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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Making power easier for government to yield was the exact outcome that our founders feared

Or even wield.

Patrick S on March 11, 2011 at 12:19 PM

I repeat, for the millionth of times, and I will not stop – Obama is a superfool. It’s one thing to think this, to yearn for it in his socialist and beyond, his dictatorial narcissistic egomaniacal heart – but to say it?

Media, you caca-suffocatig fools, when will you wake up?

How Mr. Obama manages to do that while also balancing American interests is a question that officials acknowledge will plague this historic president for months to come. 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.”

A man with a steely spine and some real ones knows what he believes in, at all times. This is an Eunuch in Chief, due to chicanery and PC gone nuts.

is a question that officials acknowledge will plague this historic president for months to come

Should read “officials should achnowledge that this ass*ole in charge will plague the land for centuries to come”.

Schadenfreude on March 11, 2011 at 12:20 PM

So go run for office in China. Let’s see how that works out for you big guy.

In fact you can probably stall that whole eligibility issue since Hawaii was barely a state when you were born and it’s pretty close to China.

Being a slave master is easier than being a leader of men. Who knew?

petunia on March 11, 2011 at 12:21 PM

Ed, you’ve got your 2011 Obamateurism of the Yeat. It will take huge effort to top this.

Schadenfreude on March 11, 2011 at 12:21 PM

If you’re president of China you send vans to people’s homes to perform executions.

If you’re president of China you encourage the killing of female babies.

Schadenfreude on March 11, 2011 at 12:23 PM

I wish he were the president of China, too!

Bevan on March 11, 2011 at 12:23 PM

Ed, you’ve got your 2011 Obamateurism of the Yeat. It will take huge effort to top this.

He’ll find a way to top it sometime in the next 9 months, but this one is certainly going to be a memorable one.

teke184 on March 11, 2011 at 12:23 PM

“No one is scrutinizing Hu Jintao’s words in Tahrir Square.”

Because they don’t want to get killed for speaking out against their “dear” leader.

redfoxbluestate on March 11, 2011 at 12:24 PM

Do you think that when Obama says these stupid things in private, he realizes that they will eventually get out to the public via the media? (depending on what media you listen to, of course). Does he say these things on purpose? Or maybe he is a bigger idiot than we think, and has absolutely no clue.

Susanboo on March 11, 2011 at 12:24 PM

Confucius say:

“Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life.”

And my favorite,
“Man who go to sleep with itchy butt, wake with smelly fingers…”

Both describe OStanky pretty well.

OkieDoc on March 11, 2011 at 12:24 PM

He is an embarrassment.

WisCon on March 11, 2011 at 11:36 AM

He is a humiliation.

perries on March 11, 2011 at 12:25 PM

Hu let the dogs out?!

Hu! Hu! Hu! Hu!

dforston on March 11, 2011 at 11:34 AM

You enjoyed that a lot. Oh okay, we did too.

perries on March 11, 2011 at 12:26 PM

Being a slave master is easier than being a leader of men. Who knew?

petunia on March 11, 2011 at 12:21 PM

…and they say that he was a smart student and prof. of constitutional law at Harvard…what goes on in the U.S. universities of the ‘highest’ standing?

I don’t believe any of it. Show me his transcripts and all his speeches and papers.

Otherwise all his professors are crooks of the first degree and derelict of all their duties. It’s one or the other. Period.

Schadenfreude on March 11, 2011 at 12:26 PM

Otherwise all his professors are crooks of the first degree and derelict of all their duties. It’s one or the other. Period.

Schadenfreude on March 11, 2011 at 12:26 PM

Look up Wayne Allen Root. obambi didn’t go to class very often, if ever.

VegasRick on March 11, 2011 at 12:29 PM

Nor do they question him about Tiananmen Square…

Here

right2bright on March 11, 2011 at 11:59 AM

Ring-a-ding-ding.

steveegg on March 11, 2011 at 12:29 PM

I have a picture in my head of Obama rolled up in the fetal position and someone having to medicate him to get him out of bed in the morning and make an appearance so they can keep up the pretense that he is doing anything at all.

