President Obama: "We've Reached Havana"

Like so many Americans, I've only known the isolation that has existed between our two governments. I was born in 1961, the year of the Bay of Pigs invasion. A year later, a Cold War confrontation over Cuba pushed the world as close as it’s ever been to nuclear war. As the decades passed, the mistrust between our governments resulted in heartache for our two peoples, including Cuban Americans, many of whom have endured decades of separation from their homeland and relatives.

I’ve come to Havana to extend the hand of friendship to the Cuban people. I'm here to bury the last vestige of the Cold War in the Americas and to forge a new era of understanding to help improve the daily lives of the Cuban people.

There continue to be real and important differences between our governments, including profound differences on the way to promote safety, security, opportunity, and human rights. But there’s so much Americans and Cubans share -- our cultures and passions, our hopes for the future, not to mention a love of baseball.

I know one visit, and one president, cannot erase the decades of history that have left so many Cubans in poverty or exile. But sometimes the most important changes begin with the smallest step. I believe in the Cuban people and their desire to build a future of their own choosing. And I believe that changing the way we do things between our countries will, over time, help make that possible.

So I’m looking forward to meeting and hearing directly from Cubans from all walks of life. And I’m confident that, working together with the Cuban people, our two countries can begin a new journey together that delivers progress for both our peoples.

Thank you,

President Barack Obama


Read more:

On Medium: "Day One in Photos: The First U.S. President in Cuba in 88 Years"

On Medium: "Engaging the Cuban People: Here’s What President Obama Will Be Doing in Cuba"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

"I'm just trying to make a way out of no way, for my people" -Modejeska Monteith Simpkins

 

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  Thank you my sista for reposting this.  I had included it with my other post of the family and didn't wanna just keep posting bits and pieces of his trip individually.  But I am sooooooooooo glad you did cuz I loooooooove my president so much.  And it is really good to see his personal blog again on its own merit.  But!  

Sorry, I don't know what I was thinking.  Got this in my email and just wanted to post/share because it is the greatest show ofPeace by two countries in centuries.  Also, since we have Black brothers and sisters in Cuba, what happens in Cuba should be of interest to African Americans, Africans and the Black diaspora.  

I hope that the Cuban people know that they better brace themselves for the onslaught of "westernization", "capitalism" greed, scams, predators, criminals and "new money" wealth coming their way, because can't nobody corrupt a people, a culture or a nation like Americans/westerners.

 

 

 

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