Miami Herald and el Nuevo Herald reporters watched President Barack Obama’s speech with Cubans on the island and in South Florida.
HAVANA — María Lastres sat nervously, bent over, her leg bouncing. Her husband, Jesús Magán, could hardly keep still. President Barack Obama was on TV, just a few miles from their modest Havana apartment, speaking truths to the Cuban government — on Cuban soil.
They broke their rapt attention only to yelp, again and again, Cubans’ favorite interjection — “¡Ñó!” — and to spontaneously applaud in unadultered astonishment.
“Who would have thought we’d see this,” Magán said, agape. “I mean, we were trained to fight against the Americans!”