Mar 20, 2016
By Bob Sheppard
For the first time in almost 90 years a President of the United States will visit Cuba.
Barack Obama, along with his wife and two daughters, begins a three-day visit to the communist island-nation on Sunday; a visit Obama says will show that the two countries can begin to mend their relationship.
The U-S and Cuba have had a rocky relationship beginning with Fidel Castro’s communist revolution in 1959, and continuing through the Cuban missile crisis, the Bay of Pigs invasion, and more recently the prison at the U-S Naval base at Guantanamo Bay.
Obama is scheduled to meet everyone from President Raul Castro to Cuban dissidents, although Havana has been virtually shut down for the visit by the Castro government, and it’s likely that few Cubans will get to see him.
Many Cuban-Americans in south Florida say the new relationship with Cuba has become too cozy too quickly.
They accuse the Castro government of stealing land and other wealth as part of the communist takeover.