The First Family depart Cuba

4:0 EDT (approx!): The First Family depart Cuba en route Buenos Aires, Argentina

108 Responses to “The First Family depart Cuba”

  1. March 22, 2016 at 3:47 pm

  2. 16 MightyPamela
    March 22, 2016 at 3:50 pm

  3. 17 Judith Fardig
    March 22, 2016 at 3:50 pm

    Tally – congrats! The Obama family did us proud in Cuba as they do all over the world! Safe journey to Argentina.

  4. March 22, 2016 at 3:51 pm

    wow………i did not know they were going to Argentina…

  5. 20 susanne
    March 22, 2016 at 3:52 pm

    wait… did we ever get a pic of PBO in a Guayabera shirt?

  6. March 22, 2016 at 3:53 pm

    “HAVANA — In her apartment a few blocks from the theater where President Obama addressed the Cuban people Tuesday, Marta Limas and her family gathered around the television, opposite a faded shrine to Saint Lazarus, the healer. The baby was crying. They turned up the volume. “What a handsome man,” said Limas, 56, as Obama began, and quickly settled into a rhythm. No one had spoken to the Cuban people with this kind of cadence in years. Limas and her family followed his words, rapt, as if listening to a sermon. Obama called for change. “Yes, change!” the family repeated. Obama talked the future. “The future!” they said. Of all the U.S. president’s activities during his groundbreaking visit to Cuba, the speech was his best chance to speak directly to Cubans, both here on the island and abroad. It wasn’t delivered in public, but it was broadcast in its entirety on Cuban state television, into the homes of many Cubans who, like Limas, talked about this visit as a turning point in their lives…”

    …The family hushed and seemed to hold their breath when Obama’s words directly challenged their leaders, especially as the U.S. president called for democratic elections and urged President Raul Castro not to “fear the different voices of the Cuban people.” They admired his willingness to acknowledge the shortcomings and imperfections of the U.S. political system, and to have confidence in it anyway….Watching the family’s response to the U.S. president was somewhat like watching starry-eyed young Obama supporters at a speech during his 2008 campaign, before Americans grew accustomed to hearing him. Limas and her family were not. That the U.S. president is African American also made an impression on the Afro-Cuban family. “He’s a beautiful black man,” said Limas, when her husband stepped out of the room…continued”

  7. March 22, 2016 at 3:55 pm

    I watch the game on ESPN. I saw when POTUS went to greet Rachel Robinson and he call FLOTUS over to greet her too. And the guy announcing the game had a nice interview with Rachel Robinson.

  8. 26 Dudette
    March 22, 2016 at 4:02 pm

  9. March 22, 2016 at 4:06 pm


  10. 29 No Child Left Behind
    March 22, 2016 at 4:07 pm

    Love POTUS who used his arm to prevent FLOTUS’s dress from misbehaving because of the wind.

  11. 32 No Child Left Behind
    March 22, 2016 at 4:09 pm

  12. 33 No Child Left Behind
    March 22, 2016 at 4:10 pm

  13. March 22, 2016 at 4:11 pm

    Some awesome pics:

    Rachel Robinson, Marian Robinson & President Obama:

    Image and video hosting by TinyPic

  14. 38 MadameSoph
    March 22, 2016 at 4:11 pm

    Having a conversation on the last thread all by myself 🙂

    Bringing over my questions and comments:

    Just watched the opening ceremonies on the YouTube that Chips provided (waited to watch it on my TV for a bigger picture). Sooooo bummed/pissed that ESPN did not open the whole game up so that this history could be viewed by everyone! Ah well, the downside of capitalism 🙂

    Glad that I didn’t have to hear any commentary on that Chips-provided YouTube though. Seeing PBO come in and Pete Souza following and the faces in the crowd (one guy pointing to his NYC baseball cap when he noticed he was on camera) was exciting, but I was totally moved when I heard the Star Spangled Banner being sung, as our flag flew over the stadium and I could see our POTUS and FLOTUS singing along….. IN CUBA! What an amazing day!

    Q: On a side note: Does anyone know the significance of the little kids walking in with the baseball players? That seemed kind of weird to me.

    Two more questions for those watching the game:

    Q: I read that PBO left at the 4th inning. Do you think that was planned or that there was an emergency? (I’m guessing planned by the title of this new thread 🙂 )

    Q: What inning are we on and what is the score?

    • March 22, 2016 at 4:22 pm

      Hay Trump, President Castro came to see the President and his family off. It was planned for POTUS to leave because the announcers said that POTUS would be leaving early.

      • 40 MadameSoph
        March 22, 2016 at 4:43 pm

        Trump? I don’t pay any attention to what that clown says. I was just wondering why he left, but I see now that is was planned.

  15. 41 Dudette
    March 22, 2016 at 4:13 pm

    Raul Castro is standing around watching the plane taxi on the runway. Wow! Somebody <3's our President! 😀

  16. 52 Dudette
    March 22, 2016 at 4:15 pm

    • 53 Dudette
      March 22, 2016 at 4:16 pm

  17. 54 No Child Left Behind
    March 22, 2016 at 4:17 pm

  18. March 22, 2016 at 4:19 pm

    • 56 MadameSoph
      March 22, 2016 at 4:21 pm

      Well….that’s a way to put it 🙂

    • 57 Sandy1110
      March 22, 2016 at 4:23 pm

      McConnell’s an idiot. VP Biden already stated that he allowed a hearing and a vote on ALL nominees despite any objections. That’s what the “Biden Rule” defenders fail to understand.

