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The First Family’s Day

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President Barack Obama delivers remarks at the Gran Teatro de la Habana Alicia Alonso in the hisoric Habana Vieja, or Old Havana; in Havana, Cuba. Described as a message to the Cuban people about his vision for the future of Cuba, his speech was nationally televised to the 11 million people on the island

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Cuba's President Raul Castro (L) watches as U.S. President Barack Obama greets Cuba's prima ballerina, Alicia Alonso, before Obama makes a speech to the Cuban people in the Gran Teatro de la Habana Alicia Alonso, in Havana March 22, 2016. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

President Barack Obama greets Cuba’s prima ballerina, Alicia Alonso

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President Barack Obama meets with dissidents and other local Cubans at the U.S. Embassy, Tuesday, March 22, 2016, in Havana, Cuba. From left are., Jose Daniel Ferrer, Juana Mora Cedeno, Antonio Rodiles, Angel Yunier Remon, Guillermo 'Coco' Farinas, Nelson Alvarez Matute, Miriam Celaya Gonzalez, Manuel Cuesta Morua, Miriam Leiva Viamonte, Elizardo Sanchez. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

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President Barack Obama meets with dissidents and other local Cubans at the U.S. Embassy, Tuesday, March 22, 2016, in Havana, Cuba. Sitting with Obama, from left are, Nelson Matute, Miriam Celeya, and Manuel Cuesta. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

President Barack Obama meets with dissidents and other local Cubans at the U.S. Embassy, Tuesday, March 22, 2016, in Havana, Cuba. From lower left corner are, Dagoberto Valdes, Berta Soler, Laritza Diversent, Jose Daniel Ferrer, Juana Mora Cedeno, Antonio Rodiles Angel Yunier Remon, Guillermo 'Coco Farinas', Nelson Alvarez Matute, Miriam Celaya Gonzalez, Manuel Cuesta Morua, Miriam Leiva Viamonte, Elizardo Sanchez. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

President Barack Obama meets with dissidents and other local Cubans at the U.S. Embassy in Havana, Cuba. From lower left corner are, Dagoberto Valdes, Berta Soler, Laritza Diversent, Jose Daniel Ferrer, Juana Mora Cedeno, Antonio Rodiles Angel Yunier Remon, Guillermo ‘Coco Farinas’, Nelson Alvarez Matute, Miriam Celaya Gonzalez, Manuel Cuesta Morua, Miriam Leiva Viamonte, Elizardo Sanchez

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U.S. First Lady Michelle Obama, center left, and her daughter Malia, center right, pose for a picture with children of U.S. embassy workers after dedicating two magnolia trees and a bench, at a small park beside Ruben Martinez Villena public library in Plaza de las Armas, Old Havana, Cuba, Tuesday, March 22, 2016. The bench bears the inscription in English and Spanish "A gift to the people of Cuba from Mrs. Michelle Obama, first lady of the U.S., March 2016." (AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell)

U.S. First Lady Michelle Obama, center left, thanks embassy workers, as she and her daughter Malia, center right, pose for a picture with their children after dedicating two magnolia trees and a bench, at a small park beside Ruben Martinez Villena public library in Plaza de las Armas, Old Havana, Cuba, Tuesday, March 22, 2016. The bench bears the inscription in English and Spanish "A gift to the people of Cuba from Mrs. Michelle Obama, first lady of the U.S., March 2016." (AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell)

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First Lady Michelle Obama, President Barack Obama, and President Raul Castro stand together during a moment of silence for the victims of the terror attack in Belgium today before the start of the exhibition game between the Cuban national team and the Tampa Bay Rays of the Major League Baseball at the Estado Latinoamericano

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President Barack Obama and Rachel Robinson, Jackie Robinson’s widow

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Cuban President Raul Castro, right, cheers next to U.S. President Barack Obama, his wife Michelle, and their daughters Sasha and Malia, at the start of a baseball game between the Tampa Bay Rays and the Cuban national baseball team, in Havana, Cuba, Tuesday, March 22, 2016. The crowd roared as Obama and Cuban President Raul Castro entered the stadium and walked toward their seats in the VIP section behind home plate. It's the first game featuring an MLB team in Cuba since the Baltimore Orioles played in the country in 1999. (Ismael Francisco/Cubadebate via AP)

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U.S. President Barack Obama and his daughters Malia and Sasha are accompanied by Cuba's President Raul Castro as they walk towards Air Force One at the end of their visit to Cuba, at Havana's international airport, March 22, 2016. REUTERS/Carlos Barria

