Obama, in Mexico for North American summit, finds that the rest of the world can intrude

The Associated Press

President Barack Obama speaks at the North American Leaders Summit closing news conference in Toluca, Mexico, Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2014. Obama was in Toluca for a one-day summit with Mexican and Canadian leaders, meeting on issues of trade and other neighbor-to-neighbor interests, even as Congress is pushing back against some of his top cross-border agenda items. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Sean Kilpatrick)

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Amid talk of expanding North American trade and building energy partnerships among the U.S., Mexico and Canada, Obama also placed his call to Erdogan half a world away to discuss Mideast conflicts in Syria, Iraq and Israel.

What made this trip stand out was how many side issues and global worries managed to get squeezed into such a short period of time.

Obama barely spent 9 hours in Toluca. "I'm not here for as long as I would like," he said. It wasn't enough time, he joked, to even sample the city's "famous chorizo."

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