Chinese President Hu Jintao Monday called on President Obama to "respect the tenets of Democracy and the universal right of freedom of speech" as he lambasted the US President for declaring war on Fox News.
Jintao was addressing students at a town hall-style meeting in Shanghai when he issued his stinging rebuke of the White House
"I believe the more freely information flows, the stronger society becomes, because then citizens of countries around the world can hold their own governments accountable," Jintao said.
"Freedom of expression is a universal right," he said, "and it should be available to people of all political stripes and ideologies: Democrats, Republicans, CNN pundits and Fox News commentators alike."
Upon learning of Mr. Jintao's critique, President Obama issued the following response to the White House(CNN/MSNBC) Press pool:
"I know there has been controversy about the promotion of democracy in recent years. So let me be clear: No system of government can or should be imposed upon one nation by another. It is extremely naive of the Chinese President to think he can impose his free-thinking ideologies upon my administration and suddenly transform the White House into a western style Democracy over night. Perhaps that will happen one day. But right now, my first and foremost concern is to implement a government-controlled health care system and to stimulate massive government spending."
P.S. In case you didn't realize it, this report was fabricated. And, no, my name is not ElBaradei
Update: Fox News' Major Garrett has been granted an interview with Chairman Obama in Beijing Tuesday night. Fox and four other major networks will each get 10 minute interviews with his Royal Highness. Did Mr. Jintao's rebuke have an effect on Obama? Heh...