President Hu was celebrated by the Obama administration with a 21-Gun salute (Bush gave him one, too, by the way) and he had a private "working dinner" (God help us all) with Hillary and Obama and others last night and will be treated to a sparkling, celebrity-attended dinner tonight. Speeches of welcome this morning immediately put us on a level playing field with China. The message was that we are no better than they are, apparently; something I know our leftwingers will be very, very relieved to hear. The Harvard-elitist bunch are happy, "Hu is on FIRST."
In this short snippet about the visit, we read "In the wake of China's refusal to allow jailed democracy activist Liu Xiaobo to accept the Nobel Peace Prize last fall, Obama is expected to raise human rights concerns in private meetings with Hu. The issue also is likely to come up in a joint news conference today." Since Obama very subtly mentioned human rights in his welcoming words, I can see what's happening; he is impressing Americans with his tough stand on that with China's Hu while selling us out on other fronts. Wait for the press conferences and let's see how much they emphasize human rights. I have to admit, with the trouble America's in now, with the huge debt to China, with the way China's insulted us on our last visit there, I don't give a rat's poop about their human rights. Let's get our country fixed, let's put a 25% tax on China's goods as Donald Trump suggests, and THEN, when we're happy and we're the great world power again, let's tick them off by giving them only a luncheon instead of a dinner (like Bush did), and then let's slam China for their human rights horrors. As IF they're going to change their ways after Obama gets through with them on this trip? REALLY? :-) "Okay, we'll give you a trillion dollars more and we won't kill that human rights guy in our jail...you happy?"
By the way, here's the AP's take : "WASHINGTON – When Hu Jintao makes what is likely his final trip to Washington as China's president, he will get an honor he desperately wanted but was denied during his first visit nearly five years ago: a White House state dinner.
Symbolism and protocol are very important to the Chinese and the opulence of Wednesday's black-tie affair with President Barack Obama should be plenty satisfying for Hu, a 67-year-old hydroelectric engineer who has ruled the country since 2002. That could help relations between the leaders of the world's two largest economies" Apparently, a dinner is going to help relations with China? Thanks, AP, you show your liberal naivite so glowingly well. OH, and for those desirous of reading how AP feels Bush goofed up all over the last China visit, read the whole link, you'll enjoy it.
Do I think Obama should be greeting them with no fanfare and giving them bad chop suey for dinner? NO. But, there is a tone we USED TO SET which showed who's in charge. We're NOT in charge anymore, but do we have to display that?
What do you think of all this?