Thursday, October 15, 2009

Obamas celebrate Latin music at White House

Updated on : Thursday, October 15, 2009

WASHINGTON: The White House swayed to Latin beats, as President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama hosted Hispanic musicians and singers on the mansion's south lawn.

"Even though it is constantly evolving and changing, Latin music speaks to us in a language we all can understand it moves us, and it tends to make us move a little bit ourselves," Obama said in welcoming his guests at the "Fiesta Latina" gala.

"In the end, what makes Latin music great is the same thing that's always made America great: the unique ability to celebrate our differences while creating something new."

Performing stars at the event celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month included Gloria Estefan, Marc Anthony and Los Lobos, while guests delighting in the lively rhythms included Supreme Court justice Sonia Sotomayor, Labor Secretary Hilda Solis and Interior Secretary Ken Salazar.

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