Anonymous asked in Politics & GovernmentPolitics · 1 decade ago

What do you think of the fact that Barack & Hillary did not defend the USA against attacks by Ortega?

President Obama endured a 50-minute diatribe from socialist Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega that lashed out at a century of what he called terroristic U.S. aggression in Central America and included a rambling denunciation of the U.S.-imposed isolation of Cuba's Communist government.

Obama sat mostly unmoved during the speech but at times jotted notes. The speech was part of the opening ceremonies at the fifth Summit of the Americas here.

Later, at a photo opportunity with Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper, Obama held his tongue when asked what he thought about Ortega's speech.

"It was 50 minutes long. That's what I thought."

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton ignored two questions about Ortega's speech, instead offering lengthy praise of a cultural performance of dance and song opening the summit.

27 Answers

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago
    Favorite Answer

    Obama is a tool of the communists and America-haters just like Wright taught him to be

  • Dan
    Lv 4
    1 decade ago

    If he had acknowledged and discussed the things Ortega said, he would only have legitimized those remarks and Ortega himself. By ignoring Ortega and focusing on other things, he made Ortega look small and insignificant.

    And let's not forget that he did say in his speech that it's time for South/Latin America to stop blaming the United States for all their problems.

  • 1 decade ago

    In his address to the group, Obama said:

    "To move forward, we cannot let ourselves be prisoners of past disagreements. I'm grateful that President Ortega did not blame me for things that happened when I was three months old. Too often, an opportunity to build a fresh partnership of the Americas has been undermined by stale debates. We've all heard these arguments before."

    Sounds like an appropriate response to me. Better than denying the truth about past US actions.

  • Don
    Lv 6
    1 decade ago

    he did respond by lighting up and opening up a new dialog with cuba...long over due did you catch the response from Raul"maybe we were wrong' maybe there 's hope yet for the people of cuba

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  • beren
    Lv 7
    1 decade ago

    Sounds to me like he completely ignored Ortega which is more of a snub than trying to react to it. Cons are not very smart.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    It really revealed their communist leanings

  • 1 decade ago

    Just another act showing they're lackeys. The same things said about another might have gotten a response. Persons who speak to me in that manner , about me or others without respect would be taught respect .......................................................................

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Because both Obama and Clinton are not insecure about America or our values and history. They are there to rebuild ties with the dozens of countries the right wing and Buh has alienated.

    Bush would have risen to the bait. As would his followers. They dont share real American' faith in America or what we stand for. You have to believe in yourself and what you stand for to ignore taunts and rhetoric. The right wing doesn't. Clinton and Obama do.

    They showed strength--not the weakness of a person who is afraid to ignore a little name calling for the sake of getting the job done they went there to do.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    What kind of missiles did he fire? Scud? Like Saddam?

  • 1 decade ago

    Isn't he the guy who thinks a taco tastes better in your mouth than on your shirt?

  • 1 decade ago

    Because he was right and they knew it. But arguing it would uncover dirty little secrets about U.S. bad behavior in Central America for the last 40 years.

    Source(s): The Shock Doctrine by Naomi Klein The Bush Agenda by Antonia Jurhasz Confessions of an Economic Hitman by John Something
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