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Vicente Fox Mocked After Claiming He Was a Better President Than Benito Juárez
Former Mexican president Vicente Fox told an interviewer this weekend that he considers himself by far Mexico’s best president, adding, “[That’s] including Juárez,” referring to Mexico’s most revered political figure, Benito Juárez.
Facebook and Twitter users quickly jumped online to mock Fox’s statement, many calling it “ridiculous.”
Benito Juárez was a full-blooded Zapotec Indian who rose from poverty to become a lawyer, governor of Oaxaca and president of Mexico. As president, Juárez led liberal reforms that secularized the country and modernized the economy. He also led the resistance to French occupation which ended with him ordering the execution of Maximilian in 1867.
Fox, on the other hand, was a Coca-Cola executive who is best known for ousting the PRI in 2000. He made news recently for coming out in favor of legalized marijuana.
This is not the first time Fox has put his foot in his mouth. In 2002, as host of a UN summit, he infamously told then Cuban president Fidel Castro to “eat and leave” so as to not cause an inconvenience to US president George W. Bush.