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Obama, Castro and the Rays in Havana

March 26, 2016


This week I had the incomparable honor of joining President Obama, First Lady Michelle Obama, U.S. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, US Treasurer Rosie Rios, many other colleagues from the State Department and the Tampa Bay Rays for a historical, diplomatic journey to Cuba.  This trip marked the first trip by a US President to visit the island nation in 88 years! 


Beyond business and politics, our trip was highlighted by an extraordinary dinner  and an iconic baseball game with both President Obama and Raúl Castro, Incumbent President of the Council of Ministers and Prime Minister.


"The history of the United States and Cuba encompass revolution and conflict; struggle and sacrifice; retribution and, now, reconciliation.  It is time, now, for us to leave the past behind.  It is time for us to look forward to the future together -- un future de esperanza.  And it won’t be easy, and there will be setbacks.  It will take time.  But my time here in Cuba renews my hope and my confidence in what the Cuban people will do.  We can make this journey as friends, and as neighbors, and as family -- together.  Si se puede.  Muchas gracias." ~ President of the United States, Barack Obama to the People of Cuba. March 22, 2016.




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