Day Two in Photos: Charting a New Course

“This is a new day — es un nuevo día — between our two countries.” — President Obama

Day two of the First Family’s trip was a full day and Chief White House Photographer Pete Souza and his crew were able to capture each moment of it.

Here are a few of their photos from the day — but first, check out the President’s inscription in the guest book at the memorial of Cuban writer and journalist José Martí:

The message reads: “It is a great honor to pay tribute to Jose Marti, who gave his life for the independence of his homeland. His passion for liberty, freedom and self-determination lives on in the Cuban people today.”

After his visit to the José Martí Memorial, President Obama went to the Palace Palace of the Revolution in Havana for an official state arrival ceremony.

President Barack Obama in Havana, Cuba, March 21, 2016. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)
President Barack Obama and President Raul Castro walk by Cuban troops including the American and Cuban flag during an official welcoming ceremony at the Palace of the Revolution in Havana, Cuba, March 21, 2016. 
(Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)
President Barack Obama alongside President Raul Castro gives thumbs up to the Cuban troops during an official welcoming ceremony at the Palace of the Revolution in Havana, Cuba, March 21, 2016. 
(Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)
President Barack Obama and President Raul Castro listen to the National Anthem during an official welcoming ceremony at the Palace of the Revolution in Havana, Cuba, March 21, 2016. 
(Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)
President Barack Obama and President Raul Castro participate in a restricted bilateral meeting at the Palace of the Revolution in Havana, Cuba, March 21, 2016. 
(Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

Following the arrival ceremony and a bilateral meeting, President Obama and President Raul Castro delivered statements to the press.

President Barack Obama participates in a press conference with President Raúl Castro at the Palace of the Revolution in Havana, Cuba, March 21, 2016. (Official White House Photo by Chuck Kennedy)
President Barack Obama participates in a press conference with President Raúl Castro at the Palace of the Revolution in Havana, Cuba, March 21, 2016. (Official White House Photo by Chuck Kennedy)
“The U.S. will continue to speak up on behalf of democracy, including the right of the Cuban people to decide their own future.” — President Obama
President Barack Obama participates in a press conference with President Raúl Castro at the Palace of the Revolution in Havana, Cuba, March 21, 2016. (Official White House Photo by Chuck Kennedy)
President Barack Obama and President Raul Castro participate in a joint press conference at the Palace of the Revolution in Havana, Cuba, March 21, 2016. 
(Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)
A scene from the window of the motorcade in Havana, Cuba, March 21, 2016. 
(Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

Then, the President spoke with Cuban entrepreneurs, or cuentapropistas, on expanding opportunity for Cubans to start their own businesses:

“The bottom line is this: We believe in the Cuban people.”

Jason Goldman, the White House’s Chief Digital Officer, was on the ground to capture the conversation. Check out what he had to say:

President Barack Obama participates in a question and answer session at an entrepreneurship event with Soledad O’Brian at La Cerveceria in Havana, Cuba, March 21, 2016. 
 (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)
First Lady Michelle Obama participates in a Let Girls Learn discussion with Soledad O’Brien at Fabrica de Arte in Havana, Cuba, March 21, 2016. (Official White House Photo by Amanda Lucidon)
Bystanders line the road to get a glimpse of the motorcade as First Lady Michelle Obama travels through Havana, Cuba, March 21, 2016. (Official White House Photo by Amanda Lucidon)

In the evening, the President and the First Lady attended a state dinner at the Palace of the Revolution.

President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama attend the State Dinner hosted by President Raúl Castro at the Palace of the Revolution in Havana, Cuba, March 21, 2016. (Official White House Photo by Chuck Kennedy)

Stay tuned for photos from the last day of the President’s historic trip to Cuba, and follow along on Twitter to get the latest updates from Havana.