April 10, 2012

Obama faces skeptical leaders at Americas Summit

Brian Ellsworth, Reuters- Three years after being feted by star-struck Latin American leaders, President Barack Obama faces skepticism and disappointment at this week’s Summit of the Americas for failing to meet promises of a new era in relations with the region.

Obama’s first meeting with leaders from the hemisphere in Trinidad and Tobago at the height of his popularity included a vow to mend ties with Cuba and a photo-op handshake with Hugo Chavez, the Venezuelan president and pugnacious U.S. critic.

This year, Obama is more focused on re-election than foreign policy and is set to receive a grilling over contentious issues like the drugs war, Cuba and even U.S. monetary policy from heads of state eager to remind him that Washington is growing less relevant for the region.

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