Congressman Faleomavaega announced today that newly elected President Barack Obama invited him to a White House reception held on Wednesday, February 4, 2008.
“Hina and I were honored to represent the people of American Samoa on this historic occasion,” Faleomavaega said. “In only his second week in office, President Obama reached out to a small group of about 30 Members of Congress and their spouses, and invited us to the White House to meet with him.”
“Congresswoman Bordallo of Guam and Congresswoman Donna Christensen of the U.S. Virgin Islands were also included in this group. I believe I speak for all of us when I say we believe that President Obama’s invitation to us sends a strong signal that he is aware of the U.S. Territories and is concerned about the welfare of our people.”
“As the only President of the United States ever born on an island and having been raised in Hawaii, I know for certain that President Obama knows our struggles and our strengths. And I appreciate that he invited us to the White House so early on in his administration. I look forward to working with him to bring about the change our nation needs.”
“Again, Hina and I send our best wishes to the people of American Samoa, and we thank you for the opportunity to be of service,” Faleomavaega concluded.
Photo1: Congressman Faleomavaega and his wife Hina with President Obama.
Photo 2: Congressman Faleomavaega and Hina with First Lady Michelle Obama.
Photo 3: (L-R) Congresswoman Donna Christensen (VI), Congresswoman Madeleine Bordallo (GU), Congresswoman Mazie Hirono (HI), President Obama, Congressman Faleomavaega (AS), and Hina.
Photo 4: Congressman Faleomavaega and Hina with White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel.