While it is premature to order Cohibas from Amazon, President Obama’s announcement that the United States would re-establish ties with Cuba had to create a buzz among cigar smokers. Long barred by the trade embargo, Cuban smokes acquired an almost mythical reputation.
While Obama’s historic move will usher in change, it will not result in mass imports of Cuban cigars. For that to happen, Congress will have to lift the trade embargo, considered unlikely with a Republican-controlled Congress.
Meanwhile, Americans with a taste for the exotic will have to make do with the few cigars travelers will be allowed to bring back. Otherwise, they’ll have to rely on Central American imitations, unless Cigar Dave (a Buffalo native) can rally his troops to lobby Congress.
Also salivating at the prospect of closer ties to Cuba are the lords of Major League Baseball, which has benefited from the talents of the few players who managed to escape the island. Ballplayers could end up being a lucrative export for Cuba, and an infusion of Cuban athletes might give what is supposed to be our national pastime a boost.
Sometimes, the simplest solution is the best one, and so it may be with the panel that was charged with the important task of reviewing the policies and performance of the Secret Service, following repeated security breaches at the White House.
After no doubt diligent research by the panel, which was formed by Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson, the panel’s recommendation was this: Make the fence higher.
There were other suggestions, as well, but given the ease of scaling the fence to make it onto the White House grounds and even get into the mansion, it’s the very definition of no-brainer.
This is a deadly serious issue, of course, but the obvious conclusion recalls the studies – no doubt expensive – that revealed that children do better if they are read to and if their parents hold them. Who knew, right?
There but for the grace of God …
Ed Cox may be an astute political leader, but don’t invite him to your next party. The New York State Republican Party chairman and son-in-law of former President Richard Nixon recently attended a swanky event to help Cardinal Timothy Dolan preserve the art of St. Patrick’s Cathedral in New York City.
The function was held at the art-filled corporate offices of Bank of America and, at some point, a witness told the Post, “the peace was shattered when Ed Cox accidentally knocked over a 4-foot-tall antique vase in the center of the room. It fell to the floor and shattered with a terrible, piercing, sound which stopped the entire room.”
Cost of the vase: $70,000. Relief that it was him and not you who did it: priceless.