Obama reversing himself on Colombian trade pact?

posted at 10:11 am on April 22, 2009 by Ed Morrissey

During the presidential campaign, Barack Obama parroted the Democratic Party line in opposing approval of the free-trade pact with Colombia.  After the election, his administration hinted that they would continue opposing it, prompting an Inauguration Week retort from President Alvaro Uribe.  After Obama met privately with Uribe at the Summit of the Americas, though, Obama will now press for its approval:

It started Saturday, when he put himself next to Colombian President Alvaro Uribe at lunch and then studiously exchanged notes.

Having listened to Uribe, (and that must have been a nice dose of sanity after enduring 50 minutes of ravings from Nicaragua’s Daniel Ortega, or weird conspiracy theories by Bolivia’s Evo Morales), Obama then seemed to realize that the long-stalled Colombia free trade agreement should have been passed yesterday.

The president announced that his team must find a way to pass the agreement. With world trade down 80%, the pact opens new markets to the U.S. He demanded immediate action, asking Colombia’s trade minister to fly to Washington this week.

Then it got even better: Obama invited Uribe to the White House and promised to visit Colombia himself, allowing the Colombians to lay out for him their vast economic and social progress, and their desire to integrate into global trade.

Our friends at IBD Editorials are delighted with this shift in position.  They have pushed tirelessly for passage of the agreement, which the Bush administration unsuccessfully demanded that the Senate ratify for two years.  Democrats used the Colombian free-trade agreement as a baseball bat against Republicans in order to paint them as globalists who cared nothing for American jobs.

Uribe may have explained a few basics about the agreement to Obama.  In the first place, Colombia has essentially a one-way free-trade agreement with the US anyway.  One of the incentives we give Colombia in exchange for their work on drug interdiction is free access to American markets for their goods.  The Colombians want to offer America the same access, but only in a formal free-trade agreement that emphasizes a close relationship between the two nations.  Colombia wants to be treated as equals, not with condescension.

In other words, as George Bush tried explaining endlessly to obstinate and clueless Democrats, the Colombian free-trade agreement doesn’t risk any American jobs — and in fact will help either create jobs here in the US as exports grow, or at least protect the jobs at risk now in the global downturn.  It’s cost-free.

Interestingly, this got no press attention during the Summit last weekend.  The New York Times never mentioned it at all.  One has to wonder whether the media wants to allow Obama to reverse himself yet again, back to opposition to the agreement, without the embarrassment of vacillation.  Let’s hope that Obama sticks with the decision he made this weekend, and hope that this expiration date does not have its own expiration date.

Update: Speaking of expiration dates, Jim Geraghty wants an apology before the applause, and he’s right.


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The truth, it seems, is what is the most convenient at the time. Who lies more, Obama or Biden?

volsense on April 22, 2009 at 10:14 AM

Barry couldn’t charm the Nuts? Guess he’ll have to look for friends who are sane. BARRY, Bush and Cheney are smarter than you. Face it. Come to the light.

marklmail on April 22, 2009 at 10:14 AM

Even a blind squirrel finds a nut every now and then

Bevan on April 22, 2009 at 10:15 AM

Expiration date?

Repurblican on April 22, 2009 at 10:15 AM

My milk’s more predictable.

Repurblican on April 22, 2009 at 10:16 AM

Good but I’m not going to give him credit for making the right decision. It took the adult Uribe to explain to the child Obama what a good decision this is.

Ceroth on April 22, 2009 at 10:17 AM

I agree that it should be ratified, but labor is going to squawk.

Let’s hope that card check is NOT the trade-off.

AnninCA on April 22, 2009 at 10:17 AM

The man has no core values. Right or wrong, I cannot repsect anyone without a core. In fact, I enjoy disrespecting this POS.

bopbottle on April 22, 2009 at 10:18 AM

Welcome aboard, Comrade Obama, we call this free trade.

Angry Dumbo on April 22, 2009 at 10:19 AM

And if this gets passed, the MSM will talk about what a great job Obama did in getting this passed, and how this is helping those poor people in Colombia. They conveniently will leave out the D’s and Obama have been against this for years.

MDWNJ on April 22, 2009 at 10:20 AM

How many is this now???? Goodness. It is like that one time he was talking on Meet THe Press or whatever and he practically admitted it was just campaign rhetoric.

