This is getting worse. Fareed Zakaria has some explaining to do, and this is not it. This response deserves a separate post (my previous post is here).
May 14th, 2011
Clarification on my conversations with the President
By Fareed Zakaria, CNN
The characterization that I have been “advising” President Obama is inaccurate. Over the last few months I’ve had a couple of conversations with the president, off-the-record. At no point did president President Obama (sic) ask me for advice on a specific policy or speech or proposal, nor did I volunteer it. I know that he has had similar meetings with other columnists.
Get it! Fareed wasn’t “advising” president President Obama (sic) on foreign policy! It was just “a couple of conversations with the president, off-the-record.”
I have the secret audiotape of a meeting in March 2011 at the White House:
PRESIDENT OBAMA: I’m picking Kansas to win it all.
FAREED ZAKARIA: Kansas? Are you crazy? They’re not good this year! You have to go with Ohio State!
It was a simple “conversation,” just like that! Harmless, I’m sure!
As I pointed out in my previous post, Fareed Zakaria believes that high taxes, high government spending, and new cap and trade taxes will do wonders for the U.S. economy. The brilliant foreign policy analyst believes that Iran is developing a nuclear device for peaceful purposes and that Hezbollah really treats Jews well. He is the author of The Post-American World.
This is not a person the President of the United States should be having private conversations with.
Let’s revisit the Newsbusters transcript:
CNN’s Zakaria Reveals He Advises President Obama On Foreign Policy
By Matt Hadro | May 13, 2011 | 18:49
A transcript of the segment, which aired on May 12 at 8:28 p.m. EDT, is as follows:
ELIOT SPITZER: Look, I read something in the paper this week a couple of days ago that actually made me — you know brought a smile to my face. It said the president of the United States calls you for wisdom and advice about issues around the world.
So first, when he calls you, what does he say? “Hi, Barack calling for Fareed?” What does he do?
FAREED ZAKARIA: Mostly it’s been face-to-face meetings.
ZAKARIA: You know, it’s usually organized by Tom Donilon, the national security adviser.
ZAKARIA: What I’m struck by, though, honestly, Eliot, is how much time he’s spending thinking about the issues of the Arab spring particularly the issues of Egypt, how — how to make Egypt go right, what — you know, what is the — what are the mechanisms that the United States has to help the moderates and liberals.
It’s been a very thoughtful conversation. You know we’ll see where it goes.
SPITZER: I’m not going to ask you what you have said to the president but it makes my heart warm that the president is calling you for wisdom and advice. And thanks for coming on the show.
Obama is helping the moderates and the liberals in Egypt? Really, Fareed, you do believe this? Did Obama issue one statement to Egypt telling the country to stop killing its Coptic Christians? How difficult would it have been to issue a statement to save lives? But it’s apparently very difficult to do, because Obama didn’t make any statement at all.
Fareed, did you have a conversation about Libya? Do you think helping Al Qaeda there is just peachy?
“Face-to face meetings” means “a couple,” or two? Are they not on the White House visitor logs because they’re too recent?
So President Obama said come in, Fareed, I want to have a private White House conversation with you about Egypt, but don’t give me any advice?
Can we trust you as a CNN “journalist,” as if you ever were?
Post-American World, indeed. We’re in deep trouble.