Watch Florida Rep. confront John Kerry over Obama shaking ruthless Castro’s ‘bloody hand’

Obama bowsThe White House is in full spin mode attempting to explain President Obama’s handshake with Cuban leader Raul Castro at Tuesday’s memorial service for Nelson Mandela.

However, Cuban-American lawmakers are none to pleased, including U.S. Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, R-Fla., who said the leader of the free world should have ignored the “bloody hand of a ruthless dictator,” “thug” like Castro, not greeted him.

Ros-Lehtinen appeared a couple of times on Fox News Tuesday, saying at one point that she found the handshake “nauseating.”

ileana ros lehtinenRos-Lehtinen told Megyn Kelly that she wanted to “force” Secretary of State John Kerry to admit that Castro is a dictator and that U.S. policy toward Cuba was not changing, which is why she questioned him on the handshake during the House Foreign Affairs Committee hearing.

The Cuban-born lawmaker held up photos of the president with Castro and asked Kerry:

Mr. Secretary, 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. Raul Castro uses that hand to sign the orders to repress and jail democracy advocates.

Could you please tell the Cuban people living under that the repressive regime that, a handshake notwithstanding, the U.S. policy toward the cruel and sadistic Cuban dictatorship has not weakened?

U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio also issued a statement on the handshake saying, “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,” Fox News reported.

Read: Bravo! Ted Cruz walks out of Castro’s speech

Watch Ros-Lehtinen on “The Kelly File:”

Watch Ros-Lehtinen question Kerry here:

More: Michelle Obama hits hubby with death glare seen around the world

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  • Amy Hair

    Why was Raul Castro even allowed into the Memorial Service? This President never ceases to embarrass me!

    • EliseR

      Obama had nothing to do with who attended mandelas memorial. This event was about Nelson Mandela, not about the US or Cuba or anyone else

      • Bob Deveny

        And Mandela was a known communist, who had praised the Cuban “heroes” for years.

        • Wraith Against RichOligarchy

          Indeed, Mandela was a communist. & sad to say, but the American people elected a president with communist & muslim tendencies.

      • Wraith Against RichOligarchy

        Mr. Mandela did had ties with Fidel Castro & even Kaddafi. Again, do people even know the true background of these heads of state? The media tends to portrait them one way, but reality might be something different. Look, I am not saying that Mr. Mandela didn’t make a positive difference, he did, he changed his country in a very radical way for the good of the people, but the friends he talked to makes you wonder who he was & what he was standing for.

        • Doug

          Then why did Ted Cruz attend?

          • Wraith Against RichOligarchy

            LoL! XD Head of the states do go
            to these sorts of memorials & events. Mandela was a head of a state after
            all. Now, I am not saying that Mr. Mandela did wrong things; he did change his country for the good. The prove to this is that his own people love him. You can see that the current president was booed on the spot in this event. So Mr. Mandela somehow did unite his people under one banner using peaceful means. Ted Cruz was not the only one to go, George W. Bush was there as well, as Prime Minister Cameron from the U.K., & other dignitaries from the free world
            were there. All of them heads of state, & public servants. But that doesn’t
            mean that all of them agree on the same political ideologies, they just went there to give their respects. But let me ask you this, am I telling you lies
            when I stated that Mr. Mandela did had ties with Fidel Castro & Kaddafi?
            What was Mr. Mandela’s political inclinations & philosophies? Look, I am
            not stating that he wasn’t a good man; he did so many good things that worked for his people, & his people do love him for the things he did for all of
            them. All am stating is that the media only shows one side of the story, that

          • Wraith Against RichOligarchy

            Reports: Ted Cruz walked out of Mandela service

            Republican Sen. Ted Cruz walked out of the memorial service for Nelson Mandela during Cuban President Raul Castro’s speech, according to reports.

            “Sen. Cruz very much hopes that Castro learns the lessons of Nelson Mandela,” said a Cruz spokeswoman, as quoted by ABC News. “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.”

            The Texas senator, who is of Cuban descent, was part of a congressional delegation that traveled to South Africa for the memorial service on Tuesday.

            By LUCY MCCALMONT | 12/11/13 6:11 AM EST

          • Wraith Against RichOligarchy
          • Wraith Against RichOligarchy

            Doug… I am always obliged to reply, you see, they don’t call me Wraith for
            nothing… I am everywhere & in the same time I don’t even exist. But I do
            answer questions, to the best of my ability. Hope I was able to answer your question. ‘Till next time ;)

          • Doug

            But was Mandela a GOOD Bad Man or a BAD Good Man? If you were a U.S. Conservative politician would you have gone?

          • Tom Duritsky

            FYI, Ted Cruz jump the fence and went over to the democrats. He was in on the NDAA law to and that law is the worse thing that eve happen to the USA. That law gives any government the right for NO reason what so ever to throw your ass into the FEAM CAMPS forever,or until they cut your heads off to make room for more people…..WAKE THE HELL UP SHEEPLES….

          • Doug

            So you would not support Ted if he got the nomination.

