The National Council of La Raza began their annual convention this past weekend. Barack Obama, Democratic nominee for President, addressed the gathering this past Saturday. It is the first time a major party nominee has addressed this gathering.
Watch the video of the speech below.
Obama spent most of his time drawing a connection between his grassroots experience and that of the collection of Latino advocates in attendance. It struck me as a subtle and building refrain suggesting the common bonds between communities of color in the United States. To compliment his speech of public empathy, he also addressed immigration, the war (including benefits for veterans), and health care: all issues that rank highly within the Latino electorate. He presented each with a turn toward the working class.
John McCain will address the group today.