September 18, 2008


Viva Zapatero! (Mark Murray and Lauren Appelbaum, 9/18/08, MSNBC: First Read)

This has generated a lot of blogosphere chatter... In an interview with Radio Caracol Miami, McCain appeared to either not know who the leader of Spain is, confused him with a Latin American dictator, or just didn't hear the question (although the interviewer did say: "I'm talking about the president of Spain"). Note: Zapatero is prime minister of Spain, not president.

McCain adviser Randy Scheunemann told the Washington Post that McCain knew who the interviewer was talking about. "The questioner asked several times about Senator McCain's willingness to meet Zapatero (and id'd him in the question so there is no doubt Senator McCain knew exactly to whom the question referred). Sen. McCain refused to commit to a White House meeting with President Zapatero in this interview."

Below is McCain's conversation with the interviewer....

Presumably the reason the interviewer is asking the question and the reason Maverick answers as he does is because W has treated the anti-American Socialist Zapatero virtually as an enemy since he defeated our ally, Jose Maria Aznar, and scampered out of Iraq, Spain plays down lack of meeting between Zapatero and Bush at the NATO summit (Typically Spanish, Apr 4, 2008)
Spanish Prime Minister, José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero, has met with the leaders of Poland and Australia, but not with President Bush at the NATO summit in Bucharest.

Indeed, the President rubbed Zapatero's nose in it when he invited King Juan Carlos to the ranch.

Only when Spain elects a leader who sees it as part of the West should a president meet with him.

Posted by Orrin Judd at September 18, 2008 1:22 PM
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