Two incidents that occurred at the Nelson Mandela memorial service the other week, one good one bad, both reflecting on President Obama.
President Obama shaking hands with Raul Castro was a good thing. The violence done towards Cuba over the years by the United States from supporting the dictator Batista to attempting to undermine the Fidel Castro government at every step to actual acts of terrorism against that government is disgusting and criminal and relations should have been normalized a long time ago so that was a step in the right direction much like Obama’s handshake with Hugo Chavez after taking office.
Even though Obama has been a complete disappointment in the areas of foreign affairs and human rights what with the continuation of neo conservative policies like drone strikes and other war on terror abuses, Israel, Yemen, Honduras, Egypt etc., this type of gesture still sends a good message.
On the other hand, Obama publicly flirting, carrying on with the blond, vivacious prime minister of Denmark while Michelle looks on disapprovingly and then taking a selfie with the Danish PM as well as David Cameron was disgraceful and disrespectful.
It further pushes the notion that this is a Miley Cyrus president, a self-absorbed shallow cretin.
It is good that the ridiculous conspiracy theories associated with birtherism have been discredited and are now shut out of reputable media. This allows real, credible, and necessary criticism of Obama to be given without an attack that it is part of a right wing plot or a crazy conspiracy theory.
It is clear Obama loves being a celebrity but he needs to tone that down, tone it down a lot! The people elect those they feel can solve problems not who can star in a reality show (like the always odious Sarah Palin).