Mexico’s economic dependency on the United States took a symbolic and embarrassing twist yesterday when President Felipe Calderon admitted that he was working nights washing dishes in the White House kitchens to make ends meet.
For the past six months the Mexican President has been making the arduous daily commute from Mexico City to Washington DC, which includes long delays and humiliating security checks at the US Border, simply for the opportunity to earn $7 an hour working through the night scrubbing pans at the official residence of America’s Head of State.
‘He actually earns more in his night job than he does during the day governing Mexico,’ admitted the Mexican Vice President who has a position as a valet car park attendant outside the House of Representatives. ‘It would really be much simpler if we held our government meetings out here in the White House car park, but the Mexican voters might find it a bit demoralizing.’
Under the controversial terms of the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo of 1848, the United States gained Texas, New Mexico, Wyoming, Nevada and California on the condition that Mexicans could later return to the territory and work as ‘hotel chambermaids, unlicensed taxi drivers and gas station attendants’. ‘The original war flared up over the right of Texans to own slaves,’ explained the Mexican Vice President. ‘Mexico forbade slavery, America still permitted it. Anyway, that’s all in the past now’ he said as his foreman told him to shut up and get back to work.
The Mexican embarrassment has caused other G8 nations to check that the same thing is not happening in their own government buildings. ‘We are happy to confirm that there are no Mexican politicians working in Westminster’ said the night duty phone operator at 10 Downing Street, President Lech Kaczynski.