When you're the Carters on vacay in Cuba ....
You've gotta expect to get slammed by South Florida's exilio Cubanos. Even if you dress like Maya Angelou and her bagboy on a humanitarian mission circa '64.
So it was probably no surprise to Jay-Z and Beyonce when Republican politicos Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, Mario Diaz-Balart, and Marco Rubio angrily accused them of helping to "fund the machinery of oppression" and having "no interest in the Cuban people's freedom" over last week's second honeymoon in Havana.
But that's why Hova and Bey got the proper paperwork, straight from the Treasury Department, who's finally confirmed that the supercouple's "educational exchange trip" was indeed "authorized."
Yesterday (after "a source familiar with the itinerary" already told Reuters essentially the same thing), the Treasury officially announced in letters sent to Ros-Lehtinen and Diaz-Balart that the Carters three-day stay on the island had been approved under a licensed program that encourages "meaningful contacts" with the Cuban people.
As Alastair M. Fitzpayne, the Treasury's assistant secretary for legislative affairs, writes: "It is our understanding that the travelers in question traveled to Cuba pursuant to an educational exchange trip organized by a group authorized by OFAC to sponsor and organize programs to promote people-to-people contact in Cuba."
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But will South Florida's exilio Cubanos be satisfied?