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I owe it to Gandhi, says Obama
Daily News & Analysis - India ^ | November 9, 2010 | Anil Anand

Posted on 11/08/2010 8:55:32 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet

He came, he saw, he conquered. Every bit of India that US president Barack Obama mentioned in his 35-minute speech was received with thunderous applause in the Central Hall of parliament.

The immediate chord he stuck with the dignitaries, including MPs and chief ministers, probably made Obama’s day as he carried out a perfect public relations exercise to capture the Indian mind.

The charged atmosphere in Central Hall became evident as soon as Obama entered. He was greeted by a standing ovation!

Obama’s speech constantly referred to Indian themes, all of which were applauded by the audience. He began by pointing out that his India visit was his longest overseas trip, spoke about how Panchatantra has guided Indians for centuries, and referred to the fields of Pujab, bylanes of Chandni Chowk, modern highways of Bangalore or localities of Kolkata when he said that everyone deserved a chance to prosper.

The US president said he felt honoured to visit Gandhi’s residence, where decades later Martin Luther King had stayed, and the memorial at Rajghat, adding, “I am mindful that I might not be standing before you today, as president of the United States, had it not been for Gandhi and the message he shared with America and the world.

“Throughout my life, including my work as a young man on behalf of the urban poor, I have always found inspiration in the life of Gandhiji and in his simple and profound lesson to be the change we seek in the world."

And just as he summoned Indians to seek their destiny, he influenced champions of equality in my own country, including a young Martin Luther King.

Obama also quoted Nobel laureate poet Rabindranath Tagore when he spoke about recalled India’s contribution to world civilisations and the message Swami Vivekananda delivered in 1893 at the Parliament of World Religions in Chicago, his hometown.

He referred to Ambedkar when he spoke about his belief that “every person can fulfill their god-given potential” no matter where he comes from “…just as a Dalit like Dr Ambedkar could lift himself up and pen the words of the Constitution that protects the rights of all Indians...”

While talking of India’s discoveries, he did not forget to credit Indian with having discovered ‘zero’.

In his speech, while thanking Indians for their hospitality, he spoke in Hindu, saying, Bahut dhanyavaad (Many thanks) and ended his speech with the triumphant Jai Hind! (Victory to India).

Later, as he came out of Central Hall, he wrote in the newly introduced Golden Book, “As a representative of the world’s oldest democracy, it is a true privilege and honour to address the world’s largest democracy. May the friendship between the two countries continue to grow in the years to come.”


TOPICS: Extended News; Foreign Affairs; Philosophy; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: baloney; communityorganizer; fakeprez; india; obama; phony; socialjustice
Praise for Gandhi, derision for the Founding Fathers, Tea Party and Constitution. Oh, and we're not a democracy, Mr. Obama.
1 posted on 11/08/2010 8:55:36 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

That deserved a huge gag alert. I’m trying to finish off dinner here!


2 posted on 11/08/2010 8:57:56 PM PST by BuckyKat (Green is the new red.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Obama is such a clown.


3 posted on 11/08/2010 8:59:12 PM PST by TheThinker (Communists: taking over the world one kooky doomsday scenario at a time.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Obama is such a suck-up.


4 posted on 11/08/2010 9:00:01 PM PST by t-dude
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Gandhi, one of those heroes whose life would not withstand a fair judgment devoid of his worshipers in the press.

A supporter of Hitler and a guy who slept with 9 year old naked girls.


5 posted on 11/08/2010 9:00:34 PM PST by yarddog
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I’m so glad Obama watched the movie a couple of times....so he knew to say “Gandhiji.”

What a phony!


6 posted on 11/08/2010 9:00:38 PM PST by Palladin (PA. Goes Republican! Gloating feels good!!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
He came, he saw, he conquered.

They can keeo him if they like. We won't even ask for a player to be named later!!

7 posted on 11/08/2010 9:01:09 PM PST by DustyMoment (Go green - recycle Congress in 2012!!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
He came, he saw, he conquered.

They can keep him if they like. We won't even ask for a player to be named later!!

8 posted on 11/08/2010 9:01:19 PM PST by DustyMoment (Go green - recycle Congress in 2012!!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

“Throughout my life, including my work as a young man on behalf of the urban poor, I have always found inspiration in the life of Gandhiji and in his simple and profound lesson to be the change we seek in the world.”

I would like to personally hear from the urban poort who Obama helped to uplift out of their predicament.


9 posted on 11/08/2010 9:01:33 PM PST by Hotlanta Mike (TeaNami)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
He came, he saw, he conquered. Every bit of India that US president Barack Obama mentioned in his 35-minute speech was received with thunderous applause in the Central Hall of parliament.

