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Forget the stunning speech or the remembrance. Mandela's memorial provided ample opportunity to study Obama's interactions with world leaders, and the media, both social and traditional, are having a field day.r
First, Obama shook hands with...a dictator! In honor of the Raul Castro moment, DailyKos has posted 10 photos of Republican presidents and VPs shaking hands with dictators.r
The NYT wonders:r
Was Mr. Obama trying to signal a new effort by the American government to reach an accommodation with Cuba 50 years after the Communist revolution that put Fidel Castro, Raúl’s brother, in power? Or was Mr. Obama simply trying to avoid delivering a diplomatic snub at a memorial dedicated to forgiveness?
The president’s aides would have known in advance which world leaders would be at the podium when the president approached for his own remarks. But White House officials declined to offer any explanation of the handshake or confirm that there had been a discussion about whether to offer one.
Still, Mr. Obama’s own remarks, delivered just moments afterward, offer tantalizing possibilities about what was going through the president’s mind when he approached Mr. Castro.
FOX News, of course, has its eyebrow arched over the exchange.r
Watch, AFTER THE JUMP...r
Meanwhile, another story is being weaved over a set of photos showing interactions between Obama and Danish PM Helle Thorning-Schmidt, while Michelle Obama looks on with an unamused stare.r
Passengers on two recent flights to Calgary had their Christmas wishes granted in spectacular fashion with a visit from a very generous Santa and his helpers. CTV News reports on the elaborate plan WestJet Airlines crafted to spread a bit of holiday cheer to its customers (and create a bit of viral good will for itself in the process):r
Prior to their departure from airports in Toronto and Hamilton, WestJet passengers had the opportunity to speak with a virtual Santa Claus and confide their Christmas wishes to the electronic St. Nick.r
While the flights containing the unsuspecting passengers flew across the country, WestJet staff members in Calgary compiled a list of the requests and raced from store to store purchasing the items.r
When the planes touched down at the Calgary International Airport, the guests were greeted at the baggage carousel with wrapped parcels containing the items they had asked Santa Claus for mere hours earlier.r
Check out WestJet's video of the elaborate plan, AFTER THE JUMP...r
Oregon citizens voted to ban same-sex marriage in 2004, and now they will have the opportunity to become the first to repeal the ban. This weekend, Oregon United for Marriage announced that they had received enough signatures to place a same-sex marriage initiative on the 2014 ballot. The notice was sent to supporters via email on Saturday.r
Daily Kos reports on the email:r
“It's been just four months since we started gathering signatures on the Freedom to Marry and Religious Protection Initiative,” said Ryan Brown, the group's field director. “Thanks to volunteer signature gatherers in every Oregon county, I have some amazing news to share: We have over 116,284 signatures in hand!”r
Signature gathering will continue to guard against failing to qualify due to invalid or duplicate signatures.r
The state has clearly come a long way since its previous vote nearly a decade ago, but more signatures and support are always needed. We will keep our fingers crossed for a successful, and historic, repeal of the same-sex marriage ban!
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President Obama's speech at the Nelson Mandela memorial will likely be overshadowed in the U.S. by news that he (gasp!) shook hands with Raul Castro. Which is, in fact, interesting. Video after the jump...
Lola Leon sounds great as "Rizzo" in Grease, especially when she sings out. Stockard Channing would be proud...
That expression works, as does this one:
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Actor Ben Whishaw (Skyfall, Brideshead Revisited, Cloud Atlas), who was included in Towleroad's 53 Most Powerful Coming Outs of 2013, is confirmed to play Freddie Mercury in an upcoming biopic.r
Hot off directing the musical Sunshine On Leith, British actor-turned-helmer Dexter Fletcher has closed a deal to helm the movie on rock supergroup Queen, with frontman Freddie Mercury to be played Ben Whishaw. GK Films’ Graham King is producing, and Sony Pictures has first crack at the film. This has been a passion project for King for several years, and it started with Sacha Baron Cohen attached to play Mercury, the singular-voiced frontman.r
According to Deadline, "the pic will tell the formative coming-of-age story of the group, culminating in Queen headlining Live Aid in 1985. Queen’s performance is considered one of rock’s all-time great concert appearances."
A muscled, elfin, genetically engineered ex-military hunter Channing Tatum and Mila Kunis star in Jupiter Ascending, the latest sci-fi extravaganza from Lana and Andy Wachowski (The Matrix, Cloud Atlas) about a human targeted for assassination by the Queen of the Universe.r
Eddie Redmayne and Sean Bean co-star in the film, which arrives in July.r
Watch, AFTER THE JUMP...r