News of a historic thaw in Cuban-American relations led many to expect mass protests from the anti-Castro exile community in Miami.

But outrage in the city has been decidedly muted and demonstrations have turned out few opponents to President Barack Obama's plan to re-establish diplomatic ties with the communist island.

A handful of protests popped up Wednesday, with people waving signs criticizing Obama.

But elsewhere, the news brought praise and even applause among Cuban-Americans who said it is time for a new approach after decades of failed efforts to isolate the island's leaders.