July 3, 2012

Joey from "Friends" elected President of Mexico

Mexico's Institutional Revolutionary Party is back in power after 12 years, with a President who looks like a mid-market anchorman trying to figure out if what the weatherman said on-air was just a joke or actually some kind of veiled insult directed at his intelligence.

Here's a new article in which two crack reporters from the New York Times struggle visibly to come up with anything to say about Enrique Pena Nieto. Can this guy possibly be as vapid as he looks? Isn't President of Mexico one of those really good jobs, like Mayor of Chicago? What's the story here?

And here's an ancient VDARE article from 2001 about Pena Nieto's backer Carlos Salinas, the PRI's president from 1988-1994.

Mexico is a quite interesting place, but Americans consider it in poor taste to pay much attention.

More globally, are politicians getting more youthful-looking?

60 comments:

Anonymous said...

I've always been suspicious about Mexico since reading about how the Mexicans murdered the blameless Emperor Maximillian.

Anonymous said...

Mexico is cool...

Anonymous said...

He doesn't look like some squat aztec, but he doesn't look pure white either.

Anonymous said...

His wife is telenovela actress Angelica Rivera. An interesting tidbit.

Black Death said...

He looks like a young Desi Arnaz. Lucy, you got some splainin to do!

guest007 said...

Angelica Rivera is his second wife. His Wikipedia page also states that he has two children out of wedlock.

At least politicians in Mexico have more than one or two children like American politicians.

Anonymous said...

actress Angelica Rivera

Wow - if that chick has an ounce of aboriginal blood in her, then I'm a monkey's uncle - she looks like a cross between Jane Seymour and Christina Ricci.

[Being Iberian, she probably has more Muslim & Sephardic Scots-Irish blood in her than aboriginal American.]

Weird marriage, though - Wikipedia says that they each had three children by previous spouses - so kinduva Brady Bunch deal there.

Hope nobody tries to pull a Woody MacAllen/Soon Yi MacPrevin.

Anonymous said...

From wikipedia:"Peña Nieto has a son with Maritza Diaz Hernandez, born in 2005 while he was married to Mónica Pretelini. He has said that he takes care of his son's material needs, but has little contact with him. During the same time period, Peña Nieto conceived another son who died as an infant with an undisclosed partner.[36] On January 2012, Maritza Diaz Hernandez published on Facebook that Peña Nieto is a neglectful father, in response to pledges by PRI to protect and support all Mexican children.[37]"

Guess it's another example of how "Latinos" are natural conservatives, what with their strong sense of family values...

Syon

IHTG said...

He doesn't look like some squat aztec, but he doesn't look pure white either.

The racial equivalent of the "Would Not Bang" meme.

2/10 Is Not White!

Polichinello said...

At least politicians in Mexico have more than one or two children like American politicians.

I guess we can put you down in the Mitt Romney camp.

Anonymous said...

Regarding Steve's closing question:

I think rulers have always wanted to look vigorous (for lack of a better word). At a minimum, you need to look like you're going to survive for a while. All the better if you look like you can kick butt.

There's a campaign banner from one of Abe Lincoln's campaigns, hanging in the Chicago History Museum, in which his (large) penis is clearly outlined beneath his trousers. I've noticed the same type of thing in portraits of 18th-century leaders (Lafayette comes to mind).

What's changed in this century is the technology for looking younger/healthier. Just consider how disgusting (to our eyes) the teeth of FDR et al. look in old newsreels.

- A Solid Citizen

Anonymous said...

That first pic looks more like Michael J Fox with a tan.

TWS

Anonymous said...

I think rulers have always wanted to look vigorous (for lack of a better word). At a minimum, you need to look like you're going to survive for a while

Does not seem to be a requirement for Hugo Chavez.

Anonymous said...

The best part of the Mexican campaign was when Orange County's own favorite teen singer Rebecca Black (of "Friday" infamy) went to Mexico to campaign for the PRI. It turns out the seemingly generic white American teen is actually half-Mexican and related to PRI royalty.

http://univisionnews.tumblr.com/post/24063987596/rebecca-black-supports-pri

Sgt. Joe Friday said...

The new president of Mexico reminds me of LA's mayor, Tony Villar, a/k/a Antonio Villaraigosa. An empty suit who's not very bright.

Wonder what Roissy would have to say about this guy? Probably a demonstration of the "you don't have to be smart to be high-status and bang hot chicks" or some variation thereof.

Kylie said...

"What's changed in this century is the technology for looking younger/healthier. Just consider how disgusting (to our eyes) the teeth of FDR et al. look in old newsreels."

Yes but to people back then, the fact that he still had so many of his own teeth was evidence of his health and wealth; i.e., vigor.

pat said...

I used to fly around the country. I flew in big planes. I flew in little planes. I got fiendish pleasure when sitting in the back of a small prop plane that was jumping and swooping though the skies my colleagues all turned green. Not me. I'm afraid of tight places and spiders but airplanes never scared me.

