Finally: Obama shakes hands with Raul Castro

posted at 10:31 am on December 10, 2013 by Allahpundit

Via Charlie Spiering, kismet at today’s memorial service for Mandela. One’s a communist who’s reduced his country to ruins, the other’s Raul Castro.

Seriously, though, some background from Joel Pollak on Castro’s presence:

South Africa has close ties with Cuba because the ruling party, the African National Congress, was supported by Castro during its years of exile and guerrilla warfare against the apartheid regime in South Africa. Many South African leaders, including Mandela, were willing to overlook human rights abuses in Cuba. Today Cuba exports professionals to South Africa to fill a skills shortage partly created by aggressive affirmative action policies.

What’s the protocol for something like this? You’re at the funeral of South Africa’s great conciliator. Castro’s right in front of you — and to my eye, it looks like he positioned himself there deliberately to meet O as he was coming down from the podium. Do you stiff-arm him or do you do a five-second heyhowareya and move on? Here’s what Obama said after he shook hands with another anti-American socialist leader early in his first term:

Rebuffing criticism of the warm greetings he exchanged with Venezuelan leader Hugo Chavez, President Obama said Sunday that the United States, with its overwhelming military superiority and need to improve its global image, could afford to extend such diplomatic “courtesy.”…

He said the 2008 presidential campaign proved that American voters want the president to engage with his counterparts, whether or not they are avowed friends of the U.S.

He said it “was a nice gesture to give me a book. I’m a reader.” The president added that the election was a referendum of sorts on the argument that U.S. solicitude toward foreign leaders could be seen as “weakness.”

“The American people didn’t buy it,” Obama said. “And there’s a good reason the American people didn’t buy it, because it doesn’t make sense.”…

“Its defense budget is probably 1/600th of the U.S.,” he said. “They own [the oil company] Citgo. It’s unlikely that as a consequence of me shaking hands or having a polite conversation with Mr. Chavez that we are endangering the strategic interests of the United States.”

If that was his line on Chavez, and if he was willing to make phone chitchat this year with the leader of a regime whose motto is “Death to America,” go figure that he’s willing to press the flesh with a Cold War dinosaur who’s recently taken the babiest of baby steps towards liberalization. If anything, rapprochement with Cuba might be his “legacy” fallback option if/when his outreach to Iran collapses. And even if it doesn’t collapse, in the highly unlikely event that he and other western leaders broker a comprehensive nuke deal with Iran, the mullahs will almost certainly demand formal recognition by the U.S. as part of the deal — and O will agree to it. If he can get something for the U.S. from it, he’s not going to let moral objections to how a regime treats its own people, let alone people abroad, bar diplomacy.

By the way, he also shook hands with Dilma Rousseff of Brazil and Robert Mugabe. Now’s your chance, Rouhani! The man can’t say no.

Update: From today’s eulogy for Mandela. Just words?

PRESIDENT OBAMA: So we, too, must act on behalf of justice. We, too, must act on behalf of peace. There are too many people who happily embrace Madiba’s legacy of racial reconciliation, but passionately resist even modest reforms that would challenge chronic poverty and growing inequality. There are too many leaders who claim solidarity with Madiba’s struggle for freedom, but do not tolerate dissent from their own people. And there are too many of us on the sidelines, comfortable in complacency or cynicism when our voices must be heard.

Update: Joel Pollak notes on Twitter that NBC has quietly deleted its claim that Obama also shook hands with Mugabe. I haven’t seen other reports that they two met; looks like NBC blew it and, rather than issue a correction, simply disappeared the bogus “fact.”


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It’s like a dream come true! Got a little bow in there, too.

jdpaz on December 10, 2013 at 10:32 AM

I’m more shocked that Castro shook hands with Obimbo. Has Raul no standards?

SoRight on December 10, 2013 at 10:34 AM

They have a common political and social philosophy . . . Marxism.

rplat on December 10, 2013 at 10:35 AM

Commies of a feather…

Philly on December 10, 2013 at 10:36 AM

Socialists shaking hands…

albill on December 10, 2013 at 10:37 AM

One’s a communist who’s reduced his country to ruins, the other’s Raul Castro.

Heh. Love the snark, AP.

Doughboy on December 10, 2013 at 10:37 AM

Meh. What with all the illegal and unconstitutional things Dear Liar has done a handshake doesn’t even register with me.

