On National Voter Registration Day Warren Buffett visits South Omaha

Posted at 3:07 PM, Sep 27, 2016
and last updated 2016-09-27 18:33:14-04

On Tuesday Warren Buffett received a very warm welcome at the Intercultural Senior Center.

Buffett posed for photos, shook dozens of hands and even took a tour of the facility near 30th and R.  The ISC is open five days a week and provides services for dozens of elderly immigrants in our community. 

“What's the favorite activity here,” asked Warren Buffet.
“I think for most of them it’s learning English and then earning their citizenship is something they’re really excited about now,” said a staff member. 

Recently 31 senior citizens who attend the ISC became U.S. Citizens.  On Tuesday, with the help of numerous translators, Buffett congratulated the crowd. 

“Now you get to exercise one of the great rights that comes with citizenship and that is voting,” said Buffett.

Buffett’s visit was made possible through a collaborative effort.  It is part of a bigger movement to get more South Omahans to both register to vote and head to the polls on Election Day. 

“If 31 naturalized citizens did it, you should do it,” said Sergio Sosa, the Executive Director of the Heartland Workers Center.

Maria Camora says she hasn’t voted in the past four elections, but on Tuesday Buffett changed her mind. 

“I think it's very important that every citizen vote in this election and it's about time I start again,” said Maria Camora.

“Everyone of you that votes is not just voting for yourself, you’re voting for your entire family,” said Buffett.