Cuban Flag at Obama Campaign Office-Truth!

Cuban Flag with Che Guevara Displayed at Barack Obama Campaign Office-Truth!

Summary of eRumor:

The eRumor says that at a Houston volunteer office for presidential candidate Barack Obama, a flag of Cuba with Che Guevara’s face on it was displayed.  Obama is criticized for not condemning it and insisting that it be taken down.

The Truth:

This controversy came to light when a Fox affiliate in Houston covered the opening of the Houston campaign office for Barack Obama.  On one of the walls behind a campaign worker’s desk was a Cuban flag with the image of Che Guevara on it, the Marxist Revolutionary who was a part of the revolution in Cuba that brought Fidel Castro into power. 

As of this writing there has not been any order from Obama for the flag to be taken down.  His campaign issued a statement that said, “This is a volunteer office that is not in any way controlled by the Obama campaign. We were disappointed to see this picture because it is both offensive to many Cuban-Americans — and Americans of all backgrounds — and because it does not reflect Senator Obama’s views. Barack Obama has been very clear in putting forward a Cuba policy that is based on one principle: freedom for the Cuban people.”

Senator Obama has not called for “no strings attached” diplomatic relations with Cuba but during a debate in November, 2007, with other Democratic presidential candidates he did say that he would be willing to meet with leaders of Iran, Syria, Venezuela, Cuba and North Korea.

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Updated 2/20/08