Except that one time in Mexico.

As I boarded I saw the pilot. He was a teenager. In fact he looked just like this guy. Young looking Mexicans scare me.

Albertosaurus

countenance said...

He looks like he could be a senior partner of any given American public relations firm. He definitely doesn't look like the typical Mexican crossing the fiction we used to call our southern border.

Anonymous said...

http://www.counterpunch.org/2012/07/03/mexicos-return-to-perfect-dictatorship/

http://www.courant.com/news/connecticut/hc-new-britain-ccsu-bias-made-it-up-0703-20120702,0,4275448.story

Anonymous said...

Looks like Sailer.

Anonymous said...

http://www.news.com.au/travel/news/two-plane-hijackers-beaten-to-death-by-passengers-in-china/story-e6frfq80-1226415821620

Everybody was kung fu fighting

Anonymous said...

That was how I viewed (since departed) BP CEO Tony Hayward when he showed up for Congress--across-the-pond equivalent of the blow-dry anchoroid. Of course Congress itself is full of people who look like understudies from the 11:00 news e.g. Exhibit A, Exh.B, Exh.C etc.

Anonymous said...

PJ O'Rourke said the Institutional Revolutionary Party name "manages to include most of mankind's bad ideas about governance."

Anonymous said...

Isn't it just as likely the "two crack reporters from the NYTimes" are the vapid ones?

Clutch cargo cult said...

esperanza y cambio? meet the old (but young) jefe same as the old jefe

Whiskey said...

Many drug cartel members and leaders pray to Santa Muerte, who is basically just an updated Aztec Death God. So "Deep Culture" suggesting that much of the Aztec / Nahuatl culture survived would tend to be confirmed by that ugliness. As would be the senseless mutiliation of bodies of rival cartel members, ritualistic killings and such, entirely reminiscent of what the Nahuatl (Aztecs and rivals) did to each other before the Conquest.

And yes, what is interesting about Mexico is how lasting that Nahuatl culture has been, to the detriment of Mexico. Consider Al Capone. He may have killed a bunch of rivals, but he did not mutilate their bodies nor do so with ordinary citizens (like the husband and wife hung upside down disemboweled and beheaded from a Mexican bridge last year for posting stuff on Twitter).

Anonymous said...

The racial equivalent of the "Would Not Bang" meme.

2/10 Is Not White!


And this is the passive-aggressive equivalent of pointing and sputtering "Nazi! OMG he's a big bad Nazi because he said 'pure'!"

Anonymous said...

You know about the unholy alliance between limousine liberal Democrats, living in their gated communities sending their kids to private schools, and Orange County Republicans, who want open borders for cheap labor? Well cross breed those folks and then inbreed them for a few generations and you'll get something like the South American "elites".

Anonymous said...

The physical features of Mexican elites bring out the silliest side of Sailer all the time.

Grumpy Old Man said...

Global pols are not getting younger, Steve. You're getting older.

You know you're past it when (1) you are older than the President; (2) your MD looks like Archie or Reggie.

Paul Mendez said...

What I want to know is does the election of Senor Pena Nieto make it MORE likely or LESS likely that our government will admit tens of millions of Mexican refugees when the Grand Narco War reaches its inevitable endgame?

beowulf said...

"Everybody was kung fu fighting"

If someone asks, "What is your art?", "Skyjacking" is never a good answer.

Anonymous said...

"are politicians getting more youthful-looking?"

As I get older,... yes!

He looks like he belongs on a telenovela, which undoubtedly is why las mujeres voted for him.

JI said...

Why's he so short?

Kalim Kassam said...

"Can this guy possibly be as vapid as he looks?"

All signs point to yes. One of the more memorable moments in the campaign was his failing to name three books that had influenced him in response to a softball question at a book festival, except, after some struggle, managing to come up with the Bible.

My young Mexican friends are referring to him as the first Mirrey president.

Anonymous said...

from the return to perfect dictatorship(in mexico):

"Laura Becerril, a woman leaving the polls, commented, “I don’t even know how Pena won—everybody I know says they voted for López Obrador.”

"

Anonymous said...

@ "Everybody was kung fu fighting"

I like the Chinese version of transportation security much better than the US version.

Anonymous said...

"http://www.news.com.au/travel/news/two-plane-hijackers-beaten-to-death-by-passengers-in-china/story-e6frfq80-1226415821620

Everybody was kung fu fighting"

One link away from it:

Miri the seal and Jet the dolphin are the best of friends at the Coffs Harbour Pet Porpoise Pool

Ms Carter said they allowed their seals and dolphins free time together to help build relationships. She said they would not be friends in the wild as they would be competing for fish.

William Boot said...

Steve's series on Mexican racial discrimination raised a question:

Why do the overwhelming majority of non-white South Americans discriminate against themselves when viewing TV?

If you look at anything from Latin America, it will have a higher percentage of white people than nearly anything from the U.S. or Europe. Why would the overwhelming mestizo majority wish to watch only white people?