IRS, Benghazi, recess appointments, lying to the American people, etc., there’s a lot more to be upset about than a quick handshake at a funeral.

rbj on December 10, 2013 at 10:38 AM

Does he always have to confirm our worst suspicions about him?

Oh, and SQUIRREL!!!!

ElectricPhase on December 10, 2013 at 10:39 AM

There are too many leaders who claim solidarity with Madiba’s struggle for freedom, but do not tolerate dissent from their own people.

Wow. It’s just so blatant, I can’t even make a joke about it.

happytobehere on December 10, 2013 at 10:39 AM

Hola comrade.

celtic warrior on December 10, 2013 at 10:39 AM

Comrade….

Oil Can on December 10, 2013 at 10:40 AM

Valerie told him to do it…

d1carter on December 10, 2013 at 10:40 AM

PRESIDENT OBAMA: So we, too, must act on behalf of justice. We, too, must act on behalf of peace. There are too many people who happily embrace Madiba’s legacy of racial reconciliation, but passionately resist even modest reforms that would challenge chronic poverty and growing inequality. There are too many leaders who claim solidarity with Madiba’s struggle for freedom, but do not tolerate dissent from their own people. And there are too many of us on the sidelines, comfortable in complacency or cynicism when our voices must be heard.

So does Obama have 0 self awareness or is he just trolling America?

gwelf on December 10, 2013 at 10:42 AM

The lsm swoons….

Pot…..kettle there Mr thin skin who hates criticism

cmsinaz on December 10, 2013 at 10:43 AM

So one loathsome dictator shakes hands with Cuba’s loathsome dictator. Big deal.

BigGator5 on December 10, 2013 at 10:44 AM

PRESIDENT OBAMA: So we, too, must act on behalf of justice. We, too, must act on behalf of peace. There are too many people who happily embrace Madiba’s legacy of racial reconciliation, but passionately resist even modest reforms that would challenge chronic poverty and growing inequality. There are too many leaders who claim solidarity with Madiba’s struggle for freedom, but do not tolerate dissent from their own people. And there are too many of us on the sidelines, comfortable in complacency or cynicism when our voices must be heard.

Because we can look to all the urban centers run by liberals for decades and see a shining example of the reduction of poverty and a reduction of inequality! Places like, uh, er, uh. Hold on…

gwelf on December 10, 2013 at 10:45 AM

One’s a communist who’s reduced his country to ruins, the other’s Raul Castro.

Heh. Love the snark, AP.

Doughboy on December 10, 2013 at 10:37 AM

Ditto

VibrioCocci on December 10, 2013 at 10:45 AM

There are too many leaders who claim solidarity with Madiba’s struggle for freedom, but do not tolerate dissent from their own people.

Wow. It’s just so blatant, I can’t even make a joke about it.

happytobehere on December 10, 2013 at 10:39 AM

Wryly amusing how the left can be so gob-smackingly un-self-aware, isn’t it?

Midas on December 10, 2013 at 10:46 AM

It’s like a neutron star of government failure.

Good Lt on December 10, 2013 at 10:47 AM

“So Raul, I’ve got this job I need to do, to get things moving again, before I pivot to jobs, that is, and I was just wondering…….did you coat the walls with something first?”

-O’Bozo

WryTrvllr on December 10, 2013 at 10:48 AM

PRESIDENT OBAMA: So we, too, must act on behalf of justice. We, too, must act on behalf of peace. There are too many people who happily embrace Madiba’s legacy of racial reconciliation, but passionately resist even modest reforms that would challenge chronic poverty and growing inequality. There are too many leaders who claim solidarity with Madiba’s struggle for freedom, but do not tolerate dissent from their own people. And there are too many of us on the sidelines, comfortable in complacency or cynicism when our voices must be heard.

Another sign that “leveling” is going to be The One’s next Great Crusade. Look for redistribution by the proverbial Any Means Necessary to be his new shiny squirrel, now that O-Care has crashed and burned, gun control has tanked, and amnesty looks further away than ever.

“Madiba” was Mandela’s clan name, used as a term of respect and affection by his relatives. I wonder how they feel about The One essentially insinuating himself into the family this way.

Not that he cares, as the man has no shame.

As for shaking hands with Raul, I guess Fidel couldn’t make it. If he had, I’m sure he’d have gotten a full genuflection and a “Billy (Ayers) says hello”.

