By Scott Farris
Because the 2012 presidential crusade starts: Profiles of twelve males who've run for the presidency and misplaced, yet who, even in defeat, have had a better impression on American background than a lot of those that have served as president—from Henry Clay to Stephen Douglas, William Jennings Bryan to Al Gore—Plus, mini-profiles on 22 "honorable mentions."
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In the 2008 US election campaign, Latin America was seen only as a domestic issue and not as an external problem. Migration or free trade still depended largely on the US economic situation. Therefore, many Mexican analysts shared a moderate and unenthusiastic opinion about the future of US-Mexican relations. Obama does not know Latin America. He selected several counselors as his advisors for Central and South America. The top counselor to be selected is Dan Restrepo, a lawyer with a Colombian mother and a Spanish father.
2. Cuba: The nearly half-century-old US trade embargo against Cuba, combined with the influence of the Cuban vote in the United States, has earned Cuba a special place in US foreign policy—especially in election years. 14 Cuba and Venezuela have flourished in recent years based not only on a shared disdain for US imperialism but also on an exchange of Venezuelan oil for Cuban health care and social development assistance through both personnel and know-how. These increasing relations have led Chávez to become a vocal advocate for Cuba.
After the election was over, all Mexican parties confirmed the hope that Obama will turn toward Mexico and take on the many challenges in the region. President Calderón congratulated Obama for his convincing victory and continued the tradition of holding the first summit before the US president-elect took the oath of office. The Mexican President was the only foreigner who had the honor to talk with the US president-elect at the Mexican Culture Institute in Washington, DC on January 12, 2009. Unlike Bush, however, Obama will not focus his activities on unilateral free trade agreements.
Almost President: The Men Who Lost the Race but Changed the Nation by Scott Farris