Marco Rubio Goes Ballistic About Obama’s Handshake With Castro
Matt | On 11, Dec 2013
The memorial service for Nelson Mandela was full of praise for the late leader and a celebration of his life.
But, it also had some drama as well.
As President Barack Obama approached the podium to give his rousing speech to the world about Nelson Mandela, he greeted a few people along the way. Ironically, one of them happened to be Cuban President Raul Castro.
Many people know about the non-existent diplomatic relations between the United States and Cuba. Observers were surprised that Obama spoke to Castro, but it really should have been the other way around. Cuban leaders regularly talk a lot of mess about the United States as “imperialists.” They use lots of opportunities to tell their people just how horrible we are in this country. Meanwhile, the U.S. set up the wet foot – dry foot policy in 1995 to handle the influx of Cuban defectors seeking a better life in Florida. So, it was probably the Cuban government that wanted to keep the handshake concealed more than anyone else.
Back here at home, Cuban-American lawmakers and the political right in general had nothing nice to say about Obama’s brush-up against Castro. U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL), a Cuban-American, said that he wasn’t as concerned about the handshake as he was the conversation between the two.
This is where Rubio lost all reasoning and common sense with me. He said:
“If the president was going to shake his hand, he should have asked him about those basic freedoms Mandela was associated with that are denied in Cuba.”
Umm, Rubio clearly didn’t hear the part of Obama’s speech just MINUTES after the handshake where he remarked:
“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.” [SOURCE]
If I read into Rubio’s comments correctly, he wanted the president to stop and lecture Raul Castro at the memorial service for a servant of peace and reconciliation. What in all hell is Rubio thinking? Just like a memorial service isn’t the most appropriate time for a ‘selfie,’ the same can be said for lecturing 82-year-olds about how they run their sovereign nation.
Again, this is a clear case of Republicans trying to find something wrong with what President Obama has said or done.