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Raul Castro Lifts Obama’s Arm for Awkward Salute After Press Conference

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After a joint press conference with President Obama in Cuba, Raul Castro shook hands with the United States leader and tried to lift the arm of the president in a triumphant salute.

But Obama’s hand and wrist went limp as Castro lifted it up, making for an awkward exchange at the end of their historic press conference.

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At one point during the press conference, Castro interrupted Obama’s answer to a multi-party question, apparently confused about who was expected to answer.

“Excuse me,” Obama said, winking to the cameras as he looked over at Castro.

Castro agreed to answer a question from one reporter, CNN’s Jim Acosta, but Obama urged him to answer a question from MSNBC reporter Andrea Mitchell as well, calling her ‘one of our most esteemed journalists in America.’”


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