Tweet of the Day on Obama/Castro coverage: “This is why the Oxford comma exists”

Posted by: ST on December 10, 2013 at 7:04 pm

The disturbingly warm Obama/Raul Castro handshake was not a joke but some humor was to be found in some of the coverage of it:


On a more serious note, former George W. Bush official Otto J. Reich writes in National Review Online today about how much damage that handshake can do:

American presidents should avoid shaking the hand of dictators, especially those that have American blood on theirs. One example of many: Raul Castro was Minister of Defense in 1996 when Cuban Air Force MiGs, cold-bloodedly and over international airspace, destroyed two civilian U.S. airplanes with four American rescue workers on board. President Clinton rightly condemned the attack as cowardly, while Raul Castro decorated his pilots for bravery. That incident alone illustrates the difference between the two systems that are embodied in the two leaders. President Obama seems unaware of the importance of his office or of the mantle of honor he wears as the leader of the world’s oldest democracy and the liberator of nations. There is no moral equivalence between the leader of the free world and the leader of a morally bankrupt military dictatorship that holds power only by force.

The Castro brothers have been vying for the world to see a handshake with a U.S. president for over 50 years. (President Clinton did shake hands with Fidel at a U.N. summit in 2000, but there was no photo.) They knew it would represent a form of recognition, something they forfeited by virtue of presiding over a military dictatorship, and their support for violence and anti-American terrorist movements and governments on three continents.

So much for “smart power.” Then again, not exactly a surprise

President Obama and Raul Castro

Pictured: At left, useful idiot. At right, the communist dictator of Cuba Raul Castro.
(Image via Reuters TV)

Related: Via ABC News – President Obama Poses for Selfie [w/ World Leaders] at Nelson Mandela’s Memorial

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7 Responses to “Tweet of the Day on Obama/Castro coverage: “This is why the Oxford comma exists””


  1. bobmontgomery says:

    Heard that Ted Cruz walked out when Castro spoke. Some criticize him for not respecting the occasion, but there are people who have been political prisoners in Cuba for a lot longer than Mandela’s 27 years in S. Africa.

  2. Drew the Infidel says:

    Notice the stunned expressions on the onlookers. This goes to show that stupid is as stupid does. Smart, my a*s!

    This also should serve to remind that the science books are full of examples of extinct species who lost their ability to recognize their natural enemies.

  3. Lorica says:

    This man has chased after communist leaders since he was young. This does not surprise me in any way. I have a feeling one of the 1st things out of Barry’s mouth was “I have waited so long to talk to you Raul” or some such. He is a communist thru and thru and, I pray, will take Jimmy Carter’s place as the worst US president ever. – Lorica

  4. Carlos says:

    People are saying he doesn’t recognize the significance of the “gesture.”

    Bull. He knows full well what the significance is/was. It’s simply, again, one more step in getting his ‘bots to get comfortable with a dictatorship (with him as the dictator, sun god king, president-for-life, call it what you will).

    Dictators all have many things in common (like lying, thuggery and skulduggery), but the most significant is, they are all murderers.

  5. TomTB says:

    The irony here is that the Castro brothers have their own apartheid; when will a black man ever have a chance at being President of Cuba?

  6. Carlos says:

    I wonder if Sky News is trying to convey a message they can’t come right out and say?

  7. Lorica says:

    This man climbs up a flight of stair and heads straight to Raul Castro, and this is suppose to be happenstance?? LOL noooo he was seeking out Castro.

    And now we find out that the last 6 months the Barry Admin has been in talks with the Castros?? He is a commie and should be listed in history as the greatest friend to Cuba, and the worst President in our history. – Lorica