U.S. President Barack Obama hails the ''new beginning'' of partnership with Argentina during a state dinner with Argentine President Mauricio Macri in Buenos Aires. Rough Cut (no reporter narration)
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) STORY: U.S. President Barack Obama on Wednesday (March 23) championed Argentina's new center-right leader Mauricio Macri as an example for other countries in Latin America, praising the fast pace of reforms to strengthen the economy. Obama, on a two-day visit to Argentina that marks a detente after years of tensions, said Argentina under Macri was poised to play a more influential role on the global stage. In his first 100 days in office, Macri has distanced himself from South America's leftist bloc, old allies of former President Cristina Fernandez, and sought a thaw in relations with Western capitals as he seeks new investment in Latin America's No. 3 economy. Macri offers Obama a new ally in South America, a region where a strong leftist bloc turned its back on Washington over the past decade but where public opinion is now shifting toward the political center as governments grapple with graft scandals and an economic slowdown.