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Obama Hearts Ho Chi Minh


Can American liberals really keep blaming conservatives for calling President Obama names when he keeps putting his foot in his mouth? As a conservative writer and blogger, I get a lot of email from leftists calling me a “conspiracy theorist” or “tea bagger” or even “tin foil hatted.”

But how can my compatriots or I be blamed when the President himself says things like this:

“The fact that Ho Chi Minh was actually inspired by the U.S. Declaration of Independence and Constitution, and the words of Thomas Jefferson.”

What the what?

To be fair, the President was discussing how a meeting with the Vietnamese President Truong Tan Sang had concluded, and seeing as this was the first meeting between the two Presidents, he was probably just trying to be polite. However, the optics are absolutely horrific!

While Ho Chi Minh may have actually been inspired by Jefferson’s writing, it’s probably not best to be heard speaking positively of a man who slaughtered hundreds of thousands of his own people. He also led his forces against our own in a war that lasted over a decade and saw almost 60,000 Americans killed.

These “mistakes” by the President happen so commonly that it’s almost as if whoever is in charge of preparing him for these meetings is purposefully leading him in the wrong directions.

Obama’s bad gift.

Obama has repeatedly shown himself to be politically tone deaf, but this may have been one of his most egregious moments.

Obama bows… a lot. He loves bowing to people…

He doesn’t play well with others.

These are just a few of our President’s greatest hits; I’m sure you could dig up so many more.

obama_dunceChris Stirewalt pointed out perhaps the most egregious moment of President Obama’s remarks, Obama, striking a wistful tone, observed that it may have taken 67 years, but the United States and Vietnam were finally enjoying the relationship that Ho once wrote of. After all, Obama said, Ho had been “inspired by the words of Thomas Jefferson.”

In so many of his interactions, whether here or abroad, the President finds himself waxing eloquent about what could be or should be and how we could get there if we’d just follow his lead. The amount of hubris one must have to believe that he alone bears the burden of repairing a broken planet is astounding. The President must learn some modicum of humility. Only then will he make any headway in fixing any of our problems, whether large or small. He is NOT the Messiah, even if MSNBC keeps pretending he is.


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Onan Coca

Onan is the Editor-in-Chief at Romulus Marketing. He's also the managing editor at, and the managing partner at You can read more of his writing at Eagle Rising.
Onan is a graduate of Liberty University (2003) and earned his M.Ed. at Western Governors University in 2012. Onan lives in Atlanta with his wife and their three wonderful children.

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