Whoever runs against him in 2012 will have a lot of material to use.

deidre on April 22, 2009 at 10:20 AM

Obama’s good ideas are only the ones he stole from Bush. Interesting.

echosyst on April 22, 2009 at 10:21 AM

And so, the Please Like Me Tour continues on.

President Jellyfish.

fogw on April 22, 2009 at 10:21 AM

If this is true, then I’l give full credit to Obama.

Why was the press AWOL on this? All the time they were reporting on the faux pas by the two commies, Chavez and Ortega, I was wondering about Uribe. It’s as if he wasn’t even there. The contempt the MSM and the Dems (redundancy alert) have for our best ally in SA is disturbing.

juliesa on April 22, 2009 at 10:21 AM

This has nothing to do with the trade pact … Obama just wants some free blow.

darwin on April 22, 2009 at 10:22 AM

About-face,,, is quickly becoming – ‘Obama-face’.

I agree with this decision – but damn this man swings.

jake-the-goose on April 22, 2009 at 10:23 AM

Ever notice that it seems Obama will almost always agree with the last person he spoke with?

That said, I’ll wait for actions to speak louder than words on this one.

Of course, the damage has already been done with Obama’s brotha to brotha hand-clasp and dap with Chavez…that little bit of theater is making the rounds of the Latin American press, favoring Chavez. Obama’s little bit of showmanship with Chavez has given FARC new energy, for certain.

Now, along comes President Uribe…and even well after those who know and understand events in Colombia have talked till we are blue in the face about the progress in Colombia and the difficult and dire circumstances of that nation being one bullet away from total chaos without the solid support of the United States, solid support that much of Latin America refuses to give, believing the Left’s meme that FARC is the good guys, and the Bogota government is the bad guys.

Obama suddenly finds that there may be some merit in the obvious?

Uribe actually risks his life going to work each day.

Obama risks leaving some of his waffle on his breakfast plate.

coldwarrior on April 22, 2009 at 10:23 AM

I’m no fan of Barry but I do not like the idea of the President of the United States doing photo ops in Colombia.
Hugo, being the nut next door, could be our worst nightmare. Bring Uribe to DC, fine, but keep Barry out of Hugo’s backyard.

Limerick on April 22, 2009 at 10:24 AM

Democrats = MORONS. Obstinant morons.

Griz on April 22, 2009 at 10:24 AM

Now that’s change that I can believe in.

MarkTheGreat on April 22, 2009 at 10:24 AM

I’d like to think that this was Obama’s answer to Hugo’s Chavez’s attempts to cozy up with him and embarrass the U.S. last week, since Hugo hates Columbia almost as much as he hates America.

But I’ve pretty much given up trying to figure out the Obama foreign policy shifts, except to believe he really doesn’t give a damn about foreign policy, except to the effect it might hamper his domestic plans. So that policy change is probably due to someone in State or Commerce with a modicum of sense making it into the Oval Office and getting his ear while his more liberal and pro-union advisors were off to the bathroom — with no guarantee that the policy won’t change back before the week’s over.

jon1979 on April 22, 2009 at 10:24 AM

I hope he finds the will to follow through with this. Thus far, the Democrats have shamed our country by not ratifying this treaty and acknowledging the remarkable progress Colombia has made. They are truly our best friends in South America.

AUINSC on April 22, 2009 at 10:24 AM

Castro is “Bitch Slapping” Obama about US/CUBA Relations.

The Obamaturism post writes itself.

PappaMac on April 22, 2009 at 10:25 AM

This is a good thing no matter how it’s sliced. I hope Obama’s actually sincere about this though.

Even Lenin had to fall back to a more free market economy when he realized the Dictatorship of the Proletariat wasn’t working out so well. Although those changes were quickly reversed under Stalin, it actually got Russia out of the deathbed and slightly off of life support before Stalin came to power.

Let’s hope this isn’t simply a Lenin moment.

Chaz706 on April 22, 2009 at 10:26 AM

It’s impossible to give Obama credit when he says that he will (or will not) do something, precisely because everything he says is subject to revision almost immediately.

But, if he actually follows through on this he will deserve credit for getting something right.

cruadin on April 22, 2009 at 10:26 AM

I will give Barry credit, if the headlines are:

President Obama changes his mind, and decides Bush was right on trade with Colombia.

MDWNJ on April 22, 2009 at 10:26 AM

I am relieved, yes, that Uribe won’t be shown the door but Obama is still as clueless as they come.

promachus on April 22, 2009 at 10:26 AM

If we end up with card check as a bone to labor AND this agreement? Wow…….people lose all the way around.

