Ortega's speech 50 minutes long but whose counting--Obama
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.This is obvious diplomatic avoidance of a nut job speech. Ortega omitted any discussion of the genocide perpetrated by communism--over 100 million people killed to make way for his socialist paradise. They were killed by communist, not the US. Ortega is a disgrace as is the political and economic policies he supports.
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."
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton ignored two questions about Ortega's speech, instead offering lengthy praise of a cultural performance of dance and song opening the summit.