Fidel Castro Says Obama’s ‘Syrupy’ Words Were Enough To Cause A Heart Attack


President Obama’s “syrupy” words about brotherhood and shared history, and his call to leave behind the enmity of the past, were enough to give Cubans “a heart attack,” former president Fidel Castro said Monday in his first public response to Obama’s visit to Cuba last week.

“We don’t need any gifts from the empire,” Castro wrote in a scathing article, addressed to “Brother Obama” and published in Granma, the Cuban Communist Party newspaper.

His words were in stark contrast to the feel-good atmosphere of Obama’s three days on the island, where he held a news conference, attended a baseball game with current President Raul Castro, and delivered a major address.

Obama did not meet with Fidel Castro during the visit. The 89-year-old revolutionary leader is said to be in ill health and has not appeared publicly, other than in photographs, for some time. Raul, his brother, replaced him as president in 2008.

Articles titled “Reflections of Fidel” are published infrequently under his byline by Granma.

In his Cuban speech last week, Obama said that he came to Cuba “to bury the last remnant of the Cold War in the Americas,” and to “extend the hand of friendship to the Cuban people” following the re-establishment of relations between the two countries.

“We both live in a new world, colonized by Europeans,” he said. Both countries “can trace their heritage to both slaves and slave-owners. We’ve welcomed . . . immigrants who came a great distance to start new lives in the Americas.”

He went on to talk about “blended” culture,” “common passions” and “common values,” while acknowledging differences between the two countries. While exhorting the Cuban government to open itself to free expression and the global economy, Obama said he believed that “our grandchildren will look back on this period of isolation as an aberration, as just one chapter in a longer story of family and friendship.”

Castro, after a long and somewhat rambling recounting of the failed U.S.-sponsored exile invasion of Cuba in 1961, and a critique of U.S. policy toward racism in southern Africa, wrote that he doubted Obama was unaware of the history between Cuba and the United States.

He offered a “modest suggestion” that the American president reflect on that history “and not offer elaborate theories about Cuban politics.”

“Each of us probably had a heart attack” while listening to Obama, Castro wrote. “After nearly 60 years of ruthless blockade. And how many have died from mercenary attacks on boats, in Cuban ports, on an airplane full of passengers that exploded in full flight, in mercenary invasions and multiple acts of violence and force?

“No one should fool themselves into thinking that our noble and generous people will renounce their glory and their rights, and the spiritual wealth of our educational, scientific and cultural achievements.

“I’ll add that we are capable of producing our own food and the material wealth we need from the labor and intelligence of our own people,” Castro concluded.

The article, which was published in full on Granma’s Spanish website, did not initially appear on the English-language site.

The newspaper published verbatim texts of Obama’s speech and his news conference with Raul Castro, and heavily covered other aspects of the visit in both Spanish and English.

Comments posted on Fidel Castro’s article were largely positive. “A little disorganized, but always interesting,” one comment noted diplomatically.

(c) 2016, The Washington Post · Karen DeYoung 



  1. How much taxpayer money was wasted on this ridiculous trip that wasn’t even appreciated? Our Muslim-in-Chief has no sense of priorities for this country. Instead od blasting the hell out of ISIS wherever they may be, he wastes his time and our money pursuing a relationship with those not even interested. Israel is a most important ally of the U.S. and he has no interest in the health of that relationship.

  2. BS”D
    Discussion with Moishela (with his family)
    A Handicapped child
    8 Adar Bais 5776 (Mar 18, ‘16)

    “Upwards Into Infinity”

    Mommy, I don’t know what else I can say but I do feel that this week we are going to have more proof, strong proof that this planet, this red planet, with its long tail is coming towards us on planet earth. I feel that many will start realizing that this is no joke and that all the things that we have been talking about and have appeared in the more silent media are about to come true IY”H.

    I feel a deep sadness in my heart and in my body. I feel a catastrophe of enormous proportions about to hit the earth. I feel overwhelmed by the thoughts of the future events, but together with that I feel at the end of the terrible difficulties, there will descend on the earth and its survivors a feeling of calm and an unbelievable feeling of relief. After that there will again be a war that will test our Bitachon, the trust in Hashem of His survivors, the Jewish people.

    But we will see such great miracles, such great Nissim that all our fears will disappear and we will feel a closeness to Hashem that we did not think possible. Then after that, we will enter the Bais Hamikdosh, which will be ready for us after having descended complete from Shomayim. After that we will enter the most holiest place with the feeling of relief which will turn into the greatest Simcha that we have ever expressed and that will begin our journey upwards into infinity.

  3. Castro can’t allow normalization of relations with the US. This way, when Cubans ask comrade Fidel how come things are not getting better after six decades of communist rule, he can blame Yankees and their embargo, as opposed to admitting the failure of communism as an idea.

  4. Esteemed Comrade Fidel Castro

    I know the feeling. The President’s syrupy words are enough to cause most of his subjects, sorry I meant to say citizens, a dozen heart attacks and possibly more than that.

  5. “No one should fool themselves into thinking that our noble and generous people will renounce their glory and their rights, and the spiritual wealth of our educational, scientific and cultural achievements.”

    Now if only Obama knew how to talk like that, we’d be in a very different place now.