Our politics must seem strange abroad

OUR POLITICS MUST SEEM STRANGE ABROAD…. Jake Tapper has this report from the president’s CBC speech in Washington last night.

President Obama at the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation dinner last night, discussing false claims made about the health care reform bill, told a little anecdote.

“I was up at the G20 — just a little aside — I was up at the G20, and some of you saw those big flags and all the world leaders come in and Michelle and I are shaking hands with them,” the president said. “One of the leaders — I won’t mention who it was — he comes up to me. We take the picture, we go behind.

“He says, ‘Barack, explain to me this health care debate.’

“He says, ‘We don’t understand it. You’re trying to make sure everybody has health care and they’re putting a Hitler mustache on you — I don’t — that doesn’t make sense to me. Explain that to me.'”

I haven’t seen the whole text of the speech, so I’m not sure if the president talked about what he told the foreign leader in response to his question.

That’s a shame, because it doesn’t make sense to me, either.