The other day President Obama was attending a conference called the Trinidad Summit of the Americas. During this summit the various Latin American dictators and presidents make speeches. Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega gave an hour long diatribe mostly denouncing U.S. and European interference in South America. During his speech Ortega included a ridiculous complaint about the attempted invasion of Cuba in 1961 called the Bay of Pigs. Later when asked about the comments Obama said:
"I'm grateful that President Ortega did not blame me for things that happened when I was three months old,"
Could anyone imagine President Bush making a similar statement to the Japanese Prime Minister regarding the bombings of Nagasaki and Hiroshima? "Hey, don't blame me I wasn't born until a couple years after Truman dropped the bomb." If Bush had made such a foolish and self-serving comment, how do you think it would have been reported by the media? What this inexperienced naif playing president doesn't understand is he is not at the summit representing Barack Obama. No, as president, he represents the United States of America. He is still worried about what people think of him personally when he should be concerned with nations respecting us or US.
Separately, his comments about only being three months old at the time, in order to avoid ownership of the past, is strangely similar to his claims during the campaign of only being eight years old when his pal Bill Ayers was blowing up police stations and fomenting revolution. It had no bearing on his decision as an adult to freely associate with scum like Ayers. However, it worked to get the uninterested media to drop the subject.
Labels: Ayers, Bay of Pigs, Obama, Ortega