"He takes the blame, he admits when he's wrong," Barnes, a junior from Philadephia said. "That's what a real man does. He doesn't sidestep the real questions."
Obama's emphasis on preserving Pell grants, a need-based aid program which largely benefits low-income undergraduates, was also appealing to the many present at watch party in the student lounge, including the group of young women. One table of U of M listeners exploded into applause when the president mentioned the grants in Thursday's forum.
Still, other U of M students in the audience noted that the Univision anchors harped on the president's record number of deportations. California-native Isabel Resterbo, 20, was annoyed by the line of questioning and thought it was "too harsh."
"That's so wrong," Resterbo said, after Ramos asked the President why he had "broken his promise" to reform the immigration system. "He's definitely better for Latinos, I don't know why they're pushing so hard on this," she said.
But Barnes disagreed.
"They want answers. They're not tiptoeing around them. Half of the population here in Miami is Hispanic and they want answers," she said. "You can't tread lightly around issues that weigh so heavily on this community."