MEXICO CITY, Mexico -- Security is tight and the mood is hopeful as the Mexico prepares for President Obama's visit.
Beyond the friendly handshakes, many in Mexico are looking for help from the U.S. in tackling shared problems such as drug dealers and immigration.
Already there are plenty of barricades outside the hotel where President Obama is staying in Mexico. They are not just for security, but also for crowd control.
Authorities say they expect a lot of people to come down to try and catch a glimpse of President Obama.
"This is a good first step. I hope this isn't the only step in making inroads in Mexico and bettering our relationship," said William Scanlan who moved to Mexico from Austin three years ago.
President Obama is scheduled to arrive on Thursday just after 1 p.m.
He will attend an official welcoming ceremony and then a series of private meetings.