That Nobel Peace Prize he won within the first year of his presidency that many critics thought was too early , if not ill-deserved? Well, it looks like Barack Obama is making sure in his final year in the White House that he has earned it. The US President on Thursday announced he would travel to Cuba next month “to advance our progress and efforts that can improve the lives of the Cuban people.”
It will be the first trip to the communist island nation and long-time American adversary by a US president in 88 years; Calvin Coolidge was the last president to visit. The Cuba visit will be followed by a trip to Vietnam in May as Obama winds down his twoterm presidency amid the clamour of the 2016 presidential election. It is conceivable that Obama might even visit Iran before Election Day on November 8, 2016, rounding off a turnaround with three countries that were on the wrong side of America for decades.
In a series of four tweets that constituted the Cuba announcement, Obama said the United States still has differences with the Cuban government that he will raise directly . “America will always stand for human rights around the world,” he tweeted, adding that in the 14 months period since he announced the US would begin normalising relations with Cuba, there has already been significant progress in ties.