First Presidential Trip to Cuba in Over 80 Years is Also Spring Break for First Daughters
It's no Panama City, but it'll do.
While Barack Obama makes history with the first presidential visit to Cuba in nearly 80 years, his teen daughters will be along for the ride.
Sasha, 14, and Malia, 17, just happened to be on spring break and free to make the unprecedented trip, which began Sunday.
When President Obama, first lady Michelle Obama, and their daughters left Washington, DC on Sunday afternoon, they kicked off what the White House hopes will be a wound-healing visit to the communist Caribbean island.
While not usually a part of state trips, this time the first daughters get to watch as their father holds a meeting with President Raùl Castro that's been decades in the making and delivers a speech to be televised around the world.
Obama is the first sitting U.S. president to visit Cuba since 1928, when President Calvin Coolidge arrived in a battleship.
The warming of American diplomatic relations with the island nation is has become a cornerstone of what the president hopes will become his foreign policy legacy.
However, despite AirBnB listings popping up in Havana and cruise ships scheduled to dock on Cuban shores, the U.S. economic embargo on Cuba remains on the books.
That's less a concern for the first daughters. While in Cuba, the teens will also get a tour of Old Havana and watch a baseball game between the Tampa Bay Rays and the Cuban national team.
Following their two days in Cuba, the girls will accompany their parents to Argentina, the New York Times reports.