Well, that almost says it all, doesn’t it? As Twitchy reported, in between displaying a staggering lack of self-awareness, taking funeral selfies and ticking off his wife, President Obama shook Raúl Castro’s hand at the memorial for Nelson Mandela.

Iowahawk notes another perspective that says it all to shattering effect.

O-Bam.

It would be funny, if it wasn’t true.

Related:

‘The Internet has everything’: Guys, don’t forget this presidential selfie! [pic]

Forget the death glare: Check out what furious FLOTUS did to Obama [pics]

Funeral selfies? Obama’s selfie face, FLOTUS’ furious face at #MandelaMemorial [pics]

‘Crocodile hunter’ Christiane Amanpour ‘giddy’ at #MandelaMemorial, swoons over Castro handshake [pics]

Did Obama make a joke at #MandelaMemorial or was it lack of self-awareness?

  • Marcy Cook

    Hopefully his wife is so pissed that he played footsie with the Danish Dish that she’ll make sure he is never able to shake anyone’s hand again.

  • Pat Loudoun

    Should anyone be surprised that a pait of marxists greet each other warmly?

    • Calcat36

      He is known by the company he keeps. And those he ignores.

  • Mr_Popular

    Working the crowd … That man never stops sucking-up to potential donors.

    • therealguyfaux ✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

      N-a-a-h-h-h. that ain’t it– he’s lining up a country for political asylum…

      • Calcat36

        UN Secretary General? First citizen of the world? The current UN Sec had better take the advice given to Breitbart.

  • Right Wired ✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

    Obama: I thought you said ‘Mengele’, not Mandela.

  • Maxx

    Bear with me folks. I’m old Navy and I can recall those days when entering a port, one particular Captain of mine would always ensure that the first watch on the quarterdeck (ceremonial entrance to a ship) was staffed with a particular type of sailor.

    Visitors would step on the deck of the ship and be met with three smiling, uniformed representatives of the United States…each standing more than 6-feet in height. I was 6-4 and as a senior enlisted, was a frequent “assignee” to be the first “officer of the deck” when visiting these ports of call. The intent was obvious. You could tell, even with city dignitaries not particularly unfamiliar with visiting ships, that our Captain’s message was delivered. It was all about first impressions and that simple attention to detail conveyed strength and frankly, the US Navy’s projection of power.

    Fast forward to 2013 and my Commander-in-Chief. Mr. President, out of respect to our military, will you please stop bowing down to greet dictators? The message you’re creating is one of weakness and capitulation.

    This is how it’s done.
    http://www.reagan.utexas.edu/archives/photographs/large/C49841-11A.jpg

    • CHHR

      ha, so glad I wasn’t the only one to notice that!!!!!

    • tjp77

      Reagan was a master at this kind of thing.

      His first meeting with Gorbachev was very carefully staged; he would be coming down a flight of stairs, as Gorby arrived in his Zil. Reagan was already much taller, and the stairs accentuated it. On top of that, Reagan would be coming out of a building wearing a fresh blue suit, while the Russian leader would be exiting a car, still in his overcoat, scarf and hat. It was a brilliant bit of stagecraft on the part of Reagan and his handlers, and the visual was unmistakable.

      • Antisocial_ism

        Here is a variation of that same pic if it were taken today.

      • CHHR

        Man, we need him to reincarnate fast!

    • Alabama Mike

      +100 squid! Those were the days!

      • Calcat36

        Yes they were. Remember when America was the lone super power? Just before John Fn Kerry sold out to the Russians? Here you go:

        http://www.tomatobubble.com/putin_obama.html

        • Alabama Mike

          Excellent! I hadn’t seen that before, thanks for posting it!!

          • Calcat36

            Semper Fi!

    • Calcat36

      Semper Fi, Tiny! I am 5 foot 9 and obligated to keep the rivalry alive! Thank you for your service and the brilliant comment. There has been none better than Reagan, a former democrat from Hollyweird who was wise enough to stand on morals and values which brought around the conservative movement. We can only hope there will be another such brave soul to save this Country from ruin once again.

      “Non sibi sed patriae”

  • waltermitty2012

    Obama: “I’ll be happy to speak at Fidel’s funeral. Thanks for the invite.”

    • Alabama Mike

      Fidel has been dead for a few years now. One of these decades they’ll admit it.

      • Calcat36

        I thought I was the only one surprised by the news that a dead man attended another dead man’s funeral! That was a body double, right?

