LIVE VIDEO: American Flag Rises Over US Embassy In Havana For First Time In 54 Years

Live US-Cuban history happening right now. The BBC reports:

Three marines who lowered the American flag for the last time on 4 January 1961 will raise it again during Friday’s ceremony in Havana. They are now retired and in their late 70s. “I’m gonna love seeing that flag go back up,” said former marine Jim Tracy, 78, in a US State Department video. It is a typical hot summer’s morning in Havana – humid and sticky. But it’s a warmth which perhaps befits the moment in which Cuba and the United States finally put almost six decades of Cold War hostility behind them. And the sea breeze off the Malecon, Havana’s seafront promenade, is refreshing the dignitaries that have gathered on the front lawn for this historic reopening ceremony.

  • Gustav2

    Would someone tell Republicans the Cold War is, like, I dunno, really, really, like… over?

    • johncAtl

      Are you sure? I mean, Joe McCarthy is running for the GOP nomination.

      • Gustav2

        He’s that Senator from Texas, but born in Canada, right?

        • johncAtl

          Yes. Fox should label him (R-Canada) or maybe (R-Cuba).

          • David Gervais

            Oh, no you don’t. He’s yours now. No refunds, no returns.

          • johncAtl

            That’s fair. But it means we’re keeping Ryan Reynolds and Stephen Amell.

          • OrliJoe in Fla

            No, silly… R-Cuba is Marco Rubio…

        • Steve Teeter

          Can someone explain how he qualifies for the presidency, in that case?

          • Gustav2

            As long as one parent is an American…

    • Circle Thomas

      Is it? Russia isn’t exactly our ally.

      Of course, the field for Cold War II has changed dramatically, and so have the tactics. That’s why opening up Cuba and striking a deal with Iran are important–both countries would much rather cozy up to the U.S. and Western Europe than Russia long-term.

      • Gustav2

        And make friends with Cuba while Venezuela is on the skids.

  • bkmn

    This is about 20 years late. Other than one rant by a very old Fidel, Cuba is ready to welcome the US and its citizens back.

    • ScottJL

      And don’t forget about all those tourist dollar$!

      • bkmn

        Those tourist dollars will bring about more change in two years than 50 years of blockade and embargo.

        • Paula

          Exactly!! I have always thought that if The U.S. hated the communist government so much, the best way to fight it is to stop the embargo. Once the people get a taste of living past 1959, there’s no going back.
          How you gonna; keep ’em down on the farm?

          • bkmn

            Just as US dollars permanently changed China, it will happen in Cuba now.

          • Charles Manuel P.

            I hope it doesn’t kill of the culture though….

          • houstonray

            We watch many of the shows that have been coming on more recently on travel channels and the like and we say the same thing. That country so desperately needs this and for the most part it will be a good thing, but some of their culture will, sadly, change and that’s a shame. But still, I think we hope, the benefits outweigh that. The Cuban people are very inventive and creative (they’ve have had to be) so we hope they keep that spirit as things change around them.

            Viva Cuba Libre!

    • BobSF_94117

      20? More like 40.

      • Octavio

        It should have never happened. The US had every opportunity to play nice with Fidel. But, no. The government and politicians got one giant bug up their collective butt and decided to clench their fists and hold their breath. Worst foreign policy of the Kennedy Administration.

  • Bluto

    Thanks, Obama!
    No, really. Thanks.

    • canoebum

      Looks like he’s living up to that Nobel Peace prize after all, much to the chagrin of his critics.

      • TommyTune

        And if he can pull off the Iran deal despite overwhelming Republican opposition (and Chuck Schumer, damn him) he’ll really have earned it.

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  • TommyTune

    Of course this would have happened under a President McCain or a President Romney. NOT!

    • Bill_Perdue

      Like Democrats, the Republicans are run by the rich who hope to increase profits by this move.

  • Sam_Handwich

    Richard Blanco!

  • DaddyRay

    This is such a wise move. With the Castro regime nearing an end it is so important to normalize relations with Cuba

  • Duh-David

    Going to Island House Key West in September. Hoping to arrange a day trip to Havana, again.

  • Sam_Handwich

    omg

    Kerry just said “Up your sister’s cookie, Fidel!”

    • Octavio

      ¡Qué verguenza!

  • JoeMyGod

    I really like Richard Blanco’s poem. I’ll have the text ASAP.

    • Duh-David

      ” The sea doesn’t matter. What matters is this – that we all belong to the sea between us.”

  • Adam Schmidt

    I’ve got goose bumps just thinking about this. Fuck this is an amazing piece of history happening before our eyes.

  • LonelyLiberal

    It’s a beautiful country. Aren’t the primary exports sugar and tobacco products (a quick check shows that petroleum and nickel are also on the top list)? I wonder if the corn syrup industry is worried at all?

  • BobSF_94117

    I’m peeved. Obama is ruining my foreign travel plans. I have long hoped to visit these places before the onslaught of tourists sullies them: Cuba, Iran, Myanmar. Now I’m stuck with having to go to North Korea……

    • DaddyRay

      I smell snark

      • BobSF_94117

        Yes, but it’s locally grown, hand-made artisanal snark, not that crap mass-produced snark from China.

        • Gustav2

          Yes, but the snark from China is so much cheaper since the devaluation of the Yuan.

          • David Gervais

            Cheap snark? Ugh.. yuck

          • Piet

            I know — probably not gluten free, either.

  • bambinoitaliano

    Sigh, the end of Canadian special status in Cuba.

  • Ray Butlers

    Meep. Meep. This guy is the most savvy political operator we’ve had in the White House in my lifetime. He has destroyed one of the Republican’s voting bases: Anti-Castro Cubans. That faction is now worth nothing to the Pubbies. Boom!

    What really scares the Republicans? Hillary Clinton. She’s an even more aggressive operator than Obama. They won’t know what hit them. She’ a search and destroy/take no prisoners kind of gal.

  • Octavio

    Un gesto muy atrasado. Los EE.UU. no va a progresar si no se detiene acciones estúpidas como embargos contra otros países en el mundo.

  • Cuberly

    Has anyone been to Breitbart? I bet the rage monkeys have gone code red big time. This is their morning feeding time, as you know.

    http://i.giflike.com/EnoDo7A.gif

  • Todd20036

    Thank you, President Obama.

  • houstonray

    Why do the wingnuts hate this so much? Because the black guy did it? That’s really all I can think of.

    It’s time to help Cuba come into the 21st century and leave the old ideas behind. Hell, if we play our cards right, Cuba could be a state, or at the least, a US Territory in a generation or two.

  • Steven Leahy

    It’s ABOUT TIME is all I can say!