White House: GOP Criticism Of Obama-Castro Handshake \"Unfortunate\"

(Washington, DC) -- White House spokesman Josh Earnest is responding to Republican criticism of President Obama's handshake with Cuban President Raul Castro. Earnest called it "unfortunate" and cited a longstanding tradition of not criticizing a President when he is overseas. He argued that politics used to end "at the water's edge." The handshake happened at the big memorial service for the late Nelson Mandela in South Africa. Earnest said it was unplanned and noted that President Obama shook hands with all the leaders on the speaker's platform.