Red Carpet, Brown Nose

Today President Obama welcomes Hu Jintao, the president of China. Mr. Hu will be feted with pomp and circumstance, including the highest honor that official American hospitality can provide: a state dinner at the White House.

In other words, today the recipient of the 2009 Nobel Peace Prize is entertaining, with full state honors, the head of a police state that currently holds the 2010 Peace Laureate in its gulag for daring to express his opinion.

Makes you proud, doesn’t it?

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5 Comments

  1. bob koepp says

    I don’t see anything here that should inspire either pride or shame. Sitting down with nasties in the hope that you might influence them to be a bit less nasty is what realpolitik is all about. And if recent public statements by prominent politicos are any indication, Hu can expect some pointed criticism in the next days.

    Posted January 19, 2011 at 3:35 pm | Permalink
  2. Malcolm says

    I have absolutely zero expectation that anything said or done here will in any effective way influence Hu to be “a bit less nasty”.

    But then again, I guess it’s all about “hope”.

    Posted January 19, 2011 at 3:53 pm | Permalink
  3. chris g says

    SNL knows how it will go.

    “I like to have my neck bitten when someone is doing sex to me…”

    http://www.hulu.com/watch/193066/saturday-night-live-g-20-cold-open

    Posted January 19, 2011 at 3:58 pm | Permalink
  4. “…, I guess it’s all about ‘hope’.”

    Not “all”, Malcolm. Some of it is about “dope”, as in “hopey-dopey”.

    Posted January 19, 2011 at 6:30 pm | Permalink
  5. JK says

    Well, I for one hope Uncle Hu didn’t forget his billfold. We’ve got Birthday presents to buy for a bunch of people in other parts of the world.

    Posted January 20, 2011 at 8:27 am | Permalink