Cinco de Mayo: Obama-Style

Now there are party animals, and there are party animals.

“The margaritas I hear are quite good,” President Barack Obama told the guests at his Cinco de Mayo party tonight. “Be careful, though, they’ll sneak up on you.  ”

Obama, hosting a Cinco de Mayo celebration at La Casa Blanca this evening, quickly got into the multicultural experience that mixes well with limes:

`It is wonderful to have so many Latinos and Latinas,” the president told the assembled party crowd, “ and people who wish they were Latino or Latina — a lot of honorary Latinos and Latinas.  On Cinco de Mayo, todos somos Latinos!”

Yet, for all the festivity surrounding the 152nd anniversary of an important day in Mexican history, which he recounted for his guests, the president who won reelection with 71 percent of the Hispanic vote could not refrain from a little modern-day American politicking:

“Of course, we can honor our past by building an even brighter future together,” he said.  “And that means restoring our nation’s promise of opportunity for all so that everybody has a fair shot at the American Dream — which is why I fought so hard for the Affordable Care Act — because every American deserves quality, affordable health care.”

“Thanks to the ACA, millions of Latinos now have access to expanded preventive care, and hundreds of thousands of Latinos have recently enrolled in health care plans, and hundreds of thousands of young Latinos are able to stay on their parents’ plans until they’re 26…”

“And opportunity for all is why I’m fighting so hard to fix a broken immigration system,” said the president who has failed to win passage of a “comprehensive” immigration bill. “I am convinced that America’s prosperity and security depend on comprehensive, common-sense immigration reform.”

“Last year, Democrats and Republicans in the Senate came together to pass a common-sense bill that would grow our economy and shrink our deficits, reward businesses and workers that played by the rules — all while upholding our most cherished values as a nation of immigrants. So far, the Republicans in the House have refused to allow meaningful immigration reform to move forward at all.  We know there are Republicans in the House who want to do the right thing.  I’m going to work with everybody who’s serious about strengthening our borders, modernizing our legal immigration system, keeping more families together, and getting this done. And it’s the right thing to do for our economy, for our security and our future. ”

“The majority of Americans agree with me on this.  It’s time for members of Congress, and Republicans in the House to catch up with the rest of the country.  So I need all of you to go out there and mobilize particularly over the next two months — tell them to get on board. ”

“So, today, on Cinco de Mayo, we celebrate our shared heritage, our shared history, our shared future.  That’s not something to be afraid of — that’s something that we need to embrace. That’s what I’m going to be doing, not just today, but every day, to keep fighting for opportunity for all people and greater understanding between all nations.  And I know that’s what you’re fighting for as well.”

Now back to the bar.

Gracias.  Que Dios los bendiga, y feliz Cinco de Mayo.  Thank you, everybody.”

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