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Bush Visits Mayan Ruins in Mexico
AP on Yahoo ^ | 3/30/06 | Jennifer Loven - ap

Posted on 03/30/2006 9:50:31 AM PST by NormsRevenge

CANCUN, Mexico - On a neighborly sightseeing jaunt Thursday with the leaders of Mexico and Canada, President Bush said the three were working to improve vital relationships that can better the lives of all their people.

Mexican President Vicente Fox treated Bush and Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper to an hour-long tour of the ancient Mayan ruins at Chichen Itza before they began two days of talks amid spring breakers in this Caribbean resort city.

"This is a good start to a very important series of discussions," Bush said, standing alongside the other two with the massive pyramid called "El Castillo" in the background. "We've got a vital relations that matter to the future of our people."

The three leaders gazed up at the famed archaeological site while Fox, wearing a white shirt and brimmed hat, and a guide motioned at different points. They listened to a traditional band play music for colorfully dressed dancers, strolled around a large plaza and climbed about half a dozen steps of the pyramid at the center of the site. They paused briefly so photographers could get their picture before coming back down.

After their tour, each leader spoke in his own language. Harper said the ruins were "a symbol here of our determination to build a new future for all inhabitants of North America."

Bush doesn't typically get in much sightseeing on his foreign visits, but the tour began two days of talks, designed to showcase North American unity, in this beer and bikini mecca .

Bush, who wore his cream-colored Hawaiian shirt untucked, and Harper, in an open-neck shirt and a safari vest, were all smiles for their first meeting since Harper took office two months ago as Canada's new Conservative leader.

Topping Harper's agenda is a long stalemate over U.S. tariffs on Canadian softwood lumber imports. "I'm always optimistic" about resolving the problem, Bush said.

In a pre-trip interview, Bush said he thought the two sides were "pretty close to a deal a couple of years ago." He said it would not be resolved through public negotiations: "It's going to require some very quiet consultations."

Illegal immigration and terrorism fears also are on the agenda.

After touring the Mayan ruins, Bush was sitting down one after the other with Fox and Harper, and then was attending a lavish leaders dinner put on by his Mexican hosts. The president's wife, Laura, did not join him for this trip.

The official focus of the trilateral summit is a three-way pact designed to make borders more secure without hampering business and traffic. Signed a year ago near Bush's Texas ranch by Bush, Fox and Harper's predecessor, Paul Martin, the Security and Prosperity Partnership aims to better protect North America from outside attack and ensure its global competitiveness with China and other trade powerhouses.

But Fox and Harper come to Cancun with much more on their minds. Both have powerful constituencies at home pressing for progress on problems related to the enormous flow of goods and people between their countries and the United States.

Mexico's top priority with its northern neighbor is a migration accord that would address the status of the estimated 6 million illegal immigrants from Mexico now living in the United States. For Canada, issue No. 1 as it looks south is a messy trade dispute over softwood lumber.

Bush extended an olive branch in both directions before the trip. He told foreign reporters "don't underestimate" his ability to wring from Congress a guest-worker program that would address some of Mexico's concerns, and said he would "like to get the issue solved" on Canadian lumber tariffs.

Sharing Cancun with the media, official entourages from three nations and hundreds of anticipated demonstrators was a much-smaller-than-usual contingent of spring-breakers since the resort hasn't completely recovered from the beating delivered five months ago by Hurricane Wilma. Police readied the town by erecting fences to keep protesters and others far from the leaders.

Bush departed Washington for his meetings with Fox as an emotional election-year dustup over immigration — what he called the "topic du jour" — continued to rage in the U.S. capital.

The issue has sent hundreds of thousands to protest in streets across America and split the president's Republican Party as midterm congressional elections approach.

The Senate was debating a measure that would strengthen border security, but also would legalize some undocumented workers, establish temporary guest-worker programs and permit illegal immigrants currently in the country to apply for citizenship without first returning home.

The business community and a minority of Republicans in Congress have supported such moves, and the approach tracks more closely with what Bush has advocated than competing House legislation that focuses on an illegal immigration crackdown.

Fox wants some form of legal status for all illegal Mexicans but sees a guest worker program as a good step. If one is approved before July elections to succeed him — Fox is term-limited from running again — analysts believe it could boost the chances of the candidate from his party.

As for Harper, the newly elected Conservative leader has made it a priority to restore Ottawa's relationship with Washington — strained over Iraq, missile defense and a series of trade issues.

Another issue is Canada's displeasure at a U.S. plan to require passports or other secure identification at every point of entry to the United States.

