By glad-handing and graciously accepting that book, Obama allowed himself to be played by thug dictator Hugo Chavez....
In front of photographers, Chavez gave Obama a copy of "The Open Veins of Latin America: Five Centuries of the Pillage of a Continent," a book by Eduardo Galeano, which chronicles U.S. and European economic and political interference in the region.
This is a virulently anti-American book and by accepting it without comment, Obama opened the door for Chavez to brag to all of Latin America about how he confronted the yankee, capitalist pig with evidence of America's history of evil influence there. I'll admit that Obama was taken off guard and had little choice but to stand and take the book but, at the earliest possible opportunity, after his handlers had told him what the book was, he should have denounced it as the cheap stunt that it was.
The comparisons to Jimmy Carter's philosophy of weakness and appeasement of hostile enemies is starting to ring true every time Obama fails to stand up to one of these guys. I'madinnerjacket, Kim Jong-Il, Castro, and now Chavez....is there a more evil collection of tyrants for Obama to coddle? America looks weak because of Obama's failure to stand up to these guys, even rhetorically. Look for them to see how far he can be pushed now that he's shown that he has no spine for confrontation.