I spoke on the phone today with a friend, Juan Amador Rodriguez. Some of you may know the name. He’s a guy about my age that came from Cuba in the 1990s. He participated in the famous Maleconazo of 1994. He was also a political prisoner in Cuba. He often appears on Radio Mambi and when he does, he invites Alberto de la Cruz and I to come along and give the Cuban-American perspective. Juan Amador has a way with words. It’s a shame he doesn’t speak much English because he’s very articulate.
Anyway, today we were talking about the election and he said to me:
Henry, Barack Obama is the son of a black man and a white woman who was born during a time of incredible discrimination. He was raised mainly by his grandparents and despite their modest lifestyle he was afforded the opportunity to attend the best universities. He became a lawyer and a politician and now is a step away from being president. He’s a testament to the greatness of this country. So why does he want to change it so badly? I just want my daughter to have the same chance he did. Nothing more, nothing less. Why does he want to change that?