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Obama's inauguration a far cry from Mexican event in 2006

January 21, 2009 |  8:44 am

For those living down here in Mexico City, one couldn't help but be struck by the contrast between President Barack Obama's inauguration  Tuesday in Washington and the inauguration here in 2006 of Mexico's President Felipe Calderon, as Jeremy Schwartz, Mexico correspondent for Cox Newspapers, points out.

He recalls: "Back in 2006, Mexico’s Inauguration Day found the country in the midst of a broiling election controversy, the result of a super-tight election (Florida in 2000 anyone?) between conservative Felipe Calderon and leftist Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador. When Mexico’s top electoral court proclaimed Calderon the winner without ordering a full recount, Lopez Obrador’s supporters cried fraud and swore to never recognize Calderon."

Click here to read the full post and you can watch a TV broadcast of the chaos here. It's in Spanish, but for those of you who aren't Spanish-speakers, it's pretty clear what's going on.

-- Deborah Bonello in Mexico City