For years, I grew up with tales of both sets of grandparents’ visits to Cuba via an easy ferry boat ride from Florida. One set went to gamble and explore the local clubs. The other set went to pester the Catholic Cubans about Protestant Jeebus.
I’ve always longed to follow in the boat-wake of the first set, listening to music and watching 1950s-vintage American cars roll by while sipping a mojito and perhaps even breaking my smoking ban with a big fat cigar. But as the embargo dragged on, I began to believe it would never happen.
Well, maybe I’ll get my chance after all:
WASHINGTON — The United States will open talks with Cuba aimed at restoring full diplomatic relations and opening an embassy in Havana for the first time in more than a half century after the release of an American contractor held in prison for five years, American officials said Wednesday.
President Obama plans to make a televised statement from the White House at noon about the breakthrough, which opens the door to a major international initiative that could help shape his legacy heading into his final two years in office.