Barack Obama shook hands
with Raul Castro at Mandela's funeral, and all rightwingers understand what this gesture means: We are now officially Communist. Your children will be handed copies of Das Kapital
in school tomorrow. Your local church will soon be transformed into either a mosque or an abortion clinic. Christmas has been cancelled because Jesus was weak and stupid.
Naturally, leading Republicans have had a few things to say
about this turn of events:
Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., the son of Cuban immigrants, said the president "should have asked (Castro) about those basic freedoms Mandela was associated with that are denied in Cuba."
Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, R-Fla., who was born in Havana before her family moved to Miami, said it was "nauseating and disheartening" to see the handshake.
Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart, R-Fla., another son of Cuban immigrants, said "the president's friendly demeanor with Raul Castro is reflective of his policies to the Castro regime and every other terrorist dictatorship."
Let's put this in perspective...
Above, Dubya meets Hosni Mubarak.
Above, Nixon meets Francisco Franco.
Jimmy Carter meets the Shah. Things did not turn out very well.
Above, Henry the K meets Pinochet.
Bandar, Bush. Bush, Bandar.
Above, Dubya meets Islam Karimov of Uzbekistan, who boils people alive.