At President Obama’s meeting with the heads of South American countries this morning, Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez stood, walked over to him, and presented him with a copy of “Open Veins of Latin America: Five Centuries of the Pillage of a Continent” by Uruguayan author Eduardo Galeano.
The book, which has just rocketed to #7 on Amazon*, is apparently noteworthy for its “critique of the consequences of 500 years of European and U.S. colonization of Latin America”, which I’m sure will make no wingnut heads explode at all.
Wait, watch this, I’m going to do a stupid blog trick. You have my word that I didn’t set this up beforehand – I bet that I can find, within thirty seconds, a relatively-high-level conservative blog which says something very close to “Well, we have a fellow-traveler president, so I’m sure he’ll love it.” Thirty seconds. Time me. Ready? Go!
…Bam. Second page of Technorati results, didn’t even have to run a search. Of course, he didn’t use so many words, but he is a wingnut blogger, after all.
Ooh ooh! Took me a little longer to find, but I landed an even bigger fish:
PAUL adds: President Obama should feel quite comfortable with the writings of Eduardo Galeano and the ranting of Danny Ortega. He heard this sort of anti-American rubbish from his spiritual mentor Jeremiah Wright for 20 years. It didn’t bother him then and it doesn’t seem to bother him now.
* I’ll try not to make it my schtick to comment on Amazon bestseller lists, but I love that the top ten currently includes four books by Stephanie Meyer plus one set of four books by Stephanie Meyer.
ALTERNATIVE FOOTNOTE: I guess after all the LGBQT books were removed, all that was left was “Twilight” and Marxist economic analysis.