Obama pledges support for Puerto Rico

Obama pledges support for Puerto Rico

There are 16 comments on the El Paso Times story from Jun 14, 2011, titled Obama pledges support for Puerto Rico. In it, El Paso Times reports that:

President Barack Obama told Puerto Ricans Tuesday that he's committed to the success and self-determination of the U.S. island territory, welcome words that could help him with Puerto Rican voters in all states as the 2012 election approaches.

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Lupita

El Paso, TX

#1 Jun 14, 2011
I'm so happy that he hasn't forgotten our people. He's a beautiful soul, always helping the poor and the oppressed.
Bobby

El Paso, TX

#2 Jun 14, 2011
Hussein is a failure at home:

Twenty-eight months after Congress passed President Obama's signature economic stimulus law, and nearly one year after he declared the summer of 2010 to be "Recovery Summer," 1.9 million fewer US workers are employed.
PeteyNola

El Paso, TX

#3 Jun 14, 2011
How about pledging support to Arizona to protect it's border? Most Puerto Ricans don't want Puerto Rico to be a State of our Union. Mr. Obama is on the campaign trail again. Too many promises during the election and then, BOOM....another Stimulus Package. I wonder whose going to "inherit" Obamas bullshit?
Bird

Billings, MT

#4 Jun 14, 2011
Pandering piece of sh/it trying to sell some of his hope and change lies in exchange for a few votes. What's next, statehood for Mexico? Canada? Still trying to find those 58 states?

Since: Jan 11

Location hidden

#5 Jun 14, 2011
Some people have the vocabulary to sum up things in a way you can understand them. This quote came from the Czech Republic . Someone over there has it figured out.


"The danger to America is not Barack Obama but a citizenry capable of entrusting an inexperienced man like him with the Presidency. It will be far easier to limit and undo the follies of an Obama presidency than to restore the necessary common sense and good judgment to a depraved electorate willing to have such a man for their president. The problem is much deeper and far more serious than Mr. Obama, who is a mere symptom of what ails America . Blaming the prince of the fools should not blind anyone to the vast confederacy of fools that made him their prince. The Republic can survive a Barack Obama. It is less likely to survive a multitude of Idiots such as those who made him their president."
Benjamin Guzman

El Paso, TX

#7 Jun 14, 2011
Lupita wrote:
I'm so happy that he hasn't forgotten our people. He's a beautiful soul, always helping the poor and the oppressed.
You must be part of El Paso's blind Democrats that cannot see that Obama, the fake Black man, does everything for the vote.He's fake because his father was a Luo tribesman from Kenya, who had nothing to do with the experience of Blacks in the New World. He was raised by his white mother and grandparents and in his book "Dreams of My Father" he admits that it was more advantageous politically to distance himself from his mother's people. HE said that, not me! The man is a PHONY!
I am Puerto Rican, born and raised in Arecibo, and I must tell you that Puerto Ricans are NOT oppressed! When I lived in the South Bronx, New York, the only people oppressing Puerto Ricans were other Puerto Ricans--members of such social clubs as the Latin Kings and the Chingalings.
60% of the island is on food stamps---I had a good friend from Hato Rey that always talked about independence. That was then--now he realizes that Puerto Rico's only important export is rum and the island cannot survive without the U.S.
Puerto Ricans need to stop this typically Latin American thing of feeling sorry for themselves and blaming others for what they do or do not do!
Jorge

Bayamon, Puerto Rico

#8 Jun 14, 2011
I followed Obama's visit in our local tv coverage (here in San Juan).

Hardly anything of such significance happens in this part of the world (Eastern Caribbean); for we have become a playground and vacation spots to the owners of the "global economy".

So, all in all, whenever a President of the US comes to our islands it is always "an extraordinary event" (though not as huge as when President Gerald Ford chose San Juan for an economic summit, where we had the heads of states from the seven most important economies in the world).

President Obama's message to us, island Puerto Ricans, can be summarized-...you, Puerto Ricans, have given us, the USA, your best men and women to serve in our Armed Forces and for that our nation (the USA) is very grateful...but....(and here is the big-BUT)....you, Puerto Ricans (though American citizens) are NOT equal to us (in the States).

In other words....the "separate but equal" still prevails in the "corridors" of the Democratic Party.

By the way, our President (which we, island Puerto Ricans cannot elect...but who sends our youth to every US war, since 1917)....took $1.4 million dls, in little over 3 hours (of his stay) for his reelection campaign.
Jorge

Bayamon, Puerto Rico

#9 Jun 14, 2011
Benjamin Guzman wrote:
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You must be part of El Paso's blind Democrats that cannot see that Obama, the fake Black man, does everything for the vote.He's fake because his father was a Luo tribesman from Kenya, who had nothing to do with the experience of Blacks in the New World. He was raised by his white mother and grandparents and in his book "Dreams of My Father" he admits that it was more advantageous politically to distance himself from his mother's people. HE said that, not me! The man is a PHONY!
I am Puerto Rican, born and raised in Arecibo, and I must tell you that Puerto Ricans are NOT oppressed! When I lived in the South Bronx, New York, the only people oppressing Puerto Ricans were other Puerto Ricans--members of such social clubs as the Latin Kings and the Chingalings.
60% of the island is on food stamps---I had a good friend from Hato Rey that always talked about independence. That was then--now he realizes that Puerto Rico's only important export is rum and the island cannot survive without the U.S.
Puerto Ricans need to stop this typically Latin American thing of feeling sorry for themselves and blaming others for what they do or do not do!
Puerto Ricans have to PUT THE BLAME on those who "pull the strings of power"...and we, island Puerto Ricans, are NOT "calling the shots".

