- The Washington Times - Friday, May 9, 2014

The White House has rallied in condemnation of a North Korean publication that took its racist views of President Obama to the 10th degree, calling him — once translated into English — a “clown,” a “dirty fellow” and someone who ought to go live with the monkeys.

The printed piece, as reported by The Washington Post: Mr. Obama is somebody who “does not even have the basic appearances of a human being. … It would be perfect for Obama to live with a group of monkeys in the world’s largest African natural zoo and lick the breadcrumbs thrown by spectators.”

The piece also accused Mr. Obama of being “a crossbreed with unclear blood,” The Post said. “[He] still has the figure of a monkey while the human race has evolved through millions of years.”

North Korea frequently issues bellicose rhetoric — but this time, the White House didn’t ignore it.

“While the North Korean government-controlled media are distinguished by their histrionics, these comments are particularly ugly and disrespectful,” said Caitlin Hayden, a spokeswoman for the National Security Council, in a statement reported by The Post.

It’s not common for Pyongyang to attack the president quite so personally and viciously, The Post noted. The statements were published May 2 by a state-run agency, but were not translated into English, and nearly escaped overseas attention. The opinion was ultimately uncovered by a blogger, Joshua Stanton, who covers North Korea’s human rights record.