Bravo! Ted Cruz walks out of Castro’s speech

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When Cuban leader Raul Castro, brother to Fidel Castro, began speaking at the service memorializing Nelson Mandela, U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas walked out.

“Senator Cruz very much hopes that Castro learns the lessons of Nelson Mandela,” said Sean Rushton, Cruz’s communications director, according to National Review Online. “For decades, Castro has wrongly imprisoned and tortured countless innocents. Just as Mandela was released after 27 years in prison, Castro should finally release his political prisoners; he should hold free elections, and once and for all set the Cuban people free.”

President Obama had earlier shook Castro’s hand, which stirred anger in two other U.S. lawmakers, Sen, Marco Rubio and Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, both South Florida Republicans and, like Cruz, of Cuban descent.

Cruz’s father, Rafael Cruz, who suffered under the Castro regime before coming to the United States, found similarities between Fidel Castro and President Obama.

“I think the most ominous words I’ve ever heard was in the last two State of the Union addresses, when our president said, ‘If Congress does not act, I will act unilaterally,’” he said. “Not much different than that old bearded friend I left behind in Cuba.”

I can’t get too upset over the president shaking hands with Castro. For him not to have done so would have appeared petty on the world stage.

As for the Cruz walkout, I say “bravo!” And I’m not alone in this assessment. Here are a few tweets of approval:

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  • EliseR

    Of course Cruz wants to make someone else’s memorial all about himself.

    • buck

      And I guess the “selfie” the big 0 took of himself at the service is ok with you however
      How bout a big hand. For castro while while you’re at it…

      • EliseR

        Cruz has shown he is not capable of the diplomacy required to be a head of state. Obama does not carry a smartphone due to security. He has a blackberry. So whoever he was taking that picture for, it wasn’t for himself.

        • Christina13

          but he sure pissed his wife off with his flirty ways lol …moron he is

          • francoamerian

            He get’s no black booty tonight for flirting with the white booty.

        • Connie Lambert

          Oh please! He was still doing it, regardless of who it was for. I bet you like the Castros too and all they’ve stood for, same as Mandela. You and people like you are what is wrong with this country EliseR.

          • jdjd

            Oh please. Why didn’t you attend the funeral? Oh, because you were on your fat bottom thinking up ways to insult working people on some Internet discussion forum.

            You make light of someone’s death, using it as a cheap venue to attack other Americans and their rightful Constitutional beliefs. You, Connie Lambert, are what is wrong with this country today.

          • Connie Lambert

            You also don’t know history, as you’ve made apparent. My ass is hardly fat but you my friend, also an uneducated bore, insert yawn here…

          • jdjd

            You miss the point. You’re on here, fat ass or not, thinking up ways to insult working people on some Internet discussion forum. <- Re-read for comprehension. And history? What history are you invoking as giving you a right for your boorishness? You're the bore for your slams to EliseR and "people like her".

          • Connie Lambert

            jdjd I am also a working person and an American asserting MY constitutional rights, I stated facts, was not attacking anyone and the fact that that murderous, communist, terrorist is dead, I couldn’t care less. EliseR is the one on the attack and so are you. It’s ok for you people to be on the internet with your opinion but no one else? Because we have a clue and all you have is rhetoric? And we disagree with you? Yep, you’re a liberal. Thanks for proving the point.

          • jdjd

            Hi, Connie. With that irrelevant diatribe you dare to call ME uneducated? lololol

            Your words: “You and people like you are what is wrong with this country EliseR.” Nope, there’s no attack there.

          • Connie Lambert

            That is a simple statement and a true one at that. You were the one talking about me and my “fat bottom”, so if anyone is attacking anyone, it is you. And what is irrelevant? Mandela was a communist terrorist, Obama is an idiot. What is your argument? You are attacking me for doing the same thing EliseR is doing so tell me how YOU are right in what you’re doing and what I was doing is so wrong. Another factual statement, you’re a hypocrite.

          • jdjd

            You admit doing it to EliseR while also saying I did it to you. Well, you’re every bit as much a hypocrite, then. That’s how you run your life? Wonderful.

          • herecomedalady

            Ignore them Connie. They are trolls.

          • highcourt

            it’s the teabags what’s wrong with this c ountry..

        • dan’l

          5 years ago there was a lot of concern because Obama wanted to keep his Blackberry despite security concerns.

        • Rob

          He played along during a solemn ceremony and once again shows he’s not fit for the job . .

      • highcourt

        it was the Danish PM who wanted that selfie.. it’s in the European press..

    • Detfan1

      No, EliseR wants to make someone’s honorable walk out, all about her. Her posts are her “selfie’s”.

    • Christina13

      No he just cares about how the castro’s treat people , they still have an american over there in prison going on 4 yrs …read about , and we have our supposedly leader shaking his hand and he cares nothing about all of our american ppl being held in prisons in all of the countries around the world, Cuba, Iran, Pakistan , U name he dont give a crap but he is willing to send our Money overseas also so I guess u agree with that as well you are a true American !!!

