Though he has spoken frequently about the economy since winning the election and laid out his ambitious economic agenda in a speech today, Mr. Obama has had far less to say about foreign affairs, stressing that there is only one president at a time.
The meeting with Calderone is the first with a foreign leader on Mr. Obama's schedule since winning the election in November.
"There is a long-standing tradition, since 1980, of U.S. presidents meeting with the Mexican president prior to being sworn in to underscore the important relationship between the United States and Mexico," a Democratic official said. "This meeting is in keeping with that tradition."
Gavrilovic also reports that Mr. Obama will formally unveil his choices of Leon Panetta as CIA director and Dennis Blair as Director of National Intelligence at a press conference on Friday.