Saturday, August 30, 2014

A peek at Peña Nieto's "State of the Union" address

PRI administration uses social media to get the message out early: "Mexico is in motion"

Guadalajara -
In Mexico an administration's report to Congress and to the nation on the state of affairs - and its claimed accomplishments - is called the Informe. It's the direct equivalent of an American president's State of the Union address in January.

Next week president Enrique Peña Nieto will deliver his second. Like any smart politician he is offering a preview this weekend, taking advantage of Twitter, YouTube and all the electronic sites which this very youthful nation adores.

Here's what the president said, and what he'll elaborate on next week:

"There are those who ask me, when is Mexico going to change? When is it going to move forward? - as if the question referred to some date on the calendar, a Tuesday or a Thursday.

But what people have to understand is that this is a process.

Mexico is already in motion. Once a country in stagnation, now we're transforming ourselves with a bold reform package, of which the entire world has taken note:

From being a country which refused to publicly acknowledge hunger - as if it did not exist here - today we are a nation in which more than three million people are being fed through direct government aid.

From being a country unwilling and unable to overcome the lag in its educational system, we can now guarantee quality education.

From being a country unable to exploit its natural resources to the maximum, we have become a nation which will be able to generate cleaner and cheaper energy.

Mexico has already dared to change. We promised to move Mexico forward, and we're keeping that promise.

Mexico is in motion."

Aug. 25 - Mexican press: homicides under Peña Nieto far exceed those of Felipe Calderón
Aug. 13 - Mexican economy remains stuck on a southbound train
Feb. 4 - In Michoacán, all the president's men arrive with cash and promises

Dec. 29 - In Mexico, 2013 was the year of Enrique Peña Nieto
Sept. 2 - Peña Nieto delivers his first State of the Union address

"2013 will be remembered as the year Mexico finally took off"
The PRI administration patted itself on the back in this slick year-end propaganda clip, featuring several indigenous persons speaking in native tongues. "Together, let's make history," says EPN.

2013 - What others said about him:
Dec. 10 - Foreign Policy names Peña Nieto a top Global Thinker
Nov. 3 - Forbes praises Peña Nieto's "courageous" energy policy
Apr. 18 - Enrique Peña Nieto is one of world's most 100 influential leaders - TIME
Mar. 30 - Washington Post has high praise for Enrique Peña Nieto

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