President Barack Obama, right, talks to Cuba's President Raul Castro, left, before boarding Air Force One on his way to Argentina, in Havana, Cuba, Tuesday, March 22, 2016. Behind are Obama's daughters Sasha, second from right, and Malia, partially covered. Obama's visit was a crowning moment in his and Castro's bold bid to restore ties after a half-century diplomatic freeze. (AP Photo/Desmond Boylan)

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U.S. President Barack Obama and his daughters Malia and Sasha are accompanied by Cuba's President Raul Castro as they walk towards Air Force One at the end of their visit to Cuba, at Havana's international airport, March 22, 2016. REUTERS/Carlos Barria

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146 Responses to “The First Family’s Day”


  1. 1 nospin
    March 22, 2016 at 10:04 pm

    hey TOD

  2. 2 amk for obama
    March 22, 2016 at 10:04 pm

    FURST.

  3. 3 MightyPamela
    March 22, 2016 at 10:05 pm

    3

  4. March 22, 2016 at 10:07 pm

    Hey nosing and TOD in general! And Many Happy Returns of the Day, vc!

    • 6 vcprezofan2
      March 22, 2016 at 10:34 pm

      Ta, Maryl1. It’s been fun.

      • 7 sherijr
        March 22, 2016 at 11:36 pm

        I just want to jump in quickly vc, and wish you a very Happy Birthday ~ sorry to be late… take this as a Happy Birthday wish for today and a day after happy wish for tomorrow, please.

        • 8 vcprezofan2
          March 22, 2016 at 11:45 pm

          Thanks, Sheri. Really appreciate this.

          Here are *my* hugs for you and your family, particularly the grandkids.

          {{{Sheri & son}}} {{{{{{Sheri’s grandkids}}}}}}

          • 9 sherijr
            March 22, 2016 at 11:48 pm

            thank you so much, ((((vc)))) It has been a rough couple of days for all. So, so sad. Again thank you & wishing you all the best.

      • March 22, 2016 at 11:50 pm

        Hello VC! As always, I am here late, but I heard from the grapevine that it was your Birthday! I wish you a Very Happy and Blessed Bitrhday Day! I hope your big day was filled with love, laughter, family and good company!

        • 11 vcprezofan2
          March 22, 2016 at 11:53 pm

          {Nathk} Not late, I still have some precious minutes left in my day, so your wishes are very timely. THANKS! 🙂

      • 12 sjterrid
        March 23, 2016 at 1:44 am

        VC, a very happy belated Birthday. I hope you had a great day yesterday!

  5. March 22, 2016 at 10:08 pm

    A completely gorgeous collection of photos, thank you Nerdy, that took a serious amount of work – legend!

    Unlike…..

  6. 26 Obama Grandmama
    March 22, 2016 at 10:08 pm

    Tweety is talking up Sanders tonight. It was funny when MSNBC played their vote music theme only to reveal upon poll closing It was too early to call. Why bother? No kidding? Too early to call? Hahaha. Of course that upon one minute after closing time it would be too early to call.

  7. 27 MightyPamela
    March 22, 2016 at 10:09 pm

    Nerdy, Nerdy, Nerdy!! ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ Talk about knocking it out of the park!! You are The Awesome One! Thank you! ❤

  8. 31 amk for obama
    March 22, 2016 at 10:12 pm

    toe to toe coverage. thanks, bt & ut.

  9. 33 amk for obama
    March 22, 2016 at 10:13 pm

    so, raul speaks english? … or the kenyan the spanish?

  10. 35 Judith Fardig
    March 22, 2016 at 10:14 pm

    Just glorious photos from Cuba! Thanks a million.

  11. March 22, 2016 at 10:15 pm

    Awesome threads all day Chips & NW!

    As an avid White Sox fan…this is the story President Obama spoke about today with Karl Ravich:

    http://espn.go.com/video/clip?id=14997969

    …and a beautiful video/narration by Doug Glanville, who was also part of the broadcast team:

    • March 22, 2016 at 10:27 pm

      Wow, thanks, LP! I am so loving the words of Marti.

