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Obama shakes hand of Cuba's Raul Castro at Mandela memorial
reuters.com ^ | December 10, 2013

Posted on 12/10/2013 3:55:23 AM PST by Tailgunner Joe

U.S. President Barack Obama shook the hand of Cuban President Raul Castro at a memorial to Nelson Mandela on Tuesday, an unprecedented gesture between the leaders of two nations which have been at loggerheads for more than half a century.

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1 posted on 12/10/2013 3:55:23 AM PST by Tailgunner Joe
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To: Tailgunner Joe

Not news. If he were snubbing Raul....now that would be news


2 posted on 12/10/2013 3:57:37 AM PST by Vaquero (Don't pick a fight with an old guy. If he is too old to fight, he'll just kill you.)
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To: Tailgunner Joe

Well, at least they didn’t hug or swap spit.


3 posted on 12/10/2013 3:57:42 AM PST by billorites (freepo ergo sum)
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To: Tailgunner Joe

Did he bow?


4 posted on 12/10/2013 3:57:54 AM PST by saganite (What happens to taglines? Is there a termination date?)
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To: Tailgunner Joe

Probably whispered in his ear. “You’re my hero. My country, the US, will one day look like yours.”


5 posted on 12/10/2013 3:58:58 AM PST by animal172 (Calling Thomas Jefferson)
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To: saganite

No but he got a thrill up his leg...


6 posted on 12/10/2013 3:59:09 AM PST by Shady (We will not comply. We are Free, We Are AMERICANS!)
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To: Tailgunner Joe

One a dictator, the other a wannabee dicktator, why shouldn’t they be friends?


7 posted on 12/10/2013 4:00:57 AM PST by Venturer (Half Staff the Flag of the US for Terrorists.)
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To: Tailgunner Joe
"Impeachable Offenses: The Case for Removing Barack Obama from Office" adds up the damages, possibly the first to do so, in more than 300 pages between two book covers. Not only is the Constitution relegated to the ash can, but inconvenient laws are ignored, sometimes with relish and often with barely a whimper from the opposition.
8 posted on 12/10/2013 4:06:52 AM PST by Berlin_Freeper (Revelation 6:10)
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To: Tailgunner Joe

piece of crap and the media will just ignore it as usual because this is all about Mandela, a man who fought white rule and killed more blacks than whites including children and now S.A is a complete mess and a screwed up third world country where the minority in parts of the country live in fear and are being targeted


9 posted on 12/10/2013 4:09:36 AM PST by manc (Marriage =1 man + 1 woman,when they say marriage equality then they should support polygamy)
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To: Tailgunner Joe

I want to come to Cuba and see what America can be. We need your experience at oppression and money grabbing.


10 posted on 12/10/2013 4:10:08 AM PST by Sacajaweau
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To: Sacajaweau

Obunga seems rather pleased to meet old Raul


11 posted on 12/10/2013 4:11:15 AM PST by DAC21
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To: Tailgunner Joe

Just what Mandela would have wanted.


12 posted on 12/10/2013 4:12:50 AM PST by P.O.E. (Pray for America)
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To: Berlin_Freeper
The solution: elect an "impeachment Congress" in 2014
13 posted on 12/10/2013 4:13:15 AM PST by Berlin_Freeper (Revelation 6:10)
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To: animal172

ROFL


14 posted on 12/10/2013 4:16:16 AM PST by Extremely Extreme Extremist (Governor Sarah Heath Palin for President of the United States in 2016)
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To: Tailgunner Joe
Did he tell Raul to release Alan Gross? Of course not.
15 posted on 12/10/2013 4:16:55 AM PST by Heatseeker
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To: Tailgunner Joe

Two criminals... no wonder they get along.


16 posted on 12/10/2013 4:18:27 AM PST by SMARTY ("Through money, democracy becomes its own destroyer, after money has destroyed intellect. " Spengler)
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To: Tailgunner Joe

Is Raul in AA ?

