Sen. Marco Rubio Leads Predictable Republican Whinefest Over Obama’s New Cuba Policy

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On Wednesday, President Obama announced both the release of an American contractor from a Cuban prison and a normalization in the relationship between Cuba and the United States. The policy shift with Cuba is the biggest in regards to Cuba in over 50 years and will help reestablish diplomatic relations with Cuba. Furthermore, travel between the two countries will be made easier, and some Cuban goods will be made available to Americans travelers. An American embassy will be placed in Havana and sanctions will be lifted against Cuba in other countries.

As one would expect, anything the President does is going to be met with criticism from the right. Even though it has been obvious for years that the embargo on Cuba, along with sanctions and restricted travel and communication, had only caused pain and suffering on the Cuban people and failed to accomplish anything, it is still a hot button issue for many Republicans. There is a myriad of reasons for this — hatred of Communism, Cuba’s so-called state-sponsored terrorism, Republican-leaning Cuban immigrants hatred of Castro — and Obama’s announcement was bound for a retort.

Leading the charge Wednesday was none other than Mr. Thirsty himself, Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL). The son of Cuban immigrants took center stage as soon as news dropped that businessman Alan Gross was coming back to America after spending five years as a prisoner in Cuba. Rubio took umbrage with the fact that Obama sent over three American-held Cuban prisoners in exchange for Gross. During an appearance on Fox News’ America’s Newsroom, Rubio said the following of the President:

“At a minimum, I would say this. Barack Obama is the worst negotiator that we’ve had as President since at least Jimmy Carter, and maybe in the history of this country…It puts a price on every American abroad,” he said. “Governments now know that if they take an American hostage, they can get very significant concessions from the U.S.”

Below is video of Rubio’s appearance, courtesy of Fox News:


  Later on, when talking to reporters, Rubio also took shots at Pope Francis, who was instrumental in getting the prisoner deal done between Cuba and America. Per Talking Points Memo, Rubio said the following:

“My understanding is that the influence that His Holiness had was on the release of Mr. [Alan] Gross, which I’ve not criticized. As I said, I’m happy that he’s with the Cuban people [sic]. I would also ask His Holiness to take up the cause of freedom and democracy, which is critical for a free people — for a people to truly be free. I think the people of Cuba deserve the same chances to have democracy as the people of Argentina have had, where he comes from; as the people of Italy have, where he now lives. Obviously the Vatican’s its own state, but very nearby. My point is I hope that people with that sort of prestige on the world stage will take up the cause of freedom and democracy. The Cuban people are the only people in this hemisphere that have not been able to elect a leader in more than 55 or 60 years. That’s outrageous.”

Rubio also told reporters he is going to do everything in his power to “unravel as many of these changes as possible.” He also pointedly said that Congress will not lift the embargo. Below is video of his comments slamming Obama’s policy courtesy of Huffington Post:


Of course, it wasn’t just Rubio ripping the President. Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-OH) had to make sure his voice was heard. In a statement to the press, Boehner said relations with Cuba “should not be revisited” and that this new policy is nothing more than “mindless concessions” that “emboldens all state sponsors of terrorism.” Meanwhile, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) threw his two cents into the conversation by sending out the following tweet.

On the other hand, White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest indicated Wednesday that Rubio and other Republicans may be out of luck when it comes to establishing an embassy in Cuba, as it appears the White House doesn’t need additional appropriations.

35 Replies to “Sen. Marco Rubio Leads Predictable Republican Whinefest Over Obama’s New Cuba Policy”

  1. Apparently the Pope has played a big role in this, he has been the go-between.
    Tell that little snot Rubio to take his whining to the pope.

  2. It’s not Marco Rubio that’s doing the leading but the man behind the curtain pulling Marco’s strings, since the guy doesn’t have the backbone to do anything by himself. He’s the human hand puppet.

  3. Watched it this 9:30am and what clown car is Rubio riding in?
    and the wine goes with dinner…

    I do believe Florida will become vibrant blue now…

  4. Marco Rubio is Mr. Irrelevant. If PBO makes a public statement against abortion, Rubio and his ilk will suddenly hate fetuses as much as they hate veterans.

  5. Senator Token seems to forget Reagan’s deal of giving of missiles to the Iranians while Carter was still president–working behind the active president.

    That’s why they were released the day Reagan was sworn in.


    Funny, Reagan caused over a trillion dollars of damage to this country by introducing Crack Cocaine in mass volumes to fund his little Contra game, but that’s OK. Thousands of people dead, tens of thousands of families destroyed, hundreds of billions in lost property, and billions in incarceration costs… not including the hundreds of billions spent on law enforcement… but that’s OK!

  6. Of course Republicans are going to complain, that is all they have. The right-wing has become such a joke in this country, a bad and dangerous joke, but a joke nonetheless.

  7. I’d like to double that Joan. he is just like all the rest of the rethugs, obstruct then blame someone else. He wants to be Pres. GOd help us!!!!!

  8. How the world does he expect Cuba to go toward Democracy when the sanctions and stuff is holding them back. Castro and his brother are old now and see that communism is not the way to go. They might go socialist like Venezuela, but if they look at what the low oil prices did to both Venezuela and Russia’s economy they might go a different direction. Cuba has a lot to offer, and would be better than Mexico as far as NAFTA goes.

  9. First of all, we did not trade 3 Cuban spies for Gross. We traded 3 Cuban spies for one American spy, a transaction that occurs frequently.

    It may be that both had to happen to allow either to happen, but Rubio obviously doesn’t care to deal with the truth. Oops, that’s right, he is a Republican and avoidance of truth is their default position.

