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George W Bush was probably not the most popular person in South America in November 2005.

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The south Chilean city of Punta Arenas, November 2005.

The President’s visit to Argentina for the 4th Summit of the Americas did not meet with universal local approval.

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“If you come, I stop.’

On the first day of the summit, a homeless guy helped saved me from a line of men, with bandages over their faces and big sticks, who seemed more than a little miffed at the leader of the Free World entering their country.

Two weeks later, the Buenos Aires Pride March started with a smoke bomb in Plaza de Mayo, although that seemed to be about the Catholic Church, not the US President.

But about an hour later, on Avenida de Mayo, a few yards from where I’d seen the line of men, I walked past another line of men.

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Having said all that, I’ve met many Americans in Argentina, including one during this march, I’ve never seen them harassed for being from the United States, nor have I ever heard any suggest such a thing happening.

And although the United States may not have been in vogue among many of the participants, it didn’t stop those participants later singing ‘Yo Soy lo que Soy‘ – the Spanish language version of ‘I Am What I Am’ – which has an American composer and comes from a Broadway musical.

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