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Latinos Leading in the Arts

The hallmark event of Hispanic Heritage Month, CHCI's 32nd Annual Awards Gala, drew more than 2,200 guests, including 62 Members of Congress, ambassadors, celebrities, dignitaries, CHCI sponsors, fellows, and alumni to the Walter E. Washington Convention Center. During an elegant night to remember, CHCI honored "Latinos Leading in the Arts."

A few statements by the President's are as follows:

"For more than 30 years, the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute has through scholarships and fellowships and internships sought to lift up the next generation of Latino leaders. I came here one year ago as a candidate and said this was a goal I shared. Today, I am here as a President to say that this is a goal my administration is helping to meet ... I don't mean to brag, but the number of Latinos and Latinas I've nominated to senior positions at this point exceeds that of any administration in history -- and we are not finished yet ... Nearly half of those appointments, by the way, are Latinas ... across America, millions of children's sights are now set higher. Their dreams are a little bigger. That benefits all of us ... we face many challenges as a nation. Many of those challenges are felt far more acutely by Latinos. But our ability to solve any of the problems we face -- from health care to education, from economic recovery to immigration reform -- depends on our willingness to recognize that our destiny is shared ... our willingness to live up to a simple ideal: Todos somos Americanos. We are all Americans."


"Because when there's a young Latina stuck in a crumbling school, who starts to actually believe she's worth less because she doesn't have more, that isn't just a problem for that child. That isn't just a problem for the Hispanic community. That's a problem for a nation. That's why I've challenged states to raise the bar across their early education programs, so that more of our children enter kindergarten ready to learn."

"... we'll provide a complete and competitive education for every student, because our prosperity as a nation requires that we harness the talents of all our people, not just some -- Todos somos Americanos."

"You know how important it is to pass health insurance reform...we'll offer a tax credit to individuals to help them afford coverage and to small business owners to help them provide coverage for their workers...That's why we'll provide greater security and stability to those who already have insurance... Because no one in America should have to worry that their coverage will be dropped the moment they need it most... No one in America should be denied health insurance because of a preexisting condition... No one in America should go broke because they got sick... That's a basic principle that we seek to uphold."

"Now, as you know, there's been a little controversy about who exactly will be covered under reform. I want to be clear: If someone is here illegally, they won't be covered under this plan. That's a commitment I've made."

"We know that here, in America, we can only prosper as one nation, as one people. We know that here in America we rise or fall together. Todos somos Americanos."

"Thank you very much, everybody. God bless you and God bless the United States of America. Thank you."

Catering staff preparing convention center tables

As 2,200 guests descended upon the Washington Convention Center, the catering company hustles to get everything just right for the visiting dignitaries.

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"The Star Spangled Banner" being performed in Washington, DC, 2009

At the "Latinos Leading in the Arts" gala, the United States Armed Forces Color Guard stands at attention as The Star Spangled Banner is performed.

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Presenter speaks at the CHCI in DC

A woman speaks at the 32nd annual meeting of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute, September 17, 2009.

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CHCI meeting in DC

A tuxedoed gentleman stands raptured by the female speaker at the podium during the celebration of the 32nd Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute held at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center on September 17, 2009.

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The President of the United States

President Barack Obama and his wife Michele take the stage at the 32nd annual Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute gala with the year 2009's theme being "Latinos Leading in the Arts"

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Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute 2009

President Barack Obama onstage at the William E. Washington Convention Center attending the celebration of the CHCI's 32 anniversary.

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Latinos Leading in the Arts Gala with many stars on hand!

President Obama gives a speech extolling the virtues of the many Latinos who hold office in the US Government, who entertain for a living, and who otherwise contribute substantially to the well-being of America.

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The bemused CIC @ CHCI Gala

Introduced by New Jersey Senator Bob Menendez and CHCI Chair Nydia M. Velázquez, President Barack Obama, joined by First Lady Michelle Obama, inspired the crowd of more than 2,200, including 62 Members of Congress as well as ambassadors, celebrities,...

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Latinos and Obama

As well as hosting the President of the United States, the Latino Gala included such stars as reporter Soledad O'brien, legendary musician Marc Anthony and sixty-two congressmen and senators.

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Obama praises Sotomayor

Barack Obama gave kudos to his nomination for the highest court in the land for being the first Hispanic woman to be confirmed as a US Supreme Court Justice: Sonia Sotomayor.

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Silhouette of the President *

The President, waving, as he walks confidently off the stage at the gala of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute in Washington, DC. This years' theme was Latinos Leading in the Arts; a tribute to Latino artists and entertainers.

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Miss America 2009 Miss Puerto Rico

Miss America 2009 Pageant Miss Puerto Rico was in attendance for the thirty-second annual Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute's award gala party featuring stars Marc Anthony and Jennifer Lopez J. Lo

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