AnninCA on April 22, 2009 at 10:27 AM

saw this the other day, not suprised the MSM is silent

jp on April 22, 2009 at 10:28 AM

Even a blind squirrel finds a nut every now and then

Bevan on April 22, 2009 at 10:15 AM

What, Barry is having trouble finding his nuts?

Old Hippie Vet on April 22, 2009 at 10:28 AM

Now Castro is sticking his finger in Obama’s eye, about easing US/CUBA Relations.

Seems that Ed will have a plethera of Obamaturism material for the next several weeks. I hope Ed can keep up.

PappaMac on April 22, 2009 at 10:28 AM

Bwaaa! This President is a joke, more concerned with adulation than substantive policy. Stick with your decisions, Obowa, instead of being a windsock for every glad-hander and adoring crowd that comes your way.

I eagerly await the union reaction to this decision, as well as those libs who were so adamant that the Columbian military is just a bunch of cold-blooded executioners in their fight against FARC.

Bishop on April 22, 2009 at 10:28 AM

Old Hippie Vet on April 22, 2009 at 10:28 AM

Michelle took ‘em…a long long time ago.

coldwarrior on April 22, 2009 at 10:28 AM

someone must have showed bambi some poll #s.

i’m glad when he makes the right decision, but. well, i won’t start my long harangue. i’ll go outside & garden instead.

kelley in virginia on April 22, 2009 at 10:31 AM

What, Barry is having trouble finding his nuts?

Old Hippie Vet on April 22, 2009 at 10:28 AM

Not surprised, he couldn’t find his @$$ with both hands tied behind his back.

thomasaur on April 22, 2009 at 10:31 AM

Michelle took ‘em…a long long time ago.

coldwarrior on April 22, 2009 at 10:28 AM

LOL That didn’t take long to get posted. LOL

Old Hippie Vet on April 22, 2009 at 10:31 AM

Two thumbs up for the convenient truth — time dependent.

It’s common knowledge that you cannot be liberal and rational at the same time.

So what is left for the Bush haters to feast on? Surely your library card is safe. Nothing else is, but good to know.

tarpon on April 22, 2009 at 10:32 AM

Glad Obama saw the light.Not going to second guess a trade-off, esp considering how many countries went on the offensive to Columbia when BO was elected,their mouths just watering at the thought of picking up where we left off.

canditaylor68 on April 22, 2009 at 10:34 AM

Not surprised, he couldn’t find his @$$ with both hands tied behind his back.

thomasaur on April 22, 2009 at 10:31 AM

True, but if he would pull his head out of it he would be able to see it better and it would improve his chances of finding it. Of course a big mirror and a well lit room wouldn’t hurt either.

Old Hippie Vet on April 22, 2009 at 10:35 AM

Ed,

You need to change the typo in the headline: it should be “Colombian,” not “Columbian,” unless Obama is planning a trade agreement with DC. :)

irishspy on April 22, 2009 at 10:35 AM

The man has no core values. Right or wrong, I cannot respect anyone without a core. In fact, I enjoy disrespecting this POS.

bopbottle on April 22, 2009 at 10:18 AM

True.

Jaibones on April 22, 2009 at 10:35 AM

Reporter: What is your position on _________?

Obama: What day is it?

hillbillyjim on April 22, 2009 at 10:36 AM

Ever notice that it seems Obama will almost always agree with the last person he spoke with?

That said, I’ll wait for actions to speak louder than words on this one.

coldwarrior on April 22, 2009 at 10:23 AM

Yes.

Reversing himself on Columbia is good. But I worry someone will get to him in the interim and re-Change the Change back to the old policy.

pseudonominus on April 22, 2009 at 10:39 AM

Hugo Chavez Says Venezuelan Socialism Has Begun to Reach U.S. under Obama

(CNSNews.com) – Inspired by his meeting with U.S. President Barack Obama at the Americas Summit, Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez declared on Sunday that Venezuelan socialism has begun to reach the United States under the Obama administration.

“I am coming back from Trinidad and Tobago, from the Americas Summit where, without a doubt, the position that Venezuela and its government has always defended, especially starting 10 years ago, of resistance, dignity, sovereignty and independence has obtained in Port of Spain, one of the biggest victories of our history,” Chavez said.

“It would seem that the changes that started in Venezuela in the last decade of the 20th century have begun to reach North America,” he added.

