Mexico's New President Takes Office as 'Common Man'
Mexico's new president has taken first steps in leading the country as a "common man." He says his rule marks the end of years of secrecy, high security and luxury living enjoyed by past presidents.
Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador was sworn in Saturday to a six-year term. By Monday morning, he was already holding his first news conference.
Such events were extremely rare in past presidencies. Lopez Obrador told reporters that he plans to hold a press conference almost every day. He did the same as mayor of Mexico City from 2000 to 2005.
There have already been other signs of changes, too. Mexico's presidential airplane, for example, has been sent to California to be prepared for sale. Mexico paid $368 million for the plane in 2012, just before Enrique Pena Nieto took office as president.
The decision to sell the costly airplane is part of the new leader's push for austerity, or money-saving measures. Lopez Obrador plans to continue flying on commercial planes in coach, the lowest priced area of seats.
He arrived at Mexico City's National Palace Sunday in the same small, white car he used before becoming president. He has refused the military bodyguards used by past presidents. Instead, he travels with a small team of assistants who also provide security.
"I feel safe, protected and supported by the Mexican people," Lopez Obrador said.
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1.common man 平民
He is a hero, but a common man.
2.news conference 新闻发布会
President Bush addresses reporters at the White House on Monday in his final news conference.
3.commercial planes 商务飞机
All commercial planes have seats that recline and almost all are made in the US or Europe.
4.take office 就职
Dilma will take office on Jan. 1, 2011.
5.He says his rule marks the end of years of secrecy, high security and luxury living enjoyed by past presidents.
the end of ...的末尾
We had almost reached the end of the street.
This is the end of a tour so I'm a little antsy.
6.Instead, he travels with a small team of assistants who also provide security.
a team of 一队
Each specialist consultant has a team of doctors under him
He has assembled a team of experts to handle queries
墨西哥新总统上任的第一步，以“普通人”身份“治国” 。他说，他的统治标志着前几任总统多年来保密、高度安全和奢侈生活的终结 。
安德烈斯·曼纽尔·洛佩斯·奥夫拉多尔周六宣誓就职，任期六年 。截至周一上午，他已经举行了首次新闻发布会 。
这样的事件在以往的总统任期中极为罕见 。洛佩斯·奥夫拉多尔告诉记者，他计划几乎每天举行一次新闻发布会 。他曾于2000年至2005年担任墨西哥城市长 。
当然，还有其他一些变化的迹象 。例如，墨西哥总统专机已被送往加州进行拍卖 。2012年，在培尼亚·涅托就任总统之前，墨西哥斥资3.68亿美元购入这架总统专机 。
拍卖这架“天价”飞机的决定是新领导人推行紧缩或节省开支措施的一部分 。洛佩斯·奥夫拉多尔计划继续选择票价最低的经济舱出访 。
周日，他乘坐就任前使用的白色小汽车抵达墨西哥城的国家宫殿 。他拒绝了前任总统配备的随身保镖 。相反，他将带领助理一行人出行，这些助理也可以提供安全保障 。