Friday, September 03, 2010

Dilma and Lula!

It's as if my parents are running Brazil - in a good way! Yesterday's lady with the smile and the big arms is Dilma Rousseff, widely expected to become Brazil's first woman President in a landslide next month... Dilma is the protegée of 'Lula', nickname for the most popular President in Brazil's history, incumbent Luis Inacio da Silva.

Lula for some reason reminds me of my Dad - I mean that as a big complement, and Dad would certainly take it as one, as Lula was a factory worker who became a union leader and tried 20 years until finally elected President. He's presided over the second consecutive decade of Brazil's rapid growth and increasing prosperity - 20 million people joined the middle class!

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