Obama Shakes Hands With Raul Castro at Nelson Mandela Funeral
President Obama Shakes Hands with Raul Castro at Nelson Mandela Memorial (Mediaite)
As the world mourns the death, and celebrates the life, of Nelson Mandela in Johannesburg today, nearly one hundred heads of state gathered at FNB stadium to pay their respects. To the strains of Kirk Franklin, President Obama greeted world leaders as he approached the podium, and in a gesture of what CNN’s John King called “respect for the moment,” made history by shaking hands with Cuban President Raul Castro.
John King predicted that President Obama will receive some measure of criticism for the handshake and brief greeting, but agreed with the President’s action.
“There will be someone out there who thinks that was horrible,” King said, but “I think the President was showing respect for the moment.”