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Cuba Sí!: A Tribute to Professor David Bederman and a Letter to President Obama

6 Pages Posted: 21 Sep 2012 Last revised: 25 Sep 2012

Frank J. Vandall

Emory University School of Law

Date Written: August 15, 2012


Dear President Obama: At this moment the United States is in the midst of a deep recession and several wars. I know you are searching for positive accomplishments in order to prepare for the 2012 elections. Improving the economy will require the assistance of everyone, so may I suggest a small step with substantial economic benefits: full legal recognition of Cuba. This island is our neighbor, only ninety miles from Key West.

Four critical considerations form the foundation of the argument for a full recognition of Cuba. First, economics. Because of our recession, all new trade is a good thing. From our side, we could export automobiles, motorcycles, heavy equipment, food, and electronics to Cuba. From Cuba, they could export rum, sugar, cigars, and music to the United States. Many of our citizens would love to visit Cuba and vice versa. Prior to the revolution, Cuba was a resort destination for many Americans. This new recognition is a win-win solution.

Keywords: Cuba, economy, economic embargo, export, creditor, communist, nationalization, economics, international law, political science, politics, Florida, trade, elections

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Vandall, Frank J., Cuba Sí!: A Tribute to Professor David Bederman and a Letter to President Obama (August 15, 2012). Emory Law Journal, Vol. 61, No. August, 2012; Emory Legal Studies Research Paper No. 12-223. Available at SSRN:

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