If you’ve expressed any doubts on whether America’s standing in the international community has lowered in recent years, look no further than the press coverage of President Bush’s five-nation tour across Latin America.
Read about Mayan leaders spiritually “cleansing” ancient ruins in Guatemala after Bush visted the sight.
The leaders said they would hold a spiritual ceremony to restore “peace and harmony” at the Mayan ruins of Iximche after Bush tours the site on Monday.
“No, Mr. Bush, you cannot trample and degrade the memory of our ancestors,” said indigenous leader Rodolfo Pocop during a press conference. “This is not your ranch in Texas.”
They may be spiritual leaders, but that doesn’t bar them from possessing an icy wit.
What does it say about you when people feel that they have to perform a cleansing ceremony the second after you step on their sacred grounds? Probably about as good as it feels to know that your image is being burned in effigy across the globe.
But of course, there were protests:
The demonstrators burned U.S. flags and waved banners with slogans against the U.S. president such as, “Bush you are not welcome in Mexico. Go to Hell.”
In Mérida, about 100 protesters marched to Bush´s hotel for the second night in a row carrying Mexican flags and calling the U.S. president a “murderer.”
Nicaraguan president, Daniel Ortega, assured that US president, George W. Bush, did not bring any concrete solution to the economic and social problems of Latin America during his tour of the region.
According to the Sandinista leader “(Bush) came to take his picture with Latin American presidents but brought nothing at all.”
He also recalled that the United States refuses payment of 17 billion dollars in compensation for the terrorist actions against his country decreed by The Hague International Court of Justice.
This reads like it points to beloved adage amongst strippers: F*ck you, pay me.
You already know Hugo chimed in:
Cheered by thousands, Chavez said Bush’s tour was a failure.
“Latin Americans are telling you: ‘Gringo, go home!'” he said.