US President Barack Obama meets Cuban President Raul Castro

Obama’s Cuba visit is more than an historic moment.  For Obama it’s personal.  Mark my word, we’re in for some big words this week.

It is nearly 90 years since a US President has visited Cuba (Calvin Coolidge was the last, in 1928).

And it’s over half a century since relations soured following Fidel Castro’s 1959 revolution.  Pointing nukes at the Americans in 1962 went down very very badly (I don’t recommend it.)

As recently as 1996 the US imposed the Helms-Burton Act penalising companies investing in Cuba.

So when President Obama stepped off Air Force One yesterday, flanked by the First Lady, daughters Sasha and Malia, and even the First Mother-In-Law Marian Robinson, the sense of history was in the air.