President Obama is in “mourning” for his “comrade” Hugo Chavez after a heart attack amidst a long battle with cancer claimed the life of the Venezuelan leader, socialist and staunch critic of the United States — at least in the imagination of Fox News’ Keith Ablow.
Keith Ablow, a psychiatrist, is no stranger to what many would call “wild ass guesses,” or WAGs, and if the Fox News talking head and psychiatric professional ever retires from medicine or media, he may have a lucrative future penning fan fiction.
Ablow’s imaginings about President Obama are only the latest in a line of speculative assertions presented with or without disclaimer from the contributor, who in the past has garned criticism for speculating that Vice President Joe Biden is suffering from conditions including “dementia” and “alcoholism.”
Media Matters For America, a progressive media watchdog group, posted today about Ablow’s on-air suggestion that President Obama was crestfallen to hear of the death of Chavez, telling Fox host Brian Kilmeade that he’s “sure in the White House right now there’s not any kind of glee over the departure of this man from the face of the planet, positing instead “there’s probably some profound sadness.”
Kilmeade asked Ablow if he really believed Obama was mourning Chavez, to which it appeared the psychiatrist began to say “absolutely.” He cut himself off and then said, “of course,” adding “this is his comrade.”
In actuality, Chavez publicly slammed Obama as a “clown” in 2011, admonishing the then first-term president and accusing him of wanting “to win votes by attacking Venezuela. Chavez warned Obama not to “be irresponsible,” adding “leave us in peace … go after your votes by fulfilling that which you promised your people.”
But Ablow had only begun his Obama/Chavez slash fanfiction despite recorded history, imagining that the President of the United States was deeply grieving the loss of a fellow islamosocialist Kenyan dictator. In Ablow’s imagination, he sees Obama sad at the death of “a guy who took the — took property from the people who have earned it, the rich.”
Makes sense, in the bubble. Ablow adds, “sound familiar?”
Kilmeade concurs, describing how “Venezuela’s in a shambles,” to which Ablow gravely fantasizes that “we have a president who’s willing to have this country be in a shambles if it is necessary on the road to what he considers fairness and reparations of a sort.”
Reparations, huh? I wonder where that word came from … racists, get out your decoder rings! Is that the dog reacting as if someone is blowing a whistle of some sort?
In response to the death of comrade Chavez, the White House released the following statement in the immediate wake of his passing:
“At this challenging time of President Hugo Chavez’s passing, the United States reaffirms its support for the Venezuelan people and its interest in developing a constructive relationship with the Venezuelan government. As Venezuela begins a new chapter in its history, the United States remains committed to policies that promote democratic principles, the rule of law, and respect for human rights.”
Below, a clip of Keith Ablow’s version of events as Obama reacts to Hugo Chavez’s death: