Live From Cuba

10:25 AM EDT: President Obama Participates in a Wreath Laying Ceremony and Tours the Jose Marti Memorial


All times Eastern

10:35: The President tours the Jose Marti Memorial

11:0: Takes an official photo with President Raul Castro, Palace of the Revolution

11:05: Participates in an official welcoming ceremony, Palace of the Revolution

11:30: Begins meetings with President Castro, Palace of the Revolution

1:50: Along with Castro, gives a statement to the press, Palace of the Revolution


118 Responses to “Live From Cuba”

  1. 1 vcprezofan2
    March 21, 2016 at 10:20 am


  2. March 21, 2016 at 10:20 am

      March 21, 2016 at 10:28 am

      ON MY FB…………………

    • 25 CEB
      March 21, 2016 at 10:58 am

      Good; our military should not be used as mercenaries to hold up a corrupt government to have access to their oil or any other commodity. So glad that PBO’s policies (clean energy, gas, even increased drilling on the short term) have lessened our dependence on them, increased security for our nation, and improved our economy. We are currently the largest exporter of oil. I am also glad that he called out the Saudis and the other countries as “free riders” who have used us in the past even as they hated us. The free ride is over and he is calling countries out. One of my favorite memories of PBO telling others to handle their own business was when an African journalist (I forget which country he was in at the time) asked him in a rather contentious tone about what the U S would do about the unrest in and the treat of the Congo to its neighbors. He told him that the people in the border countries who were being affected would have to join together and take some action themselves.

    March 21, 2016 at 10:22 am


  4. 28 amk for obama
    March 21, 2016 at 10:23 am

    so let’s trash Obama, right keith?

  5. 30 MadameSoph
    March 21, 2016 at 10:32 am

    Woke up too early (restless kitties) and saw this live feed!

    Thank you so much Chips for the best coverage of this history-making trip on the planet! I am so grateful!

  6. 31 whatisworking
    March 21, 2016 at 10:32 am

    HI All

    In the midst of all this superb Cuba Coverage I have a BIG ASK

    Please consider attending a SCOTUS event near you, and if you can’t do that, please call the local offices of the Republicans who are vulnerable on the SCOTUS issue.

    TODAY Monday March 21st OFA and Move On will be holding 50 events throughout the country to demand that Senators DoTheirJob and hold hearing on the Supreme Court Nominee

    I will list them in the posts that follow – please sign up for an event near you. if you cannot attend, please call into a red state and ask folks who have signed a petition of support for PBO and SCOTUS to call their Senators. if you do not have an OFA team near you you can join my team and make calls from home. (we will be calling tomorrow and Wed) – just send me a note. whatisworking@gmail.com

    We could also use your help posting on twitter and Facebook – today to invite folks to attend and tomorrow to celebrate the success of these actions. If you live in a state that is having an event go to a Twitter account that follows the model of OFA_AZ or OFA_CA

    SCOTUS is such a vital issue, please help if you can.

  7. 34 No Child Left Behind
    March 21, 2016 at 10:33 am

    By Zeus, he needed a whole calculus formula to arrive at this conclusion.

  8. 38 whatisworking
    March 21, 2016 at 10:33 am

    First 5 SCOTUS events – held Monday March 21st (tried to post more events but was put in moderation :->)

    Senator Jeff Sessions office 1 Church St Montgomery AL

    Senator McCain’s Office 2201 E Camelback Rd. Phoenix AZ

    Senator Jeff Flake’s Office 6840 N Oracle Rd Tucson AZ

    Senator Cory Gardner’s DIstrict Office 999 18th St. Denver CO https://my.barackobama.com/page/event/detail/supremecourtactionevent/gsf7vm

    Tell Senator Gardner: Do Your Job 123 N College Ave # 220 Fort Collins CO https://my.barackobama.com/page/event/detail/supremecourtactionevent/gsf7r2

  9. 39 amk for obama
    March 21, 2016 at 10:33 am

    surprisingly, nyt has been doing a live coverage on the kenyan cuban visit. at least, in the mobile version.

