Big news at state dinner: Obama announces China will let U.S. keep pandas for five more years

posted at 9:50 pm on January 19, 2011 by Allahpundit

Even the normally mild-mannered Jake Tapper can’t resist sneering: “forget the Falun Gong, Tibet and Liu Xiaobo….WE GOTZ PANDAS FOR 5 MORE YEARZ ZOMG.”

My friends, it’s come to this.

President Hu, we have met today in a spirit of mutual respect: the United States — the oldest democracy in the world, and China — one of the oldest civilizations in the world. And while it’s easy to focus on our differences of culture and perspective, let us never forget the values that our people share: A reverence for family; the belief that, with education and hard work and with sacrifice, the future is what we make it; and most of all, the desire to give our children a better life.

Let’s also never forget that throughout our history our people have worked together for mutual progress. We’ve traded together for more than 200 years. We stood together in the Second World War. Chinese immigrants and Chinese Americans have helped to build America, including many who join us here tonight.

The Chinese and American people work together and create new opportunities together every single day. Mr. President, today we’ve shown that our governments can work together as well, for our mutual benefit. And that includes this bit of news -— under a new agreement, our National Zoo will continue to dazzle children and visitors with the beloved giant pandas. (Applause.)

I’ve already sounded off on this today, but here’s a perfect summation of this surreal encounter from elsewhere on Twitter: “The 2009 Nobel Peace Prize winner holds a State Dinner for a man who has the 2010 winner under House Arrest.” What else needs to be said?

Enough gloom, though. There’s celebrity-spotting to be done! Here’s a glimpse from CNN of VIPs walking in. Er, that isn’t Chris Christie, is it?

Update: Another killer line from Twitter that’s as sad as it is funny.

Update: A senior U.S. official tells the Telegraph that Obama did indeed bring up Liu Xiaobo’s case with Hu privately.


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So…so proud. *sniffle*

powerpro on January 19, 2011 at 9:51 PM

Meanwhile see the headline at Drudge.

Inanemergencydial on January 19, 2011 at 9:52 PM

That is olde Hussein poo pooing his red britches.

Inanemergencydial on January 19, 2011 at 9:52 PM

Of course Moochelle is wearing red to honor the Chicoms.

red winger on January 19, 2011 at 9:53 PM

In exchange for a few hundred billion in loan payment book stubs?

What a deal.

Speakup on January 19, 2011 at 9:53 PM

The 2009 Nobel Peace Prize winner holds a State Dinner for a man who has the 2010 winner under House Arrest.

2009 Winner wants to get some secrets re: better ways to conduct house arrests.

ted c on January 19, 2011 at 9:54 PM

UHHHMAAAYYYYZIIIING

blatantblue on January 19, 2011 at 9:54 PM

under a new agreement, our National Zoo will continue to dazzle children and visitors with the beloved giant pandas. (Applause.)

Ironic. The Panda is locked up in this country but is free in China.

Electrongod on January 19, 2011 at 9:54 PM

The 2009 Nobel Peace Prize winner holds a State Dinner for a man who has the 2010 winner under House Arrest.

That’s pretty epic.

Vegi on January 19, 2011 at 9:55 PM

WE GOTZ PANDAS FOR 5 MORE YEARZ

pandas.

fricking panda bears.

So, when the chinese rollup into our ports and demand to take back over all of their sh!t they can come visit the damned panda bears?

if this isn’t a facepalm, i dunno what is.

ted c on January 19, 2011 at 9:56 PM

Glad we dodged that bullet.

darwin-t on January 19, 2011 at 9:56 PM

Pandas lament: “F**k, I thought we were outta here!”

ThePrez on January 19, 2011 at 9:57 PM

Way to go Obama. You rule!

hisfrogness on January 19, 2011 at 9:57 PM

I thought you were kidding…

CCRWM on January 19, 2011 at 9:57 PM

The Panda is locked up in this country but is free in China.

