Entries in Cinco de Mayo (2)


Obama: ‘No Is Not An Option’ for DREAM Act

SAUL LOEB/AFP/GettyImages(WASHINGTON) -- President Obama told a largely Hispanic audience Thursday that he is ready to sign the DREAM Act and blamed Republicans for the failure of the legislation that would grant illegal immigrant students a path to citizenship.

“We’re going to keep fighting for this common-sense reform -- not just because hundreds of thousands of talented young students depend on it, but because ultimately America depends on it,” the president said at the annual Cinco de Mayo reception at the White House. “‘No’ is not an option. I want to sign the DREAM Act into law. I’ve got the pens all ready. I’m willing to work with anybody who is serious to get this done, and to achieve bipartisan, comprehensive immigration reform that solves this challenge once and for all.”

Thursday’s election-year celebration comes as the president courts Latino voters in the run-up to November.

“We know that securing our future depends on making sure that all Americans have the opportunity to reach their potential. And that’s why we’ve worked hard over the last three and a half years to create jobs; to make sure you get the care you need when you get sick; to make college affordable for everybody; to ensure that no matter where you are, where you come from, what you look like, what your last name is -- even if it’s Obama -- you can make it if you try,” the president said to applause.

In his brief remarks, Obama welcomed everyone to celebrate the “tres de Mayo” at this year’s party. The president will spend the real Cinco de Mayo this Saturday campaigning in Ohio and Virginia. “We just like to get the fiesta started early around here,” he joked.

This year’s “fiesta” included dance performances by Georgetown University’s Ballet Folklórico and traditional Mexican music. Guests mingled in the Rose Garden, sipping champagne and, of course, margaritas.

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio


Stand Clear of Michelle and a Tamale, President Says About Wife

The White House(WASHINGTON) -- President Obama and the first lady welcomed a big crowd to the White House Thursday evening for a Cinco de Mayo reception in the East Room.

Hispanic politicians, Hispanic Americans serving in the Obama administration, and members of a commission on exploring the creatiion of a new national museum of the American Latino were among those in attendance.

"Welcome to the Cinco de Mayo at the White House," Obama told the enthusiastic crowd before promising he wouldn’t speak too long.  "Nothing ruins a good fiesta like a long speech from a politician, so I’m going to keep it short."

The president called Cinco de Mayo a chance to commemorate the shared heritage between Mexicans and Americans.

"It’s a day for remembering that America is a richer, stronger, more vibrant place thanks to the contributions of Mexican Americans to the life of this nation."

The crowd also learned a little tidbit about the first lady, courtesy of her husband.

Said Obama: "I asked Michelle the other day, I said, ‘What’s your favorite food’ -- because we were sitting around with the girls.  She said, ‘Ah, Mexican food.’"

The crowd loved the news.

"You do not want to be between Michelle and a tamale," joked the president.  "It’s true.  It’s true.  But she’s moving, though, so she can afford to have as many tamales as she wants," said Obama in a nod to his wife’s "Let’s Move!" health campaign.

But the night was not without politics.  Obama said that the country needs to fix the "broken" immigration system and address the status of undocumented workers.  He also said he hopes to sign the Dream Act into law one day.

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