I was taught to be civil to people, even those whom you don’t like or who have shown that they don’t like you. It is a display of your own character to speak to and shake hands with possible enemies. It could lead to talking, perhaps about the problems they have with each other. That could resolve those issues. If you turn away, there is no chance of agreeing on anything.
That the president of our nation was cordial to people who oppose him or our country is a good thing. President Obama represents the United States and does it in a courteous and polite manner, as is required. His job is to deal with unpleasant subjects and unpopular people. I commend him for the diplomatic handling of the situation.
Russ Hiner, Hialeah