Obama to Cuban Blogger: Next Move Is Castro's

President sidesteps question on Castro government's legitimacy
By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 19, 2009 3:33 PM CST
Obama to Cuban Blogger: Next Move Is Castro's
U.S. President Barack Obama acknowledges South Korean military officials as he rallies U.S. troops at Osan Air Base in Osan, South Korea, Thursday, Nov. 19, 2009.   (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

Prominent Cuban blogger Yoani Sánchez emailed a list of questions to President Obama, and in an unusual move, he responded. Obama's answers, which Sánchez posted today, largely reiterate his stated positions on Cuba. But he also indicates he has no interest in "talking for the sake of talking," and he tactfully declines to answer whether he would recognize Raul Castro's government as legitimate.

Obama stresses that "we seek to engage with Cubans outside of government as we do elsewhere around the world, as the government, of course, is not the only voice that matters in Cuba." Asked if he would visit the island, Obama responded that he would like to "visit a Cuba in which all citizens enjoy the same rights and opportunities as other citizens in the hemisphere," the Miami Herald reports.
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