Obama in Miami Today to Chase Latin Vote -- and Money

Categories: El Jefe

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Courtesy of Movimiento ALAS
Obama won't be meeting with Shakira, but he's looking for Latin love.
As his administration is nailed for health-care incompetence, President Obama is escaping to Miami today for three Democratic Party fundraisers and to curry favor with Latin voters.

He arrives at 3:45 p.m. at MIA and will hang around town until tomorrow at 3:25 p.m. One event will benefit the Democratic National Committee and two others the party's senatorial fundraising arm. None is open to the public.

According to the Miami Herald's Marc Caputo, the fundraisers are being hosted by Leslie Miller Saiontz, a philanthropist/real-estate maven; Jorge Mas Santos, whose father, Jorge Mas Canosa, would turn over in his grave if he got this news; and Ralph G. Patino, a personal-injury attorney.

The alliance with Mas Santos, who endorsed the president in 2008 and is an old buddy of U.S. Congressman Joe Garcia's, is the most intriguing. Mas Santos' father, Jorge Mas Canosa, was the bulwark of the Republican-Cuban alliance, and his son's strong support -- financial and political -- for the president has changed the political equation substantially in Florida.

In 2012, Obama received more of the Cuban vote than anyone thought possible -- 51 percent -- if you believe pollster Dario Moreno.

Most other Latin voters, particularly Mexicans and Puerto Ricans, have long been Democratic Party supporters.

In Miami, though, Cuban-Americans are where the big money is -- and the visit here, even though private, is meant to cement that support and build a bridge for the party, which stands a chance to make significant gains next year, when Charlie Crist is likely to win the governor's seat and bring some Democratic reps along for the ride.

Patino, a Coral Gables attorney, has an organization called Americano Como Tu to increase Hispanic political participation. He has also received public service awards for consumer lawsuits. U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz will attend his event.

Only Miller Saiontz isn't Latin. But she is a Harvard grad who is on the board of Teach for America -- good liberal cred.

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Tu Madre
Tu Madre

Unfortunately for him, all the viejos here are so scared of another Cuba they'd be willing to vote anyone that says "I hate Castro" instead of seeing that they are voting against they're own interests. Obama, Bush, Regan, please people...these men are FRONTS. It's time to allow for the popular vote to count and really let the people decide. Pffft I can only wish..

Dave Sorokoty
Dave Sorokoty

Read my lips, "you can keep your plan if you like it"

Tito Ortiz
Tito Ortiz

Danny Arango The fact is the majority of the bills passed that impose on our Privacy and our rights have been passed during Obama's Administration and the one's the existed during the Bush administration were maintained like "The Patriot Act." Drones(Obama), Abolish Freedom of Speech at least around the secret service(Obama), and the list goes on... The US is not Immune to Tyranny, it has only survived because the "conspiracy theory libertarians who believe the government is watching" always have an eye out and because our nation isn't based on Democrat or Republican Parties but on the freedom to Believe what you want. That being said we're far from ignorant these days many conspiracies are no longer theories there are hard facts behind more than 90% of them. That you choose to look away, well that's one of the great things about this nation, you can look away as much as you'd like but the facts still remain. Rafael Velez Jr

Gigi Terrasi
Gigi Terrasi

I can smell the stink all the way down here in West Palm Beach.

Gigi Terrasi
Gigi Terrasi

My fellow Latinos, don't drink his Kool-Aid, it's the same as having a Lobotomy..... Nothing this man says is true...The proof is in the last 5 years. The poor are still poor, the middle class is now poor, and he's working on the rich, to make sure they also become poor, except of course his buddies in Hollywood, and himself, and his vacationing wife.....

Roy Gonzalez
Roy Gonzalez

Ron Paul is the only one who cares about this country it's people and where we stand in history. And he will never get elected. How pathetic!

