Thursday, November 17, 2011

And Guam is America's keyhole, or something like that

US President Obama says Asia-Pacific is key to future
Speaking to the Australian parliament in Canberra, Mr Obama said the US was now turning its attention to the region. [Now?]

"Let there be no doubt: in the Asia-Pacific in the 21st century, the United States of America is all in," he said. [Except we still treat Guam and the CNMI as foreign.]

"As a Pacific nation [at least as far as Hawaii] the United States will play a larger and long-term role in shaping this region and its future by upholding core principles and in close partnership with our allies and friends." [Allies and friends like the Guamanians and Northern Mariana Islanders. They may be US Citizens but only the "core principles" of the Constitution will follow our flag that far into Asia.]


FOLLOW UP:

BREAKING NEWS: Obama lands on Guam for refueling stop; leaves without meeting local community
Guam Delegate Madeleine Bordallo confirmed at 12:28 a.m. today that Obama has made a brief refueling stop on Guam en route to Washington, D.C.

Guam residents have been hoping for a visit by Obama after the then-presidential candidate appealed for Guam Democrats to support him over Hilary Clinton in the Democratic Party presidential primary. His campaign aired ads on Guam emphasizing his roots as an "island boy."

By the time the confirmation was made, the president was well on his way back to the White House aboard Air Force One -- with Bordallo on board.

"The congresswoman was invited to accompany the president back to Washington on Air Force One, and she greatly appreciates the invitation. She intends to convey the ‘Team Guam’ approach to issues important to our island if she has a meeting with the president, ensuring that our voices will be heard and our concerns will have his personal attention during the flight back to Washington, D.C.," according to Bordallo.

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