Obama: Gee, it would be easier to be President of China

posted at 11:30 am on March 11, 2011 by Ed Morrissey

And you know who endorses that notion?  Thomas Friedman.  In a New York Times report giving a presidenting-is-so-hard spin to Barack Obama’s vacillating incoherence on the unrest sweeping the Arab world, reporters Mark Landler and Helene Cooper offer this nugget at the end:

Mr. Obama has told people that it would be so much easier to be the president of China. As one official put it, “No one is scrutinizing Hu Jintao’s words in Tahrir Square.”

Bill Kristol uses few words to savage Obama for this sentiment:

If you’re president of China, people around the world who are fighting for freedom don’t really expect you to help. If you’re president of China, you don’t have to put up with annoying off-year congressional elections, and then negotiate your budget with a bunch of gun-and-religion-clinging congressmen and senators. If you’re president of China, you can fund your national public radio to your heart’s content. And if you’re president of China, when you host a conference on bullying in schools, people take you seriously.

Well, Hu Jintao is technically “President” of China at the moment, but he has a lot of other titles that make the nature of that government more clear.  Among them: “Paramount Leader,” “General Secretary of the Communist Party,” and “Chairman of the Central Military Commission.”  Being “president” in China isn’t the same as being President of the United States; it’s a dictatorship, or at the very mildest, the strongest position in an autocratic and thoroughly entrenched and unaccountable political system.

As such, yes, it’s easier to wield power, which was exactly Friedman’s point and why he was an idiot for making the case for enlightened despotism over representative democracy. Making power easier for government to yield was the exact outcome that our founders feared, which is why they wrote the Constitution and ratified it 222 years ago.  Enlightened despotism is still despotism, and the “enlightened” part depends entirely on whether the analysts fall in or out of favor with the despot.

And since the “president” of China doesn’t give a damn about the freedom and liberty of his own people, no one really gives a damn what he thinks about the freedom and liberty of others.  Most see that as a feature of being President of the United States, not a bug.

Finally, Obama might think it would be easier to be President of China, but he’d have found it impossible to become President of China.  Unlike Americans, who can vote for whomever they choose, the entrenched power structure in Beijing would never have allowed an untested backbencher with no experience in executive management to have come close to the top job.  Obama should be thanking his lucky stars rather than lamenting his fate.


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Hu’s your Daddy

faraway on March 11, 2011 at 11:32 AM

It’s always easier to be a lender than a debtor.

suburbanite on March 11, 2011 at 11:33 AM

It’s good to be the King.

Mr. Bingley on March 11, 2011 at 11:33 AM

Alternate headline: Obama hits rock bottom, grabs a jackhammer.

Red Cloud on March 11, 2011 at 11:34 AM

It would be nice to be made sex to for a change.

Chuck Schick on March 11, 2011 at 11:34 AM

Hu let the dogs out?!

Hu! Hu! Hu! Hu!

dforston on March 11, 2011 at 11:34 AM

It would be easier on us if he was president of China.

CDeb on March 11, 2011 at 11:34 AM

I guess “Obamao” does fit!

spaninq on March 11, 2011 at 11:35 AM

Ideology and responsibility aside, this is the most ungracious, insulting comment to date. Obama, you’re BLESSED to be the leader of the free world. Do you know how many of us actually wish you were their leader and not ours? Show some respect. Ingrate.

Bee on March 11, 2011 at 11:35 AM

I’m certain if BHO and his enablers in the press could have their way the USA would have the exact same government as China. It is their ultimate dream.

Agent of the Cross on March 11, 2011 at 11:36 AM

He is an embarrassment.

WisCon on March 11, 2011 at 11:36 AM

Obama spoke stupidily

unseen on March 11, 2011 at 11:36 AM

Gee, dictators have it easy, get rid of that whole dissent thing in one fell swoop.

Graystoke on March 11, 2011 at 11:36 AM

Unbelievable that this communist could get more than 50% of the vote in this “free” country. Idiots, all of them, and ya, that includes you Mom.

ornery_independent on March 11, 2011 at 11:36 AM

The Chinese would never allow Obama to be their President…period.

They may be a lot of things, but stupid is not one of them.

coldwarrior on March 11, 2011 at 11:36 AM

In all fairness, neither does the Mayor of Chicago.

