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    I agree with Obama on this one

    We're not at war with Chavez even though he is a complete butthead. So when meeting in an international forum the participants should be respectful. I don't know about the slap on the back and being overly friendly, (and I damn sure don't agree with bowing to some f ucking king) but shacking hands is a common form of greeting. I compare it to being in a business meeting with people I dispise, but if they are there to represent issues that need to be discussed, even if I totally disagree with them, professional curtosey is still the best way to go.

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    Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich tore into President Barack Obama Monday for his friendly greeting of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, saying Obama is bolstering the "enemies of America.”

    Gingrich appeared on a number of morning talk shows comparing Obama to President Jimmy Carter for the smiling, hearty handshake he offered Chavez, one of the harshest critics of the United States, during the Summit of the Americas.

    “Frankly, this does look a lot like Jimmy Carter. Carter tried weakness, and the world got tougher and tougher, because the predators, the aggressors, the anti-Americans, the dictators – when they sense weakness, they all start pushing ahead,” Gingrich said on “Fox & Friends.”

    Two Republican senators, Judd Gregg of New Hampshire and John Ensign of Nevada, joined in the criticism Monday, with Ensign calling Obama's greeting of Chavez "irresponsible."

    Obama addressed such criticism before he left the summit in Trinidad and Tobago on Sunday, noting his “great differences” with Chavez and expressing concern for the Venezuelan president’s “inflammatory” rhetoric toward the United States and interference in neighboring Latin American countries

    “It's unlikely that as a consequence of me shaking hands or having a polite conversation with Mr. Chavez that we are endangering the strategic interests of the United States,” Obama told reporters at a news conference. “I don't think anybody can find any evidence that that would do so. Even within this imaginative crowd, I think you would be hard-pressed to paint a scenario in which U.S. interests would be damaged as a consequence of us having a more constructive relationship with Venezuela.”

    While the White House felt Obama's first foray into Latin America went well, officials seemed concerned that so-called “picture seen ‘round the world” of Obama greeting Chavez at the summit would generate such criticism back home.

    The criticism is déjà vu for the Obama team. It is along the same line of what Obama’s opponents – Hillary Clinton, now secretary of State, and Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz), said of him during the campaign, that he was too willing to talk to U.S. adversaries.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mellowman View Post
    A Democrat..... I am wondering if you would have been a slave owner if you was born 160 years ago??? I think that i would have been worst than Nat Turner! Dont you think that Nat Turner is truly an American hero?

    I suspect that if you had been born a couple hundred years ago in Africa YOU would have been the one capturing natives and selling them to the Europeans.

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    Are you trying to deny the fact that it was Africans that captured other Africans and sold them into slavery?

    What revisionist history you have.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dr Buzzard View Post
    I suspect that if you had been born a couple hundred years ago in Africa YOU would have been the one capturing natives and selling them to the Europeans.

    Don't start none, won't be none!

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