Obama makes short and rare presidential visit to Puerto Rico

By on Jun 14, 2011 in International, Politics, Travel, United States Comments

US President Barack Obama will make a rare and short visit to Puerto Rico on Tuesday, June 14, 2011, which reports say he promised during the 2008 election campaign that he will visit if he wins.

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According to US news sites that day, President Obama will visit to Puerto Rico for only about five hours and will return to Washington on Tuesday night.

Apparently, Obama’s visit to Puerto Rico is the first official trip by a US president after 50 years in which the last one was made by John F. Kennedy back in 1961.

As noted at WhiteHouse.gov, President Obama is schedule to arrive at Luis Muñoz Marin International Airport at 11:45 a.m. (ET) and will deliver a short speech.

About an hour later, Mr. Obama will visit La Fortaleza, the official residence of the governor of Puerto Rico, and will meet Governor Luis G. Fortuno.

Later, the president will attend a Democratic National Committee event where a fundraising campaign was said to to be held for his bid to run for president in the 2012 election.

President Obama is being expected to leave Puerto Rico by 4:40 p.m.(ET) on the same day, which reports said that most Puerto Ricans believe that the presidential trip is very short and not that significant.

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