MNHawk on March 11, 2011 at 11:36 AM

Yet another example of a leftist admiring an autocrat.

dkmonroe on March 11, 2011 at 11:37 AM

Well Obama should have thought of that. I’m not to keen on sympathy for poor,overworked, unappreciated President Present. My job is hard too you freaking whiner. You ran for this job and you got it. Quit the constant moaning and DO YOUR JOB!!

hboulware on March 11, 2011 at 11:37 AM

It’s hard to bully us, isn’t it?

faraway on March 11, 2011 at 11:37 AM

They can have him!

milwife88 on March 11, 2011 at 11:38 AM

Obama Seeks a Course of Pragmatism in the Middle East

That is the title of the article.

In other words, “Obama wants to find out how to vote ‘present’ in the middle east.”

Wethal on March 11, 2011 at 11:38 AM

If Obama was president of China, I bet that I’d have received my unicorn by now.

/still waiting

DrW on March 11, 2011 at 11:38 AM

Will Campaign Hopenchange PRC accept off shore donations?

MD11Fr8Dog on March 11, 2011 at 11:38 AM

Obama spoke stupidily

unseen on March 11, 2011 at 11:36 AM

That’s because he spoke.

pugwriter on March 11, 2011 at 11:38 AM

It sure would make dealing with all those pesky GOP folks in Wisconsin easier

Gulag or firing squad, gulag or firing squad, what’ll it be?

Decisions , decision…

Bruno Strozek on March 11, 2011 at 11:38 AM

We’ll trade Obama for Hu, and a player to be named later?

Wethal on March 11, 2011 at 11:39 AM

The totalitarian nature of the left – in full display.

Rebar on March 11, 2011 at 11:39 AM

What Osama Obama should be doing is preparing his resignation speech while hoping the American people won’t wake up and clamor for his indictment, trial and imprisonment.

He has always telegraphed his desires, but the MBM and his sycophants have covered for him, while “pundits” on the Right have served up namby-pamby excuses for his traitorous intentions.

There is a limit to what is acceptable behavior for a president. The Mohammedan Mouthpiece breached this barrier long ago. I hope we realize this and take appropriate action before it’s too late.

Sadly, I fear most will snicker and let him go about his America-hating ways.

MrScribbler on March 11, 2011 at 11:39 AM

Finally, Obama might think it would be easier to be President of China, but he’d have found it impossible to become President of China

True Ed. But this WH thinks that was a brilliant thought process from Presentident.

antisocial on March 11, 2011 at 11:39 AM

The Bamster says he’d rather be a dictator? Isn’t that rather disturbing?

What, no follow-up? Why didn’t they ask him what the first thing he would do would be, if he had the power that the Chinese dictator does? That’s a Larry-King-level failure to follow-up.

slickwillie2001 on March 11, 2011 at 11:39 AM

This could be a contender for Obamateurism Of The Year.

flipflop on March 11, 2011 at 11:40 AM

He wants to be the leader of a communist country? Who could have guessed that?

sammypants on March 11, 2011 at 11:40 AM

When you think that baracks main goal is to make everybody equally poor, then of course it would be easier to be president of China. Everybody is already there! Job done!

moron

DuctTapeMyBrain on March 11, 2011 at 11:40 AM

It would be easier on us if he was president of China.

CDeb on March 11, 2011 at 11:34 AM

This.

antisocial on March 11, 2011 at 11:40 AM

Unlike Americans, who can vote for whomever they choose, the entrenched power structure in Beijing would never have allowed an untested backbencher with no experience in executive management to have come close to the top job. Obama should be thanking his lucky stars rather than lamenting his fate.

Didja hear that up there in DC? You punks lament the messiness of a constitutional republic. All the debating, back-and-forth, different viewpoints and resistance to your craptastic schemes–yes, while it may be messy to you, the fact is that We the People retain the power to put you into office, as well as take you out. If this is how you view the extraordinary honor of occupying the seat of this nation, then please pack your bags, and kindly depart our house. Your arrogant and narcissistic ways are wearing thin on us, you should be thanking us and kneeling to us that we allow your socialistic carcass to darken the doorstep on that fine office. I pray that the ghost of Jefferson, Washington and Adams haunt you in your thirst for tyranny.

ted c on March 11, 2011 at 11:41 AM

He wouldn’t be happy there, either. He’d have to actually show up for work once in a while.

DrAllecon on March 11, 2011 at 11:41 AM

Response for crr6 from the headline thread:

crr6 on March 11, 2011 at 11:18 AM

The 64,000 Yuan question has to be Was Obama serious when he said that.