He looks pretty good, for a terrible drunk.


17 posted on 12/10/2013 4:18:36 AM PST by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously-you won't live through it anyway-Enjoy Yourself ala Louis Prima)
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To: billorites

“Well, at least they didn’t hug or swap spit.”

Not in public anyway!


18 posted on 12/10/2013 4:31:22 AM PST by jimmyo57
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To: Tailgunner Joe

I went to Reuters just to see the picture. There isn’t one.


19 posted on 12/10/2013 4:34:25 AM PST by Haddit
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To: Tailgunner Joe
Obama greeting Castro

"helloo comra...er... el presidente. I see you're here to celebrate the life of another commie murder...er... champion of people's rights. Yeah, that's the ticket....freedom fighter. Say, have you thrown any more black activists in prison lately?"

20 posted on 12/10/2013 4:36:21 AM PST by driftless2
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To: Tailgunner Joe

Obama: “Please tell Fidel I have more flexibility now.”


21 posted on 12/10/2013 4:38:03 AM PST by exit82 ("The Taliban is on the inside of the building" E. Nordstrom 10-10-12)
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To: Tailgunner Joe

Obama says U.S. needs to update policies on Cuba

(Reuters) - President Barack Obama said on Friday that it may be time for the United States to revise its policies toward Cuba, against which it has had an embargo for more than half a century.

“We have to be creative and we have to be thoughtful and we have to continue to update our policies,” he said at a fundraising event in the Miami area.

“Keep in mind that when Castro came to power I was just born, so the notion that the same policies that we put in place in 1961 would somehow still be as effective as they are today in the age of the Internet, Google and world travel doesn’t make sense,” he added, referring to Fidel Castro, the leader of the Cuban revolution.

http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/11/09/us-usa-obama-cuba-idUSBRE9A802620131109


22 posted on 12/10/2013 4:42:32 AM PST by ilovesarah2012
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To: Haddit

We have to get our photos from the Daily Mail, at least for now. ONly the British press seems to take and publish photos anymore.


23 posted on 12/10/2013 4:48:12 AM PST by browniexyz
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To: Tailgunner Joe
At one time, a hand shake signified real union:

And when James, Cephas, and John, who seemed to be pillars, perceived the grace that was given unto me, they gave to me and Barnabas the right hands of fellowship; that we should go unto the heathen, and they unto the circumcision. (Galatians 2:9)

24 posted on 12/10/2013 5:08:23 AM PST by daniel1212 (Come to the Lord Jesus as a contrite damned+destitute sinner, trust Him to save you, then live 4 Him)
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To: Heatseeker

The Handshake Heard ‘Round the World
FRONTPAGE MAGAZINE ^ | DEC 11,2013 | Matthew Vadum

President Obama’s distressing rejection of American exceptionalism was on display for the whole world to see yesterday when he shamed his country by lowering himself to shake the blood-stained hand of Cuba’s Communist dictator.

In a brief but cordial encounter in a funeral receiving line at the southern tip of the African continent, Obama shook the hand of Cuban’s octogenarian tyrant, President Raul Castro, granting a kind of legitimacy to the caudillo who leads America’s Cold War enemy 90 miles from the Florida coast. In so doing Obama demonstrated his weakness and emboldened America’s enemies.

The occasion was a memorial service in South Africa for that country’s former president, Nelson Mandela, a Communist terrorist who, like Obama’s close personal friend Bill Ayers, used explosives to express himself politically.

Mandela, who died last week at age 95 long after serving a quarter-century in prison and helping to slay apartheid, has a few things in common with Obama.

Mandela, who routinely denounced the United States and Israel, set in motion the transformation of his once-prosperous nation into the community organizer’s paradise that is modern South Africa, complete with mob rule, mob justice, racial tension, and epidemic levels of violence. Mandela’s Marxist colleagues are continuing his work, community organizing that nation into Third World kleptocracy status.