Puerto Rico is a colony and there's NOTHING a colony can do, except denounce its colonial status, be that thru war or in international forums.

The islands' current status lacks any sovereign power (be that as a state of the Union or as an independent nation).

Congress has been denying those powers (to the current status)since 1948, every time our local leaders request it.

I, as statehooder, believe in the words spoken by three Republican Presidents, Reagan, and Bush Sr. and JR., "PuerTo Rico should be a state".

As far as the last Democrat Presidents, including the current, all of them believe in the "separate but equal" status for Puerto Ricans.
Jorge

Bayamon, Puerto Rico

#10 Jun 14, 2011
Is Congress waiting to sponsor a status referendum of Puerto Rico when it suits the US?

Will Puerto Rico be the "token" that prevents a Hispanic crisis in the US?
Louis

El Paso, TX

#11 Jun 14, 2011
Jorge wrote:
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Puerto Ricans have to PUT THE BLAME on those who "pull the strings of power"...and we, island Puerto Ricans, are NOT "calling the shots".
Puerto Rico is a colony and there's NOTHING a colony can do, except denounce its colonial status, be that thru war or in international forums.
The islands' current status lacks any sovereign power (be that as a state of the Union or as an independent nation).
Congress has been denying those powers (to the current status)since 1948, every time our local leaders request it.
I, as statehooder, believe in the words spoken by three Republican Presidents, Reagan, and Bush Sr. and JR., "PuerTo Rico should be a state".
As far as the last Democrat Presidents, including the current, all of them believe in the "separate but equal" status for Puerto Ricans.
Speaking as a sophisticated and in-tune black man, I can assure you that most of the country doesn't give a hoot in hell about any of you down there. Yes, we like your rum and your women, but not much else and we despise you for sending us Geraldo Rivera. I say most of the country because there are some people, like me, who love your island and recognize your support to America. I hope you get statehood or independence, whichever you wish, but you won't get much sympathy from most Americans who see your island as the Cleveland of the Caribbean.
Jorge

Bayamon, Puerto Rico

#12 Jun 14, 2011
Louis wrote:
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Speaking as a sophisticated and in-tune black man, I can assure you that most of the country doesn't give a hoot in hell about any of you down there. Yes, we like your rum and your women, but not much else and we despise you for sending us Geraldo Rivera. I say most of the country because there are some people, like me, who love your island and recognize your support to America. I hope you get statehood or independence, whichever you wish, but you won't get much sympathy from most Americans who see your island as the Cleveland of the Caribbean.
Always keep in mind that it was the US which came to Puerto Rico and NOT Puerto Ricans to the USA.

We were a peace loving Spanish autonomous province with full representation (after two hundred years of being a their colony) when the US reverted us back to being a powerless colony.

So, it is just a matter of democratic principles and definitely NOT of perceptions.

If the US spends billions and billions of tax dollars "allegedly spreading democracy" in the world, while still treating/rating its same citizens according to their status...enough said about "double and triple standards"....
Mee

El Paso, TX

#13 Jun 14, 2011
Pa'l carajo con este idiota en la casa blanca. El jodio hijoe'puta lo que quiere es hablar mierda a los boricuas pa' que nosotros entonces le digamos a los familiares en los estados que voten por el. Ni los mojones del arroz con Gandules que me comi le voy a dar en 2012 a ese hipocrita. Ese maricon lo unico que sabe es meter gente en deuda.
texan_pride

Midlothian, TX

#14 Jun 14, 2011
Statehood is good for the US treasury since currently PR's don't pay federal income tax yet they are US citizens. PR's don't want statehood because they have everything without paying for it.
Jorge

Bayamon, Puerto Rico

#15 Jun 14, 2011
texan_pride wrote:
Statehood is good for the US treasury since currently PR's don't pay federal income tax yet they are US citizens. PR's don't want statehood because they have everything without paying for it.
Instead of whining here in Topix, do something!

Write to your Congress people and demand action from them against Puerto Rico.
JRMaynard3

El Paso, TX

#16 Jun 14, 2011
Benjamin Guzman wrote:
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You must be part of El Paso's blind Democrats that cannot see that Obama, the fake Black man, does everything for the vote.He's fake because his father was a Luo tribesman from Kenya, who had nothing to do with the experience of Blacks in the New World. He was raised by his white mother and grandparents and in his book "Dreams of My Father" he admits that it was more advantageous politically to distance himself from his mother's people. HE said that, not me! The man is a PHONY!
I am Puerto Rican, born and raised in Arecibo, and I must tell you that Puerto Ricans are NOT oppressed! When I lived in the South Bronx, New York, the only people oppressing Puerto Ricans were other Puerto Ricans--members of such social clubs as the Latin Kings and the Chingalings.
60% of the island is on food stamps---I had a good friend from Hato Rey that always talked about independence. That was then--now he realizes that Puerto Rico's only important export is rum and the island cannot survive without the U.S.
Puerto Ricans need to stop this typically Latin American thing of feeling sorry for themselves and blaming others for what they do or do not do!
A voice of reason and experience, no doubt. Too bad your brethren will be too busy pointing the finger to step up and take responsibility for their own. The same applies for Mexico.
Jorge

Bayamon, Puerto Rico

#17 Jun 14, 2011
JRMaynard3 wrote:
<quoted text>A voice of reason and experience, no doubt. Too bad your brethren will be too busy pointing the finger to step up and take responsibility for their own. The same applies for Mexico.
Why does the USA insist on sending us billions ($24 billion) of dollars when we, island Puerto Ricans, refuse to one of their states?

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