Fidel Castro was on TV in Cuba last night.
At least they said it was him. I have it on good authority that it’s not really Fidel but his older brother Ramon, who looks amazingly like him. In reality, Fidel Castro checked out sometime last summer and they’ve been using Ramon ever since.
It was the first interview that he — whoever he is — has granted since he turned over power to his other brother Raúl.
His face seemed more filled out than in recent photographs, and he smiled often but spoke slowly and in short phrases, slurring his words at times and drawing labored breaths. The interview appeared to have taken place in the same room as his April meeting with a Chinese delegation — a room the Beijing media said was in a hospital.
Castro mentioned twice that he had been in an intensive care unit recently but gave no details and said he had been “doing what I’m supposed to” to regain his health.
He spent most of the time talking about the past, saying nothing about when or if he would resume office.
In that respect, he didn’t sound a whole lot different than some of the people here in Little Havana who spend most of their time reminiscing about the good old days.
But you wonder what’s going to happen when they run out of brothers.
Cross-posted from Bark Bark Woof Woof.