As President Obama‘s term comes to a close, he is continuing to make historical strides. On Sunday, March 20, he became the first United States President to set foot on Cuban soil in 88 years. The last to do so was President Calvin Coolidge in 1928.
It was a family affair as President Obama brought along the First Lady, his mother-in-law and daughters, Malia and Sasha. This visit is supposed to usher in a new era of cooperation between the United States and Cuba, which have seen a strained relationship for the past century.
President Obama’s first stop in Cuba was at the United States embassy, where he told employees, “It’s a historic opportunity to engage directly with the Cuban people and to forge new agreements and commercial deals and build new ties between our two peoples, and for me to lay out my vision for a future that’s brighter than our past.”
Today, more history will be made when President Obama meets with President Raul Castro, making it “the first official meeting of the two governments in more than a half-century.”
It looks like sooner than later, Americans visiting Cuba won’t be a big deal.