I wondered, too, why Presidents Obama and Clinton and Secretary of State Clinton would be laughing at an otherwise solemn occasion.
A blogger known for detesting all things liberal and all things Obama placed these photos up on his blog with the implication that Presidents Obama and Clinton and Secy. of State Clinton were disrespectfully yukking it up at the Holbrooke memorial.
However, when we dig further for what is really going on, we find that they were probably reacting to a humorous anecdote the former UN Secretary-General, Kofi Annan, was relating about the deceased.
"If any anecdote captured the indefatigable Holbrooke it was the one told by Annan, who led the U.N. when Holbrooke was ambassador there. Annan drew laughter when he recalled how Holbrooke managed to persuade then-Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Jesse Helms to relent and permit the United States to pay its dues to the world body. First, Holbrooke arranged for the conservative senator to address the Security Council. “What I did not realize was that part of the deal was that I should go and speak at Jesse Helms’s alma mater,” said Annan, who made the trek to tiny Wingate, N.C., to speak at the Jesse Helms Center at Wingate University. Bill Clinton echoed the anecdote, wondering aloud how Holbrooke got Helms to cough up funding for the international organization he had long criticized.Admiral Mike Mullen, chairman of the joint chiefs of staff:
That, said Annan, was “the beauty and the power of Richard’s unique brand of diplomacy.”
"A Holbrooke book could include a chapter titled "How to Win Friends and Tick Off Everybody Else," Mullen said, drawing peals of laughter from an audience that chuckled far more than it sniffled during the two-hour memorial."
Apparently the blogger who placed these photos on his blog has never been to a memorial service or wake where the people who knew the deceased engaged in telling humorous stories about the one who has passed away. The blogger is either naive or deliberately trying to make the past president, the current president and the secretary of state look like despicable miscreants, by misrepresenting what is actually happening at the service.
It was a feeble attempt to smear the two presidents and secretary of state, but worse is that a lot of unhinged bloggers can't seem to give up their crusades to demonize President Obama and his administration, despite the call from both conservatives and liberals to turn down the rhetoric.
Here are the comments from this blogger's followers:
Xxxxxxx Xxxxx said...
"Good find, Xxx. These 3 evil stooges should be ashamed of themselves.
Vermin dancing on the graves of people who actually wanted to keep America safe."
January 17, 2011 6:00 PM
"Even something as simple as basic decency is lost on these subhumans."
January 17, 2011 6:07 PM
tha xxxxxxxx said...
"LOL, great comments guys, bring em on."
January 17, 2011 6:49 PM
"I see 3 wrong things there."
January 17, 2011 8:57 PM
Xxxxxx xx Xxxxx said...
"I can't top Xxxx's comment. LOL. And spot on too."
I will contine to document the vicious falsehoods and misrepresentations that these conservative blogs continue to disseminate. These facts indisputably refute the cheap lies and disinformation these people continue to spread.
As for this blogger's effort to portray President Obama, President Clinton, and Secretary of State Clinton as disrespectful?