A massive street fight, a burning American flag, and the long-awaited meeting of two historic enemy countries. Sounds like a scene from a bad telenovela but it’s actually exactly what went down at the Summit of the Americas that took place in Panama earlier this month.
U.S. President Barack Obama and Cuban President Raul Castro made history during the Summit by holding the first bilateral meeting between U.S. and Cuban presidents in nearly 60 years. It was their first in-person meeting since Obama announced plans for normalizing diplomatic relations late last year, and yet it was the handshake between the two heads of state that stole the entire show. U.S. and Latin American citizens and political leaders alike had plenty to say about the gesture and its impact on the rest of the world.