By Circles Robinson
HAVANA TIMES, May 13 — President Obama made it clear on a Miami TV station that nobody should hold their breath about normalized US-Cuba relations as long as he is in office.
“For us to have the kind of normal relations we have with other countries, we’ve got to see significant changes from the Cuban government and we just have not seen that yet,” said Obama in an interview with Univision Channel 23.
Both Democratic and Republican Party officials and candidates receive sizeable campaign donations from those Miami exile groups who favor maintaining a Cold War policy in an effort to provoke regime change in Cuba.
In place for over 50 years, the policy includes an economic blockade that has greatly hindered the Cuban economy and a travel ban keeping ordinary US citizens from visiting Cuba.
Reuters quoted Obama as saying “If you think about it, Castro came into power before I was born – he’s still there and he basically has the same system when the rest of the world has recognized that the system doesn’t work.”
The Cuban government has repeatedly said it will continue “updating” its socialist system at the pace and scope decided on by the island’s leaders, not banking on any approval from Washington.