Awkward! Obama left hanging after Castro deflects embrace (VIDEO)
The two leaders were concluding a press conference, where they announced the signing of several agreements to increase cooperation and economic investment between the two countries, when the cringeworthy moment occurred.
Obama is the first US President to visit Cuba in 88 years and all eyes and cameras were on the two men addressed the media.
The powerful photo opportunity was tainted as a result of some kind of misunderstanding - and makes for some hilarious viewing.
It appears Obama was going for a hug when Castro caught his arm and hoisted it like a boxing referee confirming a fighter’s victory.
Both leaders brushed off the incident with a smile as they left the room.
That awkward moment when Obama wanted to put his arm around Raul and he was like, “Hayi, wait wena man!" pic.twitter.com/nQgMU3s9ze— #ConceptSixty5 (@Sentletse) March 21, 2016
Obama tried to hug Castro— Jenna Abrams (@Jenn_Abrams) March 22, 2016
The most awkward image on the Internet this week pic.twitter.com/4tbsoVztLQ