HAVANA (CBSLA.com/AP) — President Barack Obama on Tuesday urged Cubans to look to the future with hope, casting his historic visit to the communist nation as a moment to “bury the last remnants of the Cold War in the Americas.”
To drive home the point, he attended an exhibition baseball game between the MLB’s Tampa Bay Rays and Cuba’s national team. The Orioles were the last MLB club to play in Cuba, in 1999.READ MORE: 'When I Finally Got To Be Elvira, That's When My Life Calmed Down': Mistress Of The Dark Peels Back The Curtain
The visit and game comes in the wake of the normalization of U.S. and Cuban relations 15 months ago.
Seated next to Obama at the game was Cuban President Raul Castro. The two were seen smiling during the game, and Obama even participated in “the wave,” CBS Sports reported.READ MORE: News Conference Wednesday In ‘Rust’ Shooting Death Of Halyna Hutchins
Earlier in the day, Obama gave an address at Havana’s Grand Theater and met with Cuban dissidents.
“Havana is only 90 miles from Florida, but to get here we had to travel a great distance,” Obama said during the address.
Despite the enthusiasm in both the U.S. and Cuba about the new relationship between the former foes, Obama acknowledged the deep differences that persist, including on human rights and democracy. With Cuban President Raul Castro looking on from a balcony, he called for citizens to be able to “speak their minds without fear” and pick their leaders in free and fair elections.MORE NEWS: Jan. 6 Committee To Subpoena Former Chapman Law Professor John Eastman
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