The Presidents Travels in the America's was historic for a number of reasons.
First let us remember that Bush and the forty thieves burned down our relationships with our friends in the East like Europe and calling the leader of North Korea a short pygmy, killing the Korean unification efforts, and insulting all Asians. The Republican ugly American image did not help us east of the Atlantic, nor did it help us on this side of the ocean. Bush and the wicked Witch of the West (Dr. Rice) attacked Haiti and Venezuela and generally was an anti-humanist force in South America.
In following the President's travels this week, I got the distinct feeling that a new deal is in the air in the America's. The President opened his hand to Cuba and they reached back. Even the President of Venezuela, who called Bush the devil when he was at the UN gave President Obama a book and shook his hand.
In Obama's first hundred days he put in place phase one of the New America. His domestic policy is mapped out and transparency is in place (recovery.gov). His foreign policy for the East, as talked about in the campaign, is activated with few surprises. I submit for your consideration, that the big surprise has been his foreign policy impact on Latin America. I think this is were our President has the greatest potential for foreign policy success. Making our most natural geographic friends, our neighbors, our friends once again. What do you think?
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