CUBA LIBRE: Many Americans and Cubans had a lot to say Thursday in the wake of President Obama’s unexpected restoration of Cuban-American relations, but one of the island’s more famous native sons was reserving judgment. “I think it would be marvelous. It’s just so sudden,” Adolfo said. “I’m just waiting to see what happens.”

Adolfo, whose career got a major lift in the Eighties from former first lady Nancy Reagan, left Havana at age 17 and has never returned. “Our family house is still in Havana. The property was taken by the government. I hope everything works out, but at the moment I think we have to sit and wait and see what happens,” he said. “I know this will take time. It’s not going to be one, two, three.”

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Interestingly, when Michelle Obama wore an inauguration-day ensemble from the Cuban-American born Isabel Toledo, there was speculation as to whether that gesture might be an indication of the president’s international objectives.

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