Obama pledges support for Puerto Rico

President Barack Obama waves to a crowd gathered inside a hanger at the Muniz Air National Guard Base, shortly after his arrival in San Juan, Puerto Rico, Tuesday, June 14, 2011. Obama's visit to Puerto Rico marks the first by a sitting U.S. President since John Kennedy. Obama is backed by Puerto Rican and American flags. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley)

June 14, 2011 3:40:00 PM PDT
President Barack Obama told Puerto Ricans Tuesday that he's committed to the success and self-determination of the U.S. island territory, welcome words that could help him with Puerto Rican voters in all states as the 2012 election approaches.