President Obama Name Checks Pitbull & Gloria Estefan During Speech In Cuba

Gloria Estefan and Pitbull
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Gloria Estefan and Pitbull attend the 4th Annual People En Espanol Festival at Jacob Javits Center on Oct. 17, 2015 in New York City.  

During a speech Tuesday (March 22) morning in Cuba, President Obama gave a special shout-out to artists such as Pitbull, Gloria Estefan and Celia Cruz, saying Cubans and Americans share the same love for their music. 

"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 of our countries have sung along with Celia Cruz or Gloria Estefan, and now listen to reggaeton or Pitbull."

Catch his full speech below (comments on Pitbull, Estefan and Cruz around the 18-minute mark): 

POTUS' visit to the island has sparked some mixed emotions from Cuban-born artists like Fifth Harmony's Camila Cabello who said the historical visit was "awesome" via Twitter.

On the other hand, music producer Emilio Estefan said in an interview with El Nuevo Herald that Obama in Cuba gives island citizens hope, but nothing more. "The visit does not mean that the Castro dictatorship has ended."

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