    • March 22, 2016 at 4:37 pm

      Even if McConnell’s spin on what V-P Biden said were true – which it isn’t – is no reason for McConnell to play a kid’s tit for tat game.
      The Supreme Court is the highest court in the land, has been so for a couple of centuries, and there are 9 Justices for a reason.

    • 59 susanne
      March 22, 2016 at 4:57 pm

      actually, I’m pretty sure it’s a tiny little thing 🙂

  19. 60 hopefruit2
    March 22, 2016 at 4:19 pm

    Wheels up!! 🙂

  20. March 22, 2016 at 4:22 pm

  21. March 22, 2016 at 4:26 pm

  22. March 22, 2016 at 4:28 pm

    😀 😀 😀

  23. 67 hopefruit2
    March 22, 2016 at 4:29 pm

    WOW…when Meteor Blades of Old Orange is lauding POTUS’ speech….

  24. 68 arapaho415
    March 22, 2016 at 4:33 pm

    GA TODville.

    Whew. Whirlwind tour of Havana is behind us, but PBO bequeathed both countries a memorable and historic speech this morning.

    Looks like FLOTUS and Mrs. Robinson have similar shoes on (Michelle’s more silver, Mrs. Robinson’s more gold?).

    Susanne cracked me up last night when she commented on my tweet (hat tip to annieb.) about FLOTUS meeting girls in Cuba — “the shoes!”

    So I sent a followup tweet for all Obot shoe-lovers, 😉

  25. March 22, 2016 at 4:34 pm

    What time will they arrive in Argentina?

    • 76 arapaho415
      March 22, 2016 at 5:26 pm

      GE annieb.

      Thanks for the fusion link yesterday to the article on Michelle meeting with young Cuban women 🙂 . I sent a tweet, since I think you’re not on Twitter.

      Mark Knoller says it’s an 8 hour flight, so ETA around midnight EDT.

  26. March 22, 2016 at 4:38 pm

  27. 79 Dudette
    March 22, 2016 at 4:44 pm

  28. 80 MadameSoph
    March 22, 2016 at 4:44 pm

    TODers watching the game:

    Still wondering what the score is/was (is the game still going?)

    What was the significance of the little kids walking out with the baseball players?

  29. 81 Dudette
    March 22, 2016 at 4:45 pm

    Hey, they’re looking the airport departure on the Cuban live stream. Watch it again before it’s gone! 🙂

  30. March 22, 2016 at 4:45 pm

    #TrustBarack …. bbl …..

  31. 88 57andfemale
    March 22, 2016 at 4:50 pm

    This says it all:

    • 89 MadameSoph
      March 22, 2016 at 5:19 pm

      Yeah, it was obvious to me when I read PBC’s comments that he was referring to the Repubs’ obstructionism. Such a shame that the BS campaign picked up on a RW out-of-context outrage machine generator.

      It reminds me of when FLOTUS commented during the 2008 campaign that “For the first time in my adult life, I am really proud of my country” and the same folks got all outraged with that, ignoring the context and the rest of the quote which was, “because it feels like hope is finally making a comeback.” We all knew what she meant, but that didn’t stop the press and the RW from turning into the controversy/outrage du jour.

      • 90 57andfemale
        March 22, 2016 at 6:15 pm

        It’s EXACTLY the same situation, Madame Soph. I found it ironic that, for the first time, BS was complimentary about PBO’s job creation, but only to pummel Hillary with it. What a jackass.

  32. 91 Dudette
    March 22, 2016 at 4:55 pm

  33. 92 Ladyhawke
    March 22, 2016 at 4:59 pm

  34. March 22, 2016 at 5:02 pm

    Thank you so much to our dynamic duo, Chips and Nerdy for the top-notch coverage (as usual) of our First Family’s historical trip to Cuba and, to all of your regulars.

    What a Legacy – the only President who succeeded in restoring the US relationship with Cuba is the 44th President of the united States, Barack Hussein Obama. I admire so much that he walks in his own path to make the world a better place.

    Thanks again for all that y’all do every day.

  35. March 22, 2016 at 5:04 pm

    • 95 MadameSoph
      March 22, 2016 at 5:08 pm

      As someone who, at times, feels like keeping her hormones in balance is like juggling colored balls at the circus, that was hilarious!

    • 96 Ladyhawke
      March 22, 2016 at 5:12 pm

  36. 97 Dudette
    March 22, 2016 at 5:20 pm

  37. 98 Dudette
    March 22, 2016 at 5:21 pm

    Score is now 4-1 Rays. Cuba has a man in scoring position on 2nd base.

  38. 101 MightyPamela
    March 22, 2016 at 5:31 pm

    Birthday Girl is back!! Let’s get this place rockin’!!

  39. 102 Dudette
    March 22, 2016 at 5:32 pm

  40. 103 Dudette
    March 22, 2016 at 5:34 pm

  41. 104 Dudette
    March 22, 2016 at 5:39 pm

  42. 106 Dudette
    March 22, 2016 at 5:41 pm

  43. March 22, 2016 at 5:53 pm

    Thanks for the fantastic coverage! What a refreshing place TOD continues to be!

    March 22, 2016 at 7:20 pm


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