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April 19, 2009
Obama Endures Ortega Diatribe: Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega lashes out at a century of what he called terroristic U.S. aggression in Central America.
President Obama endured a 50-minute diatribe from socialist Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega that lashed out at a century of what he called terroristic U.S. aggression in Central America and included a rambling denunciation of the U.S.-imposed isolation of Cuba’s Communist government.
Obama sat mostly unmoved during the speech but at times jotted notes. The speech was part of the opening ceremonies at the fifth Summit of the Americas here.
Later, at a photo opportunity with Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper, Obama held his tongue when asked what he thought about Ortega’s speech.
“It was 50 minutes long. That’s what I thought.
By the way, we keep hearing how brillian and nimble The One is. But we are still waiting for evidence that he can think on his feet. Recall that when asked about the latest act of piracy by a member of the press, the President said, “Guys, we’re talking about housing right now.”