Fwd: Travel pool report #6

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From: "Lee, Carol" >
Date: March 23, 2016 at 2:58:56 AM GMT-3
To: "Desiree N. Barnes" >, >
Subject: Travel pool report #6

The president's motorcade left the stadium at 3:18 PM. Pool did not see him. The motorcade took one last drive past Revolution Square em route to the airport. Will try to get a report out on departure but signal is terrible there.

Separately poolers who watched the game spoke with a woman named Samantha Rojas, a 25 year old dentist sitting in the stadium. She said Potus visit is encouraging sign for relations. "There's a lot of emotion in the stadium," she said. "The fact that he's sitting here in Ina baseball game shows that things are going to change"

"We think he has good intentions to end the blockade" she said of the embargo.

Some color: the Cubans cheered wildly whenever one of their players did well. The mood was jovial, festive. The Cubans were selling Cuba National Team baseball caps and jerseys at at the stadium. There was water and sodas for sale. Your pooler didn't see any hotdogs or beer but there was a snack stand and some people, including Jose Andres, we're interested in some snacks in a bag that your pooler couldn't discern from a distance but they looked chip-like.

At 3:39 PM the motorcade is still rolling to Jose Marti International Airport for departure.

Carol Lee
The Wall Street Journal

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