Watch: The White House Throws a Fiesta Latina

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President Obama and wife Michelle Obama moved to a very different beat last night when the White House, or in this case “La Casa Blanca,” hosted a star-studded concert titled Fiesta Latina. The who’s who of performers included Gloria Estefan, Marc Anthony, José Feliciano, Los Lobos, Aventura, Tito El Bambino and Thalia, who couldn’t resist inviting the president to dance with her on stage as she sang “Amor a la Mexicana” in front of an audience of 400. The Mexican pop star even called him “macho” after surveying his skills—and he didn’t seem to object.

“Latin music speaks to us all in a language we can understand about hope and joy, sorrow and pain, friendship and love,” said the president. “It moves us, and it attempts to make us movie a little bit ourselves.” Also “moved” were the Obamas daughters, who were dancing and playing timbales throughout the multi-cultural celebration, which was emceed by Eva Longoria Parker, Jimmy Smits and George Lopez, and attended by such notable government officials like Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis, Secretary of the interior Ken Salazar and Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor.

The show’s closing song was Gloria Estefan’s “Mi Tierra,” a track she dedicated to her native land of Cuba and which seemed to capture the essence of an evening dedicated to the many Latin American immigrants that have turned this country into their home without forgetting their roots.

You can see the entire concert on PBS this Thursday, October 15, at 8 p.m. In the meantime, here’s a preview:


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Grace Bastidas, Deputy Editor

Born and raised in Queens, New York, where more languages are spoken than anywhere in the world, Grace Bastidas is Latina’s Deputy Editor. She oversees lifestyle content, including topics as diverse as career, health and relationships, and occasionally writes about her own experiences in The Good Life section. As a writer, Grace’s work has appeared in The New York TimesNew York magazine, The Wall Street Journal and Travel + Leisure. She is fluent in Spanish.

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