On Tuesday, President Obama kicked off what many surmise as his effort to court the Latino vote for the 2012 election.
Speaking in front of a crowd of around 2,300 people at the Fillmore Miami Beach (the old Jackie Gleason Theater), the President presented his case for re-election and criticized his opponent, Mitt Romney -- all with a slant towards the Latino vote.
Here some of the highlights from his appearance:
- He was introduced by Pop Star Marc Anthony, who gave a four-song set with 16-piece band and encouraged the crowd to help with the campaign, saying, "This is one of those times where you can be part of something bigger than yourself."
- The President, who is a huge basketball fan, congratulated the Miami Heat for their recent NBA championship win. "You guys earned it," he said.
- POTUS got and gave some love. First, kicking off his speech by thanking volunteers and campaign workers, saying, "I love you and I'm grateful to you." Then, responding to an audience member's shout of "I love you!" with "I love you back."
- He highlighted his recent immigration policy announcement, telling the crowd with several pauses for applause: "You can decide whether or not it makes sense to stop denying the opportunity of responsible young people -- to allow them to stay here and prosper here and get educated here, just because they're the children of undocumented immigrants. They are Americans through and through, except for their papers. I believe it was the right thing to do. But, ultimately, it's up to you."
- POTUS admitted that his first term hadn't been a complete success, especially when it comes to the economy, telling the crowd: "We understand how much work we have left. ... But the debate in this election is not whether we need to do better ... the debate in this election ... is about how do we do better."
The President also acknowledged that it's going to be a close election for two reasons, because people are still struggling financially and "because the other side will spend more money than at any time in United States history on negative campaing tactics.
That's great and all, but, we wondering, where was the after-party?
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