Obama friendly at Summit of the Americas
President Barack Obama was amiable in his first Summit of the Americas in Port-of-Spain, Trinidad on Saturday, the Houston Chronicle reported via The Associated Press.
The Globe and Mail said the Summit has been the scene of "Obama-mania."
The President mentioned ideas for new security and other cooperation efforts in the Western Hemisphere, the Chronicle reported.
Perhaps most notably, Obama shook the hand of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez multiple times on Friday and Saturday, and also received a book from the leader who was at odds with the Bush administration, the Chronicle reported.
The book, "The Open Veins of Latin America: Five Centuries of the Pillage of a Continent" by Eduardo Galeano, argues that Latin America has long been exploited by the United States and Europe, the Globe and Mail reported.
Ambassador exchange seems to be on the table for the United States and Venezuela, the Chronicle reported.
Obama said he would accept Cuban President Raul Castro's proposal for talks, the Chronicle reported.
The President also shook hands with Nicaraguan leader Daniel Ortega, who had essentially been an adversary of President Reagan, the Chronicle reported.
Bolivian President Evo Morales said that the country has not yet experienced any change, the Globe and Mail reported.