President George W. Bush meets with Yamile Llanes Labrada and her daughter Shirln Garcia, pictured sitting immediately to her mother’s right, Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2007, in the Oval Office. Mrs. Labrada is the wife of Cuban political prisoner Dr. Jose Luis Garcia Paneque. White House photo by Eric Draper.
I have just met a remarkable woman that I want to introduce to you: Yamile Llanes Labrada, and her daughter, Shirlen GarcÃa, have joined me in the Oval Office. Yamile is the wife of a political prisoner in Cuba, Dr. JosÃ© Luis GarcÃa Paneque. The doctor was a plastic surgeon. He did nothing more than advocate for freedom. And he’s now in prison. And not only is he in prison, he’s ill. And so one of the messages I have for the Cuban leader is, free this man, and free other political prisoners. He’s not a threat to you. Let him be reunited with a woman who loves him dearly, and his four children. So, Yamile, thanks for coming. We’re proud you’re here. (Applause.) Sure glad you’re here. Y que Dios les bendiga a su familia y tambiÃ©n su esposo.
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