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Obama Offers “Condolences” to Castro’s Family

President Obama Saturday issued a written statement on the death of Fidel Castro that failed to condemn any of the former Cuban leader’s brutality toward his people and that offered condolences to Castro’s family.

Whether because he has some sympathy for Castro or just because he wants to preserve the peace initiative that is helping prop up the Communist regime, Obama skirted Castro’s uncountable crimes against humanity, stating with sordid euphemism that Castro had “altered” people’s lives and leaving it to “history” to judge him.

“We know that this moment fills Cubans – in Cuba and in the United States – with powerful emotions, recalling the countless ways in which Fidel Castro altered the course of individual lives, families, and of the Cuban nation,” Obama said. “History will record and judge the enormous impact of this singular figure on the people and world around him . . . Today, we offer condolences to Fidel Castro’s family, and our thoughts and prayers are with the Cuban people.”

Let’s be clear about who Castro’s family is. It is comprised of an elite in Cuba who have lived the high life at the expense of the Cuban people, and others who fled the island and who hate Fidel. So there is no one to offer condolences to.

Obama’s ideology and obsession with his fading legacy has caused him to ignore the barbarity of one of the world’s worst dictators, who inflicted his tyranny not only on his own people but sought to spread it throughout Latin America and even beyond. Obama’s statement is a moral outrage. Actually, it is immoral. From a man who attempts to preach to the rest of us day after day.

Here’s the statement in full:

At this time of Fidel Castro’s passing, we extend a hand of friendship to the Cuban people. We know that this moment fills Cubans – in Cuba and in the United States – with powerful emotions, recalling the countless ways in which Fidel Castro altered the course of individual lives, families, and of the Cuban nation. History will record and judge the enormous impact of this singular figure on the people and world around him.

For nearly six decades, the relationship between the United States and Cuba was marked by discord and profound political disagreements. During my presidency, we have worked hard to put the past behind us, pursuing a future in which the relationship between our two countries is defined not by our differences but by the many things that we share as neighbors and friends – bonds of family, culture, commerce, and common humanity. This engagement includes the contributions of Cuban Americans, who have done so much for our country and who care deeply about their loved ones in Cuba.

Today, we offer condolences to Fidel Castro’s family, and our thoughts and prayers are with the Cuban people. In the days ahead, they will recall the past and also look to the future. As they do, the Cuban people must know that they have a friend and partner in the United States of America.

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50 Responses to Obama Offers “Condolences” to Castro’s Family

      • Here are the statements of Obama and Trump re Castro’s death. They highlight the completely different world views of both men:

        OBAMA: “We know that this moment fills Cubans – in Cuba and in the United States – with powerful emotions, recalling the countless ways in which Fidel Castro altered the course of individual lives, families, and of the Cuban nation. History will record and judge the enormous impact of this singular figure on the people and world around him.”

        TRUMP: “Today, the world marks the passing of a brutal dictator who oppressed his own people for nearly six decades. Fidel Castro’s legacy is one of firing squads, theft, unimaginable suffering, poverty and the denial of fundamental human rights.

        “While Cuba remains a totalitarian island, it is my hope that today marks a move away from the horrors endured for too long, and toward a future in which the wonderful Cuban people finally live in the freedom they so richly deserve.”

        http://www.nbcmiami.com/news/local/President-Obama-History-Will-Judge-Enormous-Impact-of-Fidel-Castro-403125116.html

        And there’s the difference between Trump and Obama. Period.

        • Nice summary.
          Then again, here are the two related headlines from the Huffington Post:
          “President Obama Offers Cubans ‘Hand of Friendship’ After Fidel Castro’s Death”
          AND
          “Donald Trump’s Initial Response to Fidel Castro’s Death Says Almost Nothing”

          “LIBERAL MEDIA”? youbetcha

          • Yep. Obama’s vanilla words could be applied to George Washington or Churchill, for crying out loud. Not a single word or whisper from Obama about the death and evil Castro propagated on his own people for 60 years. Not a word. Says all we need to know about Obama and confirms who and what he is, what he has always been and who he will always be: The Enemy Within.

      • I was raised Catholic. My cousin’s son was just ordained. These are smart conservative people, but have a blind eye to their “pope”.

        • The Church needs new good priests. Congratulations.

          Me. The Pope is not the church, the church is not the faith.

          I also believe Pope Benedict was forced out. Politics are brutal in the RCC.