  • CHHR

    Perspective? Who better than Carter stating he hoped the “significance” in the handshake was an “Omen for the future”

    • OLLPOH ~ OurLifeLiberty

      Clinton. Hillary Clinton. Bill Clinton.

      • CHHR

        You couldn’t be more right… touché

        • OLLPOH ~ OurLifeLiberty

          You been hammering quite stellarly, CHHR! We be nosey, what does the CHHR stand for?
          OLLPOH-Our Life Liberty Pursuit Of Happiness

          • CHHR

            LOL trust me, nothing stellar, just my initials…

  • WhoDat
    • ObamaFail

      Typical WhoDat, always bashing Republicans for what he praises Obama for. Besides, the reason we’re calling Obama out is because he’ll warmly shake hands with a dictator, and then turn around and call Republicans terrorists and refuses to acknowledge things like Pearl Harbor’s anniversary. But nice try though.

      Besides, has any Republican greeted a dictator so warmly while having such hatred for people of his own country?

      • WhoDat

        When you’re acting like a terrorist, that’s what you’ll get called.

        Please, show me where the RNC acknowledged Pearl Harbor and the DNC didn’t.

        • ObamaFail

          Republicans acting like terrorists? How? By standing against Obamacare which is already devastating Americans by cancelling insurance policies, costing jobs, knocking people down to part-time, and causing doctors to opt out. If you think doing what the people want (check it out, the majority of Americans want Failurecare repealed) is what you consider an act of terror, makes me wonder what you call muslims setting off bombs for Allah.
          And Obama never acknowledged Pearl Harbor, OFA tweeted a picture of Obama, but Obama never said a word about it.

          Good to know you think trying to save Americans from Obamacare is terrorism, it just proves that what I’ve said about you in the past (you being a piece of gutter trash) is true.

          • WhoDat

            The act of terror was holding the government hostage until the little pipe dream of defunding was approved. And Obama won that time.

          • ObamaFail

            The Democrats held the government hostage. Harry Reid killed the CRs that would have prevented the shut down, and that’s why the shut down happened. And while the Republicans were working to get it reopen, your scumbag President and the other Dems refused to work with them. The dems would have let us default just to score political points. If anyone held the country hostage, it’s the Democrats who have put us here in the first place. And the Republicans only refused to bow on Obamacare.
            So if the shut down is an act of terror, that makes Obama and the Dems the terrorists.

          • OLLPOH ~ OurLifeLiberty

            Harry Reid still holds this country hostage for Barack Obama. And he too should be impeached.

          • Clete Torres

            Right. And closing monuments, national parks, PEOPLE’S HOMES on ‘federal’ land, etc. wasn’t.

            Try again, junior.

          • ObamaFail

            WhoDat is okay with Obama throwing a temper tantrum, because he is God. What WhoDat is not okay with is Republicans trying to give the people what they want, and the majority have always been against FailureCare.

          • ObamaFail

            Out of all of the shut downs in our nations history, Obama is the only one to order people kicked out of their homes if it was on government land and the only one to order memorials closed.

          • OLLPOH ~ OurLifeLiberty

            He loves being first.

          • grais

            And, if memory serves, folks were Pissed, not ‘terrorized’.
            Gaad, what a buncha wimps.

          • H50 ✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

            Yea, cause it was the Rs that ordered the shutdowns and sent memos to the various department heads with instructions to make it hurt.

            Yep, thats the ticket.

          • ObamaFail

            WhoDat is a failure, just like his President. He’s calling Republicans terrorists, when it was the dems who shut down the government because of the CRs having provisions to delay the individual mandate for FailureCare. And we only needed the CRs because senile Harry Reid hasn’t allowed a real budget to be passed Obama’s entire Presidency.

          • OLLPOH ~ OurLifeLiberty

            On target Hana!

          • grais

            Dems actually felt terrorized???
            poor lil snowflakes.

          • moi2u

            Oh, Puhleeeeze–Obama set that charade up himself. You live in BO’s fantasy world. But keep drinkin’ that poison kookaid–it will get you, eventually.

          • moi2u

            Oh, and it was a partial shut-down too boot–as far as I’m concerned if we can go that long without the gov’t departments that shut down, (I sure didn’t notice anything other than BO making a public scene of closing down the parks to stick it to Americans who didn’t support him) we don’t need them, period, and they all should be defunded.

        • H50 ✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

          I dont think terrorist means what you think it means.
          What a stupid thing to say.
          Also, out of curiosity….When did the RNC become the POTUS?

