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21
Mar
11

guests of honor (video added)

At the official dinner in Santiago, hosted by Chilean President Sebastian Pinera and his wife Cecilia Morel, President Obama offered a toast to his Chilean hosts. He said he and his family and staff, as they flew in this morning on Air Force One, were “struck by the incredible beauty of the Andes”.

“To you, and the people of Santiago and Chile, thank you for the extraordinary hospitality that you have shown both me, Michelle and our daughters. … thank you for the friendship and strong bonds.”

“For many years, this was a symbol of how Chile lost its democracy. Today, it stands as a testament to how Chile regained and rebuilt your democracy. … At a time when others around world are reaching for own rights struggling for their own sense of dignity, Chile sends a powerful message.”

Obama referred directly to the democracy movements in the Middle East and North Africa before offering this thought: “Democracy can’t be imposed from the outside, it must spring from within from the hearts and souls of those who seek it.”

21
Mar
11

ambassadors

Accompanied by Chilean first lady Cecilia Morel, in white dress, first lady Michelle Obama greets Elizabeth, granddaughter of Chile’s President Sebastian Pinera, after arriving at the Mirador Interactive Museum in Santiago

21
Mar
11

a warm chile welcome

Chilean Foreign Minister Alfredo Moreno welcomes U.S. President Barack Obama to Santiago, Chile

President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama, stand with Chilean President Sebastian Pinera and his wife Cecilia Morel, during the arrival ceremony at La Moneda Palace in Santiago

First ladies Michelle Obama and Cecilia Morel walk together in La Moneda government palace




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