March 22nd, 2011
08:00 AM ET
POTUS schedule March 22, 2011
WASHINGTON (CNN) - President Obama's trip to Latin America continues today in El Salvador. Obama and Salvadoran President Mauricio Funes will meet and then hold a brief press conference at 4:55pm ET.
The full schedule can be found after the jump
March 21st, 2011
07:33 PM ET
No Obama apology for Pinochet
SANTIAGO, Chile (CNN) – U.S. President Barack Obama admitted on Monday that relations with Latin America have often been "extremely rocky," but he fell far short of the apology that protesters had demanded for past American support of Chilean Dictator Augusto Pinochet.
During a press conference in the Chilean capital, Obama told reporters it was time to look forward, not backward.
"The history of relations between the United States and Latin America have at times been extremely rocky and have at times been difficult," he said when asked about U.S. involvement in Pinochet's 1973 military coup. "But we're not trapped by our history," he added.
March 21st, 2011
05:12 PM ET
SANTIAGO, Chile (CNN) - Organizers of an anti-Obama rally in central Santiago gathered Monday in the Plaza de Almargro park, a site about four blocks from where President Obama and his Chilean counterpart held meetings and answered questions from the press.
Billed as the “Obama Deception Tour 2011,” invitations encouraged Chileans to engage in “Citizen’s activities” and listen to local bands, including The Miserables Ones and Rebel Sun. A line at the top of the invitation read: “For Peace – No to a new Iraq in Libya”
Obama walks fine line on Gadhafi's future
SANTIAGO, Chile (CNN) - President Obama repeated Monday that Moammar Gadhafi "needs to go," but he acknowledged the Libyan dictator may remain in power for some time because the allied military mission in North Africa has a more narrow mandate of just protecting innocent civilians.
"Our military action is in support of an international mandate from the Security Council that specifically focuses on the humanitarian threat posed by Colonel Gadhafi's people," Obama said at a news conference here.
Obama alluded to the fact that U.N. Resolution 1973 passed last Thursday restricts the U.S. and its allies from seeking regime change and directly ousting Gadhafi from power.
But, he noted, "Now, I also have stated that it is U.S. policy that Gaddafi needs to go."