Electrongod on January 19, 2011 at 9:54 PM

and the 2009 Nobel winner is locked up in that country and the 2010 winner is free in this one.

dichotomies.

ted c on January 19, 2011 at 9:57 PM

BREAKING STATE DINNER PIC: Nobel awarded to Chinese prisoner, Mei Xiang

Cuffy Meigs on January 19, 2011 at 9:57 PM

Thank God for Obama’s laser like focus on important issues.

Dusty on January 19, 2011 at 9:57 PM

so, the next time FBHO gets a debt question regarding China, he can say “that’s above my paygrade, but have you seen my pandas?”

is it ironic that pandas are half white? jus sayin’

ted c on January 19, 2011 at 9:58 PM

Are the pandas also going to the Super Bowl with Obama to root for the Bears if they win on Sunday?

jon1979 on January 19, 2011 at 10:00 PM

daddy, i don’t care what you do or say, just don’t take away my panda bears.

ted c on January 19, 2011 at 10:00 PM

Why can’t I ever get out of Twitter by hitting the back button! Anybody else have this problem?

CCRWM on January 19, 2011 at 10:00 PM

I betcha that Obama can’t even name his favorite one….panda bear, nor chicago bear.

players.

ted c on January 19, 2011 at 10:01 PM

So this is what Smart Power has gotten us?

Why do I hear the Chinese laughing their asses off?

GarandFan on January 19, 2011 at 10:02 PM

Seems like we’re living through a really fast forwarded version of the fall of the Roman Empire.

We’ll play our harps and look at the cute pandas while the world (especially our financial one) burns down around us.

BowHuntingTexas on January 19, 2011 at 10:02 PM

and the 2009 Nobel winner is locked up in that country and the 2010 winner is free in this one.

dichotomies.

ted c on January 19, 2011 at 9:57 PM

Maybe a trade with China is in order.

Electrongod on January 19, 2011 at 10:02 PM

OT but the guy is at the state dinner.
There some buzz, very little as Portland is a liberal utopia, that David WU (D OR) has had 6 staffers quit since winning his 7th term in November. There is absolutely nothing as to why. 5 of the 6 are woman, I think.
Not sure what is going on but the buzz is a little odd. Like they are reporting saying there is nothing to report.

ORconservative on January 19, 2011 at 10:04 PM

Shouldn’t that be “will loan U.S. pandas for five more years” instead of “let U.S. keep.” Zero seems to have to borrow everything.

viking01 on January 19, 2011 at 10:04 PM

Why can’t I ever get out of Twitter by hitting the back button! Anybody else have this problem?

CCRWM on January 19, 2011 at 10:00 PM

Yes, always.

And if nobody else going to mention it, good for the Republican leadership for staying away from this event.

Knucklehead on January 19, 2011 at 10:05 PM

ORconservative on January 19, 2011 at 10:04 PM

It was up in the headline threads earlier today.

Knucklehead on January 19, 2011 at 10:07 PM

BREAKING #NEWS: Chinese President Hu Jintao Pays For #StateDinner While President Obama In Bathroom

welcome to our world, Hu. FBHO parties and sticks everyone else with the bill. Hey, if you’re still in town in a few weeks, I’m sure he’ll give you a helluva plane ride to go see the SuperBowl that he’ll let you drop some yuan for the tix. think on it.

ted c on January 19, 2011 at 10:07 PM

and the 20092010 Nobel winner is locked up in that country and the 20102009 winner is free in this one.

dichotomies.

ted c on January 19, 2011 at 9:57 PM

fifm

ted c on January 19, 2011 at 10:08 PM

Well I viewed the vid and I can hinestly say ther was no one that I saw that you could pay me to have dinner with. I guess Christie doesn’t know about the 2010 Nobel Prize winner’s lock up huh?

CCRWM on January 19, 2011 at 10:09 PM

Poser

SouthernGent on January 19, 2011 at 10:09 PM

OT but the guy is at the state dinner.
There some buzz, very little as Portland is a liberal utopia, that David WU (D OR) has had 6 staffers quit since winning his 7th term in November. There is absolutely nothing as to why. 5 of the 6 are woman, I think.
Not sure what is going on but the buzz is a little odd. Like they are reporting saying there is nothing to report.

