(AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)
Well, here’s another uh…interesting character witness for Obama…Moammar Kadafi, fresh from his hero’s welcome for the Lockerbie bomber, had gushing words of praise for our President:
Kadafi, clad in a long, coffee-colored robe, gave a long, rambling address that was mainly critical and touched on everything from jet-lag — something he blamed on having to travel to New York — to the invasion of Iraq, which he called “the mother of all evils.” He blasted the U.N. Security Council as an elitist organization that favors superpowers over small nations and said no country should have veto power over resolutions.
But Kadafi’s comments took a sharp turn about midway through his address. Prefacing his words by saying they were a bit “sensitive,” he confessed to being thrilled that Americans had elected a black man as their leader.
“We Africans are happy, proud that a son of Africa governs the United States of America,” said Kadafi, whose relations with the United States have generally been sour. Even his visit to New York for this event has been fraught with controversy as his plans to stay in a lavish tent erected in a New Jersey suburb were quashed after local protests.
He then planned to stay in a tent on a property owned by Donald Trump north of Manhattan, in the town of Bedford, but the Associated Press reported today that town officials were threatening criminal action if the tent stayed there.
Kadafi alluded to the difficulties of moving around a city under air-tight security measures but said Obama, at least, offered hope for the next eight years. After that, he said, “I’m afraid we may go back to square one. We are content and happy if Obama can stay forever as the president of the United States.”
Well, doesn’t that just make you swell with pride?
Fidel Castro, today, also came out with lavish praise for Obama’s climate change speech.
The former Cuban leader on Wednesday called the American president’s speech at the United Nations “brave” and said no other American head of state would have had the courage to make similar remarks.
Not surprisingly, Castro, America’s arch enemy for 50 years, was impressed and pleased with Obama’s criticism of the U.S.
That admission of America’s past errors “was without a doubt a brave gesture,” Castro wrote in comments published by Cuban state-media Wednesday.
“It would only be fair to recognize that no other United States president would have had the courage to say what he said,” the former Cuban leader continued.
Aw shucks…Isn’t that special? Who could have ever guessed that by pandering to tyrants and dictators you could win their flattery. Not compliments to our country as a whole, mind you. Compliments to Obama, Himself.
We, as a country, of course, still suck.