Brazil’s Lula Wants to Save President Obama from the Mean Washington Machine

Barack Obama Luiz InΓ‘cio Lula da Silva, the president of Brazil, says that he would like to talk with the new American president, Barack Obama, before the "government machine" gets hold of him. Lula also expects that the US leader "would change his vision on Latinamerica and acknowledge the advance of regional democracy."

Lula da Silva made the statements during a meeting with his counterpart Hugo Chavez in the Venezuelan province of Zulia where he signed trade agreements and anticipated the Brazilian Senate would soon approve the incorporation of Venezuela to Mercosur.

"I haven't had a chance to talk with Obama and undoubtedly we must have a discussion before the government machine gets hold of him," said Lula. And looking to President Chavez he added "and you know Hugo that these machines are very powerful and if we don't fight against them they devour us in a short time and then we don't do what we should have done."

"These machines are capable of making us into something different to that what we were thinking about when we took office," underlined the Brazilian leader.

"Let's hope Obama is enlightened by God and gives him the sufficient intelligence and sensitivity to realize he must solve this crisis as soon as possible, that he can't let countries of Latinamerica and the Caribbean which depend exclusively on exports to the US, to suffer because of the crisis."

Lula also urged that the developed world "finds a quick solution before the crisis could again plunge the developing world into stagnation as happened in the eighties and nineties with the foreign debt crisis".

The Brazilian president further on anticipated that the Senate of his country would be approving at the latest in March, Venezuela's incorporation as full member of Mercosur.

"This is the will of Mercosur and Venezuela", he underlined.

"Many times we celebrate international agreements and the legislative process takes longer than we would like," he admitted.

President Chavez said the announcement was "wonderful news and so will be the results." He pointed out that with Venezuela inside Mercosur, bilateral trade with Brazil would certainly increase from its current US$ 6 billion annually.

Mercosur in 2006 was accepted as Mercosur member, but ratification from the Brazilian and Paraguayan congresses is pending. Uruguay and Argentina's legislatives have already voted the incorporation.



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  • dnbaiacu

    I still can’t figure out…..
    If Lula is CLUELESS or very good at talking SMACK. πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€
    It “has” to be one or the other.. He can’t possibly be that idiotic or so insulting to the peoples intelligence.

    He is hilarious with the things he says.
    I really do hope the public doesn’t buy it all.

  • bo

    [quote]BHO does not need any lesson from anyone from outside. [/quote]

    Least of all from the likes of Lula and Chavez!!! I mean come on JoΓ€Ζ’Β£o, Lula saving someone? He can’t save himself nor his own country, let alone the president of the united states! In a country that regularly censors the press, is “protectionista” to the extreme, where laws simply go unenforced. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, for those that attempt to compare Brazil to the U.S.A in ANY aspect, political, economical, social, etc, it is simply absurd and so far detached from reality that the only purpose that I can see it serves is to make some pridefully, ignorant, brazilians feel that they’re NOT “less than”.

  • João da Silva

    Actually, our rulers could take some lessons from BHO instead of trying to save him from the “Mean Washington Machine”. For example he has ordered the Freezing of salaries of the White House staff. Our “Leaders” can take volunteer cuts in their salaries and it will show the people how serious they are in confronting the economic crisis.

    IMHO, the reduction of SELIC rate to 12.75% announced today is indeed a half assed measure that is certainly [i]not[/i] going to help the Businesses nor the Consumers. There were plenty of demonstrations by the Labor unions in various cities demanding that SELIC rate be lowered to make the credit easier.Banco Central obliged them by cutting the rate by 1 [i]full[/i] percentage point! It would be gullible on the part of the 650,000 people who lost their jobs in December to expect to be hired back because of this measure. I think that the job losses in January and February are going to be as high as December, if not higher.

    Another thing I liked about the New White House site is the creation of a blog where not [i]only[/i] the Americans can participate, but also the [i]entire[/i] world. isn’t that smart?

    To conclude my comment, I have only one advice to our President and that of Venezuela: Please do not be patronizing towards BHO. Our distinguished fellow bloggers “VinnyCarioca” and “DnB” made some interesting remarks which make lots of sense.BHO does not need any lesson from anyone from outside.

  • ch.c.

    Dnbaiacu on your misreading “”Washing Machine”
    Noooooo… did not get it right !
    Robbing Hook meant Washing Tons of Machines…in Brazil !


  • jon

    Jaded or Cynical???
    Saving Private Barack??

    It is too late….it’s his first day on the job

    His presidential phone or his Blackberry is ringing off the hook with lobbyists πŸ˜‰ πŸ˜‰ πŸ˜‰

  • ch.c.

    Furthermore to BO “can anyone take a human being seriously that is talking about DEMOCRACY in the presence of HUGO CHAVEZ!!!!”
    Same question for Democracy in Brazil with Robbing Hook !
    Because In Venezuela AND Brazil….vote buying is NOT illegal,
    despite what their constitution written on toilet paper rolls clearly states.
    Who really cares what is written on toilet paper rolls in South America ?

    Thus believing that Brazil is a better Democracy than Venezuela is simply incorrect, until proven otherwise.

    At least in Africa they dont even have toilet papers. Thus no one can say it is illegal…as per their constitution.
    Somewhat the same in most Arabs nations. They rarely even have elections…just erections.
    And believe it or not, they dont use toilet paper either !
    Therefore they should also not be big importers of Aracruz and Votorantim paper pulps or toilet paper rolls.

    These two regions could be a big growth exports for Aracruz and Votorantim, starting from near ZERO export sales !

    πŸ˜€ πŸ˜‰ πŸ˜€ πŸ˜‰

  • ch.c.

    BO is so right with RECIPROCITY !
    But then Yesssssss…I agree…that Obama, the EU, and Japan, should follow Robbing Hook strategy.
    Namely charges 100 % import taxes on goods…MADE IN BRAZIL. Such as for cars, buses, trucks, etc etc.

    Facts :
    When Ford or GM America want to export cars to Brazil, there is a 100 % import tax…in Brazil.
    But not on Ford or GM cars MADE IN BRAZIL !
    Therefore this reduce the jobs in America and increases jobs in Brazil.
    In my view, the developed nations should close ALL THEIR car plants in Brazil, and increase their
    productions…AT HOME !

    Developed nations should also tell Brazil : if THEY want we buy THEIR grains, shoes or whatever, then at their turn to invest into developed nations.
    BUY LAND, PRODUCE GRAINS OR WHATEVER with YOUR COMPANIES AND YOUR MONEY…… in developed countries and market YOUR PRODUCTS locally in developed nations and internationally just as Cargill, Bunge, ADM, Monsanto, Syngenta, NestlΓ€Ζ’Β©, Deere, Fiat, etc etc etc have done in Brazil…for decades !
    This would also produce jobs and taxes in DEVELOPED NATIONS !

    The USA, EU and Japan should start with ethanol. Be it from corn or sugarcane. Or biodiesel from soyabeans or from any type of materials Brazilians R&D companies decide.
    As said buy land HERE with YOUR MONEY, build ethanol plants HERE, following rules HERE, labor rules and wages HERE, produce ethanol or biodiesel HERE, and market it HERE, and export it FROM HERE !
    WAS/IS this not what you expect from us….in your country ????
    Then we should expect no less from you…… than the same !


    But…but…dont worry ! You can keep in Brazil, the oil refineries, pulp mills, steel mills.
    We obviously dont want YOU pollute OUR countries !!!!!!!
    Therefore we are still going to IMPORT a few things from you. VERY FEW THINGS !

    Stupid question : if you want to build Brazilian cars in the developed nations, could a Brazilian spell the name of that
    car manufacturer ? Same question for advanced and superior seeds, tractors or harvesters, trucks, dozers, cranes, tires, drugmakers, insurances.

    Eventually your Bra-santo or Brazyngenta could even make a killing here in developed nations, if they develop
    coffee beans that could be grown HERE ! Just as Monsanto and Syngenta seeds make a fortune…in Brazil !!!!!
    Because without these companies controlling 90 % of Brazilians grains seeds, what could Brazil do…in grains production
    and competivity ????? Not much…by definition ! Otherwise these foreign companies would not control 90 % of the grains seeds, if their products were inferior to Brazilians produced seeds….also by definition !

    Boooooo Luli, Booooo Lula, Boooooooo Lulo

    πŸ˜€ πŸ˜‰ πŸ˜€ πŸ˜‰ πŸ˜€ πŸ˜‰ πŸ˜€ πŸ˜‰ πŸ˜€ πŸ˜‰

  • Forrest Allen Brown

    lula and brazil needs to watch
    as if the people of color have rights in the US that they dont have in brasil

    I could be the people of color in brasil couls take a page from the US and put some of there own in office

    see how the upper class feel when the feet of the slaves or on there backs

  • bo

    And how in the world….
    can anyone take a human being seriously that is talking about DEMOCRACY in the presence of HUGO CHAVEZ!!!! πŸ˜€ πŸ˜‰ πŸ˜€ πŸ˜‰ πŸ˜€ πŸ˜‰


  • bo

    Trade agreements SHOULD be renegotiated!!!!
    And in the spirit of Brazil!!!!


    πŸ˜€ πŸ˜‰

    Imagine how Brazil would scream if the U.S. wanted to apply the same policies to Brazil that they apply to everyone else!

  • VinnyCarioca

    Speaking of government machines…..
    Aside from Lula’s self aggrandizing remarks, Obama was well enmeshed into the (abject) Chicago political machine. I think it will take a little more than prattle from Lula and Chavez to break that kind of pattern pattern. πŸ˜€
    In the Democratic debates, Obama said that all trade agreements will be renegotiated. We’ll see what that portends for LatAm.

  • João da Silva

    [quote]Brazil’s Lula Wants to Save President Obama from the Mean Washington Machine[/quote]

    You know what ? I misread the title and thought President Lula wants to save President Obama from the Mean “[i][b]Washing [/b][/i] Machine. πŸ˜‰

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