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    Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich tore into President Barack Obama Monday for his friendly greeting of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, saying Obama is bolstering the "enemies of America.”
    Gingrich appeared on a number of morning talk shows comparing Obama to President Jimmy Carter for the smiling, hearty handshake he offered Chavez, one of the harshest critics of the United States, during the Summit of the Americas.
    “Frankly, this does look a lot like Jimmy Carter. Carter tried weakness, and the world got tougher and tougher, because the predators, the aggressors, the anti-Americans, the dictators – when they sense weakness, they all start pushing ahead,” Gingrich said on “Fox & Friends.”
    Two Republican senators, Judd Gregg of New Hampshire and John Ensign of Nevada, joined in the criticism Monday, with Ensign calling Obama's greeting of Chavez "irresponsible."
    Obama addressed such criticism before he left the summit in Trinidad and Tobago on Sunday, noting his “great differences” with Chavez and expressing concern for the Venezuelan president’s “inflammatory” rhetoric toward the United States and interference in neighboring Latin American countries
    “It's unlikely that as a consequence of me shaking hands or having a polite conversation with Mr. Chavez that we are endangering the strategic interests of the United States,” Obama told reporters at a news conference. “I don't think anybody can find any evidence that that would do so. Even within this imaginative crowd, I think you would be hard-pressed to paint a scenario in which U.S. interests would be damaged as a consequence of us having a more constructive relationship with Venezuela.”
    While the White House felt Obama's first foray into Latin America went well, officials seemed concerned that so-called “picture seen ‘round the world” of Obama greeting Chavez at the summit would generate such criticism back home.
    The criticism is déjà vu for the Obama team. It is along the same line of what Obama’s opponents – Hillary Clinton, now secretary of State, and Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz), said of him during the campaign, that he was too willing to talk to U.S. adversaries.
    Obama defended that, too, on Sunday before returning from a four-day trip to Latin America.
    “We had this debate throughout the campaign, and the whole notion was, is that somehow if we showed courtesy or opened up dialogue with governments that had previously been hostile to us, that that somehow would be a sign of weakness – the American people didn't buy it,” Obama said. “And there's a good reason the American people didn't buy it — because it doesn't make sense.”
    By Saturday afternoon, Chavez had gifted Obama a book critical of U.S. involvement in Latin America, the images were being replayed on television, and the White House had a new talking point: that handshakes and smiles are not enough, that actions speak louder than words.
    "The smiles and handshakes and the desire of one leader to say to the president that he wants to be his friend, again is a wonderful opportunity to match actions with words," said White House press secretary Robert Gibbs.
    But Gregg told MSNBC's Morning Joe Monday that while Chavez is "not a strategic threat,” Obama’s greeting of him is “not a good way to start your presidency."
    Gingrich on NBC’s Today Show that Obama’s warm greeting of Chavez was "proof that Chavez is now legitimate, is acceptable."
    And Ensign called Chavez "one of the most anti-American leaders in the entire world. He is a brutal dictator and human rights violations are very, very prevalent in Venezuela. And you have to be careful.”
    Gingrich first raised the issue on Friday, the night Obama and Chavez first met at a reception.
    “I think it sends a terrible signal to all of Latin America, and a terrible signal about how the new administration regards dictators,” Gingrich said on Fox, also citing Obama’s willingness to talk to Iran, his handling of North Korea and overtures to the Castro government in Cuba. “I don’t think there’s any downside to talking to him. But I think being friends, taking a picture that clearly looks like they’re buddies hurts in all of Latin America.”
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    Newt thinks Obama's showing weakness by giving Chavez a friendly handshake? I guess Newt forget that Obama's pouring more troops into Afghanistan and just sent Navy Seals to kill pirates and rescue that ship's captain. At least Obama's calling the GOP out on their bullshit.

    And Gregg is starting to piss me off. First, he agrees to be part of Obama's cabinet, changes his mind after GOP pressure, and then spends his time bitching about everything Obama does.

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    I really don't see what the big deal is about this.
    Chavez got out of his seat, went up to O, shook his hand and gave him a book.
    Was Obama supposed to just sit there and stick his tongue out at him and say, Bitch, I don't want your book or handshake?
    It would have been worse if he did that, obviously.

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    grim & king, you made me LOL with nary a word, but this one LOL'd me the most. Does Bush eat his Freedom Fries with those fingers!?????

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    I don't it was the handshake but the style of handshake - but that's just my interpretation.
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    The hate-filled warmongers are easier and easier to detect.

    When you greet someone with a handshake, they are likely to return a handshake.

    When you greet someone with spit in the eye, they are likely to return spit in the eye.

    Anytime someone promotes anger, war, conflict, I wonder what their motivation is. They're not much more than the dreaded trolls we deal with that gain from other people's misery. Newt is a troll, and he's been fed and fed so big he can reach the political trough himself now. "Quit feeding the trolls" needs to be brought offline as well.

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    At least he didn't bow to him.

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    who cares about the Chavez handshake?

    the impotent response to Ortega's 50 minute long anti america diatribe is the interesting part.....
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    Quote Originally Posted by witchcurlgirl View Post
    who cares about the Chavez handshake?

    the impotent response to Ortega's 50 minute long anti america diatribe is the interesting part.....
    I agree! Sit there and listen to a 50 minute rant on America not say a word to defend our country, not a word. It didnt have to get ugly, he could have said something in his calmn voice. I hope he burned the book. I dont want to read anything in that book, he can shove the book you know where
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    Yes, that would be the adult thing to do.



    oh look, here's Obama sternly lecturing Chavez for being a bag of dicks:

    Dailymotion - Chavez Obama, un vÃ*deo de noticias24. chavez, obama, venezuela
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    Quote Originally Posted by cupcake View Post
    I agree! Sit there and listen to a 50 minute rant on America not say a word to defend our country, not a word. It didnt have to get ugly, he could have said something in his calmn voice. I hope he burned the book. I dont want to read anything in that book, he can shove the book you know where
    Why are you willing to burn a book based on what's in it when you haven't even read it? And if you did read it, why would you need to assault someone with it?

    Some people still can't grasp the concept of "Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me" and they think someone else's words are excuse to break their bones.

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    Im all for handling things gracefully but they are insulting and humiliating us. Hand our president an anti american book and then shake his hand? Chavez is a thug . It was nothing more than a propoganda tool.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Grimmlok View Post
    Yes, that would be the adult thing to do.



    oh look, here's Obama sternly lecturing Chavez for being a bag of dicks:

    Dailymotion - Chavez Obama, un vÃ*deo de noticias24. chavez, obama, venezuela
    That wasn't a video of Obama...it was a Hispanic newscaster speaking Spanish. I'd like to see Obama's response.

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    but you haven't read the book to form your own opinion.
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