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Anita Dunn Takes Mao Seriously

Obama administration communications director Anita Dunn commended the wisdom of mass murdering Communist Chairman Mao in her address to high school students this past June.  Dunn cited Mao and Mother Teresa as her two favorite political philosophers.  I wrote about Dunn's address here, John here; both posts include video of Dunn's address.  Dunn said to the assembled students:


A lot of you have a great deal of ability.  A lot of you work hard. Put them together and that answers the "why not" question.  There is usually not a good reason.  And then the third lesson and tip actually comes from two of my favorite political philosophers:  Mao Zedong and Mother Teresa, not often coupled together, but the two people that I turn to most to basically deliver a simple point, which is, you're going to make choices.  You're going to challenge.  You're going to say why not.  You're going to figure out how to do things that have never been done before.


But here's the deal -- these are your choices.  They are no one else's.  In 1947, when Mao Zedong was being challenged within his own party on his plan to basically take China over, Chiang Kai Shek and the nationalist Chinese held the cities that had the army.  They had the airport.  They had everything on their side, and people said, "How can you win?  How can you do this?  How can you do this, against all the odds against you?"  And Mao Zedong said, "You know, you fight your war, and I'll fight mine."  And think about that for a second.  You don't have to accept the definition of how to do things, and you don't have to follow other people's choices and paths, OK?  It is about your choices and your path.  You fight your own war.  You lay out your own path.  You figure out what's right for you.  You don't let external definitions define how good you are internally.  You fight your war.  You let them fight theirs.  Everybody has their own path.


And Mother Teresa, who, upon receiving a letter from a fairly affluent young person who asked her whether she could come over and help with that orphanage in Calcutta, responded very simply, "Go find your own Calcutta."  OK? Go find your own Calcutta.  Fight your own path.  Go find the thing that is unique to you.  The challenge that is actually yours, not somebody else's challenge.  One of the things that we see the Obamas, both of them, Michelle and Barack, came out of backgrounds as community organizers, working.

Among Dunn's explanations of her citation of Chairman Mao as one of her favorite political philosophers is that she was kidding.  Watching the video of Dunn's speech, however, we can see with our own eyes that she takes Mao seriously indeed.  We can now also observe that that she lies like a rug.

A Maoist in the White House lists them.  Jeremiah Wright. William Ayers. Van Jones. Where does the rogues’ gallery of Barack Obama’s radical friends end?  These people are not liberals.  They are not "progressives."  They are radicals who hate America and in many cases have advocated or even perpetrated violence in an effort to destroy it.

Thanks to Glenn Beck, the American public has now been introduced to yet another radical member of Obama’s inner circle: Anita Dunn, White House Communications Director, former top advisor to Obama’s political campaign, and wife of Obama’s personal lawyer, Robert Bauer.

In a speech before high school students last June, Dunn spoke passionately about her two favorite political philosophers, "the two people I turn to most" for answers to important questions like "how to do things that have never been done before."  Who are these paragons?  One was Mother Teresa.  Dunn didn’t have much to say about her.  Most of her enthusiasm was lavished upon her other favorite fount of political wisdom: Mao Tse-Tung.

Mao Tse-Tung.  That would be the deviant monster who, quite apart from his disgusting personal life, engineered the mass murder of anywhere from 50 to over 100 million people.  Estimates vary so widely because murder on that wholesale scale is difficult to tabulate, especially in a country as backwards as China was under Mao’s long reign.  But there is little doubt that Mao has the grisly distinction of being the greatest mass murderer in history.

Yet this is the man that one of Obama’s closest advisors commends to an audience with warmth and enthusiasm.  In 1947, she tells her audience, Chiang Kai-Shek seemed to hold all the cards: he had the army, the air force, and yet Mao went on to victory, telling people, as Anita Dunn told her listeners, "You fight your war and I’ll fight mine."  Don’t believe me?  Watch and listen:

Dunn Leaves White House
The Washington Post reports White House communications director Anita Dunn, wife of Obama lawyer, Robert Bauer, will step down from her post at the end of the month and Dan Pfeiffer, her deputy, will take over, according to sources familiar with the move.

Dunn, a longtime Democratic media consultant, took over the job on an interim basis earlier this year when Ellen Moran abruptly left the post to take a job at the Commerce Department. Dunn will return to Squier Knapp Dunn, the consulting firm where she is a partner, but will remain as a consultant to the White House on the communications and strategic matters.

The move will be formally announced later today.

On Oct. 11, speaking on CNN, Dunn attacked Fox News as "a wing of the Republican Party." Her comments sparked a fresh battle between the White House and the network.  In response to the criticism, Fox News executive Michael Clemente said in a statement that Obama's aides had decided to "declare war on a news organization."

A source inside the White House, who was not authorized to speak about strategy meetings, said at the time that Dunn went out front against Fox first and foremost because it was her job, but also because it potentially gave the administration the opportunity to distance itself from the flap with the Roger Ailes-led news channel once she leaves the communications job.

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