WaPo: Documents show Rubio’s parents didn’t initially flee Cuba because of Castro; Update: Rubio slams WaPo; Update: Miami Herald challenges WaPo story

posted at 6:34 pm on October 20, 2011 by Allahpundit

It’s not as lame as the Journal’s big expose about Rick Perry’s campaign plane being haunted by Cocaine Ghosts, but it’s still underwhelming.

During his rise to political prominence, Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) frequently repeated a compelling version of his family’s history that had special resonance in South Florida. He was the son of exiles, he told audiences, Cuban Americans forced off their beloved island after “a thug,” Fidel Castro, took power.

But a review of documents — including naturalization papers and other official records — reveals that Rubio’s dramatic account of his family saga embellishes the facts. The documents show that Rubio’s parents came to the United States and were admitted for permanent residence more than 2½ years before Castro’s forces overthrew the Cuban government and took power on New Year’s Day 1959…

Rubio’s office on Thursday confirmed that his parents arrived in the United States in 1956 but noted that “while they were prepared to live here permanently, they always held out the hope and the option of returning to Cuba if things improved.” They returned to Cuba several times after Castro came to power to “assess the situation with the hope of eventually moving back,” the office said in a statement.

In a brief interview Thursday, Rubio said his accounts of the family’s migration has been based on family lore. “I’m going off the oral history of my family,” he said. “All of these documents and passports are not things that I carried around with me.”…

His office tried to clarify the facts in its statement Thursday. After their 1956 arrival, the couple visited Cuba after Castro’s takeover. In 1961, Oriales Rubio took her two children back to Cuba “with the intention of remaining permanently.” Mario remained in Florida “wrapping up the family’s matters.” But within weeks of arriving there, “it because clear that Cuba was headed full speed towards Communism and they decided to return to the U.S,” the statement said.

Rubio’s staff allowed The Post to examine copies of his parents’ passports. They showed that between the couple’s admission for permanent residence and Castro’s victory on January 1, 1959, his father spent five days in Cuba and his mother spent no more than 2 months and 3 days there. The passports show that Rubio’s mother made at least four short trips to the island after Castro’s victory, including a month long stay in February and March 1961.

In other words, his parents didn’t leave the country because they hated Castro and communism. They merely refused to return to the country — for more than 50 years — because they hated Castro and communism. If you’re willing to call the former a case of “exile” but not the latter, you’re more of a stickler than I. Via e-mail, a friend sums up the story this way: “Turns out that Rubio doesn’t score high enough on the immigration-sad-story-drama scale.” Right, but there’s also no excuse for him not to have had a staffer run through the documents to get this right, especially considering he might be on the ticket as soon as next year. Even if you believe that he sincerely thought his parents had come here later, he’s been inadvertently misleading audiences and handing the Democrats/media a weapon to swing at him. Such sloppiness demands a wrist slap. *Slap.* Anything else to say here?

Here he is today on Fox News celebrating the end of Qaddafi. He’s been a fierce supporter of NATO’s intervention in Libya, which is part of his anti-Castro/anti-dictator approach but is also potentially a huge liability in a party that’s gradually trending less hawkish. If things go to hell there — and there are already warning signs — future opponents will never let him hear the end of it. And by future opponents, I don’t mean Democrats.


Update: Via the Corner, the inevitable indignant reply.

To suggest my family’s story is embellished for political gain is outrageous. The dates I have given regarding my family’s history have always been based on my parents’ recollections of events that occurred over 55 years ago and which were relayed to me by them more than two decades after they happened. I was not made aware of the exact dates until very recently.

What’s important is that the essential facts of my family’s story are completely accurate. My parents are from Cuba. After arriving in the United States, they had always hoped to one day return to Cuba if things improved and traveled there several times. In 1961, my mother and older siblings did in fact return to Cuba while my father stayed behind wrapping up the family’s matters in the U.S. After just a few weeks living there, she fully realized the true nature of the direction Castro was taking Cuba and returned to the United States one month later, never to return.

