Poor Obama. Presidents of China have it so easy by comparison…

Posted by: Phineas on March 11, 2011 at 2:07 pm

**Posted by Phineas

One reason Chinese presidents have it so easy

Jeez, what a whiner. I seem to recall he wanted the job, real bad. In fact, he wanted it so much that he started running for it after only two years as a United States senator.

But now he finds it too tough and envies the Chinese President:

How Mr. Obama manages to do that while also balancing American interests is a question that officials acknowledge will plague this historic president for months to come. Mr. Obama has told people that it would be so much easier to be the president of China. As one official put it, “No one is scrutinizing Hu Jintao’s words in Tahrir Square.”

(Emphasis added)

Gee, I wonder why that is? Could it be because the Chinese government has an almost unbroken history of tyranny against its own people? That Hu’s predecessors are responsible for the deaths of tens of millions? That it doesn’t give a damn about individual liberty and, indeed, as the photo shows above, sends tanks against unarmed protesters demanding their unalienable rights? That is conducting a slow-motion ethnic cleansing in Tibet? Could it be because Hu isn’t accountable to his people, nor even to the legislature, but just to an elite oligarchy of Communist Party hierarchs?

No wonder he has such an easy time of it, and no wonder no one seeking his or her liberty cares a rat’s hind end what Hu Jin Tao has to say.

Okay, Mr. President. It’s time for a basic lesson in why people in Tahrir Square (or Tiananmen Square) might care about what you have to say. Not you as Barack Obama from Hawaii by way of Chicago, but you, Barack Obama, as President of the United States.

You are the Chief of State of a nation that, over the course of the last 235 years, has:

  • Fought for its own freedom
  • Fought a civil war to end slavery
  • Sent an army to Europe to defeat the German Empire in World War 1
  • Sent armies and navies around the globe to defeat Germany (again) when Europe was nearly crushed and at the same time to crush Japan in World War 2, saving the lives and liberties of hundreds of millions
  • Fought North Korea and China to preserve South Korea as a free country (Turned out pretty good)
  • Fought to preserve South Vietnam (Okay, that one didn’t turn out so good)
  • Fought to save Bosnians and Kosovars and give Iraqis and Afghans a chance at a better life

And on and on…

But if the military angle doesn’t get though to you, how about the moral? The nation that gives you such a hard time as president also gave the world the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution of the United States, the Bill of Rights, the radical concept that sovereignty derives from the people and not their rulers, and that Mankind’s liberty is best preserved when his government is limited. (That last one bugs you a lot, doesn’t it?)

And we didn’t just keep it to ourselves; we proclaimed it the right of all humans everywhere and acted as a shield for those wanting those rights and as a loud voice for those whose voices were silenced by the guns of the dictators. Not perfectly, not always consistently, sometimes screwing up badly, but often enough and strongly enough that oppressed people around the world look to the American president for words of encouragement and aid, not the Chinese president. It wasn’t some jumped-up autocrat from Beijing who stood in front of one of the bleakest symbols of tyranny the world has seen, the Berlin Wall, and demanded that the barbarians who built it tear it down.

No, it was an American president, one you like to compare yourself to.

And that’s why people in the Tahrir Squares of the world care what you say.

Instead of whining that dictators have it easier than you, maybe you should stop and think about the role your predecessors have played and why the world would look to them for leadership in the cause of liberty. Maybe you’ll learn something.

Maybe you’ll even grow up a bit.

via Ed Morrissey

(Crossposted at Public Secrets)

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13 Responses to “Poor Obama. Presidents of China have it so easy by comparison…”


  1. Carlos says:

    The folder, “Clueless Wonders”, says it all, Phineas.

    This Dufus-in-Chief has to be the biggest clueless wonder in the entire history of this once-proud (and hopefully will be again) nation.

    Hence the handle, “Duh-1.”

  2. david foster says:

    If Obama suddenly became leader of China, with all of Hu Jintao’s powers, I feel certain that he would reduce that country to utter chaos within 5 years. China has many problems of which Obama, with his focus on surface appearances, is probably unaware; in addition, it lacks much of the wealth, positive institutional inertial and strength of civil society from which the US benefits (and which will hopefully allow us to survive Obama’s leadership for a few years.)

    Things like the “green energy” obsession and ethanol subsidies can be endured by a rich country, at least for a limited period of time. Obama’s methods in China would result in widespread starvation and civil war.

  3. PE says:

    “There, but for the grace of God, goes God.” Joe Mankiewicz

  4. dmorris says:

    “But if the military angle doesn’t get though to you, how about the moral? ”

    But Obama was propagandized from an early age that America is immoral,a vicious military led tyranny that oppresses the poor and fattens the rich!

    Obama,as Prez of China would probably reside over the destruction of that Nation in a series of civil wars,as he careens from appeasement to suppression,depending on the optics that day.


  5. Iva Biggin says:

    Gotta point out that the reason that Korea “Turned out pretty good” was because we STILL have troops there manning the border between North and South. If we were still maintaining a border between North and South Vietnam it too would have “Turned out pretty good”. Us old ‘Nam vets don’t need the snarky comments from someone who probably wasn’t there. By the way, we are STILL maintaining troops around the globe to keep the peace. If we had pulled out of Europe the Russians would have it all. Maybe then you’d say “OK that one didn’t turn out so good.” Aside from all of that yes, Obama is an idiot and a wanna-be dictator.

  6. Pasadena Phil says:

    Always whining about how hard it is be president. It’s not like he was drafted to be president, he spent hundreds of millions of dollars to get the job. And he plans to spend over a billion dollars to hold on to the job next year.

    Maybe next time he should run for president of China or some other easier-to-govern country.

  7. Phineas says:


    You misread my meaning; I wasn’t snarking on the accomplishment of US forces in Vietnam — far from it. My sarcasm was directed at those who threw away a situation we were clearly winning after Tet, most particularly the Democratic congress that cut off funds for aid to Vietnam under Ford. My apologies for a clumsy phrasing that gave offense; none was meant.

  8. Bear1909 says:

    Barry the Weak. I was never a fan of this charlatan fop. It is still unbelieveable to me that he was elected. It is still unbelieveable to me that the US Enemedia is giving him a complete pass. What is the payoff? Go to China a run for Dictator, Barry. They’ll bone you and use you for a wet suit.

  9. thomas mc donnell says:

    does china have a president?

  10. Carlos says:

    Yes, Thomas, China does have a president. And it’s not Obama. Unfortunately.

    Clearly, you can take the victim out of the ‘hood, but you can’t take the hood out of the victim.

    Now he’s blaming everyone else for not warning him he’d actually have to DO something while basking in the endless vacations.

    Here it is, already nearly the middle of March. How many vacations has he had so far this year? More than the average jobless American, I can guarantee you that!

  11. RickS says:

    Is this feckless POS really our president? I mean, did I somehow get transported to Bizarro World?

  12. Glenn Bergen says:

    Obama must be a ball of frustration, China already HAS socialism. What does he have to do, to catch up to the Chinese ?