President Barack Obama
Announces National Bachata Day
April 1, 2013 at 8:00 AM
ET - LatinRapper.com
President Obama with temporary extensions
United States President
Barack Obama has declared April 1st "National Bachata
Day," a federally recognized holiday to honor the music genre
which originated in the Dominican Republic. Obama traveled
to New York Friday to discuss the holiday with civic leaders.
In honor of the event, Obama visited Odalis Nails &
Hair in Washington Heights, where he received temporary hair
extensions and styling. Obama, along with city
councilman Ydanis Rodríguez and singer Anthony "Romeo" Santos,
announced the holiday Monday morning at the entrance of Malecon
President Obama spoke to a cheering audience and members of
the press after an opening performance of "Hooked on Hookah"
by local music artists Juan Bago & O.
"It has come to my attention that times have become more
difficult for this
area," Obama stated to the crowd. "The rising price of shape-ups
is just one of
many concerns that I plan to address with Mayor Bloomberg this
Popular music artist and
former Aventura frontman Romeo Santos was present
at the event, having been announced as the official "Bachata
Ambassador" to the United States. An emotionally-moved Santos told the
900 in attendance "This is truly an honor to serve
as Ambassador," before adding, "Don't forget to
for los Premios Juventud."
Future plans for the
national holiday include an annual performance at the White
House by Romeo Santos, Prince Royce, Xtreme, and comedian Juan
Sosa. The announcement for
National Bachata Day was made April 1st, commonly known as
April Fool's Day.