They were exiled from the home country they tried to return to because they did not want to live under communism. That is an undisputed fact and to suggest otherwise is outrageous.

Update: The big expose might not last a day. Marc Caputo at the Miami Herald takes a hatchet to WaPo:

But the top of the story suggests Rubio himself has given this “dramatatic account:” that “he was the son of exiles, he told audiences, Cuban Americans forced off their beloved island after ‘a thug,’ Fidel Castro, took power.”

However, the story doesn’t cite one speech where Rubio actually said that.

To back up the lead, the Washington Post excerpts from a 2006 address in the Florida House where Rubio said “in January of 1959 a thug named Fidel Castro took power in Cuba and countless Cubans were forced to flee… Today your children and grandchildren are the secretary of commerce of the United States and multiple members of Congress…and soon, even speaker of the Florida House.”

The catch: If you listen to the speech, Rubio isn’t just talking about those who specifically fled Cuba after Castro took power. He doesn’t say that his parents fled Cuba. Instead, he was talking about “a community of exiles.” That is: He was talking about all the Cubans who live in Miami.

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Pay no attention to the excruciating debt and deficit under Obama!!! NO sir, we want to talk about Maro Rubio’s semantics!

MechEng5by5 on October 21, 2011 at 12:14 AM

Don’t mind the disastrous crammed-down-our-throats socialized medicine!!! We want more details about Rubio and his “oral history”!

MechEng5by5 on October 21, 2011 at 12:19 AM

Why are we even talking about Rubio anyway? And yet again? Why wasn’t this thread about “Fast and Furious”? I know hotair is scared to bits about any talk about Obama’s legality, but even afraid of ‘Fast and Furious”? That should be front burner. Hotair seems to always want to take the heat off Obama by putting it on one or another GOP Presidential candidate, or even in the past possible ones if her name was Sarah Palin. All this diversion. If I didn’t know better I would smell George Soros.

InkyBinkyBarleyBoo on October 21, 2011 at 12:24 AM

We want more details about Rubio and his “oral history”!

MechEng5by5 on October 21, 2011 at 12:19 AM

Actually on Libya, he needs an enema.

InkyBinkyBarleyBoo on October 21, 2011 at 12:25 AM

Del Dolemonte on October 21, 2011 at 12:01 AM

Rubio will probably want to give some kind of amnesty, I mean “solutions” in Rubio-speak, to Robots too, at least if they speak spanish.

InkyBinkyBarleyBoo on October 21, 2011 at 12:11 AM

Harry Hope could not be reached for comment.

Del Dolemonte on October 21, 2011 at 12:25 AM

Please, don’t bother us with details about corrupt union thugs, gun-running ATF f-ups, and billion dollar busted green energy loans!!! We want more facts about Rubio’s maid’s immigration status!

MechEng5by5 on October 21, 2011 at 12:27 AM

If I didn’t know better I would smell George Soros.

InkyBinkyBarleyBoo on October 21, 2011 at 12:24 AM

Thanks for admitting you know what Soros’ anal sphincter smells like.

Del Dolemonte on October 21, 2011 at 12:27 AM

InkyBinkyBarleyBoo on October 21, 2011 at 12:25 AM

You obviously used your enema on the wrong end before you started posting tonight.

ANYBODY BUT OBAMA 2012!!!

MechEng5by5 on October 21, 2011 at 12:30 AM

Don’t mind the disastrous crammed-down-our-throats socialized medicine!!! We want more details about Rubio and his “oral history”!

MechEng5by5 on October 21, 2011 at 12:19 AM


They failed — miserably I might add — going after his brother-in-law. They need a good distraction, so why not find some way of debasing Rubio and his family. He did, after all, humiliate Geithner the other day.

Expect to see a hit piece about Ryan — he did the same thing to Mr. TARP recently.

Demosthenes on October 21, 2011 at 12:35 AM

He did, after all, humiliate Geithner the other day.

