Obama wins high marks on Latin America tour

Jim Wyss, Mimi Whitefield, Tim Johnson – The Miami Herald, 03/22/2011

With Japan’s nuclear crisis, an escalating Libyan conflict and a bitter budget debate, the fact that President Barack Obama made it to Latin America at all was something of an achievement.

But as Air Force One leaves El Salvador on Wednesday — after a five-day, three-nation trip — some here wonder what will be left behind once the glow of the visit fades.

In his first extensive trip to Latin America since assuming office, Obama has won high marks for his conciliatory tone and acknowledgement of Latin America as a powerful economic and political force that deserves a partnership of equals.

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