At the Sunan airport in Pyongyang, Rodman declared it “amazing” that the North Koreans were “so honest.” He said that Kim Jong-Il, the young Kim’s father, and Kim Il-Sung the founder of the North Korean government, and Jong-Un’s grandfather, were “Great leaders.” “He’s proud, his country likes him. Not like him, love him, love him,” Rodman said “Guess what, I love him! The guy’s really awesome."
The Times of India published an interesting point of view on the meeting of the basketball aficionados. It reported Rodman as saying, “Kim is like his grandfather and his father, who are great leaders. He is an awesome kid, very honest and loves his wife so much.” At this point, Dennis Rodman may have more knowledge of the personal side of Kim than any other American. There is little known about his high fashion wife, Ri Sol-Ju, who was unknown globally until just last July.
Critics rightly will mention the North Korean prison camps where enemies of that state are held for life, sometimes tortured, while their family members are held as well. The North Korean people are hungry and apparently only the military receives relief. Rodman had only this to say: “We do the same thing,” perhaps a reference to the prisoners held at Guantanamo Bay, the American detention camp in Cuba, and the waterboarding extensively used there.