From his actions that seek to diminish our basic Liberties like freedom of speech and the right to self-defense, etc, the answer would have to be that he was serious.

Does that make you uncomfortable crr6?

Chip on March 11, 2011 at 11:41 AM

Is this Obama’s way of saying “I’d like my life back”.
Tony Hayward perks up.

Electrongod on March 11, 2011 at 11:42 AM

President Douchebag manages to corrode the dignity of the office like xenomorph blood melting through the Nostromo.

Bishop on March 11, 2011 at 11:42 AM

Mr. Obama has told people that it would be so much easier to be the president of China. As one official put it, “No one is scrutinizing Hu Jintao’s words in Tahrir Square.”

I’m thinking of a different square when I think of the ChiCom “President”. I’ll even go so far as to say I’ll bet Teh Won is thinking of that same “different square” (IYKWIMAITYD)

steveegg on March 11, 2011 at 11:42 AM

Excellent analysis, Ed, IMO. Especially your point about how a backbencher wouldn’t get to be the ‘Prez’ of Red China. Thus highlighting Obama, once again, as the ultimate useful idiot-putz-red diaper baby. He’s sooo dumb/ignorant he doesn’t even get it that he’d be part of the gulag, at best, in his utopian fantasy world, not leader of it.

JimP on March 11, 2011 at 11:42 AM

Obama needs a Whaaambulance .. what a pussy

J_Crater on March 11, 2011 at 11:42 AM

This already gets my vote for OOTW

Ann on March 11, 2011 at 11:43 AM

President-Elect George W. Bush was joking when he said this:

“If this were a dictatorship, it’d be a heck of a lot easier, just so long as I’m the dictator.”

It’s probably fair to assume Obama was being equally facetious.

YYZ on March 11, 2011 at 11:43 AM

Incidentally, looking at it from the other side of the coin, it can’t be sitting well with Hu that Obama just completely invalidated all the work Hu does by calling it “easier.”

Smart power diplomacy continues full steaming pile ahead.

DrAllecon on March 11, 2011 at 11:43 AM

Obama needs a Whaaambulance

J_Crater on March 11, 2011 at 11:43 AM

This is the United States of America, dammit. Our national symbol, the bald eagle, looks pissed even when it’s soaring.

How is it that we have that man for a president?

pugwriter on March 11, 2011 at 11:45 AM

This could be a contender for Obamateurism Of The Year.

flipflop on March 11, 2011 at 11:40 AM

I’d agree. However, this comment itself is proof that just when you think there isn’t anything else he could say or do…

Goody2Shoes on March 11, 2011 at 11:45 AM

What a complete douche. Obama really is about as as big a tool as we could possibly ever have as President. How could America reelect this guy?

He is not only a failure, but a failure who always has an excuse or a finger to point at someone else.

Obama may have just overtook Carter as the worst President of modern times.

No class.

alecj on March 11, 2011 at 11:45 AM

OOTY.

So far, anyway. I’m sure he’ll top this somehow.

NeighborhoodCatLady on March 11, 2011 at 11:46 AM

Presidenting is hard.

rockmom on March 11, 2011 at 11:48 AM

-Wy U Bao, Mr. Obama.

“Hello President Wy U Bao.”

-No no..I ask why you bow.

Bishop on March 11, 2011 at 11:50 AM

In China they let you finish your waffle.

The Chewbacca Defense on March 11, 2011 at 11:50 AM

Sorry, this is OOTY.
Although it is still early.

ORconservative on March 11, 2011 at 11:51 AM

He could just put all the tea partiers, conservative bloggers, Rush, Beck, etc., to work building cheap junk for Walmart.

Ward Cleaver on March 11, 2011 at 11:51 AM

Unbelievable that this communist could get more than 50% of the vote in this “free” country. Idiots, all of them, and ya, that includes you Mom.

ornery_independent on March 11, 2011 at 11:36 AM

Right. I’ve got two brothers and two sisters-in-law with a combined total of nine advanced degrees who voted for this no-count pretender — and would do so again. Idiocy is out there.

rrpjr on March 11, 2011 at 11:53 AM

Alternate Headline:

President Maobama reveals dream job!

P. Monk on March 11, 2011 at 11:54 AM

And if you’re President of China, you can shoot any political opponents you want, no questions (dared) asked.

