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Chicagoans at the Obama White House State Dinner for Mexico President Calderon


state dinner 2.jpgDesserts, centerpieces at the Obama Mexican President State Dinner Dessert and Entertainment Reception (photo by Lynn Sweet)

WASHINGTON--The Obama White House included two Chicagoans with long time connections to President Obama at the head table at the Wednesday dinner hosted by President Obama and First Lady Michelle to honor Mexican President Felipe Calderon and his wife, Margarita Zavala.

Among the 20 at the head table with the two presidents and their wives were State Sen. Iris Martinez (D-Chicago) who served in the Illinois state senate with Obama and Chicago labor leader Henry Tamarin, president of Unite Here! Local 1. Tamarin's son, Nate, is the associate director of political affairs in the White House and one of original staffers of then Sen. Obama's political action committee, the HOPE Fund.

The Honorable David Axelrod, Senior Adviser, White House
Mrs. Susan Axelrod

Mr. Shani Davis, Chicago, IL
Mr. Jae Su Chun

Mr. Don Edwards, Chicago, IL
Mrs. Anne Edwards

The Honorable Rahm Emanuel, Chief of Staff to the President
Ms. Amy Rule

The Honorable Valerie Jarrett, Assistant to the President and Senior Advisor

The Honorable Iris Martinez, Hispanic Caucus Chair, Chicago, IL

Mr. Victor PĂ©rez, Hoy, Chicago, IL
Miss Agape Pappas

Mrs. Marian Robinson

Mr. Jesse Ruiz, Dinker Biddle and Reath LLP, Chicago, IL
Mrs. Michele Ilene Ruiz

The Honorable Susan Sher, Assistant to the President and Chief of Staff to the First Lady

Mr. Henry Tamarin, Chicago, IL

Mr. Wellington Wilson, Olympia Fields, IL
Mrs. Kaye Wilson


Mr. Gary Matthews, Chicago, IL
Mrs. Sandy Matthews

Ms. Grace Tsao-Wu, Chicago, IL
Ms. Laura Kofoid


I cannot believe that we listen to Mexican President Felipe Calderon addressing the Congres and the House critisizing the United States of America for the Arizona approach to securing the border with Mexico. If the Democrates applaud him for his remarks they must agree with him. Why don't we open the borders and make him the President of the Americas, Obamah can become Vice-President and we have no longer any immigration problems.
Maybe we should look at those 200 million Chinese people who wish to come here too, they can have as many children here while in China that is not allowed. Why discriminate? Open the borders!
I came here legally, complied with all requirements and had to wait one year before being admitted. Because of my believes in the United States I became a citizen in 1982. Why did I go through all this trouble if I could have just walked into this country (after swimming across the ocean) and just be legalized by Congress this year?

why is the mex prez telling the US what to do with the illegals when he will not address why the are fleeing and what he is going to do to change that? Why didn't any members of congress question his issues and lack of leadership in mex!

"The Honorable" title was rather freely used, is that the new way?

Calderon complained about Arizona's new law, which is only an effort to enforce existing federal law, which the Obama regime is doing little or nothing about. And Obama is not the 1st, only the most vocal. Calderon didn't say how strict his own immigration laws are. No one can just go into Mexico and settle down, get a job, etc. Must prove resources to provide for himself. Make trouble, go to jail or be deported. He accuses US of providing guns to Mexican gangs. I hear they bulk of those US guns were sold by our government to their police forces, then made it to the gangs when cops there defect to gangs or gangs win battles with police and then get their guns.

He should keep his sorry butt in Mexico and spend his time fixing things there. Then his citizens would have jobs & futures there to start with.

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