“I have a lot to learn and I very much look forward to listening and figuring out how we can work together more effectively,” Obama said.
In addition to numerous overtures to Hugo Chavez, Obama also extended a hand to Nicaragua’s Daniel Ortega, whom President Ronald Reagan spent years trying to drive from power. Ortega was ousted in 1990 elections that ended Nicaragua’s civil war, but was returned to power by voters in 2006.
Ortega stepped up and introduced himself to Obama (above) U.S. officials said.
But a short time later, Ortega delivered a blistering 50-minute speech that denounced capitalism and U.S. imperialism as the root of much hemispheric mischief. The address even recalled the 1961 Bay of Pigs invasion of Cuba, though Ortega said the new U.S. president could not be held to account for that.
No, I guess that was the “evil” American President, John Fitzgerald Kennedy.
He then distanced himself from the late, great, and assassinated Democrat – President John F. Kennedy, and America in general, by saying:
“I’m grateful that President Ortega did not blame me for things that happened when I was three months old,” Obama said, to laughter and applause from the other leaders. (It’s all about “me, me, me,” isn’t it?)
Well, tee hee.
But I’ll tell you what is funny. He added another blooper to a very, very long list of bloopers. He was not three months old. The Bay of Pigs occurred in April, 1961, four months before Obama was born on August 4, 1961. [But then again, we don’t really know WHEN he was born.]
Later, during a group photo, Obama reached behind several leaders at the summit to shake Chavez’s hand for the third time. Obama summoned a translator and the two smiled and spoke briefly.
U.S. President Barack Obama applauds after Nicaragua’s President Daniel Ortega’s speech during the opening ceremony of the 5th Summit of the Americas in Port of Spain April 17, 2009.