President Barack Obama shakes Raul Castro's hand at Mandela memorial service...

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President Barack Obama shakes Raul Castro's hand at Mandela memorial service...
Dec 10, 2013

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"The handshake between the two historic enemies came as they attended a ceremony in Johannesburg to celebrate the late South African leader's ability to foster reconciliation."

"The gesture - which comes despite half a century of hostilities - came as Mr Obama made his way to a podium to deliver a speech. It is only the second time ever that a US president has shaken the hands of a Cuban Communist leader. President Bill Clinton was the first to do so in 2000 after a lunch during a United Nations summit in New York, when he shook hands with Mr Castro's brother, Fidel."

Ain't that sweet? Two commies shaking hands at the funeral of another commie.

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Perhaps he will soon apologize for what the US and their puppet Batista did to the Cuban people and then drop the embargoes and begin to make reparations for all the harm done to the Cuban people over the last 50 years.

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rb59020 wrote:

The Telegraph

"The handshake between the two historic enemies came as they attended a ceremony in Johannesburg to celebrate the late South African leader's ability to foster reconciliation."

"The gesture - which comes despite half a century of hostilities - came as Mr Obama made his way to a podium to deliver a speech. It is only the second time ever that a US president has shaken the hands of a Cuban Communist leader. President Bill Clinton was the first to do so in 2000 after a lunch during a United Nations summit in New York, when he shook hands with Mr Castro's brother, Fidel."

Ain't that sweet? Two commies shaking hands at the funeral of another commie.

I like the fact that despite their differences, the two can be polite and civil to one another.

I can recall Tip O'Neil and Ronald Reagan doing the same thing.

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Ain't that sweet? Two commies shaking hands at the funeral of another commie.

You're really lucky that stupid does not hurt, regardless of its advanced stage.

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rb59020 wrote:

Ain't that sweet? Two commies shaking hands at the funeral of another commie.

Maybe you and a few others here could start a private club called: "Help me I'm stuck in the 50's!!"... ?

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Well done Obama. once again he proves he is a good president. The RWers on this thread will of course bleat about it and find excuses why it isn't time to patch up relations with Cuba. But they'd bleat if the taxman sent them $1M

rb59020 wrote:

The Telegraph

"The handshake between the two historic enemies came as they attended a ceremony in Johannesburg to celebrate the late South African leader's ability to foster reconciliation."

"The gesture - which comes despite half a century of hostilities - came as Mr Obama made his way to a podium to deliver a speech. It is only the second time ever that a US president has shaken the hands of a Cuban Communist leader. President Bill Clinton was the first to do so in 2000 after a lunch during a United Nations summit in New York, when he shook hands with Mr Castro's brother, Fidel."

Ain't that sweet? Two commies shaking hands at the funeral of another commie.

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lol101 wrote:

rb59020 wrote:

Ain't that sweet? Two commies shaking hands at the funeral of another commie.

Maybe you and a few others here could start a private club called: "Help me I'm stuck in the 50's!!"... ?

Or perhaps they could call it My Heads Stuck up My ,,,,,,

They are so pathetic it's sad. I have been to Cuba, great people, great place. They need tourism and we are still, as you say, stuck in the fifties. If America  the RWs could just be friends with a  few more countries the world would be a safer place.

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Like Obama had any idea who that was. He probably thought he was at a campaign rally and that guy was in his Hispanic voting block.

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awwww

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Mentor_1 wrote:

Perhaps he will soon apologize for what the US and their puppet Batista did to the Cuban people and then drop the embargoes and begin to make reparations for all the harm done to the Cuban people over the last 50 years.

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My heart is with the Cuban people which has been suffering under the cruel embargo for more than five decades now and nevertheless managed to have better health care than the USA!

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rb59020 wrote:

The Telegraph

"The handshake between the two historic enemies came as they attended a ceremony in Johannesburg to celebrate the late South African leader's ability to foster reconciliation."