  1. “During my presidency…they will recall the past and also look to the future…they must know they have a friend and partner.”

    (read: “Lookee here: it’s still all about me, the great and transformational Barack Obama”).

  2. Once again, Obama manages to completely miss the spirit of the American people, who have no use for the tyranny of Fidel Castro. Good riddance; would that Raul would follow soon.

  3. Castro freed his country from the dictatorship of one regime only to install a more brutal and oppressive government.
    In this age of the digital, the global interests, Castro kept his people in the depressing 1960’s.

    • These snowflakes so eager for rewriting the Constitution had better heed what you have written. Overthrowing one government is so often the bridge to a bad situation.

  4. “Altered the course of individual lives”
    Nothing like standing in front of a firing squad or rotting in some dungeon to alter ones life.
    Fidel joins the big commune in the sky.

  5. Posted today at Michelle Obama’s Mirror:

    Here are just a few of the many negative liberties Cubans enjoy:

    Cubans are not allowed to access the Internet from their homes or on their cellphones.
    No cable TV.
    No public demonstrations allowed. (What?! No drum circles? No window breaking and police car incinerations?)
    Can’t live in Havana (without a permit). (Don’t worry, if you can’t demonstrate anyway why bother moving to Portland?)
    No Political Parties allowed (except the Partido Comunista de Cuba)
    No inviting a foreigner to spend the night without a permit. (What?! No sanctuary cities!? No sanctuary college campuses!?!)
    Selling lobster and shrimps is not allowed. (What?! No free enterprise in this Communist paradise!!!!)

    MOTUS is always worth reading!

    http://www.michellesmirror.com/2016/11/make-america-great-again-or-make.html#disqus_thread

  6. Obama is the monster that the evil machine cheated into office 2 times.

    Hillary is the same front for this anti American cabal that has been running this country for the last 20 years or more.

    Obama is completely insane!

    • Nine Weeks…. I can wait….at the end of 8 years this last nine weeks will be wonderful.

      We now have a leader — a word I use ONLY when earned.

      BTW – Obama = elected official or government worker

      • Question:
        Will that bitch-Wookie Michele Obama even show up at the Inauguration Jan.20 2017…?

        ~Or will Michele, ugly Wookie FLOTUS, come up with some some excuse to skip it all because the Wookie does not want to be near next sexy FLOTUS Melania Trump…?

  7. The “community organizer” who is dangerous and destructive then useless by turns is speaking about a murderous tyrant he reveres. It’s a wonder he managed not to gush.

    • Don’t you love how hard Mr. Trump is working before taking office?!?!!!! Stupid 0 was touring the world, feeding his enormous ego with no concern about how he would do his job.
      That pretty much sums up his pitiful existence as pos.

  8. As I said elsewhere what Obama said about Castro and the Cubans is nicer than anything he has ever said about America or Americans.

    When Reagan died Castro made the comment that Better that he had never been born.

    And finally Drudge says Hillary is also demanding a recount. Bet Donald Trump is rethinking that “honorable” label he slapped on her rotting self. This will not end well for the Left. And this time we should bury them deep.

  9. Well, I know that you all disagree but I don´t really see Castro as you do. Maybe because I grew up with another kind of media propaganda than you did. Cuba isn´t a democracy of course but it is not the worst country on earth to live in either. I have friends who went there as tourists many times. It is still a rather poor country , people lack a lot of things but it has a lively cultural life. Castro survived 638 assassination attempts, no wonder he was paranoid about dissenters. I saw Oliver Stones rather recent interview with him, Castro was very old but still alert, intellectually stringent and well informed. An impressive man , as a matter of fact. Don´t get me wrong here, I do not defend dictatorship but there are degrees in everything. I don´t agree with Keith when he writes “Castros uncountable crimes against humanity”. In my opinion there are many, many other politicians who really committed, and still commits, such crimes, but Castro is not among them. He was an odd kind of patriot with socialist ideas and I believe and hope Cuba will be a better place without him. No, it is Islam that is the greatest threat in our times, not a little socialism.

  10. Hell welcomed one of its own with the death of Fidel Castro.
    Trump and Rubio and a handful of others put it best.
    Justin Trudeau was the worst – what a little slime ball. Why is there a need to sugar coat Castro’s evil reign of power? It makes no sense at all.

    • If Justin Trudeau and his ilk thought they could get away with what Castro got away with, they would do it in a heartbeat. There’s no doubt Castro is their hero.