Picture of the week
June 16th, 2011
11:01 AM ET

Picture of the week

A building displays an 8-story banner welcoming US President Barack Obama during a visit to San Juan, Puerto Rico on June 14, 2011. The official visit was the first by a US President to the island territory since former US President John F. Kennedy's visited in 1961.

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  1. John

    I am guessing Puerto Rico doesn't have much in their past...

    June 16, 2011 at 1:19 pm |
    • jean2009

      Guess again...Christopher Columbus named the island: San Juan Bautista, for John the Baptist,on his second voyage to the new world in 1493. Puerto Rico (rich port) became the most important Spanish military outpost in the Caribbean. Guess their's would be a might longer than our past.

      June 16, 2011 at 4:13 pm |
      • Jay in NC

        Longer than our past? Do you only count time from when Columbus set foot? What about the native Americans?

        Kennedy ordered wiretapping on Martin Luther King, yet he is loved by so many. Another example of a Liberal hypocrisy.

        June 17, 2011 at 9:26 am |
      • jean2009

        Jay, there is recorded and unrecorded history. Knowing exactly which dates would have been their important historical event dates without a written understood language, would be near impossible. We can look at their monument sites, earthwork mounds, and what few of the South American codices and painted pottery pieces that exist, but basically it is mostly speculation. Do you really buy into all the talk about 12.12.2012? I've often wondered, in say 7-9 hundred years, what some future Indiana Jones would think the concrete goose lawn ornament statuary is...a goose deity?

        The part about Kennedy and Martin L. King is about as relevant to the topic of this site as discussing G. W. Bush, the Patriot Act, and wiretapping. Did Bush several times up Kennedy and start wiretapping everyone?

        And that whole bit about in the past charity came from churches, the local community...total bull. I'm 76 years old don't feed me a line. Kennedy did not envision more slavery.

        June 17, 2011 at 5:25 pm |
  2. Vladik

    Puerto Rico has more from its past than the US ... but local politicians are just ridiculous, making tiny things like this stupid visit a "huge event".

    June 16, 2011 at 3:02 pm |
  3. Arthur Hubbard

    I was wondering who paid for the sign?

    June 17, 2011 at 8:02 am |
  4. Liz Carter in Georgia

    That's exactly why COLUMBUS didn't 'discover' America. The Native Americans had already discovered it, but of course the Europeans had to take that one too! Furthermore, from my recollection of studies, there were several other races of people who had been here set up 'shop', and left! Or they stayed and intermingled with the natives before he even took to the sea. And then he got off course and thought he'd landed somewhere in or near India; thus the name INDIANS, now correctly known as Native Americans!

    June 17, 2011 at 1:27 pm |
  5. Liz Carter in Georgia

    Yes we loved John F Kennedy. He was a great man. He, his brothers and the whole KENNEDY family were compassionate, sympathetic, and empathetic to the ILLS of America. They did everything they could, within reason, and in those days it was a MISSION, to attemp to eliminate the sick mindsets of hate and bigotry! FBIs' J EDGAR HOOVERS' posse are the ones who wiretapped MARTIN LUTHER KING; we believe he had him killed, as well as EVERS, MALCOLM X, and others like many FREEDOM RIDERS. A Pontious Pilate of sorts.

    June 17, 2011 at 1:53 pm |
    • Jay in NC

      Hoover may have done the deed but President JF Kennedy ordered the wiretap. Bobby Kennedy did not trust Dr. King. Just a bunch of rich bleeding heart Liberals. Never cared about anyone but their own political climb.

      Government programs have done more to harm black families, maybe even more than slavery. Consider this, a woman can not receive welfare for her kids if a man lives in the house. Broken families equals poor families, the cycle will never end until daddy government moves out and lets the real men back home.

      In the past charity came from churches, the local community. That has gone away because of the fed government. Men are not involved because they have been demoralized, devalued, and detached from the women. This causes anguish and hardship on the men, this leads to drug abuse that leads to violence. Talk about disfranchisement.

      No, welfare has harmed the black community, the vision the Kennedys had was one of more slavery, control over the blacks. I say give a man his rights, give him a chance to work, and let families solve their own problems. Build pride, accomplishment, true worth. Not another government program check.

      June 17, 2011 at 2:28 pm |
  6. Liz Carter in Georgia

    I think these are fitting words for Jeans post back to you, 'WHOOP THERE IT IS'! 'WHOOP THERE IT IS'! I heard them in a song! Go Jean!

    June 17, 2011 at 6:01 pm |
  7. Liz Carter in Georgia

    Consider this! Your whole last post was predicated and stereotyped to the black American race of people who have and continue to face sub-living in America! That statemement was not inclusive of any other American race of people who recieves the benefits of the 'socialistic' welfare. There are more whites and 'others' who recieve those benefits than blacks. Now if you want it to end, PERIOD, just say that; but for you try to qualify your point using black woman and families, ONLY is NARROW! You're a racist!

    June 19, 2011 at 1:29 pm |
    • Jay in NC

      So, in your world no one can point out that black families are hurt by the welfare system? If they do you call them a racist. How do you feel about someone that says that black families are suffering because they do not receive enough help. Would that also be racist?

      June 19, 2011 at 3:37 pm |
  8. Liz Carter in Georgia

    A generalization too! But In one light, I could say that it would be racist in that, if there WAS proof that the indenture itself was needing to be voiced about that one specific group, 'black families', which obviously would indicate that racism was in the equation, I'd have to say that it is racist! As far as the person who feels the umption to bring the DISCREPANCY to the leaders/powers that be, I'd be obliged to consider them a courageous identifier of a condition that is occurring due to racism.

    June 19, 2011 at 6:45 pm |
  9. Liz Carter in Georgia

    Furthermore, in my world, I'm fully aware of the ill-state of existance of a great percentage of black people trying to live in this US of A! It did NOT start with welfare, food stamps, Wic Program, SSI, medicaid, projects, section 8, etc.; what originally hurt black families was after slavery, the once 'lawful', systemic lack of comparable quality in opportunities afforded whites; ambition building, schooling, jobs, training, wages, housing, justice, social equality; still disenfranchised in many areas.

    June 19, 2011 at 8:56 pm |
  10. Liz Carter in Georgia

    Contd: Therefore, I believe that those programs were built and instituted through and by the government to eliviate a portion of the 'hurt' that in truth, 'we the people' was wholly responsible for, due to it's ill-treatment, and civil/social hinderances of ONE of it's own groups of people: 'THE MINORITY'; except for when it came to going off fighting and dying for 'OUR COUNTRY'! True! many men had to leave so their families could eat and live a little better. Their underpaid salaries weren't cutting it!

    June 19, 2011 at 9:42 pm |
  11. Liz Carter in Georgia

    Welfare was put in place as a federal 'social service' to aid with the health, education & welfare of Americans Citizens, black and white, and currently for all races, who are of limited accessibilty for whatever reasons or conditions to finances, education, medical needs, jobs. etc. Why is it that conservatives talk out of both sides of their mouths about this issue? John was just fake whining the other day about the WH picnic and how that money should have been used for the poor, hungry, and homeless!

    June 19, 2011 at 10:01 pm |