LAS VEGAS -- More than 11,000 people saw President Obama and the famous Mexican Rock Band Mana at a rally Sunday. The crowds packed Desert Pines High School, and the masses arrived hours early to attend.
Many of them were drawn, not just by politics but the music.
Mercy Angulo brought her daughters to experience both the President and the band. She’s been listening to Mana fan for 20 years.
“Well Mana is huge, to me that was the best thing that Obama could have done. I think he's going to be getting a lot of votes because of Mana being here because of the fact that they love to interact with everybody and they're really for the politics and the Mexicans and Latinoamericanos being treated fairly,” Angulo said.
Her daughter Juana was doubly delighted.
“You grow up listening to a rock group and you obviously respect the president who is basically the biggest person in the world and to have them two together is, nothing is bigger than that,” she said.
The crowd was diverse and not everybody was familiar with Mana. Some came to support the President, hear his message, and see what he could do for the future of America.
“I'm 73 and my mother and grandmother didn't get a chance to do the things I'm doing right now and I just had to be here,” said Carrie Jordan, “I really want to push for the young folks because whatever we do now that's what we're leaving for them.”
David Nelson’s six year old daughter Tyra has been studying about the White House and he wanted to expose her to a president, firsthand.
“We just figured this was a once in a lifetime chance for our daughter to see the President of the United States of America so we figured we bring her down,” Nelson said.
Mana played a mini-concert before Obama took the stage. Both Obama and Mana urged crowds to vote this November, and there were a people in the masses who were ready to register people.
-- Sandra Gonzalez / KSNV News3