Obama Hosts Chinese Leader (Or, Translated Into Rightblogger: Obama Sells Out America to Communists, Pianist)

tomt200.jpg"Red China" had been effectively closed to U.S. trade for years when President Nixon began softening things up in the 70s. Subsequent Presidents from both parties have followed Nixon's lead, and now, along with state visits like the one Chinese Leader Hu Jintao made last week to the White House, we get nearly everything from China, from t-shirts to iPhones.

We've also racked up an impressive trade deficit with our valued partner. And China holds $895.6 billion in U.S. Treasury debt, along with millions of jobs that might have gone to Americans. Hooray for free trade!

But never mind all that -- for rightbloggers the history of Sino-American relations began with Hu's visit, when President Obama sold America down the river by letting the Chinese invade the White House and sing their America-hating songs.

Official meetings between U.S. and world leaders are like icebergs, with some showy stuff on top and the real action under the surface. Presumably after their public displays of affection Obama and Hu got down to cases about their respective countries' economic dealings -- like China's recent, unexpected sell-off of some U.S. debt.

One of the summit's theatrical set pieces related to human rights, with Obama saying that China's unfortunate approach created "an occasional source of tension between our two governments," and Hu promising to do better. After decades of this sort of thing (say, what did we actually do about Tiananmen Square, anyway?), we are less than enthused; we've seen what happens to U.S. Presidents who actually try to do something about foreign human-rights abuses, and so has Obama.

Newspapers reacted to the happy-clappy as you might expect ("Obama Pushes Hu on Rights but Stresses Ties to China" -- New York Times). And so did rightbloggers. But they didn't take the world-weary approach we favor; they just came up with a countervailing brand of bullshit.

The Angry Arab News Service*, for example, explained how the Times' headline "propagandizes on behalf of Obama": In the copy that followed the headline, AANS noted, the Times said, "President Obama on Wednesday gently but pointedly prodded China to make progress on human rights..." AANS leapt in with a laser pointer: "And then the headline in in the inside (hard copy) pages (in continuation of the front page article)," they said, "becomes 'Obama presses' China on human rights. How could gentle mention be equated with pushing and pressing?"

Having appropriated Saul Alinsky, it seems, conservatives have moved on to the linguistics of Noam Chomsky. (*Update: Or so we thought -- we are informed that AANS isn't conservative -- merely anti-Obama-Administration! Easy mistake to make. Let's see how the more reliable rightwing brethren reacted...)

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Look at this photo from the White House's Flickr stream! It shows Hu (China) bigger than Obama (America)! It's a message, people! Just like Michelle's dress!
The Washington Examiner's Julie Mason headlined, "Obama careful to avoid criticism of Hu during state visit," and reported, "Obama, bestowing full state visit honors on Hu, is under fire from both parties at home for so elaborately hosting a leader accused of repression, censorship and disregard for democratic rights and principles in China."

Both parties? Mason explained: "Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., on Tuesday called Hu a 'dictator' before walking it back and saying it wasn't a good choice of words." Wow, Reid called Hu a dictator, then reneged? That's it -- Obama's definitely getting primaried in 2012.

At Human Events, Rachel Marsden declared that Reagan never "threw a ball for Mikhail Gorbachev during the Cold War" because Reagan wasn't "morally confused." (Placing flowers on the graves of SS officers at Bitburg was presumably a sign of Reagan's moral clarity.) Jennifer of Cubachi compared "the slobbering Obama and his administration gave to China's dictator Hu Jintao" with the "tough stance" taken by a real statesman, Donald Trump.

Ben Shapiro had a fascinating conspiracy theory: Why, he asked, was Hu going to Obama's hometown of Chicago after his White House meeting? Some observers thought the trip was to make trade deals, but Shapiro had a spicier angle: "Hu is visiting Chicago," he said, "because he is likely meeting with Obama's campaign, which is located in Chicago... During the 2008 election cycle, foreign money flooded into Obama's campaign coffers from countries, including Thailand, France, Austria, Germany..."

Shapiro seems to be talking about allegations that Obama's campaign solicited foreign donations, which were often repeated but never proven. (We're surprised he didn't include Iran and Saudi Arabia among the nefarious contributors.) Shapiro went on to explain why the Chinese would favor one running-dog Presidential candidate over another: Because "Obama has made America's economy almost completely reliant on China's... Obama has already outsourced America's debt to China. Why not outsource his re-election campaign, too?" Apparently Santayana was right, but incomplete: Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it incorrectly to their readers.

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Al_Swearengen
Al_Swearengen

Obama was "diplomatic" at a diplomatic function...

Give me my hankie and clear out a spot on the faintin' couch!

Ferrets envy the right for their ability to be such small, vicious animals.

shortell
shortell

Jim Hoft must be a performance artist. No one can be that stupid and dishonest.

Gipper68
Gipper68

Roy, do you have another "Bums In The Street" in you for 2011?

Stitch
Stitch

Trying again...

"But if the jackal comes / What greets it is the hunting rifle."

Sounds kinda Palin-esque.

Stitch
Stitch

"But if the jackal comes / What greets it is the hunting rifler comment here."

Sounds kinda Palin-esque.

Duncan
Duncan

"Or so we thought -- we are informed that AANS isn't conservative -- merely anti-Obama-Administration! Easy mistake to make." Of course! Because no one but a "conservative" could possibly criticize our God-king. Don't let Roy see Black Agenda Report. Liberals cannot bear very much complexity.

D. Aristophanes
D. Aristophanes

At least it's nice to see that the right-wing's 24/7 exclusive hate-in for Muslims has died down ever so slightly to allow some good-old fashioned ChiCom bashing back into the mix. How very pre-9/11 of them!

Susan of Texas
Susan of Texas

The Chinese have a star on their flag. Texas has a star on their flag. Therefore all Texans are Communists.

M. Bouffant
M. Bouffant

I'm pretty sure the "Epoch Times" is a mouth-piece for the Falun Gong cult, so one can hardly expect an even-handed approach to the ChiComs.

And did Lang Lang sing those anti-American lyrics, or just play the tune? Jeez.

Guest
Guest

Not everyone who criticizes Obama is a conservative. The Angry Arab is such a one. I'm familiar with AANS as an affiliate of leftists like Richard Seymour (Lenin's Tomb). Might want to fix that.

Doug Alder
Doug Alder

The US flag has 50 stars - OMG there's 50 times the commie strength living due south of me - seal the border! ;)

gw
gw

Lang Lang was born in 1982. I'm sure he has a deep grasp of the subtle meaning of a Korean War-era metaphor - don't all young American kids regularly discuss the influence of John Brown and abolitionists on the "Battle Hymn of the Republic"?

BobbyWong
BobbyWong

People might want to google "China's God Bless America" to see what this song is really about.

Epoch Times is Well known for it's anti-China slant.

To say the song is anti-American is like saying Star Spangled Banner is anti-British. We play it to the Queen, does it mean we are rubbing her nose in? The Revolutionary War and Korean War are both historical facts, so what does it have to do with respective state visits today?

Lang Lang picked a song for the visiting guest, don't read too much into it. It was also sang during the Olympics, in front of President Bush.

edroso
edroso

Thanks, pal. Have attributed him more accurately.

davis
davis

Quite. The lyrics read more like America the Beautiful. I know it would be too much for the right bloggers to actually read them before spouting off. Remember Hoft is the guy who thought that the closed captioned [applause] notation was a command to the crowd.

Oh and the red dress being commie? What about all those red state I keep hearing about?

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