He is just absent on the Middle East crisis. I bet he sucks his thumb.

petunia on March 11, 2011 at 12:30 PM

Such a sad day to hear our President say this. Can any of you imagine the following words crossing the lips of Obama,
“My Country Tis of Thee, Sweet Land of Liberty, Of Thee I Sing…”? Yeah, me neither.
I feel like I am in Purgatory with this guy as our leader.

txmomof6 on March 11, 2011 at 12:33 PM

Have fun with this one…gonna go on a lunch break

US Gives China Eminent Domain Over US

ProudPalinFan on March 11, 2011 at 12:34 PM

Yet another powerful reminder that O’Bozo views the United States as just like any other country.

Jaibones on March 11, 2011 at 12:35 PM

Komrade BO wants to be president of China. At the rate he’s digging, he’ll be there within a year!

Fallen Sparrow on March 11, 2011 at 12:37 PM

Remember folks, it is all about the HEALING………….

dmann on March 11, 2011 at 12:39 PM

OBAMA HAS SEEN THE LIGHT…IS LOOKING FOR LEASES IN THE US FOR LOCAL OIL DRILL AND NATURAL GAS. wtf? ONSHORE AND OFF SHORE ALASKA? What happened last night, did Sarah Palin break into the White House?

ProudPalinFan on March 11, 2011 at 12:40 PM

Bammie’s quote reminded me of this article: At What Point Does a Liberal Become a Stalinist?

Never underestimate the progs. They would murder many millions of us in concentration camps if they could take over.

slickwillie2001 on March 11, 2011 at 12:40 PM

Komrade BO wants to be president of China. At the rate he’s digging, he’ll be there within a year!

Fallen Sparrow on March 11, 2011 at 12:37 PM

+10!

DarkCurrent on March 11, 2011 at 12:40 PM

Hah On his next breath he’s trashing what he plans to do. Oh well.

ProudPalinFan on March 11, 2011 at 12:41 PM

It certainly would be easier in that Obama wouldn’t have to bend over anymore for other world leaders

It would be more difficult for Obama otherwise, since he would have to had fought his own battle to the top. Obama would have been squashed like a bug in the Chinese oligarchy. Even a puppet in China would have to fight the other puppets.

Many people. Many layers.

Plus, Obama would never be entrusted not to make a fool of China, meaning he would never meet the test for puppet.

entagor on March 11, 2011 at 12:41 PM

Obama is following the footsteps of Jimmy Carter. Carter has also expressed his admiration for dictatorships:

“When I go to a dictatorship, I only have to talk to one person and that’s the dictator, because he speaks for all the people.”

Let’s just hope Obama is like Jimmy Carter in not winning re-election.

thuja on March 11, 2011 at 12:43 PM

Obama sadly is still wrong.

If you give an empty suit with no goals, direction or leadership the powers of the President of China; he’d still be equally wishy-washy/Present/useless.

Changing jobs wouldn’t change him; and his skill set wouldn’t work any better leading China than it does leading the USA.

gekkobear on March 11, 2011 at 12:44 PM

OBAMA HAS SEEN THE LIGHT…IS LOOKING FOR LEASES IN THE US FOR LOCAL OIL DRILL AND NATURAL GAS. wtf? ONSHORE AND OFF SHORE ALASKA? What happened last night, did Sarah Palin break into the White House?

ProudPalinFan on March 11, 2011 at 12:40 PM

You’re surprised?

Obama always says the right thing; he’s always on the side of the majority and always claiming to be doing what the people want.

Oh… I get it. You think he’s actually going to follow through and do any of this instead of saying what is popular while doing what he wants.

Pay more attention; this isn’t out of character. If he actually does something about it, THAT would be shocking.

gekkobear on March 11, 2011 at 12:46 PM

Incompetence=restraint in LiberalLand.