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TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; Government; Mexico; Politics/Elections
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1 posted on 03/30/2006 9:50:31 AM PST by NormsRevenge
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To: NormsRevenge

President George Bush waves as he arrives in Cancun, Mexico, Wednesday, March 29, 2006. Bush will meet with his North American counterparts, the presidents of Mexico and Canada, during meetings through Friday. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)


2 posted on 03/30/2006 9:51:07 AM PST by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ... Monthly Donor spoken Here. Go to ... https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: NormsRevenge; onyx; dighton
HE'S SELLING US OUT TO THE MEXICANS!!

...

Oh, sorry.

Wrong thread. [blushing]

3 posted on 03/30/2006 9:53:51 AM PST by Coop (Proud founding member of GCA - Gruntled Conservatives of America)
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To: NormsRevenge
Bush departed Washington for his meetings with Fox as an emotional election-year dustup over immigration — what he called the "topic du jour" — continued to rage in the U.S. capital.

The topic du jour???

No wonder he's selling us out, he doesn't even view illegal immigration as anything more than a political football.

4 posted on 03/30/2006 9:56:11 AM PST by GluteusMax
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To: NormsRevenge

He should visit some ruins here .... Los Angeles, for starters.


5 posted on 03/30/2006 9:56:55 AM PST by La Enchiladita (Walk softly, carry a big stick... and don't forget to connect the dots ...)
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To: GluteusMax
No wonder he's selling us out, he doesn't even view illegal immigration as anything more than a political football.

Oh, God, relax. It IS the topic du jour.

6 posted on 03/30/2006 9:58:05 AM PST by Darkwolf377 (No respect for conservatives? That's free speech. No respect for liberals? That's hate speech.)
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To: NormsRevenge

"Mayan Ruins in Mexico"

Coming to a colonia near you.


7 posted on 03/30/2006 9:58:07 AM PST by reelfoot
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To: NormsRevenge
Fox treated Bush and Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper to an hour-long tour of the ancient Mayan ruins

A foreshadowing, George.

Get your thinking right. I still support you, unlike a lot of fairweather friends around here. But you need a re-education on this subject.

8 posted on 03/30/2006 9:59:15 AM PST by Darkwolf377 (No respect for conservatives? That's free speech. No respect for liberals? That's hate speech.)
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To: NormsRevenge

Visiting Mexican ruins? A peek into our future from these parasites.........


9 posted on 03/30/2006 9:59:49 AM PST by Red Badger (I must not fear.)
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To: NormsRevenge
I've been to Chichen Itza. It's an amazingly cool place.

Perhaps Jorge can convince some Mexicans to live there. It's deserted.

10 posted on 03/30/2006 10:00:04 AM PST by dead (I've got my eye out for Mullah Omar.)
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To: NormsRevenge

Memo to Bush: STOP KISSING FOX's A$$!!!


11 posted on 03/30/2006 10:02:24 AM PST by beethovenfan
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To: Coop

I have had enough of this outsourcing, Im moving to India


12 posted on 03/30/2006 10:02:26 AM PST by woofie
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To: dead
Perhaps Jorge can convince some Mexicans to live there. It's deserted.

No taxpayer-funded freebies. Never happen.
13 posted on 03/30/2006 10:03:13 AM PST by RandallFlagg (Roll your own cigarettes! You'll save $$$ and smoke less!(Magnetic bumper stickers-click my name)
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To: Darkwolf377
It IS the topic du jour.

In light of the massive invasion of the nation demonstrated last weekend in LA, illegal immigration IS slightly more grave than your standard "political football" or other fluff "topics du jour"

14 posted on 03/30/2006 10:03:18 AM PST by JOAT
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To: beethovenfan
Memo to Bush: STOP KISSING FOX's A$$!!!

Memo to Beethovenfan: Stop kissing tin foil's A$$!!!

15 posted on 03/30/2006 10:05:05 AM PST by Dane ( anyone who believes hillary would do something to stop illegal immigration is believing gibberish)
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To: beethovenfan
"Memo to Bush: STOP KISSING FOX's A$$!!!"


He's not kissing anything really. It's just two good old boys who belong to the same club.
16 posted on 03/30/2006 10:07:47 AM PST by Dazedcat
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To: Coop
lol.. No problem..

In a pre-trip interview, Bush said he thought the two sides were "pretty close to a deal a couple of years ago." He said it would not be resolved through public negotiations: "It's going to require some very quiet consultations."

Any bets as to who gets the short end of the taquito?

We are the White filler in a Canuckina Mejicano Oreo cookie.

17 posted on 03/30/2006 10:08:19 AM PST by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ... Monthly Donor spoken Here. Go to ... https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: NormsRevenge

"Harper said the ruins were "a symbol here of our determination to build a new future for all inhabitants of North America."

That's got "new world order" written all over it...


18 posted on 03/30/2006 10:09:27 AM PST by Pessimist
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To: NormsRevenge

"It's going to require some very quiet consultations."

aka. "We can yack about it back that the CFR..."


