August 16, 2018

President Obama kicks off Latin America tour in Brazil

President Obama - welcome to Brazil, did you arrive on Airforce One?

US President Barack Obama has arrived in Brazil to start a five day trip to Latin America. The White House says the trip is aimed at building markets for US exports and extending US influence.

Newswarped is not sure what anyone – even a tourist can achieve in a five day tour of Latin America. Can you do It Barack? Can you find markets for US goods and make them happy with the United States on foreign policy issues? Barack says “Yes we can”. But then President Obama says that about most things.

Mr Obama was hoping that Brazil, which is one of the United States biggest export market in the region, might enter into a more cosy arrangement with Uncle Sam. All Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff wants though, is a permanent seat on the United Nations Security Council for Brazil.

Barack and Dilma released a joint statement calling for “modest expansion” of the council. Newswarped translates ‘modest expansion’ to mean “one more seat please” and “get a sign made that says Brazil”.

Barack wasn’t really setting the world on fire with his empassioned plea for Brazil’s inclusion on the UN Security Council, only managing to say he “expressed appreciation for Brazil’s aspiration to become a permanent member of the Security Council.” Really Barack, that wishy washy lingo is not going to get you a second date with Dilma. She was clearly not amused.

After President Obama has finished sightseeing and being friendly in Brazil he is moving on to Chile and El Salvador. Most of the talk seems to be about energy, now that South America is more stable than the Arab nations. Speaking about energy. Barack could do with a good dose of that for himself.

Newswarped notes that Venezuela and Uncle Hugo Chavez are not on Baracks visiting list. We also hate to be a party pooper but the Chinese have been sucking up to Latin America for a lot longer than the US. Trade deals with China seem to come with a lot less ‘strings attached’ than the equivalent with the US.