Skip to comments.Brazil a model for troubled Middle East, says Obama
Posted on 03/20/2011 2:12:22 PM PDT by NormsRevenge
RIO DE JANEIRO (AFP) US President Barack Obama held up emerging powerhouse Brazil on Sunday as a model of economic and democratic transformation that leaders in the troubled Middle East should try to copy.
Obama's keynote address in Rio de Janeiro was the highlight of his visit to Brazil, the first stop on a three-nation Latin America tour overshadowed by US-led military action in Libya.
The speech came after France, the United States and Britain launched missile and bomb attacks on Libyan air-defense targets to prevent Moamer Kadhafi's forces from crushing a month-old uprising against his rule.
Obama did not mention the strikes in the speech, but, on his first trip to Latin America as president, made a point of flagging Brazil to Middle Eastern leaders as a golden example of what they could achieve.
"We are seeing the struggle for these rights unfold across the Middle East and North Africa," Obama said, speaking in a famed Rio theater.
Brazil endured more than 50 years of of populist and military regimes until 1985, when civilian rule was restored.
Obama, who had earlier toured the notorious "City of God" slum, poignantly recalled how he had watched "Black Orpheus," a movie set in a Brazilian favela, with his mother as a child.
"My mother is gone now, but she would have never imagined that her son?s first trip to Brazil would be as president of the United States," he said to cheers in the crowded Teatro Municipal in Rio.
Among the guests at the event was Rinaldo Gaudencio, a local performer who looks exactly like Obama and has mastered his gestures.
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US President Barack Obama waves after delivering a speech at the Municipal Theater in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Obama held up emerging powerhouse Brazil on Sunday as a model of economic and democratic transformation that leaders in the troubled Middle East should try to copy. (AFP/Antonio Scorza)
US President Barack Obama plays soccer with some children while visiting Ciudad de Dues Favela in Rio de Janiero, Brazil. Obama visited a notorious favela in Rio de Janeiro Sunday as he visited emerging economic powerhouse Brazil on the first stop on a three-nation Latin America tour. (AFP/Jim Watson)
Any country but America a good model to Obama
What a disgusting suck-up.
What a stupid thing to say?!
The USA...not so much.
President Barack Obama held up emerging powerhouse Brazil on Sunday as a model of economic and democratic transformation that leaders in the troubled Middle East should try to copy.
LOL LOL LOL Note to dem lurkers:
Will you please stop supporting this stupid POS now?
If this is what passes for intellect on the left then you don’t have the brains to blow your nose.
I wonder if it has anything to do with the hard left President of Brazil, and their coziness with Chavez that makes them such a suitable example to the Fool on the Hill.
So where’s the pic of the Brazilian model?
No, I didn't suppose so. *sigh*
What message did he have for the people in the slums of Brazil he visited while showing off his shinny limo? (from an AP story)
Yeh, those massive slums in Rio and San Paulo are something for the Middle East to “look up” to. You know Barry, the ones that government hit squads routinely assassinate street “youths.” You had to have seen them? You didn’t just visit the “pretty” side of Brazil did you? /sarc
That makes no sense whatsoever
I don’t know about the duplicate thread, but you just keep posting those pictures ya hear?
Former Marxist guerrilla sworn in as president of Brazil
Dilma Rousseff is Brazil’s first female president, taking over from the immensely popular Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva. The new president hopes to keep the country’s booming economy on track while advancing her Workers’ Party social agenda.
Uhhhh..uhmmmm..what was the topic?
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