From: Andrew BEATTY
Sent: Tuesday, March 22, 2016 10:15 AM
To: Barnes, Desiree N. EOP/WHO; Velz, Peter T. EOP/WHO
Subject: Preset pool 1
POTUS entered the Teatro Nacional through the main entrance on the Parque Central.
He walked a few meters into the marble-floored entrance hall before shaking hands with a waiting Cuban President Raul Castro.
"Buenos dias" he said before making a comment about the first lady which was inaudible. Translators were standing with the pair.
The handshake lasted about 30 seconds.
POTUS then greeted Alicia Alonso, a former prima balerina wo was dressed in a vivid purple outfit and head scarf and for whom the theatre has been named. (Gran Teatro de la Habana Alicia Alonso).