19 posted on 03/30/2006 10:12:01 AM PST by Pessimist
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To: NormsRevenge

Mexico
by James Taylor

Way down here you need a reason to move
Feel a fool running your stateside games
Lose your load, leave your mind behind, baby james

Oh, mexico
It sounds so simple I just got to go
The sun’s so hot I forgot to go home
Guess I’ll have to go now

Americano got the sleepy eye
But his body’s still shaking like a live wire
Sleepy señorita with the eyes on fire

Oh, mexico
It sounds so sweet with the sun sinking low
Moon’s so bright like to light up the night
Make everything all right

Baby’s hungry and the money’s all gone
The folks back home don’t want to talk on the phone
She gets a long letter, sends back a postcard; times are hard

Oh, down in mexico
I never really been so I don’t really know
Oh, mexico
I guess I’ll have to go

Oh, mexico
I never really been but I’d sure like to go
Oh, mexico
I guess I’ll have to go now


20 posted on 03/30/2006 10:15:31 AM PST by Liberty Valance (Money will buy you a fine dog but only love can make it wag it's tail :o)
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To: dead

I've been to Chichen Itza. It's an amazingly cool place.

Too true! Got to the top of the pyramid and it was breathtaking. Sadly, I had no notion of how I was going to get down.....a much scarier process! Glad these guys just went a few steps for the photo shoot.


21 posted on 03/30/2006 10:19:58 AM PST by trimom
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To: NormsRevenge
I've been to Chichen Itza and the ruins are beautiful. Why don't we export some illegals from the U.S, and finish excavating and restoring these ruins. This place could certainly be more beautiful that many of the "Wonders of The World."

Mexico could start some real expensive 5 Star Hotels, Condos, etc. around this site and vastly improve the State of Yucatan.

22 posted on 03/30/2006 10:22:13 AM PST by zerosix
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To: NormsRevenge

Bush Visits Mayan Ruins in Mexico.


Soon it will be

Bush visits Mexican Ruins in America.


23 posted on 03/30/2006 10:23:28 AM PST by calljack (Sometimes your worst nightmare is just a start.)
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To: trimom
I went down on my ass, one step at a time, like a big scaredly cat.

I saw other tourists strolling down those narrow slippery things like they were at the mall. People forget - when you're in a third world nation, there's no ambulance waiting on call to whisk you to a world-class medical facility with top-notch surgeons and cat scans and such.

When you bust your skull open like a melon, there's some old lady on call with herbal paste and a monkey paw.

24 posted on 03/30/2006 10:26:21 AM PST by dead (I've got my eye out for Mullah Omar.)
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To: NormsRevenge

"Bush Visits Mayan Ruins in Mexico"

Hey GW )Guest Worker) Bush, when you are done selling us out to the Mexican Mafia, come home and view the American Ruins.


25 posted on 03/30/2006 10:28:28 AM PST by Ursus arctos horribilis
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To: trimom
I visited Tulum in Mexico and it reminded me of the old cheap Indian tourist traps from back in the 60's. The weather was hot as hell the beggars were everywhere and so were the large lizards. The actual ruins were small and very disappointing.
26 posted on 03/30/2006 10:30:15 AM PST by reagandemo (The battle is near are you ready for the sacrifice?)
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To: NormsRevenge


I wonder if President Bush is staying at a hotel or private home.


27 posted on 03/30/2006 10:31:51 AM PST by BlueAngel
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To: dead

Uhhhh, any chance you were wearing white cotton shorts and a red t-shirt? The other woman scooting down that way next to me was dressed that way.....my husband was laughing his keester off and snapping photos.

But he didn't even attempt to climb the danged thing, I might add! My 14 year old ran up and down those steps like she was in a hallway, for crying out loud!


28 posted on 03/30/2006 10:34:42 AM PST by trimom
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To: NormsRevenge


"Five more! We've got room for five more for the trip home!"
29 posted on 03/30/2006 10:34:44 AM PST by kenth
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To: woofie
"I have had enough of this outsourcing, Im moving to India"

Better yet, let us move to Mexico and take over that shit hole. Not a bad climate, Tecate Beer and Jose Cuervo Tequila. Hmmn, where is a good illegal border crossing to sneak into Mexico.
30 posted on 03/30/2006 10:35:19 AM PST by Ursus arctos horribilis
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To: Coop


HE'S SELLING US OUT TO THE MEXICANS!!
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How much is he getting for us?
I need this info desperately.


31 posted on 03/30/2006 10:36:34 AM PST by onyx (Elections are in November, 06 ---- 08 can wait!)
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To: JOAT
Ditto, I am getting damnable tired of the (G)uest (W)orker's apologists on the immigration thing.
32 posted on 03/30/2006 10:38:24 AM PST by Ursus arctos horribilis
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To: zerosix

He's checking out the terrain so he and his fellow OBL's can estimate how much it will cost to turn Mexico into the Western Hemisphere equivalent of the UAE resorts international, complete with ports and energy supply. Maybe he will get to be elected el presidente again.