Demosthenes on October 21, 2011 at 12:35 AM

NO! NO! we don’t want to know about tax-cheating Keynesian, central-planners! We want more Rubio kicks puppies stories…Prove it didn’t happen!

MechEng5by5 on October 21, 2011 at 12:42 AM

Thanks for admitting you know what Soros’ anal sphincter smells like.

Del Dolemonte on October 21, 2011 at 12:27 AM

I was speaking metaphorically. You need to stop talking like a 6 year old. It smells looks bad.

You obviously used your enema on the wrong end before you started posting tonight.

MechEng5by5 on October 21, 2011 at 12:30 AM

See above comment and advice.

At the door to this establishment I distinctly remember asking to be seated in the adult section.

InkyBinkyBarleyBoo on October 21, 2011 at 1:48 AM

This just goes to show how devoid of an intellectual basis the left has become. They’re attacking presidential candidates because the plane their renting was used by drug traffickers long before the candidate rented it and now they’re so terrified of Rubio that they’re already trying to undermine him by playing the semantics game (after not vetting Obama whatsoever).

This is what it looks like when an ideology is dying, Occupy Wall Street, the vice president saying that the opposition has no problem with rape, the president’s desperate attempt to tie his jobs bill to firefighters and cops, and their media lackeys desperately trying to stop the young leaders who are going to nail the final nails into the coffin. Ryan was gonna kill grandma, used Social Security when his dad died, and drinks good wine, Rubio’s parent’s fled Cuba before Castro or something so that makes him illegitimate.

This is what it looks like. I hope our young leaders, and ourselves, are prepared for what they’re going to demagogue over the next few years.

cpaulus on October 21, 2011 at 3:09 AM

Ho-hum. WaPo does a hit piece based on things Rubio NEVER SAID. All their “layers of fact-checkers and editors” couldn’t catch the fact that Rubio had NEVER actually claimed what they claimed he did.

Epic fail, even worse than the Perry – rock story.

Adjoran on October 21, 2011 at 3:48 AM

WAPO, another media arm of the Democratic party has not had a legit complaint in years. Why do you bother reporting it?

leftnomore on October 21, 2011 at 4:16 AM

Fidel was raising hell in Cuba way before 1959. When I was there in Cuba in 1958 he was always in the news for something he did. Some people I talked to were very afraid of this monster.

mixplix on October 21, 2011 at 5:01 AM

Never underestimate the corrupted trash that is today’s journalism profession.

Now, what are YOU going to do about it Hot Air? Are you going to keep linking to this garbage, day after day, knowing that none of it is reliable?

MNHawk on October 21, 2011 at 6:44 AM

Fascinating look at the circulation numbers of the top 100 papers:

6. Washington Post 550,821 Washington DC
20. Washington DC Examiner 260,950 Washington DC
39. Express 183,916 Washington DC
46. Miami Herald 173,555 Miami, Florida
93. Washington Times 93,763 Washington DC

First off is the Herald is up-punching – hitting above their throw weight which is always a great option for a newspaper, particularly a large regional one going after a National one.

Second is that the WaPO is considered a National paper and yet is starting to see competition in its home market from the Examiner. A worrying sign. The various national stories they break is an attempt to shine their apple and yet each time they come out with a fraudulent or poorly sourced article they face losing readers not just across the Nation but at home.

Third is that #20 is a newspaper that didn’t exist a few years ago and has the exceedingly popular price of: FREE. It is also one of the most conservative newspapers in the Nation and yet it is given away and paid for by advertising. High circulation means high advertising revenue and that then means you can do away with subscribers. From not being on the charts to #20 in 5 or 6 years is stunning.

Fourth the Express is a WaPO Freebie meant to deal with the Examiner. It isn’t working. Nice tabloid, trendy, but not doing the job. Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. In other words the WaPO wants to be a National newspaper, and isn’t doing such a hot job of it, and they have to invent a local newspaper, which isn’t doing such a hot job of it.

