Morning Joe, Newt and the Rest of the Right Fuming Over the Handshake


President Obama shook the hand of the enemy. That is a no-no and the right is not happy with the new president. Newt Gingrich and Joe Scarborough both were fuming this morning as they characterized the president’s actions as weak. Scarborough contends this weakens our position in the world. He felt that Obama sat at the table and allowed fellow leaders criticize American policies at the Latin American summit. Scarborough felt Obama should have verbalized his displeasure with the remarks from Daniel Ortega. This is all part of the continued demonization of Barack Obama. The problem is that those on the right are still holding on to the tactics of the Bush administration. George Bush talked tough but he would not talk to his enemies. Ignoring or dismissing your enemy will not and does not solve the problem, and that was the politics of yesterday.  President Obama has said that he will not govern with a closed fist but with an open hand and that is a different way of governing, and everyone is not ready for this shift.  

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  • ReyMac  On April 20, 2009 at 4:57 pm

    I didn’t realize that actually listening to others’ opinions of our actions constituted weakness. I believed (errantly, I guess) that listening and being able to take criticism were signs of strength and maturity . . . and didn’t Jesus in the Bible that Christians (and conservatives) follow say one is supposed to “love thine enemy”?

  • walknrun1  On April 20, 2009 at 9:35 pm


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