Gibbs: Obama spoke up about Honduras so that people wouldn’t think we were behind the coup

posted at 7:21 pm on June 30, 2009 by Allahpundit

Like Wieseltier said, “He is determined to be the un-ugly American,” whether that means agonizing silence while Iranians fight street battles with the Basij or noisy outrage when the Honduran government ejects a would-be Chavez in its midst. It sure does make The One popular internationally, as PIPA’s new world poll confirms, but whether it advances America’s interests is a separate (and more important) question.

In fact, we’re well past the “noisy outrage” stage on this one. We’re actually intervening now on Zelaya’s behalf:

The U.S. co-sponsored a successful U.N. resolution supporting Honduras’ ousted leader Tuesday as Republicans began to speak out against the Obama administration’s condemnation of the overthrow…

“The resolution that the United Nations has just adopted unanmiously … expresses the indignation of the people of Honduras and the people worldwide,” said Zelaya, who began his speech by thanking Venezuela and Ecuador…

“I believe, if he — if he does come [to Washington] either today or tomorrow, that he will likely meet with officials from the State Department, some of whom, as I said, have been in contact,” White House press secretary Robert Gibbs said in Tuesday’s briefing, repeating this when pressed by a reporter about whether Zelaya would meet with Obama.

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez has urged Zelaya to try to speak with Obama while in D.C., saying the American president’s support would “deliver a major blow” to Honduras’ interim government.

So not only will this turd get a legitimizing photo op with the State Department, he might get one with The One himself. No wonder he feels emboldened enough to try to fly back to Honduras on Thursday and force a confrontation with the new president and the military. Presumably he’ll be arrested — and Obama will once again be forced to declare the action illegal, notwithstanding the minor point that the Honduran supreme court disagrees. The one piece you should really read on this is Alvaro Vargas Llosa’s op-ed in today’s NYT about how shrewdly Chavez gamed out Zelaya’s bogus-referendum maneuver, knowing that if the Honduran government moved to stop it, it would let him and Zelaya play the role of the poor misunderstood democratic populists who are just trying to let the people’s voice be heard. He counted on the fact that Obama, ever eager to prove his un-ugly American-ness, wouldn’t oppose him, especially now that relations between Washington and Caracas have been restored. And sure enough, Obama didn’t. Good work, Barry. You got played. Click the image to watch.


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un-ugly American-ness

Try un-American ugliness.

FloatingRock on July 1, 2009 at 1:36 AM

Good work, Barry. You got played.

That analysis is clearly wrong even under cursory examination. If Obama got “played” by Chavez, Obama wouldn’t simply surrender and continue to allow himself to be played by Chavez indefinitely. Is he supposed to be Chavez’s b!tch forever now that he’s been played once?

Absurd. Obama wasn’t played in the slightest. Besides, we already know that Obama wasn’t taken by surprise in all of this. He was aware of this even before it happened, supposedly.

FloatingRock on July 1, 2009 at 1:44 AM

If Obama got “played” by Chavez, Obama wouldn’t simply surrender and continue to allow himself to be played by Chavez indefinitely.

Any man, upon the realization that he’s been “played”, would retaliate in some way, not only to erase the advantage achieved by the “player”, but to actually reverse it.

FloatingRock on July 1, 2009 at 1:46 AM

Zelaya accused of drug ties

The regime that ousted Manuel Zelaya in Honduras claimed Tuesday that the deposed president allowed tons of cocaine to be flown into the Central American country on its way to the United States.

Skywise on June 30, 2009 at 7:28 PM

Wouldn’t it be hilarious if it turns out that Zelaya is Obama’s coke dealer? I’d be giggling off and on for a week!

I think that if enough of the American media would actually cover this story fairly, without relying on the Associated Press, (I’m talking about you, Fox News!), the Honduran government could easily win this dispute with Chavez’s lackey, Obama, in the eyes of the American’ people.

This issue could be very damaging to Obama.

FloatingRock on July 1, 2009 at 1:56 AM

You know what they say – history may not always repeat but it sure rhymes a lot.

MB4 on June 30, 2009 at 10:00 PM

That’s a good one, is it original?

FloatingRock on July 1, 2009 at 2:29 AM

@rikkilulu, a lawyer who lives in Tegucigalpa, Honduras, posted several TwitPics of a pro-constitution rally in the capital city on Tuesday. Here is one of them with the caption “Defending Constitution in Honduras. What the world refuses to see.” Honduras has been in a chaotic state since its president Manuel Zelaya was ousted from power a few days ago.

http://www.breakingtweets.com/2009/06/30/featured-twitpic-what-the-world-refuses-to-see-in-honduras/

http://twitpic.com/8w23w

http://twitpic.com/8w3tb

http://twitter.com/rikkilulu

elduende on July 1, 2009 at 2:45 AM

This is what we want. We ask the international community to take a closer look of our situation, and not allow other states such as Venezuela, Cuba, Nicaragua and Ecuador, to interfere with what we have chosen. We, the people of Honduras, have chosen: that is Democracy.

