A group of excited Hispanic students chanted “Run Joe Run!” after Vice President Joe Biden and President Obama concluded an event celebrating the 25th Anniversary of the White House initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics.
Obama praised the activism of organizations like La Raza who helped increase the government attention to uneducated Hispanics in the country.
“That’s how we’ve always made this country great, not by building walls but by tearing down barriers to opportunity,” he said. “Not by trying to divide us but by trying to build community. Not by telling people to ‘Go back where they came from’ because this would be a really empty country if that’s where it ended.”
Obama was introduced by a child of an illegal immigrant, who thanked Obama for deferring deportation for DREAMers like herself.
He welcomed the audience which included the members of the Buena Vista Social Club, informing them that he bought their CD.
“For those of you who were too young to remember, it was this round thing … you had to slide in…” he joked.
Biden leaned into the microphone with a grin and added, “I remember records.”
As the pair left the podium, a group of students shouted, “Run Joe Run!” as they waded through the crowd.
“No selfies,” Obama told students as they clamored around him with their phones.