President Bush sticks it to Castro

President George W. Bush meets with Yamile Llanes Labrada and her daughter Shirln Garcia
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.
President Bush attended a Hispanic Heritage event at the White House yesterday, where he had the following to say:

I have just met a remarkable woman that I want to introduce to you: Yamile Llanes Labrada, and her daughter, Shirlen García, have joined me in the Oval Office. Yamile is the wife of a political prisoner in Cuba, Dr. José Luis García 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 también su esposo.

Remarkably, those comments were picked up by Reuters.

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