Democrat presidential candidate Barack Obama's decision to wade into the debate over travel restrictions to Cuba drew about 25 protestors to his speech at the Miami-Dade County Auditorium. They came up with a catchy chant that rhymes: "Obama, vete pa tu cama.'' That means, "Obama, go to bed,'' a variation on "Obama, go home."
Here are his prepared remarks on Cuba: "We need a new foreign policy in this country that has less Washington sense and more common sense and good judgment. Let me give you one example that many of you are all too familiar with. Just ninety miles from here, there is a country where justice and freedom are out of reach. That is why my policy toward Cuba will be guided by one word: libertad. The road to freedom for all Cubans must begin with justice for Cuba’s political prisoners. The injustice done to them is a threat to justice for all of us.
"There are few better ambassadors for freedom than Cuban Americans. And the money they send to Cuba can help make their families less dependent on Castro’s regime. That’s why, when I’m president, I’ll grant Cuban Americans unrestricted rights to visit family and send remittances to the island. That’s the way to bring about real change in Cuba – through strong and smart diplomacy, not just tough talk. It’s time we had a president who realized that.
"As president, I’ll maintain the embargo – it’s an important inducement for change because we know that Castro’s death will not guarantee freedom. I will also use aggressive and principled diplomacy to send a post-Fidel government a clear message: if you open up to democratic change, the United States will begin to take steps to normalize relations. But only if freedom is advanced. You have my word – and the government and people of Cuba should hear my call – that our cause is simple. It’s what drew my father across an ocean, and many of you across the waters to our south. That principle is libertad. Until there is justice in Cuba, there is no justice here."