Monday, February 27, 2012

The Zenith

According to our notes (which may be completely inaccurate because they rely on the local press), yesterday was the much-anticipated, history-making Calzada-Obama Summit Meeting.  So we jumped out of bed at about 11:30 this morning eager to tear into the coverage.  We checked the Washington Post and the White House website, and... nothing.  Nor was there anything in any of our local papers.  So we fired up the Google thingy and discovered that, on the same day that Plaza de Armas ran its big "exclusive" on the Summit,  the governor issued a statement saying, in effect, "Don't be silly, I'm not meeting with Obama."  Though he quickly added that he expected a sit-down with the Undersecretary of State for Hemispheric Affairs. It's unclear from today's coverage whether he actually got one.

Instead, all three local papers covered Calzada's consolation prize: a face-to-face meeting with Sam Brownback, the God-bothering, panty-sniffing creationist governor of Kansas (which is a state, not a city, as two of the three papers misreported).

We don't know what they talked about, but presumably Brownback (whose state's unofficial motto is, "No abortion doctors shot to death since 2009"), was eager to learn more about the "full citizenship for fertilized eggs" law Querétaro passed a couple of years ago.

So, in the end, the fact we learned from the front page of Plaza de Armas (which, because it appeared on the front page of Plaza de Armas, we assume to be untrue) remains true: no governor of Querétaro has ever met - nor, apparently even been in the same room as - a president of the United States.  For now.

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