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