Looks like he’s bowing, too, which would be par for the course.
President Obama has shaken hands with Cuban President Raul Castro at a memorial service for former South African President Nelson Mandela.
The handshake between the leaders of the two Cold War enemies came during a ceremony that’s focused on Mandela’s legacy of reconciliation. Obama was greeting a line of world leaders and heads of state attending the memorial in Johannesburg. He also shook hands with Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff, who has clashed with Obama over alleged National Security Agency spying.
Obama also spoke at the memorial. We’re sure somewhere Chris Matthews is gushing over the dazzling oratory.
Update: Here’s video of the greeting with Castro, via the Weekly Standard.
“Castro, he’s shaking hands with Raúl Castro,” said an excited Christiane Amanpour.