Marco Rubio and Ileana Ros-Lehtinen Slam Obama For Castro Handshake

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Fox News predicted that President Obama's handshake with Raul Castro "could rile Cuban-American lawmakers," and Marco Rubio and Ilean Ros-Lehtinen have sure enough delivered.

According to the Hill, Rubio isn't so much angry that the handshake took place, but rather that Obama didn't take the opportunity to lecture Castro.

"If the president was going to shake his hand, he should have asked him about those basic freedoms Mandela was associated with that are denied in Cuba," Rubio said. "It remains clear that Cuba is the same totalitarian state today that it has been for decades. This totalitarian state continues to have close ties to terrorist organizations."

The White House says that the handshake was a brief, unplanned encounter, and was in the peaceful spirit of Nelson Mandala's memorial service.

Obama may not have taken the opportunity to speak to Castro directly, but that may be because he was on his way to give a speech in which he sent a direct message to Castro and his ilk.

"There are too many people who happily embrace Madiba's legacy of racial reconciliation, but passionately resist even modest reforms that would challenge chronic poverty and growing inequality," he said in his speech. "There are too many leaders who claim solidarity with Madiba's struggle for freedom, but do not tolerate dissent from their own people."

Rep. Ilean Ros-Lehtinen was less measured in her response. She called it "nauseating."

"Sometimes a handshake is just a handshake, but when the leader of the free world shakes the bloody hand of a ruthless dictator like Raul Castro, it becomes a propaganda coup for the tyrant," she told Fox News.

Cuban blogger Yoani Sanchez has noted that the handshake was not shown on Cuban television. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen also seems to forget that a big part of Cuban propaganda is getting Cubans to think that its the imperialist hand of any U.S. President that is actually bloodied. We doubt the Castro regime wants to make more of the handshake then what it was.

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bvckvs
bvckvs topcommenter

Leave it to a Republican to think that something can be accomplished by lecturing someone with advanced Alzheimer's.

moalta
moalta

Rubio is an idiot.  Obama did in fact lecture Castro and others in Obama's remarks at the memorial service.  But of course Castro could easily lecture the US.  Cuba is a poor country, moreso with the American embargo that the entire world has condemned, but still Cuba provides public health care for ALL of its citizens in an efficient system that does not pay private insurance companies to create obscene profits for their owners.  In Cuba I feel safe in all cities where there is almost no violence, do drugs, no child poverty in the streets.  Castro and Cuba could teach many American cities a thing or two.

Dienda
Dienda

We've gone over this, Marco.  Nobody cares what you have to say.  Run along now.

fratdawgg23
fratdawgg23

Rubio and Ros-Lehtinen miss the good old days when Batista was in charge of Cuba.

drakemallard
drakemallard topcommenter

Rubio is against the ACA but signed up for it. Paul Ryan is against Social Security but it paid his college tuition and lifestyle. Can these folks be any more hypocritical? The Republicans rail against government funded healthcare, whilst they enjoy their government funded healthcare. How can all these Repubs that are getting covered under the ACA , come out and tell others not to. But still okay with Republicans telling young people to not sign up for it and take the chance of being uninisured!!! The fact that the 2016 frontrunners are signing up for Obamacare is quite telling. They can all afford insurance off the exchange but they know that Obamacare will be popular and they can use their early embrace of it to their advantage in the next general election.

Esther Wallace
Esther Wallace

Sometimes a handshake is just a handshake in politics you to be able to do that.

Dan Marino
Dan Marino

Who wants to bet the minute Cuba goes back to Democracy, these so called "homer" Cubans will never leave the US.

drakemallard
drakemallard topcommenter

facts are stupid things for Marco Rubio and Ileana Ros-Lehtinen

Fidel Castro shaking hands with American Vice-President Richard Nixon

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Winston Churchill (left), U.S. President Harry Truman (centre) and Josef Stalin (right) at Potsdam   

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Kennedy and then-Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev


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Chinese communist leader Chairman Mao Zedong shakes hands with American president Richard Nixon 

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 President Reagan and Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev

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Bush holding hands with Saudi Prince Abdullah and kissing him


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George W. Bush holding hands with the evil Egyptian dictator

 http://images.the-classic-liberal.com/2011/02/bush-mubarak.jpg

more bush

 http://www.ciai-s.net/china_apec_bush.jpg

clubluis
clubluis

 cuban politicians like him and ted cruz are proof that no cuban should be in office, im cuban and i said that

Cary Gonzalez
Cary Gonzalez

People like Ileana and Rubio make me want to deny I'm Cuban....

Kyle Brea-Stevens
Kyle Brea-Stevens

Marco Rubio? The hypocrite that said Obamacare was going to ruin America and then signs up his entire family? Oh what does this mental giant have to say?