          • ObamaFail

            WhoDat is just a pathetic troll. Maybe one day he’ll experience real terrorism, because eventually muslims will successfully carry out another plan on our soil, and maybe it will be where WhoDat is. Let’s see WhoDat defend real terrorism when he sees it first hand.

          • Clete Torres

            He’ll make sure they see the ‘Coexist’ bumper sticker on his car. That should establish his bona fides with them…

          • ObamaFail

            To WhoDat, terrorist means trying to prevent an inevitable economic collapse caused by spending trillions in debt and passing failed legislation after failed legislation like Obama is doing. Muslims setting off bombs or flying planes into towers? I’m assuming WhoDat calls that heroism.

          • H50 ✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

            Workplace violence.

        • thedumbblonde

          Upon further review, I have determined that neither the RNC or the DNC are currently president.

          • ObamaFail

            But, but, BUSH!! – WhoDat

    • Maxx

      It’s not the shaking of the hand, it’s that he always seems to do it with deference, bowing as if he’s speaking to royalty. That is the put-off. Note in your link not one of the examples shown shows a conservative bowing the way this President seems all to happy to do. He ain’t 6-6.

      • moi2u

        Oh, but it IS the shanking of the hand of a Communist Dictator with whom we’ve been at enmity with these past 60 years now. The Bowing to his level is the last straw in insulting every U.S. citizen, but is telling of BO’s true ideology. The rest of the world now sees him as a weak wannabe man-child.

    • Jack

      I looked at your pics and failed to notice any of them bowing down.
      although Bush One does appear to be trying to get some from Noriega..lol

    • Calcat36

      the daily WHAT? Is that some George Soros funded rabid left-wing nut job site?

  • Cabover_Country

    Stupid obama….they don’t use toilet paper in Cuba!

    ¿Te lavaste las manos?

    • ObamaFail

      I guess he got stinkpalmed by Castro.

  • H50 ✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

    I’m not going to get bothered about this. Dignitaries shake hands, you really cant avoid it. It would be rude not to shake someones hand when they extend it to you at a public event.
    I was pretty pissed when he snubbed Thatchers funeral tho. Heads of state should attend other heads of states funerals.
    I do see a pattern of conduct that is disturbing tho.

    • WhoDat

      A little something about that “snubbing”.

      http://www.snopes.com/politics/obama/thatcherfuneral.asp

      • ObamaFail

        Hey WhoDat, when libs celebrated her death, did you celebrate as well? Probably, she stood against Socialism, and we all know how you libs feel about anyone who opposes Socialism. You wish death on them. Even if you never personally wished death on someone for standing against Socialism, I’ve never seen you condemn it.

        • WhoDat

          Oh, so that’s how this works? If I don’t explicitly denounce something, I’m an accomplice?

          • H50 ✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

            All that it takes for evil to prosper is for good men to do nothing.

            The general school of thought is that if you dont condemn something you agree with it, at least to some degree.

            Or, you just dont want to take the heat for being outspoken about it one way or the other.

          • OLLPOH ~ OurLifeLiberty

            Silence can definitely be construed as complicit.

            Silence is NOT golden.

          • Daryl Watson

            Pretty much

          • moi2u

            Yes, because as Winston Churchill stated, all that is necessary for evil to reign is for good men to do nothing.

          • Calcat36

            Yes. Silence is agreement.

      • Clete Torres

        FORMER US officials isn’t really a representation of the CURRENT US government, now is it?

        Keep trying, junior.

        • ObamaFail

          WhoDat isn’t that bright, there’s no way he can put together that former means “no longer in said position.”

          • H50 ✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

            So, let me get this straight, sending folks that were members of former administrations, not even your own cabinet isn’t snubbing? Good to know that another word has been redefined by the progs.
            As I remember, there wasn’t anything pressing on the presidents calendar, like now with HC.gov imploding…..
            And Carneys excuse was that the president wanted to stay close to home because something……

      • H50 ✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

        If you can present me with a reliable source, rather than an Obama propaganda wing, Ill consider it.

        • KayGee

          Reliable – noun
          1. A person or thing with trustworthy qualities. Trustworthiness meaning one that is exclusively conservative, presents from a fundamentalist judeo-christian religious perspective, or at the very least, is a staunch believer in supply-side economics.