ORconservative on January 19, 2011 at 10:04 PM

Well, I blame the possible loss of the Pandas! I am sure that Wu was very distraught over the possible loss of them. I am guessing Obama has set his troubled feelings right now! /s

bluemarlin on January 19, 2011 at 10:11 PM

Jim Treacher hardest hit.

Cindy Munford on January 19, 2011 at 10:11 PM

Poser

SouthernGent on January 19, 2011 at 10:09 PM

exactly…He and MO are way out of their league…

CCRWM on January 19, 2011 at 10:11 PM

Just wait ’til it comes out that we got pandas, they got Taiwan.

**Bambi and Hillary fist bump** Blunder-twin Powers Activate!!

red winger on January 19, 2011 at 10:11 PM

Jim Treacher hardest hit.

Cindy Munford on January 19, 2011 at 10:11 PM

Heh. Was it Biden’s motorcade this time?

red winger on January 19, 2011 at 10:13 PM

Watched the video. Doesn’t it look like Hu is just here checking out his assets?
And that red dress. Wow. The next time I am in France, my wife is wearing white.

Electrongod on January 19, 2011 at 10:14 PM

Update: Another killer line from Twitter that’s as sad as it is funny.

LOL

JetBoy on January 19, 2011 at 10:15 PM

Watched the video. Doesn’t it look like Hu is just here checking out his assets?

Electrongod on January 19, 2011 at 10:14 PM

Yupp, taking inventory, he knows how the last Democratic Administration and staff had sticky fingers!

bluemarlin on January 19, 2011 at 10:16 PM

Did Obama ask for visitation rights to visit his fellow Nobel Prize winner?

right2bright on January 19, 2011 at 10:16 PM

Well…

… at least a couple of employees at the San Diego Zoo still have jobs.

“Mission Accomplished!!!”

By the way…

… take a look at Obowma in that photo op with Hu, and a certain Star Fleet officer whom shall not be mentioned.

Has anyone else seen that before…?

Seven Percent Solution on January 19, 2011 at 10:17 PM

I think Hu missed something in translation before his trip here…He was told to make Obama “pander”, not give him “more panda”…

JetBoy on January 19, 2011 at 10:18 PM

Obama want an interpreter for Pandanise…

right2bright on January 19, 2011 at 10:18 PM

New comment thread: Please someone do some audio magic and pull out the background yelling. Is that a protest I hear? What are they saying?

WWCathodeRay on January 19, 2011 at 10:20 PM

Just name all the pandas Winston Churchill, then Obama would send them back.

Left Coast Right Mind on January 19, 2011 at 10:21 PM

+1 job saved:

Panda Bear Poo Shoveler

ted c on January 19, 2011 at 10:23 PM

I think Hu missed something in translation before his trip here…He was told to make Obama “pander”, not give him “more panda”…

JetBoy on January 19, 2011 at 10:18 PM

heh

winner.

ted c on January 19, 2011 at 10:24 PM

I hope the Chinese will not let us keep Barry for another 4 years.

bayview on January 19, 2011 at 10:24 PM

+1 job saved:

Panda Bear Poo Shoveler

ted c on January 19, 2011 at 10:23 PM

I bet Bo will be jealous.

Electrongod on January 19, 2011 at 10:30 PM

According to Sheila Jackson Lee, the Pandas will get FREE healthcare. It’s in the Constitution. No word yet if Steve Cohen thinks they act like Nazis.

TN Mom on January 19, 2011 at 10:30 PM

BREAKING:

Washington – In exchange for housing and feeding a couple of pandas for another five years, American taxpayers have agreed to send President Barack Obama to live in China for the next two.

The immediate fiscal impact isn’t certain, but officials with the Congressional Budget Office say the move could save taxpayers “literally sh*tloads” of money in the long-term.

