• June 19, 2024


President Obama and President Elect Trump have slightly different views on the death of Cuban Dictator Fidel Castro.

It seems to me that what Obama said was missing some of the reality that Cuban Americans seemed to display when cheering upon hearing of the death or their long time ‘Dictator President’.

castro-2Obama said:

“At this time of Fidel Castro’s passing,  we extend a hand of friendship to the Cuban people. We know that this moment fills Cubans – in Cuba and in the United States – with powerful emotions, recalling the countless ways in which Fidel Castro altered the course of individual lives,  families,  and of the Cuban nation.  History will record and judge the enormous impact of this singular figure on the people and world around him.” castro

“For nearly six decades,  the relationship between the United States and Cuba was marked by discord and profound political disagreements.  During my presidency,  we have worked hard to put the past behind us,  pursuing a future in which the relationship between our two countries is defined not by our differences but by the many things that we share as neighbors and friends…Today, we offer condolences to Fidel Castro’s family, and our thoughts and prayers are with the Cuban people.  In the days ahead,  they will recall the past and also look to the future. As they do,  the Cuban people must know that they have a friend and partner in the United States of America.”

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Trump,  on the other hand,  had this to say:

“Today, the world marks the passing of a brutal dictator who oppressed his own people for nearly six decades.”

“Fidel Castro’s legacy is one of firing squads, theft,  unimaginable suffering,  poverty and the denial of fundamental human rights.  While Cuba remains a totalitarian island,  it is my hope that today marks a move away from the horrors endured for too long,  and toward a future in which the wonderful Cuban people finally live in the freedom they so richly deserve.”

“Though the tragedies,  deaths and pain caused by Fidel Castro cannot be erased,  our administration will do all it can to ensure the Cuban people can finally begin their journey toward prosperity and liberty.  I join the many Cuban Americans who supported me so greatly in the presidential campaign,  including the Brigade 2506 Veterans Association that endorsed me,  with the hope of one day soon seeing a free Cuba.”

It makes one wonder what a different light two men can see people around them and the world in general. castro-3

I think that after January 20, 2017, America will see that a big change will happen.


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