Anonymous said...

Looks like Sailer.

So are we gonna get us some MacSpielberg/MacLabeouf action on this blog?

eah said...

OT

America's first 'President of Color' will celebrate the 4th of July via a naturalization ceremony (sic), where what will no doubt be a group made up exclusively of non-whites will be made citizens, and he'll be helped by the director of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, whose name happens to be Alejandro Mayorkas

What more do you need to know about the success -- or lack thereof -- of immigration control, reform, whatever efforts over the last decades?

Looks like a complete rout to me.

Anonymous said...

So now Mexico has the most attractive First Lady in the world...

helene edwards said...

OT. Steve, Gregg Easterbrook is writing about the woeful utility Pepco in Montgomery Co., MD, which can't get the power back on. He notes "corruption" in the Maryland state house, but seems to think Spiro Agnew is still the exemplar.

Paul Mendez said...

His wife kinda looks like Valerie Bertinelli in her "One Day at a Time" days.

Harry Baldwin said...

a President who looks like a mid-market anchorman trying to figure out if what the weatherman said on-air was just a joke or actually some kind of veiled insult directed at his intelligence.

He has that look Ted Baxter got when Murray would get off a good crack.

Lou Grant: Put it on an idiot card for Ted.

Ted Baxter: Cue cards, Lou. I don't know why everyone insists on calling cue cards idiot cards.

Murray Slaughter: We just have trouble thinking of you as a cue.

Anonymous said...

She looks turkish. Some turanid in her.

Anonymous said...

I want to look deep. Any advice?

Get that guy some smart-guy glasses.

Grumpy Old Man said...

http://graphics8.nytimes.com/images/2010/07/26/crosswords/NParchie1/NParchie1-blogSpan.jpg

They've elected Reggie and Veronica!

Grumpy Old Man said...

http://graphics8.nytimes.com/images/2010/07/26/crosswords/NParchie1/NParchie1-blogSpan.jpg

They've elected Reggie and Veronica.

Anonymous said...

has anyone seen the new Lana Del Rey music video, "National Anthem"? Steve needs to write about how they push miscegnation via ads and so fourth so upfront these days. It's so obvious if you observe the ads and the depictations. even the anti-white media blog guy misses tons of ads. The whole E! channel is like that. it's extraordinary. who is behind this stuff?

JeremiahJohnbalaya said...

Dude reminded me of Christopher Cousins, aka Ted Beneke, from Breaking Bad

Anonymous said...

"Everybody was kung fu fighting"

Either that or Mark Wahlberg visited China to promote his CGI puppet movie.

Anonymous said...

This ties in with the starving Mexican meme when in reality Mexico is the second most obese country:

http://blog.foreignpolicy.com/posts/2012/07/03/memo_to_nieto_mexicans_are_already_richer_than_the_chinese

"Presumptive Mexican Presidential Elect Enrique Pena Nieto has an op-ed in today's New York Times on his upcoming agenda for both the economy and security situation. None of it's too surprising, but I did find this passage a bit odd:

'I will govern with pragmatic realism and a clear, long-term strategy. Developing countries like India, China and Brazil have shown the way to significant and lasting poverty alleviation through institutional reforms and economic policies focused on growth. It’s time for these improvements to come to Mexico.'

The countries he mentions do indeed have impressive economic growth rates compared with Mexico, but their citizens are still much poorer than Mexicans. Mexico's per capital GDP in 2011 was $15,100, compared to $8,400 in China, $3,700 in India, and $11,600 in Brazil. According to the World Bank's most recent statistics, 5.2 percent of Mexicans live on less than $2 per day, compared to 29.8 percent in China, 10.8 percent in Brazil, and 68.7 percent in India."

wren said...

He looks just like Esai Morales, the actor who played the corrupt lawyer who represented the drug cartels in the TV show "Caprica."

Telle said...

Looks like his career after 'Friends' turned out okay after all...

Ghost of the AFLAC Duck Guy said...

trying to figure out if what the weatherman said on-air was just a joke or actually some kind of veiled insult directed at his intelligence.

There, now that's the punchline you were looking for in the "women aren't funny" post.

Anonymous said...

He looks just like Esai Morales, the actor who played the corrupt lawyer who represented the drug cartels in the TV show "Caprica."

Us old timers remember Morales as the second-to-last precinct lieutenant before working class hero extraordinaire, Andy Sipowicz, was promoted to the job in the very final episode of NYPD Blue.

Anonymous said...

I had just assumed Rebecca Black was another garden-variety JAP from Calabasas. Learning she's "half-Mexican" and therefore a PRI toady (of course; it's only logical!) doesn't surprise me much.

Anonymous said...

a President who looks like a mid-market anchorman trying to figure out if what the weatherman said on-air was just a joke or actually some kind of veiled insult directed at his intelligence.

Very good Steve! I actually found tears rolling down my cheeks as I laughed.

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