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For Obama abroad, side issues tend to befall him

President Barack Obama is pictured on a large video screen during a three-way conversation with Brazil's President Dilma Rousseff and Colombia's President Juan Manuel Santos, not pictured, at the CEO Summit of the Americas in Cartagena, Colombia, Saturday
President Barack Obama is pictured on a large video screen during a three-way conversation with Brazil's President Dilma Rousseff and Colombia's President Juan Manuel Santos, not pictured, at the CEO Summit of the Americas in Cartagena, Colombia, Saturday April 14, 2012. Regional business leaders are meeting parallel to the sixth Summit of the Americas which brings together presidents and prime ministers from Canada, the Caribbean, Latin America and the U.S.
Carolyn Kaster, Associated Press

CARTAGENA, Colombia — President Barack Obama's foreign trips have a habit of getting struck by distractions.

The allegations of Secret Service personnel consorting with prostitutes is the latest, and most scandalous, side issue yet. But whether it's candid moments caught live on microphones or launching bombs over Libya, his travels have developed something of a pattern.

Obama will wrap up the Summit of the Americas with a news conference on Sunday that may well force him to confront the latest troubles — misconduct claims against Secret Service and military personnel assigned to make his visit to Colombia safe.

In travels to Latin America, France, South Korea and now in Colombia, Obama's intended message has been sidetracked, interrupted or even buried by bad timing, miscues or, in the latest incident, outright scandal.