'Mr. President, I'm Castro.' Fidel reveals brother's words to Obama in South Africa

  • Article by: ANDREA RODRIGUEZ , Associated Press
  • Updated: December 19, 2013 - 11:50 AM

HAVANA — Cuban President Raul Castro introduced himself to President Barack Obama in English at Nelson Mandela's funeral, telling him, "Mr. President, I'm Castro," as the two leaders shook hands.

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ranger1873Dec. 19, 1311:24 AM

"Mr. President, I'm Castro." -- "And you're not. But keep trying, you might get there someday."

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bs6699Dec. 19, 1311:41 AM

Time to lift the hypocritical sanctions against Cuba and normalize relations.

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MagicDec. 19, 1311:56 AM

"Mr President, I'm Castro" -my country can't wait until I leave office as well.

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raineyrooDec. 19, 1312:48 PM

"Mr. President, I'm sorry that you have to put up with the Tea Party. With all my country's failings, we didn't have anything as comical."

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alderman6770Dec. 19, 13 1:08 PM

To which Obama replied, "Mr. Castro, yours is a country to admire, and a model for other countries to follow. Just look at how I'm dismantling the U.S. Three more years and we're a smoldering ash heap."

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TaxFreeTennDec. 19, 13 4:24 PM

Yeah, let's open relations with the dictator brothers who have killed thousands. But remember, he's got healthcare for everyone - everyone he made poor and destitute and enslaved.

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comment229Dec. 19, 13 5:25 PM

So, I am old enough to remember the Cuban missile crisis in 63...... and that started our own little personal cold war, complete with sanctions, against Cuba. Now, have those sanctions changed anything from 1963 to 2013? And while thinking about that just a bit, care to think about that famous definition of insanity? Yes, it was only a handshake, but oh, how most Americans wish it could be so much more....

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lumpermanDec. 20, 13 1:05 AM

Do gooders, do your research on Fidel Castro BEFORE you throw your arms around him. There is much more to his story than you may know or remember.

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jgmanciniDec. 20, 1312:08 PM

"Mr. President, I'm Castro."-----Oh, the horror! That's what the right wing propaganda--um, I mean, media--machine has been foaming at the mouth about? Is there anything the President can do that won't send them into a tailspin?

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