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11 February 2011

Now that wasn’t so hard, was it Felipe?

MEXICO CITY – Mexican President Felipe Calderon enjoys “a good state of health,” his private secretary said, addressing allegations by leftist lawmakers that the head of state is an alcoholic.

The president “begins his day at 6:30 in the morning; exercises for an hour each day, has private meetings and begins public activities at 8:30 in the morning, like many of you are used to doing, and always concludes around 10:00 at night,” Roberto Gil Zuarth said.

“This rhythm of activities is the best expression of his good state of health, of his physical strength and of his strength of character,” the presidential aide said…

Naturally, nothing was said about the rumor resulting from reporting on the rumor… that the Office of the President greased the skids that led to Carmen Aristegui’s abrupt departure from MVS.

Enrique Peña Nieto, a more calculating politico, or at least more proactive in these matters, has also answered the rumors surrounding his wife’s mysterious death … but answering the rumors on a U.S. television network (Univision) seems shady to me, which I’m sure will be grist for the rumor-mill to those so inclined NOT to believe the governor who still hasn’t given anyone a plausible (and quasi-believable) explanation of his part in the whole Niña Paulette case.

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