Friday, July 10, 2009

sure, I'll shake hands with anybody -- even a terrorist nation

And look happy about it!

U.S. poolers captured the handshake between President Obama and Libyan dictator Muammar Qadhafi in L'Aquila. Qadhafi is in town ...

... in his capacity as head of the African Union.

Earlier, the National Security Council's Denis McDonough addressed speculation that Obama and Qadhafi might cross paths. "I don't think [Obama]'s given much consideration to whose hand he'll shake or whose hand he'll not shake," McDonough said, adding that Obama will probably "greet" any leader who greets him, but would be sure to raise "issues of concern" with the Libyan president. Obama didn't spend much time with Qadhafi, and spent the evening seated at dinner between Berlusconi and Senegalese President Abdoulaye Wade.

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