      :( go figure so go ahead Elsie make it about it about who ?

    • lonecracker

      you are pathetic. Obama always succeeds at that. I would lay odds that before the funeral service, if O goes, he will snap a pic of himself standing at the casket.

    • Howard Turner

      what Cruz did was the right thing to do castro is still a dictator who imprisons those who oppose him and as far as diplomacy goes obama has proven beyond a doubt he has no diplomatic ability at all

      • highcourt

        ha.. he doesn’t know how to behave.. Castro supported Mandela when he needed it.. why Raul was there. Rafael’s padre fought for Fidel,too..
        Rafael requested to go there.. no one asked him.. with taxpayers mney.. it is pibvious he only went to get some black votes so he can exploit later on ‘see I went to M

    • John Singer

      You mean like Obama taking selfies at a FUNERAL? Such a class act our “Dear Leader,” is!

      • highcourt

        AT Least.. they were having fun.. Rafael walked out & no one could care less.. so he nneded his people to announce it to the US media.. he walked out.. pathetic.

    • Richard Erwin

      at least Cruz is not a libtard communist as you are

      • EliseR

        That’s it — have no facts? Throw around some personal attacks. That makes you look really intelligent.

        • Richard Erwin

          since every one on this this post knows your in love with our dictator in chief it wastes my time to comment to you have a great day and a merry Christmas

          • highcourt

            if Obama was a dictator.. you wouldn’t be here posting.. and Cuban Cruz & his padre have already faced a firing squad.. duh..

    • Sandra Knight Gehler

      Elise, you have no basis for such a statement. Have you ever met either Cruz? Studied either? Studied Castro or Cuba? Get a bit of education before posting such an ignorant conclusion.

      • EliseR

        Cruz’s actions are the basis for my statement. Even if he felt the need to leave the memorial, the fact that he had to publicize doing so shows that he wanted attention for himself. If he wanted to be respectful to Mandela, and still felt the need to leave, he could have done so quietly. Instead, he wanted to make it all about himself.

        • Sandra Knight Gehler

          Did HE publicize it or did the media pick up on it? I do not know the answer……do you?

          • EliseR

            Cruz’s staff told the media about the walk out.

          • highcourt

            so he’ll get press..

  • FLChristyB

    Way to go Cruz, a classy way to show well deserved disdain. To bad our narcissist in chief did not show any class while attending this funeral.

    • highcourt

      so w hy did he even bother to go? when everyone knows Castro & Mandela were allies!

      • Aaron Barnes

        He went because before Nelson Mandela became president he was arrest for protesting against racism in south Africa and after he was freed he ran for president during the first full election and became the first black president of S.A Cruz went there to show his support, Mandela mite be a communist or socialist but he did fight for equal rights in his country and that why Cruz went he put aside his beliefs and values to come together with other world leaders to honor a great man no matter what he thought of him.

    • jdjd

      Oh, look, it’s YOU again.

  • EliseR

    Ted Cruz was not asked to go to the memorial. He requested to go. If he was so offended by Castro being there, why did he waste taxpayer money to fly to South Africa and then walk out?

    • Christina13

      who really thought a dicktater like castro would show up

      • Susan Johnson Brackett

        those who knew that Mandela was a communist…….

      • EliseR

        The people planning the event who invited him.

    • Susan Johnson Brackett

      Why did Oblunder waste taxpayer money to go? or to go to Hawaii next week?

      • EliseR

        Yes, he should have just sat there and not talked to anyone, because Presidents should never actually talk to fellow heads of state, let alone smile. Who is in his entourage to Hawaii besides security (which he does not control)? One of the reasons he goes to Hawaii for Christmas is because his sister lives there. How dare he visit his family at Christmas!

        • Susan Johnson Brackett

          You know when I saw my family last for Christmas? 1988. I can’t afford to fly home to Europe.

          Security?!? You are hopelessly ill informed.

          On his trip to England Obama arrived with 500 staff in tow, including 200 Secret Service agents, a team of six doctors, the White House chef and kitchen staff with the president’s own food and water. Can’t wait to find out who gets a trip to Hawaii this year. Yeah, sure, the dishwasher is security.

          • EliseR

            You think Bush did his own dishes?

          • Susan Johnson Brackett

            Let’s see — W. took trips to his Texas HOME/RANCH throughout his tenure as President…..and worked from home while he was there, didn’t rack up hotel bills, and provided (from what I read a while back) housing for Secret Service and other support staff. There were barbecues at home…etc. Not quite $20+ million spent at Hawaiian top-rated hotels. Maybe we should sequester all non-critical flights on Air Force One, as well as accommodations in 5 star hotels…. Let’s see the Obamas handle life on Bush’s ranch for a week – without whining or room service. P.O.S.