      • March 22, 2016 at 11:14 pm

        More on the theme of “light” from the NYT Editorial Board

        “President Obama began his speech to the Cuban people on Tuesday with humility and grace. “Cultivo una rosa blanca,” he said, reciting the opening line of one of the most famous poems by José Martí, the island’s national hero. “I plant a white rose.” It was an inspired way of extending an olive branch to a neighboring nation with which America has feuded for more than half a century. Mr. Obama made a compelling case that the ties that bind Cuba and the United States are more powerful than their differences. “I have come here to bury the last remnant of the Cold War in the Americas”…..Leading Cuban dissidents who met with Mr. Obama at the American Embassy after the speech described his visit as a transformational moment. “It was the speech we and millions of Cubans yearned to hear,” José Daniel Ferrer, the leader of Cuba’s largest dissident group, the Patriotic Union of Cuba, said in an email. “It was a light in the dark.”

        • March 22, 2016 at 11:44 pm

          I thought his speech was so beautiful and very lyrical/poetic in some parts. This article seems to recognize the magnificence of the entire effort to make this day happen. I’m blown away by the significance of all that’s happened in all realms, all walks of life.

          • March 22, 2016 at 11:53 pm

            It really is a shame that the horrific events in Belgium overshadowed the historic 72-hrs in Cuba, culminating in that incredible speech & the scenes that surrounded the baseball game.

            I don’t know if you saw this article I posted earlier, but it really moved me…made me feel like I was a Cuban citizen sitting on a couch in Havana, watching President Obama give that wonderful speech: https://t.co/UgLeKAFi2D

    • 45 Nerdy Wonka
      March 22, 2016 at 11:37 pm

      🙂

  12. 46 MightyPamela
    March 22, 2016 at 10:15 pm

    Might be too much cloud here to see the moonrise, but remember there is a penumbral eclipse at moonset tomorrow – 8:01 am ET, 5:01 am PT

  13. 48 Wanda N VA 4Obama
    March 22, 2016 at 10:15 pm

    Happy Birthday VC! I hope you had a wonderful day!

  14. March 22, 2016 at 10:17 pm

    Keep in mind the YouGov & Ipsos polls are all internet & are off by ~10% compared to the national averages every time but PBO keeps rising!

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  15. 54 hopefruit2
    March 22, 2016 at 10:18 pm

    This thread is a feast for the eyes, mind and soul! 🙂 Thanks Nerdy for your and Chips’ STELLAR coverage of our First Family’s historic visit to Cuba. The Cuban people were so gracious with their welcome, and I don’t think I’ve eve seen Raoul Castro smile so much. This is the hope and change we voted for! Yes we did.

    • 55 Nerdy Wonka
      March 22, 2016 at 11:38 pm

      🙂

    • March 23, 2016 at 12:16 am

      HF2, I wholeheartedly second your comment! Once again, Chips and Nerdy Wonka have been incredible in covering our President and his gorgeous family’s historical visit to Cuba. I am an oldie so the President’s visit to Cuba was very special to me. There are four events that I never expected to see in my life-time: 1. The freeing of Nelson Mandela; 2. The end of Apartheid in South Africa and the election of Black Presidents; 3. The Election of a Black man as the President of The United States; 4. The President of the United States going to Cuba and being able to directly address the Cuban people.Only a close minded and hateful person would refuse to acknowledge President Obama’s transformational leadership. For me, PRESIDENT Obama has delivered more hope and change than I ever though would be possible in my lifetime.

  16. March 22, 2016 at 10:23 pm

    Chips, NW – THANKS so much for today and every day. Another magnificent round-up to another historic day. BRAVO to you both and everyone here.

  17. March 22, 2016 at 10:23 pm

  18. 64 Dudette
    March 22, 2016 at 10:25 pm

  19. 67 amk for obama
    March 22, 2016 at 10:28 pm

    wonder if I should post a nsfw pic of jtp.

  20. 81 Dudette
    March 22, 2016 at 10:30 pm

  21. 82 Dudette
    March 22, 2016 at 10:31 pm

    Boop!

  22. 83 Nerdy Wonka
    March 22, 2016 at 10:32 pm

  23. 85 vcprezofan2
    March 22, 2016 at 10:32 pm

    Great, thorough summary of the President’s final day in Cuba, NerdyW. Thank you.

  24. March 22, 2016 at 10:33 pm

    My pet peeve today…..

  25. 94 Nerdy Wonka
    March 22, 2016 at 10:36 pm

  26. 95 amk for obama
    March 22, 2016 at 10:38 pm

    A far-right German politician has been rescued by refugees after he crashed his car in a tree, German media report.

    Two Syrian nationals provided first aid to National Democratic Party (NPD) member Stefan Jagsch who was injured in the accident in Hesse state, DPA news agency said.

    It said the refugees – who happened to be passing at the time – had left by the time police arrived.

    NPD members have taken part in a series of anti-immigrant marches in Germany.

