Yep. He said that.
Unfortunately, he's just being naive, or just saying what the teleprompter/George Soros/Hugo Chavez told him to say.
Remember what happened when Neville Chamberlain reached out to Adolf Hitler? Well, if you don't, then now is the time to learn from history and apply its lessons to today's matters, ok, Barry?
One must also observe current reality: Over and over again, Israel reached out to "Palestine" in peace and even gave away land and so on and so forth. What good did it do????
Obama's Encounter With Chavez Damaged US Foreign Policy: Former US Ambassador to Venezuela
“I think it’s very unfortunate. I don’t think President Obama really understands, perhaps out of lack of experience in international affairs, the importance of symbolism,” said Reich, who was policy adviser on Latin America for John McCain’s presidential campaign.
“You don’t go around slapping the back of a foreign dictator, a would-be dictator in the case of Chavez, who has done everything in his power to undermine U.S. interests in the region and who calls himself an enemy of the United States.”
(...)Hugo Chavez said last night this is the greatest triumph in Venezuelan diplomacy ever. Because what he is trying to do is to portray this as an endorsement of his policies, which is calls 21st century socialism but which is really just retread 20th-century fascism.”
Chavez is seeking to “portray this warm handshake, and a slap on the back which came later, as an endorsement of Chavez, which I’m sure President Obama did not intend,” Reich said.
“That is the way it is being portrayed not only in Venezuela but in the rest of the continent, all of Latin America.”
Sigh... didn't Americans who voted for Obama see this coming? Guess not. After all, they're no smarter, no less ignorant and no less delusional than Obama himself. No wonder they like him so much- he reminds them of their own faults and failures.
Talk about the politics of lowered expectations. That's what they're practicing now, after getting elected with the politics of great expectations and grandoise, vague promises.
The lesson to be learned here: Don't judge a book by its cover, and don't believe everything you hear.