          • EliseR

            Obama is staying in a rental house in Hawaii that HE pays for. His staff from the WH goes with him, just as Bush’s staff went to Texas or wherever else Bush went. Security goes with the Obamas, just like they went with Bush. When Bush traveled, he also stayed at 5-star hotels. Taxpayers money was used for security upgrades on Bush’s ranch.

          • EliseR

            Let’s not forget who holds the record for days spent on vacation as a President — George W. Bush. He took 1,020 days of vacation in 8 years. One vacation lasted 5 weeks. Obama has taken 131 days in the first four years of his Presidency.

            FACTS here:http://communities.washingtontimes.com/neighborhood/ad-lib/2013/jan/7/president-obamas-back-hawaii-how-many-vacations-ha/

          • Wayne Neva

            Not real impressed with this information of how many vacation days our presidents took. Bush worked from home. Didn’t you read Susan Johnson Brackett’s comments? I wonder how much effort Obama puts in?

          • EliseR

            How do you know Obama does work on Vacation? He cut his vacation short last Dec/Jan to fly back to DC to deal with the “fiscal cliff.”

          • Susan Johnson Brackett

            FACT:

            Bush approval rating is still higher than Obummers. The only reason he was invited to fly to SA on AirForce1.

            http://www.bizpacreview.com/2013/06/12/gallup-says-bush-officially-more-popular-than-obama-76343

          • EliseR

            Ha. You are citing Bizpac as a source of facts? It is pure speculation that Bush was invited on AF1 because of his approval rating. It makes no sense. Bill Clinton’s approval rating is higher than Bush’s if that’s what Obama was looking for.

            Bush’s approval rating 5 years AFTER he has been in office may be higher than Obama’s now, but Bush had the lowest approval rating of any President when he left office.

          • highcourt

            news for you.. Obama will always travel on Air Force 1 for as long as he is president.. He doesn’t need permission.. but he can invite others to join him..not the other way around like he did with the ex-pressies.

          • Wayne Neva

            Suan Johnson Bracket. I’ve heard a LOT of good things about Bush. He still acts very presedential with some of the goodwill he passes around.

          • Susan Johnson Brackett

            Agreed. If Obummer was half the man Bush was this nation wouldn’t be so upset and his approval rating wouldn’t be 32%. Yes Bush had his flaws, no human is perfect. But Bush wasn’t a disgrace to the country, a traitor, and a flat out commie.

          • highcourt

            why not just be blunt??? say it.. Obama is black.. Bush is white!

          • Aaron Barnes

            that has nothing to do with it u racist loser

          • highcourt

            bah…just bluntly stating your thoughts..sweets.

          • Aaron Barnes

            U DON’T KNOW MY THOUGHTS SO STOP TRYING. I DON’T LIKE OBAMA BECAUSE HE HAS BROKEN HIS OATH OF OFFICE, HE DOESN’T STAND UP FOR AMERICANS, HE LIES, AND NEVER TAKES RESPONSIBILITY FOR ANYTHING. HIM BEING BLACK HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH WHY I HATE HIM AS A MAN AND AS OUR PRESIDENT! THE ONLY PEOPLE WHO TRY TO USE THE RACE CARD AS A DEFENSE ARE THE ONE WHO ARE THE RACIST AND DON’T FORGET HIS IS HALF WHITE

          • highcourt

            dahling.. you’ve got your knickers all in a twist.. just love that about Obama..lol..

          • highcourt

            have any idea what it entailed when Ronnie went to Uk several times.. Obama was/is not the exception.. that is the norm for the US President.

    • Connie Lambert

      Yep, he’s all about wasting taxpayer money going on trips. How many vacations has Oblabla taken this year alone? Get educated EliseR.

      • EliseR

        This is not about a vacation. It’s part of the job of a head of state or senior statesman. If he couldn’t carry out the duties of the job (which was basically to sit there) he should not have gone.

        • francoamerian

          Obama didn’t go to Margaret Thatcher’s funeral. She was a real friend of the US. He snubbed her and England.

          • EliseR

            He sent two former Secretaries of State who worked with Thatcher and had a relationship with her.

          • Wayne Neva

            EliseR, but Obama SHOULD have gone to Thatcher’s funeral. He just didn’t want to go. He left a poor impression of America with England.

          • highcourt

            Maggie w as Ronnie’s bedmate..lol

    • Wayne Neva

      EliseR, the reason he went was to honor Mandela. But when Raul started talking, and knowing that Cuba is still holding people in prison, I think walking out was a way to send a message to Raul (and Cuba). The bigger question is, why doesn’t Obama exhert his influence and free some of these prisoners?

      • highcourt

        lol..likeRaul gives a twit about Teddy boy– the son of their ex comrade.. laughable.

