US President Barack Obama and Cuban President Raul Castro attend a baseball game between the Tampa Bay Rays and the Cuban national team at the Estadio Latinoamericano in Havana on March 22, 2016. AFP / NICHOLAS KAMM
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President Barack Obama's visit to Cuba was heavy on symbolism and light on immediate results, but the aftershocks have the ability to shift Cuba's future, analysts said Tuesday.The three-day visit to Havana was the first by a U.S. president in 88 years and, more importantly, the first since a communist regime took power in the wake of Fidel Castro's 1959 revolution, turning Cuba into a Soviet ally and bitter enemy of the United States.Analysts said that by coming in peace and calling for full restoration of neighborly relations, Obama undermined the decades-old logic that helped keep the Cuban government in power as a self-declared bastion against U.S. imperialism.Obama made up for that with a barnstorming speech broadcast live on Cuban television Tuesday, the kind of speech Cubans are unlikely to hear from Castro.
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