Kristofer Jesus Castellar
Kristofer Jesus Castellar

He Bailed Out The Banks, And Wallstreet With US Tax Money, And Pretty Soon We'll Have To Bail Out The Health Care Industry Because Of Him Too. He's Literally Worse Than Hitler

Eugene Buck
Eugene Buck

The Shit turd has arrived, can you smell the stink?

drakemallard
drakemallard topcommenter



. Nobody seems to care. Good, honest, hard-working people: white collar, blue collar, it doesn’t matter what color shirt you have on. Good, honest, hard-working people continue — these are people of modest means — continue to elect these rich Conchsuckers who don’t give a fuck about them. They don’t give a funk about you. They don’t give a fuck about you. They don’t care about you at all! At all! At all! And nobody seems to notice. Nobody seems to care. That’s what the owners count on. The fact that Americans will probably remain willfully ignorant of the big red, white and blue d!ck that’s being jammed up their assholes every day, because the owners of this country know the truth. It’s called the American Dream, 'cause you have to be asleep to believe it.  


Danny Arango
Danny Arango

“It is a masterful ideological manipulation: the Tea Party agenda is fundamentally irrational in that it wants to protect the interests of hardworking ordinary people by privileging the “exploitative rich”, thus literally countering their own interests.This twisted ideology is also behind the current federal government shutdown in the US. An opinion poll at the end of June 2012 showed that a majority of Americans, while opposing Obamacare, strongly support most of its provisions. Here we encounter Tea Party ideology at its purest: the majority wants to have its ideological cake and eat the real baking. They want the real benefits of healthcare reform, while rejecting its ideological form, which they perceive as a threat to the “freedom of choice”. They reject the concept of fruit, but they want apples, plums and strawberries.One of the weird consequences of the 2008 financial meltdown and the measures taken to counteract it (enormous sums of money to help banks) was the revival of the work of Ayn Rand, the closest one can get to an ideologist of the “greed is good” radical capitalism. The sales of her opus Atlas Shrugged exploded. According to some reports, there are already signs that the scenario described in Atlas Shrugged – the creative capitalists themselves going on strike – is coming to pass in the form of a populist right. However, this misreads the situation: what is effectively taking place today is almost the exact opposite. Most of the bailout money is going precisely to the Randian “titans”, the bankers who failed in their “creative” schemes and thereby brought about the financial meltdown. It is not the “creative geniuses” who are now helping ordinary people, it is the ordinary people who are helping the failed “creative geniuses”.John Galt, the central character in Atlas Shrugged, is not named until near the end of the novel. Before his identity is revealed, the question is repeatedly asked, “Who is John Galt”. Now we know precisely who he is: John Galt is the idiot responsible for the 2008 financial meltdown, and for the ongoing federal government shutdown in the US.” Zizek, Who is responsible for the US shutdown? The same idiots responsible for the 2008 meltdown

Danny Arango
Danny Arango

It's funny to see the Obama haters who understand nothing of politics becuase they are either conservative /republicans or conspiracy theory libertarians who believe the government is watching. I'm not gonna deny the administration but ur a fool to believe Obama has total control over the NSA and the military industrial complex which is responsible to drone use. The man has good personal politics and it is unlikely he was lying before the campaign(purposefully). U know why he didn't fulfill promises becuase he had to deal with hard line conservatives and tea party nutjobs. It's sucks to only have 2 choices but were u really gonna vote for a rich-out of touch, Mormon who cares more about preventing abortion and gay marriage then helping impoverished ppl. Chose ur answer carefully

Danny Cespedes
Danny Cespedes

Don't like Obama, don't like Democrats, and I really don't like Republicans. Fuck 'em.

Alvaro Disartmedia
Alvaro Disartmedia

Who chooses the pictures? Shakira and Antonio de la Rua are not a couple for at least 4 years! Don't you guys have a 2013 pic at least?

Chris Lynch
Chris Lynch

Has it ever occurred to Obama that he should try giving us just one days work behind his desk? He loves the sound of his voice so much that he is obsessed with giving speeches instead of giving us an honest days work.

