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March 25, 2010

Finally there is a sign that President Obama is repairing America’s image abroad:

Cuban leader applauds US health-care reform bill

Paul Haven, Associated Press Writer, On Thursday March 25, 2010, 12:39 pm EDT

Cuban revolutionary leader Fidel Castro on Thursday declared passage of American health care reform “a miracle” and a major victory for Obama’s presidency, but couldn’t help chide the United States for taking so long to enact what communist Cuba achieved decades ago.

“We consider health reform to have been an important battle and a success of his (Obama’s) government,” Castro wrote in an essay published in state media, adding that it would strengthen the president’s hand against lobbyists and “mercenaries.”

“It is really incredible that 234 years after the Declaration of Independence … the government of that country has approved medical attention for the majority of its citizens, something that Cuba was able to do half a century ago,” Castro wrote.

But we shouldn’t rest on are laurels.  Fidel Castro went on to point out America’s shortcomings in climate change, immigration, and national defense.

Even so, I’m sure that President Obama is proudly basking in the hard-won light of Castro’s praise.

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