Tuesday, December 10, 2013


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.


cracker said...

But the president didn't hold hands with Senor Castro or kiss him in public the way George W. Bush did with his Saudi friends. Not that there's anything wrong with that.

b said...

Jimmy Carter tells the Shah, "Don't worry - this is how you'll shake once you've moved up from Entered Apprentice to Master."

Anonymous said...

Hahahaha! Love the pixs and the stroll down memory lane, Joe.

Yes, Obama's handshake set the GOP's hair afire. McCain should be ashamed of himself dragging out the weary Chamberlain/Hitler analogy.

The faux rage is getting wearisome. But it does whip the troops in line--they can all howl en masse for the trot into 2014, convinced that POTUS is indeed a Marxist.

Too funny. Too sad.


Unknown said...

Good post, but I would have used that pic with Nixon shaking Satan's hand as Satan gave him his diploma.

(I'm Mike)

Anonymous said...

Nice post, but personally I would have used the shot of Nixon shaking hands and getting his diploma from Satan.


James said...

Conservatives in general, and Republicans in particular, are immune to their own hypocrisy, so it's not surprising they'd make a big deal out of this handshake.