At this point we need to ignore his words and follow his actions.


33 posted on 03/30/2006 10:39:12 AM PST by tertiary01 (Why are those who say a fence is not the answer most likely to live behind high walls)
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To: reagandemo
The actual ruins were small and very disappointing.

That is not the case in Chichen Itza. It is an astonishing place.

34 posted on 03/30/2006 10:41:28 AM PST by dead (I've got my eye out for Mullah Omar.)
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To: NormsRevenge
Chichen Itza is a pretty cool place.

And in Civilization IV, building it gives you a +25% defensive bonus in all your cities.

35 posted on 03/30/2006 10:42:56 AM PST by jpl ("We don't negotiate with terrorists, we put them out of business." - Scott McClellan)
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To: onyx

Hey, can you take over for me soon on the hysteria thread? My poor widdle fingers are cramping up. (Do you think I should complain to the mods?!?)


36 posted on 03/30/2006 10:45:50 AM PST by Coop (Proud founding member of GCA - Gruntled Conservatives of America)
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To: dead
I agree Chichen Itza has many well preserved Mayan ruins and is well worth a day visit. There is a ball field there when they played something like basketball (no running with the ball) and the losers (they think) became sacrificial victims.
37 posted on 03/30/2006 10:45:51 AM PST by GeorgefromGeorgia
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To: La Enchiladita
LOL! True!

Was thinking....Why don't we just buy Mexico for a few million pesos and get it over with? :o

38 posted on 03/30/2006 10:50:57 AM PST by BossLady
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To: Coop


Sorry (pronounced saw wee), I don;t think I can handle the hysteria thread by my own selfie. Have a kool aid break. Hmmmmm, refreshment.


39 posted on 03/30/2006 10:51:20 AM PST by onyx (Elections are in November, 06 ---- 08 can wait!)
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To: NormsRevenge

don't underestimate" his ability to wring from Congress a guest-worker program that would address some of Mexico's concerns



Who's speaking on America's behalf?


40 posted on 03/30/2006 10:52:24 AM PST by Finalapproach29er (Americans need to remember Osama's "strong horse" -"weak horse" analogy. Let's stop acting weak.)
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To: NormsRevenge

I'm so glad President Bush is getting Fox's approval for our immigration plan. It's important that we don't offend our neighboring countries.


41 posted on 03/30/2006 10:52:40 AM PST by Rebelbase (Bush signed CFR. He deserves to be bitched at as much as McCain.)
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To: BossLady

GMTA!

Increase their foreign aid package in exchange for taking the unlawful aliens back.

It would be cheaper in the long run!


42 posted on 03/30/2006 10:54:02 AM PST by La Enchiladita (Walk softly, carry a big stick... and don't forget to connect the dots ...)
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To: NormsRevenge

Who were the ones protest marching last weekend? Mayans? Aztecs? Toltecs? Olmecs?


43 posted on 03/30/2006 10:54:14 AM PST by RightWhale (Nothing can evolve which has not been involved)
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To: kenth
"Five more! We've got room for five more for the trip home!"

LOL!!
44 posted on 03/30/2006 10:57:15 AM PST by reagan_fanatic (Darwinism is a belief in the meaninglessness of existence - R. Kirk)
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To: NormsRevenge

He apparently wants to see what the US will look like in 20 years after his amnesty policies have been enacted.


45 posted on 03/30/2006 10:59:38 AM PST by Rockitz (Follow the money and you'll find the truth.)
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To: NormsRevenge
Mayan Ruins = Places where human sacrifices (ripping the heart out of the still-alive victim to propitiate their Pagan God) took place

"........Mexican President Vicente Fox treated Bush and Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper to an hour-long tour of the ancient Mayan ruins at Chichen Itza before they began two days of talks (where they plan to rip the still-beating heart out of America) amid spring breakers in this Caribbean resort city.........."

Very apropos Presidente Boosh!

46 posted on 03/30/2006 11:00:14 AM PST by DoctorMichael (The Fourth-Estate is a Fifth-Column!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!)
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Picture of Presidente Boosh ripping the beating heart out of a still-alive America.

48 posted on 03/30/2006 11:04:10 AM PST by DoctorMichael (The Fourth-Estate is a Fifth-Column!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!)
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To: Liberty Valance

When Liberty Valence came to town, the women folk would hide....

(you probably know the rest)


49 posted on 03/30/2006 11:05:04 AM PST by zook
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To: onyx

WHA KENT HE GO TA SUM 'MERICAN PLACE STEADA MEX-EE-CO?


50 posted on 03/30/2006 11:07:19 AM PST by zook
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