          • Daryl Watson

            Trustworthiness is a moral value considered to be a virtue. A trustworthy person is someone in whom you can place your trust and rest assured that the trust shall not be betrayed. A person can prove their trustworthiness by fulfilling an assigned responsibility – and as an extension of that, not to let down expectations. The responsibility can be either material, such as delivering a mail package on time, or it can be non-material such as keeping an important secret to themselves. A trustworthy person is someone that you can tell your worries and secrets to and know they won’t repeat them without your permission. In general, in order for trust to be earned, worth and integrity must be proven over time.

            http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trustworthiness

          • KayGee

            oh dear, not wikipedia. everyone knows they have a very heavy liberal bias. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Global_warming

        • WhoDat

          Oh, if it doesn’t tell your version of the story, it’s not reliable? Noted.

          • H50 ✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

            Not even close idiot.
            I remember reading a local article, when they were making a name for themselves, still operating out of their garage as I recall.
            They told the interviewer that what compelled them to start the site was to combat the right wing lies and tell the truth as they saw it….or words to that affect. That proves bias. Their analysis of events totally ignoring pertinent facts shows propaganda.
            I don’t have the slightest problem with a site being left or right biased as long as they are upfront about it. When you lie about your biases your opinions are unreliable.

      • http://commentspammersmustdie.blogspot.com/ Kakarot

        Snopes? The folks who thought it necessary to “debunk” a gag photo of helicopters hanging a sheet over Mt Rushmore? That Snopes?

        Snopes might be a little better source than DailyKOS or OFA, but not by a lot.

        http://www.snopes.com/photos/politics/rushmore.asp

      • OLLPOH ~ OurLifeLiberty

        So you recognized it as a ‘snubbing’…He excels at it doesn’t he WhoDat.
        Like 0bama leaving out ‘under God’ when reading the Gettysburg Address’s, snubbing of “God”!

      • Calcat36

        Snopes? The George Soros owned socialist propaganda protectionist site?

  • Howard Earl

    Raul felt he needed a shower afterwards.

  • Terry Hess

    Lord gave us what we deserve..an a-hole for a president… joke of the wold! My cousins in South Africa couldn’t wait to see what stupidity the BIG O would pull…he did not disappointing
    them..

  • michael s

    Nixon bowed to emperor Hirohito. Nixon began America’s relationship with communist China. Nixon bbefriended Mao.

    • RememberSekhmet

      Spin, spin, spin.

      • michael s

        Counter spin ,counter spin, counter spin is what I’m doing. I’ve said it before,you go after Pres Obama, I go after someone you like. That’s how this works.

        • http://www.GONINERS.com/ Kristine ✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

          “I go after someone you like”.

          bwahahahaha!

          Too adorable..

        • RememberSekhmet

          You think I like Nixon? Ummmm, no.

        • Acethepug

          Oh, really? I thought adults argued with points and counter points, not petty little “your guy did it too!” posts.

          I guess your mother never gave you the “I don’t care what all the other kids are doing! If they all jumped off their roofs, would you do it too?”

          But that might have too much nuance for you to understand.

          How about explaining why Obama was happy to meet with Chavez and Castro, why he would go to Mandela’s funeral, and NOT go to Thatcher’s?

          Or would you just like to attack someone else, since you cannot defend the Derpiest Little Dictator?

          • michael s

            I didn’t know it was mandatory for him to go to Maggie’s funeral. It never bothered me what funeral other presidents went to, so this doesn’t bother me.

          • Acethepug

            In short, you have no answer. But keep spinning that narrative!

          • michael s

            My answer is just. Who cares if you don’t like it. “Your guys did it first ” is ok as long as the twitchy narrative is met.

          • Acethepug

            Oh, poor, poor Mikey. It’s not whether I like it or not, it’s how blatantly you demonstrate you have no actual argument.

            That you don’t even realize that is sad.

          • Calcat36
          • Calcat36

            Was it MANDATORY for him to attend this one? As his signature legislation is imploding, and the Country is going bankrupt due to the dear leader and his failed policies?

        • Calcat36

          You bring a gun to a knife fight as well? You punish your enemies? Who are really simple Americans with a different view than YOURS? You take them Sons of B*tches out? You get bloody in the streets? No one has to GO AFTER your Me-ssiah, he bungles himself every day.

    • http://commentspammersmustdie.blogspot.com/ Kakarot

      So once again, someone is defending Obama as being just as good as Richard Nixon.

      Interesting.

      • Calcat36

        More interesting is that a rabid liberal left wing-nut is implying that Nixon was not a bad guy after all! Twisted.

    • Acethepug

      Did he snub traditional American allies, too?

      Keep spinning, michael! Heaven forbid you DEFEND Obama, just tear someone else down, because the Derpiest Little Dictator is pretty much un-defendable.

      Microbe.

