Just when you think it can't possibly get worse...

Wednesday, April 8, 2009
I'm absolutely speechless...

[U.S. Rep. Emanuel] Cleaver called his trip the most interesting he had ever taken. He said he preached Sunday at an Episcopal church where he was allowed to speak freely and meet privately with congregation members. An interpreter was at Cleaver’s side throughout his trip.
“To see all of these myths melt right in front of my eyes was something to behold,” he said. “We’ve been led to believe that the Cuban people are not free, and they are repressed by a vicious dictator, and I saw nothing to match what we’ve been told.”

He said delegation members did not discuss Cuba’s checkered human-rights record, although Cuban government members raised the issue and said they would talk about that and any other topic if the U.S. wanted to open discussions.

Raul Castro reminded Cleaver of the late baseball great Buck O’Neil because he could so ably remember names and dates. Castro, 77, insisted to Cleaver that he was not like his brother, who was known for long-winded speeches.

“He’s one of the most amazing human beings I’ve ever met,” Cleaver said.