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Archive: Bush in Latin America, March 2007

Feed That President!

MERIDA, Mexico -- President Bush just wrapped up the last event of his five-country, six-day tour of Latin America and clearly food is still on his mind. "Your hospitality was very generous," he told Mexican President Felipe Calderon, "and the meals were quite good." Later in this final news availability,...

By | March 14, 2007; 01:00 PM ET | Comments (0)

Pass the Tortillas, It's Time to Eat

MERIDA, Mexico -- On the last night of President Bush's six-day trip through Latin America, press secretary Tony Snow finally showed up to brief in the filing center and started out with a thorough account of ... the menu. SNOW: His lunch menu included three panuchos. These are corn tortillas...

By | March 14, 2007; 11:25 AM ET | Comments (0)

Missing Tony Snow Located

MERIDA, Mexico -- This just in: With 17-1/2 hours left in the president's six-day trip to Latin America, press secretary Tony Snow will make his first appearance in the press filing center. The White House just sent this out: * THERE WILL BE AN OFF-CAMERA BRIEFING BY DAN FISK, SPECIAL...

By | March 13, 2007; 06:06 PM ET | Comments (4)

Missing Persons Update

MERIDA, Mexico - Well, the political storm back home over the firings of the U.S. attorneys has finally convinced the White House that it needs to brief reporters traveling with President Bush for the first time after five days on the road. This notice was just sent out to...

By | March 13, 2007; 02:23 PM ET | Comments (0)

Following the First Lady

MERIDA, Mexico -- She goes largely unseen on these visits, but don't feel sorry for Laura Bush. She's having more fun than her husband. The president is famous for not bothering to see the sites in the many places he visits and in fact on this trip is doing more...

By | March 13, 2007; 12:45 PM ET | Comments (0)

Tony Snow Missing -- Day Five

MERIDA, Mexico -- Updating our APB from yesterday: White House press secretary Tony Snow was spotted talking for a minute or two yesterday afternoon and this morning to the small press pool that shadows the president. But he has still not shown up in the press filing center where the...

By | March 13, 2007; 12:38 PM ET | Comments (0)

Everybody's a Blogger

GUATEMALA CITY -- For those interested in more backstage blogs by White House correspondents, there are a few available. The most popular among the White House staff and reporters is at the Houston Chronicle Web site. It is written by Julie Mason, possibly sharpest observer of the weird ways of...

By | March 12, 2007; 03:39 PM ET | Comments (0)

Have You Seen This Man?

GUATEMALA CITY -- Reports indicate that a man fitting the description of Tony Snow, the White House Press Secretary, is traveling with President Bush on his six-day tour of Latin America. The job duties of the Press Secretary reportedly include talking to the press. But since this is Day Four...

By | March 12, 2007; 11:51 AM ET | Comments (0)

In the Pool With the President

ANCHORENA PARK, Uruguay -- Life on the road with the president is an endless series of hurry-up-and-wait movements, wakeup calls, security sweeps, bus rides, plane flights, more security sweeps, motorcades, crushing deadlines, late nights and long hours spent sitting in vans or hotel ballrooms turned into filing centers. Only occasionally...

By | March 11, 2007; 12:57 PM ET | Comments (0)

Lula Lightens Things Up

MONTEVIDEO, Uruguay -- So the White House staff and reporters on the trip are all still buzzing about yesterday's mini-news conference featuring President Bush and Brazil's President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva. The two emerged from private talks to face journalists for a brief question-and-answer session at the Hilton Sao...

By | March 10, 2007; 06:52 AM ET | Comments (18)

Speaking the Language

SAO PAULO, Brazil -- Thanks for all the comments on the blog so far. It's great to see the interest. Keep them coming. A few readers raised the question about why we send reporters to places where they don't speak the language. The Post certainly prefers it when reporters speak...

By | March 9, 2007; 05:48 PM ET | Comments (14)

Cleaning Up After Bush

SAO PAULO, Brazil -- And speaking of security, the Secret Service evidently has nothing on Mayan priests. The Associated Press reports out of Guatemala that priests there plan to purify the Iximche ruins after President Bush visits on Monday to rid the site of any "bad spirits" he may leave...

By | March 9, 2007; 03:38 PM ET | Comments (15)

Protecting Bush in Bogota

SAO PAULO, Brazil -- Security on a presidential trip is always tight even when there aren't riots in the street. This one's certainly no exception. As we arrived at President Bush's hotel here for a Joint Press Availability with his Brazilian counterpart today, at least three helicopters carrying armed men...

By | March 9, 2007; 01:24 PM ET | Comments (0)

Greta Van Susteren Interested in Biofuel. Seriously.

SAO PAULO, Brazil -- Some of the most recognizable television faces from the White House briefing room are not here, another sign that the energy is inexorably shifting away from a lame-duck president toward the campaign to succeed him. No David Gregory, no Martha Raddatz, no Jim Axelrod. But wait,...

By | March 9, 2007; 12:31 PM ET | Comments (1)

Inside a Bush Protest

SAO PAULO, Brazil -- The first real action of President Bush's visit here took place before Air Force One even landed last night. Thousands of mostly left-leaning demonstrators beating drums, shouting slogans and waving signs protested in the center of town. Some of the protesters threw objects at the helmeted...

By | March 9, 2007; 07:35 AM ET | Comments (211)

Bush's Day in Brazil

SAO PAULO, Brazil -- Here's a look ahead at President Bush's schedule today as he opens the first full day of his Latin America tour. He plans to start the day by touring a Petrobras Transporte fuel depot, a massive facility that provides enough fuel for 600,000 cars. Some of...

By | March 9, 2007; 07:27 AM ET | Comments (0)

Inside the Bush Bubble

SAO PAULO, Brazil -- The first sign of trouble at Andrews Air Force Base outside Washington was the large plane on the tarmac with the crown painted on it. It didn't seem likely that the White House planned to send the media that covers President Bush to Latin America in...

By | March 8, 2007; 02:12 PM ET | Comments (58)

The Week Ahead

Thursday, March 8 -- Bush flies to Sao Paulo, arrives evening, no events. Friday, March 9 -- Bush in Brazil, flies in evening to Montevideo, Uruguay. Saturday, March 10 -- Bush in Uruguay. Sun., March 11 -- Bush flies to Bogota, Colombia (1st president there in 24 yrs), on ground...

By washingtonpost.com Editors | March 7, 2007; 03:24 PM ET | Comments (5)

 

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