Photos: The First Family Arrives In Brazil

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  1. The First Family visit Corcovado to see Christ the Redeemer Statue

  2. First lady’s diplomatic vocab

    Recalling her humble roots on Chicago’s South Side, Michelle Obama sought to connect with a group of Brazilian teenagers on Saturday, encouraging them to focus on getting a good education, experience new cultures and to be “citizens of the world.”

    Appearing at a youth culture event in Brazil as part of the Obamas five-day tour of Latin America, the first lady said the U.S and Brazil– “two of the largest economies and two of the largest democracies in the western hemisphere”– are dependent on relationships, specifically among the young generation.

    She encouraged the group of students to build friendships “around the world” and learn knew languages.

    “Don’t be like me and not know — I only know ‘butterfly’ in one language,” Obama said, before turning to her daughters, who appeared with her. “So Malia and Sasha, you got to learn ‘butterfly’ in at least 20 languages, okay?”

    (Psst, Sasha and Malia, butterfly is “borboleta” in Portuguese. You can get 19 more butterfly words at this site.) Offering a message she is expected to return to repeatedly throughout the trip, the first lady shared her own experience of growing up in a “little bitty apartment” and sharing a room with her brother.

    “Like many of you, growing up, my family wasn’t rich,” she said. “My parents are some of the smartest people I know, but they didn’t get to finish college. They didn’t get the opportunities that I had. We didn’t have a lot of money.”

    But Obama said her parents taught her that “the most important thing was an education.”

    “There was nothing that guaranteed in my life that I would be the first lady of the United States of America or that I would be talking to you all today,” she said. “I want you all to look at me and see that anything is possible. That’s why I’m here. That’s why I’ve come to talk to you all, because there I no reason why you can’t be here. No reason at all.

  3. rikyrah says:

    I love our First Family :)

  4. Remarks by the First Lady at Brazilian Youth Cultural Event

    Well, hello, everybody. Bom Dia. (Laughter.) Is that it? (Applause.) That’s all I have, unfortunately. (Laughter.)

    But thank you so much for the warm welcome. And I want to thank Racquel for that wonderful introduction. I mean, she is just a point of pride for young people, for this country, for the world. Let’s give her another round of applause. (Applause.)

    I also want to thank and recognize Tania Cooper Patriota, who is here with us, as well as Guisela Shannon for being here today and for serving as our MC.

    I’m not going to talk long because I want to see all that you have to offer, and I want my girls, my family, my mom and the girls’ godmother to see all that this country has to offer.

    But President Obama and I, we are honored to be here in Brazil and to re-affirm the friendship and the partnership between our two nations. And we’re especially thrilled to have our family with us. It is a very rare opportunity that we get to travel together. Usually when the President and I travel, these two are in school — where they need to be. (Laughter.) But they’re on break now, so they get to come, and they’ve been very excited. So it’s a real honor and a privilege for us to have them and for you all to welcome them.

    Over the last couple of years, my husband and I have been fortunate enough to travel all around the world and to meet some pretty amazing people along the way. And wherever we go, one of our favorite things to do is to visit with young people like all of you. Both of us make it a point to put that in our busy schedules.

    The United States and Brazil are two of the largest economies and two of the largest democracies in the Western Hemisphere. But we have always believed that the future of both our nations depends on more than just relationships between presidents and prime ministers. It depends on relationships between our people, and especially between our young people.

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  5. Ametia says:

    Brazilians Welcome Obama As Their Own
    by Juan Forero

    March 19, 2011
    When President Obama arrives in Brazil this weekend, there’ll be talk of trade and geopolitics with the new president, Dilma Rousseff. There’ll also be plenty of excitement, Brazilians say, about the arrival of the black man who became leader of the world’s superpower.
    When Obama comes to Brazil, he’ll see wonders like the world-famous Sugarloaf Mountain in Rio. The sights are beguiling, but Brazil’s people are hoping to catch their own glimpse of the very important visitor.
    People like Dilci Aguiar de Paula, who sells t-shirts to tourists at the base of Sugarloaf Mountain. She’s black, like half of Brazil’s nearly 200 million people, and says she’s excited about Obama’s arrival.
    “Everyone likes him as president — a black president,” she says. “He looks more Brazilian than American.”
    A Multicultural Country
    Many Brazilians see a bit of themselves in the American president. Brazil was settled by waves of European immigrants and millions of African slaves brought there in chains. Their descendants make up the second-largest black population in the world after Nigeria.
    For Brazil’s blacks, Obama’s story offers important lessons, says Hedio Silva Jr., a black activist and law professor.

  6. Ametia says:

    Wonderful pics, SG2. Thank you! I know having his family with him will provide a great deal of strength and support.

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