Falling for the trap

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The president asked for proof this week that his warm greeting of Venezuelan strongman Hugo Chavez has done any harm to American interests.

OK. We've got the proof right here.

The anti-American book that Chavez was seen giving to President Obama -- Open Veins of Latin America: Five Centuries of the Pillage of a Continent , by Eduardo Galeano -- skyrocketed to No. 2 on the Amazon best-seller list.

The 1971 rant, a favorite of the hemisphere's unbridled leftist-socialist America-haters, had been No. 54,295.

Only Oprah Winfrey could have done more for the book.

In effect, Mr. Obama just helped spread anti-American propaganda across Latin America. Hundreds of thousands more will read the tome because Obama gave Chavez the world stage normally reserved for the presidents of free, democratic, leading nations.

Mr. Obama and his handlers were clearly outmaneuvered and wholly unprepared for the public relations trap Chavez set at the Summit of the Americas this past week.

Had they been less guileless, the Obama team would have told the president to turn down the warmth when it comes to Chavez. And they might have been prepared with an answer to the anti-American book Chavez offered -- such as any number of scholarly books on the virtues of the American republic. There are some first- rate biographies on the Founding Fathers, books on American history, books explaining the Federalist Papers and what they mean for human freedom.

Taking note of Chavez's dismal record on free speech, Obama could have given him a framed copy of the First Amendment.

Mark Levin's new book Liberty and Tyranny is becoming a best-seller without a presidential photo-op; imagine what it would do with one.

Then again, there are loads of great books on servant leadership. What a great PR bonanza President Obama could have earned by presenting Chavez with one of those!

Instead, the Venezuelan leader outfoxed the American president -- and won a public relations bonanza for America-haters everywhere.

Candidate Obama appeared world-class naive when he said he'd meet with any world leader without precondition.

Now, President Obama seems to be oblivious to the harm he's done by doing so.

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GGpap
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GGpap 04/22/09 - 03:24 am
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ACES, this one is pure,

ACES, this one is pure, unadulterated B.S.! Even if Obama had met Chavez with stone cold ice in his demeanor, even if he had not held his hand out to receive the book, I would propose that Chavez would still have placed it in Obama's place at the table. It was pre-planned and diplomatically unpreventable! NOTHING Obama could have done would have prevented that! And no, Obama should not have been expected to counter a "supposition" by presenting Chavez with a copy of the 1st Amendment; after all, like it or not, the book Chavez presented was written the freedom of speech to do so. Chavez is a churl, dangerous perhaps, but a public response at the same level as the churl is hardly worthy of a man that is the President of the U.S. (of course, considering your agenda, you would have been delighted to see Obama act as a churl also). Damn, I find it depressing to read the crap written about a president I didn't even vote for. GGpap

_SisterAbdullahX_
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_SisterAbdullahX_ 04/22/09 - 04:52 am
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I propose that Obama could be

I propose that Obama could be caught on video, eating small children, and his supporters would come up with some rationalization for it. This man can do NO wrong. For crying out loud....when he broke over 200 years of precedent and bowed to a foreign king, his supporters claimed he was just trying to be on eye level.........as if he had eyes on his hand.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 04/22/09 - 05:02 am
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As long as you are not a hard

As long as you are not a hard working conservative, Obama will meet with you. He would sooner visit Venezuela than Columbia County.

fd1962
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fd1962 04/22/09 - 05:53 am
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How pathetic! Now, the ACES
Unpublished

How pathetic! Now, the ACES are proposing a Book War! I suppose Obama should have been better prepared with pockets full of exploding cigars, hand buzzers, or even cartoon Bibles. A boutonniere that squirted water would have charmed the editorial staff into capitulation - genuine statesmanship Chronicle style.

GACopperhead
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GACopperhead 04/22/09 - 06:18 am
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I propose that if Obama were

I propose that if Obama were proven to be God himself, you would bash him, Abdullah........

ThurstonHowell
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ThurstonHowell 04/22/09 - 06:38 am
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Chavez took advantage of the

Chavez took advantage of the opportunity to steal the spotlight and at the same time portray himself as the hero of latin America. At the same time he's jailing his opposition. That guy is twisted. It wasn't O's fault.

