The Obama team has plenty of trouble with optics but at least they knew better than to have a meeting between Barack and Fidel. The stated reason being it was a government-to-government occasion. The romantic radical must have fantasized about a euphoric convocation with the iconic revolutionary. Look how the vision has grown and taken form that I a kindred spirit has risen to the heights of power in the weakening imperialistic gargantua. What glorious future lies ahead? I did it! I did it!
But alas, as old men will do, Fidel, in a published letter to Obama, had harsh words for the young man. While the young man looks to the future, the old man can’t get over the past starting with Spanish colonization.
Castro goes on and on about the great solidarity and selfless help Cuba gave to Angola way back when. He’s offended that Obama had anything at all to say about Cuban politics. He noted Obama was a mere 10-year old when Cuba ended racial discrimination.
Apparently Obama almost gave Fidel a heart attack. Wouldn’t that be historic!
(You can run a fractured translation of the Castro letter to Obama published in the Cuban Communist Party newspaper, Granma. If a better translation comes along I’ll link to it.)
Obama delivered a speech in which he used to express the most honeyed words: “It’s high time to forget the past, let the past, look to the future, let’s look together, a future of hope. And it will not be easy, there will be challenges, and these will give it time; but my stay here gives me more hope for what we can do together as friends, as family, as neighbors, together. ”
It is assumed that each of us risked a heart attack upon hearing these words of the President of the United States. After a merciless blockade that has lasted almost 60 years, and those who have died in the mercenary attacks on ships and Cuban ports, an airliner full of passengers detonated in midair, mercenary invasions, multiple acts of violence and strength?
Fidel honored revolutionaries who preceded him but evidently thinks Barack is an impertinent whippersnapper too big for his britches. Funny how things work out sometimes.