South of the Border

Meet Mexico's Fake President

Lots of countries have shadow governments waiting in opposition, but perhaps only Mexico has a shadow government that thinks it is real. "You may call me the Legitimate President of Mexico," Andrés Manuel López Obrador tells the Wall Street Journal as he sits in a former garage where he meets with fellow opposition leaders in Mexico City. López Obrador lost Mexico's presidential election in 2006 and has called the winner, President Felipe Calderón a "presidential usurper" ever since. The next election is not until 2012, but López Obrador continues to travel the country, visiting thousands of towns and villages, declaring himself to be Mexico's true president.