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December 11, 2013 - 2:31 pm

During today’s White House press briefing, ABC’s Jonathan Karl asked stand-in spokesman Josh Earnest a simple question. He got an elaborate non-answer.

Karl asked, “Do you — I mean, you’ve seen some of the criticism, I mean, John McCain actually compared this to Neville Chamberlain shaking hands with Hilter. What’s your response to all that criticism that, you know, people say that the president shouldn’t have given this — given Castro the opportunity to have a handshake with the leader of the United States?”

Earnest replied with a bland deflection: “Well, again, first of all, the president shook hands with everybody who was on the stage and Mr. Castro was one of those individuals who was on the stage.”

Obama sought Castro out and bowed to him.

“The second thing I point out is I think even in the few number of times I’ve stood at this podium I’ve been asked about other people who’ve tried to draw connections between recent political events and the terrible reign of Adolf Hitler,” Earnest continued. “That is a dangerous and unwise thing to do in public. The third thing I guess I would say is that there used to be a pretty important principle that originated in the Republican party I believe, that partisan politics should stop at the water’s edge. And it’s unfortunate that we did see a number of Republicans, yesterday, who criticized the president for a handshake at Nelson Mandela’s funeral. That is, I think, an important progression in a number of politician’s views on that topic.”

The handshake was very important. It gave the Castros a significant propaganda coup domestically among their far left fellow travelers. If Earnest were earnest, Barack Obama would still be a senator — he ran for president largely by criticizing President Bush’s handling of foreign policy.

Karl tried again, asking “Is there anybody that the president would not — is there any world leader the president would not shake hands with? I mean, if Assad had been on that stage, if Kim Jong-Un had been on that stage? I mean, I’m trying to gauge the principle, he shook hands with everybody on the stage. I mean, is there any — anybody he wouldn’t?”

Earnest’s answer: “That’s a difficult hypothetical to entertain, and I decline to do it at this point.”

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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About that water's edge: Why did Obama got to Berlin to campaign? That idiot doesn't even know the difference between an ocean and his bathroom water faucet.
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We already know he wouldn't shake hands with the king of Saudi Arabia...
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"If Earnest were earnest..."

-- you pun better than a Jesuit.
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Benjamin Netanyahu?
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And G.W. Bush.
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Why are we being coy about this? At any time and in any way has Obama shown any discomfort at consorting with Communists, radical terrorists, or anti-American agitators? Ever?

Would his father, mother, grandfather, FMD, Ayers, Wright, Anita Dunn, Van Jones, Soros, Cloward-Piven, the Che poster campaign staff, OWS crowd...would ANY of them balk at shaking hands with comrades?

Why are we tip-toeing around this issue.

Obama might not shake hands with Thatcher, Winston, Reagan or Ted Cruz...but Castro...heck, he only bowed, he probably would have gone further if there were no cameras.

Let's be honest, at long last. Throughout his entire life, Obama has more affinity for Castro et al, than he does for us.
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Agree, Obama would not shake hands with Thatcher, Churchill, Reagan, and the Pope...
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Well, if you can't tell the difference between "world leader" and "abusive dictator", I suppose not.
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