You guys like him so much, I can let you have him, cheap. Say, seven billion?

That's all we can afford to give you to take him off our hands.

10 posted on 11/08/2010 9:04:20 PM PST by Darkwolf377 ( Mm, your tears are so yummy and sweet!Oh, the tears of unfathomable sadness! Mm-yummy! --E. Cartman)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
“Throughout my life, including my work as a young man on behalf of the urban poor, I

I, I, I...

11 posted on 11/08/2010 9:06:32 PM PST by Darkwolf377 ( Mm, your tears are so yummy and sweet!Oh, the tears of unfathomable sadness! Mm-yummy! --E. Cartman)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
probably made Obama’s day as he carried out a perfect public relations exercise to capture the Indian mind Aghhhhhhhhhh.
12 posted on 11/08/2010 9:08:27 PM PST by ColdOne
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To: yarddog
"A supporter of Hitler and a guy who slept with 9 year old naked girls."

So sort of a 20th Century Mohamed?

13 posted on 11/08/2010 9:09:24 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet (Every decent man is ashamed of the government he lives under. ~Mencken)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
and ended his speech with the triumphant Jai Hind! (Victory to India).

An American president who can say "Victory to India" but refuses to say the same for us in the two wars we're fighting.

Am I missing something?

14 posted on 11/08/2010 9:09:51 PM PST by Darkwolf377 ( Mm, your tears are so yummy and sweet!Oh, the tears of unfathomable sadness! Mm-yummy! --E. Cartman)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I’m surprised he didn’t mention Sitting Bull.


15 posted on 11/08/2010 9:11:33 PM PST by Mr Ramsbotham (Laws against sodomy are honored in the breech.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
“I am mindful that I might not be standing before you today, as president of the United States, had it not been for Gandhi and the message he shared with America and the world. It just never ends with him does it?
16 posted on 11/08/2010 9:13:29 PM PST by ColdOne
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I have a suggestion- let’s swap untouchables.
We’ll take theirs, and they can take ours


17 posted on 11/08/2010 9:22:38 PM PST by silverleaf
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Actually, he owes it all to Frank Marshall Davis, his Commie mother, Jeremiah Wright, Bill Ayres, Tony Rezko, and that stupid ass Jack Ryan who couldn’t keep it zipped and ended up putting Obama in the US Senate by default.

Oh, and Gandhi, of course.


18 posted on 11/08/2010 9:27:04 PM PST by bigbob
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To: Darkwolf377
What a load of Pelosi that is. Is the narcissist trying to compare his one week working as a community organizer to what Gandhi did? They need to up his meds because he is seriously delusional.
19 posted on 11/08/2010 9:38:44 PM PST by peeps36 (America is being destroyed by filthy traitors in the political establishment)
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To: Darkwolf377
and ended his speech with the triumphant Jai Hind! (Victory to India).

He was trying to make that his JFK moment; i.e; the East Berlin speech.

20 posted on 11/08/2010 9:40:20 PM PST by Inyo-Mono (Had God not driven man from the Garden of Eden the Sierra Club surely would have.)
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To: yarddog
A supporter of Hitler and a guy who slept with 9 year old naked girls

He actually said that the Jews should voluntarily march to
the gas chamber to score a moral victory over the Nazis.
Change your name to Gandberg and go first, bud.

21 posted on 11/08/2010 9:41:40 PM PST by CrazyIvan (What's "My Struggle" in Kenyan?)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
and ended his speech with the triumphant Jai Hind! (Victory to India).

I don't mind this a bit - we need India to be victorious or at least strong against the Muslims and the Chinese. But it would be nice to see Obama just once voice a little bit of that pride and emotion for our own country instead of making needless apologies for our strength and power.
22 posted on 11/08/2010 9:48:07 PM PST by AnotherUnixGeek
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To: MestaMachine

Oh if I could only also owe it to Ghandi ping.


23 posted on 11/08/2010 9:51:46 PM PST by ROTB (Without a Christian revival, we are government slaves, or nuked by China/Russia during armed revolt.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

And we thought Indians were intelligent. They were taken in by the same huckster that our welfare class and university dimwits fell for in ‘08. People with common sense could see right through this charlatan.


24 posted on 11/08/2010 9:51:48 PM PST by kittymyrib
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To: All

It’s amazing how similar his Egypt and India speech are.
It seems one could almost overlay them and change a few words here and there.
_________________________________________________________

India: At every stop, we have been welcomed with the hospitality for which Indians have always been known. So, to you and the people of India, on behalf of me, Michelle and the American people, please accept my deepest thanks. (Applause.) Bahoot dhanyavad. (Applause.)

