Seth Meyers reports on Obama’s Cuba trip, and ‘the most awkward handshake in presidential history’

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Seth Meyers took “A Closer Look” at President Obama’s recent trip to Cuba in Tuesday’s episode of Late Night. With the historic trip, Obama became the first U.S. president to visit the country in 88 years. Cuba has been under a trade embargo with America for decades, so all many of their vehicles are straight out of the 1950s. The contrast to America is made clear from a photo of Air Force One flying over a street lined with antique vehicles. “It looks like it’s traveling back in time,” says Seth, suggesting “That’s Air Force One as piloted by Doc Brown.”

Pundits criticized Obama for being photographed in front of a mural of Che Guevara, “as this was seen as an implicit endorsement to Urban Outfitters.” But Meyers shows pictures of both Ronald Reagan and George W. Bush standing in front of statues of Communist leaders, and argues that it’s nearly impossible to not be photographed in front of such a statue in a Communist country.

Obama met with Cuban leader Raul Castro, but it was clear there were still some tensions as the two engaged in the “most awkward handshake in presidential history,” and then Castro fielded questions from American reporters, refusing to admit that Cuba imprisoned political dissidents. “In fact, Cuba does jail political dissidents,” says Meyers. “Although even if Castro were for it, Obama should know it’s very hard to close a prison in Cuba.”

Watch Trevor Noah’s take on the trip here.

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