Barack Obama bowed deferentially as he approached Cuban dictator Raul Castro to shake hands Tuesday at a memorial service for Nelson Mandela in South Africa. Mandela, also a committed Communist, had maintained a decade’s long, close relationship with Raul’s brother, Communist tyrant Fidel Castro. In his eulogy, Obama referred to Mandela by his clan name “Madiba.”
In 2009, Obama received well deserved criticism when he warmly shook hands with the late Venezuelan despot Hugo Chavez, an avowed Socialist and America-hater, who had just urged the audience at the Copenhagen Climate Conference to “fight against capitalism.” Chavez’ anti-capitalism speech won standing ovations from the Third World leaders in attendance.
Three years after Chavez compared George W. Bush to the devil during a speech at the United Nations, the oppressive tyrant tore into Obama, claiming that “it still smells like sulfur in the world,” referring to the same satanic scent.
But the funeral service gave self-absorbed Obama an opportunity to take time out for a Selfie,* smiling broadly as he posed with British Prime Minister David Cameron and Danish Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt at what is meant to be a respectful occasion. Michelle Obama does not look amused.
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*Photo credit: Roberto Schmidt /AFP/Getty Images