EDITOR’S NOTE, June 8, 2010: In response to criticism about her May 27, 2010 comments to Rabbi David Nesenoff on the state of Isreal—namely that the Israeli Jews “should go home” to “Poland, Germany…America and everywhere else”—Helen Thomas resigned from her position as a columnist with Hearst Newspapers on June 7.
NEW YORK, July 3, 2009 (BlogTalkRadio): Unabashed John F. Kennedy fan though she is, Helen Thomas is less than thrilled with the current incarnation of Camelot.
Interviewed on the Judy Joy Jones Show, the Godmother of White House correspondents—who has covered every Oval Office occupant since JFK—doesn’t hesitate to opine on America’s commanders-in-chief.
When host Judy Joy Jones comments to Helen, “I’m sure that you don’t have a favorite president. I guess you have to be pretty detached in that regard,” the former UPI bureau chief says:
“No, no, I had a favorite: Kennedy. I thought he was brilliant. I thought he had great ideas.
“He created the Peace Corps. He signed the first nuclear-test-ban treaty. And he said, ‘We’re going to land men on the moon.'”
Shortly after that, she offers her take on our nation’s 44th president.
“He’s disappointing me. He has a conscience, but he doesn’t have the courage to do the things that he should have done—which is single-payer, on medicine,” Helen says of Barack Obama. “Nobody in this country should lack for medical care. We have 47 million people who don’t have any insurance and medicine. And that’s shocking.”
(Single-payer health care is an approach to health-care financing with only one source of money for paying health-care providers. On Wednesday, President Obama rejected the single-payer model, citing instead one that would preserve private insurance companies, while offering a government-run option.)
Helen also slams the president”s foreign policy.
“He’s going into Afghanistan, and he’s broadened the war. He has not learned the lessons of Vietnam and Iraq,” says the veteran journalist, who currently writes a column for the Hearst Newspapers syndicate, and whose new book, Listen Up, Mr. President: Everything You Always Wanted Your President to Know and Do, will be published in the fall.
“We should not be there. To put U.N. peacekeeper forces there would be fine. But to get involved in another no-win war?
“Afghans know every cave, they know every stream, they know every mountain. It’s their country.”
To hear Helen’s full interview, click here.