Monday, April 20, 2009

Manufactured Outrage

Oh my God, Oh my God, Oh my God!!!!!!!!

The president shook hands with the president of Venezuela, which is horrific, because, um . . . . .I'm sorry, why is this so bad?

Mr Gingrich?

Everywhere in Latin America, enemies of America are going to use the picture of Chavez smiling and being with the President as proof that Chavez is now legitimate,

Um, Chavez IS Legitimate. He was duly elected by the people of Venezuela three times.

How about you, Joe Scarborough? Maybe you can help me understand why I should be appalled by a handshake?

a president always sends a message to the world. There are -- I know this is hard to believe -- there are very evil people in the world who want to kill Americans, and they look for an opportunity at all times for weakness. When they find weakness, they exploit it. That's the danger. if the president's seen as weak, that can hurt you, me, New York City, everybody.

Right, because nothing says "weakness" like a handshake, I guess. . . Um, maybe Col. Ralph Peters?

What he did by talking to Hugo Chavez and embracing him and fist-bumping and making lovey-dovey in the hotel -- God knows what went on behind closed doors."

Um, eeewww! You're not allowed to talk anymore, Colonel Peters! Can you do any better, Fox News Correspondent Eric Shawn?

Well, it's a defeat for Barack Obama if it's a huge win for Hugo Chavez

Um, Eric, they were shaking hands, not arm-wrestling.

So, if I get the gist of what you all were saying, a US president just shouldn't be friendly with a foreign leader who is less than an all-around good guy?

(George W. Bush with Uzbeki dictator Islam Karimov)

(George W. Bush with saudi dictator Prince Saud al Faisl)

Oh, so it's not even about that, is it? This is just what you're going to be doing for the next 4 or, hopefully 8, years. Trying to pretend that you're outraged at everything president Obama does or doesn't do (flag pin) no matter how innocent. This is all you got? You have no ideas of your own, no legitimate policy alternatives to suggest, so this is all you can do, isn't it?