  10. 41 whatisworking
    March 21, 2016 at 10:34 am

    Senator Chuck Grassley’s Office 201 West 2nd St. Davenport IA https://my.barackobama.com/page/event/detail/supremecourtactionevent/gsf7vy

    Senator Grassley’s Des Moines Office 210 Walnut St. Des Moines IA https://my.barackobama.com/page/event/detail/supremecourtactionevent/gsf7tz

    Senator Chuck Grassley’s Office 531 Commercial Street Waterloo IA https://my.barackobama.com/page/event/detail/supremecourtactionevent/gsf7t3

    Senator Mark Kirk’s Office (John C. Kluczynski Federal Building) 230 South Dearborn Chicago IL https://my.barackobama.com/page/event/detail/supremecourtactionevent/gsf7rj

    Senator Dan Coats’ office 11035 Broadway Crown Point IN https://my.barackobama.com/page/event/detail/supremecourtactionevent/gsf7v2

  11. 42 whatisworking
    March 21, 2016 at 10:34 am

    Senator Moran’s Office 23600 College Blvd Olathe KS

    Senators Roberts and Moran’s offices 11900 College Blvd Overland Park KS https://my.barackobama.com/page/event/detail/supremecourtactionevent/gsf7vc

    Senator Mitch McConnell’s Office 601 West Broadway Louisville KY https://my.barackobama.com/page/event/detail/supremecourtactionevent/gsf7rt

    Senator Rand Paul’s Owensboro Office 423 Frederica Street Owensboro KY https://my.barackobama.com/page/event/detail/supremecourtactionevent/gsf7th

    Senator Blunt’s District Office 1000 Walnut Street Kansas City MO https://my.barackobama.com/page/event/detail/supremecourtactionevent/gsf7vf

  12. 43 whatisworking
    March 21, 2016 at 10:34 am

    Senator Steven Daines’ Bozeman Office 220 W Lamme St. Bozeman MT https://my.barackobama.com/page/event/detail/supremecourtactionevent/gsf7v9

    Senator Tillis Office: 9300 Harris Corners Pkwy, CHLT 9300 Harris Corners Pkwy Charlotte NC https://my.barackobama.com/page/event/detail/supremecourtactionevent/gsf7vk

    Senator Kelly Ayotte’s Manchester Office 1200 Elm St. Manchester NH https://my.barackobama.com/page/event/detail/supremecourtactionevent/gsf7rm

    Senator Kelly Ayotte’s Nashua Office 144 Main St Nashua NH https://my.barackobama.com/page/event/detail/supremecourtactionevent/gsf7t5

    Senator Kelly Ayotte’s Portsmouth Office 14 Manchester Sq Portsmouth NH https://my.barackobama.com/page/event/detail/supremecourtactionevent/gsf7t7

  13. 44 whatisworking
    March 21, 2016 at 10:35 am

    Senator Dean Heller’s Office 8930 W. Sunset Rd. Las Vegas NV https://my.barackobama.com/page/event/detail/supremecourtactionevent/gsf7r4

    Senator Dean Heller’s Office 400 South Virginia Street Reno NV https://my.barackobama.com/page/event/detail/supremecourtactionevent/gsf7rr

    Senator Portman’s Office 312 Walnut St. Cincinnati OH https://my.barackobama.com/page/event/detail/supremecourtactionevent/gsf7rp

    Senator Rob Portman’s Cleveland Office 1240 E 9th St Cleveland OH https://my.barackobama.com/page/event/detail/supremecourtactionevent/gsf7r8

    Senator Rob Portman’s Office 37 W Broad St Columbus OH https://my.barackobama.com/page/event/detail/supremecourtactionevent/gsf7r9

  14. 45 whatisworking
    March 21, 2016 at 10:35 am

    Senator Lankford’s Office 1015 North Broadway Ave. Oklahoma City OK https://my.barackobama.com/page/event/detail/supremecourtactionevent/gsf7rw

    Senator Toomey’s office 1150 S. Cedar Crest Blvd Allentown PA https://my.barackobama.com/page/event/detail/supremecourtactionevent/gsf7rz

    Senator Toomey’s Office 1628 John F. Kennedy Boulevard Philadelphia PA https://my.barackobama.com/page/event/detail/supremecourtactionevent/gsf7r3

    Senator Lindsey Graham’s Office 235 East Main Street Rock Hill SC https://my.barackobama.com/page/event/detail/supremecourtactionevent/gsf7tx

  15. March 21, 2016 at 10:36 am

    TOD is rocking it.

