Dazzled Mexicans filed into the opulent residence of their presidents on Saturday after the new government threw open its doors for the first time ever.
It was a highly symbolic moment that one visitor likened to entering the Palace of Versailles after the French Revolution.
Before leftist President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador was even sworn in Saturday morning, hundreds of Mexicans lined up to be among the first to see the formerly private quarters in Los Pinos, the home of the country’s presidents for the last eight decades.
Hundreds of Mexicans lined up to enter Los Pinos Presidential residence after the new government threw open its doors for the first time ever
Visitors wait in line to enter the Miguel Aleman house at Los Pinos, the former official residence of the President of Mexico, in Mexico City on Saturday
Gabriela Barrientos, 71-year-old retired secretary, is among the first to line up at the gate to enter the presidential residence
In his first day as president, Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador threw open the gates of the luxurious official residence of presidents since the 1930s and plans to keep it open for the general public as a cultural attraction
New leftist president Lopez Obrador has vowed to profoundly transform Latin America’s second-biggest economy and to end corruption in the government
Mario Lozano, a 47-year-old vendor from one of the poor neighborhoods that are part of a sprawl of cinder block homes surrounding Mexico City, said he felt like he was entering the palace of French kings after the revolution.
‘It’s like I am entering the Palace of Versailles. I imagine the French people when they entered,’ he said. ‘It is obscene to see this ostentation compared to the misery.’
Families lounged in the gardens, ran through corridors to peek into offices and rooms, and listened to musical ensembles from around the nation that were invited to play.
A woman played a grand piano in a gleaming white reception area by a sweeping staircase.
It was a highly symbolic moment that one visitor likened to entering the Palace of Versailles after the French Revolution
Visitors take photographs in the Salon Venustiano Carranza at Los Pinos, the former official residence of the President of Mexico, on Saturday
A visitor looks at a living room in the Miguel Aleman house at Los Pinos. The living quarters of former President Enrique Pena Nieto had been stripped bare following Lopez Obrador’s presidential victory
The living quarters of former President Enrique Pena Nieto had been stripped bare apart from large crystal chandeliers. The kitchen was vast. Hardwood bookshelves lined an office.
‘I feel tingles in my stomach knowing that I’m in a place the poor classes did not have access to in the past. It’s really emotional,’ said Mario Castaneda, a 45-year-old biologist who came with his wife and son.
Among the crowds passing through Los Pinos on Saturday was Maria Antonia Cortes, a 50-year old grade school teacher from the Pacific resort town of Puerta Vallarta.
‘We are being given the freedom to see something that belongs to us, this is all from our taxes,’ Cortes said.
A room is seen in the Lazaro Cardenas house at Los Pinos. Lopez Obrador opened the palace to the public to mark a closing of the distance between the rulers and the ruled
Presidential portraits hang in the conference hall in Venustiano Carranza house at Los Pinos. The chandeliers in the palace were one of the few things preserved
People could be seen walking up and down the dazzling grand staircases as they toured the sprawling palace on Saturday
Located in a section of the capital’s huge Chapultepec park, Los Pinos will be converted into a cultural center.
Lopez Obrador has not been totally clear about where he will live.
Recently he said he will likely move from his unassuming home in a middle-class neighborhood into an apartment in the city’s historic center near the National Palace that he will use as the presidential office.
A man takes a selfie while touring Los Pinos Presidential residence on Saturday. The doors were open to the public on the same day as Lopez Obrador’s inauguration
Visitors take photos inside the presidential office at the presidential residence know as Los Pinos in Mexico City on Saturday
Families lounged in the gardens, ran through corridors to peek into offices and rooms, and listened to musical ensembles from around the nation that were invited to play
Lopez Obrador, the first leftist in a generation to rule Mexico, won a landslide victory in July on a promise to end record violence, purge the government of widespread corruption, and to put Mexico’s poor at the top of his agenda.
In his inaugural address on Saturday, Lopez Obrador vowed to end the rule of a ‘rapacious’ elite and pledged to bring about a radical rebirth of Mexico that he likens to independence from Spain and the Mexican Revolution.
Lopez Obrador, 65, took the oath of office in the lower house of Congress in Mexico City, pledging to bring about a ‘radical’ rebirth of Mexico to overturn what he called a disastrous legacy of decades of ‘neo-liberal’ governments.
Later, tens of thousands packed into the city’s vast main square for celebrations to mark the new president’s appointment, in which he received a spiritual cleansing by indigenous leaders as jubilant fans jammed the Zocalo.
Visitors watch the presidential inauguration ceremony on an outdoor video screen broadcast live, while sitting on the lawn of the Los Pinos presidential residence complex
l Lopez Obrador, 65, took the oath of office in the lower house of Congress in Mexico City, pledging to bring about a ‘radical’ rebirth of Mexico to overturn what he called a disastrous legacy of decades of ‘neo-liberal’ governments
Visitors were in high spirits as they watched Lopez Obrador’s inaugural address, with many clapping as they watched the live broadcast together
A man is overcome with emotion as he watches the presidential inauguration ceremony on the lawn of the Los Pinos
‘The government will no longer be a committee at the service of a rapacious minority,’ said the new president, who is often nicknamed AMLO.
Lopez Obrador later addressed a massive crowd of supporters in the heart of the capital, promising to put Mexico’s sizeable indigenous minority first in his drive to root out inequality.
‘We are going to govern for everyone, but we are going to give preference to the most impoverished and vulnerable,’ Lopez Obrador told his fans.
‘For the good of all, the poor come first. Be patient and have confidence in me.’
Tens of thousands packed into Mexico City’s vast main square to watch Lopez Obrador’s inauguration on Saturday