So how does the White House explain Barack Obama’s now-infamous limp-wristed hand-holding with Cuban dictator Raoul Castro?
Try this one on for size, from Press Secretary Josh Earnest as he responded to Jon Decker:
I do think that president Castro had in mind a rather iconic photo with President Obama and his arms raised together. I think President Obama believed that that would imply a whole lot more agreement on some priorities than actually exists. So the President was, of course, entirely comfortable appearing onstage with president Castro. They had important conversations behind the scenes, but I also think their differences of opinion on some really important priorities was also pretty evident from that news conference. That’s why the president resisted the idea of a photograph like the one that president Castro apparently envisioned.
Decker: It was pretty quick thinking on the president’s part. Did he anticipate that the Cuban president Raul Castro might try something like that at the conclusion of the press conference?
Earnest: I don’t think that president Castro has a standard protocol for the end of news conferences because I don’t think they have news conferences as part of their standard protocol. So I don’t know that anybody was expecting him to do that, but I think the President did observe that for an 84 year-old, president Castro still has some pretty quick reflexes.
Now we hate to differ from Earnest’s rather tortured explanation of the Limp Wrist Handshake™, but Obama does have a habit of revealing his limp wrists, as evidenced by how he throws a baseball: