Skip to comments.Obama shakes hand of Cuba's Raul Castro at Mandela memorial
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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Not news. If he were snubbing Raul....now that would be news
Well, at least they didn’t hug or swap spit.
Did he bow?
Probably whispered in his ear. “You’re my hero. My country, the US, will one day look like yours.”
No but he got a thrill up his leg...
One a dictator, the other a wannabee dicktator, why shouldn’t they be friends?
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
I want to come to Cuba and see what America can be. We need your experience at oppression and money grabbing.
Obunga seems rather pleased to meet old Raul
Just what Mandela would have wanted.
Two criminals... no wonder they get along.
Is Raul in AA ?
He looks pretty good, for a terrible drunk.
“Well, at least they didnt hug or swap spit.”
Not in public anyway!
I went to Reuters just to see the picture. There isnt one.
"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?"
Obama: “Please tell Fidel I have more flexibility now.”
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.
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.
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)
The Handshake Heard Round the World
FRONTPAGE MAGAZINE ^ | DEC 11,2013 | Matthew Vadum
President Obamas 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 Cubas 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 Cubans octogenarian tyrant, President Raul Castro, granting a kind of legitimacy to the caudillo who leads Americas Cold War enemy 90 miles from the Florida coast. In so doing Obama demonstrated his weakness and emboldened Americas enemies.
The occasion was a memorial service in South Africa for that countrys former president, Nelson Mandela, a Communist terrorist who, like Obamas 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 organizers paradise that is modern South Africa, complete with mob rule, mob justice, racial tension, and epidemic levels of violence. Mandelas 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 Obamas 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.
Weve known for a long time that Obama is most at ease when hes hanging out with thugs, terrorists, murderous anti-American despots, and anti-Semites. He carefully avoids harsh language when describing Irans barely concealed nuclear weapons program that his administration is allowing to go forward. A relativist and multiculturalist, Obama respects the former Persias 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 doesnt have an evil system in Obamas 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 MSNBCs slogan is lean forward. After all, the cable news network full-throatedly supports Obamas 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 hes 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 Obamas to pull the trigger of a rifle and execute an enemy of Cubas long-lived gangster regime.
Shaking Castros hand implies that the Cuban president is Obamas equal, a legitimate world leader worthy of respect. This is consistent with our presidents 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 Chamberlains 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 Reichs violent expansion across Europe.
It gives Raul some propaganda to continue to prop up his dictatorial, brutal regime, thats all, McCain said.
Obama shouldnt have done it, McCain asserted. Why should you shake hands with somebody whos keeping Americans in prison? I mean, whats 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 Cubas 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.
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