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Herman Cain: Obama Offends With Castro Handshake, 'Selfie'

Wednesday, 11 Dec 2013 06:17 PM

Barack Obama's handshake with Cuban President Raul Castro "was one of the worst displays that our president could have done," former Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain says.

"Knowing the history between our two countries . . . he offended every Cuban-American that knows what that government has done over the years," Cain told "The Steve Malzberg Show" on Newsmax TV.

Also offensive, Cain said, was the "selfie" photo the president snapped.

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"He is so disengaged that he does not know that the rest of the world, or the people of the United States, are basically interpreting, watching his every move," Cain said Wednesday.

"When you are president of the United States of America and you are in that environment with all of these world leaders, the people of this country expect our president to portray himself much more presidential, much more representative of the people than just representative of himself, as if he is a kid in Disneyland."

Cain, a multimillionaire businessman, said Obama's behavior at the funeral denigrates him in the eyes of his supporters.

"A lot of people who were so enamored with him and who really, really wanted to believe in him have been reluctant to recognize exactly what's gone on, but at this point, even some of the most ardent supporters of President Obama are now starting to open their eyes, thank God," Cain said.

"[They] are starting to realize that he has only one interest at heart, and that is his personal agenda. It has nothing to do with strengthening the United States of America, it has nothing to do with the respect of this country and the rest of the world.

"All he cares about is hopefully enhancing his respect, because they now see our president as someone who is weak, who is a non-leader, and who will deceive his own people for political gains. That's what people see."

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Cain thinks leadership in the Republican Party has been "weak," but added that "in fairness to them, they are in a corner."

"We have a divided government, you have a Democrat-controlled Senate and a Democrat president that are sticking together, and the Republicans, quite frankly, are right.

"They can't win the we-didn't-shut-down-the-government battle. We saw that before. It wasn't that they shut it down. It was that the mainstream media played the narrative that was put out by the Democrats and the Democrat leaders and, unfortunately, a majority of the American people bought it."

At the moment, Cain said he has no plans to run for president in 2016 for now, but will not rule it out.

"I am a firm believer in a divine guidance. I was led to run before. I did. I don't regret it at all. But, at this point, I don't have any political plans where I'm putting together a plan to try to run. But you can't ever say never because you never know how things are going to change," he said.

"Here's an example: How many people that stayed home in 2012 for the presidential election thought that President Barack Obama was going to get re-elected? Many people stayed home because they thought there was no way his supporters could support him with his bad record."

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