World leaders have offered their condolences and personal obits for former Cuban President Fidel Castro, who died on Saturday. Now President Obama is chiming in, saying through a statement the U.S. will “extend a hand of friendship to the Cuban people.”
While some of the condolences from around the globe were tributes to Castro, the statement from President Obama seemed to be directed more towards the people of Cuba. Obama said Castro altered many Cubans lives and offers them a helping hand:
At this time of Fidel Castro’s passing, we extend a hand of friendship to the Cuban people. We know that this moment fills Cubans – in Cuba and in the United States – with powerful emotions, recalling the countless ways in which Fidel Castro altered the course of individual lives, families, and of the Cuban nation. History will record and judge the enormous impact of this singular figure on the people and world around him.