Video: Richardson gets another foreign endorsement for Obama!

posted at 7:22 pm on April 28, 2008 by Ed Morrissey

Bill Richardson brings all the campaign talent to Team Obama that took him from the most-experienced candidate to an embarrassing also-ran. In this clip, Richardson works his magic on several topics. He keeps emphasizing that Barack Obama is “bringing people together”, a “fresh voice”, and “change” — but he can’t offer any specifics about any of those qualities. But when he talks about Obama’s foreign policy, Richardson really hits bottom:

“We’re going to need to see who is going to be the strongest candidate against Senator McCain. And I believe that is Senator Obama with his emphasis on change and bringing people together, a fresh voice internationally, somebody that is able, in my judgment..to bring…. at least I just got back from Latin America, from Venezuela, where he has enormous support, where people really want to see a change in American foreign policy and they see Obama as that agent of change.

Yes, you read that correctly. Richardson went to Venezuela to work on gaining the release of American hostages taken by FARC, the Colombian terrorists who have received material support from Venezuelan wannabe dictator Hugo Chavez. When Richardson speaks about Venezuelans who want to see a change in American foreign policy, one has to remember that the only Venezuelans Richardson meets are Chavez and his regime’s diplomats. Richardson certainly isn’t meeting with Venezuelan dissidents while trying to wheedle Chavez into getting his terrorist supporters to release the three Americans.

In other words, Richardson just delivered the Hugo Chavez endorsement. Will Americans see Hugo’s blessing as a compelling reason to vote for Obama, or to vote for John McCain? And just how vapid can Richardson be to cheerfully deliver that bombshell on CNN?

Be sure to listen to Richardson’s answer on Jeremiah Wright. After asserting that Wright isn’t on the ballot, Richardson says that we should “shove him aside” and disregard him. He should offer that advice to Barack Obama, who still doesn’t appear smart enough to follow it.


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If there’s one thing the American electorate likes, it’s having foreign leaders tell them who to vote for, especially when they’re brutal dictators. President Kerry coasted to an easy victory with all those European endorsements in his pockets. Looks like history is about to repeat itself!

Doctor Zero on April 28, 2008 at 7:28 PM

It’s the beard isn’t it? Turned a completely normal moderate democrat into a lunatic. It’s gotta be the beard.

lorien1973 on April 28, 2008 at 7:29 PM

I think you’re kinda reaching here.

Typhonsentra on April 28, 2008 at 7:31 PM

Thanks Bill! I knew we could count on ya!

Tim Zank on April 28, 2008 at 7:31 PM

Governor,

Peace at any price?

kma

Limerick on April 28, 2008 at 7:32 PM

Wonderful – maybe Richardson can go visit his old buddy, lil’ kim in N. Korea next, and come back with his endorsement for Obama. Nothing like that “fresh” international voice of Obama’s. The despots around the world are salivating at the thought of President Obama sitting at the table to talk turkey with them.

Rick on April 28, 2008 at 7:32 PM

Don’t forget the mention of gringos meeting with the Ecuador president to discuss Obama as our new president, which was found on the computors taken by Colombia in the cross border raid on FARC. Now, Richardson does this.
I’m beginning to think Obama is surrounded by loose lipped idiots.

a capella on April 28, 2008 at 7:33 PM

Well, we all know that dictators speak for all the people. Jimmy Carter told us so!

SouthernGent on April 28, 2008 at 7:33 PM

It’s the beard isn’t it? Turned a completely normal moderate democrat into a lunatic. It’s gotta be the beard.

lorien1973 on April 28, 2008 at 7:29 PM

Nah, Richardson wasn’t normal to begin with; the ‘debates’ with the other democrats showed him to be a lightweight, with looney ideas and vapid opinions, just this side of a complete nitwit.

Must have been an affirmative-action hire by the Clinton administration.

MrLynn on April 28, 2008 at 7:34 PM

Has anyone heard from Robert Mugabe yet?

