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Business magnate Donald Trump, who is famous for his reality TV show “The Apprentice,” impressed a big crowd at the Lincoln Day dinner held in Novi on May 21, 2013.

It was a sold-out event with 2,300 attendees, said to be the biggest number of guests in the 124-year history of the annual dinner.

I was lucky enough to be one of the attendees.

Donald Trump’s speech shocked me a little bit. Considering himself as a controversial figure in politics, he questioned President Obama’s US citizenship. He claimed Obama is not eligible to become president because he has not presented his US birth certificate. He offered $5 million to Obama’s charity of choice if the President releases his college transcripts and passport applications.

Trump says that politicians, specially Democrats, have to be very careful in handling immigration reforms. He said Congress should do the right thing for the country, and he emphasized said that no one of the 12 million undocumented residents in this country will vote for Republicans.

I know this is his opinion. I recall that Donald Trump attempted to run for president in the 2012 election.

Considered as controversial political figure, he defended himself, saying “our country is going to hell because we’re so politically correct.”

He said Hillary Clinton will run for president if she remains in good health. But Trump has no Republican candidate in mind who can win the presidency in 2016.

The good news is that Donald Trump is very optimistic about the future of Detroit. He thinks that Detroit is on the right track and starting to turn around. “Detroit is the place I would go. I think you are on the right path,” he said.

The other speakers at the event were Gov. Rick Snyder, Attorney General Bill Schuette and Oakland County
Executive L. Brooks Patterson.

By the way, Fe San Agustin and I attended this event because of a friend’s invitation to join other leaders from other ethnic communities in making the Pledge of Allegiance on stage.

The expensive dinner was complimentary. And it was a great experience.

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Willie is a teacher at the Detroit Public School. A very popular and influential leader in the Filipino-American community in Michigan, Dechavez is the incumbent Michigan state chairperson of the National Federation of Filipino-American Associations (NaFFAA) and public relations officer of both the Filipino-American Community Council (FILAMCCO) and the Philippine American Community Center (PACCM). A native of Sorsogon, Philippines, he is also vice president of the Bicol Association of Michigan. He is recipient of numerous awards.

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