I just returned from Havana and our tourist hotel was filled with people wearing Obama TShirts and hats and experiencing an "educational exchange" - not on a tourist junket - in a $240 / night hotel room.
One comment was telling. "This city must be conserved!" said one pasty Obama voter to everyone in the lobby...
My question - what does she want preserved? The underage prostitution (of both sexes)? The grinding poverty? The deteriorating buildings and holes in the sidewalks and eternal renovation projects? Maybe the beating and arrest of a dissident who was brave enough to stand in front of the Capitolo and complain about Cuba's lack of human rights?
The older Cubans who adore Fidel from the old days are dying off, the burocratos who depend on the status quo are afraid of a free Cuba, the parents want a better life for their children, and the young? The young want change.
It will not come from any appointee from any Castro, but from free elections as Fidel promised in 1959. Just the first of decades of lies.
Brian Lloyd French
I am a great admirer of the strength and talents of Cuban people and will share some of my experiences here.