Sergio Goya, Associated Press
A man displays pictures Argentina's late former first lady Maria Eva Duarte de Peron, better known as "Evita," as he stands by her tomb in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Thursday, July 26, 2012. Argentines commemorate the 60th anniversary of the death of their most famous first lady on Thursday. Evita died of cancer on July 26, 1952 at the age of 33.

Having come to power six decades apart, there are amazing similarities between Barack Obama and Eva Peron. They both play the role of pseudo populists rising from obscure and obscured backgrounds with certain appealing talents for the masses.

Argentina has never really recovered from its dose of Evita-inspired "hope and change," although they were both promises she made. The biggest difference between Obama and Peron is everyone knew who was the puppeteer behind Eva.

Mark Petersen