With Mugabe, I’m only surprised that he didn’t hug the mug.

(Incidentally, at age 89, over/under on when Mugabe goes to that Great Socialist Nowhere?)

clear ether

eon

eon on December 10, 2013 at 10:49 AM

he was willing to make phone chitchat this year with the leader of a regime whose motto is “Death to America,”

Calling Rouhani “the leader” of Iran would be like calling Biden “the leader” of the Senate. Yes, they have each have the title “President,” but ultimately it’s Khamenei and Reid, respectively, who hold the strings to power.

Mugabe is worse than Castro, though. When Castro came to power, he inched the country toward freedom, albeit by the tiniest of measures. At least it’s the right directory, though. Mugabe took Zimbabwe to repression, terror, racism, and chaos. But I guess there aren’t that many Zimbabwean exiles in the U.S., so few people care….

calbear on December 10, 2013 at 10:49 AM

I’m more pissed off they booed Bush after all he’s done for that continent.

gophergirl on December 10, 2013 at 10:50 AM

Castro and obama – love at first sight.

With you I’m not shy to show the way I feel
With you I might try my secrets to reveal
For you are a magnet and I am steel

Pork-Chop on December 10, 2013 at 10:52 AM

Surprised he didn’t bow.

Tater Salad on December 10, 2013 at 10:53 AM

He said the 2008 presidential campaign proved that American voters want the president to engage with his counterparts, whether or not they are avowed friends of the U.S.

Posh. No, the 2008 presidential campaign proved that a slim majority of American voters wanted a black president, regardless of his policies or qualifications for the job.

KS Rex on December 10, 2013 at 10:54 AM

Presidents Obama and Castro share a handshake earlier at the #MandelaMemorial http://usat.ly/1hKapdv (Getty Images) pic.twitter.com/XmiLaR3Mo9

https://twitter.com/USATODAY/status/410389255744413696
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The Bowing Smoking Gun Image:

https://twitter.com/USATODAY/status/410389255744413696/photo/1/large

canopfor on December 10, 2013 at 10:56 AM

So Barry is celebrating a communist that reduced the wealthiest country in Africa to a third world sh!thole by high fiving a Marxist that has been a sworn enemy of the US for the last fifty years?

And this is Barry’s idea of good press ?

I am really glad my parents did not live long enough to see this.

DeweyWins on December 10, 2013 at 10:59 AM

It’s no surprise that he greets our enemies as friends.

He sees his vision and agenda having more in common with those of our enemies than with our friends, allies, or the traditional American values.

gophergirl on December 10, 2013 at 10:50 AM

Me too.

Athos on December 10, 2013 at 10:59 AM

obama and castro is shaking hands is not big deal. it happens all the time. a socialist shaking hands with another socialist

ConservativePartyNow on December 10, 2013 at 11:00 AM

Nothing President Obama says ever comes true anyway, the only reason I listen to his speeches is so that I know for sure what will not happen.

JeremiahJohnson on December 10, 2013 at 11:00 AM

One’s a communist who’s reduced his country to ruins, the other’s Raul Castro.

Yep.

dogsoldier on December 10, 2013 at 11:00 AM

And the Margaret Thatcher service was attended by…. ?

ricer1 on December 10, 2013 at 11:03 AM

2nd that GG

But he’s all class

cmsinaz on December 10, 2013 at 11:06 AM

Obama: “Tell Fidel that soon we’ll achieve his dream of a communist America. Solidarity, Amigo”.

TXUS on December 10, 2013 at 11:08 AM

Okay. So, when do all of us, who told you exactly who Obama was before the 2008 election, get an apology?

I won’t hold my breath waiting.

kingsjester on December 10, 2013 at 11:10 AM

What’s so controversial about shaking hands with Rousseff? She’s a socialist, sure, but no more so than Lula da Silva who preceded her (or for that matter half of Europe’s leaders), and as far as South America goes Brazil is at or near the top of the list of free countries.

To compare her to Castro and Mugabe is not really accurate.

KingGold on December 10, 2013 at 11:11 AM

MeanWhile,..the SPIN begins:

President Obama aide confirms that handshake with Cuban President Raul Castro ‘wasn’t a pre-planned encounter’ – @OKnox
read more on twitter.com
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https://twitter.com/OKnox

canopfor on December 10, 2013 at 11:11 AM

ricer1 on December 10, 2013 at 11:03 AM

Exactly!

