The Obamas faced a deluge of pouring rain after landing in Cuba for an historic visit to the communist country on Sunday evening.
President Barack Obama, his wife Michelle, children Sasha and Malia and the First Lady’s mother, Marian Robinson, touched down in Havana in the first presidential visit to Cuba in nine decades.
Air Force One touched down in Havana – in the midst of a torrential downpour – just before 4:30pm ET on Sunday for the visit the White House says will ‘deepen’ America’s relationship with the communist government following more than half a century of tension.
President Obama and his family were whisked off the runway to Old Havana for a tour, but the first family – particularly Sasha Obama – looked less than pleased with the weather as they perched underneath umbrellas.
The clouds opened just before the wheels hit the tarmac in Cuba’s capital, with the first drops of rain falling as Obama became the first sitting president in nearly 90 years to visit the island.
As the Obama’s taxied towards their motorcade, the president wrote on Twitter: ‘¿Que bolá Cuba? (What’s up Cuba?). Just touched down here, looking forward to meeting and hearing directly from the Cuban people.’
There was no sign of Cuban dictator Raul Castro as Obama arrived, with the country’s foreign minister sent to conduct the greetings and handshakes instead.