When Roosevelt Went To Trinidad
MICHELE NORRIS, host:
President Obama was meeting with leaders from Latin America and the Caribbean in Trinidad and Tobago today. The headlines are about the latest overtures between the Unites States and Cuba. But we think of Trinidad and Tobago as a home of calypso music.
ROBERT SIEGEL, host:
And while diplomacy and calypso may seem like a non sequitur, it actually isn't. Mr. Obama is only the second sitting president to visit the island nation. And the first one, Franklin Delano Roosevelt, is a tough act to follow. FDR's first of four visits back in 1936 apparently inspired Raymond Quevedo, who wrote and performed calypso under the name Attila the Hun, to commemorate the event.
(Soundbite of song, "FDR in Trinidad")
Mr. RAYMOND QUEVEDO (Musician): (Singing) When Roosevelt came to the land of the hummingbird, shouts of welcome were heard. When Roosevelt came to the land of the hummingbird, shouts of welcome were heard. His visit to the island is bound to be an epoch in local history, definitely marking the new era between Trinidad and America.
NORRIS: And we note that Attila the Hun worked Secretary of State Cordell Hull under the tune, "FDR in Trinidad."
SIEGEL: So, to set the bar appropriately high, in case someone is writing a calypso tune about President Obama's visit, we expect it ought to mention Secretary of State Clinton, too.
(Soundbite of calypso music)
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