The president is always on-duty, which means that even though Barack Obama was in Cuba with plans to attend a baseball game, he still had to address the terrorist attacks that hit Brussels earlier Tuesday.
But before tending to those matters, he soaked up the Cuban sun, watched some baseball, and even did the wave alongside Cuban president Raúl Castro.
President Obama & Cuban President Raúl Castro do the wave at Latinoamericano Stadium in Havana during today's game. pic.twitter.com/zYNbMV29V8
— FOX Sports (@FOXSports) March 22, 2016
That picture-perfect moment came just before the start of the ballgame. But just before the third inning of play, Obama appeared on TV to address the terrorist attacks, and to explain why he insisted on attending the game in spite of the global tragedy.
"It's always a challenge when you have a terrorist attack anywhere in the world, particularly in this age of 24/7 news coverage," Obama told ESPN. "You want to be respectful and understand the gravity of the situation, but the whole premise of terrorism is to try to disrupt people's ordinary lives."
Obama did, however, confirm that the U.S. would continue its efforts to combat ISIS in the Middle East, which was the first official indication from the White House that it believed the terrorist organization was behind the attacks in Belgium.
"We are gonna continue with the over 60 nations that are pounding ISIL, and we're going to go after them," Obama said. "In the meantime, obviously our thoughts and prayers are with those who've been lost and hoping for a speedy recovery or those who've been injured."
And with that, they went back to the baseball game between the Cubans and the Tampa Bay Rays.