President Obama Tangos, Critics Pounce

Associated Press

Who knew the POTUS could trot like that?

On the last leg of his trip to Latin America, just days after diplomatic talks with Raul Castro in Cuba intended to normalize relations between the United States and the communist nation, President Obama moved farther south to Argentina to hold talks with their new leader, Mauricio Macri.

Now, it would seem that the news is that Obama is the first American president to hold talks with an Argentinian president in 20 years, and made headway on issues like the environment, economics and defense. But the news cycle, being what it is, has paid more attention to this video:

At a state dinner, a pair of dancers, one male and one female, invited Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama to tango with them briefly and maybe it was one more thing that helped the image of America in a region that it has not always been looked at favorably on the world stage.

However, the president’s timing opened him up for political potshots. Critics bashed Obama for dancing in Argentina while Brussels is continuing to reel from a terrorist attack that has killed at least 30 people. He got the same criticism for attending a baseball game in Cuba on the day of the attack.

“President Obama should be back in America keeping this country safe. Or president Obama should be planning to travel to Brussels,” GOP presidential candidate Sen. Ted Cruz said today at a news conference.

Obama, however, explained his actions to ESPN while attending the baseball game:

“The whole premise of terrorism,” he said. “Is to try to disrupt people’s ordinary lives. One of my proudest moments as president was watching Boston respond after the marathon, and when (David) Ortiz…talked about Boston, how strong it was and that it was not going to be intimidated.”

Apparently neither Cruz or any of those criticizing Obama has said anything about the president’s response or lack thereof to attacks at a beach resort at Grand Bassem, Ivory Coast on March. 13 that killed 22; or a suicide bombing in Maidiguri, Nigeria that killed 24.