Neil Cavuto lit into the fake controversy over President Obama’s selfie with Danish Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt and over his handshake with Raul Castro. Of course, Cavuto worked in a few shots at President Obama over ObamaCare. But still...
From the Your World show’s “Common Sense”commentary on December 11th:
NEIL CAVUTO: We’re making a big deal over this? Over the President taking a selfie at a funeral? And then shaking the hand of Cuba’s Raul Castro at the same funeral? Really?
…I know I’m gonna anger some folks but this isn’t remotely worth the fuss, folks. It barely warrants a mention. In fact, my even talking about it now gives this story legs it doesn’t deserve. The President did nothing wrong. So everyone just calm down, and focus on things that are worth getting riled up.
News Flash, what he did in another continent doesn’t matter. What he does in this continent – well, that matters. So go ahead and rip his health care law if you want, for which you’ve got ample ammunition. Target its rollout, for which each day you seem to get more ammunition. So go ahead cut away. But on this, cut him some slack. I mean, come on!
And before you make quick snap judgments over some snapshots, understand first the moment in which those shots were snapped. Not so much a funeral as a celebration of a man’s life. A life dedicated, I might add, to forgiveness and kindness and understanding, and even laughing in the face of adversity.
So I find nothing wrong with folks smiling at this event, laughing at this event, even dancing at this event. It was an event recognizing not only the triumph of one man’s spirit, but the human spirit. It was a reason to celebrate. It was a reason to have fun.
…We instead focus on the small, petty grievances that sadly define our life where we’d rather rip someone a new one over things that don’t matter, than focus on things that really do matter.
Go after the substance of what the President does, but avoid the cheap shots at the person you think he is. You’re wrong. He traveled a long way to recognize a great man. I think he spoke eloquently and passionately about that man. And celebrated, like thousands of others in that stadium, the message of that man, Nelson Mandela. Leave it at that, and avoid all of this. Because you are better than this.
And assigning motives to photographs about which you haven’t a clue. And by the way, how do you know Michelle Obama is mad? (Cavuto highlighted her in the selfie photo) From this? From this snapshot? Maybe she wasn’t paying attention, maybe she didn’t care. Here’s a thought: maybe they’re not getting divorced!
My God, enough.
…Is shaking Raul Castro’s hand the equivalent of losing resolve, or just showing dignity?
Look, there are many things over which to go after the President. These cheap shots over his alleged behavior at a funeral ain’t one of them. He deserves better, and those who cover him and attack him mercilessly on things that don’t matter should do better. There are snapshots, and there are cheap shots, but there is nothing worse than cheap snap shots.”
This may be the first time in President Obama’s almost five years in office that Cavuto has stuck up for him, health care comments notwithstanding.