A recent poll found that nearly three quarters of the American public supports relaxing restrictions on Cuba. So it should come as no surprise that the Obama administration announced today that it was rolling back some of the latest travel and remittance restrictions put in place by the Bush administration. What is surprising is that it took so long to start moving toward a more sensible policy toward Cuba. This is evidence of the waning power of a small but vocal minority, primarily Cuban-American exiles in Miami. Even that group does not feel as strongly about maintaining our grudge against Cuba as they have in years past. President Obama seems completely unsympathetic to the feelings of such special interest groups when they deprive the vast majority of a rational policy, and secure enough in his popularity that he need not worry about offending those who support maintaining tough restrictions on Cuba until both the Castro brothers are dead.
Not to mention the possibilities of planning an exciting vacation in Havana, or picking up some legal Cuban cigars! (photo from BigTravelWeb)