Is Juan Manuel Santos attaining rock-star status abroad? (Joining, perhaps, the rock-star politician class that President Obama has attained; and which Sarah Palin briefly held — which makes me think, do we know the difference between C-Span and the Kardashians? But that’s another story ..)
First, Time magazine — via singer and philanthropist Shakira — named President Santos one of “the 100 most influential people in the world.” (President Obama is on the list, as is Mitt Romney.) Shakira is right to praise President Santos’ challenge to double the number of children under 5 who receive early education, from 600,000 to 1.2 million.
Time magazine had been reporting about “Santos’ growing reputation as a hemispheric interlocutor.” Since taking office in 2010, Santos has significantly reduced tensions between Colombia and ALBA neighbors like Cuba, Venezuela and Ecuador.
Then — most recently, the Huffington Post reported, “There is quiet speculation that President Santos could eventually be favored for the secretary general position at the United Nations.”
What do we think of Santos as secretary general at the UN?