Tell me the schmuck didn’t bow. Did Barry bow???

coldwarrior on December 10, 2013 at 11:12 AM

Every day in every way he just gets more and more loathesome. It’s positively unprecedented.

Naturally Curly on December 10, 2013 at 11:13 AM

Oh, puke @Obama

Stay. Off. The. Tee. Vee !!!!! Nobody likes you anymore.

Key West Reader on December 10, 2013 at 11:14 AM

“I am a great fan of your brother”

-President Obama

portlandon on December 10, 2013 at 11:15 AM

Just a couple weeks after the 50th anniversary of JFK’s assassination, and the leader of the free world pulls this stunt?

I guess for Dems, BHO>JFK. Could’ve fooled me after all the “Where were you?” walks down memory lane they treated us to around the anniversary.

Christien on December 10, 2013 at 11:19 AM

kay. So, when do all of us, who told you exactly who Obama was before the 2008 election, get an apology?

kingsjester on December 10, 2013 at 11:10 AM

No you get the same thing you did then.
An eye-roll and a chuckle.

verbaluce on December 10, 2013 at 11:20 AM

The title of the thread is wrong.

Finally: Obama shakes hands with bows to Raul Castro

One fascist socialist bows to one communist, the literal executioner of Fidel Castro. Of the two butchers of Cuba, Raul is the one with the cleaver, literally.

Plus, the oaf of the US of America was late to the Mandela funeral and then yacked about himself.

America, you s/b ashamed of yourself, you land of dummies, in the majority.

Schadenfreude on December 10, 2013 at 11:23 AM

********************* NUTS ***********************************!!!

canopfor on December 10, 2013 at 11:23 AM

Mandela was a racist voter suppressionist.

Wigglesworth on December 10, 2013 at 11:24 AM

Reported, Obama told Castro, “Pleased to meet you. Hope you guessed my name.”

Christien on December 10, 2013 at 11:24 AM

What’s the protocol for something like this? You’re at the funeral of South Africa’s great conciliator.

Mandela is the oppressed, like all the oppressed by the Castro butchers.

Who cares about protocol. Imagine Ronald Reagan bowing to one midget named Raul…hard time imagining…

Schadenfreude on December 10, 2013 at 11:25 AM

Well,..I’m gonna say it:

All the Worlds Leaders are at the Mandela Funeral,

in the same way as Americans voted for Barack Obama
to prove that they weren’t RACISTS!!

canopfor on December 10, 2013 at 11:26 AM

On Mandela: At least he was not a blood-thirsty racist dictator like Mugabe. Beyond that, we had the obituary from Bono, now we are just waiting for the U2 CD.

virgo on December 10, 2013 at 11:27 AM

but passionately resist even modest reforms that would challenge chronic poverty and growing inequality.

In the news today – obama/Sibellius put out an obama’care’ rule to eliminate medical subscriptions, after the travesty of the law was passed, before anyone read it.

Now, the rich will have their doctors, as the other crazy Emanuel said, and the rich will buy meds.

The rest can go to Hell, per obama. He calls that “inequality”. He made more of it than any other president in history, including for the blacks.

There are too many leaders who claim solidarity with Madiba’s struggle for freedom, but do not tolerate dissent from their own people. And there are too many of us on the sidelines, comfortable in complacency or cynicism when our voices must be heard.

’cause obama so loves all of you, all the ones who even slightly disagree with him.

Goebbels orgasmed all over South Africa today, just so pleased about obama.

Schadenfreude on December 10, 2013 at 11:31 AM

Imagine Ronald Reagan bowing to one midget named Raul…hard time imagining…

Schadenfreude on December 10, 2013 at 11:25 AM

I’m bettin’ you have a hard time imagining anything of RR that doesn’t involve a halo. Which is ironic, considering your opinion of anyone who ever supports anything Obama does.

verbaluce on December 10, 2013 at 11:33 AM

On Mandela: At least he was not a blood-thirsty racist dictator like Mugabe. Beyond that, we had the obituary from Bono, now we are just waiting for the U2 CD.

virgo on December 10, 2013 at 11:27 AM

He was not as overt as Mugabe.

Check this out:
http://www.debbieschlussel.com/67724/nelson-kill-the-whites-mandela-friend-of-hamasplo-anti-israel-racist-dead/

dogsoldier on December 10, 2013 at 11:37 AM

The worst part is that nobody finds Obama shaking Castro’s hand the least bit surprising.

