Many Americans are happy with the proposed changes. Of course, many are not. I spoke to an American citizen not of Cuban descent yesterday, who voiced what the radical Cuban exile communities would voice.
We, the editors of this blog, have long believed that helping Cuban people individually, within the strict rules that our country has imposed, was good, and that worrying that my help to them might somehow benefit their government was a secondary concern. I generally stay in casas particulares or family homes, rather than government hotels. I generally eat in paladares rather than government restaurants. I take only the amount of money allowed by the U.S. government. We have given computers, Ipods, and other electronic devices to Cubans in Cuba. We have assisted a family member to purchase a better dwelling once that was permitted by Cuba law.
We know that Congress will have the final say on some of the proposed changes mentioned by President Obama. We know that will be difficult to achieve. The editors of this blog support what President Obama has done, entirely, and find no fault with any of his proposals. We are elated, and have not talked to a single Cuban citizen living in Cuba who is not elated.
Here is a link with a synopsis from the White House web site.
Here is the UTube video of the talk:
Here is the White House's Recap of the Talk (same as the first link above):
"President Obama Delivered a Statement on CubaTo be fair, there are also opposing views on the Internet:
Yoani Sanchez, famous Cuban blogger did not act quite as enthusiastic as other Cuban citizens.
And there is a story on the Internet of 10 lies included in Obama's speech. We don't like it, so we are not providing a link, but you can find it if you want to.