In a move which presumably sent Republicans across America into a paroxysm of bigoted horror, Barack Obama shook hands with Raul Castro at the memorial for Nelson Mandela held in Johannesburg today.
Obama shook hands with Castro, brother of former Cuban president Fidel, during the memorial ceremony for Nelson Mandela, whom he hailed as South Africa’s “last great liberator”.
IBTimes UK says Obama continued by meeting a plethora of world leaders during the memorial at a Johannesburg soccer stadium, and even kissed Brazilian president Dilma Rousseff. Sadly he didn’t offer Castro the same courtesy.
Nonetheless the gesture of friendship towards the Cuban leader, who is viewed among Republicans with roughly the same affection as Lenin and Liberace, will doubtless prompt a wave of anger within the ranks of the Tea Party.
Few will have forgotten the outrage which greeted Jay-Z’s visit to Cuba earlier this year. Three Cuban-American Republicans decried the trip in Congress, even though the rapper steered clear of any government officials during his trip, and appeared to do little apart from pose for photographs and release a rubbish rap song.
One of the offended Congressmen described Cuba’s regime as “cruel, repressive and murderous,” which makes you wonder why they don’t hold it in higher esteem.