America shouldn’t have taken that left turn at Albuquerque.

Christien on December 10, 2013 at 11:37 AM

I’m more pissed off they booed Bush after all he’s done for that continent.

gophergirl on December 10, 2013 at 10:50 AM

Jungle-manners, if this is true.

Schadenfreude on December 10, 2013 at 11:38 AM

************* Selfie **************!!

And,..FLOTUS looks Peeved:
==========================

Jeff Simon ‏@jjsimonWP 1h

President Obama and David Cameron take a selfie with “an unidentified official.” Here’s a wire photo: http://twitpic.com/do92rk
=========================================================

http://twitpic.com/do92rk

canopfor on December 10, 2013 at 11:39 AM

What’s so controversial about shaking hands with Rousseff? She’s a socialist, sure, but no more so than Lula da Silva who preceded her (or for that matter half of Europe’s leaders), and as far as South America goes Brazil is at or near the top of the list of free countries.

To compare her to Castro and Mugabe is not really accurate.

KingGold on December 10, 2013 at 11:11 AM

You missed big points and are dead wrong in your assertion.

She is mad at obama, due to NSA tracking of her.

She wasn’t going to talk to him at the Mandela funeral.

Then they hugged.

That’s all.

Schadenfreude on December 10, 2013 at 11:40 AM

It’s like a dream come true! Got a little bow in there, too.

jdpaz on December 10, 2013 at 10:32 AM

Always with the bow to dictators. Dictatorship, Obama’s wet dream.

Paul-Cincy on December 10, 2013 at 11:41 AM

PRESIDENT OBAMA: So we, too, must act on behalf of justice. We, too, must act on behalf of peace. There are too many people who happily embrace Madiba’s legacy of racial reconciliation, but passionately resist even modest reforms that would challenge chronic poverty and growing inequality. There are too many leaders who claim solidarity with Madiba’s struggle for freedom, but do not tolerate dissent from their own people. And there are too many of us on the sidelines, comfortable in complacency or cynicism when our voices must be heard.

So does Obama have 0 self awareness or is he just trolling America?

gwelf on December 10, 2013 at 10:42 AM

My thoughts exactly. Absolutely no self-awareness or sense of irony. Amazing, isn’t it?

Firefly_76 on December 10, 2013 at 11:42 AM

I’m more pissed off they booed Bush after all he’s done for that continent.

gophergirl on December 10, 2013 at 10:50 AM

Why would you be surprised?? Those people have been told for years/decades it is every other nation’s fault that they are so poor. Nothing to do with the leadership they elect. To them world charity is an entitlement.

WryTrvllr on December 10, 2013 at 11:44 AM

Know who couldn’t attend this political orgy?

Amy Elizabeth Biehl (April 26, 1967 – August 25, 1993) was a white American graduate of Stanford University and an Anti-Apartheid activist in South Africa who was murdered by black Cape Town residents while a black mob shouted racial slurs. The four men convicted of her murder were released as part of Mandela’s obscenely mislabelled “Truth and Reconciliation” process.

Supporters of the three men accused of murdering [her] … burst out laughing in the public gallery of the Supreme Court today when a witness told how the battered woman groaned in pain.

Knockout Game Intn’l

Terp Mole on December 10, 2013 at 11:44 AM

Jungle-manners, if this is true.

Schadenfreude on December 10, 2013 at 11:38 AM

That’s a dipsh*t line, Schad.
‘Jungle-manners’?
I’m sure you’ve used that in all sorts of settings where someone got booed, right? /
Super lame, and disappointing.

verbaluce on December 10, 2013 at 11:47 AM

Why would Castro deign to shake hands with such a cretin?

Akzed on December 10, 2013 at 11:48 AM

Terp Mole on December 10, 2013 at 11:44 AM

Mandela samg songs about killing white people. No surprise his followers acted on it.

Sharpton, Jackson and Obama are equally guilty of doing the same here.

dogsoldier on December 10, 2013 at 11:51 AM

What’s the protocol for something like this?

You keep the focus on the deceased. The only thing anybody is talking about this morning is the lazy stupid shiftless coward bowing and hob-knobbing with his fellow dictators.

Only this filthy bastard can go to a funeral for a world icon attended by countless heads of states and turn it into a discussion of himself.

