RUSH: [Y]ou gotta hear the Drive-Bys. You just have to hear the audio, verbal orgasms here.
CHRIS CUOMO: Were walking around and talking to security officials.
CHRISTIANE AMANPOUR: Castro! He’s shaking hands with Raul Castro.
CHRIS CUOMO: As Christiane points out, President Obama just shook hands with Raul Castro from Cuba. What does that say as a gesture?
CHRISTIANE AMANPOUR: It says that this a moment of reconciliation for Mandela. And President Obama is doing the diplomatic thing. He’s not just going to walk by and ignore these people who are there. And they’re all in a line. He’s kissing now the U.N. Secretary General, President Zuma.
ROBYN CURNOW: This is a man, and it is so true, who brought people together in life and he continues to bring people together in death.
Rush didn’t see the big whoop in bringing two communists together.
But it has to be pointed out that Cuba is still holding Alan Gross in prison, after four years, despite his direct appeal to President Obama. (Fox Butterfield, is that you?) And it has to be said that Raul Castro did Fidel’s dirty work. I would hope there’s something newsworthy in Obama shaking his hand. I would hope that was not routine. (Note I don’t say seemly or moral, just newsworthy.)
But CNN wasn’t done—and neither was Rush:
Now, we go back to Christiane Amanpour. Some gospel singer was bringing down the House. That’s the next thing that happened here at the memorial. And while the gospel singer was bringing down the house, Christiane Amanpour comes back to describe the moment when Obama shook Raul Castro’s hand as joy and described the whole service as just a warm-up act for Obama. Listen.
CHRISTIANE AMANPOUR: President Obama couldn’t be getting a better warm-up act.
CHRIS CUOMO: I know!
CHRISTIANE AMANPOUR: Look at this! The whole crowd!
CHRIS CUOMO: American gospel singer Kirk Franklin, who just brought this stadium to its feet, the South African crowd dominantly was just going crazy to the –
ROBYN CURNOW: Wonderful.
CHRIS CUOMO: — stylings of Kirk Franklin.
ROBYN CURNOW: Just a sense like we’re in the middle of a pop concert, half a party, but it’s a funeral. It’s a memorial service.
CHRISTIANE AMANPOUR: This truly is what today’s about! This moment really captured the joy!
Mandela’s dead! All right! Woo-hoo! Way to warm up the crowd! Hey, Nellie, can I take a selfie with you?
But then, the Left is notorious for hijacking death rites.
Shameless, shameless people.