Cicero43 on April 28, 2008 at 7:34 PM

I see blue force bolts in Richardson’s future

windansea on April 28, 2008 at 7:35 PM

“yarrggh” – Howard Dean

forest on April 28, 2008 at 7:38 PM

If Hillary wins the selection, then Bill is nothing…nothing

right2bright on April 28, 2008 at 7:38 PM

The two Venezuelans I know hate Chavez with such a passion, they wish the U.S. would go there and assassinate him.

Somehow I don’t think that’s the change he’s talking about here.

WisCon on April 28, 2008 at 7:38 PM

http://www.iht.com/articles/ap/2008/02/14/america/LA-POL-Nicaragua-Ortega-Obama.php

“It’s not to say that there is already a revolution under way in the U.S. … but yes, they are laying the foundations for a revolutionary change”

ninjapirate on April 28, 2008 at 7:39 PM

Change! Change! Change! Maybe I should Change my underwear and socks today! I swear if I hear change one more time with no substance to back it up or even say what they wish to change…and if they do say what it is how they are going to do it…im gonna puke all over my computer and leave it for my coworkers to clean up…im getting all fired up…Bill Richardson is a joke…and so is his beard

SoCalInfidel on April 28, 2008 at 7:41 PM

In other words, Richardson just delivered the Hugo Chavez endorsement

Richardson,Chavez,Wright,and soon Carter’s (Hamas) endorsement—–(has Kucinich thrown in his UFO support yet?)—–it’s no wonder them superdelegates are confused.

Rovin on April 28, 2008 at 7:54 PM

GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAAAALLLLLLLLLLL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

McCain will really be disappointed that he doesn’t have a lock on the support of anti-American dictators- guess he’l just have to redouble his efforts in getting the support of North Korea and Zimbabwe. After all, the cranky old bastard has disappeared from public, he’s got plenty of time to line up endorsements considering he isn’t even attempting to campaign these days.

highhopes on April 28, 2008 at 7:55 PM

Did he sleep with Hugo and the gang like Cindy Sheehan did?

Beto Ochoa on April 28, 2008 at 7:56 PM

Bet he’s glad he ditched Hillary and Bill and latched onto the loser.

Like attracts like.

profitsbeard on April 28, 2008 at 7:59 PM

And just how vapid can Richardson be to cheerfully deliver that bombshell on CNN?

Plenty. The guy is a bully and a moron.

Seriously, what is wrong with our State Department, letting these nutjob Dems run around the world? Is this really our top guy in foreign negotiations, Bill freakin’ Richardson?

Rhinoboy on April 28, 2008 at 8:00 PM

What, no one has mentioned John Waffles Kerry yet?

William Teach on April 28, 2008 at 8:07 PM

It’s really a great coup (so to speak).The MoveOn-ers love Hugo. This way, they know Hugo loves Barry and Barry has plausible deniability about having asked for that support.

eeyore on April 28, 2008 at 8:07 PM

OT…O’Reilly 100% in the tank for the Messiah, “this whole Wright affair is unfair to Obama” ….God help us all!

dmann on April 28, 2008 at 8:10 PM

dmann on April 28, 2008 at 8:10 PM

Oh…you mean Fox’s Swartzenegger? Relativist? Nah….not our own Head-too-large-for-teepee!

Limerick on April 28, 2008 at 8:19 PM

Man, I wish that dude would stop trying to look like Ace. It’s really uncomfortable looking at him. Unless he’s doing it for the Val-U-Rite ads.