ButterflyDragon on March 11, 2011 at 12:47 PM

The ars can’t even manage his own cabinet, and needs a czar to do it for him…and he yearns to be “president of China”…

Schadenfreude on March 11, 2011 at 12:50 PM

“Honey, which daughter do we want?”
President Barack H. Obama
rogerb on March 11, 2011 at 12:06 PM

“Neither, lets go for a son.”

lonestar1 on March 11, 2011 at 12:50 PM

The problem being “President of China” for the obamanation would be the ChiComms don’t tolerate wimpy socialists as “Dear Leaders”…He would soon be feted with a State funeral…

Gohawgs on March 11, 2011 at 12:52 PM

Can this traitorous sack of diseased donkey $hit be any more vile?

csdeven on March 11, 2011 at 12:52 PM

FYI People on Twitter write the Presidential Seal is missing.

ProudPalinFan on March 11, 2011 at 12:58 PM

You’re surprised?

Obama always says the right thing; he’s always on the side of the majority and always claiming to be doing what the people want.

Oh… I get it. You think he’s actually going to follow through and do any of this instead of saying what is popular while doing what he wants.

Pay more attention; this isn’t out of character. If he actually does something about it, THAT would be shocking.

gekkobear on March 11, 2011 at 12:46 PM

No, Rush and I laughed it off b/c he did a 360 on his next breath; he is attempting to lure in conservatives or trying to potray himself as a left-center when they absolutely hate it. Libtards don’t want a drop of oil drilled (!?!?!?), and they hate him b/c of some of Bush’s policies that he is still carrying on.

Rush said he has a hunch of softening on the Dems part re: ANWR. He said he won’t get to it but it’s politically related.

ProudPalinFan on March 11, 2011 at 1:02 PM

double down drink game:

*let me be clear*
*I’m the President of the United States*

ProudPalinFan on March 11, 2011 at 1:03 PM

You know its not too late for him change his birth certificate to read: Born in China.

ctmom on March 11, 2011 at 1:10 PM

Obama never wanted the job…he wanted all the fame, adulation and celebrity perks that came with it. Look at video and pictures of him performing the duties of his job and contrast them to video and pictures of him at his extravagant parties and rubbing elbows with celebrities and NBA players and rappers. He goes from being Mr. Glum to being Mr. Effervescent. He freaking hates his job. Has there ever been a President that looks more dour?

OxyCon on March 11, 2011 at 1:11 PM

Well, with this wonderful quote, I can start calling him the øPress-ident.

Was just over at RCP looking at polls of ø vs. GOP candidates – looks awful.

If the US public is REALLY as moronic as those polls indicate, to prefer øbama to Romney or the others by >10%, we’re too stupid to live. Very depressing.

jodetoad on March 11, 2011 at 1:17 PM

Has there ever been a President that looks more dour?

OxyCon on March 11, 2011 at 1:11 PM

He looks more like a very lost teenager, who’s completely over his head.

Schadenfreude on March 11, 2011 at 1:18 PM

Give Bambi the powers of the President of China and within 2 weeks he’d be moaning that he doesn’t have the powers of God.

The guy is the ultimate kibitzer. Life is great for him when all he has to do is criticize the work of others, but damn, it’s soooo hard when you’re the one who has to make the play.

PackerBronco on March 11, 2011 at 1:26 PM

Wow! If ever there was a Freudian slip by Obama, this takes the prize — he thinks it would be great if he could rule like the dictator of China and be above anyone’s scrutiny. This man is a menace to freedom.

EasyEight on March 11, 2011 at 1:27 PM

Was that ANOTHER bow picture?

AnotherOpinion on March 11, 2011 at 1:27 PM

Hu are you really?

Schadenfreude on March 11, 2011 at 1:34 PM

Being a slave master is easier than being a leader of men.
petunia on March 11, 2011 at 12:21 PM

IDK. I think this is the thread winner, IMHO.