TechLover
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TechLover 04/22/09 - 06:52 am
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Maybe he should have given

Maybe he should have given Obama "The School of the Americas: Military Training and Political Violence in the Americas". It could move above #400,000 and more people could see why the US is so beloved in Central and South America.

sgachief
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sgachief 04/22/09 - 07:15 am
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obama'z only agenda is to

obama'z only agenda is to destroy this nation any way he can. he is pure evil.

JohnRandolphHardisonCain
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JohnRandolphHardisonCain 04/22/09 - 07:19 am
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Great posts GGpap, Retired

Great posts GGpap, Retired Army, fd1962, GACopperhead, TurstonHowell, and TechLover! You paint a very funny scene, fd1962, one that could easily be developed into a great political cartoon. Only SisterAbdullahX and Riverman are biting at the Augusta Chronicle editorial staff's (ACES's) bait. Here is something I found yesterday: "New video shows less friendly encounter between Obama and Chavez" by Andrew Malcolm [LA Times] http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/washington/2009/04/obama-chavez-video.html "Now, thanks to Jake Tapper's blog entry over at ABC this afternoon, we've got fresh Venezuelan news videotape from the same Americas summit through a door showing the two leaders conversing through a female interpreter.// No smiles in this exchange. In fact, Obama at first appears eager to walk away and is held back by Chavez. The American president then dominates the ongoing discussion and is seen gesturing with his right hand and pointing his finger several times at Chavez's chest."

JohnRandolphHardisonCain
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JohnRandolphHardisonCain 04/22/09 - 07:26 am
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Only SisterAbdullahX,

Only SisterAbdullahX, Riverman1 & sgachief are falling for ACES' trap.

WClark40
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WClark40 04/22/09 - 07:32 am
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This editors argument points

This editors argument points out nothing worthy of note.There has been anti-american propaganda being written ,broadcast, and publicly spoken since 1776!Guileless, naive, Mr. Editor in your on universe do you believe that such virtriolic and belicose language aimed at the President and his administration doesn't encourage those so inclined to do harm to the american people?Is this editorial an endorsement to visit the library?Oprah, Mark Levin where's the defense of our nation entertwined there?The Presidents job first and foremost is to keep us safe!We know who we are; we are the greatest nation on earth and are quite secure with that fact. Photo-ops and such have there place but the bottom line is the President in his first crisis [The somali pirates] handled it gloriously!America is in great hands let's just enjoy the ride!

old_jube_early
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old_jube_early 04/22/09 - 07:55 am
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obomoron, was outfoxed, and

obomoron, was outfoxed, and out classed. The empty suit has no substance, nor does his sheeple!!. All you hve to do is read the majority of the above posts to realize the sewage rats are blindly following the piper!

christian134
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christian134 04/22/09 - 07:58 am
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That is what our dear dear

That is what our dear dear Pres. O does Augusta Chronicle...He is to be congratulated on his swift rise up the socialist ladder his ultimate goal of One World Government with a top of the line position for himself...Hooray Pres. O...To further compliment his "obscene" behavior the picture on the newspaper of Castro calling out Pres. O's exaggeration of a more than possible "thaw" of relations with Cuba our own dear Pres. has a look of a 2 year old being caught with his hand in the cookie jar...:-)

patriciathomas
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patriciathomas 04/22/09 - 08:02 am
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So many naive posters think

So many naive posters think that these meetings for the camera are just spontaneous. Every comment is verified, every hand shake is verified and every gift exchange is verified by the president's handlers before they take place. The groveling bow, the chuckling hugs and the book exchange were all ok'd by O's people. This entire act is choreographed. Spontaneity in politics is an illusion. While the "Open veins" is falling fast (there's a limited number of "hate America" skanks), "Liberty and Tyranny", the book that open veins couldn't knock from #1, continues to be a best seller.

slippery 25
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slippery 25 04/22/09 - 08:19 am
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It appears Obama is not the

It appears Obama is not the only one following for the trap!

