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July 29, 2013 - 7:14 am

The former chairwoman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee said President Obama’s comments about Ho Chi Minh and the Founders were insulting to every Vietnam veteran.

In joint remarks with Vietnamese President Truong Tan Sang at the White House last week, Obama hailed the hard-core communist revolutionary as a guy who drew his inspiration from America’s most important documents.

Sang concluded the meeting by sharing “a copy of a letter sent by Ho Chi Minh to Harry Truman.”

“And we discussed the fact that Ho Chi Minh was actually inspired by the U.S. Declaration of Independence and Constitution, and the words of Thomas Jefferson,” Obama said. “Ho Chi Minh talks about his interest in cooperation with the United States. And President Sang indicated that even if it’s 67 years later, it’s good that we’re still making progress.”

Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-Fla.) noted that her husband, Dexter, “is a Vietnam combat veteran who was severely injured in battle while fighting for the ideals of Jefferson, Adams, Franklin, Madison and Washington.”

“In 1971, I awakened after three days of unconsciousness aboard a hospital ship off the coast of Vietnam. I could not see, my jaws were wired shut, and my left cheekbone was missing, a gaping hole in its place. Later, while still in that condition at St Albans Naval Hospital, one of my earliest recollections was hearing of John Kerry’s testimony before Congress,” Dexter Lehtinen, a former Florida state senator, said in a 2004 ad against Kerry’s presidential candidacy. Lehtinen received the Purple Heart for his injuries.

Rep. Ros-Lehtinen said for Obama, “who has sworn to preserve, protect and defend their ideals that founded this nation, to equate Ho Chi Minh to Thomas Jefferson is an insult to the service and sacrifice of all of those who served in Vietnam.”

“Saying that a butcher who slaughtered his opponents and butchered those who resisted his tyranny was inspired by the ideals that make this nation the freest and most democratic country in the world belittles our Founding Fathers and those shed blood to protect their vision,” she added.

The White House has not issued any clarification to Obama’s remarks.

Ho Chi Minh quoted the Declaration of Independence in opposition to the French colonial power in Vietnam, in a speech in Ba Dinh Square, September 2, 1945. He then proceeded to commit atrocities against the people of Vietnam in his quest for a Marxist state.

Bridget Johnson is a career journalist whose news articles and opinion columns have run in dozens of news outlets across the globe. Bridget first came to Washington to be online editor at The Hill, where she wrote The World from The Hill column on foreign policy. Previously she was an opinion writer and editorial board member at the Rocky Mountain News and nation/world news columnist at the Los Angeles Daily News. She has contributed to USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, National Review Online, Politico and more, and has myriad television and radio credits as a commentator. Bridget is Washington Editor for PJ Media.

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"The White House has not issued any clarification to Obama’s remarks."

"Ho Chi Minh quoted the Declaration of Independence in opposition to the French colonial power in Vietnam, in a speech in Ba Dinh Square, September 2, 1945. He then proceeded to commit atrocities against the people of Vietnam in his quest for a Marxist state."

Ho Chi Minh & Obama seem to have a lot in common. They both cite the US DoI & Constitution as sources of inspiration & then promptly proceed to trample on both.

There's a simple explanation why the WH has not issued a clarification. They believe none is needed - America is comprised of an imperialistic, oppressive, racist, selfish, greedy people and Ho Chi Minh & all the atrocities he committed in the name of 'spreading the wealth' & 'achieving equality' are just peachy with this administration.

Rep. Ros-Lehtinen is right - Obama's remarks were an insult to all U.S. Vietnam veterans.
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The Islamist in Chief doesn't care who He insults. Just don't insult Him lest ye be tagged, tracked and audited until thou art submissive...
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Our helluva big National Problem, Dear Readers, is that the semi-educated electorate who were able to be so skillfully manipulated into electing this Obama creation into our Oval Office, twice, is growing.

Unless we develop an effective Opposition to the Democrat Party [with testicles] no matter what the name of that new Party will be, this nation as we know it now is finished.
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"The White House has not issued any clarification to Obama’s remarks."

"Ho Chi Minh quoted the Declaration of Independence in opposition to the French colonial power in Vietnam, in a speech in Ba Dinh Square, September 2, 1945. He then proceeded to commit atrocities against the people of Vietnam in his quest for a Marxist state."

Ho Chi Minh & Obama seem to have a lot in common. They both cite the US DoI & Constitution as sources of inspiration & then promptly proceed to trample on both.

There's a simple explanation why the WH has not issued a clarification. They believe none is needed - America is comprised of an imperialistic, oppressive, racist, selfish, greedy people and Ho Chi Minh & all the atrocities he committed in the name of 'spreading the wealth' & 'achieving equality' are just peachy with this administration.

Rep. Ros-Lehtinen is right - Obama's remarks were an insult to all U.S. Vietnam veterans.
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So The Obama is Ho Chi Minh, Ho Chi Minh is The Obama. I like it, I like it a lot!!!
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I think you're exactly right in every respect.
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Obama goes out of his to poke his finger into the eyes of those for whom he has such disdain: Catholics, military, seniors, Whites, etc. What is worse than an active member of the military??? a retired active member of the military!! He is no different than the arrogance and disdain shown by own Hanoi Helen, Jane Fonda. No difference, same mentality. The comment is not about substance or veracity. It's about sticking it to the Vietnam Vets. Anyone surprised???
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What would one expect after being brain washed by his Commie Mommy, Commie Grandma &Grandpa, Bill Ayres, Reverend Wright and educated from left wing Tenured college liberals on a free ride as a foreign student & being married to a Racist
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