Obama A Little Too Interested In The Fact That Communists Are Part Of India’s Mainstream

Just wondering…it seems a little weird that he would be singling out Communists the way he reportedly has, on more than one occasion during his trip to India:

Via Weasel Zippers, and according to this report from NDTV, Obama said:

“I am glad to meet an Indian communist. I am told that communists have been part of the (Indian) political mainstream,” Obama told CPM Politburo member Sitaram Yechury at the Rashtrapati Bhawan banquet as they were introduced and both shook hands.

Yechury told Obama that the Indian communists have been in the political mainstream “throughout”.

Marking a departure from their past practice, leaders and MPs of the CPM and CPI, known for their anti-US stance, had attended Obama’s speech in Parliament last evening.

Wow, they know a fellow traveler when they see one, huh?

Weasel Zippers also posted this report from The Times of India, yesterday: Curiouser and Curiouser: Obama Asks About India’s Communists at The Dinner Table?

The high table had the PM, Gursharan Kaur, the Obamas and Congress chief Sonia Gandhi and son Rahul Gandhi. The only other person at the table was UPA-2’s chief trouble shooter Pranab Mukherjee whose presence only cements his status of being more than a few notches above the rest of his ministerial colleagues.

Obama is learn’t to have asked Mukherjee about the entry of communists in India into the parliamentary system in India. Mukherjee is understood to have pointed out that Indian communists were part of the mainstream and like social democrats. Sonia sat next to the PM while Obama was seated beside her. Next was Michelle and then Rahul while Mukherjee completed the circle. The conversation did not flag with Rahul proving to be a keen listener and nodding frequently to what Obama and the PM had to say.

Well, that’s apparently where he heard about the success of Communists  entering the mainstream in India, which he seems to have taken a keen interest in.

Just wow.

Cross-posted at NewsReal Blog

Linked by Michelle Malkin, and Doug Ross, thanks!


9 thoughts on “Obama A Little Too Interested In The Fact That Communists Are Part Of India’s Mainstream

  1. Hey, maybe he will run for Prime Minister of India in 2012? Not sure many folks over here will miss him.

    Nah, that won’t work, he would have to prove his citizensh…oh yeah, I forgot.


  2. Slightly O/T, it’s interesting also that he visited a large mosque in Indonesia, while refusing to visit a Sikh temple in India ostensibly for fear of it being misinterpreted as Islamic.


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