Obama in Mexico: Time to Kill 'Old Stereotypes'
President addresses young audience in Mexico City
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted May 3, 2013 11:58 AM CDT
President Obama waves after speaking at the Anthropology Museum in Mexico City Friday.   (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

(Newser) – Calling for an end to "old stereotypes," President Obama today portrayed Mexico as an emerging nation that is remaking itself and said the US-Mexico relationship should be defined by shared prosperity, not by threats that both countries face. "It's time to recognize new realities," he declared. In a speech to a predominantly student audience in Mexico City, Obama conceded that the root of much violence in Mexico is the demand for drugs in the United States, and acknowledged that most guns used to commit crime in this country come from the US. But he said an improving economy is changing Mexico and improving its middle class.

Obama bemoaned the skewed views that still exist on both sides of the border. "Some Americans only see the Mexico depicted in sensational headlines of violence and border crossings. Some Mexicans may think America disrespects Mexico, that we seek to impose ourselves on Mexican sovereignty.” But, he said, “I have come to Mexico because it is time to put old mindsets aside." Obama spoke on the second day of his Mexico City visit, before traveling to Costa Rica. There, he planned to deliver a blunter message to Central American leaders struggling with weak economies and drug violence.

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right2dave
May 5, 2013 3:00 AM CDT
Meanwhile the Secret Service was out looking for hookers for later?
Ivan_the_Gypsy
May 5, 2013 1:25 AM CDT
Mexico is in worse shape that stereotypes picture. Drug lords rule, drug gangs have made even tourism diminish. No one in their right mind would go there to vacation, and as far as relocating a business the government corruption makes that hard to do. If the Obamanation stayed a afew days in the Oval office rather than the continuous fund raising vacations he'd know just how bad crime is along our southern border.
kawahchan
May 4, 2013 1:07 PM CDT
(R) 2014 & 2016 Gov. RICK PERRY Report: If Obama administration could not straight out how to manage that 2 foreign students Azamat Tazhayakov and Dias Kazakhstan (related to Boston Marathorn Bombings), their form I-94 expired date on their F-1 visa. WHY you think the Gang of 8 Immigration reform Senate should sell the US Green Card to Latinos, South Asian Indians and China's men ? (R) the 2014 & 2016 Gov. RICK PERRY's Immigration Reform is our "Principle" to grant the domestic illegal students a Form I-20 from their present schools and colleges, let the illegal students to follow the I-20 requirement and statement to bring it to the local US Immigration Department to apply a legal F-1 visa and a form I-94, their illegal Parents can apply a taxable and employment F-2 visa from the F-1 children. All the procedures done inside US without get out of US border. The illegals can carry their changed-status Form I-94 and F-1, F-2 visa to visit their home Mexico WITH their own Mexican Passport and return to US border WITH their Mexican Passport.