The White House has announced that President Obama will cut his trip to Latin America short as the U.S.-led military intervention in Libya rages on. Well, not that short. The President will be leaving El Salvador on Wednesday about two hours earlier than planned. What's Obama missing? Mayan ruins, apparently. Obama was scheduled to tour the San Andres Mayan ruins one hour outside the capital San Salvador, according to the Los Angeles Times. But he'll spend most of Wednesday morning on a conference call with his national security team instead.
The change in schedule may only be two hours, but analysts are interpreting the move's larger meaning anyway. "Throughout the Latin America trip, President Obama's aides have insisted there is no reason to cut the trip short, that he can manage the situation appropriately from the road," Sarah Courtney says at Fox News. "But from its start, the focus of the South America trip has been on Libya, which has overshadowed the Latin American priorities the administration hoped to highlight." According to Fox, El Salvadorian President Mauricio Funes said he hoped Obama would enjoy his "few hours" in El Salvador.
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