“Seriously, we can’t even begin to wrap our minds around how much cutting Barack Obama off from signing budgets will save the American people,” Dewey Cheetam of the non-partisan agency said.

Immediately after the deal was announced unfettered jubilation broke out nationwide. Even some generations yet to be born got in on the celebratory action.

“Before I was sitting there worried sick over what fiscal disaster Obama was going to cause before he left office,” said Bobby Smith, who won’t be born for another five years. “I’m not even a twinkle in the postman’s eye yet and he’s already indebted my grandchildren.”

Complete and utter bullsh*t contributed to this story.

amerpundit on January 19, 2011 at 10:37 PM

Steve Cohen has assured us all that the Memphis Zoo Pandas are also safe for another 20 years. #Whew# I was worried.

simkeith on January 19, 2011 at 10:38 PM

+1 job saved:

Panda Bear Poo Shoveler

ted c on January 19, 2011 at 10:23 PM

Finally. A shovel-ready job.

John the Libertarian on January 19, 2011 at 10:39 PM

we can haz panda burgerz?

profitsbeard on January 19, 2011 at 10:40 PM

The Sexual Harassment Panda?

andycanuck on January 19, 2011 at 10:41 PM

Another killer line from Twitter that’s as sad as it is funny

I thought we’re trying to get away from using that kind of language.

WarEagle01 on January 19, 2011 at 10:45 PM

I now suspect they are spies.

TexasDan on January 19, 2011 at 10:47 PM

He’s earning that peace prize.

mizflame98 on January 19, 2011 at 11:12 PM

Well duh! They can repossess the zoo they’re in, the state the zoo is in, and the freaking nation the state is in…at any time they please!

Dark-Star on January 19, 2011 at 11:17 PM

Love Michelle’s gown. It matches China’s flag beautifully. BTW, if these gowns are custom made for her, why do they all look so ill fitting?

mizflame98 on January 19, 2011 at 11:20 PM

Michelle is a one ugly horse…sorry to the good cavallas.

Schadenfreude on January 19, 2011 at 11:23 PM

worst precedent in american history.

moonbatkiller on January 19, 2011 at 11:24 PM

Let me get a little corny on you: America is a nation that’s supposed to stand for something — for freedom, and human dignity, above all. We’re not supposed to be like every other nation. We’re supposed to be exceptional. Different. A beacon unto man.

Not under Obama. The buffoon is clueless at how debasing he is to himself and the country. Look at his arrogant smirks.

Schadenfreude on January 19, 2011 at 11:28 PM

Update: A senior U.S. official tells the Telegraph that Obama did indeed bring up Liu Xiaobo’s case with Hu privately.

An anonymous official who declined to characterize Mr Hu’s response to Mr. Obama’s comments… and the U.K. Telegraph is there to tell about it.

Worth about the price of the font it is written with :/

Pics and/or an official press release or it didn’t happen.

FlatFoot on January 19, 2011 at 11:35 PM

Why can’t I ever get out of Twitter by hitting the back button! Anybody else have this problem?

CCRWM on January 19, 2011 at 10:00 PM

Just right-click on the twitter (or any) link and choose open a new tab. You can close the page when done.

:)

TN Mom on January 19, 2011 at 11:38 PM

Count it!

mankai on January 19, 2011 at 11:43 PM

President Hu now has a better understanding of how badly we need to borrow money from China.

Alas, our First Lady can’t even afford a dress that fits properly. It keeps falling off her shoulder.

wren on January 20, 2011 at 12:08 AM

The best part of the video is the protesters that are drowning out the pomp and circumstance. Also, Michelle does not move gracefully. She waddles when she walks like she’s wearing timberlands under her gown.

mizflame98 on January 20, 2011 at 12:25 AM

President Hu now has a better understanding of how badly we need to borrow money from China.

