World Politics Review | 6/26/2009 12:00:00 AM
Colombia's Uribe Gains Access, Loses Credibility
Barack Obama's election as U.S. president last November signaled a defeat not only for his Republican opponent, Sen. John McCain, but also for the outgoing Bush administration's strongest hemispheric ally, Colombian President Álvaro Uribe - World Politics Review
Obama has warmed up to Uribe since his days on the campaign trail, when he characterized the U.S.-Colombia FTA as "a mockery of the very labor protections that we have insisted be included in these kinds of agreements." Overshadowed by the coverage of Obama's historic handshake with Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez at the Summit of the Americas last April was the fact that Uribe sat next to Obama at the summit's heads-of-state lunch.
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