Chavez made the comments Sunday to a crowd gathered for the 199th Commemoration of the Independence Declaration of Venezuela.

izoneguy on April 22, 2009 at 10:40 AM

In a final flourish, Obama scribbled his autograph onto President Uribe’s notes, writing: “To President Uribe, with admiration! Barack H. Obama.” A smiling Uribe showed it to reporters. Given Uribe’s discretion, it’s likely that Obama asked him to do that.

Geez this moron Obama is such a conceited tool!
And the same article mentions pro-trade Dems visiting Colombia recently. Yep. The Dems will take credit for this and throw the labor unions under the bus, now that it’s obvious the voters are disgusted with both of their groups.

Deanna on April 22, 2009 at 10:40 AM

izoneguy on April 22, 2009 at 10:40 AM

He is right, unfortunately.

deidre on April 22, 2009 at 10:42 AM

In other words, as George Bush tried explaining endlessly to obstinate and clueless Democrats, the Colombian free-trade agreement doesn’t risk any American jobs — and in fact will help either create jobs here in the US as exports grow, or at least protect the jobs at risk now in the global downturn. It’s cost-free.

(emphasis mine)

A move that makes perfect economic sense and incurs no outlay.

By definition, the Left will object.

BuckeyeSam on April 22, 2009 at 10:42 AM

I suppose that if you take every position on every issue you have more friends… your popularity ratings are higher.

In order to actually govern you have to make choices.

Obama is totally inept.

petunia on April 22, 2009 at 10:46 AM

I just don’t believe Obama will risk pissing off the unions and Leftist nutjobs who hate Uribe almost as much as they hated Bush. Uribe will get alot of the usual Obama blather, but in the end the Democrat votes won’t be there, something Obama is counting on in order to maximize his overall position.

Uribe deserves far better than this riffraff. He’s a serious man who saved his country while being undermined by Colombian “community organizers” every step of the way.

Golden Boy on April 22, 2009 at 10:47 AM

Ed,

You need to change the typo in the headline: it should be “Colombian,” not “Columbian,” unless Obama is planning a trade agreement with DC. :)

irishspy on April 22, 2009 at 10:35 AM

We all may be misunderstanding this whole thing. Obama could be making an under the table deal on school vouchers:)

petunia on April 22, 2009 at 10:48 AM

Is it a coincidence that their is an ad for a Columbian Dating Site on the webpage? Maybe that’s the kind of imports he’s looking for? If it was Bill Clinton, that would be a certainty.

kirkill on April 22, 2009 at 10:48 AM

their, there…man, I hate when that happens.

kirkill on April 22, 2009 at 10:50 AM

Does this guy have any idea who he is or what he stands for? Is this what he meant by “change”.

rplat on April 22, 2009 at 10:53 AM

What, Barry is having trouble finding his nuts?

Old Hippie Vet on April 22, 2009 at 10:28 AM

He met Jesse Jackson in a dark alley.

Steve Z on April 22, 2009 at 10:54 AM

Reporter: What is your position on _________?

Obama: What day time is it?

hillbillyjim on April 22, 2009 at 10:36 AM

FIFY

kirkill on April 22, 2009 at 10:57 AM

Interestingly, this got no press attention during the Summit last weekend.

Simpler explantion. The Press can’t figure out how to spin this and NOT make Obama look like an idiot.

If you talk about a subject time and time again, and espouse a clear position on it… and then suddenly after 5 minutes of study or talking you suddenly figure out you were wrong on a very simple issue… how can you defend the intial JUDGEMENT, which is, after all, what Barry ran on.

Face it, most of Barrys stuff was Hopey Changey rhetoric… no specifics.. but he was CLEAR on this subject. But now, suddenly he has the same information as the Bushys, and now comes around to their position….

Romeo13 on April 22, 2009 at 10:58 AM

“Good but I’m not going to give him credit for making the right decision. It took the adult Uribe to explain to the child Obama what a good decision this is.”

Indeed. It’s simply shameful that he had to endure Chavez and his back-handed “gift
, Daniel Ortega’s 50 minutes rant and Evo Morales to embrace the only true friend that this country has. Shameful, and I hope Obama learns his lesson (but I won’t hold my breath).

ujorge on April 22, 2009 at 11:00 AM

Just more ‘hope and change’. Don’t like what Obama says today, just wait. It will ‘change’ tomorrow.

GarandFan on April 22, 2009 at 11:02 AM

This sort of flippy floppy attitude is fine because Obowa cares; Dubya never cared.

