Photos: President Obama & First Lady Michelle Receives An Arrival Ceremony In Brazil

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7 Responses to Photos: President Obama & First Lady Michelle Receives An Arrival Ceremony In Brazil

  1. Yes We ALSO Can

    Members of a local theatre group hold banners to celebrate the visit of U.S President Barack Obama in Cidade de Deus (City of God) in Rio de Janeiro March 20, 2011. Obama is on the first leg of a three-country tour of Latin America.

  2. Ametia says:

    The White House

    Office of the Press Secretary

    For Immediate Release March 19, 2011 Remarks by President Obama and President Rousseff of Brazil in Brasilia, Brazil
    Palacio do Planalto
    Brasilia, Brazil

    12:54 P.M. BRT

    PRESIDENT ROUSSEFF: (As translated.) Your Excellency Barack Obama, President of the United States of America; ladies and gentlemen; members of the delegation of the U.S. and of Brazil; ladies and gentlemen journalists; ladies and gentlemen.

    Mr. President Obama, your visit to my country makes me very happy and arouses the best feelings of our people and honors the historic relationship between Brazil and the U.S. It bears also a very strong symbolic value.

    The peoples of our countries have built the largest democracies of the Americas. They also dared to take at the highest level an Afro descent and a woman, demonstrating that the basis of democracy allows to overcome the largest barriers to build societies that will be more generous and live more in harmony.

    Here, Mr. President, I am the successor of a man that came from the people — my dear friend Luiz Inácio Lula de Silva, with whom I had the honor to work with. His legacy, most noble legacy, Mr. President, was to bring to the political scene and social scene millions of men and women that lived marginalized and were disenfranchised of their rights as citizens.

    Of the nine heads of state of the U.S. that have visited officially Brazil, you are the one that sees our country in a most vibrant moment. The combination of a very serious economic policy with sound fundamentals and a consistent strategy of social inclusion has made our country one of the most dynamic markets of the world.

    We have strengthened the renewable content of our energy matrix and we have advanced in developing the environmental policies that protect our important wind, forest reserves and also protects our very rich biodiversity. All this effort, President Obama, has created millions of new jobs and has dynamized many regions that before lived marginalized of the economic development. It has allowed Brazil to overcome with success the deepest economic crisis of recent history, keeping until the days of today record creation of new jobs.

    But we still face enormous challenges. My administration at this moment is concentrating on the necessary tasks to improve our growth process and to guarantee the long period of prosperity for the Brazilian people.

    My essential commitment is building a middle-class income society, assuring vocational, professional opportunities for the workers and for our immense youth population. I also want to guarantee an institutional environment that will trigger entrepreneurship and will favor productive investment.

    My government will work with dedication to overcome the shortcomings in terms of infrastructure, and we will make all our efforts to consolidate our clean energy, which is an essential, key asset of Brazil. So we will take the necessary steps to reach our place amongst the nations that have full, strong development with democracy and social fairness. This is the point, President Obama, that I see the best opportunities for the advancements of the relations between our countries.

    I follow very closely and I have high hopes on your efforts — your tremendous efforts to recover the vitality of the North American economy. We also have, as the rest of the world, one certainty, that the American people under your leadership will know how to find the best ways for the future of this great nation.
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  3. U.S., Brazil Sign Trade, Economic Agreement as Obama Visits

    March 19 (Bloomberg) — The U.S. and Brazil signed a trade and economic cooperation agreement to boost commerce between the Western Hemisphere’s largest economies as President Barack Obama arrived for his first visit to South America.

    The accord creates a U.S.-Brazil commission to expand trade and remove non-tariff barriers, according to a statement today from U.S. Trade Representative Ron Kirk’s office. The commission will be led by Kirk’s office and by officials from two Brazilian ministries responsible for trade, industry and development.

    Obama, appearing with Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff in Brasilia today, said the nation is becoming a global economic leader and the two governments have an “historic opportunity” to deepen cooperation. Obama said he is starting his first visit to South America in Brazil to highlight its economic ascendancy.

    Increasing U.S. companies’ sales to Brazil would help meet Obama’s goal of doubling exports by 2015. U.S. sales to Brazil climbed to a record $35.4 billion last year as the Brazilian real’s two-year, 41 percent rally against the dollar made American goods more attractive.

    A trade and economic cooperation agreement is “among the first steps on the road to a free-trade agreement,” John Faraci, chief executive officer of Memphis, Tennessee-based International Paper Co., the world’s largest paper and pulp producer, said today at the U.S.-Brazil Business Summit in Brasilia.

  4. WSJ: Obama: US, Brazil To Sign Open Skies Agreement

    BRASILIA -(Dow Jones)- The U.S. and Brazil will sign an open skies agreement aimed at boosting air traffic, as well as a trade and cooperation agreement, U.S. President Barack Obama said Saturday.

    “We’re pleased to do that,” Obama said, addressing business leaders during an official visit to Latin America’s largest economy.

    Brazilian and U.S. diplomats initialed a memorandum on bilateral aviation liberalization late last year. Called Open Skies, the accord allows for a gradual increase in flights between the two countries beginning in October 2011. The busiest routes will be opened starting in 2013.

    Open Skies represents an extension of a preliminary accord first signed in 2008. Officials said they expect the agreement to lead to lower ticket prices, more passenger-kilometers and easier connections for travelers in both countries.

    Obama said there was talk about modifying visa rules for travellers between the U.S. and Brazil but that the issue is “not all worked through” yet.

    “We are making progress and will continue to do so.”

  5. rikyrah says:

    The pictures look great.

  6. Obama in Brazil Getting Warmer Embrace From Lula Successor Dilma Rousseff

    Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff’s efforts to distance herself from her predecessor give President Barack Obama an opportunity to deepen ties with Latin’s America’s biggest economy in a visit that starts today.

    Rousseff won election last year pledging to continue the work of her popular mentor, President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva. Since taking office three months ago, her moves to rein in spending, take a tougher stance on China’s controlled currency and end Lula’s friendly relations with Iran have surprised both friends and foes.

    Her shared sense with Obama that China is harming the economic interests of both their countries by undervaluing the yuan creates an opening for the U.S. leader, who arrived for two days of meetings with Brazil’s first female president and sightseeing in Rio de Janeiro with his wife, Michelle, and two daughters, Malia and Sasha.

    “For her, Lula is a tall act to follow,” said Jim O’Neill, the London-based chairman of Goldman Sachs Asset Management, who coined the term BRIC to describe the large, fast-growing emerging markets of Brazil, Russia, India and China. “But it’s important for Obama to understand her; she’s a different person and has a different style.”

    ‘Historic Opportunity’

    Obama, speaking alongside Rousseff in Brasilia, said he chose Brazil to kick off his first-ever visit to South America in recognition of the country’s economic ascendancy. Obama said Brazil is increasingly a global leader and the two countries have a “historic opportunity” to deepen cooperation for decades to come.

    “The United States doesn’t simply recognize Brazil’s rise, we support it enthusiastically,” Obama told reporters alongside Rousseff after a meeting at the presidential palace in Brasilia.

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