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“I don’t know what to expect with a white president or a woman president. He’s the only president we remember,” Josh Frost, a 13-year-old, on Barack Obama.

“I realized I had to change my focus from hurting two 80-year-old guys to helping 11 million people,” Mike Fernandez, a Cuban American who supports ending the Cuban embargo.

“It would be fan-fucking-tastic,” —a Cuban entrepreneur on the idea of a Times Square in Havana.

(Previous quotes from our sources here)