Pres. Obama meets with Honduran Pres. Porfirio Lobo
President Obama meets in the Oval Office with Honduran President Porfirio Lobo on Wednesday, October 5, 2011. The two presidents discussed a broad range of bilateral and regional economic and security issues. (Adam Aigner-Treworgy/CNN)
October 5th, 2011
06:06 PM ET

Pres. Obama meets with Honduran Pres. Porfirio Lobo

President Obama met with President Porfirio Lobo of Honduras this afternoon in the Oval Office and reaffirmed the friendship between their two nations. Both presidents made brief statements – translated consecutively – emphasizing the need to work on issues of human rights and drug trafficking. Honduras recently went through a coup, and President Lobo thanked President Obama for his help during that crisis.

Here's some selections of their statements. First from President Obama:

Today also begins a new chapter in the relationship between our two countries.  Two years ago, we saw a coup in Honduras that threatened to move the country away from democracy, and in part because of pressure from the international community, but also because of the strong commitment to democracy and leadership by President Lobo, what we’ve been seeing is a restoration of democratic practices and a commitment to reconciliation that gives us great hope.

And President Lobo’s leadership is responsible not only for helping to restore constitutional order and democracy and a commitment to fair and free elections, but it’s also allowed Honduras once again to rejoin the Organization of American States, and for Hondurans - the Honduran relationship with its neighbors to be restored to a normal place.

Of course, much work remains to be done.  And I’m looking forward to an excellent conversation with President Lobo about how we can be helpful in ensuring that human rights are observed in Honduras.  We will discuss ways in which our two countries can work effectively together to deal with the security situation that exists not only in Honduras but through Central America, and how we can cooperate effectively in preventing the countries of Central America from being corrupted and overrun by the transnational drug trade.  And we also will have discussions about how we can continue to strengthen development in Honduras and the region so that people have opportunity, we will see economic growth, see economic development, and expand trade and further interactions between our two countries.

And from President Lobo, through as translated:

We are on the road, as you said, Mr. President, to a number of things.  We have returned to the Organization of American States, and in fact, I was able to visit that organization yesterday.  It was a very warm visit.  It was a wonderful occasion.

We have reaffirmed our democratic vocation.  We have reaffirmed the road to democracy that we are on and that we will continue on.  We will be opening even more spaces for our people to be able to express themselves.  We have already created spaces within our representative democracy, but we will continue to do that so that there is evermore direct participation from our people in all levels of society.  That is a road we’ve started on, and we will continue down that path.

The enormous challenge we face is that of crime and drug trafficking.  But we have good friends, like you, who have helped us in the past, who continue to help us.  And your words today, Mr. President, are a reaffirmation of that good friendship and that good support that we receive from you, and we hope we will have that in the future.

I also want to say to you again today that we will continue to respect human rights and do everything we can to build on what we have already done in that area.  We know that there are some areas in which we have weaknesses we need to work on - the investigation of such crimes is one of those.  But we hope to be able to get help from the United States on that so that we can overcome the hurdles we have in this respect, and we are able to find those people who are guilty of violations of human rights.

So we are on the road to reconciliation.  Next year, our political parties will be holding their primaries.  And in 2013 we will be holding our general election, and so we will be complying with our constitution for a man or woman to be elected president every four years.

Topics: President Obama

soundoff (4 Responses)
  1. Liz Carter in Georgia


    October 5, 2011 at 7:34 pm |
    • Nathan G.

      Incorrect. You can vote with either a US passport, citizenship certificate with photo, military ID, Texas state driver's license. The slimy part is that all 4 of those have to be unexpired, whereas the gun license can be expired, and is the only other form of state license (other than a driver's license) that can be used to vote. Your post blows the situation out of proportion and incorrectly labels it as voter fraud. It is a policy to make voting easier for individuals likely to vote conservative, but does not prevent others from voting and certainly is not voter fraud.

      October 6, 2011 at 2:10 am |
    • Ekremgiray

      Trev, it was not the President's pocliy to extend the tax cuts for the wealthy. That was a Republican extortion that he got the passage of DADT, the passing of the Arms treaty with russia, the extension of the Earned Income Tax Credit, and a reduction in the amount that wage earners get withheld for in social security. It was in fact the Presidents idea that Democrats run on the issue which they refused to do, so tagging the President with having extended tax cuts for the wealthy isn't exactly honest.Furthermore the new health care law is the most significant advancement in the overall healtcare rights of Americans that we have ever seen, not sure what you're talking about with the special deals unless you are discussing the so called deal with big pharma which if you believe the conspiracy theory is only about 3% of the healthcare pie.The President picked the men he felt could help him save the economy, and as we still have an American Automobile and financial industry and Americans have 401k value again the wisdom of his appointments is being held out, however let me draw your attention to a bit of logical fallacy. The President is in charge of his men and if he decides to dig up Zombie Reagan in order to see his views put into practice they are his views. Perhaps the day you can give legitimate criticism will be the day you have some.

      March 1, 2012 at 5:47 pm |
  2. Liz Carter in Georgia

    My apologies! I must've mis-heard that one, but what about the 96 year old woman who's been voting all these years and has now been told she couldn't vote because she couldn't present a marriage license? There IS a conspiracy of election rule changes cropping up all around the country you know. Oooh! After all you conservatives have tried to do to defame, dismiss and denigrate Obama, you're still scared aren't you? LOL! You need to be. They're even trying to make it next to impossible for students to vote!

    October 6, 2011 at 4:47 am |