22 Feb 2010

American Samoa's Congressman calls on US President to visit

5:59 am on 22 February 2010

American Samoa's Congressman, Faleomavaega Eni Hunkin, has asked US President Barack Obama to make a stop over in American Samoa when he returns from a trip to Australia and other countries.

Faleomavaega says Mr Obama's visit would be a nice way for the President as Commander-in-Chief to say thank you to the thousands of Samoan men and women who currently serve in the U.S. Armed Forces.

The congressman says the Iraq war death rate per 1 million population is higher for American Samoa than any other State or Territory.

He added that the visit would be especially meaningful to the people of American Samoa since Mr Obama is the first President of the United States born and raised in Hawaii.

No President has visited American Samoa since Lyndon Baines Johnson in 1967.