|55th President of Mexico|
1 December 2000 â€“ 30 November 2006
|Preceded by||Ernesto Zedillo|
|Succeeded by||Felipe CalderÃ³n|
|Governor of Guanajuato|
25 September 1995 â€“ 25 September 1999
|Preceded by||Carlos Medina Plascencia|
|Succeeded by||RamÃ³n MartÃn Huerta|
|Coâ€“President of Centrist Democrat International
alongside Pier Ferdinando Casini
|Born||Vicente Fox Quesada
(1942-07-02) 2 July 1942
Mexico City, Mexico
|Political party||National Action|
|Spouse(s)||Lilian de la Concha (m. 1969; div. 1990)
Marta SahagÃºn (m. 2001)
|Alma mater||Universidad Iberoamericana
First, to begin with, Mexico is North American; the one that is using wrong the term is United States. United States is not North America. North America is Mexico, United States, and Canada.
We must put together countries that produce drugs, countries that traffic, and countries that consume, and through this multilateral effort really stop the growing of crime.
Monuments and archaeological pieces serve as testimonies of man’s greatness and establish a dialogue between civilizations showing the extent to which human beings are linked.
What Mexicans want and aspire to, is to go there and work temporarily and raise some money and come back home. That’s what they want, so nobody’s asking for those two, three million Mexicans that are illegally in the United States to become American citizens.
We would betray Mexicans’ hopes for change if we felt satisfied with what we’ve accomplished so far.
Mexico is the only country in the world that has a trade agreement with United States and Canada, and at the same time has one with Europe. These are the two largest markets in the world. By the same token, Mexico has one of the most open economies.
There’s no doubt that Mexican men and women full of dignity, willpower and a capacity for work are doing the work that not even blacks want to do in the United States.
I think that in Mexico, we must change some practices that were built during the 72 years of predominance in Mexico. Former presidents would just hide away, run away or disappear. And I think it’s key in a democracy that presidents face people, see eye to eye to citizens and work to keep on contributing to the – to Mexico.
So if Arizona sees the federal government isn’t assuming its responsibilities, it creates local laws. But migration and keeping security on the borders is not a local or state issue, it’s a federal issue.
I think it’s very important that the United States keeps out of the local electoral process in Mexico.
I part of this great nation because my grandfather was born here, in Cincinnati, Ohio. He took a horse, back in 1895, and ride it all the way down to Guanajuato, looking for his American dream. No penny in his pocket, only dreams in his head. And he was an immigrant coming from the States into Mexico. And he found his American dream in Mexico.
No doubt I enjoy being close to people in the way I dress, the way I speak, and the way I communicate with people.
We are a nation in which freedom is alive in the squares and streets, in the daily work of the communications media, in the open relationship between the governing and the governed.
The army should go back to their assigned duties, and police should take the responsibility of fighting the cartels.
Fortunately, I have money that’s from my life’s work. But it’s money that I share and used greatly to fight poverty in my country.
If we can put together a Mexican businessman and a U.S. businessman, they will find a way to do more business.
As long as they are working, they should be legalized. I admire so much each and every migrant. They are the most loyal workers in the U.S. economy. They build the homes of those who are attacking them.
We need to be aware of what we are capable of first and realize that if you place your dreams really really high, you do have the potential to get to that level.
I mean, we must act with intelligence. We must work on this framework, so that immigration becomes an asset to both nations. Believe me, what – just the Mayor Bloomberg said here in New York, that this city would be stopped, totally stopped if it were not by the immigrants working here.
The job of president is to motivate, to inspire, to be side by side with people making sure that they develop all their capacities and that I remove all the obstacles they have to grow by themselves.
Obama is thoroughly mixed up with all these things he’s got. He’s got to solve Libya. He’s got to solve Afghanistan. He’s everywhere. And this nation, I don’t know why it’s not showing the leadership and capacity to attend different issues at the same time.
And I like to convey my feelings, my emotions, my experience, the information I have to public use, public opinion.
I have decided to fight for my country, because we have build a success story in Guanajuato, with real results and more yet to come in the next two years.
To me, governing is communicating. That facilitates the whole job because I can listen, I can hear what people have to say, and at the same time I can let them know what are we working on, what is our strategic line, and where are we going.
I am an honest person, transparent, that look citizens straight in their faces.
The real end winner of NAFTA is going to be Mexico because we have the human capital. We have that resource that is vital to the success of the U.S. economy.
I believe Mexico should dedicate 100% of its oil revenues to developing human capital and technological development. None of us politicians should be able to touch that money.
Tourism is a top priority activity for federal government, which is why it invests an average of over 2,500 million dollars a year in infrastructure works and integral projects that promote Mexico’s culture and natural attractions.
What nourishes us at home and in school is what inspires us. When we get awareness and learn about the great potential that we all human beings have, we are able to discover our leadership.
On one side, citizens have great respect for the United States; they have a great feeling of friendship. That is solid. But in the opposition and in the political arena I often find criticism of the closeness of relations with the United States. That is a reality.
By dedicating so much concentration to the issue of security, bilateral matters pass to a secondary level.
We are not going to build a pressure in Mexico. We’re not building walls to retain our people.
At the very end, what is going to happen is that immigration will be reduced considerably. And how can we get to that stage? By agreements on sectors.
I believe that work can be done on security; in combating terrorism in Mexico we have done our part in this area. But at the same time, the world must continue working.
I should say many things. Mexico has been one of the losers of the 20th century. We tried many different alternatives to development and unfortunately we have 40 percent of the population poor; we have a per capita income that is extremely low.
There are people that go ahead, that see problems before the rest, that take decisions before the rest.
Mexico doesn’t deserve what has happened to us. A democratic change is urgent, a change that will permit us to stop being a loser country.
You may count on Mexico’s support, since your commitment to the noblest causes of mankind and your vast experience are and will be invaluable in enabling us, together, to achieve a better world.
I think one purpose is very clear among corporations and business leaders: make profits, deliver high return for stockholders, conquer markets, service consumers and create jobs. But in today’s world, demands from corporations and leaders are much more than that. We need to understand what people really want at the very end.
Change will not come from above, it will come from below, from the small and medium size businesspeople. They do dare to show their faces. They applaud us and help us financially.
Our number one priority is to spend every peso possible to include those who are currently excluded.