It’s easy being a liberal.

Bishop on April 22, 2009 at 11:02 AM

OMG, this is even better than I thought:

“In a final flourish, Obama scribbled his autograph onto President Uribe’s notes, writing: “To President Uribe, with admiration! Barack H. Obama.” A smiling Uribe showed it to reporters. Given Uribe’s discretion, it’s likely that Obama asked him to do that.

The media made much of Obama’s polite gestures to dictators, but he gave them nothing resembling what he gave to Uribe. Name one dictator Obama sat with for lunch. Which troublemaker got a White House invitation? Which tinhorn got a promise to visit?

And has anyone heard of Obama giving his autograph — “with admiration!” — to another president? It was as if Obama himself unclenched his own fist to reach out to the Colombian hand.”

ujorge on April 22, 2009 at 11:04 AM

Politico: Conservative Outrage Having Little Or No Effect On Obama

cons are being ignored.

getalife on April 22, 2009 at 11:06 AM

And has anyone heard of Obama giving his autograph — “with admiration!” — to another president? It was as if Obama himself unclenched his own fist to reach out to the Colombian hand.”

Gee that’s nice, especially after pooping all over Colombia during his campaign.

If I were Uribe, I’d put a steel plate in the back of my suit coat to deflect the knife Obowa is sure to stick there.

Bishop on April 22, 2009 at 11:09 AM

His people will find a way to slap some fig-leaf labor provision on the thing to save face, and the press will hail him for fixing the Bush-era agreement and bringing us all one step closer to obtaining Ovana.

Then he will ceremoniously present Pres. Uribe with a fine deck of American playing cards, and the DVD box set of “Entourage” (the season with “Medellin“).

NOW can we start importing sugar cane ethanol like fracking everybody else?!?

Noocyte on April 22, 2009 at 11:13 AM

This was nothing but Obama appeasing the unions during his campaign. He thinks he’s got eight years before he has to crawl back for their support. Pelosi’s pushing for cap and trade that will expand the un-employment lines that will include union employees. All the ducks are lining up for a Republican take-over in the house. And when the nutjob Chavez cuts off our oil supply,(raising fuel prices back into the $5/gal range that will choke off consumer spending) the photo of Obama shaking hands will sink him in 2012.

Rovin on April 22, 2009 at 11:16 AM

This is great news. Almost all free trade is good for the US, and when it’s good for the other country involved too — which is the case here — even better.

tneloms on April 22, 2009 at 11:31 AM

the photo of Obama shaking hands will sink him in 2012.

I think it will sink him in 2010 when the criminal regime Socialist Dems are ousted from their that continues to plunder the wealth of this country.

Kuffar on April 22, 2009 at 11:34 AM

cons are being ignored.

getalife on April 22, 2009 at 11:06 AM

Back to school, young’un.

Johan Klaus on April 22, 2009 at 11:38 AM

Has Pelosi been heard from yet? He couldn’t stand up to her on Porkulus or the budget, why think that Michelle gave him his balls back now?

Wethal on April 22, 2009 at 11:39 AM

no we won’t, yes we will, no we won’t, yes we will, no we won’t, yes we will, no we won’t, yes we will, no we won’t, yes we will…….

Johan Klaus on April 22, 2009 at 11:39 AM

Hey I can explain this simply:
The first parrot of Venezuela pi$$ed of TOTUS, driving
POTUS into a deal with Uribe!
Never ever cross the TOTUS…all hail TOTUS!

ChicagoBlues on April 22, 2009 at 11:40 AM

cons getalife’s comments are being ignored.

getalife on April 22, 2009 at 11:06 AM

There, fixed it, and it’s good advice that I will try my best to follow from now on.

ChicagoBlues on April 22, 2009 at 11:42 AM

When he wets a finger to put into the air to see which way the wind is blowing, is it the same finger he uses to communicate with Hillary or McCain?

NCJeff on April 22, 2009 at 11:57 AM

Even a blind squirrel finds a nut every now and then Bevan

Or, even a blind hog finds an acorn now and then.

mchristian on April 22, 2009 at 12:04 PM

Imus and Charles Tag Team Mike Lupica this morning FUN.

Imus has a problem with President Obama’s recent international tour, where he points out our flaws, on his Dixie Chicks tour but none of our accomplishments. Imus sites Michael Goodwins’s article in the New York Daily News. You can read “If President Obama Won’t Defend The U.S. Who Will”.

