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Vicente Fox Quotes


Vicente Fox
  • Mini Bio
  • Name: Vicente Fox Quesada
  • Born: 2nd July 1942, Mexico City, Mexico
  • Alma mater: Universidad Iberoamericana and Harvard Business School
  • Occupation: Politician and businessman
  • Term in office: Fox was president of Mexico from 1st December 2000 until 30th November 2006
  • Presidential order: He was the 55th president of Mexico
  • Other political posts: He was Governor of Guanajuato from 25th September 1995 until 25th September 1999
  • Political party: National Action Party
  • Policies: He favoured a market-driven economy guided and fueled by the state
  • Controversy: Fox outraged visiting Cuban leader Fidel Castro when he requested Castro limit his rhetoric about the U.S. and leave Mexico quickly after delivering his speech and consuming his meal
  • Critical of: Donald Trump, he was quoted as saying: "your mouth is the foulest sh*thole in the world. With what authority do you proclaim who’s welcome in America and who’s not", amongst other anti Trump quips
  • Trivia: Standing at 6ft 4in (193 cm) he is recorded as the tallest president in Mexican history
  • Scroll down for full bio and many great quotes

"Every idea has its time"

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"Just as they see me as a rancher and wearing boots, I also know how to be a statesman and ruler, and I also know when to wear a suit and speak beautifully"

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"Trump may ask whoever he wants, but still neither myself nor Mexico are going to pay for his racist monument. Another promise he can't keep"

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"Trump, when will you understand that I am not paying for that fucken wall. Be clear with US tax payers. They will pay for it"

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"Now 75% of Mexicans already have washing machines, and not just two legs"

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"We have broken the myth that Mexico could not count on an honest police"

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"The PAN and the PRD are not water and oil, they are yeast and flour"

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"There is no doubt that Mexicans, filled with dignity, willingness and ability to work, are doing jobs that not even blacks want to do there in the United States"

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"There is no reason to hold to the anti-democratic rules of those who still live in the authoritarian past"

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"Mexico is a democracy, every citizen has the right to express himself, even a former president"

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"I'm committed to be Donald Trump's shadow until he is done with politics"

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"Even though Trump is not the prettiest person in the room, we still have to dance with him"

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"Prohibition didn't work in the Garden of Eden. Adam ate the apple"

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"Mexico has defended itself and its territory"

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"Instead of building walls, we should be building bridges"

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"I am the guardian of power, not its owner"

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"I am an honest person, transparent, that look citizens straight in their faces"

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"We are filling the prisons for the effectiveness of arrests"

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"This is a government of entrepreneurs, for entrepreneurs"

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"Presidents cannot stop because the world has to move"

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"Always, in every human action, there are leaders"

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Vicente Fox Biography

Vicente Fox will go down in history as the opposition presidential candidate who broke 71 years of political dominance by the Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI) by winning the 2000 election.



Fox had a history of success before his political ascendency to the highest office in Mexico, after securing a bachelor's degree in business administration in 1964 he joined the Coca Cola company and quickly rose to the top position of CEO. Fox broke the hegemony a rival company held as the best selling soft drink in Mexico with his slick campaigns promoting Coca Cola until it surpassed the sales record held by Pepsi.

After he left Coca Cola in 1979 Fox concentrated on his ranch and participating in various public activities in his home state of Guanajuato, this led him to pursue a political career where he sought to make change for the betterment of all Mexicans.

In 1995 Fox was elected governor of Guanajuato and he served for 4 successful years earning the respect of his people and raising the expectancy of a nation as he was hailed as the man who could beat the incumbent political regime who the people had grown weary of their stagnant arrogance.

Fox was duly elected in 2000 and he enjoyed 6 successful years as president. He may not have made the big difference he had hoped but his was a presidency of transition towards change and and in political terms change takes time.

Vicente had a smooth image and he endeared himself to the people with quotes like: "I am the only candidate to have ever milked a cow", meaning he could relate to the grass roots of agricultural workers, and "I like reading Octavio Paz's novels" to appeal to readers of Mexico's leading literary light.

His opponents branded him as more of a personality than a politician saying he was all image and no political ideas. Amidst all the political hubris he shared many controversial one liners so this is my compilation of 21 of the best Vicente Fox quotes.

Quotes About Vicente Fox

President Donald Trump hit back on twitter: "FMR PRES of Mexico, Vicente Fox horribly used the F word when discussing the wall. He must apologize! If I did that there would be a uproar!"

The academic Roderic Ai Camp made this assessment after his election: "The election of President Vicente Fox in Mexico has introduced some remarkable political changes that presage dramatic, long-term implications beyond this decade"

The columnist Ruben Navarrette delved below the surface of political bickering to say this in the Dallas News: "I have to criticize Fox - as I would any former president of Mexico - for having the gall to scold the United States for its attempts to keep out Mexican immigrants who travel north because they are poorly served by their government. The reason that millions of illegal immigrants from Mexico find themselves at the tender mercies of someone like Donald Trump is because their own country failed them. Fox would do well to remember that"


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