Attila (Pillage Idiot) on April 28, 2008 at 8:26 PM

It’s the beard isn’t it? Turned a completely normal moderate democrat into a lunatic. It’s gotta be the beard.

lorien1973 on April 28, 2008 at 7:29 PM

Bill Richardson clearly suffers from the same affliction that took out Al Gore.

highhopes on April 28, 2008 at 8:37 PM

Limerick on April 28, 2008 at 8:19 PM

Wow, O’Reilly takes a long hard pull on the Messiah KoolAid, African Americans deserve some slack..due to historical issues…..WTF Bill! Bill is firmly committed to the Rev. Wright is insane strategy, again it is unfair to Obamam for the “folks” to tie the them together! Moyers is the true villan…..what a POS!!! Billy and the body langauge expert then slam Bush in New Orleans and Jenna Bush for the Larry King interview…..

dmann on April 28, 2008 at 8:39 PM

I thought “Mr. French” from that 60′s sitcom with Brian Keith died several years back……..?

awesum on April 28, 2008 at 8:40 PM

Marxists of a feather flock together. Also, to be a Marxist, is to be able to spot one running for President of the USA.

Thanks, Hugo. Thanks, Bill.

Dusty on April 28, 2008 at 8:40 PM

So when Richardson says “people” he means Hugo Chavez. This will look good next to the Hamas endorsement. All we need is a third thug endorsement to get the NY Times to run a “trend” story.

Yeah, I know I’m dreaming.

seanhackbarth on April 28, 2008 at 8:41 PM

Wait until the Colombians express whom they support, by divulging what was really found on those FARC laptops (about Chavez, the anti-American and terrorist-supporting monster, who’s friends and prop with/for the Cuban brothers-from-hell-next-door).

Richardson is dumber than was assumed so far. Heck, Obama doesn’t need any enemies. He’s got a s**tload of friends to be proud of.

For sure Chavez, and his South-American socialist-communist brethren, Zawahiri & Co, the lot from the Middle East, the commie friends from Europe, etc. will all have to get on record later in support of Barry Obama. But, he’ll just say that he knows of them…”they’re just an exuberant lot, that’s all”.

Entelechy on April 28, 2008 at 8:44 PM

marxists and anti americans flock to obama. why?

because they recognize one of their own and there is a global geostrategic effort to contain US power underway.

why else would;

sandinista ortega of nicaragua endorse obama,

venezuelan marxist chavez endorse obama,

the stalinist colombian farc be looking forward to an obama presidency,

the openly communist Correa/ecuador support obama while he is purging his military of undesirable (pro US) officers and throwing out our folks operating out of Manta (there will be war between Colombia and this pig). there was another cross border attack by the Farc from ecuadoran territory this weekend.

the marxist payaso indio Evo Morales of Bolivia support obama

the southern cone’s socialist witch kirchner support obama,

the chilean socialist witch Bachelet has not said anything yet but its a matter of time.

Iran endorse obama policy,

Hamas support obama,

what was steny hoyer doing meeting with the muslim brotherhood in egypt?

what was that craven witch pelosi doing in syria?

just what assurances or deals have been made by obama bagman rezko on his multiple trips to syria

what assurances have been made by obamas iraqi bagman?

what did obama foreign policy advisor brezynski discuss with syria, iran, and hezbollah?

why won’t pelosi meet with colombia’s Uribe but will meet with syria’s assad.

why do these democrats attack a staunch US ally like Colombia but trip over themselves going to damascus.

this country cannot afford these democrats for much longer.

elduende on April 28, 2008 at 8:45 PM

OT…O’Reilly 100% in the tank for the Messiah, “this whole Wright affair is unfair to Obama” ….God help us all!

dmann on April 28, 2008 at 8:10 PM

You’re so right dmann, Orielly hasn’t mentioned Hillary dodging sniper bullets in days now—-but he does continue to lambast Wright deservedly so.

It’s almost like the left-wing nutcase’s just can’t stand to not have any airtime, (Richardson), as their party continues to disintegrate.

Rovin on April 28, 2008 at 8:45 PM

Hillary should rejoice that he left her. It’s a good thing for her.

Entelechy on April 28, 2008 at 8:46 PM

dmann on April 28, 2008 at 8:39 PM

Yeah…I admit to (as you can tell) being no fan of the OR.

