US President Barack Obama waves next to First Lady Michelle Obama (L) and their daughters Malia (L, behind) and Sasha upon their arrival at Jose Marti international airport in Havana on 2- March, 2016. Photo: Yuri Cortez/AFP
A Cuban family in Havana, with a photo of legendary Argentine-Cuban revolutionary Ernesto "Che" Guevara on the wall, watch on TV the arrival of US President Barack Obama to Cuba on 20 March, 2016, for a historic three-day visit to the communist-ruled island. Photo: Rodrigo Arangua/AFP
U.S. President Barack Obama, center, walks with first lady Michelle Obama, who is holding the arm of her mother Marian Robinson, during a walking tour of Old Havana, Cuba, Sunday, 20 March, 2016. Photo: AP/PTI
A man wearing a T-shirt with a picture of US President Barack Obama is seen at the Havana Cathedral on 20 March, 2016. Photo: Yamil Lage/AFP
U.S. President Barack Obama, center, with his first lady Michelle Obama, daughters Malia and Sasha and first lady's mother Marian Robinson, take a walking tour of Old Havana in the rain, Sunday, 20 March, 2016 in Havana, Cuba. Photo: AP/PTI
Members of dissident group "Ladies in White", wives of former political prisoners, are detained during their protest on 20 March, 2016 in Havana. Photo: Adalberto Roque/AFP
U.S. President Barack Obama (2nd L) his daughter Malia (C), 17, and and other members of the first family pause to look at a statue of Cuban independence hero Carlos Manuel de Cespedes during a walking tour of in the plaza of the 18th century Catedral de San Cristobal de la Habana in the historic Old Havana neighborhood. Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images
Cuban and US flags are seen on balconies in Havana on 20 March, 2016. Photo: Yamil Lage/AFP
A plainclothes Cuban security force agent stands guard in a street as US President Barack Obama and his family tour Old Havana on 20 March, 2016. Photo: Nicholas Kamm/AFP
US President Barack Obama talks to tourists and Cubans at his arrival to the Havana Cathedral, on 20 March, 2016. Cold War animosity. Photo: Yamil Lage/AFP
US President Barack Obama talks to tourists and Cubans at his arrival to the Havana Cathedral, on 20 March, 2016. Photo: Yamil Lage/AFP/Getty Images
Obamas in Cuba: Rain, protests & cobblestones are what they got to see
Calvin Coolidge in 1928. Barack Obama in 2016. That's how long it took for a sitting president to visit the island nation of Cuba.
United States President Barack Obama and his family made their way, through the rain, around the courtyards in Old Havana on Sunday during the hsitory-making three-day visit. Hundreds of Cubans lined the streets to get a glimpse of Obama and his family - Michelle, Malia, Natasha - as shouts of "USA" and "Obama" rang through the city.
This is the first visit, by a United States president, to the communist state, in nine decades. This visit comes after a thaw in relations between the two nations that began back in December of 2014. The half-century-old travel and trade oatef stmbarge has been eased. The country has also been removed from the US list of sponsors of terrorism and restored diplomatic relations between the two countries.
Obama joked about how it took Coolidge three-days to visit the island nation, back in 1928. "It only took me three hours."
The first stop on Obama's trip was the newly re-opened US embassy. "It's been nearly 90 years since a US president set foot in Cuba. It is wonderful to be here...for the first time ever Air Force One has landed in Cuba," Obama said at the embassy. "This is a historic visit and it's a historic opportunity to engage directly with the Cuban people and to forge new agreements, commercial deals, to build new ties between our two peoples."
While touring Havana's old town, Obama and family, had to huddle under a number of umbrellas to protect themselves from a tropical storm before they went to visit the national cathedral. They went to the Museum of the City of Havana.
The visit didn't go down without any drama. Hours before Obama touched down, Many members of the dissident group Ladies in White were arrested during their weekly protest in Havana. According to Reuters, "some 50 dissidents were actually arressted".
On Tuesday, Obama will address the Cuban people directly in what is being hailed as another historic speech. Besides this, he will watch an exhibition baseball game between the Tampa Bay Rays and the Cuban national team.
Text by Sahil Bhalla