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To the Editor of La Prensa,

Attending the 2009 Latino Inaugural Gala, organized and sponsored by LULAC, NCLR, NALEO, Voto Latino, and other organizations, was truly an energetic experience.

Seeing movie stars, singers, elected officials, and national Latino leaders all under one roof, celebrating the election of Barack Hussein Obama, was truly an exciting atmosphere to encounter.

Commissioner Richard Romero
with Geraldo Rivera

The newly elected Governor of Puerto Rico—Luis Fortuño, a Republican—and his secretary of state—
Kenneth Davison McClintock, a Democrat—illustrates Barack Obama’s bipartisan support.

Other elected officials in attendance were Congressman José E. Serrano, Congresswoman Nydia Velázquez, Congressman Luis Gutiérrez, and Congressman Xavier Becerra, just to name a few.

Some of the stars that I had the pleasure of meeting, but also had a chance to talk to, were: Wilmer Valderrama from “That 70’s Show,” Geraldo Rivera, Jennifer López, Marc Anthony, comedian George López, American Idol Runner Up David Archuleta, who sang a great rendition of the Star Spangled Banner.

It was also exciting to see some of the people from Ohio—in attendance from Ohio were Lucas County Auditor Anita López and her staff; former Lorain resident, now living in Washington D.C., Rick González, and Michael Beck with Midwest Latino out of Cincinnati, to name a few.

The feelings of Hope, Inspiration, and the sense of the country moving in the right direction were everywhere. Many were saying it’s a new day for our country and for the world—we now have a President that will be respected worldwide and will be concerned with people’s needs.

Overall, it was a star-studded night, full of dynamic Latino music and people.  As the Chairman on the Ohio Commission on Hispanic/Latino Affairs, I was proud to represent Ohio.


Richard Romero
January 18, 2009


Auditor Anita Lopez and staff with
Richard Romero

Congressman Serrano and Rick Gonzalez

PR Gov Luis Fortuño

International Superstar Alejandro Saenz





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