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Nov 09, 2012 04:21 PM IST | Source: PTI

Obama congratulates Tulsi on her election win

Obama congratulates Tulsi on her election win

From Lalit K Jha Washington, Nov 9 (PTI) With Tulsi Gabbard making history by becoming the first Hindu-American to be elected to the US House of Representatives, President Barack Obama today congratulated the Congresswoman-elect, who says her doors will always be open to people from her faith. "The President congratulates Congresswoman-elect Gabbard and wishes her well," Shin Inoyue, a White House spokesman, told PTI when asked about Obama's reaction to the election of the first-ever Hindu to the US House of Representatives. "As he (Obama) said in his remarks on Tuesday, 'I believe we can keep the promise of our founding -- the idea that if you're willing to work hard, it doesn't matter who you are, or where you come from, or what you look like, or who you love -- it doesn't matter whether you're black or white, or Hispanic or Asian, or Native American, or young or old, or rich or poor, abled, disabled, gay or straight -- you can make it here in America if you're willing to try," Inoyue said. He was referring to the remarks made by the US President during his victory speech in Chicago. Ahead of the November 6 election, Obama had personally endorsed Tulsi, 31, as the Democratic party's candidate from Hawaii's second Congressional district. She defeated Republican Kawika Crowley. In an interview to PTI, Tulsi said she greatly appreciated the support she has received from the Hindus and Indian-Americans in her election and the congratulatory messages she has been receiving from them. "Since I'm a practising Hindu, the more unique concerns of Hindu and Indian-Americans are near and dear to my heart. My door will always be open to them," she said. However, she refused to answer question on reports that she would be taking oath in the Congress on the holy Bhagwat Gita. "I will address that subject in detail closer to the time of oath-taking." PTI LKJ KIM AKJ KIM

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