Obama's Spring Break 2016 Trips
Obama's Spring Break 2016 trip to Cuba had plenty of official business on the itinerary, but the spring-break-timed trip is also clearly designed for an Obama Family Spring Break.
Video | Obama Arrives in Cuba
Despite a downpour, the family toured the historic district, stopping to admire the Plaza de Armas and the Museo de la ciudad, the museum of the city of Havana.
When asked when he thought unrestricted tourism by Americans to Cuba might begin, Obama said that it would not occur during his administration, but was hopeful that it might occur during the next presidents administration.
Several announcments where made in anticipation of future sppring break trips by Americans.
Starwood Hotels & Resorts announced a deal with the Cuban government to renovate and run three hotels. The Quinta Avenida, Santa Isabel and Inglaterra hotels will be rebranded and Starwood will train and hire new staff and reopen the hotels by the end of the 2016.
Carnival Cruise Lines also announced that thier "Fathom" brand will begin voyages to Cuba in May. Carnival is the first U.S. cruise company in more than 50 years to be granted approval to sail from the U.S. to Cuba.
Video | Speech at El Grand Teatro de Havana
Obama's speech at El Grand Teatro de Havana was focused on the Cuban people, primarily it's next generation of yputh that will hopefully benefit from his efforts to restore relations.
"I want the Cuban people -- especially the young people -- to understand why I believe that you should look to the future with hope; not the false promise which insists that things are better than they really are, or the blind optimism that says all your problems can go away tomorrow. Hope that is rooted in the future that you can choose and that you can shape, and that you can build for your country."
Video | Obama Keynote Conversation at SXSW Interactive 2016
Earlier during Spring Break 2016, Obama opened SXSW Interactive 2016 AKA Nerd Spring Break with a "Keynote Conversation."
Obama called on the SXSW audience to apply their ideas and talents to make technology work for everyone – especially when it comes to tackling big challenges like increasing participation in the political process, making the Federal Government more efficent and fighting climate change.