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Anita Dunn, Were You Also Joking About Mother Teresa? – by Jamie Glazov

October 25, 2009

So President Obama’s White House communications director, Anita Dunn, is off the hook just like that? She praises Mao Zedong, the greatest mass murderer in history, and when confronted on it says she was joking and that’s it. Why is that just it? Would it be just it if any politician or any person in a responsible position out there verbalized an admiration for Adolf Hitler?

The key issue here is that Dunn was clearly not joking. Watch her videotaped speech to high schoolers and see for yourself. With the utmost earnestness, she calls Mao “one of the two people that I turn to most” and goes into a detailed and completely serious explanation of why she holds both Mao and Mother Teresa in high regard in the context of perseverance and choosing one’s own path.

Anita Dunn should not be let off the hook so easily, let alone let off the hook at all. And here at NewReal Blog we are not going to let her off the hook. We’re not going to let an adviser to the President of the United States off the hook for articulating a veneration of a communist despot who murdered 70 million of his own people.

And so today at NewsReal we are starting a campaign. And that campaign consists of one question to Anita Dunn that we want answered: Were you also joking about Mother Theresa being “one of the two people that I turn to most”? Because you did mention Mao in combination with Mother Teresa. So if you were joking about Mao, were you also joking about Mother Teresa? We want our question answered. And we are asking for all members of the media to join us in this campaign to get an answer from Anita Dunn. Please support us and demand an answer to this question.

Editor’s note: Get the whole story on why leftists venerate communist mass murderers in Jamie Glazov’s new book, United in Hate: The Left’s Romance with Tyranny and Terror.

United in Hate cover

  1. Marylou permalink
    October 25, 2009 11:49 pm

    Mr. Glazov, I think you are being very polite and very patient here as you ask for an answer but you are more likely to get one than I.

    As for me, I am in disgust of these typical tactics of the lying left.

    In my experience, they delight in coupling a bona fide hero (as Mother Theresa) with a jackal, and if they get to lie about it and deny it to those of us whom they consider their inferiors then so much the more of a kick for them.


  2. Jamie Glazov permalink*
    October 26, 2009 12:04 am

    Thanks Marylou, did you see the video and transcript? It is so clear that she was not joking. It’s incredible she is getting away with this.

    • Kevroc permalink
      October 26, 2009 12:52 am

      I think she gets a bit of pass because she says “..people I turn to most, TO DELIVER A MAIN POINT” or something along those lines..

      She of course shouldn’t be let off the hook, when you take this entire speech as a whole. It is horrible.

      But, when I keep hearing people quoting just that one half-line, “one of the people I turn to most”.. it is incomplete and I think it fails to truly criticize her properly. It kinda gives her sympathizers an “out”.

      Let’s be clear on our criticism. We all can agree that she is horribly out of bounds and exposing herself here but, let’s present it correctly.

    • J Hampton permalink
      October 26, 2009 4:09 am

      It is very clear she was not joking and any reasonable jury would come to the same conclusion. You will not get an answer to your honest question because it is showing this woman and this administration to be what they are Marxist thugs that represent the greatest danger to this country since WWII. These are the most dangerous times I have ever seen for our nation.

    • October 27, 2009 10:48 am


      Read Hitchen’s book “The Missionary Position” and note that Mother Teresa took money from Charles Keating who was convicted in the Saving and Loan scandal. Lots of people lost pensions they had worked hard for, thanks to Keating, and Mother Teresa (and her organization) have refused to return the money. AND Mother Teresa was a big pal with the atrocious Duvalier family in Haiti.

      Odd that she should put Mao & Mother Teresa together? Hardly.

      Both are worthy only of contempt.


    • Marylou permalink
      November 2, 2009 1:04 am

      Dear Jamie,

      But wait! not incredible at all, really. Par for the course. Yet we are constantly surprised….I contend that decent people everywhere are naturally and rightly aghast at the unbelievable tactics and ploys of leftists. I think we need to realize how very far apart in our thinking. ? forewarned is forearmed. Something like that.

