Washington: President Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton have gone all out to win over the influential Asian- American community with the Democratic front-runner promising to give them a fair and larger representation if she was elected to the White House.
While Obama listed out the steps his administration took in the last seven years for this small but influential Asian- American community, Clinton promised to give a fair and larger representation to them if elected as the US president in the November elections.
Though none of them named Republican presidential presumptive nominee Donald Trump, both Obama and Clinton referred to his divisive policies and his rhetoric against Muslims, immigrants and other ethnic minorities in the US.
At the annual gala for the Asian-Pacific American Institute for Congressional Studies (APAICS), Clinton said if elected to the White House, she wants more Asian-Americans to serve in her administration.
Asian-Americans are not only the fastest growing ethnic communities in the US but also the most educated and wealthiest ethnic groups in the country, she said.
“I want to let you know that I will make sure that you are well represented in my administration if I am fortunate enough to be your president,” Clinton said in her address to a gala reception that was attended by who’s who of the Asian-American community including people of Indian-origin.
Prominent among them were Congressman Ami Bera, Neera Tanden, the head of a top American think-tank and important community activist Shekar Narasimhan.
Hillary was the only presidential hopeful to attend the annual gala of the Asian-American community.
Well aware of the importance of this ethnic community, Obama drove down to the gala soon after his arrival from Michigan. He did not mention Trump by name, but pointed to the anti-immigrant sentiment in the news in the last few months.
“We have got to push back on any anti-immigrant sentiment,” Obama said.
Listing out his achievement including appointing largest number of Asian-Americans not only in his administration but also in the judiciary, Obama said Hindus, Muslims, Sikhs and Arabs are now included in hate crime statistics.
Two Indian-Americans — actor Parvesh Cheena and Actress Sonal Shah — were the Master and Mistress of Ceremonies of the ceremonies. Actor-comedian Aziz Ansari was presented with the Vision Award along with Alan Yang.