiah is eclipsing in the first 90 day of his term. HECKUVA JOB BARACKY!

    Can we talk about the Bay of Pigs again or mythical bibles for Ayotollahs?

    Comment by daleyrocks (5d22c0) — 4/18/2009 @ 1:33 pm

  71. We need some new trolls.

    Comment by Mike K (2cf494) — 4/18/2009 @ 1:43 pm

  72. “We need some new trolls.”

    I second the motion!

    Patterico – Please call Troll Central and request newer models.

    Comment by daleyrocks (5d22c0) — 4/18/2009 @ 1:45 pm

  73. Was the Bible before or after the TOWs and the Hawks?

    Comment by Tim McGarry (9fe080) — 4/18/2009 @ 1:57 pm

  74. I don’t recall the pictures, but at that point all the heavy lifting had already been done by Kissinger in advance.

    There, in fact, is a rather famous photo of Nixon and Mao shaking hands. But as you describe the situation at the time, it was a meeting that had resulted after months of planning, with the whole world wondering and waiting. So there’s a greater chance Nixon pondered and rehearsed his behavior quite awhile before finally shaking the hand of the ultra-leftist, uber-leftist, fanatic-leftist Mao.

    As for the image of Obama with Chavez, their handshake occurred in mixed company, people all around the two in more of a cocktail-and-schmooze-type setting, at a gathering of far less prominence, publicity and hype. So the reaction of the guy currently in the White House towards the extremist from Venezuela likely was impromptu and genuine. IOW, sort of the way Obama probably responded to Jeremiah Wright or Bill Ayers after listening to variations of Hugo-Chavez-like “goddamn America” rhetoric.

    Comment by Mark (411533) — 4/18/2009 @ 2:18 pm

  75. #59 – while you may have ignored the point of #58, you did however meet expectations with your reply.

    Comment by Dana (d08a3a) — 4/18/2009 @ 2:20 pm

  76. ASPCA is in rare form today.

    Comment by JD (4d1a78) — 4/18/2009 @ 2:21 pm

  77. can the peter principle be used to reference him?

    Comment by ktr (5eba07) — 4/18/2009 @ 2:37 pm

  78. Screw your friends, appease your enemies. Is that Allinsky or Stalin? Well, I guess it doen’t matter since they were never BO’s friends or enemies to begin with.

    Fellow traveler indeed.

    Comment by Chris (a24890) — 4/18/2009 @ 3:26 pm

  79. Patterico, this headline is beneath you. Especially just 90 days into his administration. Even ‘Dubya’ got a few years grace before proving his incompetence to the majority of the world.

    Missed the obvious, eh? Obama needed far less than 90 days for his incompetence to be revealed. And the photo is not an issue of incompetence (nor the title). It is a matter of political principle, an unbecoming sucking-up to by our president, and a lack of discernment and prudence with a heaping spoon of foolishness thrown in.

    Comment by Dana (d08a3a) — 4/18/2009 @ 3:31 pm

  80. It is a matter of political principle, an unbecoming sucking-up to by our president, and a lack of discernment and prudence with a heaping spoon of foolishness thrown in.

    As usual, Dana has it precisely right.

    The combo of Obama and a Democratic Congress is so toxic I’m thinking of registering as a Republican for the first time in years.

    Comment by Brother Bradley J. Fikes, C.O.R. (0ea407) — 4/18/2009 @ 4:03 pm

  81. steve said:

    Was it mere “liberal myth” that Rumsfeld gave Saddam pistols and a pair of golden cowboy spurs?

    By the way, why hasn’t he been executed as a war criminal, yet. I thought you guys were going to take care of that pretty quick.

    The art of diplomacy advances the causes of your home nation. Does that mean you smile and shake hands with murderous dictators on occasion? Yes. Does that mean I have to like it, no matter who is shaking the hand? No.

    But good luck to Obama on this one. Don’t forget, Chavez is a murderous dictator. Just as much as Saddam and Chavez’ fabulous buddies, the Castro brothers. Maybe Obama can turn him around, but I doubt it.

    I can’t help but think that the President is being played for a fool by a lot of international leaders.

