How Quickly Will Cuba Change Following Obama’s Visit?

Peter A. Quinter

Peter Quinter
GrayRobinson, P.A.

As Air Force One took off in route to Argentina after President Obama’s historic two-day visit to Cuba, the residents of the island returned to their daily routines, hoping that sooner rather than later they’ll see changes that will improve their lives after more than fifty years of a communist government that tightly controls the economy.

“I have come here to extend a hand of friendship to the Cuban people,” Obama said, directly looking to the audience seated at the Gran Teatro de La Habana before raising his eyes to where Raul Castro was seated and said, “I want you to know that my visit, I believe, demonstrates that you do not need to fear a threat of the United States.”

For the first time, Cubans saw on live TV the president of the country that until recently was portrayed as the enemy and bringer of maladies.

In his visit, the President was accompanied by members of Congress of both political parties as well as business leaders, among them Carlos Gutierrez, a Cuban-American and currently president the U.S Chambers of Commerce’s U.S.-Cuban Business Council.

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