    However, regional NPD official Jean Christoph Fiedler praised the two refugees for “a very good, humane act”, the Frankfurter Rundschau newspaper reported.

    Germany’s constitutional court is currently considering whether to ban the NPD.

    http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-35878232

  27. 96 desertflower
    March 22, 2016 at 10:39 pm

    Hello Family! Been running around like a maniac! Work, work and more work:) Have to read, lurk and catch up on the fly:) Happy Birthday, VC!! Thank you. GGail for including my birthday wishes on VC’s card:) That was perfect!!

    President and family in Cuba….freaking AMAZING!! So proud. AGAIN!

    Must read piece… http://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2016/03/doug-sosnik-memo-2016-is-over-213753#ixzz43fARrka3

    Here’s How You Know 2016 Is Already Decided
    The most decisive phase of the election has passed; and it’s not looking good for the GOP.

    Certainly must never rest until it’s completely over. We have to work hard for every vote and keep the pressure on, but this is how I believe that things will all play out. Here’s hoping anyway:)

    Chips, Danny is doing a damn skippy job with his commands! NOT! 🙂 Work to do…

  28. March 22, 2016 at 10:39 pm

  29. 102 jacquelineoboomer
    March 22, 2016 at 10:44 pm

    Let’s review. Today, there was a devastating terrorist attack in Brussels. Also, today, Trump threatened to “spill the beans” on Cruz’s wife after Cruz apparently used lingerie photos of Trump’s wife in one of his ads; I heard Cruz says we should seize and patrol “Muslim neighborhoods” in our country; Kasich thinks the President should have returned to Washington, D.C. – which, apparently he believes, is the only place where there are any communications devices available to the President – to address what happened in Brussels …

    … and President Obama fully addressed what happened in Brussels, from Cuba – where he also gave a meaningful address made available to 11 million Cubans, during his historic trip. Oh, and, he had President Castro applaud his speech.

    So glad I’m a Democrat.

  30. 104 Nerdy Wonka
    March 22, 2016 at 10:50 pm

  31. 105 jacquelineoboomer
    March 22, 2016 at 10:52 pm

    Believe Raúl Castro saw the President and his family off at the airport today, to continue their journey.

    Did any RWNJs mention THAT? Or did they just cover the fact he wasn’t at the airport when the President first arrived.

    Yuck.

  32. 106 kanga kid
    March 22, 2016 at 10:53 pm

    Before you even ask, No Cuba; Canada and australia all ready called dibs on PBO post white house. Haha!

  33. 108 Dudette
    March 22, 2016 at 10:54 pm

  34. 110 Dudette
    March 22, 2016 at 10:58 pm

  35. March 22, 2016 at 11:00 pm

    Tell it, FLOTUS

  36. 112 amk for obama
    March 22, 2016 at 11:00 pm

  37. 113 amk for obama
    March 22, 2016 at 11:01 pm

  38. 114 Dudette
    March 22, 2016 at 11:03 pm

  39. 115 jacquelineoboomer
    March 22, 2016 at 11:08 pm

    Steve Schmidt on MSNBC (gag) just said Utah is where he resides now. Remind me never to go there. Poor Utah.

  40. 116 Dudette
    March 22, 2016 at 11:11 pm

  41. 119 Dudette
    March 22, 2016 at 11:16 pm

  42. 123 Dudette
    March 22, 2016 at 11:17 pm

  43. 127 Dudette
    March 22, 2016 at 11:22 pm

  44. 128 vcprezofan2
    March 22, 2016 at 11:23 pm

  45. 137 amk for obama
    March 22, 2016 at 11:26 pm

    hillz and dreck win AZ.

    • 138 desertflower
      March 22, 2016 at 11:29 pm

      Thanks:) I figured Trump…because, you know…Hate State….Glad to see those with a brain and critical thinking skills chose Hillary:)

      • 139 desertflower
        March 22, 2016 at 11:32 pm

        Hillary 60% to Bernie’s 37%

        Trump 46% Cruz 21%

        Nice to see Hills on top of the heap

        • 140 jacquelineoboomer
          March 22, 2016 at 11:37 pm

          Yes, it is, but how could anybody hate so much that they’d destroy our country and vote for TRUMP? I’ll never get that.

          Of course, the same yokels voted for W twice. OMG.

  46. 143 amk for obama
    March 22, 2016 at 11:30 pm

    ironic how the goplitico calls the xenophobic racist as the real estate mogul.

  47. 144 Dudette
    March 22, 2016 at 11:32 pm


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