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Cubans eagerly await Obama's March visit

Thursday, February 18, 2016 - 01:14

Cubans are eagerly anticipating U.S. President Barack Obama's historic visit next month, calling it ''cause for celebration and joy.'' Rough Cut - subtitled (no reporter narration).

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ROUGH CUT - SUBTITLED (NO REPORTER NARRATION) Excitement is building in Havana, ahead of U.S. President Barack Obama's visit to Cuba on March 21 and 22. (SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) CUBAN PAINTER, JORGE FELIX, SAYING: "These are two countries that were in conflict with one another for more than fifty years or so. On this occasion, the visit from an American president to Cuba is cause for celebration and joy." (SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) CUBAN TRANSLATOR, MARYELIS MORALES, SAYING: "Here's to hoping to the holiest we have, that both presidents can reach an understanding. Then we can happily have good relations that do not harm either of the two countries." (SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) RETIRED TOBACCO WORKER, LUIS FERNANDEZ, SAYING: "We're going to give him a box of cigars so that he smokes tobacco cigars too, so that he knows what it's like in Cuba." Washington and Havana restored diplomatic ties last July after a 54 year freeze. The last and only sitting U.S. president to visit Cuba was Calvin Coolidge in 1928.

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Cubans eagerly await Obama's March visit

Thursday, February 18, 2016 - 01:14