President Obama and President Castro Deliver Statements

1:50: The President and President Raul Castro of Cuba deliver statements to the press, Palace of the Revolution, Havana

84 Responses to “President Obama and President Castro Deliver Statements”

  1. March 21, 2016 at 12:42 pm

    Posting early ‘cos I gotta go out, see ya in a bit!

  2. 3 Roberta in MN
    March 21, 2016 at 12:44 pm

    See you later Chips. Thanks for the new beginnings. LOL

  3. 4 Roberta in MN
    March 21, 2016 at 12:45 pm


  4. 5 57andfemale
    March 21, 2016 at 12:48 pm

  5. March 21, 2016 at 12:49 pm

    Thank you Chips!!

  6. March 21, 2016 at 12:49 pm

    • March 21, 2016 at 2:57 pm

      Very cool, Bob! I like the little *poke* at the end, although I think she’s waiting, like President Obama, for the eventual nominee so she will be able to campaign effectively without having to walk back an endorsement. Still, it’s good to give a hint where WE think her endorsement must go! 😉

    • 11 Obama Grandmama
      March 21, 2016 at 6:55 pm

      I have a friend that is on Facebook. She posted a list of a few of PBO’s accomplishments a couple of days ago and a post today of what Elizabeth Warren’s statement was about the dangers of Donald Trump being President. I started to read some of the the millions of comments about each and although there were many positive ones there were an unbelievable number of hateful ones. I had to quick reading them as it scares me to think there are that many people believing the talking point lies and point blank discrediting facts.

  7. March 21, 2016 at 12:50 pm

    back to work ….

  8. 16 Linda
    March 21, 2016 at 12:50 pm

    So…. The Newt is at the Trump meeting in DC.

    hahahahahahaaaa…….. He was also at the 1-20-2009 meeting , how did that work out for you Newt????? Loser

    • 17 jacquelineoboomer
      March 21, 2016 at 1:58 pm

      You can tell who all the former, irrelevant Republicans are, attending that Trump meeting: They don’t try to sneak in via a side door.

      • March 21, 2016 at 3:00 pm

        The Republicans talk tough now (finally) about not wanting Trump, but when he is the nominee they will all fall in behind him like good little toy soldiers. Party unity is one thing – I sometimes wish the Dems had more of it – but taking the whole country down the road to ruin because you have to save face is unconscionable, immoral, unethical, and every other un- word I can think of. Oh, and despicable.

  9. 20 Don
    March 21, 2016 at 12:50 pm

    What we are watching is history in the making, words can’t do justice to describe how I feel about President Obama and all the things he has accomplished. The President of the United States of America is literally holding court in Cuba and he is winning hearts and minds the right way, not with bombs and big talk, but with handshakes and sincerity.

  10. 22 No Child Left Behind
    March 21, 2016 at 12:54 pm

    He is a robot.

    • 23 Don
      March 21, 2016 at 12:56 pm

      Of course, he’s covering all his bases just in case god has a sense of humor and actually puts one of these clowns in the White House.

    • 24 jacquelineoboomer
      March 21, 2016 at 2:12 pm

      Next, he’ll be doing robocalls for Bernie and Hillary.

  11. 25 No Child Left Behind
    March 21, 2016 at 12:55 pm

  12. 27 57andfemale
    March 21, 2016 at 12:57 pm

    With every passing day, big, strong, screaming Bernie Sanders reveals himself to be a coward and a fraud:

  13. 28 kid kanga
    March 21, 2016 at 1:03 pm

    question for the TOD baseball lovers: Does anyone know if we can watch the baseball game in Cuba tomorrow online anywhere? I tried to see, but it looks like MLB has their talons in this one so I might be SOL with no cable…

  14. 37 arapaho415
    March 21, 2016 at 1:22 pm

    GM/GA TODville.

    Watched the wreath-laying ceremony at the Jose Marti Memorial this morning, and was it my imagination that PBO requested the impromptu photo op to take place with the Che mural in the background? That’s how it seemed to me, that he was basically trolling all the RWNJs losing their lunch that @POTUS is in Communist Cuba.

