Michael Scherer watches the right paint Obama as friendly to Qaddafi:
"GADDAFI: OBAMA IS A FRIEND," reads the banner headline on his [Drudge's] website right now. The link goes to a year-old interview Gaddafi gave with a London-based newspaper, in which the Libyan autocrat said of the U.S. President, "He is someone I consider a friend. He knows he is a son of Africa. Regardless of his African belonging, he is of Arab Sudanese descent, or of Muslim descent. He is a man whose policy should be supported, and he should be assisted in implementing it in any way possible, since he is now leaning towards peace."
So Drudge is now taking Qaddafi's insane ramblings at face value? Scherer helpfully deconstructs the interview. He concludes that it "appears to have been a public relations ploy, an attempt by the self-described 'king of kings' to associate himself with the popular American president" and according "to secret State Department cables, it did not describe a friendship that actually existed."
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