And BTW, the selfies with the Danish Prime Minister, at a funeral, are a new level of classlessness.

Happy Nomad on December 10, 2013 at 11:52 AM

I’m more pissed off they booed Bush after all he’s done for that continent.

gophergirl on December 10, 2013 at 10:50 AM

Link

http://twitchy.com/2013/12/10/president-george-w-bush-shows-true-class-at-mandelamemorial-pic/

MontanaMmmm on December 10, 2013 at 11:53 AM

Why would Castro deign to shake hands with such a cretin?

Akzed on December 10, 2013 at 11:48 AM

Just being polite. ;0

Happy Nomad on December 10, 2013 at 11:54 AM

And BTW, the selfies with the Danish Prime Minister, at a funeral, are a new level of classlessness.

Happy Nomad on December 10, 2013 at 11:52 AM

children.

MontanaMmmm on December 10, 2013 at 11:55 AM

Sort of OT: check out Twitchy, Obama takes a selfie at the memorial, Michelle not pleased.

22044 on December 10, 2013 at 11:55 AM

Caption: “Two commies walk in a bar…”

faraway on December 10, 2013 at 11:55 AM

And the Blow-Back begins:
==========================

Nelson Mandela mourned
8m
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Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., on Obama and Raul Castro: ‘If he was going to shake his hand, he should have asked him about those basic freedoms Mandela was associated with that are denied in Cuba’ – @TPM
read more on talkingpointsmemo.com
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http://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/rubio-complains-that-obama-didn-t-take-castro-to-task-for-denying-basic-freedoms

canopfor on December 10, 2013 at 11:56 AM

I’m more pissed off they booed Bush after all he’s done for that continent.

gophergirl on December 10, 2013 at 10:50 AM

I think GWB does the right thing in just ignoring it. But you’re right. It was GWB and not the “son of African soil” (as Obama was introduced today) who was behind the AIDS program so that, hopefully, there will come a day when young South African virgins are not raped by HIV infected adults as the “cure.”

Happy Nomad on December 10, 2013 at 11:57 AM

Should have given Raoul the old fake-shake-brush-my-hair-back-instead routine.

Did Dog Eater say “Hello, comrade” too?

Bishop on December 10, 2013 at 11:59 AM

Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., on Obama and Raul Castro: ‘If he was going to shake his hand, he should have asked him about those basic freedoms Mandela was associated with that are denied in Cuba’

canopfor on December 10, 2013 at 11:56 AM

Or ask him how many political prisoners have been in Cuban jails for 27 years.

Happy Nomad on December 10, 2013 at 11:59 AM

Should have given Raoul the old fake-shake-brush-my-hair-back-instead routine.

Bishop on December 10, 2013 at 11:59 AM

Or ask him if he’d like a lift to Gitmo since it isn’t too far out of the way for Air Force One.

Happy Nomad on December 10, 2013 at 12:01 PM

And,..FLOTUS looks Peeved:
………
http://twitpic.com/do92rk
canopfor on December 10, 2013 at 11:39 AM

A good pilot could probably land AirForce 1 on that lower lip.

LegendHasIt on December 10, 2013 at 12:05 PM

Change

LOVE

FTFY

RealMc on December 10, 2013 at 12:07 PM

http://twitpic.com/do92rk
canopfor on December 10, 2013 at 11:39 AM

A good pilot could probably land AirForce 1 on that lower lip.

LegendHasIt on December 10, 2013 at 12:05 PM

LegendHasIt:Lol, its gonna be a tense take-off!:)

canopfor on December 10, 2013 at 12:07 PM

He’s bowed to every other tyrant, so why not Castro?

whatcat on December 10, 2013 at 12:08 PM

Pic of the Day: Mandela Was A Racist And Wanted To Return To Jim Crow

Resist We Much on December 10, 2013 at 12:04 PM

Resist We Much:Voter ID. Somebody needs to email Hopey that image:0

canopfor on December 10, 2013 at 12:09 PM

Nelson Mandela’s perverse misconception of “reconciliation” helped legitimate today’s modern age of terrorism. Mandela lobbied tirelessly for “compassionate” release of the Lockerbie bomber who slaughter 270 innocents (189 Americans).

Megrahi is all alone,” Mandela told a packed press conference in the prison’s visitors’ room. “He has nobody he can talk to. It is a psychological persecution that a man must stay for the length of his long sentence all alone.”

