U.S. President Barack Obama lays a wreath in Cuba during the first visit by a sitting U.S. president in nearly 90 years. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT - NATURAL (NO REPORTER NARRATION) U.S. President Barack Obama began his first full day in Cuba with a wreath laying on Monday, ahead of an official meeting with President Raul Castro in which Obama will press the Cuban leader for economic and democratic reforms while hearing complaints about continued U.S. economic sanctions. Obama and Castro will have their fourth meeting, likely their most substantial, at the Palace of the Revolution, where Castro and his predecessor, older brother Fidel Castro, have led Cuba's resistance to U.S. pressure going back decades. A U.S. presidential visit to the inner sanctum of Cuban power would have been unthinkable before Obama and Raul Castro's rapprochement 15 months ago, when they agreed to end a Cold War-era dispute that lasted five decades and continued even after the collapse of the Soviet Union. The two leaders have deep differences to discuss as they attempt to rebuild the bilateral relationship. Obama is under pressure from critics at home to push Castro's Communist government to allow dissent from political opponents and further open its Soviet-style command economy.