Cuba casts aside rancor to welcome Obama on historic visit




 
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Cuba casts aside rancor to welcome Obama on historic visit
 
March 20th, 2016  
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Topic: Cuba casts aside rancor to welcome Obama on historic visit


Cuba casts aside rancor to welcome Obama on historic visit
By Nelson Acosta HAVANA (Reuters) - President Barack Obama arrives in Cuba on Sunday for a 48-hour visit, making history by venturing into what was once enemy territory and sparking enthusiasm among Cubans who have seen their Communist government vilify 10 previous U.S. leaders. The visit, the first by a U.S. president in 88 years, would have been unthinkable until Obama and Cuban President Raul Castro agreed in December 2014 to end an estrangement that began when the Cuban revolution overthrew a pro-American government in 1959. Plainclothes police have blanketed the capital with security while public works crews have busily laid down asphalt in a city where drivers joke they must navigate "potholes with streets." Welcome signs with images of Obama alongside Castro popped up in colonial Old Havana, where Obama will tour on Sunday afternoon shortly after landing.




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