Politico's Craig Gordon falsely claimed that Anita Dunn said she looked to Mao's “words for guidance.”
From the November 10 edition of Lou Dobbs Tonight:
GORDON: Obviously, probably, [Mao Zedong is] the most famous Communist leader ever and here's a person inside the Obama Administration saying that she looked to his words for guidance. Again, I suspect that's one Anita Dunn wouldn't mind having back and the administration wouldn't mind having back either.
Fact: Dunn said she used Mao and Mother Theresa to "basically deliver a simple point, which is, you're going to make choices"
In the video of a speech to high school graduates earlier this year, Dunn cited “two of my favorite political philosophers, Mao Zedong and Mother Teresa -- not often coupled with each together, but the two people that I turn to most to basically deliver a simple point, which is, you're going to make choices.” She went on to cite Mao's response to skeptics who pointed out that their party was facing steep disadvantages while fighting the Nationalist Chinese: “You fight your war, and I'll fight mine.” After asking the audience to “think about that for a second,” she said, “You know, you don't have to accept the definition of how to do things, and you don't have to follow other people's choices and paths, OK? It is about your choices and your path.” Likewise, Dunn cited Mother Teresa's response to a young person who wanted to work at her orphanage in Calcutta: “Go find your own Calcutta.” Dunn then reiterated: “Go find your own Calcutta. Fight your own path. Go find the thing that is unique to you, the challenge that is actually yours, not somebody else's challenge.”