    Thanks so much for your coverage.

  16. 47 No Child Left Behind
    March 21, 2016 at 10:36 am

    The old man is too sick, and too sickly looking. Can’t anyone understand that?

  17. March 21, 2016 at 10:36 am

    OMG! Our national anthem being played in Cuba.

    • 52 jacquelineoboomer
      March 21, 2016 at 10:43 am

      You could just see President Obama stand up a little bit taller and a little bit prouder, as it played. As well he should.

  18. 53 whatisworking
    March 21, 2016 at 10:36 am

    In front of Senator Lamar Alexander’s Office Building 800 Market St. Knoxville TN https://my.barackobama.com/page/event/detail/supremecourtactionevent/gsf7rv

    Senator Cornyn’s Austin Office 221 West 6th Street Austin TX https://my.barackobama.com/page/event/detail/supremecourtactionevent/gsf7rk

    Senator Ted Cruz’s district office in Dallas 3626 N. Hall Street Dallas TX https://my.barackobama.com/page/event/detail/supremecourtactionevent/gsf7vh

    Senator Cornyn’s Houston Office 5300 Memorial Drive Houston TX https://my.barackobama.com/page/event/detail/supremecourtactionevent/gsf7tk

    Senator Ted Cruz McAllen Office 200 S. 10th St. McAllen TX https://my.barackobama.com/page/event/detail/supremecourtactionevent/gsf7vd

    Senator Lee’s Office 125 State Street Salt Lake City UT

    City of Milwaukee City Hall 200 E. Wells Street Milwaukee WI https://my.barackobama.com/page/event/detail/supremecourtactionevent/gsf7r5

  19. 54 whatisworking
    March 21, 2016 at 10:37 am

    These events are in blue states with cooperative Senators who are being thanked

    OUR DAY IN COURT…..GO RIVERSIDE ! 3403 10th Street Riverside CA http://act.moveon.org/event/sc_mar21_dem/112/signup/

    End Republican obstruction of Justice, and fill the current Supreme Court vacancy! We have Sen. Feinstein’s back! 1 Post St San Francisco CA http://act.moveon.org/event/sc_mar21_dem/104/signup/

    Our Day in Court 205 W. Colfax South Bend IN

    Our Day in Court! 1550 Main Street Springfield MA

    Citizens for Fairness in Government 719 Griswold Detroit MI

    Senators, follow the constitution and do your job! 110 Michigan Street NW Grand Rapids MI http://act.moveon.org/event/sc_mar21_dem/169/signup/

    Say Thanks to Senator Franken 60 East Plato Blvd. St. Paul MN

  20. 55 whatisworking
    March 21, 2016 at 10:37 am

    Senator Cory Booker’s Office One Gateway Center Newark NJ

    Students for Senator Schumer! 15 Henry Street Binghamton NY

    OUR DAY IN COURT- Stand with Senator Merkley 131 NW Hawthorne Ave. Bend OR http://act.moveon.org/event/sc_mar21_dem/117/signup/

    MoveOn Members 121 SW Salmon Street Portland OR

    Senator Whitehouse 170 Westminster St. Providence RI

  21. 56 vcprezofan2
    March 21, 2016 at 10:37 am

    Sorry, but all the photographers scurrying forward made me laugh.

  22. 59 jacquelineoboomer
    March 21, 2016 at 10:39 am

    The Cuban band is playing our National Anthem at the memorial ceremony, in which our President is participating, on Cuban soil.