Alas, our First Lady can’t even afford a dress that fits properly. It keeps falling off her shoulder.

wren on January 20, 2011 at 12:08 AM

That’s what happens when you lube yourself with too much grease. Notice how she’s always so shiny? She must leave grease marks all over the furniture.

mizflame98 on January 20, 2011 at 12:26 AM

I watched the video until the limo doors opened–I couldn’t stand to watch the rest. It makes me ill that the WH honored him with a State Dinner.

Anyone yet mention that for Gordon Brown, Prime Minister of England, Obama did not condescend to give a State Dinner?

INC on January 20, 2011 at 12:29 AM

The neverending national embarrassment that is Barack Obama continues on…

WisCon on January 20, 2011 at 12:32 AM

And I agree about the dress–it was badly and oddly draped. I have never seen a one and a half shoulder dress like that before–and it’s not an innovative improvement

INC on January 20, 2011 at 12:32 AM

Keep those resets coming, Baby!

Who now dares say that Barack is not The Man?

Really Right on January 20, 2011 at 12:57 AM

Lets attack Barack all we want,but could we please stop insulting Michelle? It’s beneath us.

redshirt on January 20, 2011 at 1:18 AM

What did Obama give them is exchange for the pandas?

Stealth technology?

chalons on January 20, 2011 at 5:31 AM

Too bad the pandas don’t come from south of the border. We would get to keep their offspring as anchor babies.

negentropy on January 20, 2011 at 7:55 AM

Obama, overheard on the open mike:

“But…those pandas…they are soooo cute…and Sasha just lovvves them.

“So, Hu, hu ever you are (giggle, snort)…how’s about we give you Alaska?

“Alaska’s owned by a famous Chinese family. Ever heard of the Pai Lins?”

coldwarrior on January 20, 2011 at 8:16 AM

Big news at state dinner: Obama announces China will let U.S. keep pandas for five more years

Let’s trade: we keep the pandas, they keep Obama.

NoFanofLibs on January 20, 2011 at 8:39 AM

More proof that Congress is the equivalent to the Zoo.

MSGTAS on January 20, 2011 at 8:45 AM

NMA World Edition

Shy Guy on January 20, 2011 at 8:45 AM

Why doesn’t the WH press corp grow a pair and ask Barry why he is bowing to people all the time?

Blake on January 20, 2011 at 9:21 AM

All the honorables on the guest list. The Honorable David Axelrod? C’mon. Doesn’t that imply that he, or any of them have some honor? I don’t think they do!

capejasmine on January 20, 2011 at 10:09 AM

INC on January 20, 2011 at 12:32 AM

It’s as if the torso is too short or two sizes too small which makes the neckline too high.

mizflame98 on January 20, 2011 at 10:28 AM

Keeping pandas behind bars doesn’t bother me.

Keeping pro-democracy dissidents behind bars does.

KyMouse on January 20, 2011 at 11:13 AM

I like pandas.

Good job Mr. President, we are all proud of your untiring efforts on our behalf.

This will be listed up there with that award from the Swedes or Danes or whoever gave him a prize for winning the election as one of his crowning achievements.

I do like pandas, they are cute.

petunia on January 20, 2011 at 11:55 AM

Let’s steal some damn Panda eggs from the zoo animals and make our own Pandas. It’s ridiculous for China to maintain a monopoly on Pandas.

slickwillie2001 on January 20, 2011 at 12:02 PM

I say we eat ‘em.

CynicalOptimist on January 20, 2011 at 1:48 PM

We ask politely to keep pandas for 5 years, meanwhile the Chinese steal intelectual property from the United States continually. Smart power wins again, or something.

Scrappy on January 20, 2011 at 2:24 PM

Have you seen the crazy “experience china” add on CNN, it’s playing around the clock and it’s plastered all over CNN dot com. You’d think we were already taken over!

The Expert Knows

HAExpert on January 20, 2011 at 3:28 PM

it might be the Wild Turkey talkin’ but I say we take those bamboo-eatin’ fleabitten furbags, grind ‘em up and feed ‘em to needy Libtards as SOYLENT GREEN brand Tofu.

CatchAll on January 21, 2011 at 1:13 AM