Mexican Press: Obama Made Good Impression, But Few Promises
By Liz Heron
The day after President Obama's first official visit to Mexico, the country's leading newspapers toasted the prospect of better relations between Mexico and the United States -- and reported on Mexico's fascination with the man who beat steep odds to become America's first black president -- but noted that Obama made little in the way of solid plans.
El Universal's top story notes that Obama came to Mexico with "open arms" -- pledging to repair U.S.-Mexico relations and continue to fight drug trafficking -- but offered little in the way of concrete commitments.
La Jornada's lead story says that Obama's meeting with Mexican President Felipe Calderon was full of "good intentions" but that proposals for future cooperation, such as on an arms treaty that Calderon pushed as a high priority, came with no promise of legislative action.
Excelsior leads with Obama's recognition that the war on organized crime can't be "fought with only one hand." But the paper notes that Obama said completely eradicating illegal trafficking of drugs and weapons is not a "realistic objective."
El Universal's Fidel Samaniego has a colorful take on Obama's larger-than-life status and the ebullient reception that greeted him in Mexico. Under the headline "Yes, We Can, Says FCH" (a nickname for President Felipe Calderon Hinojosa), Samaniego describes the throngs of fans that showed up to watch Obama, whom he describes as a cordial statesman with the grace of a basketball player who has "beat giants, fears and taboos."
Reforma's Web site leads with the headline, in English, "Goodbye Obama!" and has a photo gallery and interactive graphic detailing the security surrounding the U.S. president's exit on Air Force One.
Posted at 1:11 PM ET on Apr 17, 2009
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