At least he is not a limousine leftist
Uruguay's President Jose Mujica says he's turning down a $1 million offer for his famous 27-year-old Volkswagen Beetle.
Mujica says an Arab sheikh had offered to buy the car, which has become a symbol of Mujica's ostentatiously unpretentious style.
he told a radio program on Friday that he couldn't sell the sky-blue
Volkswagen because it would offend some friends who had given it to him,
and he also says he's fond of the car.
But he does know how to put his mouth in reverse
Uruguay’s president, José Mujica, is backpedaling after
calling Mexico a “failed state,” a comment that ruffled diplomatic
feathers and caused Mexico to summon Uruguay’s ambassador on Sunday.
Mujica issued a statement shortly after the dustup, affirming support
for Mexico and confidence in its institutions.
The international spat followed a controversial interview with
Mujica published in Foreign Affairs magazine’s Latin America edition
Friday. Asked about the turmoil facing Mexico in the aftermath of the
kidnapping and apparent murder of 43 students in September, Mujica
replied, “It gives one a feeling, viewed from a distance, that this is a
kind of failed state, that the public powers have totally lost control;
Just because a Mexican police force turned over some students to a drug lord, to be murdered?
This isn’t the first international gaffe for Uruguay’s president. Last
year, Argentina issued a formal complaint against Uruguay after Mujica
unknowingly spoke into a live microphone at a press conference, saying,
“That old hag’s worse than the cross-eyed one” in reference to Argentina’s President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner and her late husband and predecessor, Nestor Kirchner.
The 79 year old Mujica will be stepping down when his term ends this year. Qué lástima.
Post a Comment