Egypt: Together, you represent the harmony between tradition and progress. I am grateful for your hospitality, and the hospitality of the people of Egypt. I am also proud to carry with me the goodwill of the American people, and a greeting of peace from Muslim communities in my country: assalaamu alaykum.
___________________________________________________________

India: My confidence in our shared future is grounded in my respect for India’s treasured past — a civilization that’s been shaping the world for thousands of years. Indians unlocked the intricacies of the human body and the vastness of our universe. It’s no exaggeration to say that our Information Age is rooted in Indian innovations — including the number zero. (Applause.)
Of course, India not only opened our minds, she expanded our moral imaginations - with religious texts that still summon the faithful to lives of dignity and discipline, with poets who imagined a future “where the mind is without fear and the head is held high” - (applause) - and with a man whose message of love and justice endures — the father of your nation, Mahatma Gandhi. (Applause.)

Egypt: As a student of history, I also know civilization’s debt to Islam. It was Islam - at places like Al-Azhar University - that carried the light of learning through so many centuries, paving the way for Europe’s Renaissance and Enlightenment. It was innovation in Muslim communities that developed the order of algebra; our magnetic compass and tools of navigation; our mastery of pens and printing; our understanding of how disease spreads and how it can be healed. Islamic culture has given us majestic arches and soaring spires; timeless poetry and cherished music; elegant calligraphy and places of peaceful contemplation. And throughout history, Islam has demonstrated through words and deeds the possibilities of religious tolerance and racial equality.
______________________________________________________

India: And it is my firm belief that the relationship between the United States and India — bound by our shared interests and our shared values — will be one of the defining partnerships of the 21st century. This is the partnership I’ve come here to build. This is the vision that our nations can realize together.

Egypt: I have come here to seek a new beginning between the United States and Muslims around the world; one based upon mutual interest and mutual respect; and one based upon the truth that America and Islam are not exclusive, and need not be in competition. Instead, they overlap, and share common principles - principles of justice and progress; tolerance and the dignity of all human beings.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2009/06/04/obama-egypt-speech-video_n_211216.html

http://obama-mamas.com/blog/?p=2100


25 posted on 11/08/2010 9:56:46 PM PST by Irenic
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To: ROTB

Wonder if they spelled everything out phonetically on his telethingy...


26 posted on 11/08/2010 10:00:14 PM PST by MestaMachine (Farrago fatigans! - Thuffering thuccotash!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

What a frickin moron.

Gandhi most surely would have taken a gun and raised an army against the British were it not for their banning and confiscation against gun ownership 6 years before he went on his hunger strikes and peaceful marches.


27 posted on 11/08/2010 10:01:33 PM PST by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously... You'll never live through it.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I watched the speech this morning and a large portion of the audience were sitting with their hands in their laps or had their arms crossed...its not as if there was universal adulation.


28 posted on 11/08/2010 10:04:32 PM PST by Ranald S. MacKenzie (It's the philosophy, stupid.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

without the benefit of arms.

The British weren’t stupid and knew they could not hold India under their boot without banning and confiscating all forms of armament.

Gandhi was committed to losing the British and took the only route left.


29 posted on 11/08/2010 10:04:36 PM PST by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously... You'll never live through it.)
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To: Hotlanta Mike
I would like to personally hear from the urban poort who Obama helped to uplift out of their predicament.

Good Point! His intended method is to swipe it from someone else...i.e. you and me.... and give it to them in return for their votes.

30 posted on 11/08/2010 10:05:37 PM PST by Aria ( "Remember, attitudes are contagious, so make sure yours are worth catching." Sarah Palin 9-18-2010)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

As me old Irish uncle Seamus would say “Feckin liar”


31 posted on 11/08/2010 10:07:34 PM PST by oneolcop (Lead, Follow or Get the Hell Out of the Way!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Bet we never hear Obozo quote his hero on this subject:

“Among the many misdeeds of the British rule in India, history will look upon the Act depriving a whole nation of arms as the blackest.” —Mahatma Gandhi, An Autobiography, p. 446


32 posted on 11/08/2010 10:13:29 PM PST by Dick Bachert (11/2 was a good start. Let's finish the job in 2012. U Pubbies stay strong!!)
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To: bigbob
Actually, he owes it all to Frank Marshall Davis, his Commie mother, Jeremiah Wright, Bill Ayres, Tony Rezko, and that stupid ass Jack Ryan who couldn’t keep it zipped and ended up putting Obama in the US Senate by default. Oh, and Gandhi, of course.

