President Barack Obama on Saturday declared his refusal to refight the Cold War battles while Cuban President Raul Castro rallied to his defense, absolving Obama of fault for the U.S. blockade in a stunning reversal of more than 50 years of animosity between the United States and Cuba. In my opinion, President Obama is an honest man, Castro said - a remarkable vote of confidence from the Cuban leader, who praised Obama's life and his humble background. Turning the page on the longstanding U.S. policy of isolation, Castro and Obama were expected to meet later Saturday on the sidelines of the Summit of the Americas - the first substantial meeting between a U.S. and Cuban president in more than five decades.

President Barack Obama on Saturday declared his refusal to refight the Cold War battles while Cuban President Raul Castro rallied to his defense, absolving Obama of fault for the U.S. blockade in a stunning reversal of more than 50 years of animosity between the United States and Cuba. In my opinion, President Obama is an honest man, Castro said - a remarkable vote of confidence from the Cuban leader, who praised Obama's life and his humble background. Turning the page on the longstanding U.S. policy of isolation, Castro and Obama were expected to meet later Saturday on the sidelines of the Summit of the Americas - the first substantial meeting between a U.S. and Cuban president in more than five decades.