July 31, 2006
— Ace I'm not sayin' exactly what you should pray for.
By ANITA SNOW, Associated Press Writer, 4 minutes ago
HAVANA - Fidel Castro temporarily relinquished his presidential powers to his brother Raul on Monday night and told Cubans he underwent surgery.
The Cuban leader said he had suffered gastrointestinal bleeding, apparently due to stress from recent public appearances in Argentina and Cuba, according to the letter read live on television by his secretary, Carlos Valenciaga.
What's stressful about a public appearance? This guy is famous for running his yap in front of a microphone and delivering four-hour speeches.
"The operation obligates me to undertake several weeks of rest," the letter read, adding that extreme stress "had provoked in me a sharp intestinal crisis with sustained bleeding that obligated me to undergo a complicated surgical procedure."
Castro said he was temporarily relinquishing the presidency to his younger brother and successor Raul, the defense minister, but said the move was of "a provisional character." There was no immediate appearance or statement by Raul Castro.
I'm thinkin' Raul is saying the same prayers we are. He's been the Commandante-In-Waiting for a long time.
The elder Castro asked that celebrations scheduled for his 80th birthday on Aug. 13 be postponed until Dec. 2, the 50th anniversary of Cuba's Revolutionary Armed Forces.
Hell No! I'm going ahead with the Castro's 80th Birthday Party that I had planned. We already sent out the invitations.
Posted by: Dave in Texas at July 31, 2006 05:19 PM (q1bX5)
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Posted by: Redhand at July 31, 2006 05:39 PM (7G9b2)
When asked about how she felt having Raul Castro at the helm of the nation, Cesar paused and said one word: "normal."Smart answer, Cesar. Now, leftists spend so much time shrieking about American totalitarianism, they forget what actual totalitarianism really means. Dictatorship is a crime.
But this was funny: Although Castro quickly returned to the stage, many Cubans understood for the first time that their leader would one day die.The AP apparently thinks Cuba is populated by morons.
Posted by: sandy burger at July 31, 2006 05:45 PM (zHO88)
Posted by: Associated Press at July 31, 2006 05:46 PM (zHO88)
I was just reading through comments when I hit a google ad on the right of the screen....Cuba's Finest Florist...coinsidence? I think not.
Posted by: SJR at July 31, 2006 05:54 PM (CnEld)
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Posted by: Christopher Taylor at July 31, 2006 06:04 PM (FuM7z)
I really hate that.
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Posted by: UCal-BA in PolySci at July 31, 2006 06:50 PM (uZY36)
A shotgun blast to the gut can do that. Should've aimed a little higher.
Or a little lower.
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Posted by: mesablue at July 31, 2006 07:23 PM (DzeyU)
How many idiots are we going to see running around in Fidel t-shirts from now on?
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