People are outraged. U.S. President Barack Obama shook hands with his Cuban counterpart, Raul Castro. And while the media is in an uproar, I’m laughing hysterically.
I’ve been called a passive aggressive person. I’ve never been one to be vocal about my opinion whether it’s needed or warranted. The quote that comes to mind is from Bambi when Thumper is remembering the teachings of his mother “If you can’t say something nice, don’t say anything at all.”
The teachings of Bambi also go along with another childhood memory of killing someone with kindness. My favorite movie, “The Green Mile” plays in my memory.
As I’m watching the news, a reporter brings up “What would Nelson Mandela do?” Are we serious now? I realize that the outcomes Nelson Mandela brought to not only his country, but the world are tremendous; but is that really appropriate?
Don’t get me wrong, Nelson Mandela was able to bring a country together when race relations were a struggle to say the least; but I don’t see the reason for the comparison.
Going back to the gesture, the next question being raised is was it purposeful or an accident? Again… are we serious?
The media would be talking whether he shook their hands or not. Maybe it was an accident. Maybe he intended to do it to get attention. Maybe it had no meaning. Maybe there’s a hidden meaning. Maybe they’re illuminati, or freemasons. As the Tootsie Roll pop commercial suggests, “the world may never know.”
But if it were me, if I were the President of the Free World, I would shake the hand of the leader of the country that we boycott goods, travel, and people to be an example. I would want it to get media attention.
I would want to be kind to the enemy of the nation I represent. I would want to show a leader of the communist nation that the leader of the free world does not stoop to their level. My goal of the act, would be to kill them with kindness. But then again, I’m passive aggressive.
Whatever the intention of the notion, or if there really was an intention, political or not; there is a lesson to be learned. We should always be the better person.
On a side note, I’m a big fan of Disney movies. There are many lessons to be learned and many not to be learned. For example, “eating greens is a special treat. They make long ears and great big feet.” And for the record, girls, if a boy is sneaking to your window at night, you’ll probably run into a situation like this… and yes, girls can be vicious creatures…
- Obama and Castro shake hands, Zuma humiliated at Mandela memorial – Reuters (reuters.com)
- Obama shakes hands with Cuba’s Raul Castro (news.yahoo.com)