Bronx Puerto Ricans hopeful over Obama visit

THE BRONX - Many Bronx Puerto Ricans say they're hopeful about what President Barack Obama will accomplish during his historic visit to the commonwealth tomorrow.

For the first time since former President John F. Kennedy visited in 1961, a United States president will set foot in San Juan for a five-hour fundraising visit.

Most residents say it means a lot to them that Obama is keeping his promise to help the island, which is facing high unemployment and murder rates. Others say they're skeptical over how much he can accomplish in such a short period.

In a statement, Bronx Rep. Jose E. Serrano (D-N.Y.) said, "Obama's trip to the island will help move the relationship between the territory and the 50 states in a positive direction." The White House also insists that work won't end when the president leaves.

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