Phil Ramirez
Phil Ramirez

funny thing is that, if Obama does it he's a communist... But when Dubya kissed King Abdullah's ass, is called "Diplomacy".

Rick Amador
Rick Amador

They still need the vote and support from old outdated and antiquated, cuban money. But its free press!

drakemallard
drakemallard topcommenter

to Ilean Ros-Lehtinen and marco rubio was  Fulgencio Batista y Zaldívar better then castro? Before castro  there was a dictator called Fulgencio Batista y Zaldívar In other words, they change something bad for something bad. Cuba under  Batista was the gambling capitol of the western world. Night life was the main product of this open country. Decadence, corruption, Mafia influence, prostitution, the government ineffectiveness was so much in evidence, 

that Fidel Castro was a conquering hero initially. 


From its earliest days, the Cuban Revolution has also been a source of
inspiration to all freedom-loving people. We admire the sacrifices of the Cuban people in maintaining their independence and sovereignty in the face of the vicious imperialist-orquestrated campaign to destroy the impressive gain made in the Cuban Revolution. … Long live the Cuban Revolution. Long live comrade Fidel Castro.
Nelson Mandela

Fidel Castro backed Mandela's anti-apartheid efforts, and Mandela often expressed his admiration of Castro. Fidel Castro visited South Africa for a conference in 1998, years after Mandela's release from prison and election as president.

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The United States and Cuba have not had diplomatic relations since the communist revolution led by Castro's brother Fidel more than 50 years ago.The U.S. and Cuba have recently taken small steps toward rapprochement, raising hopes the two nations could be on the verge of a breakthrough in relations.

José Manuel
José Manuel

Fortunately we don't care much for what this idiot has to say either.

drakemallard
drakemallard topcommenter

Senator Rubio spent time looking at all the options and decided to enroll through the DC exchange for coverage for him and his family," a spokeswoman told the Buzz. The deadline was today.

Rubio took the federal subsidy afforded to lawmakers and staff -- a perk some Republicans wanted to kill off.

Kristofer Jesus Castellar
Kristofer Jesus Castellar

Obama is a weak President. No way would I ever shake the hands of any Socialist Castro even as a President, but hey some us are born brave, with God in our hearts.

neyneyob
neyneyob

not the time or place dude.  this fool is an $$clown

Aida M Sabina
Aida M Sabina

So sick of this crap. Its a diplomatic handshake, not some sign that the two are 'besties'. Seriously, move on. And, I'm cuban.

WhyNotNow
WhyNotNow topcommenter

This could not have come at a more opportune time. The republicans are aware of just how much damage they have done to the country by pushing us toward a fiscal cliff. This gives them and fox "news" a cover story to foam at the mouth about, meanwhile back at the ranch they can go ahead and vote to fund the government for the next 2 years without worrying about their tea party cred.

Tom Blazejack
Tom Blazejack

Communist cooties impeachment - good name for a band

drakemallard
drakemallard topcommenter



“Marco Rubio born to Cuban exiles? Not true, after all."Marco Rubio Lied About His Cuban Exile Immigrant Background"

His parents came to this country in 1956 looking for economic opportunity. They declared at that time they intended to stay permanently. The fact that Castro came to power in 1959 makes a nice excuse to claim his parents were exiles, but it's simply not true. They came here looking for opportunity and assumed they'd be able to return to Cuba for visits whenever they could. Castro complicated the latter, but didn't change the
former.”


which makes Rubio a common anchor baby of a common economic migrant

. . with the added cop-out of claiming "Dry Foot Hot Track Status", denied to every OTHER
 economic immigrant coming here . . .

drakemallard
drakemallard topcommenter


A Cuban on the ballot means nothing to the general population of the
Hispanic community. Most Latin Americans don't like Cubans

The same Marco Rubio? That Talks Big but Fails to Deliver?

Spend thousands with GOP credit card

"Marco Rubio Lied About His Cuban Exile Immigrant Background"

as House speaker when he spent nearly $400,000 on office renovations.

Rubio's 2010 senate campaign was fined $8,000 by the Federal Elections Committee for receiving "prohibited, excessive and other impermissible contributions totaling $210,173.09."

Records show Rubio sent payments to American Express totaling $13,900 for his personal expenses during his tenure as House speaker. But those payments were not made monthly. He made no contributions to the bill during a six-month stretch in 2007, records show.

One committee paid relatives nearly $14,000 for what was incorrectly described to the IRS as "courier fees" and listed a nonexistent address for one of them. Another committee paid $5,700 to his wife, who was listed as the treasurer, much of it for "gas and meals."

Rubio's spending continued in 2005 when the Republican Party of Florida handed him a credit card to use at his own discretion. While serving as House speaker in 2007 and 2008, he charged thousands of dollars in restaurant tabs to the state party at the same time taxpayers were subsidizing his meals in Tallahassee.