  3. October 26, 2009 3:51 am

    The effort to pin down Dunn is laudable, but hopefully not futile. Communications specialists have an arsenal of strategies at their disposal, not the least of which is real estate, i.e., sufficient wriggle-room to deflect arguments and squirm away from accountability. This is dishonest and cheap, but those are minor ethical considerations not in the arsenal of someone whose mission is to promote a stealth leftist agenda at all cost.

  4. Mark J. Koenig permalink
    October 26, 2009 7:41 am

    As I pointed out in an earlier comment on another post, Dunn clearly was NOT joking. Jamie is quite correct on this point. Anyone who watches the video can see this. It’s fortunate that we have the audio and video evidence – not simply a transcript. Without this evidence Dunn MIGHT be able to credibly claim her comments were misinterpreted, but with it the truth is crystal clear. There is no trace of sarcasm or “irony” in her remarks. Dunn is dishonest to the core of her being.

  5. macko permalink
    October 26, 2009 9:13 am

    I don’t think the philosophy by itself is so bad but she chose to credit mao. she easily could have credited others with similar philosophies.

    what was all that with the mouth and tongue. What was she up to prior to taking the podium?

  6. Jamie Glazov permalink*
    October 26, 2009 10:47 am

    Exactly Mark. A person who admires Mao Tse-Tung is working for the Obama administration and saw absolutely no problem in saying what she said. No one around her sees a problem with it. And no one in the media is talking about it.

    • Mark J. Koenig permalink
      October 26, 2009 11:00 am

      So true – no one, at least, in the “dinosaur” media, as Ben Johnson so aptly refers to them. This ought to be cause for public outrage and demands from both voters and from Congress that Dunn step down. Unfortunately it seems that in many ways the American public is acting today as much of the world did in 1938.

  7. Linda Rivera permalink
    October 26, 2009 11:15 am

    Did her publicly broadcast Leftist, radical beliefs secure her position of power? As Anita Dunn, so deeply admires Mao who murdered 70 million Chinese innocents, what implications does that have for millions of American innocents?

    Every American has reason to be very concerned. This is no longer the America we once knew.


    The mainstream media are BETRAYING Americans by their silence. It is easy to take over a country when the media cooperate in the take over.

  8. October 26, 2009 11:42 am

    Agreed, yet public outrage seems to be a by-product of events immediate and catastrophic, not incremental and non-disruptive…the latter being easy to ignore and easier to deny. To most folks, Dunn’s philosophy bears little consequence or interest next to whipsawing gas pump prices, and oh, by the way, waddabout dem Phillies? Americans need to own up to their own role in the complicity of indifference.

  9. LanceThruster permalink
    October 26, 2009 3:55 pm

    I agree with Christopher Hitchens when he descibes Mother Teresa as “a fanatic, a fundamentalist, and a fraud.”


    • October 26, 2009 4:10 pm

      I imagine you would.

      I’ve got Hitchens’ “The Missionary Position” on my book shelf. I need to finish reading it. He’s a great writer.

      • Mark J. Koenig permalink
        October 26, 2009 7:29 pm

        No question about it. Hitchens has an exceptional talent for writing. He’s misguided nonetheless. I thought his verbal evisceration of Mother Theresa was wrongheaded, not to mention petty and tasteless.

        • October 28, 2009 9:15 am

          So, you don’t think the money she took from Keating should be returned? The DA’s office that tried and convicted Keating send a request to Mother Teresa’s organization requesting the money back so that some of the people defrauded by Charles Keating could be compensated. I find it disgusting that they never even responded to the request. Damn it, the woman wrote the bloody judge in the trial asking for clemancy for Keating. That’s despicable.

          Being a great buddy of the Duvaliers in Haiti is, what? Laudible? I can’t even term it as understandable.


  10. BobbieReier permalink
    October 26, 2009 5:43 pm

    Having grown up during the era of Mao—I believe the remainder of his name is spelled Tse Tung—-Enjoy the blog-

  11. Gloria permalink
    October 26, 2009 9:03 pm

    Mother Teresa never gave the Gospel to the sick and dying in India. Mother Teresa told everyone no matter what their religion, “What God is in your mind you must accept.” Get the book from Dave Hunt Occult Invasion, there is documented proof that Mother Teresa did not help the sick and dying. She was a “fraud”.

