Thalia is a well-known Mexican singer and former TV soap star. I remember watching her in the Maria la del Barrio series that was on Mexican television in the 90s in which she portrays a trash picker rescued by a wealthy benefactor and eventually finds true love after tearful betrayals and misunderstandings. In real life, Thalia Sodi Mirana married music executive Tommy Motolla.
In this video, she decorously dances with President Barack Obama for a few moments before concluding her song at the Fiesta Latina concert that was held at the White House on Tuesday.
According to The New York Times, the event will be rebroadcast Thursday on PBS stations as part of the series “In Performance at the White House.” It is also to be shown Sunday on the Telemundo network.
QUESTION: Was the president’s dance out-of-bounds? There seems to be a lot of chatter on the Internet about whether or not Michelle Obama looked annoyed or gave him the cold shoulder afterwards. Thoughts?
YouTube video from The Daily Beast.
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In the aftermath of the terrorist attacks of 2001, I got a lot of sympathetic reactions from Mexicans in Tijuana. That concern turned into confusion as the U.S. foreign policy evolved in an arguably unilateral fashion. Many Mexicans I talked to were perplexed that the U.S. public would re-elect president George W. Bush in 2004. Those same Mexicans, as may be the case with other global residents, are now hopeful the U.S. is heading back on track.
In the spirit of Barack Obama’s presidential inauguration, here are some links to stories that explore Obama’s relationship with Mexico:
Obama met with Mexico’s president Felipe Calderon Jan. 12 – his first meeting with a foreign leader since the election. You can read more about that visit in this The Dallas Morning News article.
In an opinion piece published in The Dallas Morning News, Obama acknowledges that 6.5 million Americans live in border communities and that “too often we neglect the unique needs of these communities, which are integrated with their cities across the border.” He calls for greater cross-border partnerships while also noting he will “seek enforceable labor and environmental standards” as amendments to the free trade agreement, NAFTA.
Jeremy Schwartz, of Cox News Service, wrote in 2008 about how Obama’s candidacy serves as a subject of reflection on racial matters in Mexico, where the Afro-Mexican community is largely ignored. You can read the article here.
CBS quoted Obama when he visited Brownsville during a campaign stop, where he bought a torta from a taquito stand and mused on his first encounter with the border: “This is the first time I’ve been this close, here in Texas. I’ve been in Mexico when I was in college and going to school in Southern California. I can’t entirely talk about it.”