Obama administration obfuscates on helping Chen Guangcheng, says still ‘evolving’; Update: Hillary Clinton ignores plea

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http://twitter.com/#!/markknoller/status/198096007987339265

Gutsy call!

That’s the latest word from the Obama administration, after blind Chinese dissident Chen Guangcheng had to resort to begging for our help.

Whoa. Chen tells the Daily Beast he wants to leave on Hillary's plane http://t.co/KSXaYrXT

— Ben Smith (@BuzzFeedBen) May 3, 2012

Chen Guangcheng "A: I'm very disappointed at the U.S. government." http://t.co/3UmWKv86

— Mollie (@MZHemingway) May 3, 2012

We all are. And it looks as if the White House will continue the disappointment, especially if it takes as long to “evolve” on this as Obama is taking to “evolve” on gay marriage.

Judging by today's press conference, the Chen Guangcheng situation makes the WH uncomfortable. It should. http://t.co/dV5GNLAr

— Timothy P Carney (@TPCarney) May 3, 2012

Carney says human rights issues are always part of our broad and multi-faceted agenda" with China.

— Mark Knoller (@markknoller) May 3, 2012

Lies.

Shorter @PressSec: "I know three Chen Guangchengs."

— jon gabriel (@exjon) May 3, 2012

Carney wont says if US willing to take Chen and his family out of China. Says political asylum requests handled by State Dept not WH.

— Mark Knoller (@markknoller) May 3, 2012

Shocker – White House wants to pass the buck on Chen Guangcheng, blind Chinese dissident lawyer seeking asylum, to the State Dept.

— Elise Jordan (@Elise_Jordan) May 3, 2012

Sadly, he’s passing the buck to Hillary Clinton’s State Department and it is ignoring Chen Guangcheng completely.

Chen Guangcheng, the blind Chinese dissident who briefly took refuge in the U.S. embassy, recently expressed his hope that Secretary of State Hillary Clinton would rescue him. “My fervent hope is that it would be possible for me and my family to leave for the U.S. on Hillary Clinton’s plane,” Chen told theDaily Beast.

But that doesn’t seem likely: Clinton, who is in China now, completely ignored Chen in her remarks as part of the so-called U.S.-China Strategic and Economic Dialogue. She did not mention him once.

This is more than just a disappointment; it’s shameful.

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Chen Guangcheng calls into Congressional hearing, fears for his family

Read more: http://twitchy.com/2012/05/03/obama-administration-obfuscates-on-helping-chen-guangcheng-says-they-are-still-evolving/

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