Obama Is ‘First Hispanic President,’ Geraldo Rivera Says
Friday, March 20, 2009
By Penny Starr, Senior Staff Writer
Journalist and TV personality Geraldo Rivera spoke at the 13th annual U.S.-Mexico Congressional Border Issues Conference on Thursday at the Capitol. (CNSNews.com/Penny Starr)(CNSNews.com) – Journalist and TV personality Geraldo Rivera summed up the optimism of pro-immigrant activists and mostly Democrat politicians at the 13th annual U.S.-Mexico Congressional Border Issues Conference by saying he is confident President Barack Obama will keep his campaign promise to sign “comprehensive immigration reform” into law.
“Barack Obama is the first Hispanic president the same way Bill Clinton was the first black” president, Rivera said at the conference, which took place Thursday at the U.S. Capitol.
Rivera also said the Hispanic community should “give the president some slack” in keeping that promise on immigration reform, given the pressing problems with the economy and other priorities, including health care.
At the conference’s morning panel, experts and activists called on the Obama administration to champion “rational” immigration reform that would give the estimated 12 to 14 million people who are in the country illegally a path to citizenship.