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What’s in a Handshake? Or Presidents Meet with Bad People?

The rightwing talkers have their knickers in a knot because President Obama shook hands with Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez. Oh no! Disaster on a global scale! Human sacrifice, dogs and cats living together, mass hysteria!

Grow up people. World leaders shake hands with each other; they may even appear to be palling around with each other. It doesn’t mean they’re selling us out.

During his Fox “News”’ The O’Reilly Factor, on Wednesday night, host Bill O’Reilly once again demonstrated the fact that he doesn’t know jack about history, when he falsely claimed that President Richard Nixon never met with Chinese leader Mao Zedong, and hence never shook his hand.

While discussing President Obama’s handshake with Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, Fox News political analyst Alan Colmes asked O’Reilly, “What do you, ignore somebody standing right next to you? Do we — because he touched him, put his hand on his shoulder, shook his hand? Do these people have a problem with Mao and Nixon?”

O’Reilly responded, “It was [Chinese Prime Minister] Zhou [Enlai] and Nixon. Mao was not involved.”

If I had been Alan Colmes I probably would have started my response, “Bill, you ignorant slut, once again you’ve proven you don’t know any more about history than you know about homeless veterans.”

In fact, Mr. Wizard, President Richard Nixon not only met with Mao on February 21, 1972, and horrors, he smiled at him, and he even shook his hand.


I now understand why Alan Colmes couldn’t continue working every night with these guys. After attempting to communicate on an intelligent level with Mr. O’Rielly, Colmes said, “And now, I know that you people often think you — when I say “you people,” I mean, you — probably think that dictator DNA got off on him, and he’s going to come back and infect the United States because, look, he touched the guy.”

O’Reilly – aka Mr. Wizard – asked Colmes, (referring to the shocking handshake between President Obama and President Chavez) “…what did you find worthy about it?”

Colmes’ reply was the kind I’m usually shouting at O’Reilly, whenever I can stomach watching him, “Well, first of all, this shows — first of all, what do you, ignore the guy? When George W. Bush was at the UN and asked, “Will you ever — will you talk to Ahmadinejad if you’re in the same room?” “No, I won’t talk to him” — like a 5-year-old.”

Have any other Presidents ever shaken hands with dictators, and, you know, smiled?

Well, let’s have a look Billy.

nixon-palling-with-brezDick stop palling around with Leonid!


Dwight David Eisenhower! Stop having fun with Nikki right now!


Holy stop touching that Russian Bat Man! Truman and Churchill both touching Joe, and liking it!


Not Gerald Ford too! Oh the humanity! The humanity!


And what’s this? The Gipper and Gorby shaking hands? The leader of the Evil Empire?


OMG! Bill! They’re even palling around!

One last imagine to consider:


Yes Bill, that’s our former U.S. President George W. Bush, smiling and shaking hands with President Pervez Musharraf of Pakistan. Musharraf is the self-proclaimed president of Pakistan, having come to power through a military coup. He’s a dictaitor. But, we can pal around with him because he was willing to help us defeat the Taliban. The enemy of my enemy is my friend, even when they let my enemy move into their country to escape being attacked.

Grow up Billy.

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Posted by on April 24, 2009 in Foreign Policy


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