Castro Hints at His Own Failing Health

He says he may not be lucid in 4 years; again praises Obama
By Peter Fearon,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 23, 2009 7:12 AM CST
Fidel Castro writes in an online column that he doubts he'll be able to follow current events four years from now.   (AP Photo/Juventud Rebelde)
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(Newser) – Fidel Castro hinted in a new column that his health is failing, the AP reports. The 82-year-old former Cuban leader wrote yesterday in his online column that Cuban officials "shouldn't feel bound by my occasional reflections, my state of health or my death." He also had warm words for President Obama, noting that his “intelligent and noble face” has become “a living symbol of the American dream.”

"I have had the rare privilege of observing events over such a long time. I receive information and meditate calmly on those events," Castro wrote in a column that had the ring of a farewell. "I expect I won't enjoy that privilege in four years, when Obama's first presidential term has ended." The state-run Cuban media, which usually reads out Castro’s addresses in full, did not mention the column.