    All because our President is not afraid to wage peace in the world, as a first priority.

  23. 61 amk for obama
    March 21, 2016 at 10:39 am

    President Barack Obama is in Cuba for a historic three-day visit to the island and talks with its communist leader.

    He is the first sitting US president to visit since the 1959 revolution, which heralded decades of hostility between the two countries.

    Mr Obama said change would happen in Cuba and that Cuban President Raul Castro understood that.

    The two leaders are due to meet later on Monday to talk about trade and to hold a joint news conference.


  24. March 21, 2016 at 10:39 am

    Whoa, things got dicey there for a minute.

  25. 71 whatisworking
    March 21, 2016 at 10:39 am

    If you cannot attend an event you can call.

    The Senators are on Spring Recess and they need to hear from us EVERYDAY so when they go back to Washington in April they are feeling the pressure of being an obstructionist.

    This list has the DC office and the local offices. I would concentrate on local offices.

    Kentucky, Mitch McConnell
    DC office: (202) 224-2541
    Local Offices:Louisville: (502) 582-6304 // Lexington: (859) 224-8286 // Fort Wright: (859) 578-0188
    London: (606) 864-2026 // Bowling Green: (270) 781-1673 // Paducah Office: (270) 442-4554

    Iowa, Chuck Grassley
    DC office: 202-224-3744
    Local Offices: Des Moines: 515-288-1145 // Sioux City: 712-233-1860 // Waterloo: 319-232-6657
    Council Bluffs: 712-322-7103 // Cedar Rapids: 319-363-6832 // Davenport: 563-322-4331

    Arizona, Jeff Flake
    DC office: 202 -224-4521
    Local Offices: Phoenix Office – 602-840-1891 // Tucson Office – 520-575-8633

    Arizona, John Mccain
    DC office: 202 224-2235
    Local Offices: Phoenix, (602) 952-2410 // Prescott Office (928) 445-0833 // Tucson Office(520) 670-6334

    Wisconsin, Ron Johnson
    DC office: 202 224-5323
    Local Offices: Milwaukee Office (414) 276-7282 // Oshkosh Office (920) 230-7250

    Indiana, Dan Coats
    DC office: 202 224-5623
    Local Offices: Crown Point Office (219) 663-2595 // Evansville Office (812) 465-6500 // Fort Wayne Office (260) 426-3151
    Indianapolis Office (317) 554-0750 // Scottsburg Office (812) 754-0520

    Tennessee, Bob Corker
    DC office: (202 ) 224-3344
    Local Offices: Memphis: 901-683-1910 | Nashville: 615-279-8125 | Knoxville: 865-637-4180
    Jackson: 731-664-2294 // Tri-Cities: 423-753-2263 // Chattanooga: 423-756-2757

    Tennessee, Lamar Alexander
    DC office: (202) 224-4944
    Local Offices: Chattanooga Office: (423) 752-5337 | Jackson Office: (731) 664-0289 | Knoxville Office: (865) 545-4253
    Memphis Office: (901) 544-4224 | Nashville Office: (615) 736-5129 | Tri-Cities Office: (423) 325-6240

    Illinois, Mark Kirk
    DC office: 202-228-4611
    Local Offices: Chicago: 312-886-3506 // Springfield: 217-492-5089

    Pennsylvania, Pat Toomey
    DC office: (202) 224-4254
    Local Offices: Allentown/Lehigh Valley: (610) 434-1444 Toll-free phone (for callers in PA): 1-855-552-1831
    Erie: (814) 453-3010 // Harrisburg: (717) 782-3951 // Philadelphia: (215) 241-1090 // Pittsburgh: (412) 803-3501
    Scranton: (570) 941-3540 // Johnstown: (814) 266-5970

    Ohio, Rob Portman
    DC office: 202-224-3353
    Local Offices: Columbus Office: 614-469-6774 Toll-Free: 1-800-205-6446 (OHIO)
    Cincinnati Office: 513-684-3265 // Cleveland Office: 216-522-7095 // Toledo Office: 419-259-3895

