Laugh of the day: Hillary’s “defense” of Obama’s warm greeting to Chavez

Posted by: ST on April 22, 2009 at 10:02 pm

Did anyone catch what Hillary Clinton said today in response to questions about Obama’s chatting it up with Venezuela’s Socialist dictator Hugo Chavez?

At a House Foreign Affairs Committee hearing this afternoon, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton defended her boss’s foreign policy views in a way that seemed to suggest that she personally holds a different view than does President Obama, but that he beat her in the Democratic presidential primaries, so his view wins.

The remark came after Rep. Mike Pence, R-Ind., challenged Clinton on “the issue of the president being photographed with the virulent anti-American socialist dictator of Venezuela,” President Hugo Chavez.

Pence called Chavez “a Castro wannabe” who has “oppressed the media,… bullied economic interests,… (and) blacklisted political opponents.”

The Indiana Republican quoted remarks then-Sen. Clinton, D-N.Y., made in July 2007 regarding potential meetings with the leaders of North Korea, Venezuela, or Cuba: “I will not promise to meet with the leaders of these countries during my first year. I don’t want to be used for propaganda purposes.”
Pence asked: “In light of your previously stated insight, isn’t it true that having the president of the United States be seen on the world stage warmly greeting a virulent anti-American socialist dictator that intentionally or unintentionally our president was used ‘for propaganda purposes,’ to borrow the phrase that you used?”

Said Clinton: “President Obama won the election. He beat me in a primary, in which he put forth a different approach. And he is now our president, and we all want our president, no matter of which party, to succeed, especially in such a perilous time.”

She said more after that, but wow – she really made it all about her to start with. She’s learned well from her boss. Or maybe he learned it from her.

Where’s that blasted reset button when you need it?

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8 Responses to “Laugh of the day: Hillary’s “defense” of Obama’s warm greeting to Chavez”


  1. camojack says:

    Pretty much business as usual, this is. :^o

  2. Lorica says:

    and we all want our president, no matter of which party, to succeed, especially in such a perilous time.”

    I have never, ever heard a larger load of bs that what just came out of the mouth of America’s smartest woman. You certainly could see this on display while Bush was President. These freeking people are just a joke. – Lorica

  3. Carlos says:

    Yeah, well, it is true, all they wanted for GW was to succeed. Of course, they defined success, and when he didn’t measure up to their definition of success (even though he was a socialist lite who endorsed a foreign invasion of our own country) they weren’t willing to cut him any slack. And that was a month BEFORE he took the oath of office the first time.

  4. bill glass says:

    Hey, who knows? Maybe she’ll split with Obama on this or other foreign policy issues, especially if things go in the wrong direction – as many observers think Obama’s policies will. Then Hillary will be able to challenge him in “12.

  5. Brian R. Higgins says:

    HRC knows how to fall under the bus.

  6. Helen says:

    America’s smartest woman? Lorica, say it ain’t so. :((

  7. Lorica says:

    LOL :o) Helen that is what the drive bys were telling us through out the 1990s. =)) – Lorica

  8. Bonnie says:

    Well Obama was just showing once again, what clique he is in. In 2006 his good buddy Wm. Ayers was in Venezuela extolling Hugo Chavez for implementing curricula in the schools there that teaches that socialism must spread throughout the world and that capitalism must be overthrown.