A day after critics condemned President Barack Obama for attending a baseball game in Cuba after terror attacks in Brussels, he and the First Lady took to the dance floor at a State Dinner hosted by Argentine President Mauricio Macri.
ABC News reports that hundreds of guests looked on at the extemporaneous performance as the president, who initially resisted, glided across the dance floor with a professional dancer. Moments later, Michelle Obama took to the floor, the report says:
Shocked guests stood to shoot video of the presidential performance.
The state dinner comes at the end of Day One of the Obamas first trip to Argentina. Thursday, the first family travels to Patagonia to hike before flying back to Washington overnight.
TIME reports that the visit coincides with “the nation’s official Day of Remembrance for Truth and Justice, a national public holiday in honor of victims of the Dirty War:”
This year’s Day of Remembrance for Truth and Justice, or Día de la Memoria por la Verdad y la Justicia, will mark 40 years since the 1976 military coup that began a period of rule by military junta in Argentina, a time known as the Dirty War. Some counts date the Dirty War’s beginning to a few years earlier, but the coup remains a standout event in that troubling history. The toppling of President Isabel Perón’s populist government while the economy failed was no surprise to citizens of Argentina, TIME noted of the day the coup began in 1976, but the replacement of her government by a junta composed of military chiefs was still sudden. Backed by members of the Radical and Socialist parties, Gen. Jorge R. Videla was named the new President within a week to a government that “pledged a ‘national reorganization to restore morality and efficiency’ and [to] work for ‘eventual’ restoration of democracy.”
Just a day earlier, President Obama came under heavy criticism for attending a baseball game in Cuba hours after 34 people were killed in a series of terror attacks in Brussels, Belgium. Obama justified the decision, saying he refused to bow to terrorists whose goal is to disrupt everyday life.
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