A few weeks ago, I wrote a blog post about President Obama’s controversial decision to visit Cuba. Today, Cuba still has a repressive communist government led by Rafael Castro, and I was afraid that our President’s visit would show acceptance to his regime. On the contrary, I was impressed with the courage that President Obama showed during his concluding speech at the Gran Teatro de la Habana Alicia Alonso in Havana. In his speech, he called for the people of Cuba to openly voice their opinions about the government. Despite skepticism from Castro and the Cuban government, he challenged for free elections and natural rights to be protected. During the speech, he said, “You need not fear the different voice of the Cuban people.” His speech also urged our leaders in congress to lift the embargo currently placed on foreign trade with Cuba. This concession was very popular among the Cuban people.
During his visit, President Obama met with government, business, and religious leaders in order to better understand the voice of the people. Additionally, he attended a historic baseball game between the Cuban National Team and our very own Tampa Bay Devil Rays. There are many foreign policy issues that I do not agree with him on, but I would have to say that hit this one out of the park. What do you think? Do you think his trip was a sucess or do you think he could have done more?