Obama White House crafting secret plan to have president visit apartheid Cuba

When you consider that America’s first black president has become the first American president to fully recognize and strongly embrace Cuba’s viciously repressive apartheid dictatorship, it is only appropriate that he becomes the first American president to visit that nation as a VIP guest of the apartheid regime.

Via the Washington Examiner:

Secretive White House meeting reveals Obama’s plan to visit Cuba in 2016

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The White House declined to talk about the meeting, and referred questions about the meeting to the State Department. (AP)

A secretive White House meeting on Cuba last week revealed that President Obama plans to visit the island nation early next year, and also discussed the controversial idea of the Cuban government opening consular offices in Miami.

After hailing embassy openings in Washington and Havana last week, the White House held an off-schedule, private meeting on Thursday with U.S. officials involved in the administration’s Cuba policy. Nearly 80 activist members of the Cuban-American community from Florida and across the United States — mostly Democrats — were also there.

Valerie Jarrett, one of Obama’s closest advisers, was on hand, along with White House deputy national security adviser Ben Rhodes and Roberta Jacobson, assistant secretary of State for the western hemisphere.

The White House declined to talk about the meeting, and referred questions about the meeting to the State Department. A State Department spokesman then referred the same questions to the Cuban embassy, which was already closed for the day.

According to sources familiar with the meeting, Rhodes told the group that President Obama is considering visiting the island nation early next year, depending on progress in U.S.-Cuba relations.

While that historic visit would likely help Obama cement his legacy as the president who started to open up bilateral relations, it could be marred by or even delayed by Cuba’s arrest of dissidents. Those arrests have continued despite Obama’s gestures to Cuba, and could put Obama at risk of appearing to be too friendly with a country that often arrests members of political or religious groups dozens at a time.

Eduardo Jose Padron, the current president of Miami-Dade College who came to the U.S. as a refugee at the age of 15, used the White House meeting to ask about the state of human rights in Cuba, and State Department officials acknowledged that it is a dangerous time for dissidents on the island, one participant told the Examiner.

Andy Gomez, a retired assistant provost and dean of the University of Miami’s School of International Studies, said that so far, the Castro regime doesn’t appear to be changing its ways. Gomez previously served on the Brookings Institution’s Cuba Task Force from 2008 to 2010, and told the Washington Examiner Cuba needs to demonstrate a stronger commitment to human rights before Obama travels there or the U.S. agrees to allow it to open a consulate in Florida.

“Up until now, the Cuban government hasn’t even brought Cuban coffee to the table … I don’t see any signs of the Cuban government loosening up their control,” he said.

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4 thoughts on “Obama White House crafting secret plan to have president visit apartheid Cuba”

  1. The White House has their priorities:

    “While that historic visit would likely help Obama cement his legacy as the president who started to open up bilateral relations, it could be marred by or even delayed by Cuba’s arrest of dissidents.”

    Did you catch that? The arrest of Cuban dissidents is “marring” Obama’s legacy. That’s right. Obama is the victim in all this. What a shame for Obama’s legacy, that those dissidents keep on getting arrested!

  2. It could be worse. Raul could be given the red carpet treatment as he visits us.
    this is all so sickening. Is anyone even bothering to report this in the mainstream press?

  3. He’s definitely going for his Nixon-in-China moment; the only question is when. Lip service about human rights, if any, will be pure pro-forma BS–they don’t mean it and they know we know it, so in a sense, it’s just a backhanded insult to go through the motions (and I doubt they’ll try very hard). As long as we expect any better from outsiders, we will continue to be disappointed, not to mention humiliated.

    It may be that Cubans alone cannot free their country and end the Castro plague, especially since, by and large, the rest of the world is not only unwilling to help them but complicit with Castro, Inc., either directly or indirectly. However, Cubans could still do a considerably better job in terms of dignity and self-respect than has been the case thus far, but I’m afraid the “relajo,” opportunism and indolence will continue unabated and quite possibly increase. It’s a very bad business.

  4. And Honey, Raul already got the red carpet treatment at the Vatican from the pope, so he’s been there, done that.

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