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Jesus. really? Nixon overthrew the elected government of Chile and supported the brutal dictator Pinochet who had tens of thousands murdered. Reagan supported Saddam Hussein in the 80's with arms and money which is a much bigger deal than a handshake. Our Presidents regular shake the hands of brutal Saudi princes, the Chinese authoritarians and countless other horrible people, but Barack Obama shakes the hand of the Cuban President at an international function then proceeded to condemn authoritarianism and it's some kind of outrage. Also, Raul Castro is SHORTER than he is so yeah he bent over a bit. Get over it.

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Fidel Castro (L), leader of the "26th July" revolutionary group which ousted Cuban President Fulgencio Batista, shakes hands with U.S. Vice President Richard Nixon following talks in Washington April 19, 1959. (UPI Photo/FILE)

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Did nobody here watch the whole clip and notice that Castro bowed to Obama, too? Can't explain THAT by difference in height!

 

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Castro bowed twice. Barack Obama is indeed much taller.

 

The fact that the handshake wasn't planned (as confirmed by the White House) makes it special in a way.

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Dear god people let's, at least, try and exhibit some fairness regarding this matter. I outspokenly dislike President Obama but as far as I can tell his behavior during the entire Mandela funeral was ABOVE REPROACH. He had the class to invite former President George Bush (who is popular in Africa) and his wife to accompany him on Air Force One to South Africa. He also invited a bi-partisan groups of member of the House and Senate to go along. So he shook the hand of Raul Castro, BFD. I will happily argue against some of President Obama's priorities and policies but I certainly don't see how ANYBODY, myself included, can criticize him on this matter.

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Dear god people let's, at least, try and exhibit some fairness regarding this matter. I outspokenly dislike President Obama but as far as I can tell his behavior during the entire Mandela funeral was ABOVE REPROACH. He had the class to invite former President George Bush (who is popular in Africa) and his wife to accompany him on Air Force One to South Africa. He also invited a bi-partisan groups of member of the House and Senate to go along. So he shook the hand of Raul Castro, BFD. I will happily argue against some of President Obama's priorities and policies but I certainly don't see how ANYBODY, myself included, can criticize him on this matter.

 

A model of diplomacy compared to Ted Cruz who, he says, left the arena during Castro's remarks.

 

It was a memorial service folks, not a border skirmish.

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Deej there is one thing, at least, that you as a Liberal Democrat and I as a Fiscal Conservative Republican can certainly agree upon and that is that Ted Cruz is an absolute and total horse’s ass. However, if I were you I might love him because every time he opens his mouth and makes one stupid and absurd statement after another he certainly helps the Democrat’s and hurts Republicans nationally

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Obama-Castro handshake - a sign of Mandela-like reconciliation?

by Rosa-Tania Valdes (for Reuters)

 

The historic handshake between US President Barack Obama and Cuba's Raul Castro at a memorial for Nelson Mandela on Tuesday was greeted on the streets of Cuba with surprise and hopes of improved relations.

 

Castro's smile as Obama moved to shake his hand on the way to speak at the ceremony was seen by many Cubans as a signal of reconciliation, after more than a half-century of bitter ideological and political differences between the two countries whose shores are separated by only 90 miles (144 km).

 

"I never imagined such a thing could happen," said Yesniel Soto, a 25-year-old government worker.

"I see it as something that has begun to change, a change we are all hoping for," Soto said Tuesday morning on her way to work in Havana.

 

The two presidents' civil behaviour towards one another was just the latest sign of a change of tone in the usually hostile rhetoric between the two governments.

Officials on both sides have spoken of a new gravity and pragmatism in their dealings with one another. And last month in Miami, Obama recognised for the first time Castro's efforts to reform the Soviet-Style economy, adding that US policy, which includes long-standing economic sanctions, was outdated.

The handshake was not planned, and the two did no more than exchange greetings, a White House aide said.

 

"Perhaps the American and Cuban presidents grasp, with this handshake, that the work they have to do together is far easier than South Africa's struggle against apartheid," said Julia Sweig, director for Latin America Studies at the Council on Foreign Relations in New York.

 

Cuban state-run television broadcast Tuesday's pressing of the flesh without commentary, simply as part of the footage of Castro's speech at the tribute in South Africa. There has been no official comment on the encounter.

 

The only previous known handshake between US and Cuban presidents since the 1959 revolution was in 2000 at the United Nations, when, in a chance encounter, Fidel Castro shook the hand of President Bill Clinton. That handshake, however, was not recorded for posterity as it took place out of sight of cameras.

While still US vice president, Richard Nixon was photographed with Fidel Castro shortly after the Cuban Revolution in 1959, almost a full decade before becoming president. Jimmy Carter also met both Fidel and Raul Castro after leaving the White House.

 

In the context of Nelson Mandela as a peacemaker, Cuba's Catholic Church took note of the significance of the Obama-Castro handshake.

"One hopes that the example of Mandela continues being an inspiration to move further than a formal gesture like this, since Barack Obama and Raul Castro have said a number of times in their own ways that now is the time to change the style of the relations between Cuba and the United States," spokesman Orlando Marquez told Reuters.

 

source: http://www.smh.com.au/world/obamacastro-handshake--a-sign-of-mandelalike-reconciliation-20131211-hv579.html#ixzz2nJdu0nkD

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can certainly agree upon and that is that Ted Cruz is an absolute and total horse’s ass

 

Agreed, notarized, and placed in escrow. (But I hope he runs! The clown car rides again!)

 

Somebody said that if Nancy Pelosi could she'd write an anonymous check to Heritage Action. I feel the same way about Ted Cruz, but it's not a new phenomenon. How many democrats were chanting "Run, Sarah, Run!" in 2011? (I know I did!)

 

The Republican Party (capital R and capital P) has a real pickle (maybe another capital p?) on its hands, doesn't it?

 

I was actually a little heartened to see some backbone out of John Boehner the last day or so but is it going to be enough? Or do we have to watch the death spiral of half the American body politic through another election cycle? <sigh>

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Deej there is one thing, at least, that you as a Liberal Democrat and I as a Fiscal Conservative Republican can certainly agree upon and that is that Ted Cruz is an absolute and total horse’s ass. However, if I were you I might love him because every time he opens his mouth and makes one stupid and absurd statement after another he certainly helps the Democrat’s and hurts Republicans nationally

 

True but it would be nice to have a choice when voting. The Republicans haven't put forward one constructive piece of legislation in years that I recall (or actually eliminated a bad law), live too deeply in the pockets of defense lobbyists, hate gay people, push un-American voting impediments, can't speak like statesmen who each cost the taxpayers in excess of $175 K plus benefits/office/travel/staff, etc., etc.. So while Sarah, Eric, Cruz, Mitch, John, the other John, etc., etc., reduce the challenge for Democrats people like those I've mentioned plus all the tea bagged extremists aren't helping our country. Give me a socially respectful, fiscal conservative that doesn't think spending $600 + billion a year for defense is appropriate while thinking its ok for 45 Million to have no health care except when they have a catastrophic health event in which case taxpayers pay without limit and I'll send their campaign money. But instead of strategies that only criticize what others are actually doing the Republican needs to outline what they propose as real solutions. Voting 45+ times to repeal ACA with no alternative isn't impressive.

 

Would you hire an employee that only criticized your company and the people that work their versus providing specifics about how that can constructively bring value?

 

Have a nice weekend everyone.

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