As written by Babalu Legal Counsel Gabe Carrera:
“Babalu Blog Legal Counsel on the Cuban Politico Scene with Sr. Fred!”
I arrived on the spot early and there were only three gatos Cubanos and a few coordinators with the Fred camp. There was this one gentleman from the Pentecostal church dressed in black with a Vietnam Veteran Cap on his head. I later met up with a very talkative fellow who is a GOP Committeeman from Broward county who I later nicknamed “Mr. Lengua.” We shared values and opinions pero coñ como habla ese hombre.
About 8:00 AM the room which lies between the bakery and the Restaurant in Versailles started filling out with media and supporters. I met some elderly (pero sexy looking) AARP ladies dressed in red shirts. They said they were nonpartisan group looking for candidates to address the healthcare issue one way or another. One lady loaned me a black magic marker so that I could secure Fred’s signature on my “official Fred Head” coffee cup. I met a lot of Cubans who were asking the question, in fact they were all asking the same question, Where do I sign up? How is in charge of the grass roots effort?
Well, as you can guess from the position of my great quality phone camera shots I was positioned in the front row. I called Val right before Fred came through Versailles. “Oye Val! Where da hell are you?” Val explained that some (client) needed to see his plans that he was drawing and he would be tied up. His heart was with me but his body was not. I could tell I was rubbing the salt in his wounds as I described the place to him. He told me Henry was there but we never hooked up. Maybe because we never met and he does not know my mug!
Then Fred came and the place was quiet. I yelled out, “There he is….YEAH!!!!!!!” and started clapping with the Babalu Blog fever! Then everyone else started clapping and loosening up. The medias were fighting all over themselves to get the best shot. Fred took one handshake and then, as he reached out for mine I placed my Cuban Coffee stained “Fred Head Mug” into his hand with a magic marker that I got from one of those beautiful AARP signature gathering ladies. “Fred, Please sign my cup?” I asked. “Sure thing bub! And he signed my cup! Mr. Lengua shook his hand pero Fred the Professional quickly noticed Mr. Lengua’s talkative qualities and moved on. The next lady next to me gave him a check for a nice amount. The amount left Mr. Lengua speechless, about time huh? Yeahhhhhh!
Bueno, Fred spoke on health care, freedom, SC Justices, hablo mal de Fidel more than twice. He specifically said that, “Fidel should know that if he sends a wave of boat people as a weapon against the USA (spoken very seriously and intense) that would not be a good thing for him to do!” That he (Fred) would, as Presidente de los estados Unidos, Let Fidel know publically and through private channels, that it would not “be good for Cuba to do that.” When the question was asked about Hugo (el coco de Jugo) he said that he would not let the United States be dependent on Dictators like that. He made comparisons to the leader of Iran and argued against appeasement and making deals with these types of despots. Fred said that has not worked in the past and it will not be practiced in his presidency.
The comment he made that gained the most applause and a standing ovation after speaking about appeasement and false sense of security by brokering deals with dictators was when he stated that this nation has shed more blood for other countries than other countries have shed for their own freedom. I stood up and was left in shock & awe by the powerful resounding authority he used with those words.
Fred resonated with the people and he connected with the Cubanos in Little Habana. He made me feel that he was not a scripted guy but talking from the heart! As he left I shook his hand and asked him to exercise and eat healthy because we needed him around for a long time. Fred responded, “Don’t worry I am, they are taking good care of me.” His warm smile and the gentle light of his eyes made me feel that he is a truthful and sincere man. I will be actively advocating for Fred in the days to come and I will cast my Independent vote for him! I am NPA in FLA (No Party Affiliation).
After he left I met three babalu Blog fanatics who never blog but read the postings every day. I met Aida, Ignacio and Carmen. I wont mention their last names but they are always looking for great article to learn something new on Cuba. We took pictures by Fred’s Big buss that was parked there. Tremedo cabezon tiene ese Viejo. My coffee mug proves he has a big head. It was on the side of the bus. Hey Ignacio, I am waiting for the fotos hermano! Bueno….this is my official report from the front row of the center of what was happening in Little Habana!
Note: Folks, if you need legal counsel, please consider seeking Gabe’s advice.
Here are some pictures of the event that I took. First off take a look at the bumper sticker on this van that was parked across the street:
Here’s a good shot of the crowded room in which he spoke:
And here’s one of the two campaign buses: