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?
The Middle East already has slums..so take government control of them = still slums.
With a population that is 6.84 black, and 0.02% muslim, I can see where it might be a country to be emulated.
Stir the pot, community organizing at its best.....
Are you quoting a recent breakdown? I've seen them where 85% plus of the population claim "Brasilian" ancestry, which is a little of everything.
I've met many Brasilians, but at least half of them had some black ancestry. I've met the descendants of Cabral, which was pretty cool.
Hey, I’ll throw in a dollar to help him move there.
Hey, I’ll throw in a dollar to help him move there.
” poignantly recalled how he had watched “Black Orpheus,” a movie set in a Brazilian favela, with his mother as a child.”
I’m trying to figure out how and when Barry saw
this very dark foreign film with his mother.
Or why she thought it was appropriate fare for a child.
I remember seeing Disney movies with my parents...
Black Orpheus was filmed in Portuguese in 1959.
Barry was born in 1961.
He moved to Indonesia with his mother at age 6
and returned to Hawaii around age 10,
while his mother remained in Indonesia.
So, he had to have allegedly seen it before he was 6.
But, where ?
If this foreign film was still being shown a few years
after it as made ,
it would have been featured in an art house theater .
Were there any in Honolulu in the early 1960s ?
And the film would have been shown with English subtitles.
Could Barry read them at 6 ??
And if he saw the film with his mother in Jakarta-it would have had Indonesian subtitles.
I’m not sure exactly where to start here. I suppose the even more obvious question is, exactly how anyone in the US government, particularly the leader, who has blown through trillions of dollars of money the people don’t actually have, is in a position to suggest behavior to anyone.
Maybe it’s that wherever he was born, he spent a lot of time in Chicago, where you might hear...”Y’know whatcher problem is? I’ll tell ya whatcher problem is...”
43.80% Brown (Multiracial)
I used to know a guy named Cabral, a Portugese from Mass.
Umm, WTF is that, smartass?
That is Tom Brady, a football player, who seems to have stolen Sean Cassidy’s hair from 1978. He is married to Gisele Bundchen, a Brazilian model.
RIIIGGGHHHTT State Capitalism, that’s the answer (only if you want to become a surf). Watch Obama put the Screws to the free market.
So... Obama is going to give Middle Eastern countries billions of U.S. taxpayer dollars so they can drill in the Gulf of Mexico too?
It is ALWAYS about him. What a classless thing to say.
...particularly their beaches and Carnival! :-P
Ditch those burquas ladies and rock the bikinis.
That's Tom Brady, quaterback for the New England Patriots.
He now looks like that because his Brazilian super model wife "won't let me cut my hair". (He actually said that.) So now, according to Randy Moss, it's hard to tell the two apart.
You need to be an NFL fan to get the joke. ;-)
Tom Brady, Randy Moss Separated In Locker Room ..... Randy Moss and Tom Brady had to be separated in the locker room following a fight that revolved around hair insults. ..... Apparently, Brady told Moss that he should shave his beard and Moss told Brady he needed to hit up the barber so hed look less like Justin Bieber (actually, Moss reportedly told Brady he looked like a girl, but the Bieber joke wouldve been much funnier, no?).
Brazil arguably has more people of African descent than any country in the western hemisphere.
Did Obama say that?
Thanks for the info!