Chile's president dances on her birthday

September 29, 2009 2:57:24 PM PDT
President Michelle Bachelet has celebrated her 58th birthday by dancing a traditional Chilean cueca -- with a library worker who plucked up the courage to ask. Bachelet was inaugurating a library in the Santiago district of Cerrillos on Tuesday when she was surprised by a group of musicians who played a "cueca brava" -- a popular version of Chile's folkloric dance -- for her birthday.

While the musicians sang, a library worker asked Chile's president to dance -- and she accepted.

Later, at the presidential palace, Bachelet was serenaded by mariachis and a popular ranchera singer who belted out "Las Mananitas," a Mexican birthday song that is used in much of Latin America.

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