Limerick on April 28, 2008 at 8:48 PM

Thanks Billy boy. Hamas, Hugo, Farrakhan… All BHO needs now is for Hitler, Stalin and Saddam to come back and live just long enough to endorse him and then die again.

BTW, what is up with that stupid boy-band beard? He looks like Wolfman Jacks’ younger brother.

Claypigeon on April 28, 2008 at 8:50 PM

He looks like Wolfman Jacks’ younger brother.
Claypigeon on April 28, 2008 at 8:50 PM

For that, he can thank Just For Men Brush-In Color Gel.

eeyore on April 28, 2008 at 8:56 PM

It’s the beard isn’t it? Turned a completely normal moderate democrat into a lunatic. It’s gotta be the beard.

Obviously, this is the alternate universe, Evil Judas Richardson.

DelD on April 28, 2008 at 8:58 PM

Anyone get the North Korean Shrimp’s endorsement yet? Let me guess…………

Dr.Cwac.Cwac on April 28, 2008 at 8:59 PM

For that, he can thank Just For Men Brush-In Color Gel.

eeyore on April 28, 2008 at 8:56 PM

Tru dat, playa. Check out the pics of him and BillyJeff during the Supa Bowl. It looked like he had Christmas tinsel growing out of his face.

Dr.Cwac.Cwac on April 28, 2008 at 9:00 PM

Anyone send a provisional ballot to Mullah Omar?

Dr.Cwac.Cwac on April 28, 2008 at 9:00 PM

Limerick on April 28, 2008 at 8:48 PM

A long, long time ago in a galaxy far, far away I used to enjoy and agree with OR. I don’t think I’ve changed all that much.

dmann on April 28, 2008 at 9:03 PM

The abject tone deafness regarding Venezuelan endorsement simply another reason to know to the marrow of our bones that the Dems are just not responsible enough to lead our country.

I also was amused by the amount of times Richardson led with the undefined term of Change© as the primary reason to vote for Obama… as if change is both a tactic and an objective so powerful that a change to what need not be described. As a “diplomat”, doesn’t he have a few more words under his control. Just a few more words?

Lastly, wasn’t Richardson supposed to be such a great get for Team Obama because he’s such a moderate Dem… you know, the kind that cuts a few taxes and looks tough with a beard?

Somehow, I trust, his less than agile mind during even the lightest of questioning – he was horrible in debates and even had to have specific stage direction to look to your right lovingly towards Barack’s upturned chin after you’ve said how wonderful he is during endorsement speech written for him – has undercut that silliness once and for all.

Or not, we’re talkin’ about Dems aren’t we?

Shivas Irons on April 28, 2008 at 9:05 PM

http://www.iht.com/articles/ap/2008/02/14/america/LA-POL-Nicaragua-Ortega-Obama.php

“It’s not to say that there is already a revolution under way in the U.S. … but yes, they are laying the foundations for a revolutionary change”
ninjapirate on April 28, 2008 at 7:39 PM

You’ve gotta be fookin kidding me.

funky chicken on April 28, 2008 at 9:06 PM

We need this kind of brilliant thinking to run the USA. Magnificent!!

Maybe Richardson could give our latest nuclear weapon technology to Venezuela this administration instead of China.

jukin on April 28, 2008 at 9:07 PM

dmann, he just wants the interview. Uh, Bill, Chris Wallace beat you to it.

funky chicken on April 28, 2008 at 9:11 PM

But,ahem, Ed…doesn’t the dictator speak for all the people? I mean, if Jimmy Carter says it’s true, then…/sarcasm off

CP on April 28, 2008 at 9:29 PM

I really am having hard time with people’s last names.

Latinos who have Swedish last names,

Blacks who have Irish last names,

Whites who have “Black” as last name,

And Muslims who changed their names after September 11, 2001 from “Muhammad” to “Justin” or “Jason.”

