As important as was Mexico's President-elect Enrique Peña Nieto's visit to the White House Tuesday, it wasn't the first by a Mexican head of state, or soon-to-be head of state, by any means. Below are scenes from during the past decades of Mexican presidents' visits to the White House.
President Obama listens as Mexico's President-elect Enrique Pena Nieto speaks prior to their meeting in the Oval Office of the White House on Tuesday, Nov. 27, 2012.(AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
President Obama and Mexican President Felipe Calderon walk past a portrait of President Harry Truman at the State Dinner at the White House, Wednesday, May 19, 2010.(AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)
President Bush and first lady Laura Bush welcome Mexican President Vicente Fox and his wife, Martha Sahagun, to the first State Dinner hosted by Bush at the White House, Wednesday, Sept. 5, 2001.(AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
President Clinton and Mexican president-elect Vicente Fox joke in the Rose Garden of the White House on Thursday, Aug. 24, 2000. Fox used his two-day visit to outline his vision for a freer flow of people and goods across the border.(AP Photo/Dennis Cook)
President Clinton hosts visiting Mexican President Ernesto Zedillo at the White House in Washington, Friday, June 9, 2000. After more than two years of negotiations, the leaders signed a deal that divides a disputed deep-sea area in the Gulf of Mexico, known as the Western Gap, that could contain significant reserves of oil and natural gas.
President Jimmy Carter visits with Mexican President Jose Lopez Portillo in the Oval office of the White House in Washington Monday, Feb. 14, 1977. At right is Mexico's Foreign Minister Santiago Roel Garcia. Between the two men are two unidentified interpreters.(AP Photo)
President John Kennedy chats with Eva Lopez Mateos, wife of the president of Mexico, Adolfo Lopez Mateos, during a visit June 14, 1963 at the White House. At left is Mexican Ambassador Antonio Carrillo Flores, and in the background is Donald Barnes, a state department interpreter. The Mexican president was not present in this photo.(AP Photo/Henry Griffin)
President Adolfo Lopez Mateos of Mexico and President Dwight Eisenhower toast each other on Oct. 12, 1959, at the annual dinner of the White House Correspondents Association in Washington where both were honored.(AP Photo/ Bob Schutz)