Because of the significance of the Cuban exile community in Miami, and the strategic importance of Florida in US elections, no US president has dared to normalize relations with Cuba. Obama has taken a courageous step in shifting US policy toward Cuba.
With President Obama attending the 2012 Summit of the Americas, we have to ask this: Who benefits from his decision to continue a Bush-era policy of coaxing Cuban doctors to leave their medical missions and defect to the United States?
President Obama is correct in his criticism of the Republicans for their obstructionism on jobs. But if he had more aggressively implemented his new policy on Cuba, the president would have easily created thousands of jobs.