Puerto Rico Welcomes Pres. Obama for Quick Visit
Matt | On 14, Jun 2011
Puerto Ricans living on the island got a bit of love directly from President Obama today.
The Commander-In-Chief made a stop in San Juan today for a few hours. He attended a Democratic National Committee fundraiser, had lunch, met some dignitaries, and hit it back to the United States. It’s all in a day’s work, I guess.
The president’s trip is the first to the island by a sitting president since Gerald Ford in 1976. Yes, in 35 years no other president showed Puerto Rico some love and they are OUR commonwealth. (I guess it’s because they cannot vote in the presidential election so no one really cared about them). How sad… lol.
Anyway, President Obama talked about bringing jobs to the island, which currently suffers from 16% unemployment. It’s bad enough there where one more MORE Puerto Ricans live in the mainland U.S. than on the island. Yep, it’s that serious!
Don’t count the puertorriqueños out just yet. Many of the residents that live in the U.S. are in Florida, a vitally important swing state in the 2012 election. So, you could kinda say that Obama was sowing some seeds of campaign goodwill with people that either will move or know someone who is already living in the U.S.
Trust me, these are all strategy moves that are carefully planned by the White House. People don’t just “happen by” an island in the eastern Caribbean.