JOHANISBERG — Only a solitary reporter can tell you what President Obama said to Cuban President Raul Castro today at the funeral for Nelson Mandela.
As Obama sprinted to the podium to address the mammoth crowd, he shook hands with Castro, immediately prompting speculation that the United States may soon end its sanctions against the Communist regime.
“Come visit me in Guantanamo Bay,” Obama said to Castro. “I’ll show you how hospitable we are to folks from all over the world.”
Castro immediately accepted.
Imposing an immediate news blackout on this exchange, which greatly displeased Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R.-Florida), who decried even the handshake, saying that Castro’s hands are soaked in the blood of his own people, White House Press Secretary Jay Carney told Secretary of State John Kerry that Obama’s initiative is not to be disclosed until after next year’s midterm elections.
Ros-Lehtinen, however, announced that she is running for the Senate to succeed Sen. Marco Rubio (TP-Florida), who is running for president against Hillary.