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Puerto Rican singer Marc Anthony greets President Obama at the airport in San Juan, Puerto Rico
June 14th, 2011
12:54 PM ET

Did you know?

It's been 50 years since a sitting American president has made an official trip to the U.S. territory of Puerto Rico.  Today President Obama travels to  San Juan to fulfill a campaign promise to visit as President.   Though Gerald Ford traveled to the US territory as president in 1976 to attend an economic summit, the last formal presidential visit was by John F. Kennedy in 1961.

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  1. No Name Gonzalez

    Im Puerto Rican and I dont care whose hand he shakes. Vote Ron Paul!

    June 14, 2011 at 2:31 pm |
    • jean2009

      That would be the worst mistake that could befall this country. No to Ron Paul.

      June 14, 2011 at 6:55 pm |
  2. Liz Carter in Georgia

    That's right! NO to all of them that stood up on that 'debate' stage last night! The only reason I stated that he was 'best of the mess' of them on another thread was that, it seemed that he didn't use all of his time trying to bash OBAMA, only. He talked about reasons the state of the nation fell into near full blown depression. He did try to go back to the start of it; GWBs failed policies, what with the wars and other unthought out agenda; the lingering WASHINGTON greed and corruption, etc; but PAUL? NO!

    June 14, 2011 at 11:18 pm |
  3. J A Hosp

    Not true. President Ford visited Puerto Rico in 1976 and President Lyndon B. Johnson visited the island in 1968.

    June 15, 2011 at 10:34 am |
  4. Liz Carter in Georgia

    @J A Hosp; Right! It's just one more thing that every other former President was privvy to, minus all of the hate-ridden questions and remarks coming from racists/right-wing/conservatives with the exception of THIS President; Barack H Obama! Oh, he just shouldn't be going off anywhere! 'He's not one of us'! 'He can't do what WE do'! 'We want our country back'! Well, remember that when it comes time for our next BIG WAR, and bring everyone of our black soldiers and marines home who are fighting right now.

    June 16, 2011 at 5:38 pm |
  5. Joel Wischkaemper

    They Congress is going to try and get statehood for Puerto Rico. The welfare queen of U.S. associations.






    June 21, 2011 at 6:31 pm |
  6. Javier Gomez

    The fact that Puerto Ricans can not vote for the President while in Puerto Rico is a clear American Hypocrasy. I was born in USA and as long as I live in PR I will not be able to vote for the US President. Puerto Ricans from Puerto Rico die every week fighting under a President that denies them the right to vote for as long as they live in Puerto Rico. US can spend billions trying to convince the rest of the world about their intent to spread Democracy but who in Puerto Rico will believe that. We will, eventually, be granted the right to vote for the President but until then US should save their PR money.

    June 28, 2011 at 8:32 pm |