President Barack Obama hails Pitbull in Cuba speech – watch

US leader also says Cubans and Americans 'share the same love of music'

Barack Obama has hailed Pitbull during a speech he gave in Cuba yesterday (March 22).

The US President praised the rapper along with Gloria Estefan and Celia Cruz saying Cubans and Americans share the same love for their music.

In a speech, which you can watch below, he said: “So even as our governments became adversaries, our people continued to share these common passions, particularly as so many Cubans came to America. In Miami or Havana, you can find places to dance the Cha-Cha-Cha or the Salsa and eat ropa vieja.


“People in both our countries have sung along with Celia Cruz or Gloria Estefan, and now listen to reggaeton or Pitbull.”

Late last year, the US President named Kendrick Lamar’s ‘How Much A Dollar Cost?’ his favourite track of 2015. The song appears on the rapper’s album, ‘To Pimp A Butterfly’.

First Lady Michelle Obama also said that her favourite song was Mark Ronson’s ‘Uptown Funk’, which was revealed as Vevo’s most viewed video of 2015.

The US President also rated The Martian starring Matt Damon as his favourite film of 2015 while the First Lady opted for the animated Inside Out.

President Obama and Michelle Obama were recently confirmed as guest keynote speakers for the South-By-Southwest music festival (SXSW) 2016.


The couple took part at the internationally recognised event for the first time at two separate events, with Barack speaking at SXSW Interactive on March 11 and The First Lady at SXSW Music on March 16. It was also the first time that a sitting President has attended the event in it’s 30 year history.