Emmett Tyrrell

WASHINGTON -- Stop the presses! Finally, after a half-century of staunchly disagreeing with Dr. Fidel Castro, I see that the Cuban dictator has rendered a judgment with which I heartily agree. Responding to the Prophet Obama's friendly conversation with his brother Raul Castro at the Summit of the Americas in steamy Port-of-Spain, Trinidad, Fidel, in the words of The Associated Press, "blasted the new U.S. president for showing signs of 'superficiality.'" But given all the Hollywood stars Fidel has hosted on his island paradise, you can rest assured that Fidel is a connoisseur of superficiality.

Fidel apparently was angered by the Prophet's response to President Raul Castro's offer of having Cuban diplomats convene with their American counterparts to discuss "todo." That is Spanish for "everything." Pardon my swanking, but while at the summit, the Prophet did some swanking with his bilingualism, too. He called Hugo Chavez, another Latin American dictator, "mi amigo" with near-perfect accentuation.

President Castro had mentioned human rights, press freedoms and political prisoners as topics for discussion, and our president, in his innocence, thought Castro was talking about … well, political prisoners, for instance the prominent opposition leaders who were imprisoned six years ago, many of whom still suffer in Cuba's ghastly hellholes. He also mentioned the Cuban government's larcenous policy of taxing the money that Cubans abroad send back to their families. That really irked Fidel, whose denunciation of our president could put him in bad odor with his Hollywood fans. Sean Penn, Oliver Stone, Michael Moore and the rest have had warm relations with Fidel over the years. The political awareness and activism of our actors and actresses goes back generations to the selfless political engagement of the late John Wilkes Booth. Always, our actors are passionate about their beliefs.

Emmett Tyrrell

R. Emmett Tyrrell Jr. is founder and editor in chief of The American Spectator and co-author of Madame Hillary: The Dark Road to the White House.
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