Marco Rubio, was paying thousands to Bovo's firm absentee Helping Rubio cruise to a surprise win was a political consulting firm owned by Viviana Bovo, the wife of county Commissioner Esteban Bovo. She was paid $19,637 for "political strategy" and "consulting" by Rubio's campaign.
Will the Birthers Scrutinize Marco Rubio's U.S. Citizenship?


David Alejandro
David Alejandro

I will forever be grateful. Thanks to Barack Obama my mother can visit her daughter, granddaughter, meet her great grandkids. Visit childhood friends. And these two do not have family in the island, do not know what is like for a mother, father not to be able to visit to say the least.

Kenneth A. Leach
Kenneth A. Leach

Term limits on all these crooks might start to help the real people

Betty Burden Laster
Betty Burden Laster

Too damn bad, Obama don't give a shirt cause they don't Like him anyway......get over it!

Humberto Reyes
Humberto Reyes

They have to complain cus that's how they get elected by the miami Cuban American community

Ricardo Cao Trillos
Ricardo Cao Trillos

How many post about this are you going to post today? Are you a political newspaper now? Get over it. You can move back to Cuba whenever you want if that's what matters

Seth Platt
Seth Platt

Of course he did. His whole campaign for Senate was predicated that Crist hugged Obama. What does the Republican Party have against salutations?

Victor Gerard-Raphel
Victor Gerard-Raphel

I would like to slam this pencil neck into rehab. We all know Rubio's on meds.

Lourdes Diaz
Lourdes Diaz

Republicans have done ZERO for Cuba's freedom.

Jc Rodriguez
Jc Rodriguez

this two are ridiculous... just because they hate Castro , everyone else should too... This ain't Cuba , this is America.. You criticized Cuba's dictatorship, and yet they creating one here...our way or no way..

drakemallard
drakemallard topcommenter



If you think Ted Cruz hates Obamacare, you haven't met his father, Rafael, 74, who happily fought alongside Fidel Castro as a teen and runs a ministry in the Dallas

Rafael Bienvenido Cruz, who immigrated to the U.S. from Cuba, told NPR that though he came to the country legally, he essentially bribed an official to get out of Cuba so he could come over.In an interview near his home outside Dallas, the elder Cruz says that as a teenager, he fought alongside Fidel Castro’s forces to overthrow Cuba’s U.S.-backed dictator, Fulgencio Batista. He was caught by Batista’s forces, he says, and jailed and beaten before being released. It was 1957, and Cruz decided to get out of Cuba by applying to the University of Texas. Upon being admitted, he adds, he got a four-year student visa at the U.S. Consulate in Havana.


“Then the only other thing that I needed was an exit permit from the Batista government,” Cruz recalls. “A friend of the family, a lawyer friend of my father, basically bribed a Batista official to stamp my passport with an exit permit”

drakemallard
drakemallard topcommenter


Every Cuban American family has at least one wanna be "VICTIM" as a member.


many Republicans want to consider amending or is repealing the 14th amendment to make sure anchor babies do not get citizenship. I wonder whether some Republicans silently resent him. Marco rubio


http://robrimes.files.wordpress.com/2011/04/marco-rubio.jpg

drakemallard
drakemallard topcommenter

the politicians are too dependent upon government, who believe that they are victims, who believe the government has a responsibility to care for them, who believe that they are entitled to health care, to food, to housing, to you-name-it -- that that's an entitlement. And the government should give it to them. (They vote on their own raises, healthcare, and pension plans, and we are left with the bill. ,Members of Congress sleeping in the office are thus playing on the edge to eek out even more compensation from the taxpayer. They convert use of a space -- that we have paid for -- intended for work into living space as they avoid rent) AS we know, the money hungry Congress men and women have taken millions from the Koch, et.al., and that really is what drives their positions, not the interests of the American people. That makes them low-life indeed

bx2mia
bx2mia

Nothing like facts to shut these disrepectful fanatics up!!

Great job!!!

ob1sfla
ob1sfla

@drakemallard I have read two of your comments, you have your facts straight, and many educated Americans like me, immigrants of Cuban origin , not exiles, totally agree, 

it is time for these clowns to stop their circus, the days of their living lies are over, all they do now, is bring embarrassment to the rest of Cuban-Americans, that live here because we love and respect this country and want to live like Americans, not like exiles.

I'm waiting for the day , soon to come, where will do business with Cuba, like we do with Russia, China and Viet Nam, what are they going to do? provoke those that buy their lies, in rioting in Miami? if they do, hope they will be held responsible, and thrown in jail. I say if they want to get rid of Castro, go back to Cuba, bunch of cowers and kill him your self, time to move on.

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