    Comment by Ag80 (b19e67) — 4/18/2009 @ 4:17 pm

  82. You people who see a huge grin on Obama’s face when he greets the evil Chavez are imagining things.

    Comment by Terry Gain (4acc03) — 4/18/2009 @ 9:28 pm

  83. Obama conclusively proved his incompetence when he urged that Iraq be conceded to al Qaeda and Iran – even as victory was clearly in sight. Unfortunately few noticed.

    Comment by Terry Gain (4acc03) — 4/18/2009 @ 9:31 pm

  84. #70- And so, after 90 days of action by a popular president, conservatives start tea bagging parties, shout ‘He’s an idiot’ and applaud when Boss Limbaugh rants in his microphone for the American President to fail.

    You embrace the past and offer nothing for the future.

    In other words, you have nothing. And Americans have left you behind.

    Comment by DCSCA (9d1bb3) — 4/18/2009 @ 9:55 pm

  85. I said it before, I’ll say it again. Anyone who chooses to use a term to sexually pervert the TEA Parties has nothing of value worth hearing. Those who use that term deserve derision and nothing more.

    Comment by John Hitchcock (fb941d) — 4/18/2009 @ 10:06 pm

  86. DCSCA,
    In other words, you have nothing. And Americans have left you behind.

    If you truly believe that, you shouldn’t be wasting your time here. But less than 90 days into your Messiah’s administration and it’s a scandal-ridden laughingstock. So as a loyal believer, you’ve got to go round dispensing even more Kool-ade.

    Comment by Brother Bradley J. Fikes, C.O.R. (0ea407) — 4/18/2009 @ 10:09 pm

  87. Rest easy, conservatives. Fox News has gone 60′s radical encouraging y’all to meet at the Alamo and the ol’ North Church to burn your CITGO gas cards for next week’s media event.

    Comment by DCSCA (9d1bb3) — 4/18/2009 @ 10:11 pm

  88. #79- When a truck shows up with a million tea bags, and tea bags festooned the revoltin’, one wonders just how mant pots you brewed, psycho? Or are you just into wedgie side issues like crumpets, buttered scones and melonballing. Tea baggers & tea parties. Old news.

    Comment by DCSCA (9d1bb3) — 4/18/2009 @ 10:20 pm

  89. Um. PWI, clearly.

    Comment by Eric Blair (ad3775) — 4/18/2009 @ 10:27 pm

  90. Obama met with Chavez for advice on how to run for re-election, how best to govern a country when its people are against you.

    tehag

    Comment by tehag (5c91d3) — 4/19/2009 @ 4:01 am

  91. And so, after 90 days of action by a popular president, conservatives start tea bagging parties, shout ‘He’s an idiot’ and applaud when Boss Limbaugh rants in his microphone for the American President to fail.

    After 90 days of action, I’ve got a list over three pages long of the Obama administration’s gaffes, bumbles, and general chickensh!t that you guys would have crucified Bush over. And I haven’t even thrown Biden’s mistakes in there yet, or anything pre-election.

    I realize that you’re nothing more than a little thief that needs the government to rob people because you’re too cowardly to do it yourself, but please try to keep up.

    Comment by Another Chris (a3bb8f) — 4/19/2009 @ 7:46 am

  92. After 90 days of action, I’ve got a list over three pages long of the Obama administration’s gaffes, bumbles, and general chickensh!t that you guys would have crucified Bush over. And I haven’t even thrown Biden’s mistakes in there yet, or anything pre-election.

    Post the list. Buy more paper. Buy more pencils and pens. Staples and Office Depot will love ya and President Obama will applaud your patriotic effort at reviving the office supply market.

    Comment by DCSCA (9d1bb3) — 4/19/2009 @ 1:45 pm

  93. EVERYONE OF YOU GUYS ARE RACIST AND A MORON….HALF THE MESS YOULL ARE SAY DOESNT EVEN MAKE SENSE>>>>FRIGGING MORONS …GO PRESIDENT OBAMA…

    Comment by RETARDS (c752c1) — 5/9/2009 @ 11:50 pm

  94. MY MISTAKE ALL THE MESS>>>>>>YOUR SAYING DOESNT MAKE SENSE

    Comment by RETARDS (c752c1) — 5/9/2009 @ 11:52 pm

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