First call of the day: Cuba has gone for Obama. According to El País, Obama is supported by the majority of ordinary Cubans not only because of his race but because he could change American relations with the island nation. Dissidents like him because they think that the elimination of the embargo will weaken the regime’s justifications for restricting civil liberties. And inside the government, although not too loudly, many support Obama for his promises to enter into a dialogue with Raúl Castro (with or without preconditions). Mauricio Vincent writes that even though Cubans have said that “there is nothing so similar to a Republican than a Democrat,” this time it’s a different story.