MEDIA ALERT: Keith Olbermann’s Countdown on Obama & Hugo Chavez


Tonight at about 8:15 pm EST, I will be discussing with Keith Olbermann on MSNBC’s Countdown all the ballyhoo about Barack Obama’s suprisingly bright moments with Venezuela President Hugo Chavez at the Summit of the Americas in Trinidad & Tobago.
My bottom line — well, I’ll share that on the show first and add here later.
But seriously, was John Bolton’s behavior so infecting that everyone thinks that huff-and-puff grump theatrics are how President Obama should treat some of our more complicated global rivals??
I’ll post the MSNBC video clip here at The Washington Note as soon as it is ready.
This should be kind of fun — and yet, serious too.
— Steve Clemons


6 comments on “MEDIA ALERT: Keith Olbermann’s Countdown on Obama & Hugo Chavez

  1. Don Bacon says:

    Dan K nailed it, and appealed to Steve’s Nixon side in the bargain. Gotta love it. (That’s my highest accolade.)


  2. Jay C says:

    Maybe, Steve, the notion that high-handed arrogant self-
    righteousness is the proper attitude for American diplomats and
    officials to display in foreign-affairs settings wasn’t an infectious
    contagion FROM John Bolton- but the other way around: Bolton
    was chosen for his position and promoted to a position of
    influence because he perfectly embodied the personality the
    Bush-era Neocon Establishment wanted. One who would
    wholeheartedly agree with their notion of what “American
    leadership”” entailed: i.e., that “”leadership” consists of us telling
    other countries what to do: and them doing it.


  3. Dan Kervick says:

    I think others have probably already called attention to the following famous clip. But it’s still an interesting comparison:
    Of course, Chavez has thousands of thermonuclear weapons pointed at us and has locked his opponents away in Siberian gulags, so what Obama did was much, much, much worse.
    Nicely handled by Nixon by the way.


  4. ArtIsRevolution says:

    nice job Steve.


  5. don nash says:

    Obama shook hands with Hugo Chavez? Oh my gawd, WE’RE ALL
    GONNA DIE!!!


  6. Dan Kervick says:

    Since I have pretty much stopped watching television new altogether, I missed the Chavez incident and fallout. But why aren’t Chavez’s opponents happy that after years of thumbing his nose at Washington, he now seems eager to suck up and make nice?


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