Poor Barry. So frustrated.

GarandFan on March 11, 2011 at 11:54 AM

I’m sure there is some sort of residency requirement for president of China. You’d better start packing the suitcases, champ.

Vashta.Nerada on March 11, 2011 at 11:54 AM

Chip on March 11, 2011 at 11:41 AM

The progs would be very happy with a dictator, as long as he’s their dictator.

slickwillie2001 on March 11, 2011 at 11:55 AM

This POS puke just keeps getting bolder & bolder in his distaste for the American people & our way of govt.
Impeach this lying ba$tard. NOW.

Badger40 on March 11, 2011 at 11:55 AM

Or maybe he’d rather be pharaoh… King Putzuncommon, perhaps.

beatcanvas on March 11, 2011 at 11:55 AM

Me love you longtime Obamao xoxo

ornery_independent on March 11, 2011 at 11:56 AM

-No no..I ask why you bow.

Bishop on March 11, 2011 at 11:50 AM

“Oh, no problem, I could get on my hands and knees and grovel at you feet if you would like me to.”

VegasRick on March 11, 2011 at 11:56 AM

It’s probably fair to assume Obama was being equally facetious.

YYZ on March 11, 2011 at 11:43 AM

it would be easy to give him the benefit of the doubt if BO wasn’t always degrading Americans & America.
Soory. He doesn’t get the benefit of the doubt from me anymore.
The man hates this country & wants to bring us to our knees before the world.

Badger40 on March 11, 2011 at 11:57 AM

And the douchebag just gets douche-ier.

Dominion on March 11, 2011 at 11:57 AM

Mr. Obama has told people that it would be so much easier to be the president of China. As one official put it, “No one is scrutinizing Hu Jintao’s words in Tahrir Square.”

Nor do they question him about Tiananmen Square…

Here

right2bright on March 11, 2011 at 11:59 AM

M.A.R.X.I.S.T.-in-chief

Jayrae on March 11, 2011 at 11:59 AM

The man hates this country & wants to bring us to our knees before the world.

Badger40 on March 11, 2011 at 11:57 AM

Remember when the evil George Bush used to do that too? Yeah, me neither.

VegasRick on March 11, 2011 at 12:00 PM

Balderdash. I doubt Hu gets in anywhere near the amount of golf time that Barry does.

CantCureStupid on March 11, 2011 at 12:00 PM

First push to throw out the Consitution and create a Socialist Dictatorship – like we all know the “Liberals” really want??

KMC1 on March 11, 2011 at 12:00 PM

He would be in over his head anywhere he went.

gbear on March 11, 2011 at 12:03 PM

Alternate headline: Obama hits rock bottom, grabs a jackhammer.

Red Cloud on March 11, 2011 at 11:34 AM

Oh my gosh–best laugh of my day. Thank you.

DrMagnolias on March 11, 2011 at 12:03 PM

Mr. Obama has told people that it would be so much easier to be the president of China. As one official put it, “No one is scrutinizing Hu Jintao’s words in Tahrir Square.”

Yeah, and there’s a reason for that. Speaking your mind aginst the regime in China is usually fatal.

Vic on March 11, 2011 at 12:03 PM

It would be easier on the United States if Obama were the president of China, too.

pugwriter on March 11, 2011 at 12:04 PM

Unbelievable that this communist could get more than 50% of the vote in this “free” country. Idiots, all of them, and ya, that includes you Mom.

ornery_independent on March 11, 2011 at 11:36 AM

Right. I’ve got two brothers and two sisters-in-law with a combined total of nine advanced degrees who voted for this no-count pretender — and would do so again. Idiocy is out there.

rrpjr on March 11, 2011 at 11:53 AM

SO true. The wife & I both come from big families, w/ 13 brothers and sisters between us, 26 when you count spouses. Most of them Democrats. My wife’s NY dem’rat family is worse than mine, and most of them voted for Maobama.

