Winner - Colombian Pres. Juan Manuel Santos: Altho he didn't succeed in achieving consensus for his ideas of reconsidering the War on Drugs, he did come off like a statesman, he got a wave of positive publicity for Colombia and reaffirmed relations with the United States, including setting a date for the (unfortunate) U.S.-Colombia Free Trade Agreement.
|Obama and Santos smile about the Free Trade Agreement on the cover of today's El Tiempo.|
|Otto Perez Molina.|
Broke Even - U.S. Pres. Barack Obama: He generated ill-will by nixing calls to reevaluate the War on Drugs and to allow Cuba to participate in meetings of heads of state. On the other hand, Obama beat the drums for economic growth and reducing poverty, which will play well at home, and buddied up with Pres. Santos. Obama also became a hero just by being the first Afro-American U.S. president in the mostly Afro-Colombian city of Cartagena. But the trip was marred, perhaps even overshadowed, by the Secret Service's drinking-and-prostitution scandal.
|Cristina Fernandez, |
no closer to the Falklands.
|Secret Service men |
guarding the Pope:
But what did they do
Winner - Cartagena's prostitutes, who got a burst of unexpected publicity thanks to the Secret Service's antics.
By Mike Ceaser, of Bogotá Bike Tours