Picture taken on February 6.

Colombia’s President Juan Manuel Santos greets a boy during a visit to Chinchina, Caldas province in this photo taken February 6, 2013.

With one hand on the wheel of a 1940s jeep, Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos edges through the crowd in a coffee-farming town, handing out subsidies and promises of a brighter future.

At any other time, it would not have been newsworthy, except that it comes just months before he must declare whether he will stand in elections next year.

While Santos said he will not discuss the topic until the second half of 2013, the tone of his appearances in the last few weeks smacks of a man in search of a second four-year term and his remarks sound a lot like campaign speeches.