  • SusieQ

    It is very odd that although this gathering had “nothing” to do with Obama he seems to interject himself into everything and usually in a unacceptable way. Why is that?, is he ignorant of protocol, one who does things on the spur of the moment, doesn’t “think”!!! what?? I don’t know, but it never ends. I think he just “DOES NOT CARES” !!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • karenc

      No, Ros Letinen is the one who did not understand protocol. Incidentally, it is interesting that you do not show Kerry’s response. Could it be that his polite, but strong response shows why he is a diplomat respected around the world, unlike his questioner? (Consider that people here could not even edit an unacceptable response out of his response – so you here left with just playing the question.)

      Obama spoke at the memorial – at the request of South Africa. He was met by cheers when he arrived, wen he stepped up to speak and when he finished his wonderful comments on Mandela. Apparently, the people in the room did not see any lack of protocol.

      As to shaking Castro’s hand, it would have been a breach of decorum at a funeral to – in an obvious way – NOT shake the extended hand. Not to mention, it would be 180 degrees off Mandela’s message.

      • SusieQ

        You know what I think as far as shaking the hand of the little dictator,” It Takes One To Know One”. My response to the cheers, do you know the median income in that country, it is horrible! How educated and informed do you think those people are? I would be willing to bet that all most know about Obama is he is black/white and president of the U.S. but looks black so there you go. Obama also went out of his way to shake his hand, it could have been avoided. I do not pretend to know everything that went on at that memorial and neither do you but have read and observed what has been on the news today and you know “WHAT” it could have been done differently!!!! Kerry! what a mouse he just says what what they tell him to say, “PLEEEEZE” how naive could one be! Let me see, did he or did he not throw his Vietnam medals over the white house fence at one time! That is where his mindset come from. I am sick of everyone making excuses for this president!!!!!!!!!!!!

        • karenc

          Kerry is not a mouse – and yes he did throw his RIBBONS that represented his medals in a protest after he testified before the SFRC. Those medals, given to him by the NAVY, included a bronze star with valor and a silver star – neither given to mice! He is an American hero – for both his efforts in Vietnam and in Washington DC. ( You would be interested to know that McNamara, the architech of the Vietnam war wrote in the 1990s that he knew it was lost in 1968 – before half the men who died in that war died. Kerry was right.

          He does now speak for the administration, but here, he spoke mostly for simple decorum at a funeral. Not to mention, he – more than Obama – has always been for speaking to rather than attacking other countries. A nice trait for the TOP DIPLOMAT.

          • SusieQ

            I believe the “Patriots” who served with Kerry and for some reason their stories
            and memories differ from Kerry’s, I am of the thought when one lies down with dogs…….well you know the rest. I think I’ll stick with the patriots!

  • Doug

    I’m going next door to ask my neighbour why the guy three blocks away didn’t put out his garbage cans.

    • SusieQ

      Ha! Ha!

  • Miss Smarty

    Do you think Obama even recognized him? He ran up the stairs and shook hands immediately. I don’t think that Obama ever thinks before he does.

    • SusieQ

      Who even knows what goes on in that head of Obama. Now we are told that John Podesta, a Clintonite has been brought in as a advisor to Obama, for what? I have heard several tales. Maybe we will know maybe not. I am sure it will be interesting.

  • Wraith Against RichOligarchy

    This proves that Mr. obama does have extreme liberal wing tendencies. As the saying goes, “tell who you hang out with, who your friends are, & I will tell you exactly who you are. It is indeed nauseating.

  • Linda Spindle

    This is disgusting can you idiots find something better to do like maybe WORK…If Obama were white nothing would have been said…Get a freaking grip, he has more class in his little finger than all of the Congressmen combined…

    • Wraith Against RichOligarchy

      I don’t have any problem of him being from African American descent, but I do have a huge problem of the things that he is actually doing, his ideals, but especially his extreme leftist, progressive, liberal agenda. The things that he is doing will have grave reprecusions to this nation, & to the people that live in this nation. His progressive agenda does kill democracy as you & I know it. So no, we cannot leave this man alone, he needs to know that not everyone is with him, & that he should be made accaountable if he acts negligently. Before defending someone, you should know, & I mean really know his background, his mentors, & the agenda he or she is following, & the whys. Don’t be a blind follower.

      • Doug

        I know I won’t vote for him.

        • Wraith Against RichOligarchy

          :) I guess it’s too late now… All action has a reaction, & all cause has an effect…

        • Kenneth Clark

          really… ;-)

          • Wraith Against RichOligarchy

            Really… just take a good look around you, & tell me what is happening to this nation, to the people of this nation. I know of an entire city in which democratic progressive were able to silence the voices of the voter & the taxpayer. I suggest you wake up .)

    • Mamatex

      Sorry to disagree, but we obviously have a distinct difference of opinion on class. Example, taking a “selfie” at a memorial service is tacky. Also, I dislike Reid and Pelosi just as much so your racist comment is absurd!

    • Kenneth Clark

      Class? Are you speaking of the classrooms he may have attended and slept through, like Constitutional Law? My goodness lady, Class is learned not given. He has learned nothing and tries to sell himself as a know it all until he is caught and then he knows nothing. That is not Class, that is true sleezy politician