Indy Conservative on April 28, 2008 at 9:30 PM

elduende on April 28, 2008 at 8:45 PM

Man, that was so detailed, in depth and accurate. Well done!

PS. I spent two weeks in Manta just a few months ago. Talk about dirt poor. Sad.

Big John on April 28, 2008 at 9:33 PM

The only people that would care (negatively) about a Chavez endorsement are already voting for McCain. This won’t make a difference to those that McCain is trying to win over. Richardson’s wording is sufficient to convince the independents that Obama is “winning back world opinion.”

Given that Obama’s opinions on foreign policy mirrors those of the world leaders the moderates want to like them (Western Europe and Latin America), you can expect such announcements to be a net positive for Ellsworth.

spmat on April 28, 2008 at 9:37 PM

Did Richardson bring any cash back for the campaign. I hear Hugo has money to spare since they stopped his illegal contributions to the Argentinian socialist.

davod on April 28, 2008 at 9:39 PM

funky chicken on April 28, 2008 at 9:11 PM

I know, but it is so pathetic to watch, he has become nothing more than an Obamessiah Ho!

dmann on April 28, 2008 at 9:43 PM

At least he didn’t say he was proud of America for the first time in his life….

Hog Wild on April 28, 2008 at 9:57 PM

Given that Obama’s opinions on foreign policy mirrors those of the world leaders the moderates want to like them (Western Europe and Latin America), you can expect such announcements to be a net positive for Ellsworth.

I’m sort of hoping McCain gets on the proverbial stick and starts pointing out that in France Sarkozy recently elected, and the biggest America fan in the French gov’t’s employ since, hell, La Fayette… and it seems to me a certain fellow named Berlusconi just won big in Italy… and there is this guy named Harper in Canada that certainly wasn’t the Liberal candidate running for office in the “Goiter on our Northern Border”.

Feel free to add to my list of leaders that like us, really like us. So often the media gets used to saying something, or like saying what they hope to be true. Stuff like, “Everyone loved us for two weeks after 9/11 and then we squandered that love, blah, blah”… and so it goes.

Oftentimes it takes a Presidential candidate to shake loose the truth from the everyday, unconsidered, aphorisms of a news media that seems to have quit thinking long ago, sadly.

Shivas Irons on April 28, 2008 at 10:05 PM

Hamas!
Farrakhan!
Chavez!
And they just dispatched Madeline Notatallbright to secure Kim Mentally Ill’s endorsement.

jgapinoy on April 28, 2008 at 10:19 PM

YAAAAY !!!

Obama: Leadership, Terrorists and Dictators can Believe in.

…’cause like, you know, um, when Obama’s elected, they’ll, uh, quit being terrorists and dictators…Dude

franksalterego on April 28, 2008 at 10:42 PM

Big John on April 28, 2008 at 9:33 PM

Big John just wait until our people are expelled from Manta to see real socialism lift them out of the dirt. Not. Once our presence in the area is gone those folks in Manta have one less income stream to live off of. Manta is a strategic port not just for our counter drug ops but as a defacto guarantor of Ecuadoran security which is why Chavez and his boy Correa want us out.

elduende on April 28, 2008 at 10:47 PM

Hey Shivas, you forgot to mention South Korea just elected a pro-America leader. Also Germany’s leader is also pro-America. A lot of the big democratic countries are being run by pro-America leaders.

BroncosRock on April 29, 2008 at 12:23 AM

Turned a completely normal moderate democrat into a lunatic.
lorien1973 on April 28, 2008 at 7:29 PM

I see he had you fooled too. Well, It is a large group, so you aren’t alone.

I’m not all that perceptive about people…. It usually takes whacking me upside the head with (the equivalent of ) a 2X4 before I can see their true character.