    • LanceThruster permalink
      October 27, 2009 10:02 am

      The Catholic Church considered her problematic themselves until they saw the funds she generated. Thus took place her conversion from fringe theology to sainthood. Her works for the poor and sick were also questionable, particularly in light of the donations she acquired claiming to assist them.

      The theology of suffering

      At the heart of suffering lies a deception, which must be examined rationally to understand the theory and practice of Mother Teresa. At a 1981 press conference she was asked: “Do you teach the poor to endure their lot?” She replied: ‘I think it is very beautiful for the poor to accept their lot, to share it with the passion of Christ. I think the world is being much helped by the suffering of the poor people.’6 Her reply made her critics accuse her of loving suffering more than the sufferers. The spectacle of suffering was beneficial for faith as only in pain one thought of the Lord. The alleviation of pain of dying patients was not an important objective.

      There is a memorable anecdote about her attitude to suffering. A patient was approached by Mother Teresa who dished out theological platitudes instead of providing painkillers to the patient. ‘You are suffering like Christ on the cross,’ Mother Teresa allegedly told the patient. ‘So Jesus must be kissing you.’ The patient is said to have replied, ‘Then please tell him to stop kissing me.’7

      This bizarre attitude to suffering was reflected in her hospices and orphanages. ‘In 1991, Dr. Robin Fox, then editor of the British medical journal The Lancet, visited the Home for Dying Destitute in Calcutta and described the medical care the patients received as “haphazard”. He observed that sisters and volunteers, some of whom had no medical knowledge, had to make decisions about patient care, because of the lack of doctors in the hospice. Dr. Fox specifically held Teresa responsible for conditions in this home, and observed that her order did not distinguish between curable and incurable patients, so that people who could otherwise survive would be at risk of dying from infections and lack of treatment.’8

      Moreover, the formulary at the facility Fox visited lacked strong analgesics. Fox also wrote that needles were rinsed with warm water, which left them inadequately sterilised, and the facility did not isolate patients with infectious diseases. There have been a series of other reports documenting inattention to medical care in the order’s facilities. Some former volunteers who worked for Teresa’s order have also expressed similar points of view. Mother Teresa herself referred to the facilities as “Houses of the Dying”

      The orphanages where abandoned children were housed showed shocking lapses of care so strongly advertised in the media all over the world. Donal MacIntyre – a reporter and documentary-maker for Channel 5 Television who worked undercover was astonished at what he saw-

      ‘ I saw children with their mouths gagged open to be given medicine, their hands flaying in distress, visible testimony to the pain they were in. Tiny babies were bound with cloths at feeding time. Rough hands wrenched heads into position for feeding. Some of the children retched and coughed as rushed staff crammed food into their mouths. Boys and girls were abandoned on open toilets for up to 20 minutes at a time. Slumped, untended, some dribbling, some sleeping, they were a pathetic sight. Their treatment was an affront to their dignity, and dangerously unhygienic.’9

      The donations, which poured from all parts of the world, were not invested in buying drugs and medical equipment for the care of the sick and dying. Instead, it was diverted to the Vatican Bank for general use. But when it came to her own treatment ‘Teresa checked into some of the costliest hospitals and recovery care units in the world for state-of-the-art treatment.’10

      Conservative agenda

      The Vatican under Pope Paul II used the popularity of Mother Teresa to support controversial issues on abortion, divorce, and contraception. The Roman church remained implacably hostile to abortion even if was necessary to save the life of the mother or in instances where women were raped and requested abortion. Its views on divorce and contraception were steeped in medieval values. The dogma of the Roman Catholic Church with respect to contraception is well known and has invited protests from all over the world.