    North Carolina, Richard Burr
    DC office: (202) 224-3154
    Local Offices: Asheville (828) 350-2437 // Gastonia: (704) 833-0854 // Winston-Salem: (800) 685-8916 or (336) 631-5125
    Wilmington: (888) 848-1833 // Rocky Mount: (252) 977-9522

    Colorado, Cory Gardner
    DC office: (202) 224-5941
    Local Offices: Pueblo: (719) 543-1324 // Colorado Springs: (719) 632-6706 // Denver: (303) 391-5777
    Grand Junction: (970) 245-9553 // Greeley: (970) 352-5546 // Fort Collins: (970) 484-3502 // Yuma: (970) 848-3095

    New Hampshire, Kelly Ayotte
    DC office: 202-224-3324
    Local Offices: Manchester Office: 603-622-7979 // Nashua Office: 603-880-3335 //
    North Country Office: 603-752-7702 // Portsmouth Office: 603-436-7161

    South Carolina, Lindsay Graham
    DC office: (202) 224-5972
    Local Offices: Upstate: (864) 250-1417 // Midlands: (803) 933-0112 // Pee Dee: (843) 669-1505
    Low country: (843) 849-3887 // Piedmont: (803) 366-2828 // Golden Corner Office: (864) 646-4090

    Utah, Orin Hatch
    DC office: (202) 224-5251
    Local Offices: Cedar City: (435) 586-8435 // Ogden Office: (801) 625-5672 // Provo: (801) 375-7881
    Salt Lake City: (801) 524-4380 // St. George: (435) 634-1795

    Maine, Susan Collins (thank her for statement she made calling for holding hearings)
    DC office: (202)224-2523
    Local Offices: Augusta: (207) 622-8414 // Bangor: (207) 945-0417 // Biddeford: (207) 283-1101
    Caribou: (207) 493-7873 // Lewiston: (207) 784-6969 // Portland: (207) 780-3575

  26. March 21, 2016 at 10:40 am

    So Trump and some of his stupid supporters were talking about how President Raul Castro didn’t meet President Obama yesterday when he arrived in Cuba.

    • 73 No Child Left Behind
      March 21, 2016 at 10:44 am

      That’s all they can pull… to distract the low-level (the poorly educated he loves) supporters from asking real questions about the flimsy promises.

  27. 75 No Child Left Behind
    March 21, 2016 at 10:41 am

    Can anyone tell me what that whole getting-too-close-to-my-POTUS was about?

    March 21, 2016 at 10:41 am


    • March 21, 2016 at 10:48 am

      You know POTUS have to help the SS do their job. If it’s not plan by the SS then don’t do it. And POTUS can’t go running into crowds like that.

  29. 83 whatisworking
    March 21, 2016 at 10:41 am

    Thanks to all who will help with this today. Remember our Energizer President is always able to juggle many issues at the same time. My hope is that we can all squeeze in a little bit of the Supreme court as we bask in the Cuba Goodness that lives here.


  30. March 21, 2016 at 10:42 am

  31. 87 No Child Left Behind
    March 21, 2016 at 10:45 am

  32. March 21, 2016 at 10:53 am

  33. 90 No Child Left Behind
    March 21, 2016 at 10:55 am

  34. 91 No Child Left Behind
    March 21, 2016 at 10:55 am

  35. 93 No Child Left Behind
    March 21, 2016 at 10:57 am

  36. 97 MadameSoph
    March 21, 2016 at 10:58 am

    Noticed that PBO holds the pen between his middle and ring finger. Is this common for a left-handed writer?

    • March 21, 2016 at 11:07 am

      I’m a lefty and I don’t do that. Most don’t and I’ve never noticed before that he does that either. Will need to pay closer attention. 🙂

      • 99 MadameSoph
        March 21, 2016 at 11:14 am

        Thanks Tnmtngirl! My dad was left-handed. Yeah, I noticed just a few minutes ago, when he was signing the guest book. I thought it was unusual, but wanted to check with the lefty TODers.

