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Meet The Mexican American Who’s Just As Cool As Her Bosses, The Obamas

Leah Katz-Hernandez is someone to look up to. The 28-year-old Mexican-Jewish-American Connecticut native went from White House intern to the official White House receptionist. Career goals much? Every person who enters the White House, from tourist to world leader, is greeted with a smile from Leah and a hello in sign language. Leah is the first deaf person to hold this position.

Leah Katz-Hernandez was born in Connecticut to a Jewish social worker mom, who is also deaf, and Mexican-American father who put himself through college to earn a PhD.

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She credits her dad as one of the biggest inspirations in her life. She told Fox Latino, “My father was born in California, in the Los Angeles area. He grew up on horse ranches. He worked hard, put himself through college, and earned his PhD. He’s always taught me it’s very important to give back to your community.”

Leah got her first taste of politics when she was in college and volunteered in a presidential campaign. Look at how excited she was!

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Even though she was a busy  college student with a job, she was so excited about President Obama’s vision that she got involved in his first presidential campaign as an unpaid volunteer. During the 2008 presidential election, she also started a bi-partisan blog called The Deaf Perspective. The blog was designed to “give both the deaf and hearing community a unique perspective on the political process” in the United States.

Her first visit to the White House was in 2010 – the same year she became a White House intern.

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She’s always been interested in politics and majored in government at Gallaudet University, the “only university designed to be barrier-free for deaf and hard of hearing students.” After graduating Magna Cum Laude in 2010, she interned at the White House in the Office of Public Engagement, was a fellow for the U.S. House of Representatives and worked in the non-profit sector.

In 2012, Leah scored a job on Obama’s reelection campaign and she remembers the first time he signed to her. Who knew he could sign, right?

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Yes, Obama’s that cool. Clearly, still enthusiastic about Obama and driven to become part of his administration, she headed to work at his reelection headquarters in Chicago. That’s when she first met him. “The room was chock-full of staff,” she told Fox News Latino. “The president walked in, and, as he walked by me, I thanked him. He signed, ‘Thank you back.” *Dying*

After Obama was reelected (?), Michelle Obama hired Leah as her press assistant and research associate.

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The first time Michelle met Leah, she greeted her in sign. NBD, right?

Three years later, Leah got her a desk right by the Oval Office that she shares with her interpreter. Together, they welcome some of the most influential world leaders who come visit Mr. President.

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In 2015, she got a desk in the West Wing a few steps away form the Oval Office and became the receptionist of the White House. If you are wondering how she communicates over the phone or in person with those who don’t know sign language, she has access to an interpreter who works at her side when necessary. According to Katz-Hernandez, her job is to“make sure that everyone is happy, and everyone feels welcome and has a nice experience when they come into the West Wing lobby.” Some of her other tasks include being in charge of the White House guest book, managing the Roosevelt Room and the Ward Room and collecting cellphones before meetings with the president.

Her job is so legit, it came with its own acronym.

 

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So, you can call her…

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Doesn’t she have the coolest boss?! ?

Leah says she wants “to show that deaf people can do anything.”

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Way to go, ROTUS!


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AOC Gets Under Ted Cruz’s Skin With Crack About His Mexican Getaway After He Accuses Her Of Pushing For ‘open borders’

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AOC Gets Under Ted Cruz’s Skin With Crack About His Mexican Getaway After He Accuses Her Of Pushing For ‘open borders’

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Sen. Ted Cruz are at it again on Twitter. This time it’s about immigration policy. After recently traveling to the US-Mexican border to underline the recent rise in immigration, Cruz accused AOC of pushing for a “full open borders” policy.

And of course, AOC got him with some solid zingers.

AOC in turn hit back at Cruz for recently fleeing his home state of Texas during its power grid collapse to vacation in Cancún.

In response to Cruz’s attack, AOC suggested Mexico avoid allowing Cruz in the next time he attempts to vacation there. She also called on him to resign from office for his attempt to overturn the results of the 2020 presidential election.

“Ted, this is pretty rich coming from someone who fled their own home (and responsibilities) during an environmental crisis to cross the border and seek refuge in Mexico,” Ocasio-Cortez tweeted. “Also you funded cages, expanded cages, and yet you’re complaining about cages. You have no policy, just puff.”

Ocasio-Cortez accused Republicans of hypocritically attacking the current administration’s detention of migrant children at the border after they supported President Donald Trump’s policy of separating migrant parents from their children.

Currently, Democrats like AOC are calling on Biden to impliment more liberal immigration policies.

Republicans have strongly expressed their dislike for the recent rise in migrants which has come as a result of Biden’s reversal of Trump’s most rigid border policies.

AOC is currently a co-sponsor of the Roadmap to Freedom resolution. The resolution calls on the Federal Government to develop and implement a Roadmap to Freedom “in order to overhaul the outdated immigration system in the United States that has gone without significant reform for decades, and to relieve the great human impact an unjust system bears on communities around the country.”

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An Alleged Rapist Is Running For Governor In Mexico And Still Has The Support Of President AMLO

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An Alleged Rapist Is Running For Governor In Mexico And Still Has The Support Of President AMLO

For years, Mexicans have been taking to the streets to denounce violence against women and to demand accountability from their leaders. However, much of that messaging doesn’t seem to have reached the very top as President Andres Manuel López Obrador (AMLO) continues to support a candidate for governor facing multiple allegations of sexual assault.

A candidate for governor faces multiple sexual assault allegations and still enjoys widespread support.

Félix Salgado Macedonio, a federal senator (currently on leave) is accused of sexually assaulting five women and yet is still in the running for governor of Guerrero.

Despite the accusations he faces, 64-year-old Salgado, has maintained the support of President AMLO, who has claimed that the allegations are politically motivated, and other high-ranking party officials including national party president Mario Delgado. He was considered the frontrunner in the election for governor.

AMLO came to the candidates defense, calling on people to stop politicking and avoid “media lynchings” and asserting that people should trust the party process that was used to select Salgado as candidate.

“We have to have confidence in the people, it’s the people who decide. If polls are taken and and the people say ‘I agree with this colleague [being candidate],’ I think that must be respected. Politics is a matter for everyone, not just the elites,” López Obrador said.

The MORENA party has committed to reselecting its candidate for governor but Salgado is still in the running.

Officials from the MORENA party announced that they would conduct a new selection process to find a contender for the June 6 election. The party’s honesty and justice commission said its members had voted unanimously to order a repeat of the selection process.

While the honesty and justice commission has ordered a new candidate selection process, Salgado was not precluded from participating in it. He indicated in a social media post on Friday night that he planned to seek the party’s backing for a second time.

“Cheer up colleagues! There is [still fight in the] bull,” Salgado wrote on Facebook.

Activists continue to fight back against his candidacy and the president’s support for an alleged rapist.

Women have protested in Mexico City and Guerrero state capital Chilpancingo and the hashtag #NingúnVioladorSeráGobernador (No Rapist Will be Governor) has been used countless times on Twitter.

Yolitzin Jaimes, a member of the feminist collective Las Revueltas, said the withdrawal of Salgado’s candidacy is a positive first step but urged the authorities to continue investigating the rape allegations.

“… He has to go to jail, … he mustn’t return to the Senate and he mustn’t be nominated [for governor] by any political party because … it’s very probable that he’s seeking to go to the Labor Party [a Morena ally],” she said.

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