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May 5, 2013 - 12:48 pm

President Obama’s message to not so much mark the 1862 victory over French forces in the Battle of Puebla, but to hail himself as a conquering hero of Mexican politics (and pitch immigration reform):

Today we honor the victory of the Mexican people in their fight for freedom at the Battle of Puebla 151 years ago.  On Cinco de Mayo we celebrate the contributions and heritage of Mexican Americans and we recognize the strong cultural, familial, and economic ties that bind the United States and Mexico.

This week, I was proud to visit Mexico to reaffirm our vision for the Americas as a region of shared opportunity and prosperity.  I left even more convinced that we have historic opportunities to expand trade and make our economies even more competitive, so that we continue creating good jobs in both of our countries.

In Mexico, I also emphasized the need to pass commonsense immigration reform that lives up to our tradition as a nation of laws and a nation of immigrants, including generations of Mexican Americans who have enriched our country. Fixing our immigration system is one of my top legislative priorities and I am hopeful that we can make  immigration reform a reality this year.

Cinco de mayo reminds us that America’s diversity is America’s strength. Today, as we celebrate the contributions and history of Mexican Americans and Hispanics in America, let us celebrate the larger story of America and our unique immigrant heritage.

Bridget Johnson is a career journalist whose news articles and opinion columns have run in dozens of news outlets across the globe. Bridget first came to Washington to be online editor at The Hill, where she wrote The World from The Hill column on foreign policy. Previously she was an opinion writer and editorial board member at the Rocky Mountain News and nation/world news columnist at the Los Angeles Daily News. She has contributed to USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, National Review Online, Politico and more, and has myriad television and radio credits as a commentator. Bridget is Washington Editor for PJ Media.

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Mexico is a great country! That's why all the poor people there are trying to leave. It must be awesome to be able to export poverty. Maybe Obama can annex Mexico as our 58th state and just send all the lousy jobs down there.
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Well, we'd celebrate Cinco de Mayo more in the US if Obama would just stay in Mexico, say for the next 3.5 years. Maybe by then he could also learn how to speak Mexican.
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I get it now. Barack Obama wants to be president of the entire Western Hemisphere.
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Mexico is a great country! That's why all the poor people there are trying to leave. It must be awesome to be able to export poverty. Maybe Obama can annex Mexico as our 58th state and just send all the lousy jobs down there.
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Well, we'd celebrate Cinco de Mayo more in the US if Obama would just stay in Mexico, say for the next 3.5 years. Maybe by then he could also learn how to speak Mexican.
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If Obama would just stay in Mexico we could make Cinco de Mayo an AMERICAN holiday.
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Obama's the greatest hero in Mexican history, and greatest anti-hero in American history. If you look at his policy and grass roots support rather than his rhetoric, Obama will be remembered as "The Great Whiner."
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Hey, at least he's not calling it Cinco de Cuatro any more.
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