  37. 100 vcprezofan2
    March 21, 2016 at 10:58 am

    Am I seeing things or does it look to anyone else that some of the participants are hesitant to invade Pres Castro’s space? PBO always seems to me to try to draw people in – maybe *they* are not used to that.

  38. 101 vcprezofan2
    March 21, 2016 at 11:03 am

    One thing for sure traveling with Pres Obama these past 8 years has taught me is that I am not, and won’t ever be, a fan of pomp and ceremony. Don’t get me wrong, I love to see and know that he’s shown respect wherever he travels, but ……

    • 102 jacquelineoboomer
      March 21, 2016 at 11:17 am

      Not I. Worked for the Navy for 30 years, and they were all about pomp and ceremony, and I loved it all! Got tears in my eyes at practically every one of those ceremonies – and feel the same about the ones during this trip, so far. Something for everybody, of course!

  39. March 21, 2016 at 11:08 am

    • 106 jacquelineoboomer
      March 21, 2016 at 11:24 am

      I have no idea what Fidel might have named his dog back then and certainly couldn’t give you a quote of his from 1973 … but if he said that, he’s kinda like Nostradamus the Second!!!!

    • 107 vcprezofan2
      March 21, 2016 at 11:30 am

      Except there doesn’t seem to be any proof that they were *prophesied*, and there is some speculation that if they were even said they were meant as sarcasm, not prophesy, given the environment for Blacks in USA etc..

  40. 109 CEB
    March 21, 2016 at 11:13 am

    I will admit that I got a little nervous to see the welcoming ceremony and all of those swords and rifles too close to my president. I felt a little better when a wider shot showed about 10 SS agents who walked on his other side. PBO as usual walked calmly (the swag walk) down the aisle and then graciously introduced his delegation to Castro. I could see from a long shot at the end that he hugged one of the honor guard. I would love to know what this was about and to see a clearer photo.

    • 110 jacquelineoboomer
      March 21, 2016 at 11:20 am

      I got nervous, as well. No idea why he hugged one of the members of the honor guard and didn’t see it, but I’ll “make up” something like maybe even the member of the honor guard had tears in his (or her) eyes over this grand day! And the President’s so empathetic, he hugged him (or her). How’s that?

    • March 21, 2016 at 12:00 pm

      the swag walk….yup for the ages…

  41. 112 hopefruit2
    March 21, 2016 at 11:15 am

  42. 114 amk for obama
    March 21, 2016 at 11:16 am

    Obama in Cuba: Win-win beckons for Havana and Washington

    But it’s the economy where there are massive gains to be had. Under the new openness in relations, 110 flights a day will be able to come to Cuba from the US.

    That is going to lead to an explosion in tourism on the island. Say each plane averages just 100 passengers. Then that is 10,000 extra tourists a day, 70,000 a week – potentially an extra three million visitors a year.

    So no surprise that the first American hotel group, Starwood, has signed a deal to come to Cuba. How long before some of the other ubiquitous US chains will be wanting to put their toes in the warm, inviting Caribbean water? And just look at the number of CEOs travelling with the president. They’re not coming so they can ride around in a 1950s Chevrolet Bel Air.

    And it’s not one-way traffic. Cigar exporters are eyeing the US market that has been closed to them for half a century. Ditto the rum manufacturers. But also some of the high-tech pharmaceutical companies in Cuba will be looking to the US as a growth platform for their products.

    Yes, sanctions will only be fully lifted once the US Congress votes to repeal existing laws, and that might still be a little way off. But what both presidents hope is that the process set in train will be irreversible.

    Unlike the baseball, which is a zero-sum game – this can be a win for both countries, and a win for both presidents.


  43. March 21, 2016 at 11:31 am

  44. 116 No Child Left Behind
    March 21, 2016 at 11:36 am

  45. 118 CEB
    March 21, 2016 at 11:44 am

    I wonder what the ladies are doing while PBO is handling business? Hope we get some photos.

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