Badger40 on March 11, 2011 at 1:36 PM

Every world leader since Alexander the Great has said or thoguht something to this end when they’ve been in power – Obama simply got caught saying it. Lack of prior exectuive experience likely makes it slightly more frustrating for him than others.

dieudonne on March 11, 2011 at 2:23 PM

Every world leader since Alexander the Great has said or thoguht something to this end when they’ve been in power – Obama simply got caught saying it. Lack of prior exectuive experience likely makes it slightly more frustrating for him than others.

dieudonne on March 11, 2011 at 2:23 PM

To bad Joe Biden was too busy massacreeing a Russian’s name to help.

Liberals: There’s a little Napoleon in each one

Roy Rogers on March 11, 2011 at 2:31 PM

It’s too bad we can’t get this totalitarian to emigrate to China.

zoyclem on March 11, 2011 at 2:50 PM

Every world leader since Alexander the Great has said or thoguht something to this end when they’ve been in power – Obama simply got caught saying it. Lack of prior exectuive experience likely makes it slightly more frustrating for him than others.

dieudonne on March 11, 2011 at 2:23 PM

Alexander already had absolute power…he had no reason to express such a view.

zoyclem on March 11, 2011 at 2:53 PM

He basically just insulted all of America. In fact, just about every American that has ever been born, that ever fought for our freedoms in every war since our revolution. He just insulted our founders, our founding documents, our freedoms, our institutions… well, basically everything about being an American.

I’m wondering too what Hu Jintao thinks of this statement? Didn’t he just call him a slacker? Didn’t he just insult the leader of China by saying his job is easy compared to being President?

I think Obama has a mental illness or something. The guy is really really stupid.
Look at all he has thrown away. I really just marvel at it when I consider how he could have truly owned the world. He was rightly historical. The world loved him. Republicans were falling over themselves to work with him. Most of America was eager to please him. If he had been smart, he would have shmoozed the Republicans, governed somewhere in the middle while ever so slowly going more and more to the left, been tough on terror and in time, I am convinced America would have happily given over all of it’s freedoms. He’d be looking at breezing into a second term, had increased the margins of Democrat control in congress and very well could have had the 22 Amendment repealed and gone on to be President for life!
And look at him now. Wishing he were President of China.

JellyToast on March 11, 2011 at 3:11 PM

Hu are you?

Hmm, “Obama’s on first” doesn’t really work, does it.

Tzetzes on March 11, 2011 at 3:29 PM

Go.

Then again, they would not have you, you walking, talking imbecile. Just to show how big your friggin ego is, you would dream to insert yourself as a leader to these people. They must be even lesser minions than us, in your thought-out opinion of everything, universal.

betsyz on March 11, 2011 at 3:37 PM

In Red China opponents to government control are better known as involuntary organ donors.

viking01 on March 11, 2011 at 4:54 PM

He basically just insulted all of America. In fact, just about every American that has ever been born, that ever fought for our freedoms in every war since our revolution. He just insulted our founders, our founding documents, our freedoms, our institutions… well, basically everything about being an American.

JellyToast,

Did you have the same reaction when Bush said this in 2000?

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

How about when he said this, as Governor of Texas?

You don’t get everything you want. A dictatorship would be a lot easier.

Or when he said this, in 2001?

A dictatorship would be a heck of a lot easier, there’s no question about it.

crr6 on March 11, 2011 at 5:45 PM

I’d rather he move to China and do just that.

I’d like to see them handle a WRECKING BALL for awhile. But what would Michelle do? Most ChiComs are already compliant.

PappyD61 on March 11, 2011 at 6:04 PM

I sick of this Muslim left-wing anarchist bowing to every potentate, I’m convinced he does it purposely to humiliate our country, which he despises and thinks deserves humiliation.

