First of all, we don’t have audio or video so my guess is the White House will soon claim President Obama never said that he’d rather be president of China, or that he was mis-quoted or taken out of context.
From the New York Times article on balancing the needs of the United States and the support for people in the Middle East.
How Mr. Obama manages to do that while also balancing American interests is a question that officials acknowledge will plague this historic president for months to come. Mr. Obama has told people that it would be so much easier to be the president of China. As one official put it, “No one is scrutinizing Hu Jintao’s words in Tahrir Square.”
Other than the fact Tahrir Square is in Cairo and not in China, there will be plenty of discussion on this purported statement by Obama.
From Ed Morrissey at Hot Air.
As such, yes, it’s easier to wield power, which was exactly Friedman’s point and why he was an idiot for making the case for enlightened despotism over representative democracy. Making power easier for government to yield was the exact outcome that our founders feared, which is why they wrote the Constitution and ratified it 222 years ago. Enlightened despotism is still despotism, and the “enlightened” part depends entirely on whether the analysts fall in or out of favor with the despot.
And since the “president” of China doesn’t give a damn about the freedom and liberty of his own people, no one really gives a damn what he thinks about the freedom and liberty of others. Most see that as a feature of being President of the United States, not a bug.
Jim Hoft at Gateway Pundit.
Of course it would.
Then he could just slaughter those disruptive Gadsden flag-waving tea partiers.
Is that what he’s talking about?