A New Friendship for Obama and Zapatero?

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

President Barack Obama is meeting with Spain's Socialist Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero today in what might be the beginning of a new diplomatic relationship.

While George W. Bush was president, Spain had strained relationships with the U.S. due to Zapatero's opposition to the Iraq war. Over lunch, President Obama and Prime Minister Zapatero will turn over a new leaf. They'll discuss whether or not Spain will take in prisoners from the Guantanamo Bay detention center, as well as talk about Afghanistan, the Middle East and the upcoming climate change talks in Copenhagen, the AFP reported.

The first lady Michelle Obama and the Bidens will join the President and Prime Minister Zapatero tonight for a dose of Hispanic musical heritage on the South Lawn. The "Fiesta Latina" concert will feature performances by Marc Anthony, Jimmy Smits, Gloria Estefan, Jose Feliciano, George Lopez, Los Lobos and Sheila E.


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Comments [2]

Juanito from In Between Lifes

First of all "Hispanic music" is not representative of Spanish People. Let's not forget that Spain isn't a Caribbean Island or a country south of Mexico, it is the westernmost part of continental Europe, and we are not particularly fond of salsa, merengue, etc. some of us like it, but most don't. That is the first mistake that Americans make when interacting with folks that speak Spanish/Castillian and the White House is obviously not immune. If they wanted to impress Zapatero they should have someone doing a jota or the most known but still acquired taste, flamenco. As per the distressed past relations as a Spaniard I don't blame the USA nor Mr. Bush, I do blame Mr. Zapatero's lack of insight and international political finesse

Oct. 13 2009 03:37 PM
constanza solis

As a Spanish citizen I am NOT proud of my President. He is the worst of all the elected Presidents of our young democracy. I do not think that we should tale any Guantanamo prisoners; this is not our responsibility. If they are not guilty, they should be let free; if they are, it is the USA that should judge them in a fair process.

Oct. 13 2009 10:40 AM

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