Oddly, saying “I told you so” repeatedly at family gatherings has provided small comfort. I don’t want bragging rights…I want my country back.

ornery_independent on March 11, 2011 at 12:04 PM

Do you see how this guy views the world? It’s in terms of relative effort. Please tell me how in the name of God’s green earth that he knows anything about the concept of ‘hard’ at all.

ted c on March 11, 2011 at 12:04 PM

He’s been gritching about how hard this job is since the beginning. I’ve never heard any other president do this that I can remember. The job gets in the way of his parties, golf, trips on AF One, basketballing, etc. How could anybody in their right mind (and obviously this leaves out the left)vote for this idiot again? I’m referring to the people on the right who claim they won’t vote for Sarah Palin. Would they actually vote for Obama if that was the Republican choice?

silvernana on March 11, 2011 at 12:05 PM

Chip on March 11, 2011 at 11:41 AM

The progs would be very happy with a dictator, as long as he’s their dictator.

slickwillie2001 on March 11, 2011 at 11:55 AM

Both of those things seem to go hand in hand – you can’t implement your grandiose schemes of a centrally planned economy and spreading the wealth around without eventually resorting to the use of force.

Take a look back at the progressive leadership in National Socialist Germany and the old Soviet Union, they had to rely on their Gestapo or Cheka to keep people in line.

Chip on March 11, 2011 at 12:06 PM

“Honey, which daughter do we want?”
 
President Barack H. Obama

rogerb on March 11, 2011 at 12:06 PM

Soory. He doesn’t get the benefit of the doubt from me anymore.
The man hates this country & wants to bring us to our knees before the world.

Badger40 on March 11, 2011 at 11:57 AM

And it would be so much easier if he were a dictator without that damned Constitution thing to work around.

SKYFOX on March 11, 2011 at 12:06 PM

Mr. President, can I come over to help pack your bags?

Captain Betty on March 11, 2011 at 12:06 PM

Obama is simply expressing what every progressive wants: A dictator to rule the U.S.

Conservative Samizdat on March 11, 2011 at 12:09 PM

Once again his true colors are there to be seen in all of their splendor…

joepub on March 11, 2011 at 12:09 PM

Alternate headline: Obama hits rock bottom, grabs a jackhammer.

LOL! Indeed!

Mutnodjmet on March 11, 2011 at 12:09 PM

Has Maobama assembled his “civilian army” yet? We better keep an eye out for that.

ornery_independent on March 11, 2011 at 12:10 PM

Too bad they won’t take him.

lonestar1 on March 11, 2011 at 12:12 PM

When questioned about this statement Mr. Obama replied, “Fore!”

Mason on March 11, 2011 at 12:12 PM

Alternate headline: Obama President Jackwagon hits rock bottom, grabs a jackhammer.

Red Cloud on March 11, 2011 at 11:34 AM

We’ll trade Obama for Hu, and a player to be named later a bag of hockey pucks?

Wethal on March 11, 2011 at 11:39 AM

FIFY

dmh0667 on March 11, 2011 at 12:14 PM

Is this man an idiot or what?

texanpride on March 11, 2011 at 12:14 PM

Depart, I say, and let us have done with you. In the name of God, go !
Cromwell

teacherman on March 11, 2011 at 12:14 PM

U.S. President Barack Hussein Obama is a punk.

FlatFoot on March 11, 2011 at 12:14 PM

I think he should go for it. He’s already got some experience!

Plus, in China, if he can’t handle his Cabinet members, he can just shoot them. He won’t have to use union thugs, he’ll be able to have the Army kill his opposition. And China’s abortion policy would be right in his wheel house.

hawksruleva on March 11, 2011 at 12:14 PM

Ridiculous. Being president of China sounds like a horrible job, possibly harder than being American president. Showing he knows nothing about China and is totally fantasizing while reading Friedman.

perries on March 11, 2011 at 12:16 PM

Oh, and I note the self pity implicit in this statement too, which is really repellent. Oh poor me, I’m the American president.

::rolleyes::

perries on March 11, 2011 at 12:17 PM

Its so much easier to be President of the United States minus a deficit of American principles and strength of character.

Or maybe being the Premier of China just wouldn’t require a fundamental transformation.

Speakup on March 11, 2011 at 12:18 PM

I wish I could draw. Would be nice to see Captain America yelling at the President, “This A on my forehead doesn’t stand for CHINA!

The_Livewire on March 11, 2011 at 12:18 PM

I’ve been trying to find the voter turnout numbers for Hu’s election and to see how his opponent fared – oh, wait a minute.

Wyatt Wingfoot on March 11, 2011 at 12:18 PM

Has Maobama assembled his “civilian army” yet? We better keep an eye out for that.

ornery_independent on March 11, 2011 at 12:10 PM

They are in Wisconsin. Not too impressive, are they?

perries on March 11, 2011 at 12:19 PM

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