"It's about trying to open Obama's and everyone's minds," he said Monday, aiming some of his remarks at the U.S. president. "You don't have to talk about politics. ... Meet him or even give him a call. That's all he wants."
Meanwhile, Kim might be even more bellicose than his father was. On CNN's GPS blog, three analysts say an analysis of language used in the state-controlled Korean Central News Agency "shows the use of terms such as 'war' and 'nuclear' far more prevalent than terms such as 'peace' and 'reconciliation.' "
A U.S. defense official said North Korea has been using "warmongering rhetoric."
Rodman: I held Kim's daughter
In The World According to Dennis Rodman, Kim opening "his heart and mind" and allowing Rodman to hold his daughter "for the first time in history" is something to celebrate.
Never mind that the existence of said child has been shrouded in secrecy. North Korea's regime is so restrictive that even state media haven't mentioned the possibility that their leader might have had a daughter.
And speaking of children, Rodman shared an interesting detail Monday involving the "basketball diplomacy" event he's putting together with Paddy Power, an online betting company.
"The marshall" -- the term Kim goes by -- "gave me anything I wanted," he said. Kim told him, "We've got 150,000 kids will do anything for you on the field. We've got 95,000 people will be in the stadium watching this game."
A dictator telling a foreign basketball player he can instruct 150,000 kids, who will comply: In The World According to Dennis Rodman, that's a good thing.
Still, reason for hope
Any effort to, as Rodman says, "bridge a gap" with North Korea can be construed as a good thing.
"I said to him, 'Your grandfather and your father did some bad things ... but you are trying to change,' " Rodman said at Monday's news conference.
Kim has an "image" to keep up, he added.
Maybe, one day, Kim Jong Un will knock down the walls behind which his country tries to hide its reality -- including the desperation, pain and horror described by defectors and refugees.
But for now, Kim's propaganda machine is ratcheting up, as CNN has reported.
Rodman says Kim asked him to do one thing: "Tell the American people we're very cool."
Mission accomplished, Mr. Rodman.