December 17, 2014 12:04 pm -

[su_right_ad]Florida Senator and hopeful presidential candidate Marco Rubio greeted news of the release of Alan Gross by calling President Obama the “worst negotiator in modern U.S. history.”

“My interest in Cuba has been the furthering of democracy and freedom,” Rubio said. “Nothing the president will announce today will further that goal…It’s part of long record of coddling dictators and tyrants this administration has.”

“They’ve created no economic openings, no concessions on freedom of speech, no concessions on elections, no alternative political parties. …The idea that this leads to democratic opening is absurd, but it is par for the course for an administration possibly giving away unilateral concessions for Iran or Cuba in exchange for nothing.”

Really? So opening trade and sharing of technology isn’t going to help Cuba move toward a more democratic future? Really?[su_csky_ad]

D.B. Hirsch
D.B. Hirsch is a political activist, news junkie, and retired ad copy writer and spin doctor. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.

47 responses to Marco Rubio Hates That Alan Gross Is Free And Relations With Cuba Will Improve

  1. rational_thinking_one December 17th, 2014 at 12:09 pm

    So much douchery from the GOP. Rubio is a tool.

    • crc3 December 17th, 2014 at 1:25 pm

      Rubio just needs to go away….far away….

      • StoneyCurtisll December 17th, 2014 at 2:16 pm

        Maybe not that far away…
        90 miles will do.(back to Cuba)…:)

  2. crc3 December 17th, 2014 at 12:27 pm

    Typical Rubio. It’s way past time for the US to open relationships with Cuba. Rubio wants the status quo. All he wants to do and say is anything that goes against Obama. Rubio is in the process of making himself insignificant in the grand scheme of things and the sooner the better…

    • KABoink_after_wingnut_hacker December 17th, 2014 at 12:34 pm

      Agreed! Virtually every other country’s citizens around the world have been vacationing in Cuba for decades. All of our allies and then some.

      • whatthe46 December 17th, 2014 at 4:29 pm

        the right had a fk’n hissy fit when B and Jay Z vacationed there.

    • StoneyCurtisll December 17th, 2014 at 12:46 pm

      Marco looks thirsty..(bottle of water)

      • StoneyCurtisll December 17th, 2014 at 12:47 pm

      • crc3 December 17th, 2014 at 1:24 pm

        LOL…can never forget that!

      • rg9rts December 17th, 2014 at 2:20 pm

        He’ll have all the water he wants when Jacksonville becomes the new Key West…

      • Pilotshark December 17th, 2014 at 4:03 pm

        that or he is waiting for a set of teabags.

        • StoneyCurtisll December 17th, 2014 at 4:17 pm

          If I could..
          Two thumbs up~!

  3. Pilotshark December 17th, 2014 at 12:31 pm

    Marco, you need to remove your head from your fourth point of contact, before you use whats left of your oxygen in that very small place.

  4. Larry Schmitt December 17th, 2014 at 12:33 pm

    He wants us to try forcing “democracy” down the Cubans’ throats, seeing how well that worked in Iraq and Afghanistan, and Central America, and everywhere else we’ve tried it.

  5. neworleans878 December 17th, 2014 at 12:34 pm

    Cuba fell to the Commies 50+ years ago. Since then, the Cold War has ended, we fought and lost a war in Vietnam, and now have diplomatic relations with them, and normalized relations with China.

    My wife was born in Cuba, her family fled in 1963. She, her sisters and those younger in her family want to normalize relations with Cuba. The older Cubans need to quit insisting that we never have relations with the island nation. Get over it already.

    Marco, get off your f*cking high horse. Do what’s right for a change.

    ps…know many Vietnam vets and friends and family of several men who died over there. Never heard one of them insist we never establish relations with that nation…those who I spoke to about it said they wanted to normalize relations.

    edit: wintergreen above made me aware it’s been 50+ years, not 40 like I originally put.

    • Guest December 17th, 2014 at 12:43 pm

      Closer to if not over 60 years.

      • tracey marie December 17th, 2014 at 1:57 pm

        MD reese?

    • edmeyer_able December 17th, 2014 at 7:39 pm

      I can remember being on beach/pier watch in ’65/’66 looking for rafts washing ashore in Key West.

  6. ExPFCWintergreen December 17th, 2014 at 12:34 pm

    Sheesh, what a lame-o that Obama is. And here Fidel and Raul were *just* about to surrender thanks to the brilliance of our Miami-Dade and Broward County-directed foreign policy. After, you know, 50 years.

    • StoneyCurtisll December 17th, 2014 at 12:44 pm


    • tracey marie December 17th, 2014 at 1:56 pm

      that was great.

  7. Pilotshark December 17th, 2014 at 12:39 pm

    Well at lease Teddy Cruzz`s father be happy after fight with Castro those years ago.

    No wait he didn’t know Castro was a commie, until after Castro took over.

    So Rubio, WHY NOT NOW? and do you have a better way, I answer that for you NOPE!

  8. StoneyCurtisll December 17th, 2014 at 12:42 pm

    Hey Rubio…
    Do you not think that the life of the average Cuban will improve with better relations or even allowing trade with Cuba?..
    or are you just pissy over the fact the after nearly 60 years of trade sanctions Obama actually wants to make Cuba a potential trade partner?

