Much to the surprise of the White House — but not to anyone else — as President Obama was winging his way south to the island nation of Cuba, its leaders were cracking down on dissident and adding to the political prisoner population.
New York Times chief White House correspondent Peter Baker tweeted:
Definitely not the headline Obama was hoping for from his historic visit. pic.twitter.com/oSe8NiB0Ak
— Peter Baker (@peterbakernyt) March 21, 2016
That wasn’t quite the way the president had it planned.
“The guest list for that meeting will be determined solely by the White House,” White House chief spokesman Josh Earnest said Friday.
“The president will meet with whomever he chooses to meet with.”
Well, not quite. And when Baker tweeted the headline, no one else was even a bit surprised.
@peterbakernyt @Littleone619 Only stupid people would have thought otherwise
— JAMES THOMAS (@jthomas309) March 21, 2016
@peterbakernyt Not sure he understands implications. He thinks his visit alone will fix this.
— ThePeoplesBacon (@ThePeoplesBacon) March 21, 2016
@peterbakernyt @instapundit Obama loves despots. He would also like to tighten grip on Dissent.
— Andrew Palmisano (@2x2Andrew) March 21, 2016
.@peterbakernyt Just about every headline with Obama is not the one he was expecting.
— Hugh Brice (@hugh_brice) March 21, 2016
@peterbakernyt @HashtagGriswold File this under ‘unexpectedly’.
— Douglas Rogers (@douglasprogers) March 21, 2016
Another foreign policy success story! https://t.co/aLfd3syxVL
— Pradheep Shanker MD (@Neoavatara) March 21, 2016
One sadly ironic note is that the world woke up Monday morning to the news that celebrated conservative political cartoonist Glenn Foden had died.
His final cartoon, published Saturday, was about the president’s visit to Cuba.
Glenn Foden cartoon lampoon Cuba’s attempts to mask their totalitarian rule!https://t.co/5sTiE78xJe
— Harvey Sietsema (@HSiets) March 21, 2016
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