    BTW, it’s hard to believe that one of the worse #BlameObama GOPoliticos has a bearable Twitter timeline from Cuba.

    • 38 jacquelineoboomer
      March 21, 2016 at 2:10 pm

      I saw that interaction about the mural, and I agree with you that it appeared the President set up the photo!

  15. March 21, 2016 at 1:41 pm

    • 40 vcprezofan2
      March 21, 2016 at 3:10 pm

      Mission Truly Accomplished by the Obamas! I ❤ ❤ ❤ this response from a youngster. [Anderson = interviewer and the quote comes from the Atlantic link Meta shared above.]

      // …………………………………….

      Anderson: There was a social-media campaign last month called “Obama and Kids” where people shared pictures of President Obama with children around the country, to illustrate how kids seem to connect to him. Do you feel connected to this president at all?

      Ramirez: We feel more connected to him because we’ve grown up with him. It's like having a family member that you don't really meet. I found it funny that kids go to the White House for trick-or-treating. Michelle Obama has had sleepovers [with Girl Scouts]. Because normally when you think of the White House you think of a big mansion or something, but what I actually think of is a regular house where you'd be lucky to meet one of your unknown family members, and you get the feeling that they’re actually going to welcome you.

      …………………………… //

      • 41 CEB
        March 21, 2016 at 3:19 pm

        Mission accomplished. Barack and Michelle said from day one that the White House is the people’s house and they have done hundreds more than any other First Couple to make this a reality. It is a place for all Americans, of all ages, of all backgrounds, genders, ethnicities, religion, and any other way that we are described. They have done this joyfully with purpose and authenticity.

    • 43 vcprezofan2
      March 21, 2016 at 3:15 pm

      O Meta, this is good reading. The kids’ answers are so similar to what most of us think and feel.

      Some of their answers about going forward :

      Frost: I don’t know what to expect with a white president or a woman president. He’s the only president we remember. The biggest impact that he had wasn’t any laws he passed or anything like that. It was just being president. He brought a new race to [the nation’s highest office.]

      Kedia: On a more personal level, I wonder what he’s going to do … what about his kids … what about his wife. I think about that every single day for some reason. It’s kind of weird. He’s all we know. What if the next president isn’t like that? It’s going to be really odd if [the new president] is in the office the entire day and never outside playing basketball or with kids. That would mostly be a negative in my mind.

      Ramirez: Yes, we do need someone that we would feel comfortable with. We know there’s a different president coming, so we want someone that’s similar to what we already have. And we also want to solve the problems that we’re trying to solve now. Whenever I hear Donald Trump, I hear him talking about Barack Obama and his mistakes, per se. Solving our problems and still having a comfort with the new president would be great.
      …………………………………….. //

  16. 44 JER
    March 21, 2016 at 1:53 pm

  17. 45 Nerdy Wonka
    March 21, 2016 at 1:55 pm

  18. 46 GGail
    March 21, 2016 at 2:05 pm

    President Castro is speaking now

  19. 48 jacquelineoboomer
    March 21, 2016 at 2:06 pm

    “Mr. President Barack Obama … ” Yes, he is, President Castro! Our President and we wish him – and the Cuban people – well, going forward.

  20. 49 jacquelineoboomer
    March 21, 2016 at 2:06 pm

    I cannot wait to read a transcript of Castro’s statement. Not to mention President Obama’s!

  21. March 21, 2016 at 2:16 pm

    • 51 vcprezofan2
      March 21, 2016 at 3:39 pm

      [Miss Obama´s Let Girls Learn] This campaign seeks to provide education to girls that cannot otherwise have access to education due to cultural, religious or race barriers. That initiative is something Cuba already implemented years ago, where all girls go to school free of charge without any regard to race, place of living, handicap or even if they are hospitalized.

      Yea for Cuba! I remember hearing rumours years ago that Cuba has a great medical training program.

  22. 52 hopefruit2
    March 21, 2016 at 2:18 pm

    Can someone please tell Mr. Blow that our President knows perfectly well who he is dealing with? Our President is not some silly naive reactionary.

