Obama Pays a Visit to Puerto Rico

    ALTERNATIVE CROP PF XBL101 - President Barack Obama waves to a crowd gathered inside a hangar at the Muniz Air National Guard Base, shortly after his arrival in San Juan, Puerto Rico, Tuesday, June 14, 2011. Obama's visit to Puerto Rico marks the first by a sitting U.S. President since John Kennedy. Obama is backed by Puerto Rican and American flags. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley)

    Brennan Linsley

    President Obama made a visit to Puerto Rico on Tuesday, the first official White House trip since Kennedy dropped in on the island in 1961. While Puerto Ricans living in Puerto Rico cannot vote in presidential elections, some say Obama’s trip was part of an effort to woo mainland Latino voters. "When I ran for president, I promised to include Puerto Rico not just on my itinerary, but also in my vision of where our country needs to go,” he said to a crowd at a San Juan airport, “And I am proud to say that we've kept that promise.” Obama also addressed the ongoing question of the country’s status; "When the people of Puerto Rico make a clear decision, my administration will stand by you.” While in town, he made stops at the home of Gov. Luis Fortuno and a local restaurant for a sandwich.

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