Following a meeting with Vietnamese President Truong Tan Sang today at the White House, President Barack Obama seemed to offer praise for communist revolutionary Ho Chi Minh as someone “inspired” by America’s Founding Fathers, the PJ Tatler reports.
During the Oval Office meeting, Obama says he and Sang “discussed the challenges that all of us face when it comes to issues of human rights,” referring to Vietnam’s sordid record on the issue. “And we had a very candid conversation about both the progress that Vietnam is making and the challenges that remain.”
When it was time to leave, Sang reportedly offered Obama a gift — a “copy of a letter sent by Ho Chi Minh to Harry Truman.”
…And that’s where things get dicey.
“And we discussed the fact that Ho Chi Minh was actually inspired by the U.S. Declaration of Independence and Constitution, and the words of Thomas Jefferson. Ho Chi Minh talks about his interest in cooperation with the United States,” Obama said. ”And President Sang indicated that even if it’s 67 years later, it’s good that we’re still making progress.”
That’s odd — I don’t remember anything in the Declaration of Independence about prison camps for political detractors or the Constitution’s provisions about the systematic extermination of class enemies in a “red holocaust.” Would Thomas Jefferson have approved of Minh’s policy of isolation which left hundreds of thousands of Vietnamese to starve to death?
Furthermore, does Barack Obama know anything about why the U.S. fought in the Vietnam War in the first place?
Sang, meanwhile, described the leaders’ conversation as “very candid, open, useful and constructive.” Swell.