Earlier today, President Barack Obama welcomed Enrique Peña Nieto, the President-elect of Mexico, to the Oval Office in the White House.
As it is a long-standing tradition, the newly elected Mexican presidents have early meetings with the United States, in part because it symbolizes the close relationship between our two countries. President-elect Peña Nieto has spent a year in Maine as a student, as he is no stranger to the United States. President Obama underlined the fact that President-elect Peña Nieto “lived in Maine for a year, where winters are even worse than in Chicago.”
President-elect Peña Nieto was wearing a black suit and a burgundy-and-salmon tie over a white shirt, reported the foreign White House press pool. Nieto looked just as “young and telegenic” as his reputation claims.
President Obama underlined the fact that “Mexico is not just a bilateral partner, but a multilateral and multinational leader.”
“But I think that’s representative of the strength of the relationship between the United States and Mexico,” President Obama said. “It’s not just a matter of policy, but it’s a matter of people, as represented by the many U.S. citizens who travel to Mexico, who live in Mexico, and obviously the incredible contribution that Mexican Americans make to our economy, our society, and to our politics.”
President Obama noted that President-elect Peña Nieto’s reform agenda is one that Americans will watch closely — as what happens in Mexico affects our society as well.
The president-elect was also quick to draw parallels between himself and President Obama.
“We were both congressmen — legislators, as we say in Spanish — in our respective congresses in our own countries,” he said. “And this means we’re very sensitive to the needs of our peoples. And we also share a very important vision, the vision for instance of creating more jobs. We know this is very important, not only for the American people but also for the Mexican peoples, for both of our nations.”
Accompanying President-elect Peña Nieto were Luis Videgaray Caso, who was his campaign manager. According to the press pool, Caso is a possible Finance minister. Also with Nieto was Miguel Angel Osorio Ching, former governor of the State of Hidalgo. In addition, Emilio Lozoya Austine, who is in charge of Foreign Affairs on his Transition team.
However, to the disappointment of the press pool, there was no sighting of the President-elect’s wife, Angélica Rivera Hurtado. She is a Mexican television actress and is known for several roles on Mexico’s Televisa Network.
On Saturday, Vice President Joe Biden will lead the U.S. delegation to attend the President-elect Peña Nieto’s inauguration.
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