Fidel Castro applauded Democrats for passing healthcare reform. He was reported as saying that it was remarkable that the most powerful country on earth took more than two centuries from its founding to approve something as basic as health benefits for all. Now, if America could just get rid of free speech and open elections, they’d really be getting somewhere . . .
In a moment of irony, the same day there docked in Havana a replica of a slave boat circa 1839. Or, as the Cuban National Press referred to it: a modern eco-friendly cruise ship.