In commemoration of Cuban revolutionary leader Fidel Castro’s 86th birthday today, Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega sent his aging tovarishch a cheerful birthday card to brighten his day.
But as a man of letters himself, Castro might find the gushing and pleonastic missive from his old Nicaraguan comrade a bit more disconcerting than anything else.
Though President Ortega’s signature appears at the bottom of the letter, it was clearly written in the unmistakably flowery and tautological prose of Murillospeak—a mysterious tongue that only the first lady speaks with any degree of proficiency.
So flamboyant is Murillo’s plume, that it brings guilty pleasure to imagine Castro sitting around in his convalescent tracksuit and scratching his gray whiskers in bewilderment as he reads his Sandinista birthday card and imagines Ortega’s voice reading it aloud.
“Fidel, Fidel, Fidel, leader and prophet. Fidel, Fidel, Fidel, accomplishing the mission in the mission accomplished, and in the vision renewing yourself before each new circumstance in History!” the letter says, no doubt causing Castro slight pause as he backtracks to read the paragraph in hopes of decoding its meaning.
“Fidel, Fidel, Fidel, growing with each battle! Fidel, with a clear horizon, hammering out all the risks, all the crossroads, all the strategies, all forms…alerting, insisting, advising, beyond us all…more towards the world and from the world…in indispensable transcendence.”
The feverish birthday greeting continues on like for another six paragraphs before signing off.
Murillo also announced that Sandinistas today will be celebrating the birthday of party founder Tomás Borge, who died last April at the age of 81. Borge and Castro shared the same birthday.