Obama conspicuously ordered American flags flown at half-staff throughout the U.S. in honor of Mandela, an unusual tribute for the United States to afford a non-American, and in this case, a former foreign head of state. It is all part of Obama’s racial presidency in which he plays off racial and ethnic groups against each other, no matter what lasting harm it does to society. The flag-lowering is better treatment than he gave the late British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, a far more consequential world leader whom he snubbed by skipping her funeral.

We’ve known for a long time that Obama is most at ease when he’s hanging out with thugs, terrorists, murderous anti-American despots, and anti-Semites. He carefully avoids harsh language when describing Iran’s barely concealed nuclear weapons program that his administration is allowing to go forward. A relativist and multiculturalist, Obama respects the former Persia’s so-called right to self-determination and nuclear arms even though the theocratic regime persecutes religious dissenters, puts gays to death, and almost daily promises to vaporize U.S. ally Israel.

Communist Cuba doesn’t have an evil system in Obama’s view. The Communists who have been terrorizing and enslaving the Cuban people are merely misunderstood. Americans, especially with their embrace of imperialism and colonialism, supposedly have no moral standing to criticize what the Castro brothers have built.

Ascertaining whether Obama actually bowed before Castro in reaching for his hand is a subjective exercise. The president often leans forward when greeting people. In order to be at eye-level and look in the face of Castro, who is much shorter than Obama, the president had to move the upper portion of his body simultaneously forward and downward.

Perhaps this has something to do with why MSNBC’s slogan is “lean forward.” After all, the cable news network full-throatedly supports Obama’s policies which are aimed at humbling America and punishing it for its greatness.

As president, Obama has long had a disturbing habit of bowing before foreign heads of state, as Keith Koffler observes. He has bowed before Communist Chinese President Hu Jintao, Saudi King Abdullah, Queen Elizabeth II, Japanese Emperor Akihito, and Ukrainian President Viktor Yushchenko.

“American presidents, who have been put in charge of a democratic nation that specifically broke from royalty, particularly should not bow to kings and queens,” Koffler writes. “Especially ones running repressive societies like Saudi Arabia. But on the very same day he bowed to Abdullah, he also bowed to Queen Elizabeth, chief of the monarchy that was our former Lord and Master.”

Obama may as well have warmly slapped Castro on the back and given him an “attaboy!” for all the hard work he’s done over the years to achieve redistributionist nirvana on his decrepit island nation that has become a popular sex tourism destination in the de-developed world. We can only wonder how many death warrants for anti-Communist dissidents and freedom fighters Castro has signed with that hand or how many times he has used the fingers that touched Obama’s to pull the trigger of a rifle and execute an enemy of Cuba’s long-lived gangster regime.

Shaking Castro’s hand implies that the Cuban president is Obama’s equal, a legitimate world leader worthy of respect. This is consistent with our president’s worldview.

Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) appropriately upbraided President Obama for the hit-and-run grip-and-grim, comparing the gesture to British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain’s infamous handshake with Adolf Hitler in the run-up to World War Two. That handshake symbolically gave Nazi Germany a green light to take over the Sudetenland and helped to clear the way for the Third Reich’s violent expansion across Europe.

“It gives Raul some propaganda to continue to prop up his dictatorial, brutal regime, that’s all,” McCain said.

Obama shouldn’t have done it, McCain asserted. “Why should you shake hands with somebody who’s keeping Americans in prison? I mean, what’s the point?”

McCain appeared to be referring to Jewish American Alan Gross who has been rotting in a Cuban jail since 2009. Gross is a political prisoner who was snagged for outreach to Cuba’s Jewish community.

Say what you will about his flakiness, but Americans can always count on President Obama to embarrass them on overseas trips. He routinely makes a mockery of the high office to which the American people have twice elected him.


25 posted on 12/11/2013 11:41:28 AM PST by Dqban22
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