Xmas 1988

blood brothers

Terp Mole on December 10, 2013 at 12:10 PM

President Obama and David Cameron take a selfie with “an unidentified official.” Here’s a wire photo: http://twitpic.com/do92rk
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canopfor on December 10, 2013 at 11:39 AM

I bet he can watch Sports Center on that thing while hiding it in a program. At the very least I bet he’s got a few of his old speeches on there.

Flange on December 10, 2013 at 12:12 PM

O’s foreign policy is as sophisticated as any high school sophomore’s.

PattyJ on December 10, 2013 at 12:13 PM

could only have a few minutes on msdnc just now…the praise of dear leader was truly nauseating…

cmsinaz on December 10, 2013 at 12:14 PM

….its gonna be a tense take-off!:)
canopfor on December 10, 2013 at 12:07 PM

Well, unless there is a good headwind and a beneficial density-altitude, they may have taxi around and take off from her posterior. Plenty of runway there.

LegendHasIt on December 10, 2013 at 12:15 PM

What’s a Madiba?

Is that a pet name for the Communist terrorist Mandela who should have been hanged forty years ago?

Is 0b00ba going to visit his homeland while he’s over there?

Akzed on December 10, 2013 at 12:19 PM

A good pilot could probably land AirForce 1 on that lower lip.

LegendHasIt on December 10, 2013 at 12:05 PM

Talk about a short strip landing exercise, in a hostile territory :)

Schadenfreude on December 10, 2013 at 12:25 PM

There are too many leaders who claim solidarity with Madiba’s struggle for freedom, but do not tolerate dissent from their own people.

Wow. It’s just so blatant, I can’t even make a joke about it.

happytobehere on December 10, 2013 at 10:39 AM

Wryly amusing how the left can be so gob-smackingly un-self-aware, isn’t it?

Midas on December 10, 2013 at 10:46 AM

It’s just another example of Democrat PROJECTION.

ITguy on December 10, 2013 at 12:26 PM

“By the way, he also shook hands with Dilma Rousseff of Brazil and Robert Mugabe. Now’s your chance, Rouhani! The man can’t say no.”

What’s the problem with Brazil’s Rousseff..? She’s not a dictator or a communist that I know of… did I miss something..?

ujorge on December 10, 2013 at 12:29 PM

canopfor on December 10, 2013 at 12:07 PM

Well, unless there is a good headwind and a beneficial density-altitude, they may have taxi around and take off from her posterior. Plenty of runway there.

LegendHasIt on December 10, 2013 at 12:15 PM

LegendHasIt:0

canopfor on December 10, 2013 at 12:29 PM

What’s a Madiba?

“Madiba” was Mandela’s Xhosa clan title, by which he was informally known.

ITguy on December 10, 2013 at 12:29 PM

verbaluce on December 10, 2013 at 11:47 AM

You’re as dumb as nonpartisan. Too bad I assumed that you have more grey cells.

They are uncivilized beyond the critters, if they booed the man who saved more of them from AIDS alone, than obama ever will.

What a gnatbrain you turn out to be. No wonder many around here gave me grief for assuming otherwise.

Why on Eeath do you believe that I care if/when you are disappointed?

Schadenfreude on December 10, 2013 at 12:39 PM

verbaluce on December 10, 2013 at 11:47 AM

Plus, if they booed, they acted like the critters at the Minnesota funeral. Typical uncivilized scum, who go to funerals for show, like Bill Clinton at the Brown funeral, laughing his azz off, until the camera was on him, when he faked a tear.

Get a hold of yourselves before you preach to others.

Schadenfreude on December 10, 2013 at 12:40 PM

There’s an old saying, “keep your friends close and your enemies closer”. Which begs the question, how can you tell one from the other?

DDay on December 10, 2013 at 12:40 PM

Scum who booed GWB go to funerals to make political statements, not to respect/mourn the departed.

Schadenfreude on December 10, 2013 at 12:43 PM

verbaluce on December 10, 2013 at 11:33 AM

Reagan’s 2nd term was full of disasters, taxes raised, scandals, amnesty idiocy realization, Nancy, oh poor Nancy, whom I can’t stand, for direct reasons, which you’ll Never know…

Alas, you are a moron, bigger one than nonpartisan, who’s dumber than rocks, kind of like Valerie Jarrett.

Schadenfreude on December 10, 2013 at 12:46 PM

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