Obama gives warm greeting to Brazilian president
December 10th, 2013
11:10 AM ET
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Obama gives warm greeting to Brazilian president

(CNN) - While much was made about President Barack Obama's handshake with Cuban President Raul Castro at Nelson Mandela's memorial service, the U.S. leader also gave a warm greeting to Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff, despite recent tension between the two countries.

As Obama took his place among other world leaders and dignitaries before he addressed the memorial, he shook hands, embraced and patted them on the shoulder. When Obama arrived at Rousseff, he kissed her on both cheeks

The U.S. and Brazil jointly agreed in September to postpone Rousseff's state visit to Washington - originally scheduled for October - over controversy over reports the U.S. government was spying on her communications.

Brazil protested disclosures of National Security Agency surveillance, which were included in media reports citing information apparently leaked by Edward Snowden, the former agency contractor who previously admitted leaking U.S. surveillance information to journalists.

A White House statement announcing the postponement said that Obama had previously ordered a thorough review of American intelligence activities, but it acknowledged that process would take several months to complete.

- CNN's Shasta Darlington contributed to this report.

Filed under: Nelson Mandela • President Obama • South Africa
soundoff (32 Responses)
  1. current state of the union

    Donna's views, from her many names she posts from all agree, halarious expressed views, bwahh haaa

    December 10, 2013 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  2. Silence DoGood

    @current state of the union
    Poor Donna, she wants a wacko websites reporting to be considered fact, your the one being paid honey, I don't have to accept garbage as fact, I'll leave that to you.
    I think that Donna is expecting some complex argument disproving a statement like "I saw a website that said that the Earth is flat or aliens have landed." Donna, people are not going to take time to argue stuff like that. Hopefully the minority conspiracy folks driving the Tea Party will stop being able to grab media attention.

    December 10, 2013 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  3. Name jk. Sfl. GOP CRUZ lee&rubio 24billion dallar LOSS of your tax money conservatives,the garbage of America.

    Donna the GOP teahage strikes again!!!!!

    December 10, 2013 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  4. CB FL

    Donna reminds me of Mitt. She will not let facts stand in the way of the truth.

    December 10, 2013 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  5. Captain Awesome

    Rudy NYC

    Ah, but you forget that during that time, the 'Warrantless Wiretap' drama rose to the level of scandal, especially with the media. This was the first that we heard of the FISA court which allowed the U.S. to listen in on calls in which one of the parties was off shore. obama has taken it to a whole new level with gathering data on EVERY phone call, email, voice chat (skype), tapping Angela Merkel's cell phone and now it's not even safe to play video games without the NSA tracking the communication amongst gamers. Big brother has certainly gotten bigger under obama.

    December 10, 2013 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  6. ThinkAgain

    RWNJs don't understand this, because they deal in absolutes and whenever someone disagrees with them, they condemn them to hell (or primary them, depending on whether they are running for reelection).

    President Obama and many other world leaders, thankfully, are adults.

    If you want more adults representing our nation and working FOR us, then vote Democratic in 2014. It's as simple as that.

    December 10, 2013 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  7. ThinkAgain

    @Donna: In response to Sniffit: "The usual leftist drivel of attacking the messenger. Are you denying the facts that were reported? Of course not, because you cannot without lying. Why do the lefties in here always want to rewrite and conceal the truth? Why are they always trying to lie and con people???"

    Why are you unable to accept facts – such as yes, Mandela was a Communist. Ever ask yourself why? Communism happens when a people are systematically oppressed (think Cuba, Czarist Russia, etc., etc., etc.). You don't want Communism? Then support the rights of ALL people to live in dignity, with opportunity and equal rights and protection under that law. In other words, NOT apartheid!

    BTW, Mandela lived for 95 years. You might try educating yourself on the rest of his life – including spending 27 years in prison, during which time he learn Afrikaans and studied those with whom he disagreed to he could better, more productively engage them in his pursuit to bring justice and equality to ALL South Africans.

    Mandela grew tremendously as a person from his life experiences, learning true forgiveness and exhibiting a strength of character and magnaminity of spirit I'd wager you don't haven't the slightest clue about.

    December 10, 2013 09:50 pm at 9:50 pm |
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