Guess who invited himself to your birthday party?

During Elian Gonzalez’s time in the United States, anti-Castro exiles were rightly criticized for exploiting him as a political poster boy for their cause. Of course after Elian returned to Cuba, Castro himself resisted the temptation to use the boy for his own purposes and saw to it that he was able to resume a reasonably normal life outside the glare of publicity. Didn’t he? Oh well…

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Lucky Elian and his friends got to listen to a speech of more than two hours from the Commandante. Only two-plus hours? I admire Fidel’s self-restraint.

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Do these kids look like they’d rather be playing Pin the Tail on the Donkey? You be the judge.