Is the universe throwing cold water on the gutsy president victory lap(s)?
The State Department claims dissident Chen always maintained he wanted to stay in China and that they never conveyed any threats the Chinese reportedly made against his family. U.S. officials supposedly extracted a promise from the Chinese government that Chen would be allowed to live in China happily ever after with his family. Maybe Obama would send him one of his unicorns.
The blind Chinese activist at the center of a six-day diplomatic tussle between the U.S. and China said he fears for his family’s lives and wants to leave China, hours after American officials announced an agreement with Beijing that was to guarantee his safety.
But wait, our intrepid hero is taking a risk…
The differences over his security aside, leaving Chen in China is risky for President Barack Obama. Washington will now be seen as party to an agreement on Chen’s safety that it does not have the power to enforce.
No unicorns. Just a jackass.
Video. UK Channel 4 interview with hospitalized Chen.
The Channel 4 reporter said Chen was crying. He said he was very sad. The reporter asked why and Chen replied he was very sad over his experience in the last few days.
UPDATE from Tammy:
Looks like we’ve thrown this poor man under the bus. As a TAM Noted on Twitter, in the Obama world, he should have claimed persecution as a transvestite in China and he would have been ushered out of the country on a private plane in 5 minutes.
This is awful and why we must remove Obama, Hillary and that entire craven gang on 11/6. They kick him our of the US Embassy and reduce him to begging for rescue. Appalling.
In an exclusive interview with The Daily Beast’s Melinda Liu, blind dissident Chen Guangcheng says he’s been abandoned by American officials at a Chinese hospital and begs to leave the country on Hillary Clinton’s plane.
Chen says he now wants to leave China as soon as possible: “My fervent hope is that it would be possible for me and my family to leave for the U.S. on Hillary Clinton’s plane.”
When U.S. officials escorted him out of the U.S. embassy shortly after 3 p.m. Wednesday, Chen thought he’d extracted a promise that at least one of them would stay with him at the hospital, he said. “Many Americans were with me while I checked into the hospital and doctors examined me. Lots of them,” he told me from his hospital bed, where he’s being treated for broken bones in one foot, an injury sustained when he fell after climbing a wall during his daring escape from house arrest late last month. “But when I was brought to the hospital room, they all left. I don’t know where they went.” The ordeal was all the more bewildering because Chen is blind and was hurt during his escape; he needs crutches or a wheelchair to move around…
As dinnertime came and went, he and his wife and two young children, who had traveled to Beijing, had nothing to eat. Their 6-year-old daughter began crying from the hunger pangs. “I kept asking the hospital personnel for some food, but it never came. I asked many times.” Finally, around 9 p.m., some food was sent in after friends contacted American officials for help. But Chen says his numerous attempts to reach the U.S. embassy directly during those dark hours failed: “I tried to phone the embassy three or four times last night, but nobody answered.” As of Thursday at 8:30 a.m. Beijing time, he said he has had no contact with American officials since after he entered his hospital room.