Media Matters’s defense of Anita Dunn — the White House communications director who declared Mao one of her “favorite political philosophers” — is pretty amazing:
Continuing Fox News’ witch hunt against members of the Obama administration, both Glenn Beck and Special Report misleadingly cropped White House communications director Anita Dunn’s remarks at a high school graduation ceremony to falsely claim that she was, in Beck’s words, “proclaiming Mao [Zedong] as … the man that she turns to most.” In fact, Dunn actually said that Mao and Mother Theresa were “the two people that I turn to most to basically deliver a simple point, which is, you’re going to make choices!”
I don’t know about you, but I’m relieved to hear we have people in the White House who know how to make tough choices. Chairman Mao or Mother Theresa? More like to-may-to, to-mah-to! Thanks for clarifying this, Media Matters. I can see George Soros’s money is being well spent. (And for what it’s worth, when Beck broke the story he played Dunn’s speech at length and fully in context. To say Beck “misleadingly cropped” Dunn’s remarks is, well, misleading.)
Of course, Obama manufacturing czar Ron Bloom has also quoted Mao approvingly, so what to make of that? And remember Obama science adviser John Holdren? Holdren, you might recall, is a figure of some controversy. After he was appointed, it came to light he had authored a book with scientific laughingstock Paul Erlich called Ecoscience. The book made some pretty radical suggestions advocating for population control, including discussions of forced abortions and the possibility of putting sterilizing agents in drinking water. (I wrote about Holdren’s alarming views here and later appeared on Glenn Beck discussing Holdren.) Well, blogger Unca Darrell has made an interesting catch. Here’s the epigraph from Ecoscience’s chapter on population control:
Of all things people are the most precious.
–Mao Tse Tung
Well, coming from a guy that killed 50–70 million precious things that’s just heartwarming. And it’s even more comforting that Obama’s science czar John Holdren takes his cues on population control from the Little Red Book.