[Ed. – And who would know better, right? Admin note: Obama really needs to get some new material.]
“We are willing to discuss everything but we need to be patient,” Castro said through a translator. “We could be persuaded of some things; of others we might not be persuaded.”
“But when I say that I agreed with everything the president just said, I include that we agree to disagree.”
Their comments at the bilateral meeting echoed statements they made earlier in the day during speeches at the gathering of 35 nations. The region’s leaders praised the historic step of improving ties between the two nations while attacking new U.S. sanctions against Venezuela.
Speaking at his first Summit of the Americas since they began in 1994, Castro Saturday called Obama an “honest man” and joked that, as Cuba’s leader, he should get to speak six times longer than anyone else since the nation has been blocked from that many gatherings. Obama, he said, can’t be blamed for policies against Cuba put in place by 10 previous presidents. He went on to recount 200 years of Cuban history, including repeated “interferences” by successive U.S. governments. …
Obama, saying he wasn’t interested in fighting battles that started “before I was born,” urged the assembled leaders to get past ideological differences and focus on the future.
“The fact that President Castro and I are both sitting here today marks a historic occasion,” Obama said.