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Why do Obama and Clinton eulogize an author who relentlessly flagellated their nation?

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"Some of them want to be abused.."

The eulogies for Nobel-winning author Gabriel Garcia Marquez upon his death last week make two points official:

1.) No amount of moral and intellectual wretchedness will earn an artist even the mildest rebuke from most of his professional peers and their related institutions — so long as the wretch hires himself out to communists.

2.) The masochism of Democratic U.S. Presidents is boundless.

Gabriel Garcia Marquez shared all of Fidel Castro’s hatred against the U.S., a passion that contributed much to their long and warm friendship. Given this rabid hatred for the nation that elected them, you’d really think — especially given White House speech writing budgets — that these U.S. Presidents could have found a way to express their admiration for Garcia Marquez’s art without so warmly embracing the wretched artist himself.

Our friends at Frontpage Mag. smuggle a few items about "Gabo" across the Miami-Dade border for dissemination to a handful of folks in the ether regions beyond...

janio-che

"Those Americans are kinda like women. They have a masochistic streak...."
(Brazilian Pres. and Che Guevara chum Janio Quadros, 1961)

5 comments to Why do Obama and Clinton eulogize an author who relentlessly flagellated their nation?

  • asombra

    Ah, that Che, appropriate as always. The fact he looks like a snotty dork is just part of his charm.

    He came from a well-to-do background, meaning he had to know one does not wear military fatigues to a civilian function involving a foreign head of state. In other words, we're talking cheeseball POSEUR.

  • asombra

    The Dem presidents alluded to were/are not masochistic, just weak and/or fellow travelers. There's a difference.

  • asombra

    Clinton's tribute is classic: he turns it into self-congratulation.

  • asombra

    Before "Gabo" made it as a novelist, he was a journalist (of sorts), and was employed for a time by (surprise!) the Castro regime as part of its PR/propaganda outfit called Prensa Latina, which had apparently been the brainchild of Che Guevara. When it looked as if US intervention would topple Castro circa 1961, Gabo hastily jumped ship, a "betrayal" for which Fidel later made him atone. The SOB (meaning the Colombian one) stank on ice.

  • asombra

    Since Obama was fine with Rev. "God damn America" Wright, why would Gabo bother him?