President John F Kennedy and Puerto Rico 1961

President John F. Kennedy (1917–1963) and his entourage landed in Puerto Rico on December 15, 1961, the first stop in his visit to Latin America. As the first Catholic President and the first US President to visit Puerto Rico, the charismatic Kennedy received a warm welcome.  As he stated in his opening remarks, “Puerto Rico serves as an admirable bridge between Latin America and North America.  You have, I think, served to make it easier for us to understand each other, and therefore it is most important and appropriate that we should start this journey to two great countries, Venezuela and Colombia, that we should come here first.”
El presidente John F. Kennedy (1917–1963) y su séquito aterrizaron en Puerto Rico el 15 de diciembre de 1961, la primera escala de su visita a América Latina. Como el primer presidente católico y el primer presidente de los Estados Unidos en visitar Puerto Rico, el carismático Kennedy recibió una cálida bienvenida. Como dijo en sus palabras de apertura, “Puerto Rico sirve como un puente admirable entre América Latina y América del Norte. Creo que ustedes han servido para que nos sea más fácil entendernos, y por eso es más importante y apropiado que comencemos este viaje a dos grandes países, Venezuela y Colombia, que vengamos aquí primero ”.

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