President Barack Obama kicked off his diplomatic trip to Cuba with a photo-op in Havana’s Revolution Plaza.
Obama, flanked by U.S. and Cuban diplomats, took several pictures in front of murals depicting famed Argentinian Marxist Che Guevara and Cuban-revolutionary Camilo Cienfuegos.
Naturally, it didn’t take social media long to criticize the choice of location.
@hale_razor Like so many on the left, Obama either doesn’t know or doesn’t care that Che was a mass murdering butcher. Incredible.
— I Told You So (@get2thegulch) March 21, 2016
— Martel Plieiades (@MartelPlieiades) March 21, 2016
— Kate Davis (@KateLDav) March 21, 2016
I grew up in Florida with Cuban refugees. It truly breaks my heart to see Obama standing w/dictators w/Che’s face in background.
— Upstream Politics (@UpstreamPolitic) March 21, 2016
I’m not as het up about the Che/Obama photo as much as others. But as a comms person, I would say it’s not great optics.
— Liz Mair (@LizMair) March 21, 2016
— PragmaticLibertarian (@The_Pragmatic) March 21, 2016
@KatMcKinley Obama is probably sporting a Che t-shirt under his dress shirt anyway.
— Gary Hanshaw (@ghanshaw627) March 21, 2016
So, Obama couldn’t make it to Chris Kyle’s memorial service, but he will stand at attention for Che Guevara. pic.twitter.com/SKPHdQRMCJ
— Bill Sanderson (@BanCollectivism) March 21, 2016
Today, in Cuba. To be fair, Obama’s probably been saluting images of the blood-soaked Che Guevara his whole life. pic.twitter.com/5d0nWF8lJJ
— Mark Krikorian (@MarkSKrikorian) March 21, 2016