It’s Official: President Barack Obama Can Dance Salsa

By Jorge Rivas Oct 14, 2009

As Thalía sang “Amor a la Mexicana” (“Love Mexican Style”), she stepped off the stage to beckon Mr. Obama to dance, thanking Michelle Obama for letting him join her. Beaming at his moves, she approvingly said, “¡Macho!.” via NY Times: Coalition-building came with dance steps, sequins and plenty of rhythm at Fiesta Latina, a concert held Tuesday night in a tent on the South Lawn of the White House as part of the White House Music Series. From the open tent, the White House was the performers’ backdrop. Gloria Estefan, Marc Anthony, José Feliciano, Los Lobos, the New York bachata band Aventura, the Mexican singer Thalía, the reggaetón singer Tito El Bambino and the percussionist Pete Escovedo each performed a song or two, sharing a backup band led by Sheila E., Mr. Escovedo’s daughter. Most of the musicians were Americans, but they had roots in Cuba, Mexico, the Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico. The program featured a deliberately chosen, international assortment of styles: the salsa and Latin pop passionately belted by Mr. Anthony, cumbia and Chicano rock and roll from Los Lobos, Dominican bachata, Spanish classical music. “Although Latin music takes many forms, the spirit of diversity also unifies us,” President Obama said in an opening speech.