Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Give the O-man a break

President Barack Obama shook hands with Raul Castro at Nelson Mandela's funeral this week, which has brought fake outrage from his critics.

People are reading way too much in this non-incident. Raul Castro is a filthy brute partially responsible for major human rights violations, but his hand is not made of burning embers. Our president is considered the nation's top diplomat, and it does not serve America's interests for our top diplomat to snub someone at a state funeral like high school students at the homecoming dance. It would have be downright rude.

I'm not a supporter of our president and enjoy criticizing him, but this is a petty thing to get upset about. He walked up a set of stairs, Castro offered him his hands and he took it. They exchanged a few pleasantries and the O-man moved on to the next person. It was a simple, spontaneous exchange unworthy of deep analysis.

Our president is a man of empty words and shallow gestures. This is just another one of them.


  1. I like how you simultaneously defend and attack Obama in the same article on the same topic. Well done!

  2. I was all set to agree with you, pointing out that President Obama has done so many substantively bad things, we shouldn't waste time on the stupid things he does that don't really harm anyone.

    Like I said, I was set to do that, until I read the Obama administration's response (http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2013/12/11/obama-raul-castro-john-mccain-ileana-ros-lehtinen/3988955/)

    Why do they make it so hard to defend them? I do like their tactics, though: claim a moral high ground by using the Republican's high-minded talk against them. High-minded talk that the Democrats never apply to themselves.