    • objectivefactsmatter

      The Cold War is over. No need for the remaining superpower to bow to anyone. Having said that, I think it’s just a nervous tick, but it does illustrate his overall approach too. It’s only significant as an illustration most of the time.

      However, he should not even have shaken the communist dictator’s hand. What next? Cuban reparations from us? Give me a break.

      So here’s a POTUS that promised to be a “uniter” that shakes hands with enemy dictators that we need nothing from, yet he refers to his domestic political opposition as terrorists and proudly proclaims that he won’t compromise with people that represent half of the USA citizens. Who was he going to unite?

      What insanity is this? He’s a stealth revolutionary that snuck in to the control house and now he’s trying to do as much damage as he can without getting impeached.

    • moi2u

      Yeah, and we all know what happened to Tricky Dick. He was forced to resign because he lost favor with the people who no longer bought his lies. Try again.

  • Tim jones

    How come every dictator, mass murderer and genocidal terrorist in the world seems to greet obammy with open arms?

    • OLLPOH ~ OurLifeLiberty

      Yeah, reminds us of having a conversation with the congressman’s office one day a month or so ago and making mention to her; “Doesn’t it seem quite odd, even queer, that Tony Resko is behind bars, Rod Blagovich is behind bars, and Jesse Jackson Jr. is behind bars, 0bama, nope, he’s always unscathed, yet he’s been right there with them”. He has the greatest Fix It Machine since Al Capone was rubbing off on Saul Alinski…free unjailed bird. It is the strangest thing!?!

    • http://commentspammersmustdie.blogspot.com/ Kakarot

      Professional courtesy.

  • Acethepug

    Why is this a surprise? He agrees with Castro and Chavez. He hates what Thatcher represents.

    We are dealing with a petulant, self-absorbed child that never got the literal or figurative shaking or punch in the face to teach him that the world does not revolve around him.

    Instead, he has a sycophantic media, a political party that will back anything he wants to do, and a mass of hypocritical LiVs that excuse him for doing things orders of magnitude worse than the things they railed against GW Bush for doing (deaths in Afghanistan are very nearly 3-to-1 compared to Bush, nary a peep from the media or Code Pink, for one).

    Why the US has to pay for the President’s daddy issues is beyond me.

  • OLLPOH ~ OurLifeLiberty

    He won’t work with Republicans to repeal 0’CommieCrapCare, yet he’ll shake hands with a Commie.

  • BarfromLV

    Does anybody remember the picture of Obama meeting the California (I think) Attorney General? A beautiful woman. I wonder where Michele was.

  • AmericanMom

    Mooch has Obama strictly on her school menu diet; absolutely no Danishes for him.

  • descolada9

    Of course he didn’t go to Thatcher’s funeral. He’s probably still pissed at what she attained during her term.

  • John Ansell

    Not only did he shake his hand, he bowed to him.

    • moi2u

      Exactly! Shaking hands was an insult to Every American citizen, and especially the Cuban American citizens who fled Castro’s tyranny, but bowing to his level to speak indicates weakness.

  • genes ✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

    He shook hands with Hugo and Hugo died. Now he shakes hands with Castro, one can only hope.

  • cbinflux

    He would have fallen prostrate on the floor before Fidel Castro.

  • Stan

    He has already kissed the Devils ass…. shaking hands with Castro was a wanna be Dictator joining the club.

  • mohammad.felafal

    one big ass mistake america

  • DC is Evil

    He’ll never wash that hand again.

    Instead, he’ll let Bill Ayres lick it clean.

  • Okie Monkey

    Like
    I say, it was no big surprise to see Obama do this… Please,
    Obama..show me your tweeted photo of yourself admiring the JFK Portrait
    and then cross over to shake hands with the Cuban Missile Crisis itself!
    Dumbass.

  • moi2u

    And he even bows to Castro’s level to speak with him too boot!
    Looks like BO is cut from the same Marxist cloth as Mandela and Castro and the others he’s bowed to over the years as US President. Deplorable and totally embarrassing for the USA.

  • DailyKenn
  • DANIEL

    In that photo, you can easily appreciate Raúl is el macho, no doubt. Obama is again bowing down to yet another tyrant, oh well…

  • Calcat36

    Has Barry had the sack to shake hands and bow to any republicans?

  • Dan Snelson

    As Obama leaned over and shook hands with Raul, he whispered in Raul’s ear ” Clinton says you can hook me up with some of those Lewinsky cigars….”

  • John Richter

    Oh God. First he puts Dijon on his burger, now this!