Fifth is the fall of the WaTimes. It is the paper of the Rev. Moon and used to be the conservative newspaper in town. Now it has some decent comics… and most of the commentators moved over to the Examiner. Rev. Moon really should have just kept his hands off of the daily operations and let hard-nosed business people run it in a cut-throat fashion. His son is doing a great job at that with Kahr arms which has eaten up Auto Ordnance/Thompson (and turned them around) and recently purchased Magnum Research. Perhaps they can take his hint on the 2nd Amendment and apply it to the 1st by going for quality, visibility and respectable designs.

Basically the more the WaPO continues on trying to push poorly sourced, destructive stories out the door the more they are likely to lose the DC market and then have to face down the top 5:

1. Wall Street Journal 2,117,796 New York City, New York
2. USA Today 1,829,099 Washington DC
3. New York Times 916,911 New York City, New York
4. Los Angeles Times 605,243 Los Angeles, California
5. San Jose Mercury News 577,665 San Jose, California

To get into that they really do need a wider subscriber base because they aren’t willing to compete with their main vehicle against the Examiner. And the more they keep on pushing garbage out the door, the more the regionals will begin to smell blood in the water. Then the WaPO will start to fall, and hard, and just might be able to make a go of it with their free paper. If they can up its quality any and get out of the night life and out and about venue of things.

The heartening thing is that the NYT has this problem many, many times over. Soon the regionals and locals will be pulling down all but WSJ and USA Today. That day isn’t far off any more.

ajacksonian on October 21, 2011 at 7:00 AM

If the Democratic Party Propaganda Department aka the MSM can pretend Obama wrote Dreams From My Father (when it was obviously written by Bill Ayers) then I’m prepared to pretend that Rubio’s parents emigrated in 1959. Rubio can fix this problem by sealing all papers that reference this issue when he becomes president.

Basilsbest on October 21, 2011 at 7:01 AM

Marco please dont ever accept being VP under Romney. Its like that saying in the movie Full metal jacket. “Lean forward and choke yourself”. I’m tired of being force fed mitt. I used to think, anyone byt Obama. but voting for romneycare doesnt fix things. It would probably be worse for conservatives in the long run.

We have a guy as president not who is supposed to be a leader. And all he knows is how to campaign and not lead. All we have in Romney is a guy who can flip the flop and bob and weave to whats popular. With a little Romneycare sprinkled on top.

Down with the sham Romney!

Gedge on October 21, 2011 at 7:13 AM

They took out Sarah before the election. They are trying to take out Rubio before the next election.

GardenGnome on October 21, 2011 at 8:04 AM

But at least we know what it takes for a story to become newsworthy, among leftist garbage.

Raping a woman in a hotel room, in 1978, then after having the story become public, siccing the IRS on her in 2001. Not news.

Parents travel to and from Cuba, in 1956. News.

So let’s salute today’s Real JournoFraud of Genius, Manuel Roig-Hyphen, for going where none have had the courage to go before.

MNHawk on October 21, 2011 at 8:17 AM

Leaving Cuba and hoping to return was the idea of probably all those who left their country. They always believed in this ability and thought that any day Castro would be deposed somehow and they could go back. Sadly, that was never possible and many from that era can’t even be buried at home.

Kissmygrits on October 21, 2011 at 9:19 AM

WAPO even researching social security number applications by his father and grandfather in Fla and NY prior to the revolution to make the liberal point. Obama’s CT SSN?? That’s a non starter and not important. Rubio is ineligible for VP or Prez due to NBC and he knows it. He wont categorically state he is eligible or ineligible. Just dodges the question. I support his conservatism, just not in either of those posts. It undermines the case against the marxist elephant in the room, the delicate genius. Do a quick review of the American Nazi party and american Communist Party websites and estimate what the correlation is between their platforms and the actions of this adminsitration and the Democractic party.

allahallahoxenfree on October 21, 2011 at 9:33 AM

Leaving Cuba and hoping to return was the idea of probably all those who left their country. They always believed in this ability and thought that any day Castro would be deposed somehow and they could go back. Sadly, that was never possible and many from that era can’t even be buried at home. – Kissmygrits on October 21, 2011 at 9:19 AM

If Castro’s regime fell today the flood of Cuba-Americans returning to Cuba in my opinion would be astounding.