      Mother Teresa lobbied hard on the referendum to lift the constitutional ban divorce in Ireland in 1995. Her position was that of a hardliner opposing the removal of the ban on divorce. [my comment – though she mentioned it was OK for Lady Di] In her meeting with Margaret Thatcher in the year 1988 the main discussion centred on Abortion instead of the plight of the city’s homeless. In Spain she lobbied hard on behalf the clerical forces to prevent legislation liberalising abortion, divorce and birth control. At a open- air mass in Knock (Ireland) in 1992, she addressed the devout with the following words-‘Let us promise Our Lady who loves Ireland so much that we will never allow in this country a single abortion. And no contraceptives.’11

      In her Nobel Peace Prize speech in 1979, Mother Teresa famously said -‘ I think that today peace is threatened by abortion, too, which is a true war, a direct killing of a child by its own mother. Today, abortion is the worst evil, and the greatest enemy of peace. Because if a mother can kill her own child, what will prevent us from killing ourselves, or one another? Nothing.’12

      Sums up Susan Jacoby,‘Teresa never showed any concern, in India or elsewhere, about the root causes of poverty — including lack of education, corrupt dictatorships, inequitable distribution of wealth, bigotry against social, ethnic, or religious under classes, and contempt for women.’13

  12. MaryAnn permalink
    October 27, 2009 8:00 am

    Mother Teresa brought the Gospel to the world each time she picked a sick and dieing person off the streets of Cacutta. In doing that she preached what Jesus taught- the dignity of human life. Those who attack her based on her diaries might want to read The Dark Night by St. John of The Cross, to gain an understanding of what she was experiencing.

  13. Nash permalink
    October 27, 2009 8:36 am

    With Joe Biden it was rhetorical flourish. With Dunn it’s humor. Was it a joke when Joe Wilson said ‘you lie’? Was it a joke when – geez, just fill in the blanks! These people are shameless.
    There is a proverb that talks about people who couch their insults and lies inside the package of ‘I was just joking.’ They are compared to madmen who carry weapons.

    Jamie, the question you pose is classic debate. Good on ya and wish I could help in demanding an answer. Maybe Beck will pose this same question on a broadcast. Or did he? Or has he moved on? Either way, great question and hope the demand for answers goes viral.

  14. Michaelle Maloney permalink
    October 27, 2009 1:45 pm

    This Dunn lady is less credible than a drunk. Listening to her is like listening to pure noise-means nothing except sound waves hitting the wind. A drunk has an excuse-alcohol.

    Wow – saying Mother Theresa is a fraud are very bold words. Fanatic and a fundamentalist? What was Jesus? Is being a light to the world like he commanded a fanatic? He was about fundamentals and not religious. Jesus scorned the Pharisees(the legalistic and religious). Its about fundamentals; so many christians don’t even know what their bible says and look like idiots in doing so.

  15. Michaelle Maloney permalink
    October 27, 2009 1:46 pm

    I’m tired of christians in name only (hyprocrites).

  16. Michaelle Maloney permalink
    October 27, 2009 1:48 pm

    I’m learning something about Mother Theresa here-its very sad. I thought she really was a christian.

    • October 28, 2009 9:43 am

      Read Hitchen’s book. In actual fact, Hitchen’s isn’t really all that rough on her. His wording is not extreme and in fact, is almost restrained a lot of the time. Check out some of her quotes as well. There are plenty on the web. She termed either birdth control or abortion (I can’t recall which off-hand) the greatest threat to peace in existance.

      Say what? I find it very strange to rank either up there ahead of everything else — hunger, ideology and terrorism.

      No, Mother Teresa was a fanatic first, last and always.

      • LanceThruster permalink
        October 28, 2009 1:36 pm

        Here’s what you were looking for tgbrowning –

        In her Nobel Peace Prize speech in 1979, Mother Teresa famously said -‘ I think that today peace is threatened by abortion, too, which is a true war, a direct killing of a child by its own mother. Today, abortion is the worst evil, and the greatest enemy of peace. Because if a mother can kill her own child, what will prevent us from killing ourselves, or one another? Nothing.’


        Nice to have another “voice of reason” here.

        • October 28, 2009 3:36 pm

          A voice, maybe. Of reason, well, I’m NEVER sure of that.

          I cannot understand how anyone could possibly have something good to say about someone who managed to kill vast numbers of their own countryman, either directly or through a war of some kind. I guess some people don’t get offended if it’s the right bunch of people are the ones getting starved, gassed or shot.

