HAVANA, Cuba — Yuri Gallardo, a 35-year-old taxi driver, who also rents out homes to tourists here, said Sunday it is about time relations between the United States and his home country improve. "Relationships between countries in the 21st century shouldn't be this way — there's no reason for this political and economic situation," Gallardo said.
Gallardo is among many of the 11 million Cubans who anxiously awaited the arrival of President Barack Obama on Air Force One to the island nation, marking the first time a U.S. president has set foot here since Calvin Coolidge in 1928 who came by a Navy battleship. Obama touched down in Havana after 4 p.m. ET Sunday, welcomed by a light rain.