I’ll be called a liar for this as well, but I’ve known Richardson since ’82, when he was running for Congress… I knew he was a total liberal, and a complete snake within five minutes of meeting him at a party (held by my boss and sorta’ mentor who was a hot-shot consultant working to spin off technologies developed at the National Labs (Los Alamos, Sandia, etc) into private industry).

Why the rest of the country can’t see Richardson for what he is, is astonishing to me.

LegendHasIt on April 29, 2008 at 1:10 AM

Richardson wasn’t normal to begin with, just this side of a complete nitwit.

Would you please convey that to New Mexico voters? He is the Latin Messiah to that backwards state. My poor folks and many decent (conservative) relatives live there, and they too are snowed by him for some reason.

leftnomore on April 29, 2008 at 1:25 AM

Did Richardson bring any cash back for the campaign. I hear Hugo has money to spare since they stopped his illegal contributions to the Argentinian socialist.
davod on April 28, 2008 at 9:39 PM

HA! Don’t make me laugh. I rather imagine that Richardson actually left money with Hugo:

Little known fact: The poor taxpayers of New Mexico were actually giving Kim Jong Il some sort of ‘foreign aid’ after Richardson’s visit to NK two years or so ago.

We have never been able to find out exactly how much or in what form Li’l Kim got paid off, but it happened. We didn’t come out empty handed though… As part of the ‘cultural exchange program’ A couple of North Korean doctors came to New Mexico to teach the latest NK surgical techniques to the surgeons at Lovelace Hospital (Which is considered one of the best small hospitals in the US.)

Yeah, we made out like banditos on that deal, I’m sure…

LegendHasIt on April 29, 2008 at 1:25 AM

Check out Red State Update over on You Tube and watch the “Richardson Endorses Obama” clip and the one they did on the New Hampshire debate, the one where the Dems and Pubs all shook hands afterwards.

Best. Richardson. Representations. EVAH!

SuperCool on April 29, 2008 at 2:59 AM

Now, more than ever, I have no respect for the electorate of the state of New Mexico…..hey New Mexicans, THIS IS YOUR GOVERNOR!!!!

chief65 on April 29, 2008 at 4:42 AM

I have an honest question to pose to all of you. I will give great respect to anyone that answers it seriously and with some thought… Here comes the Devil’s advocate

QUOTE Richardson “the people of Venezuela are excited.” If you were in an oil rich country whose leaders quarreled with the oil starved superpower 1,000 miles away, would you be excited about the possibility of more dialog between the nations? I don’t believe he said “Obama would French Kiss Chavez on day 2 and deliver nuclear secrets.” How would improved national relations exactly be a bad thing? Couldn’t our economy use it?

Qper on April 29, 2008 at 9:09 AM

When all is said and done, how can we even think of electing someone who has apparently pledged his allegience to the mother country through his church and can not be bothered the place his hand over his heart and recite the pledge of allegience to the country he wants to be President of. Something is wrong with this picture.

kaye on April 29, 2008 at 12:01 PM

richardson is a complete idiot and judas.

jimmer on April 29, 2008 at 12:56 PM

Qper on April 29, 2008 at 9:09 AM

Your question pre-supposes that America… George Bush.. Is to blamed for the poor relations with Venezuela.

You can put 100% of the blame on Dear Leader Hugo. Until he took power, our relations with Venezuela were superb.

The “Evil Mister Danger BOOOSH” isn’t to blame.

Their thug communist dictator is the one that manufactured ALL of the problems Venezuela THINKS it has with the US…. In order to provide the straw man of an external threat so that he can continue to hold power.

And only Hugo’s communist ‘peoples brigades’ really believe his nonsense; The smart people (the ones who haven’t left that ‘worker’s paradise’ already) have no problems with America.

You seem to think that Hugo Chavez will love us again if we elect Obama? Sure, he and Hugo are birds of a feather, but Hugo will still hate America as long as we have a vestige of freedom and capitalism left.

LegendHasIt on April 29, 2008 at 4:04 PM