May 24th, 2011
02:19 PM ET

Obama Puerto Rico bound

President Obama has accepted an invitation to make an official visit to Puerto Rico, the U.S. commonwealth's governor said Tuesday. An administration official confirmed the visit to CNN's Ed Henry.

Gov. Luis G. Fortuño's statement on the visit after the jump:

"Since the beginning of my administration, we have been working in close collaboration with the president and his administration to make this historic visit a reality," said Fortuño, who revealed that along with the First Lady of PR, had been holding talks with the U.S. president and First Lady, Michelle Obama, about visiting since February 2009.

"With his visit, President Obama fulfills his commitment he made during the presidential primaries of 2008, to return to Puerto Rico as president," said Chief Executive. "Puerto Rico prepares to host its first official presidential visit since 1962, when President John F. Kennedy was greeted with great enthusiasm by our people. I'm sure the reception that President Obama will receive the upcoming June 14 will be no less remarkable and productive."


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  1. Daniel Lugo

    Hopefully is more than the 2Hr visit they are forecasting.Puerto Rico is a serious economic matter to the U.S., to many Federal Funds are mishandeled by our local government.There is another side to this story, please research and talk to the right people.

    May 25, 2011 at 3:18 pm |
  2. ana

    Puerto Rico has the right to exist as a nation, Puerto Ricans have the right to be sovereign in their own homeland. I hope this second visit from a US president to PR will bring the good news that Puerto Rico is free and sovereign at last. In 1953 US went to the United Nations and told the world that Puerto Rico was no longer a colony, so why keep this nation's sovereignty in the hands of US Congress? Puerto Rico is the last colony of the world, what a shame!

    May 25, 2011 at 5:04 pm |
    • Daniel Lugo

      Well said!

      May 25, 2011 at 9:44 pm |
  3. sassy sally

    There is an argument for statehood I think. Independent of the history to date, if the US took away citizenship, medical and infrastructural support to citizens, things on the island would deteriorate quickly. If PR became a state, it would be entitled to equal treatment as the other 50 states.

    I do agree that the cultural integrity of citizens should be preserved. We are proud people. We can agree that the current status quo cannot continue to exist.

    May 26, 2011 at 3:39 pm |
  4. Jose

    People, People. Please do your research. Yes PR has the right to exist as a nation, no problem there. But is that the right choice? Even with Federal aid unemployment is 15%. How will we fix that as an independent nation? The US is and will always be the richest and free country in the world. Some Puerto Ricans act as if it is the worst, we are US citizens. Why would we want to throw that away? They dont't complain when they receive their food stamps or WIC or free health care. The problem lies in the corrupt government the island has had for years. Puerto Ricans have fought in all wars with the United States since WWI, we have fought together for the freedom we share, you want to throw that away?

    May 27, 2011 at 1:01 pm |
  5. Grisdale

    President Obama is the only President to have not seen a new state join this Union (during his lifetime* not Presidency) and I personally believe Puerto Rico is the ideal candidate for the 21st Century. This Spanish speaking territory/colony not only would show America leaning forward on many issues, but it would also correct one of the biggest errors in our government's court system – the Insular Cases – which say that even though the United States is a child of rebellion from colonialism, our Constitution is still ambiguous enough to own it's own territories/colonies. Once this error is reversed, Puerto Ricans will have the same type of relationship with the Union that those born and raised in Texas do – calling themselves Puerto Rican (or Texan) first, then American. And that is something I would stand behind.

    May 28, 2011 at 12:44 am |
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