While many people might consider President Obama a “lame duck” at this point, rum and cigar lovers certainly think the prez is a pretty “cool duck” as of this morning.
Perhaps looking to bribe Americans into appreciating his forthcoming legacy with a bit of booze and tobacco, President Obama announced today that US travelers would soon be able to bring back unlimited amounts of Cuban rum and cigars to the United States, from anywhere in the world, as long as it is for personal use. The new rules go into effect on Monday – probably pissing off anyone who booked their travel plans to return from Cuba this weekend. “Change my flights and buy me a bigger suitcase!” I’m sure someone in Havana is saying.
“Challenges remain — and very real differences between our governments persist on issues of democracy and human rights — but I believe that engagement is the best way to address those differences and make progress on behalf of our interests and values,” Obama was quoted as saying. It’s certainly not the first time people have tried to bond over rum and cigars.