SC.Charlie on October 21, 2011 at 9:39 AM

But a review of documents — including naturalization papers and other official records — reveals that Rubio’s dramatic account of his family saga embellishes the facts. The documents show that Rubio’s parents came to the United States and were admitted for permanent residence more than 2½ years before Castro’s forces overthrew the Cuban government and took power on New Year’s Day 1959…

If Rubio should someday run for President or VP, this report could actually debunk some “birther” claim about his eligibility to become President.

Many published reports state that Senator Rubio is now 40 years old, meaning that he was born in 1971 (or late 1970). If Rubio’s parents “were admitted for permanent residence” in the United States in 1956, over 14 years before Marco Rubio’s birth, this would satisfy the requirement for length of permanent residency of the parents of a person eligible to be President. Even if Rubio’s mother traveled to Cuba for a month in early 1961 (wasn’t this around the time of the Bay of Pigs?), she still would have resided continuously in the United States for 10 years prior to giving birth to Marco Rubio.

Seriously, how can the WaPo expect Senator Rubio to have an exact account of events that occurred long before he was born? Didn’t he, like anyone else, have to rely on older family members to tell him what happened before he was born?

We all heard the romantic story from the current President who was supposedly conceived shortly after his parents met on the bridge in Selma, when he was already 4 years old. If the media let THAT one slide, let’s cut Rubio some slack about what happened long before he was born.

Steve Z on October 21, 2011 at 10:07 AM

Smart people get out while the getting is good.

Common Sense on October 20, 2011 at 6:49 PM

THIS.

Badger40 on October 21, 2011 at 10:32 AM

What rules determine if you’re and exile or left just because you didn’t like the ruler or gov’t? If Obama would be re-elected I’m gonna leave and need to know what to call myself. Exile or just sick to my stomach.

Herb on October 21, 2011 at 11:40 AM

What rules determine if you’re and exile or left just because you didn’t like the ruler or gov’t? If Obama would be re-elected I’m gonna leave and need to know what to call myself. Exile or just sick to my stomach. – Herb on October 21, 2011 at 11:40 AM

You can call yourself both. Costa Rica they say is a nice place to live.

SC.Charlie on October 21, 2011 at 11:51 AM

Now, I’m truely crushed. First, Hillary is born years before Sir Edmund climbs Everest, and now, this thing Rubio’s parents. Man…

karl9000 on October 21, 2011 at 11:53 AM

And I remember missles and bombs going off all around me and the sound of gunfire. I was told to duck my head and run for cover. You remember that too. Isn’t that right, Chelsea? That’s the way it happened. Right?

Let’s see. Somebody tells tales of his parents lives before he was even born and it is news when it turns out to be incorrect. A grown woman tells out-right lies to lift her status and stature and she gets a pass (by the Dem-run MSM).

MSM. That just about sums it up.

DuctTapeMyBrain on October 21, 2011 at 11:58 AM

WaPo laying the groundwork for 2016? Or trying to keep the Hispanic voters in Obama’s pocket for 2012?

Obama’s said his parents conceived him as a result of the Civil Rights marches in Selma.

Let’s see WaPo hold that story to the same high standard.

Joe Biden’s personal narrative has been embellished a bit over the years, too.

hawksruleva on October 21, 2011 at 12:48 PM

The WaPo ranks right up there with the NY Slime for prime birdcage liner.

ultracon on October 21, 2011 at 1:10 PM

Supported intervention into Libya?

His family story is the least of his problems then.

LeeSeneca on October 21, 2011 at 11:06 PM

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