Chen case is another human rights issue for Obama
May 3rd, 2012
02:05 PM ET
6 years ago

Chen case is another human rights issue for Obama

Washington (CNN) - Iran, Syria, and now China. President Barack Obama faces a third front of vulnerability on his administration's record of defending human rights with the muddled situation involving activist Chen Guangcheng.

With his re-election campaign just hitting full stride, Obama hoped to capitalize on foreign policy successes such as last year's raid that killed Osama bin Laden to blunt Republican attacks on the sluggish U.S. economic recovery.


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  1. Woman In California

    Does anyone else see what's going on here? All the republicans are trying to do is back the president into another situation like former President Carter had with the Iran hostage crisis. Since they know their boy Willard has NOTHING to run on – they want to BLOW this situation up and push the president into a corner. Newsflash: It's NOT going to work because we have a president NOW who THINKS BEFORE he ACTS and is also smart enough NOT to broadcast his intentions. He will continue to keep his eyes on the bigger picture and in the end – the trap set by these UNAmerican republicans will open up BIG and they will fall into it. Shameless is what I call them.

    May 3, 2012 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  2. Dean

    Great! Something else for Obama to screw up.

    May 3, 2012 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  3. Gurgyl

    This president is very smart. I have trust in him. We need to bring blind man back to America.

    May 3, 2012 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  4. Prosperid

    Great! Why should we care?

    May 3, 2012 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  5. Democrat Class Warfare - Destroying the economy, destroying the country

    Leave it to the incompetent Obama administration to botch a political asylum case. If anything happens to this guy or his family the Obama adminstration could have blood on its hands.

    May 3, 2012 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  6. Obama Cares

    Human rights of one Chinese dissident. The repukes ought to be concerned about the rights of Americans, like those who had no health care, poor living conditions, helping create jobs, and the like. Within the next 24 hrs. Mittzy will be back-pedalling on his dumb and naieve comments.

    May 3, 2012 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  7. Sniffit

    "Leave it to the incompetent Obama administration to botch a political asylum case. "

    Chen never requested asylum. Period. What's next on your list of fabrications? C'mon...we don't have all day.

    May 3, 2012 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  8. Wake up people

    @Obama cares. ICAM! We have too much going on with our own citizens to worry about this. And yes Woman in California, I see exactly what the rethuglican party is up to. I am hoping the intelligent people in this country see it too.

    Why is it the posters on this board are constantly belittling President Obama by calling him names like naive, incompetent, etc? If someone had called shrub those names they would be called unpatriotic. The difference is Bush deserved to be called those names and many more because they described him perfectly.

    OBAMA 2012!

    May 3, 2012 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  9. Fair is Fair

    "Chen never requested asylum. Period."
    Prove it. What's next on your list of assumptions? C'mon... we don't have all day.

    May 3, 2012 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  10. FED up

    Considering China owns Obama, I'd say its safe to say our boy Chen here is screwed. At any rate there are tens of thousands of people waiting to become American citizens who have followed the procedures and have been waiting for years, some decades, to become American citizens, and I guess Chen just gets to jump to the front of the line. I hope the Latinos are paying attention to this.

    May 3, 2012 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  11. Rudy NYC

    Fair is Fair wrote:

    Prove it. What's next on your list of assumptions? C'mon... we don't have all day.
    I think you need to be one proving that he did. He never requested asylum, according to Chen himself. Do your own homework.

    May 3, 2012 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  12. Silence DoGood

    Obama is a clever politician. He always asks "How does this benefit my campaign?"

    Self-defense trial in Florida – that's good because he reminds voters of race – he has a speech.
    Bin Laden anniversary – same bang as GWBush mentioning Desert Storm – he makes an appearance
    China dissident – might not poll well or be controversial – be silent.
    Withdraw troops from Afghanistan – controversial – announce both withdraw and finishing the job – keep em guessing

    It is pretty formula.

    May 3, 2012 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  13. gg

    china don,t own obama,they own the united states

    May 3, 2012 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  14. Chipster

    If reports are correct, Chen never requested asylum until after he left the embassy. The U.S. cannot give someone asylum that has not been requested. That would be kidnapping, not asylum. It's certainly an appropriate time for the President to remain silent. Anything he or the State Department might say at this sensitive time would be unlikely to help Chen and his family.

    May 3, 2012 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |