Thursday, July 18, 2019 20:18

Obama. More like John Kennedy than he’d like to admit.

– Wiccapundit

While reading Mark Moyar’s excellent “Triumph Forsaken: The Vietnam War, 1954-1965,” I came across a very telling passage:

On June 3 [1961], President Kennedy headed to Vienna for a two-day summit with Khrushchev.  …  With his strength of personality and his conversational skills, Kennedy intended to sway Khrushchev in the same way he had swayed so many American politicians and campaign contributors, while showing Khrushchev that he could not be pushed around.  His [Kennedy’s] refusal to send American forces in to Laos and Cuba, he knew, had given Khrushchev reason to believe that the new American President had the toughness of a whispering lilac.

Khrushchev manhandled Kennedy from start to finish, manipulating his adversary and the terms of the conference totally to his advantage.  Kennedy later admitted that “He treated me like a little boy.  Like a little boy.”  Britain’s Harold MacMillan stated that “The President was completely overwhelmed by the ruthlessness and barbarity of the Russian premier.”  MacMillan believed it was the first time Kennedy had “met a man who was completely impervious to his charm.”

Gee, who does that sound like?  At least Kennedy had the grace to admit he’d been outclassed.

 

 

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4 Responses to “Obama. More like John Kennedy than he’d like to admit.”

  1. Elphaba says:

    I fail to see Obama’s charm. Apparently, it doesn’t work on me.

  2. The only time diplomacy works is when you carry a big fucking stick, not a big ass mirror to tell the world, “LOOK AT ME!!!”

  3. Laura says:

    I imagine I would have slept with John Kennedy if I could have. I wouldn’t sleep with Obama.

    P.S. The list of famous men I won’t sleep with is very short. I am an imaginary whore.

  4. faith martin says:

    funny Laura, Obama has been compared to JFK, but I fail to see any resemblance period.

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