Chessplayer on March 11, 2011 at 6:33 PM

Make like a commie Obutthead, and go there. We sure as he!! don’t want you!!!

capejasmine on March 11, 2011 at 6:53 PM

crr6 on March 11, 2011 at 5:45 PM

Bush figured out you don’t need a dictatorship if you can make the average Amurrican idiot dance like a string puppet.

Dark-Star on March 11, 2011 at 7:27 PM

China can have you.

englishqueen01 on March 11, 2011 at 7:59 PM

We joked sarcastically joked about this a$$h*t being the Manchurian Candidate,Ah?
It is gonna be hell when he sees the Red Queen.
Bubba is also testing the water for The Hildabeast today with his comments bout boma’s drillin’ plans or lack thereof.
We think that the phone rang and nobody picked it up.
potus is a schmuck and needs to be on the Dr. Demento show.
If he quits and goes to the chinks we say keep him just send the company plane back,we will load all the on-board systems with stunex 2.3 before he takes the trip.
Go bomma, GO.

Col.John Wm. Reed on March 11, 2011 at 8:26 PM

crr6 on March 11, 2011 at 5:45 PM

Dark-Star on March 11, 2011 at 7:27 PM

Harping on Boooosshhh ain’t gonna cut it in November, 2012.

Hopefully there are still community organizer roles open in Chicago, so BO can go back to something he can (somewhat) manage.

churchill995 on March 11, 2011 at 8:33 PM

First thought: boo hoo!

Second: scary, he wants to be Chairman of a Peoples Republic.

Third: how does a country founded by men like George Washington accidentally elect a Marxist president?

AshleyTKing on March 11, 2011 at 8:54 PM

Can we trade the ChiComs for POTUS, straight up?

At least we’d get a capitalist back in the deal…

Khun Joe on March 11, 2011 at 9:09 PM

crr6 on March 11, 2011 at 5:45 PM

George W. Bush on his worst day is better than POTUS will ever be on his best day… Obama has been moving steadily downhill since Inauguration Day, and is dragging us all down with him…

He is like the crazy kid drowning in the middle of the pool and is expecting us to swim out and save him… while he grabs onto our neck, makes US sink, and props himself up for air

Khun Joe on March 11, 2011 at 9:13 PM

Kristol forgot to mention the most important thing –

When you’re president of China and those racist “teabaggers” start making their noise about cutting spending and adhering to the Constitution, you can just send in the tanks and troops to crush them in the streets.

Gator Country on March 11, 2011 at 9:18 PM

Third: how does a country founded by men like George Washington accidentally elect a Marxist president?

AshleyTKing on March 11, 2011 at 8:54 PM

Best explanation I have seen is that too many Americans mistook the 2008 Presidential election for an American Idol contest.

churchill995 on March 11, 2011 at 9:34 PM

Well, yes, it would certainly be easier to be president of China when you can take bloggers and throw them in the clink for ‘sedition.’

http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/nationworld/2014473567_apaschinaprotestcalls.html?syndication=rss

ted c on March 12, 2011 at 11:15 AM

Well, yes, it would certainly be easier to be president of China when you can take bloggers and throw them in the clink for ‘sedition.’

ted c on March 12, 2011 at 11:15 AM

Too bad we don’t have the stones to do that, and we would actually have some people guilty of sedition.

Dark-Star on March 12, 2011 at 1:32 PM

Barry is so ignorant, and you wonder how he got through Colunia, HLS and become POTUS ( I know : great jiving and white guilt governement racist prefeence program).

In the US, he can be as inept and incompetent as he is and can still stay in the office for 4 years. In the Communist country he would have either a mysterious death or be kicked out summarily by the politburo and be under house arrest.

Why we have such an imbecile who still enjoys a 46 to 48% approval from his base is a testament in public idiocy and a cause for alarm for the country’s future.

bayview on March 13, 2011 at 12:27 PM

Kim Jong Il: You are worthress, Barrrec Obarrwin!

Roy Rogers on March 13, 2011 at 6:45 PM

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