The comedian says the president should take Rodman’s North Korea outreach to heart. | AP Photo
Bill Maher wrote Tuesday that President Barack Obama should follow “the Rodman doctrine” and visit North Korea to meet with its dictator Kim Jong Un, as former NBA player Dennis Rodman did last month.
“Dennis Rodman makes a lot of sense! … His basic premise – that Kim Jong Un is a product of his system and perhaps young and flexible enough to change – isn’t stupid,” the liberal comic wrote in a blog post published Tuesday.
Maher later added: “Obama should follow the Rodman doctrine and give the kid a call.”
Maher does not mention in his blog post that Rodman traveled to North Korea as part of an upcoming HBO series dubbed “VICE” that Maher executive produced. The series premieres April 5.
Following Rodman’s trip — which was not supported by the U.S. State Department — Rodman told George Stephanopoulos on ABC’s “This Week” that the dictator wanted Rodman to tell Obama to call him.
“Kim is 28 [and] has been in office for one year. He owns those prison camps to a much lesser extent than Obama owns Guantanamo Bay,” Maher wrote. “And though it’s correct dogma to make the leader accountable for his country, we are essentially angry at Kim Jong Un for not having a world-changing epiphany that his country and his father and his grandfather and his government and their way of life is Evil and Wrong,”