MJDW
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MJDW 04/22/09 - 08:48 am
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Obama should have left the

Obama should have left the book laying on the table when he got up to leave..............

convertedsoutherner
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convertedsoutherner 04/22/09 - 08:58 am
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As long as the ego of prezbho

As long as the ego of prezbho can be built up, he will fly everywhere to meet with anyone so he can be more arrogant and self-centered. He can't even see that other countries are laughing at him because of his arrogance. Everything is about prezbho and how he can build his world order. He apologizes to all these terrorists and blames everyone else, especially Bush.

reader54
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reader54 04/22/09 - 08:58 am
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Has ACES read the book? How

Has ACES read the book? How do they know that it is propaganda. You don't have to read the book to know that we have backed some very evil regimes in the past. We have to learn from our mistakes not cover them up.

mable8
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mable8 04/22/09 - 09:22 am
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The big O is nothing more

The big O is nothing more than a low-lying snake; the best and greatest thing to occur during his tenure is IMPEACHMENT. The sheeple followers who adore this moron put him above the Almighty. Since when did our Creator drop dead and name this meglomaniac god??? It seems some don't realize that the big O is doing his best to fulfill his dream of dismantling the US Constitution, which he proposed to do in an interview in Jan 2008 while in San Francisco. The big O deserves no respect and it is HIS ARROGANCE, not that of the American citizen, that is most evident in his speeches and his travels. He hasn't done anything for the American citizen except to show he knows how to delegate those duties that are supposed to be dealt with by our President. The big O is a delegating redistributor and is a bigoted racist.

mable8
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mable8 04/22/09 - 09:24 am
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And, by the way, if I spoke

And, by the way, if I spoke to the big O at a personal level, I would have no problem telling him to his face what I think of him.

old_jube_early
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old_jube_early 04/22/09 - 09:31 am
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The Rusians have a name from

The Rusians have a name from obomoron--pusskee!

JohnRandolphHardisonCain
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JohnRandolphHardisonCain 04/22/09 - 09:35 am
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The Augusta Chronicle

The Augusta Chronicle editorial staff (ACES) has the racists and the haters on board.

drumbeater1
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drumbeater1 04/22/09 - 09:36 am
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the president of this country

the president of this country should bow to no one but almighty god, and if he needs to read a book, he may try visiting a local library,preferably one that has been the beneficiary of some stimulus money. the rest of those third world wannabe leaders are pissants at best....but of course the are the anti american heroes of cain,ggpap,fd1962 and other traitors.

toldya
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toldya 04/22/09 - 09:37 am
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do these columnists actually

do these columnists actually get paid for this crap?

Lobosolo
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Lobosolo 04/22/09 - 09:39 am
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PettyT and Christian134, are

PettyT and Christian134, are you guys married, or what?

Georgiais1
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Georgiais1 04/22/09 - 09:45 am
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I see the nut case Cain is

I see the nut case Cain is agreeing with the Lefties on here. That should justify your arguments. If these fruit loops could find nothing wrong with O's relationship with the rev Wright, you know they will love ChaveZ and the Big O.

elliottness
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elliottness 04/22/09 - 09:45 am
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mable is that the same

mable is that the same constitution that your buffoon president called just a g/d piece of paper?no one can just dismantle the articles it would take years to make any amendments.he hasn't done anything in 3 months? what did gayboy do in 8 years except have male prostitutes over for a little afternoon delight over 200 times?i don't see obama out riding bikes at 2 in the afternoon,while the vp was in he whitehouse, strange wouldn't you say?you and this poor rag nothing but complaints every day.well better find something new because we will have the whitehouse and congress for some time.

HotFoot
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HotFoot 04/22/09 - 09:46 am
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drumbeater, you say "the

drumbeater, you say "the president of this country should bow to no one but almighty god". My, you have an exalted view of this country! Don't get me wrong, I wouldn't want to live anywhere else (although my time spent in Scandanavia was quite lovely) but this country has perpetrated atrocities and pandered to the lowest common denominator time and time again. The US is not immune from human frailties. I guess it makes you feel secure, thinking that we're special, always right, a great people, etc., etc.... But I believe that our country--ANY country--has to admit what it's done wrong and air our dirty laundry to avoid repeating the same mistakes. If anything makes us special, that does.

LaTwon
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LaTwon 04/22/09 - 10:03 am
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cain............ zero

cain............ zero credibility. no comment on the war, the war expansion, trippling of debt, blocking prosecution for torture,
dem congresswoman blocking investigation of aipac spying, play for pay. hahahhhaaaaa typical lib.

bdittle
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bdittle 04/22/09 - 10:03 am
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BTW, editors, just because

BTW, editors, just because you read an anti-American book does not mean you believe its message. It is called educating yourself. Knowing the mind of your foe is helpful and constructive. I think a lot of people could learn a lot by reading views that are not in-line with their own. So you have a rant and an anti-American book... I think the U.S. is going to be okay weathering that "harm".

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