Aimeet D Terrades
Aimeet D Terrades

He has Hollywood's endorsement because their rich asses will not be affected by good old Obamacare.

James Fleming
James Fleming

Nothing quite like "unbiased media" in action!!

Tito Ortiz
Tito Ortiz

@ Sergio Maldonado Where are his supporter that out number us you say? Afghanistan? Cuba? Venezuela? istanbul? Aparently you haven't seen the polls either

Tito Ortiz
Tito Ortiz

@ Jerry Gonzalez statement about him not needing votes.. He can still get Impeached. Just cause he's on his last term you'd give him the right to do what he wants? wow talk about fanaticism!

Jose Obando
Jose Obando

Lol LittleLina Manrique, u were supposed to b on top of it and let me know.

Tito Ortiz
Tito Ortiz

@ Paolita Rico Aparently you haven't seen the recent Polls. He doesn't have the love of most of the country. he's barely holding on to one fifth.

Danny Martinez
Danny Martinez

I love how people automatically call someone a republican because they dont agree with the presidents views.I dont agree with any republican or democrat obama is an extreme extension of bush. Passing laws which violate the constitution the architecture of our country. I dont care who you are you violate your oath to office and the constitution you are a tyrant and need to be taken out of office and in a prison.

Steve Klare
Steve Klare

He hasn't stopped campaigning. His drones keep believing him.

Sergio F. Maldonado
Sergio F. Maldonado

Only the Tea party extremists don't like him... But it's OK...President Obama has way more supporters than the crazies who think that he need to be impeached...

Cary Gonzalez
Cary Gonzalez

So what else is new? Don't all politicians come to Miami to drink cafe at Versailles on Calle Ocho? And every single time we see a bunch of old Cubans standing around them believing the bullshit?

Jerry Gonzalez
Jerry Gonzalez

Ummmm he is on his last term. He doesn't need votes.

Rafael Velez Jr
Rafael Velez Jr

He can shove Obamacare down his own throat & this fundraiser is probably coming out of tax payers pockets.

Rafael Velez Jr
Rafael Velez Jr

Iamdigi Talfire Tito Ortiz Edward Jellow Juan Santana Carlos Miller Walid Ismail

Hary Hippe
Hary Hippe

I can't even count how many times the President has been to Miami. Obviously the people in Miami support him or he would come down there so much.

Rafael Velez Jr
Rafael Velez Jr

More bullshit coming out of his mouth. Lies lies lies, Drones strike, More TSA, NSA still spying, NDAA, Extended the Patriot Act & Monsanto Protection Act. & he's still president? Impeachment is the word

Paolita Rico
Paolita Rico

He has my love and the love of the majority of the Country. ... ; )

Kenny Southwell
Kenny Southwell

he has nothing more important to do today? like chase after that can he kicked down the road last month?

Anthonyvop1
Anthonyvop1 topcommenter

Here to collect tribute from Low Information voters.

HarryTheHandyman
HarryTheHandyman topcommenter

Who's paying the tab for this fundraising trip?

drakemallard
drakemallard topcommenter

@Danny Arango


The Billionaires Bankrolling the Tea Party

Only the fat cats change — not their methods and not their pet bugaboos(taxes, corporate regulation, organized labor, and government
“handouts” to the poor, unemployed, ill and elderly). Even the sources
of their fortunes remain fairly constant Super PACs, Religion, & Lobbyists: “The Tea Party is funded by Koch Industries, or Big Oil. The Koch brothers gave over $55 million in bribes to scientists to say global warming is a hoax. They are a vast political network, sponsoring Christian CONservative rallies and funding political ad campaigns nationwide. They are instrumental in busting unions and they pushed for the Citizens United/ ‘corporations are people’ law.”


The federal government shutdown that lasted for 16 days last month is expected to cost the U.S. economy between $2 billion and $6 billion in economic output

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