Obama: US, Mexico are 'two equal partners'

The president called for a new relationship between the two countries that focuses on “the prosperity that we can create together.” He urged Mexico's young people to look beyond stereotypes of the United States as imperialistic and inward looking; likewise, he said, Americans need to think beyond the images of drug violence and illegal immigration when thinking about their neighbor to the south.

“Despite all the bonds and the values that we share — despite all the people who claim heritage on both sides — our attitudes sometimes are trapped in old stereotypes,” Obama said in a 25-minute speech peppered with Spanish greetings and references to Mexican culture in Mexico City's National Anthropology Museum.

“In both countries such distortions create misunderstandings that make it harder for us to move forward together. So I've come to Mexico because I think it's time for us to put old mindsets aside. It's time to recognize new realities, including the impressive progress of today's Mexico.”

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