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December 10, 2013 - 7:10 am

President Barack Obama declined even to attend the funeral of former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher. Instead of attending, he dispatched a pair of former secretaries of state to attend.

Obama attended the funeral of Nelson Mandela in South Africa and addressed the service. He also mixed and mingled, and CNN had its cameras trained on his every move, capturing this revealing moment.

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“Castro! He’s shaking hands with Raul Castro!” Amanpour shouts as Obama seeks Castro out, bows to the Cuban dictator and takes his hand.

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After Amanpour gushed over Obama’s shaking hands with the head of a brutal communist regime that once aligned itself with the Soviet Union and has oppressed the Cuban people for decades, CNN’s Chris Cuomo was quick to defend the president.

And that handshake obviously was a huge moment. But not to be misunderstood, the handshake with Raul Castro, the president of Cuba, we believe was President Obama showing respect to Nelson Mandela and the occasion of today, the spirit of reconciliation. Of course, it will be dissected politically. …

No matter the ongoing political disputes, on this day, it was about something bigger. It was about forgiveness and reconciliation, because it was about a man who was bigger: Nelson Mandela. And that is what the tribute has been all about today.

This moment might have been less significant had Obama not snubbed Thatcher after she passed. Thatcher was one of the strongest allies America had during the Cold War. Thatcher was one of a handful of leaders, along with President Ronald Reagan, Pope John Paul II and and Lech Walesa, who defeated the Soviet Union in the Cold War. As a college student, Obama had aligned himself with the “nuclear freeze” movement, which agitated against Reagan’s moves in Europe that signaled to Moscow that America would stand strong with free Europe against any Soviet aggression. “Nuclear freeze” was funded and supported by the Soviets to weaken Reagan’s and Thatcher’s hands, as many leaders in that movement were aware at the time.

Thatcher had also undone much of what the socialist Labour Party had done to Britain’s economy, ushering in an era of freedom and incredible economic growth for the UK. As such, her policies refuted Obama’s entire economic agenda in the United States.

More: Raul Castro is not merely the brother of longtime dictator Fidel Castro and the current dictator of Cuba. Before taking power, the hand that Obama shook today was responsible for countless political murders. Raul Castro was known as “the executioner.”

4. Raúl returned to Cuba with the other revolutionaries in 1956. Years of fighting culminated in Batista’s 1959 overthrow. Fidel Castro then took power, stating that if he was killed, “behind me come others more radical than me,” referring in part to his brother.

5. Raúl acted as an executioner during the revolution as well as after his brother took power. He was known for his ruthlessness and brutality. Years later, he suggested that his nickname should be “Raúl the Terrible” for his role in hundreds of killings. He even executed a close friend, Gen. Arnaldo Ochoa, on orders from Fidel in 1989.

And here is a photo of Raul Castro blindfolding a man before executing him. It’s not an exaggeration to say that today, the President of the United States smilingly shook the hand of a political serial killer.

Bryan Preston has been a leading conservative blogger and opinionator since founding his first blog in 2001. Bryan is a military veteran, worked for NASA, was a founding blogger and producer at Hot Air, was producer of the Laura Ingraham Show and, most recently before joining PJM, was Communications Director of the Republican Party of Texas.

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Obama is simply acting like a pretentious nouveau arriviste. No more, no less. He doesn't know any better, no one has taught him anything, he's uneducable.

The vindictive voters who elected him twice along with the protective Democrat controlled Senate have a lot to answer for, but remain unable to reflect on Obama's "Yes! I! Can!" attitude stemming from his being so affirmatively actioned....up to now.

Unless Obama is Impeached [he, like Clinton, doesn't have to be convicted to be disgraced, the procedure alone should be personally Ego shattering, as Obama lacks Billy Clinton's teflon facade] the Democrat controlled Senate will be complicit in wrecking the havoc of intended and unintended consequences on our country.

It may well be a generation before we recover from this lowest common denominator type of government, if then.
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Off course he did... just as he gushed and grinned like a mouth breathing moron when he grabbed Chavez's hand in 09...

He admires these thugs..

But the British PM, the Israeli's.. our NATO allies?

He acts like his hemorrhoids are killing him... and he would rather be anywhere else.. There is something dangerously WRONG with Obama, when he admires our worst enemies, and hates our friends..

I really fear whether we even have elections in 2016, when he acts like this.. it would be a fatal mistake on his part, but we don't need the drama.. we really don't.
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Bowing to a communist. Must we bow to every tyrant in this world. I am sure he missed some thug in Africa. I might be wrong though.
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If Idi Amin were still alive, Obama would probably have dinner with him.
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Just when you thought O couldn’t get any lower he shakes hands with Fidel’s evil brother, Raul.

The Old Media lapdogs probably didn’t mean what they said about the handshake. They probably hate the job of having to pick up after O has once again defiled the office of POTUS. It’s all about saving the dem party. At least that’s what I hope it’s all about.
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Obama may have been more pleased about this meet-and-greet than I want him to be. In fact I bet he is.
That said -- he's in another country, attending the funeral of a former head of state, in a high-protocol environment. Any president, as a civil human being, would clasp hands with whoever was attending in order to do courtesy to the hosts.
One hopes the greeting of a Castro would be as cold and formal as could be. One fears it was warmer than that.
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If Charles Manson was black, black activists all over America would be calling for his release and then lining up to shake his hand for killing white supremacists.
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"Hay, Raul, I can't begin to tell you what a fan I am, the way you and Fidel have been able to fundamentally transform Cuban society. Could you share some tips on how I should deal with a recalcitrant Congress? You know I want to bring my kingdom... I mean my country... to the level you have achieved in yours."
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