President Obama and Raul Castro - level 2

President Obama and Raul Castro - level 2

16-12-2013 06:00

President Obama went onstage to pay tribute to Nelson Mandela. Before giving the speech, he extended his hand to Cuba’s leader, Raul Castro.

Castro shook his hand and smiled back. The handshake is a gesture that reflects Nelson Mandela’s spirit of reconciliation.

It is very rare for US presidents to shake hands with Cuban leaders. Not counting this one, there has been only one handshake since the Cuban Revolution. It was at the United Nations in 2000. Bill Clinton and Raul’s brother, Fidel, shook hands.

Difficult words: pay tribute (to admire and agree with someone publicly), extend (move forward), reconciliation (becoming friends again).

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