Friday, February 6, 2009

Obama watch: Rahm Emanuel on Cuba

The Obama Administration’s first statement on Cuba comes from White House chief of staff Rahm Emanuel: “I think the less said about Cuba, the better.”

He also said the Administration is “sensitive” to “a big change under way” in the Cuban American community.

That is my translation of Emanuel’s statements to a group of Spanish-language reporters, covered in this wire story. His interview is not on the White House website, where a search of the word “Cuba” turns up only the biographies of Presidents, McKinley, Pierce, and Kennedy.

Fidel Castro would like to hear a more expansive statement on Cuba policy, as he notes in a comment published last night in Spanish and English.

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

I am running out of patience watching this game go into "extra innings"...

russell said...

I don't manage to get my hands on the paper Granma every day, but I did pick up the issue with Fidel's column. I found it somewhat interesting, but it was mostly what you'd him to say.

I actually find this blog one of my favorite ways to follow current events in Cuba even though I'm here. I hope to do a blog post with reflections about access to information soon.

If you're in town we should have you over for dinner. We have a good bunch of students and it'd be good for them to meet you.