Marco Rubio’s Parents Were Just Normal, Boring Immigrants

Son of normal, boring immigrants Marco Rubio. Photo: Alex Wong/Getty Images

When a politician's biography includes a heartwarming American Dream story of hardship followed by success, you can expect to hear about it ad nauseam. John Edwards was the son of a mill worker. Barack Obama was raised by a single mom and his grandparents. Rick Perry was the son of tenant farmers. And so on. Adorable Florida senator/soon-to-be vice-presidential candidate Marco Rubio has a story that can top them all. He's often talked emotionally of how his parents fled Cuba when Fidel Castro took power, and came to America, a land of freedom. And that's why Marco Rubio loves America more than anyone alive today. Unfortunately, it's not true, according to a Washington Post investigation.

But a review of documents — including naturalization papers and other official records — reveals that Rubio’s dramatic account of his family saga embellishes the facts. The documents show that Rubio’s parents came to the United States and were admitted for permanent residence more than 2½ years before Castro’s forces overthrew the Cuban government and took power on New Year’s Day 1959 .... The real story of his parents’ migration appears to be a more conventional immigrant narrative, a couple who came to the United States seeking a better life.

Eh, so what. That's still a moving story, isn't it? Maybe his parents didn't flee a dictator, but they didZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz.

Marco Rubio’s compelling family story embellishes facts, documents show [WP]