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No Spring Break for Obama South of the Border

By Ben Pershing
On occasion, politicians jetting overseas are accused of going on cushy "junkets." But given the thorny agenda for President Obama's imminent trip to Mexico and the Caribbean, he may just return home by the end of the jaunt wishing he had stayed in Washington. There will be no talk of puppies on this visit, and no Easter egg rolls. Just illegal immigration, Cuba policy, a drug war that is spiraling out of control and America's alleged culpability for dragging down every economy in the hemisphere.

When Obama went to Europe, he drew praise from some quarters and criticism from others for projecting humility, apologizing for the country's past mistakes and stressing that the U.S. needs help on a variety of fronts. Obama looks likely to take a similar tack on this trip. In an interview Wednesday with CNN en EspaƱol, Obama said, "There's no senior partner or junior partner," in our relationship with Latin America. He said that the U.S. wouldn't meddle in the political affairs of other countries, and refrained from criticizing Hugo Chavez, the Venezuelan leader known for his anti-U.S. rhetoric. "We want to listen and learn as well as talk, and that approach, I think, of mutual respect and finding common interests, is one that ultimately will serve everybody," Obama said.

Obama also reiterated that he is "a strong proponent of comprehensive immigration reform," but as always, the devil is in the details. Despite a burst of coverage in recent days suggesting the issue is moving to the front burner, there has been no substantive sign from either the Hill or the White House that immigration will actually be on the agenda this year. It remains below health care, energy and the financial crisis on the president's priority list.

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Posted at 7:50 AM ET on Apr 16, 2009  | Category:  The Rundown
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O'Bomba is going to destroy Capitalism in this Hemisphere!

The Worst Case Scenario for our Political Allies, along with many of our European, Asian, and other Foreign Trading Partners;

is O'Bomba's embracing of the Leftist THIEVING Nations!

Our Partners in this Hemisphere DESERVE a US President that is on THEIR Side!

To Hell with Venezuela, Cuba, Nicaragua, Bolivia, Ecuador, Chile, and a lessor extent, Argentina, Paraguay, Uruguay!

We should only be getting our full support to cooperative Caribbean Nations, Colombia, Panama, Peru, Costa Rica, and a lessor extent to Brazil, Mexico, Honduras, Guatemala, El Salvidor!

Support Countries that favor our System, so that Leftist States fighting our Values FAIL!

Or, wait! Are we now a LEFTIST State?

Posted by: SAINT---The | April 16, 2009 3:46 PM

Posted by: JakeD | April 16, 2009 12:39 PM

Just as I pointed out with GWB, no modern-day President takes a single day of "vacation" as most Americans define that word. Nonetheless, especially the day after hundreds of thousands protested wasteful government spending and taxes, foreign travel is probably a bridge too far right now.

Posted by: JakeD | April 16, 2009 12:07 PM

Is it a risk for Obama to take his eye off the economy? He needs a reputable sidekick that can soothe Americans fears while POTUS is away.

Posted by: parkerfl1 | April 16, 2009 10:58 AM

That's an interesting headline, WaPo. In this economic CRISIS, most Americans can't afford to fly first class anywhere, let alone south of the border. Can we taxpayers afford over $2 BILLION per year to keep Obama jetting around the globe?

Posted by: JakeD | April 16, 2009 10:38 AM


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Posted by: scrivener50 | April 16, 2009 9:47 AM

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