Tuesday, February 7, 2023

US-Mexico: different presidents, respective wives

MEXICO CITY ( Associated Press) – During their meetings, the first ladies of the United States and Mexico showed a cohesion that their husbands did not, and the official opening act of the bilateral summit between the countries made it clear: They were which, through Two Voices, sent the only official bilateral message from the National Palace.

There are nearly two decades apart between Jill Biden, 71, and Beatriz Gutierrez Mueller, about to be 54, but both are academics and have distanced themselves from their predecessors as first ladies.

Biden was the first wife of a US President to pursue an independent career outside the White House. Gutierrez Mueller wants to abolish the figure of the first lady in Mexico.

Both, with doctorates and books of his writing behind them. The American is a teacher, the Mexican a journalist and a specialist in literature. She is much more closely related than her husband, Joe Biden, and Andrés Manuel López Obrador, two politicians with very different trajectories and characters as well as conflicting approaches to relations from Ukraine to Cuba, Venezuela or Nicaragua .

The open words at the start of the bilateral meeting made that clear when López Obrador stopped to smile to ask Biden to end his attitude of abandonment and disdain toward Latin America.

In the specific agenda of the wives, however, everything was in harmony. They went to the Cathedral of Guadalupe Sunday afternoon, Biden holding a candle he had dedicated to Mexico’s patron saint. On Mondays they had an afternoon of readings and fandango where there was no shortage of interventions in indigenous languages ​​or mariachis.

There, Biden recalled walking with Gutierrez Mueller through the corridors of the US Library of Congress, when they talked about “everything that we have.” Among other things, passion for literature and teaching.

Some time ago, he, and not the President, was the hero of the official reception for the summit.

A statement was read in two voices, each in their own language, in the capital of the most dangerous country for journalists on the entire continent, an area that is attacked almost daily by López Obrador in his morning conferences, insisting that Started “Freedom of faith, expression and press are the basis of democracy”.

And they affirmed their respect for the law, the voice of the people, native communities, education and the family, as well as their rejection of racism, classism and all forms of discrimination.

“We dare to dream of a time when we are all equal and free,” said one in English, the other in Spanish.

Earlier, the First Lady of the United States held an event with over twenty Mexican women from the education, arts and business fields, where she stressed the importance of empowering women if the country is to achieve a prosperous democracy. wants to

And he recalled that the United States has for the first time in the world launched a strategy for the economic security of women.

“Do what you want, but teach others,” Biden insisted in an informal chat with some of them, while encouraging one “dreamer” to write about her story, a plastic artist To bring one of his exhibits to the White House or a girl who plays American football to fight for his choice.

He said at another time, “He must be strong enough to get things done.”

He and Gutierrez Muller also seem to agree as there was definitely chemistry between the two.

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Associated Press Writer Colleen Long contributed to this story.

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