Mike Lupica doesn’t think Obama has to put his criticisms into context on his first grand apology tour.

http://youhavetobethistalltogoonthisride.blogspot.com/2009/04/imus-guest-mike-lupica-wanders-into.html

Dr Evil on April 22, 2009 at 12:07 PM

The statute of limitations ran out on Obama’s previous statements. Therefore, it is only right that he change his position. Everything he says has a statute of limitations. But this is one of the first statements that I’m glad expired.

Christian Conservative on April 22, 2009 at 12:11 PM

No really, it’s just an idea, floated out to the MSM to see how it flys.. Once they respond in the negative and Obama takes a meeting with Axelrod to explore his true position on this issue, he will then fly to the TX / Mexico border to give a major speech on trade, and then once he has made himself perfectly “clear” he will roll back the trade embargo with Cuba using the increased custom duties to fund the FARC, after all we need the tax revenue from the cigar trade in Cuba for the children.

I am voting for an Obamaturism of the hour.. it could be its very own web site..

Happy Earth Day… our great leader is flying to Iowa with entourage in tow to chastise us on using too much energy.
goody… I am now going to turn on every light in my house on, start up my car for the heck of it and run some water for no reason…. but I do recycle.

kringeesmom on April 22, 2009 at 12:13 PM

Removing trade barriers always helps both parties. The notion that somehow a country “protects” itself with trade barriers is like saying that putting a plastic bag over your head protects you from pollution. Sure, without the bag you get some pollution, but the benefits far outweigh the cost.

crosspatch on April 22, 2009 at 12:19 PM

Perhaps Barry had it explained to him by Uribe that Colombians have bled profusely for his and many liberals’ “rights” to enjoy their tokes?

dmh0667 on April 22, 2009 at 1:04 PM

And when the nutjob Chavez cuts off our oil supply,(raising fuel prices back into the $5/gal range that will choke off consumer spending) the photo of Obama shaking hands will sink him in 2012.

Rovin on April 22, 2009 at 11:16 AM

Chavez cut off oil supply when he nationalized. He hasn’t hurt anyone but Venezuela.

jdkchem on April 22, 2009 at 1:07 PM

Check out the terrific photos that never quite made the msm:

http://web.presidencia.gov.co/especial/americas2009/galeria.html (the meeting)

http://web.presidencia.gov.co/especial/americas2009/galeria.html (Check out the upper right corner for the autograph)

Writer gal on April 22, 2009 at 1:21 PM

Why was the press AWOL on this? All the time they were reporting on the faux pas by the two commies, Chavez and Ortega, I was wondering about Uribe. It’s as if he wasn’t even there. The contempt the MSM and the Dems (redundancy alert) have for our best ally in SA is disturbing.

juliesa on April 22, 2009 at 10:21 AM

Easy – Uribe is not a flamboyant communist sticking his finger in the U.S.’s eye every other day. That’s the only thing our stupid media thinks is “news” from Latin America. Why, it’s almost as if they have a stereotype of a Latin leader. Quick – name the former president of Nicaragua. I’ll bet you can’t. But once Ortega was back in power he is all over our newspapers again.

rockmom on April 22, 2009 at 1:26 PM

One more time, I didn’t get the quite links right. These photos rock:
http://web.presidencia.gov.co/especial/americas2009/images/foto22.jpg (Obama-Uribe meeting)
http://web.presidencia.gov.co/especial/americas2009/images/foto25.jpg (Obama autograph declaring admiration for Uribe. Check out the upper right corner.) One last note: You can BET Chavez saw these photos and didn’t like them.

Writer gal on April 22, 2009 at 1:28 PM

lol, Even though I strongly support a free trade deal with Colombia, this just proves how weak Obama is. He cabes whenever a foreign power gets upset with him.

But having said that, Free Trade with Colombia is a good thing and we should stay close to them.

Daemonocracy on April 22, 2009 at 4:08 PM

Some things are just too common sensed to deny.

Grafted on April 22, 2009 at 4:53 PM

Whiplash. This guy goes one way and then another.

I saw a headline this morning that said something to the effect that Castro was calling Obama a liar and that Fidel still hated the US. Add to that the lecture from Ortega and the book from Chavez and maybe Obama decided to let them have a little of it back. Take that!

Terrye on April 22, 2009 at 7:07 PM

Obama has no core values, He’s just a windsock.

old trooper2 on April 23, 2009 at 9:08 AM