    Secondly, Rubio is speaking for a smaller and smaller part of the Cuban-American population. The vast majority want to see relations normalized and the embargo lifted. Rubio is working very hard to make himself relevant again, which he isn’t able to do any more.

    As for Graham…there are not sufficient words to express the contempt I hold for that man.

  10. Can we , liberals , Independents ,Democrats and sane thinking people , unite and in one voice yell..FU*K YOU RUBIO STFU..

  11. Good grief, I’m surprised we haven’t heard how all of this Cuba nonsense is just another attempt by Obama to divert attention from Benghazi.

  12. Rubio, all for himself, not for anyone else. He seems to have his head planted firmly up his butt, forgetting that the U.S. has diplomatic relationships with China and Russia. He’s just a know nothing twit, and, unfortunately for me, my Senate representation. Of course, my district is gerrymandered, so all I hear in answers to my questions is Teathuglikkkan rhetoric. Rubio is wrong, bottom line.

  13. WAAH WAAH WAAH! Boo f**king hoo! I’m a republicunt, you’re a democrat, we’re not supposed to agree on anything!

  14. Predictable reaction from someone who is ,on every level, no matter what, opposed to anything Obama does.

  15. One of the best comments I have heard all day – If Rubio wants to disagree with the Pope he should take it up with his boss.
    (The Popes boss that is)

  16. the only reason this bozo was allowed to talk was the GOP thought he had a cuban sounding name. PLEASE!!! the GOP won the midterms but Obama is still wiping the floor with these rightwing clowns and they cant stand it! i absolutely despise these republicans with a passion.

  17. Ah-h-h…the old ‘Pavlovian Reflex’ trick.

    Pavlov trained a dog’s BRAIN to respond to a sensory input (a bell) BEFORE the dog’s conscience mind processed the connection between the bell and feeding time.

    The GOP clowns have become so accustomed to being rewarded for yapping that while their spin masters were celebrating Festivus, they lunged before their teeny brains could scream: ‘It’s a trap!!!!!”

    Think of it a a welcoming gift from the White House to the New Congress. Right in the middle of the kneecap.

    Immigration reform as a GOP platform just became toxic. Florida just went Blue. GITMO is rented from the Cuban government.
    Gas is under $2.00 a gallon. The CIA and DEA both got their nuts handed to them.

    Euro-Christians are right. He is the Antichrist. Just not the one they were expecting. ‘End Times?’ Sure!
    But not for non-Abrahamic religions.

    We’ve outgrown them…they resent it.

  18. For Rethug Whiney Bagger Rubio to say that President Obama is the worst negotiating President the country has had — that’s rich coming from said Whiney Bagger Rubio — he who can’t negotiate with a water bottle.

    If you can’t negotiate with a water bottle, there ain’t no hope in hell he’d be able to cope in the White House. He doesn’t have the brains to manage a copier machine!!

    We also must not forget — he lied about his story of when his parents came to the US. That issue didn’t get enough attention. As per usual – the media gave the fraud a pass.

  19. Dea,

    I seriously doubt Rubio or any of his Bagger Buds could negotiate re-filling the paper in a copier much less be in charge or removing jams or adding toner!

  20. Every time I see his face or hear his name I want to go watch Alpha House. This morning I went to Google and started refreshing my memory about his lies and alibis and record. That sent me straight to Amazon. That pretty boy is as crooked as a snake’s body. But a snake has more integrity in one scale than Rubio has in his entire body.

  21. “So the Cubans who fled Cuba when Castro took over are pissed off and deeply offended that we are ready to move on……… One has to ask oneself, Why are the older ones so adamant still to hate their homeland?

    Well because they were the same kind of people who fled Mainland China during the Chinese Revolution and the Same people who fled Russia during the Russian Revolution. And why did it take a Bloody revolution to bring about change for the average person in those countries?

    Well because the people who wound up fleeing the country were those Oligarchs who abused and enslaved the working people. They were the rentiers, the owners of the sugar cane plantations, the owners of the Tea Plantations and industries that used child labor and starved their workers,

    They were the owners of the Dacha’s and miles of forests, who would kill a peasant for hunting on their land. When the revolutions came they lost their privilege, they lost their status… ~ Heidi Hanson

  22. Marco Rubio, “Waa, waaa, waaaa, I want my embargo!”

    “Stop crying Little Marco, here’s your bottle.”

  23. triple it. Rubio was the flavor of the week so long ago, hes out for pres ’16. Is he even legal? Kinda like Cruz, born in Canada. Where was Boobio born? According to Donald Rump, neither are eligible to even run for president. Right GOTP?? Your guy said that.

  24. “Absurd,” the Republican called the Cuba plans during a spot on Fox
    News, one of more than a dozen television appearances he made Wednesday.
    “This entire policy shift announced today is based on an illusion,
    based on a lie,” he said in a special press conference.
    Well if anyone should know about illusions, it should be Senator Rubio. After all, he entered politics based on a lie, a lie that his family were refugees from the evil Castro regime when in fact his family left Cuba two years before Castro even took power.
    “…documents show that Rubio’s parents came to the United States and were
    admitted for permanent residence more than two-and-a-half years before
    Castro’s forces overthrew the Cuban government and took power on New
    Year’s Day 1959″…(Washington Post, October 20, 2011).
    I live in Florida and this man has done nothing for the people of this state. Hell, he’s not even a competent liar…just a liar and a fraud…

  25. Cubans in Florida, especially Miami should flood Rubio’s mail and phone with a blistering: STFU ! You don’t speak for us…get outta the way kidoo, you look hapless and talking the usual Republican crap. Why wouldn’t you want to see Cubans get some kind of relief? Republicans don’t care, they love to see others suffer. That’s their goal. Merciless, cold hearted and toxic.

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