http://www.ireport.com/docs/DOC-286803

elduende on July 1, 2009 at 2:46 AM

@rikkilulu, a lawyer who lives in Tegucigalpa, Honduras, posted several TwitPics of a pro-constitution rally in the capital city on Tuesday. Here is one of them with the caption “Defending Constitution in Honduras. What the world refuses to see.” Honduras has been in a chaotic state since its president Manuel Zelaya was ousted from power a few days ago.

http://twitpic.com/8w3tb

elduende on July 1, 2009 at 2:47 AM

Grenade was thrown at the Supreme Court in Honduras by Mel supports. I ask who provided the explosives?…..Chavez #Honduras
about 2 hours ago from web

http://twitter.com/rikkilulu

elduende on July 1, 2009 at 2:49 AM

elduende on July 1, 2009 at 2:49 AM

I’ve been playing catch-up on this story because I was tied up when it broke. Your posts about the issues at stake, quoting the provisions of the Honduran Constitution that Zelaya violated, have been invaluable in understanding what is actually going on.

Just wanted to say I appreciate it.

I’m off to bed now.

ThereGoesTheNeighborhood on July 1, 2009 at 3:00 AM

President Alvaro Uribe of Colombia stands with democracy and against Zelaya and Chavez!!!!

Says the principal of non-intervention is the one that needs to guide the actions of all nations with regards to the Honduran situation. Basically says that this is a Honduran internal matter and all outside actors need to butt out

El presidente de Colombia, Álvaro Uribe, defendió este martes el principio de la “no intervención” externa ante la crisis política en Honduras.

“El respeto a la no intervención debe ser a todas las horas, frente a todos los casos, no puede ser sesgado, no puede ser en este caso no intervención, en este caso sí intervención”, dijo Uribe a la prensa tras un discurso en el Centro Woodrow Wilson, un instituto de estudios.

http://www.laprensahn.com/index.php/Ediciones/2009/07/01/Noticias/Uribe-defiende-principio-de-la-no-intervencion

Uribe has more guts in his pinky than Obama, the supposed, leader of the free world.

elduende on July 1, 2009 at 3:02 AM

ThereGoesTheNeighborhood on July 1, 2009 at 3:00 AM

Thank you. Just trying to help. Its important to get the word out because the Hondurans are being railroaded by Chavez, the media, and now Obama. Spread the word and good night!

elduende on July 1, 2009 at 3:04 AM

President Alvaro Uribe of Colombia stands with democracy and against Zelaya and Chavez!!!!

Good for him!

Uribe has more guts in his pinky than Obama, the supposed, leader of the free world.

elduende on July 1, 2009 at 3:02 AM

Not anymore, he’s not. He’s on the dark side.

FloatingRock on July 1, 2009 at 3:14 AM

Obama now stands against President Uribe, the most popular anti Communist president in Colombian history, and makes common cause with the most hated Communist dictators in Latin American history; Chavez, Ortega, and the Castros.

http://www.laprensahn.com/index.php/Ediciones/2009/07/01/Noticias/Uribe-defiende-principio-de-la-no-intervencion

elduende on July 1, 2009 at 3:58 AM

Ayers and Khalidi must be so proud of their student. Any patriotic American and believer in freedom must be sickened by the leftist in Chief.

eaglewingz08 on July 1, 2009 at 9:32 AM

I honestly don’t know what I will do if Obama actually meets with this ass in Washington. I am heading down there today on personal business and I might just make a one-woman protest. We MUST stand with the people of Honduras and their enforcement of their own Constitution! I feel very strongly about this.

rockmom on July 1, 2009 at 9:57 AM

Why would Obama care about what the Hondoran Supreme Court or Conststution say,when he doesn’t care about the US Supreme Court or Constitution?

DDT on July 1, 2009 at 10:48 AM

Imagine Obama issuing an executive order to have the military distribute questionnaires asking the US public if they would favor reform to the constitution to allow indefinite terms for president, either through amendment or a constitutional convention. (Obama says its non-binding, just a fancy poll or survey, no harm, right?). After the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff refuses to do so, Obama fires him. The democrat controlled congress, who fear Obama is attempting to increase executive powers to near-dictator levels, take it to the Supreme Court. The US Supreme Court declares it illegal for Obama to use the military to conduct said survey, issues an order to restore the Chairman to the JCoS and that the survey violates established laws for amendments to the constitution and orders the forms confiscated. Obama has members of ACORN raid the storage facility and steal, then distribute, the survey, to conduct the survey in violation of the court order. SCOTUS orders the president arrested. Obama is arrested in the morning at the white house. The Congress offers Obama a plea bargain, no trail and no jail time, if he and Biden resign, clearing the way for Speaker of the House to assume the presidency (Not N. Pelosi… that would kill the analogy). Obama accepts and is taken to Canada. In Canada, Obama says that the Police (military) stormed the white house, took him by force to Canada in a Coup. He never agreed to resign.

AverageJoe on July 1, 2009 at 12:07 PM

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