    We fought a war with the North Vietnamese, they won, and we now do trade with Vietnam..
    Why not Cuba?..

  9. rational_thinking_one December 17th, 2014 at 12:51 pm

    The sugar farmers in the deep South are crapping their pants with this news. The wealthy farmers love their Federal Government protection and subsidies.

    • tracey marie December 17th, 2014 at 1:55 pm

      Funny thing is, most are Cubans

  10. Snick1946 December 17th, 2014 at 1:08 pm

    I am totally tired of these whiney-ass Cuban Americans (most of whom are the children and grandchildren of people who were sponging off the Cuban people under Batista-) acting like they should rule our decisions on this issue. Both parties have catered to their whims over the years.

    • tracey marie December 17th, 2014 at 1:55 pm

      Very true, like the elder cruz untill he decided to go commie with his pal fidel.

  11. Tommy6860 December 17th, 2014 at 1:08 pm

    Now we go from Benghazi! Benghazi! Benghazi!, to Havana! Havana! Havana!.

    Seriously, Rubio can take a long walk off a short pier. He talks about the repression, oh noes!, I guess the Batista regime was awesome in their right wing mafia backed repression. FFS!

  12. arc99 December 17th, 2014 at 1:49 pm

    I don’t get it. Why the uproar? The President has taken the initiative to treat Cuba the exact same way we treat mainland China.

    According to the Walmart website they have 334 stores in Florida, which I believe is second only to Texas. Virtually everything you can buy at Walmart comes from China, which my reliable sources tell me is also a communist country.

    I can see it now. TeaParty Republicans will be sending emails of outrage at President Obama enabling a communist dictatorship, then hurry out to finish their Christmas shopping, purchasing goods imported from a much larger and far more dangerous communist dictatorship.

    If that makes perfect sense to you, you just might be a right winger; but definitely not smarter than a 6th grader.

    • brian nunziato December 17th, 2014 at 2:43 pm

      If the Neo-cons make a scene then their base is sure to follow… No matter how ridiculous it may be. Ya can’t fix ” stupid”….

  13. Jones December 17th, 2014 at 2:14 pm

    I agree with all the comments below.

    I quibble a bit with the headline though, Alan Gross being free is the only thing Rubio was happy about during his press conference. Distortion is something I prefer to think the other side does.

  14. rg9rts December 17th, 2014 at 2:18 pm

    Moron…his interest in Cuba is pandering to the conservative Miami base in Florida…Marco EVERY administration has coddled dictators and tyrants…Hey Marco …who supported the Cuban peoples choice Batista????

  15. StoneyCurtisll December 17th, 2014 at 2:20 pm

    Lets not forget Alan gross was sent to Cuba on a mission from the US to attempt to incite potential revolutionaries…
    How would we treat those sent to the USA from a foreign country intent on the same purposes?

    • rg9rts December 17th, 2014 at 2:21 pm

      He was the one going to in filtrate the Cuban Hip Hop movement??

      • StoneyCurtisll December 17th, 2014 at 2:30 pm

        Hip hop?…
        “I made a million on that corner”..
        The horror…:)
        Pure capitalism.

      • allison1050 December 17th, 2014 at 4:51 pm


    • Pilotshark December 17th, 2014 at 3:56 pm

      it seems we elect them into office.

  16. jasperjava December 17th, 2014 at 2:52 pm

    If you want to talk about “coddling dictators and tyrants”, look at Reagan.

    He propped up the most vicious dictatorial regimes all over the world, including torturers and rapists and murderers from Central America to Africa. He defended Apartheid in South Africa. He sold arms to BOTH Iran and Iraq, and had friendly relations with Iraq even AFTER Sadaam used nerve gas against the Iranians and the Kurds.

    • whatthe46 December 17th, 2014 at 4:21 pm

      they remember NOTHING!!

  17. Maxx44 December 17th, 2014 at 4:35 pm

    He’s just pissed that Obama beat the Goobers Old Party to it.

  18. TeapartyCrasher December 17th, 2014 at 4:47 pm

    Is there anyway to redo the whole situation and trade Gross for Rubio? Keep Rubio as a political prisoner, because he is, by far the worst Senator at this moment.

    • tracey marie December 17th, 2014 at 8:09 pm

      cruz is so much worse, this guy is impotent

  19. allison1050 December 17th, 2014 at 4:52 pm

    Rubio doesn’t know about recent, as in the last 55 yrs. of American history now does he.

  20. tracey marie December 17th, 2014 at 9:15 pm

    It was inevidable, Cruz has jumped on the Cuba and Obama are bad band wagon…the fool qoutes reagan and gives no reason why it is bad and scary besides….Obama

  21. Jake December 17th, 2014 at 9:44 pm

    Maybe now Rubio’s parents can go back to Cuba – they did, after all, leave Cuba to flee the Batista regime not the Castro regime!!!!!!!

  22. Julie G December 17th, 2014 at 11:38 pm

    So, it’s all or nothing, huh, Marco? No relationship with Cuba just to make a point? I’m sure Mr Gross’s family is glad you aren’t the president.

    • MagnaDave★★ December 17th, 2014 at 11:44 pm

      We are all glad that he’s not the president (and never will be).