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John Romano (whose headshot, hilariously, features him scratching his head confusedly) digs up a video of Obama and Chavez talking at the Summit of the Americas (actually, it’s more accurate to say that Obama is talking at Chavez):

Finally, some actual video of Obama and Hugo chatting at the Summit of the Americas.  Obama calls for spreading the wealth around and Chavez says “those of us who want to build heaven here on earth, we will follow socialism.”  They seem to have a lot in common.  I can’t make heads or tails of anything in this video and I wouldn’t trust the reporter from CNN, I mean Venezuelan state TV.

This is not video of the infamous brothers in Socialism handshake, but is interesting nonetheless.  The handshake video, if it ever existed, seems to have been thrown down the memory hole with Obama’s college transcripts.

What on earth can these two cats be talking about?

I haven’t had my coffee yet, so I’m going to let Obama himself do the mocking this morning.

THE PRESIDENT: I think it was a nice gesture to give me a book; I’m a reader. And you’re right, we had this debate throughout the campaign, and the whole notion was, is that somehow if we showed courtesy or opened up dialogue with governments that had previously been hostile to us, that that somehow would be a sign of weakness. The American people didn’t buy it. And there’s a good reason the American people didn’t buy it — because it doesn’t make sense.

You take a country like Venezuela — I have great differences with Hugo Chavez on matters of economic policy and matters of foreign policy. His rhetoric directed at the United States has been inflammatory. There have been instances in which we’ve seen Venezuela interfere with some of the — some of the countries that surround Venezuela in ways that I think are a source of concern.

On the other hand, Venezuela is a country whose defense budget is probably 1/600th of the United States’. They own Citgo. It’s unlikely that as a consequence of me shaking hands or having a polite conversation with Mr. Chavez that we are endangering the strategic interests of the United States. I don’t think anybody can find any evidence that that would do so. Even within this imaginative crowd, I think you would be hard-pressed to paint a scenario in which U.S. interests would be damaged as a consequence of us having a more constructive relationship with Venezuela.

So if the question, Dan, is, how does this play politically, I don’t know. One of the benefits of my campaign and how I’ve been trying to operate as President is I don’t worry about the politics — I try to figure out what’s right in terms of American interests, and on this one I think I’m right.


Written by dieblucasdie

April 28, 2009 at 4:16 pm

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  1. Dude, I hadn’t seen you mock one of my posts lately. I was beginning to think that I had lost my touch.

    John Romano

    April 30, 2009 at 5:10 am

  2. Well, you’ve just had this unassuming “Hey, here’s this thing I’m linking to. I dunno, what do you guys think about it?” MO lately that’s pretty hard to do much with. Go back to the prolonged outlandish arguments and the gratuitous myspacemusic links and I’ll mock away!


    April 30, 2009 at 5:28 am

  3. Fine, but I never link to my MySpace page, as MySpace sucks it big time these days.

    Just for the record of course.

    John Romano

    April 30, 2009 at 6:17 am

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