Making a clean break, Latin edition

April 17, 2009

Today’s Obama message to Latin American leaders was much like the one in the European town-hall:  U.S. is changing, but you have to change too, and stop blaming us for everything.

As has already been noted, and I think my presence here indicates, the United States has changed over time.  (Applause.)  It has not always been easy, but it has changed.  And so I think it’s important to remind my fellow leaders that it’s not just the United States that has to change.  All of us have responsibilities to look towards the future.  (Applause.) I think it’s important to recognize, given historic suspicions, that the United States’ policy should not be interference in other countries, but that also means that we can’t blame the United States for every problem that arises in the hemisphere.  That’s part of the bargain.  (Applause.)  That’s part of the change that has to take place.  That’s the old way, and we need a new way.

via Political Base

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