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Bordallo on Obama's refueling stop

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by Sabrina Salas Matanane

News from Congresswoman Madeleine Z. Bordallo

Statement Regarding Air Force One Refueling Stop on Guam

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - November 19, 2011 - Hagåtña, Guam -

Congresswoman Madeleine Z. Bordallo today announced that President
Barack Obama has made a brief refueling stop on Guam en route to
Washington, D.C. The President was returning from a weeklong trip to
the Asia-Pacific region. Our office was notified earlier of the
President's tentative itinerary and that no events were planned. Our
office was asked to refer any questions to the White House press
office, and we recognize the many considerations regarding the
President's movements, his security, and the substantial logistical
issues surrounding his schedule.

The Congresswoman was not invited to meet the President at an event
that excluded other local leaders.  The Congresswoman's office was not
aware of any such event, and we accept the explanation that this
stopover precluded such an event for various security and logistics
reasons.  The Congresswoman was invited to accompany the President
back to Washington on Air Force One, and she greatly appreciates the
invitation. She intends to convey the 'Team Guam' approach to issues
important to our island if she has a meeting with the President,
ensuring that our voices will be heard and our concerns will have his
personal attention during the flight back to Washington, D.C.

"I recently met with President Obama during a meeting with the
Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus (CAPAC) and invited him to
consider visiting Guam during his trip to Asia and Australia. While
this is not the visit that we had hoped for, I appreciate every
opportunity the President has to be reminded of Guam's importance to
our great nation.  I believe that traveling onboard Air Force One was
a gracious gesture by President Obama, and I am grateful for his
invitation," said Congresswoman Bordallo. "I will discuss Guam war
claims, the military build-up, the Guam-CNMI visa waiver program, and
Compact-Impact, among other issues, with the President. I will use
this opportunity to advance Guam's interests and to give the President
a sense of our hopes for our future. I will also reiterate my
invitation for a more substantial Presidential visit to Guam in the
future that will involve our local leaders, civilian community, and
our military partners."

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