Don't forget the Wookie!
33 posted on 11/08/2010 10:29:06 PM PST by MonicaG (God bless our military! Praying and thanking God for you every day. Thank you!)
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To: MestaMachine

>Wonder if they spelled everything out phonetically on his telethingy...

Would a native Indian know how to do PAK-EE-STAN?


34 posted on 11/08/2010 10:51:33 PM PST by ROTB (Without a Christian revival, we are government slaves, or nuked by China/Russia during armed revolt.)
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To: Inyo-Mono

It rang so hollow, didn’t it? The guy is so consciously playing up to the cameras. I’ll bet Chris Matthews wept, and said “We’re not worthy!”


35 posted on 11/08/2010 11:06:56 PM PST by Darkwolf377 ( Mm, your tears are so yummy and sweet!Oh, the tears of unfathomable sadness! Mm-yummy! --E. Cartman)
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To: peeps36
Is the narcissist trying to compare his one week working as a community organizer to what Gandhi did?

I get the sense he thought Gandhi's was a nice try, but it's nothing compared to the challenge of reading from a teleprompter while all those cameras and bright lights are on you.

36 posted on 11/08/2010 11:08:20 PM PST by Darkwolf377 ( Mm, your tears are so yummy and sweet!Oh, the tears of unfathomable sadness! Mm-yummy! --E. Cartman)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Obama... Dip$hit exceptionale’


37 posted on 11/08/2010 11:15:19 PM PST by VideoDoctor
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

He didn’t soak up any humility from Ghandi.


38 posted on 11/08/2010 11:20:30 PM PST by oyez (The difference in genius and stupidity is that genius has limits.)
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To: CrazyIvan
Some may doubt you, but he really did say,
Hitler killed five million Jews. It is the greatest crime of our time. But the Jews should have offered themselves to the butcher's knife. They should have thrown themselves into the sea from cliffs. As it is, they succumbed anyway in their millions.
http://en.wikiquote.org/wiki/Mohandas_Karamchand_Gandhi

So, it wasn't just pandering; 0bama does owe his philosophy -- such as it is -- at least in part to Gandhi.

39 posted on 11/08/2010 11:33:58 PM PST by Hunton Peck (Endowed by my Creator with certain unalienable Rights)
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To: Inyo-Mono
and ended his speech with the triumphant Jai Hind! (Victory to India).

"He was trying to make that his JFK moment; i.e; the East Berlin speech."

Is a Jai Hind a kind of Indian jelly doughnut?

:-)

40 posted on 11/08/2010 11:42:07 PM PST by Hunton Peck (Endowed by my Creator with certain unalienable Rights)
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To: ROTB
"Would a native Indian know how to do PAK-EE-STAN?"

Absolutely! BOOM!!!

41 posted on 11/09/2010 12:48:48 AM PST by MestaMachine (Farrago fatigans! - Thuffering thuccotash!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
“I owe it to Ghandi...”

And Ghandi owes it to the Judeo-Christian principles embodied in Western democracy.

In Stalin's Soviet Union, in Mao's China, in Idi Amin’s Uganda, Ghandi would have been a nameless corpse rotting in a mass grave.

42 posted on 11/09/2010 1:10:56 AM PST by zeestephen
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Every chance he gets, he gives credit to ANYONE but God. This president is headed straight down in his airplane and simply will not pull up on the stick. Completely mad.


43 posted on 11/09/2010 3:48:33 AM PST by MeneMeneTekelUpharsin (Freedom is the freedom to discipline yourself so others don't have to do it for you.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

He doesn’t give a rat’s ass about Ghandi! geesh.....people are so damn easy to fool.


44 posted on 11/09/2010 4:14:51 AM PST by Ann Archy (Abortion......the Human Sacrifice to the god of Convenience.)
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To: yarddog

WHAT????? Ghandi slept with 9 year olds....and admired Hitler?? Where did you ever hear that??


45 posted on 11/09/2010 4:15:47 AM PST by Ann Archy (Abortion......the Human Sacrifice to the god of Convenience.)
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To: Ann Archy

I don’t know if he admired Hitler or not but he definitely supported the Nazi’s. That is actually well documented.

I heard about the 9 year old naked girls from a defender of Gandhi. It was on some historical program. He admitted that Gandhi did do that but said it was an attempt to test his will power.


46 posted on 11/09/2010 9:25:34 AM PST by yarddog
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