Video released after Barack Obama left Havana shows the President's lighter side as he takes part in a comedy skit alongside a popular Cuban television character. Rough cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) U.S. President Barack Obama finally got a chance to meet Pánfilo, a popular Cuban television character. He appeared in a skit shot in Havana for a popular comedy show that sometimes pokes fun at the Cuban government. The U.S. embassy in Cuba released the subtitled video on Wednesday (March 23), a day after Obama concluded his 48-hour visit to the island. In a country where the Communist government tightly controls the media, Pánfilo is allowed to satirize the difficulties of daily life. He also jokes about his armoured limousine nicknamed "The Beast", which proved to be a source of fascination for Cubans. After Obama leaves, Panfilo laments, "Oh my God, I forgot to show him my ration card." Many Cubans depend on their monthly ration card for food to supplement the average state salary of $25 per month.