Saturday, March 19, 2011

Dilma welcomes Obama's first South American tour

Barack Obama at last knows what set foot in South America. The U.S. president landed at 07.30 am in Brazil, first stop of a five-day tour will also take him to Chile and El Salvador, and three hours later he was received by Dilma Rousseff in the Planalto Palace. The meeting should mark the return of warmth in bilateral relations after a period of disagreement between the White House and the 'Lullism'.

Accompanied by his wife, Michelle, and their two daughters, Malia and Sasha, Obama landed smiling 'Air Force One' and was taken to Hotel Royal Tulip, 'headquarters' of his brief stay in Brasilia. The family will spend less than 12 hours in the capital before heading to the second and last stop in Brazil: Rio de Janeiro.

After a short break, Obama reviewed the troops shortly before 10.30 am and then ramp up the Planalto. At the top was waiting Dilma, who currently holds a private meeting that is expected to continue a joint statement. The official agenda released late on Friday by the Brazilian presidency includes the participation of two leaders in the closing of a forum of entrepreneurs of their countries in the Itamaraty Palace, headquarters of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Itamaraty also be served lunch, a traditional Brazilian menu that includes succulent cut of beef picanha and a dish made with beans and rice called Baia del dois'. The dessert, lighter, tropical fruits and ice cream graviola (soursop). The banquet attended by all living former presidents from the restoration of democracy with the exception of Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, who chose to reject the invitation saying he did not intend to steal leadership to his successor.

Instead, they attend their predecessors José Sarney, Fernando Collor and Itamar Franco-Senators today, and Fernando Henrique Cardoso. Shortly after five in the afternoon and your stomach is satisfied, the first black occupant of the Oval Office on board again to Rio to complete there the rest of their commitments in the South American giant.

On Sunday, Obama will go to Christ the Redeemer with his family before making a speech at the Teatro Municipal in the center of the city. The event would be held outdoors until the U.S. delegation altered the plans, citing "concerns" related security with the imminent military intervention in Libya.

The ruling could also visit the film favela Cidade de Deus (City of God), although that aspect is still not officially confirmed. Located on the west side of Rio, the community has undergone in recent days to a facelift to welcome his guest with a show of 'capoeira' and percussion.

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