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An American Hero Is Born: Sebastien De La Cruz Sings National Anthem, Shows A Nation How To Love Again

He rocked the house.

1. First Sebastien de la Cruz was bashed on Twitter, then the Internet rushed to his defense. But on Thursday night he stole the heart of a country looking for a hero.

David J. Phillip / AP

2. This happened.


Barack Obama

@BarackObama

Don’t miss @selcharrodeoro’s encore performance of the national anthem at the #NBAFinals in San Antonio tonight.

3. Also, this.


Eva Longoria

@EvaLongoria

As a Mexican-American, I am so proud of Sebastian De La Cruz, a great symbol of what America is today! #GoSpursGo! http://t.co/rUM9maIJFH

4. Then San Antonio Mayor and fellow Mexican-American Julian Castro introduced him, while standing next to his wife.

Via Youtube

5. Finally, magic.

6. Everyone was pretty much in agreement that they had witnessed greatness.

Mad respect for that little Mexican American kid singing the national anthem.. Atta boy 😭

— santiar5 (@santiago arellano)

santiago arellano

@santiar5

Mad respect for that little Mexican American kid singing the national anthem.. Atta boy 😭

Glad to see San Antonio brought out the kid to do the National Anthem again, despite all the racism thrown at him last game via Twitter.

— FranciscoTobon (@Francisco J. Tobon)

Francisco J. Tobon

@FranciscoTobon

Glad to see San Antonio brought out the kid to do the National Anthem again, despite all the racism thrown at him last game via Twitter.

I'm so glad that this young man is singing the national anthem again. And even more grateful that people rallied behind him. #progress

— davidlopezjr20 (@Daviiid. ⚓)

Daviiid. âš“

@davidlopezjr20

I’m so glad that this young man is singing the national anthem again. And even more grateful that people rallied behind him. #progress

whenever i hear my National Anthem i get emotional #American and #Hispanic and Proud to be both #charroamericano @selcharrodeoro

— dianalimongi (@LadydeeLG)

LadydeeLG

@dianalimongi

whenever i hear my National Anthem i get emotional #American and #Hispanic and Proud to be both #charroamericano @selcharrodeoro

10. Well, almost everyone.

11. Whatever, 10-year-old Sebastien brushed off the haters, one more is no big.

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Adrian Carrasquillo is a political reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in New York.
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