I fear our new leader doesn't know the difference between benevolence and weakness. Suddenly, "Dad" President has been replaced by "Single Mom" President who is going to let her son's friends drink in the house because "they're going to do it anyway."
When did diplomacy become dupelomacy?
Chavez, who once called Obama an "Ignoramus" (who knew the South American dictator was an Archie Bunker fan), actually gave our president a worse gift than anything Michelle has ever purchased for visiting dignitaries.
According to the LA Times:
At one meeting, Chavez made a show of walking around the table as the cameras rolled and handing Obama a copy of "Open Veins of Latin America," a 1971 book by Eduardo Galeano chronicling U.S. and European imperialism in the region.Barack Obama's reaction was disturbing.
He said it "was a nice gesture to give me a book. I'm a reader."Either he is one of the great satarists of our time or he's a complete wuss.
Can you imagine what Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu would have said if Iran's Mahmoud Ahmadinejad had slipped him a copy of The Protocols of the Elders Of Zion? Would King Abdullah have said "thank you, kindly" had Obama handed over the hardback version of The Jewel of Medina? Would Korea's Kim Jong-il have been gracious after Russia's Putin dropped Cooking Dog For Dummies on his desk.
"I'm a reader?" Well, maybe you should start being a thinker instead.