MADRID — A 10-day U.S. tour by King Juan Carlos and Queen Sofia has been portrayed in the Spanish media as an embarrassing flop, triggering angry accusations of official incompetence.
Rep. Albert G. Bustamante (D-Tex.), a U.S. congressman of Latino origin, was quoted in the Madrid daily Diario 16 as saying he had been astonished by the way the Spanish authorities handled the visit.
Spanish opposition politicians demanded an official explanation in Parliament on Tuesday of what went wrong with the tour, which was to have projected an image of a modern and dynamic nation.
"The worst thing was that the royal couple passed by unnoticed almost everywhere," Bustamante said, adding that every effort appeared to have been made to keep the king away from ordinary people.