          The big trouble I see these days is that so many people have no idea of history, not really. They read something from somebody on the net and have no critical tools to separate fact from sheer fantasy or worse, determined, knowing lies. The Obama adminstration is a good example in a lot of ways. I seriously doubt the critical skills of the people who have taken over. I don’t see it as a huge threat or step backwards because Bush and company had the same problems, just coming from a different wing, as it were.


          • LanceThruster permalink
            October 29, 2009 3:20 pm

            What Gore Vidal has to say about Obama:

   Page 1 of 1

            Gore Vidal says Obama will lose next vote

            Fri, 09 Oct 2009 10:06:41 GMT

            Renowned American historian Gore Vidal says that President Barack Obama would lose 2012 presidential elections, calling the first black US president “incompetent.” In an interview with the Independent, Vidal sharply criticized Obama who took power when the United States was involved in two wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and the worst financial crisis since the Great Depression.
            About the election of Obama, Vidal said that he was initially optimistic, but after witnessing the administration, he has relegated himself to despair. “He’s incompetent. He will be defeated for re-election. It’s a pity because he’s the first intellectual president we’ve had in many years, but he can’t hack it. He’s not up to it. He’s overwhelmed,” said the 84-year-old Vidal.

            “[Obama] wants to be liked by everybody, and he thought all he had to do was talk reason,” the novelist continued. “But remember – the Republican Party is not a political party. It’s a mindset, like Hitler Youth. It’s full of hatred. You’re not going to get them aboard. Don’t even try. The only way to handle them is to terrify them. He’s too delicate for that.” Vidal also predicted that “Afghanistan will be terminal for the American empire,” which he sees as a positive development.

            “This kid [Obama] has never heard a gun fired in anger. He’s absolutely bowled over by generals, who tell him lies and he believes them. He hasn’t done anything.” “He’s not ready for prime time and he’s getting a lot of prime time on his plate at once.” The intellectual once again called the 2000 election “stolen” by the Bush administration then added they were “probably” involved in the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks on New York City and the Pentagon.

            This is not the first time he has assailed the government’s public theory of the attacks. In 2008, Vidal said that 9/11 was “a coup d’etat” to overthrow the government, allowing the Bush administration “[to] make legal each and every breach of the constitution that [they] had in mind.”

  17. Michaelle Maloney permalink
    October 27, 2009 1:57 pm

    My last comment was being a smart alec. I need to do the research myself.

    • October 28, 2009 3:43 pm

      Research – Hitchens is a start. He’s generally fair about most things though he is opinionated as hell. I never have the feeling that he is being unreasonable with his criticisms.

      Go and read that website that has all of the Mother Teresa quotes. Unless you’re a bit soft-headed, you’ll have to admit that so many of the things she said were simple-minded, pointless, cloying, or unthinking. I see nothing to lead me to believe she had any reasoning ability at all — granted, not a big loss to someone in religion-biz. I think the one that got me the most was when she told some dying guy in India that the pain he felt was “Jesus kissing him.”

      His response was to ask MT to see if she could get Jesus to cut it out.


  18. Alex Kreynin permalink
    October 29, 2009 2:06 pm


    Just like you, I am a former Soviet Jew who came to the States in 1987. The infatuation of some on the left by the Communist regimes is appalling. Walter Duranty wrote an article in which he was infatuated by Stalin, and received a Pulitzer Prize for it! Henry Wallace started his own pro-Stalin party. Left-wing intellectuals and Hollywood actors contunue to show admiration for Fidel Castro’s Cuba. Michael Moore, in his movie “Sicko!” stated that Cuban health care is better than that of the United States, which is nonsense. And now Anita Dunn! When are these lefties going to wake up? Hadn’t the Cold War taught them anything?

    I haven’t read your book “United in hate” yet, but I am looking forward to it. Can you find it in libraries?

    • Marylou permalink
      November 2, 2009 1:24 am

      Alex, No, it has not taught them anything at all! Unbelievable. Very sad. A loss of some wonderful minds.


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