Only in the United States can the audacity of a Barack Obama handshake with another foreign dignitary attending the Nelson Mandela Memorial be misconstrued and turned into a major political issue by political nimrods who just haven't a clue. And yet, that is exactly what happened moments after President Barack Obama shook the "bloody hands" of Cuban leader Raul Castro.
Well hey I have something to say to those who thought that that non-event was something more than it was - Get Over It!
Look I am not particularly pleased with Barack Obama's tenure as POTUS but when political opponents try and turn a common courtesy into some sort of a big deal, well, I have to wonder what in the hell is playing around inside the noggins of those small minds. But whatever it is I would suggest it is a good time for therapy or an exorcism.
It was a handshake for Pete's sake! Nothing more, nothing less. And given the circumstances, well, I believe fit the decorum of the day. After all, when Nelson Mandela was sworn into office as South Africa's First Freely Elected President he made it a point to forgive his captors and even invited them to the event.
Mandela, unlike so many of our own politicians had the right idea with his desire to unify a peoples rather than splinter them. Quite frankly, certain politicians in the U.S. today can take a few lessons from the fact that Mandela believed no good could come from division. Matter of fact, maybe even some of Mandela's successors in the African National Congress can reflect a little harder on that point as well. But that's another story for another time.
Right now the matter at hand is that the audacity of a handshake wasn't anything more -
than what Nelson Mandela would have done himself.
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