President Obama and First Family Attend State Dinner in Cuba

PHOTO: Cuban President Raul Castro greets U.S. President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama as they arrive for a state dinner at the Palacio de la Revolucion in Havana, March 21, 2016.PlayJonathan Ernst/Reuters
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President Barack Obama and the First Family attended a state dinner in Cuba tonight following a busy first day in the country.

The event was hosted by Cuban President Raúl Castro and held at the Palace of the Revolution in Cuba's capitol city of Havana. No toasts or speeches were expected, as is customary at U.S. state dinners.

Traditional Cuban music was played and cigars and turn were set out.

PHOTO: President Barack Obama and his wife Michelle attend a state dinner hosted by Cuban President Raul Castro as part of Obamas three-day visit to Cuba, in Havana, March 21, 2016. Carlos Barria/Reuters
President Barack Obama and his wife Michelle attend a state dinner hosted by Cuban President Raul Castro as part of Obama's three-day visit to Cuba, in Havana, March 21, 2016.

The Obamas' attendance at the state dinner was just one of a series of milestones during the historic two-day trip. Earlier today, Obama and Castro held a one-on-one bilateral meeting, followed by a larger meeting with U.S. and Cuban officials. The leaders of the two countries also held a joint news conference this afternoon.

Obama's trip marks the first time a sitting U.S. president has visited Cuba in 88 years. The last president to visit was Calvin Coolidge in 1928.

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