"The gesture - which comes despite half a century of hostilities - came as Mr Obama made his way to a podium to deliver a speech. It is only the second time ever that a US president has shaken the hands of a Cuban Communist leader. President Bill Clinton was the first to do so in 2000 after a lunch during a United Nations summit in New York, when he shook hands with Mr Castro's brother, Fidel."

Ain't that sweet? Two commies shaking hands at the funeral of another commie.

One idiot commenting on things he knows nothing about.

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The policies of JFK are no longer needed. The "Bay of Pigs" was a long time ago. Time to forgive.

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I lean slightly conservative, But I really think we need to get over this. The Cuban Embargo ranks as one of the most failed policies of all time. Without it, Cuba would have thrown out the Castro bros. long ago.

And its no myth, Cuban cigars are awesome. Why must we be deprived?

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mamallama wrote:

The policies of JFK are no longer needed. The "Bay of Pigs" was a long time ago. Time to forgive.

I agree that the embargo has to end, but I don't understand what the Cubans did that needs to be forgiven.

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wouldn't it be nice if we could all shake hands with and be nice with those we disagree with?

none of us here actually even know each other, yet we have become so divided that even here hate seems to be the common denominator.

I commend Mr. Obama for being civil and polite - - I think it is something we all should strive to emulate

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as a side note I think it is about time we dump this silly embargo and try to be friends. I see nothing productive in it for either side

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edwardaneal wrote:

wouldn't it be nice if we could all shake hands with and be nice with those we disagree with?

none of us here actually even know each other, yet we have become so divided that even here hate seems to be the common denominator.

I commend Mr. Obama for being civil and polite - - I think it is something we all should strive to emulate

love is always the better choice

JMO

as a side note I think it is about time we dump this silly embargo and try to be friends. I see nothing productive in it for either side

AMEN!!!

It's like those complaining about the U.S. trying to patch things up with Iran or Syria.  The easiest way to eliminate an enemy is to make him your friend.   But it seems like some would rather continue fighting indefinitely.

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Jeff Charles wrote:

mamallama wrote:

The policies of JFK are no longer needed. The "Bay of Pigs" was a long time ago. Time to forgive.

I agree that the embargo has to end, but I don't understand what the Cubans did that needs to be forgiven.

OK. Change that. Time to forget.

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The policies of JFK are no longer needed. The "Bay of Pigs" was a long time ago. Time to forgive.

its not just JFK - the embargo was actually codified into law under Clinton in 1993 and then extended even further by the helms-burton act in 1996 and then Clinton expanded it even further in 1999 by also disallowing foreign subsidiaries of U.S. companies to trade with Cuba.

Jules seems to think this is some strange "RW" thing, but the fact is it has been democrat presidents who started it and who have increased it

It is a "LW" thing from beginning to end

I would bet most republicans would love being allowed to actually do business and have trade with Cuba - it goes against their nature to lock down an entire country so that they can not do business and make money

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Jeff Charles wrote:

mamallama wrote:

The policies of JFK are no longer needed. The "Bay of Pigs" was a long time ago. Time to forgive.

I agree that the embargo has to end, but I don't understand what the Cubans did that needs to be forgiven.

many people are still very upset that after the revolution the Cuban government took away most of the privately held land and assets of both the Cuban citizens and non citizens and nationalized them. I am sure if it had been your family who had their land seized you might want an apology as well

just a thought

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edwardaneal wrote:

mamallama wrote:

The policies of JFK are no longer needed. The "Bay of Pigs" was a long time ago. Time to forgive.

its not just JFK - the embargo was actually codified into law under Clinton in 1993 and then extended even further by the helms-burton act in 1996 and then Clinton expanded it even further in 1999 by also disallowing foreign subsidiaries of U.S. companies to trade with Cuba.

Jules seems to think this is some strange "RW" thing, but the fact is it has been democrat presidents who started it and who have increased it

It is a "LW" thing from beginning to end

I would bet most republicans would love being allowed to actually do business and have trade with Cuba - it goes against their nature to lock down an entire country so that they can not do business and make money

Jules is too stupid to know any better. He just assumes everything is the Republicans fault.

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