Reporters caught up in the 'historic' aspect of Obama's Cuba trip

Have you checked the media's coverage of President Obama's trip to Cuba?  Many reporters seem invested in the "historic" nature of the trip – i.e., the first president since Calvin Coolidge to visit the island.  It's been treated like the "historic" first game at Wrigley Field between the White Sox and Cubs! Why has it been so long since a U.S. president visited Cuba?  The answer is that Cuba was hostile to U.S. interests since the early 1960s.  It wasn't that U.S. presidents did not want to go.  It's the exact opposite.  It was Cuban policy toward the U.S. that kept presidents away.  Cuba was not an ally of the U.S.  Cuba was a thorn on the side of the U.S., from sending troops to Africa in the 1970s to supporting guerrillas in Central America in the 1980s. The Boston Herald hit the right note: This week President Obama made the world a safer place for those who used to worry about...(Read Full Post)

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