  • http://TopRightNews.com/ John Urban

    You can’t get upset over Obama’s handshake? He went out of his way up a flight of stairs to get to Raul Castro. It’s not like they bumped into each other and Obozo just shook his hand.

  • Doug

    How many of the bloggers here who ripped Mandela for being a Communist are perturbed that Cruz was even there? Let’s hear from you.

    • highcourt

      why was Rafael there?? to get face time.. as he’s running out of ideas how to get his weasel mug stay in the news.

  • T.M.

    Ted Cruz had the integrity and guts to send a message to this dictator and he is chastised? Why are we so afraid to call a spade a spade? Casto and his brother are tyrants, imprisoning anyone who disagrees with their skewed politics. We in the U.S. are extremely fortunate to have freedom of speech to speak out against the Castros of this world. I would suggest we have a DUTY to mankind to do so. Too bad our news agencies don’t speak out. They continually silence the voices of those that oppose our illustrious President and the liberal politics of our day. Ted is one of the good guys, who puts the public over his own self-interests. If every politician thought as he does this government would truly be “by the people for the people” instead of “me first, you last”.

  • Shirley Wilson

    What is wrong with you people..until you have walked in a Cuban refuge’s shoes..can you talk the talk…stop being so cruel…you don’t know what those people and their families went through to get away from Castro’s regime..neither do I..but I do read….I was fortunate to be born a free American in a normal family…right here in the state of Florida…have been here all my life….believe me, I am not a spring chicken either..Cruz was feeling a lot of emotions and hurt…probably feeling betrayed by our so called “leader”….heck..who in our country doesn’t feel betrayed these days….from our so called “leader”? This is the only place I read anything that has our “leader’s” name on it…everything else..I turn off..throw out…I want nothing to do with….that’s just how disgusted I have become with our so called “leader”..
    So lighten up on these people that actually take a stand for all of us….and think before you respond….

    • Doug

      Why was Cruz at a Commie’s funeral in the first place. Reinhold I need your input. Kenny where are you?

      • EliseR

        Exactly. Why did Cruz request to go and then walk out?

        • John A.

          I am surprised at everything about this terrorist that everyone is celebrating. Why was anyone there? I don’t recall our Founding Fathers going around mutilating the faces of the British turncoats or setting them on fire. Why was that acceptable in Mandela’s case? By the way he did this to the black Africans, advocating terrorism NOT merely attempting to overthrow the government guerrilla style but through torture and mutilation. If this is deemed acceptable by all of these world leaders, be afraid those that oppose the world government idea. The socialists do not have a moral foundation to base their actions off of because morals are situational for them. Just ask Mandela’s first wife that he cheated on, or Winnie who he beat. What ever works at the time is fine by them. If capitalists or constitutionalists had the socialist moral compass, that whole stadium would have been destroyed during the memorial.

          • highcourt

            I’m fed up with this .. have any idea what the Afrikaans were doing to the Blacks.. IN THEIR OWN COUNTRY?? brutal.. so Mandela.. fought fire with fire..

    • Christina13

      I know what the Cubans have gone thru I lived In Hialeah, Fl for more than 20 pl yrs , and it is totally disgusting what Castro and co did to the Cuban ppl , dogs are treated better ..So I applaud Ted Cruz for what he did ….. I dpn’t trust our goverment at all cause I believe that is wher BO wants to head with our Country cause it seems daily little by little our rights seem to be taken away with all this P/C bull crap :(

      • highcourt

        except his padre actually fought for Castro.. he was a Castro guerilla.

    • highcourt

      Rafael’s padre fought for Castro.. was imprisoned by Battista..

  • seazen

    Here we have a seriously important event to honor one of the world’s true leaders and heroes and Ted Cruz wants to somehow draw attention to himself. It does help highlight the difference between a Mandela and a Cruz, however. The real challenges we face rest in the establishment of new relationships, policies, and practices that make the world a better place tomorrow and the next day. That requires a level of wisdom, diplomacy and strategy that makes “walking out” a petty, self-serving move.

  • Jerry Patte

    Mendela was just as bad as Castro.

    • Doug

      Then why did Cruz fly thousands of miles to attend on the taxpayer dollar?

      • Jerry Patte

        Doug you should ask Ted Cruz that question, I am merely stating a Fact that is in the History of the Putrid Mendela’s past.

        • Doug

          Ted rarely calls anymore.

        • highcourt

          cause & effect.. have any idea Mandela did it? as you ignore it.. of course, you sidestep what brought it on..

    • highcourt

      as you ignore what the White minority were doing to the natives of their own country..

  • EliseR

    Well, Rafael Cruz claims his son is a king, so I guess Rafael Jr. has decided to act like one.

    Info here: http://thecontributor.com/ted-cruz-biblically-prophesied-king-ushering-christian-fascism