    • March 21, 2016 at 2:33 pm

      What is Charles M. Blow talking about? What did Castro say that has Blow piss?

      • 54 Linda
        March 21, 2016 at 2:41 pm

        He said they want Guantanamo back. He also said that the US cannot tell Cuba how to run their own country.

        • March 21, 2016 at 3:02 pm

          Well the US can’t tell Cuba how to run their country. Cuba can’t tell America how to run this country. America don’t tell China, Russia, how to run their country.

    • March 21, 2016 at 3:05 pm

      And he’s going to make these face saving gestures, but that’s all they are really, I think. President Obama will handle it beautifully as always.

    • 57 COS
      March 21, 2016 at 3:24 pm

      This is precisely why PBO is President and Charles Blow isn’t. He should stick to writing and let PO do his job.

  23. March 21, 2016 at 2:22 pm

  24. March 21, 2016 at 2:43 pm

    any bets on what the WHPC asks…will it relate to Cuba

  25. 60 GGail
    March 21, 2016 at 2:43 pm

    Anyone who thinks they need to tell PBO how to handle people have not been paying attention all these many years.

    Pump your brakes Charlie Blow

  26. 63 Linda
    March 21, 2016 at 2:49 pm

    Andrea Mitchell is senile.

  27. 65 vcprezofan2
    March 21, 2016 at 2:50 pm

    Andrea Mitchell: ‘ President Castro, for many of us it’s amazing to hear you speak…’ I know I’m too sensitive – especially when certain people open their mouths – but that sounded a bit rude or condescending to *me*.

  28. March 21, 2016 at 2:54 pm

  29. March 21, 2016 at 2:58 pm



    Black People Twice As Likely To Be Arrested For Pot In Colorado And Washington — Where It’s Legal

    MAR 21, 2016 11:58 AM

    When Colorado and Washington became the first states to legalize recreational marijuana in 2012, drug policy advocates and pot consumers believed racial drug arrests would drop dramatically. That logic inspired voters in Washington, D.C., Oregon, and Alaska to hit the polls two years later in favor of less restrictive pot laws.

    But it turns out that advocates and consumers were only half right. Drug arrests have plummeted overall, yet black people are still disproportionately arrested.

    Between 2008 and 2014, marijuana arrests decreased by 60 percent in Colorado and 90 percent in Washington. However, a study of FBI Uniform Crime Reports conducted by the Center on Juvenile and Criminal Justice’s Mike Males concluded that black people in 2008 and 2014 were twice as likely to be arrested for marijuana — in both states.

    “I am surprised and disappointed by this,” Males told the Washington Post. “The forces that contribute to racial disparities under prohibition are clearly still in place after legalization.”

    • 76 kid kanga
      March 21, 2016 at 3:06 pm

      Didn’t Hillary skewer Bern on this point exactly a few weeks ago? she said along the lines that even if Bern got all his wishes on Wall street reform, there are still other factors at play as to inequality, etc. Seems she was exactly right.

  30. 77 Linda
    March 21, 2016 at 3:02 pm

    Cuba has a 99.7 % literacy rate.

    • 78 0388jojothecat
      March 21, 2016 at 5:46 pm

      Wow, i hope that the US does not influence them negatively. We can surely learn from Cuba.

  31. March 21, 2016 at 3:17 pm

    Senator Warren doing a TwitterBURN on #BullyTrump ….

    …. got a little attention, evidently 🙂

    back to work …

  32. March 21, 2016 at 3:19 pm

  33. 83 vcprezofan2
    March 21, 2016 at 3:20 pm

    Shared by Meta above, this is definitely an article you want to bookmark so that on your next bad day you can perk yourself up with some thinking teen voices.



    Kedia: Before Obama, it’s like there was some sort of barrier, and everybody was stuck under it. Only certain people could get through that barrier. When Obama became president, suddenly people thought, “Oh, the barrier is gone. Now we can climb.” That’s what his presidency meant to me. It’s like I have a chance now.

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