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Elian Gonzalez, Cuban Raft Survivor, Turns 18
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Source: Associated Press

Elian Gonzalez, Cuban Raft Survivor, Turns 18
12/ 6/11 10:02 PM ET

HAVANA -- Elian Gonzalez, the Cuban boy who survived a perilous raft journey that killed his mother and became a symbol of troubled relations between the United States and Cuba, is now an adult.

Gonzalez currently studies at a military academy on the island and took part in an 18th birthday celebration Tuesday in his native city of Cardenas alongside his father, according to images broadcast on the nightly news.

Gonzalez was shy of his sixth birthday on Thanksgiving Day 1999 when a fisherman found him off the coast of Florida, clinging to an inner tube after his mother and others fleeing Cuba drowned trying to reach American soil.

He was taken to live with relatives in Miami but his father, who was separated from his mother and had remained on the island, demanded that the boy be sent back, saying Elian was taken without his consent. The dispute turned into a headline-grabbing international custody battle that weighed heavy on the 2000 presidential race between George W. Bush and Al Gore.

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  -Elian Gonzalez, Cuban Raft Survivor, Turns 18 Judi Lynn  Dec-07-11 12:54 AM   #0 
  - I wonder how well he remembers his time in Miami.  Rochester   Dec-07-11 12:56 AM   #1 
  - He was a cute boy...  WillParkinson   Dec-07-11 01:02 AM   #2 
  - It is never popular to say around here, but here it goes  bluestateguy   Dec-07-11 01:04 AM   #3 
  - Mind bogglingly alternate history theory.  joshcryer   Dec-07-11 01:11 AM   #4 
  - it would have turned off an even larger number of Dems and especially Indies  JI7   Dec-07-11 01:14 AM   #5 
  - I was in 3rd grade during the Gonzalez saga  alp227   Dec-07-11 09:16 PM   #24 
     - same reason most parents in America get custody of their kids  JI7   Dec-07-11 09:53 PM   #26 
  - ends justifying the means scenario  Skittles   Dec-07-11 01:46 AM   #9 
  - You were on a roll until you mentioned Roberts and Alito  Ter   Dec-07-11 02:40 AM   #10 
  - the hard-line and radical RW Cuban-American community would NEVER under ANY  BlueMTexpat   Dec-07-11 03:02 AM   #11 
  - at the end of the day  SemperEadem   Dec-07-11 06:25 AM   #13 
  - I agree with everything except 9/11  customerserviceguy   Dec-07-11 06:26 AM   #14 
  - Gore would not have ignored the August 6th memo  eridani   Dec-07-11 07:23 AM   #15 
  - I also play those mind games  waddirum   Dec-07-11 10:49 AM   #16 
  - Gore was a founding member of the DLC, so I don't imagine quite as rosy  Lydia Leftcoast   Dec-07-11 01:39 PM   #18 
  - And you might have a neo-con like Lieberman as President. Ever think of that?  harun   Dec-07-11 02:06 PM   #19 
  - Rule of law can often be inconvenient if we predicate them on  LanternWaste   Dec-07-11 02:21 PM   #20 
  - he looks just like his dad , his family in Florida were thugs , he is better off now  JI7   Dec-07-11 01:15 AM   #6 
  - You've got that right. Two of his cousins, the Cid brothers are both pathetic criminals,  Judi Lynn   Dec-07-11 01:29 AM   #7 
  - I hope he is doing well  Skittles   Dec-07-11 01:45 AM   #8 
  - Pawn....  JohnnyRingo   Dec-07-11 03:16 AM   #12 
  - Oh gee, I remember some of the Miami Cubans posting on websites in those days  Lydia Leftcoast   Dec-07-11 01:33 PM   #17 
  - Sounds as if you may have seen CNN's own Elian message board!  Judi Lynn   Dec-07-11 02:31 PM   #21 
     - Yes, that's another point that always got lost  lolly   Dec-07-11 07:16 PM   #23 
  - That's a wonderful photograph of him  lunatica   Dec-07-11 03:31 PM   #22 
     - Duh, it's GETTY IMAGES!  alp227   Dec-07-11 09:18 PM   #25 
        - It's a crowd shot, not to be mistaken with a posed one  lunatica   Dec-08-11 05:39 AM   #27 

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