Hotter ties with Brazil? Tap Obamamania, says expert

May 5, 2010

BRAZIL-CARNIVAL/The United States’ influence in its traditional “backyard” is waning and needs a boost. Washington should be forging closer ties with Latin America’s emerging powerhouse Brazil, says Johns Hopkins political scientist Riordan Roett.

Best way to do that? Send the Obamas to Brazil because Brazilians will go nuts about the U.S. First Family.

“The White House should send the Obamas to Brazil. Can you imagine the Obamas getting off the plane in Rio de Janeiro? It would be extraordinary, a carnival, absolute madness,” Roett told the Reuters Latin American Investment Summit.

OBAMA/China has displaced the United States as Brazil’s largest trading partner and Chinese clout is growing in a region where Beijing is lining up long-term supplies of raw materials. Meanwhile, Washington had no ambassador in Brasilia for 11 months last year, because of domestic politics: the Republicans held up confirmation of Obama’s nominee, Thomas Shannon.

Brazil, the world’s 8th largest economy, has emerged as a leading developing nation, a strong BRIC and G-20 voice that Washington should be listening to, says Roett, who directs Latin American studies at Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies.

“Washington does not get it. The United States is no longer an empire,” he said.

“A short visit to South America would make a great deal of difference. It would be a very important way of indicating our willingness to have a stronger rapport with the region.”

For more stories from the Reuters Latin American Investment Summit, click here.

Reuters photos by Sergio Moraes (a samba school reveller dances among mannequins during the 2010 Rio Carnival) and Jason Reed (the Obamas walk to Marine One at the White House on January 12, 2010).

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Obama is a Communist and working with Russia to bring down America…. and we prove it.

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Posted by CommieBlaster | Report as abusive

As the dominant economy in this western hemisphere, we should be cultivating relationships with our southern neighbors. If we don’t, China certainly will. And that will be to our great disadvantage.

We need to put our corporations in check, give the south Americans the respect they deserve, and work with them to improve overall conditions in the Americas. It can be done. And, as I said before, if we don’t do it, China, or some other country will.

Posted by Benny_Acosta | Report as abusive

This is an example of what I mean. Ecuador is facing challenges because of “water privatization”.

http://english.aljazeera.net/news/americ as/2010/05/20105581621623177.html

Even aljazeera is covering this. It goes to show that there are many who are interested in the resources of the Americas. The United States helping to solve this issue in favor of the citizenry of Ecuador would go a long way towards showing our good will in the region. We have wonderful opportunities to work with our southern neighbors. We should be taking those opportunities.

Posted by Benny_Acosta | Report as abusive

China has already established a significant economic trade lane with LatAm.

For decades, the U.S. has neglected the importance of closer economic development and transactions within the western hemisphere.

For starters, the entire western hemisphere should be working towards a more mutually beneficial and uniform harmonized trade policy, this would help in facilitating seamless transactions between countries.

The Monroe Doctrine needs to be dusted off and updated to reflect human rights and economic development, not just security.

Incompetent, corrupt regimes and blatant discrimination were and still are cornerstones of the socio-economic conditions in LatAm. These conditions will always keep the larger region from advancing from low-income to emerging and emerging to developed. If LatAm is seeking respect, then it will need to start with its own domestic issues first.

Posted by rror | Report as abusive

Another example of conservative incompetence, prevent us from having an ambassador to a country as important as Brazil for no reason other than Jim Bunning holding onto those good old southern values concerning people o color.

Bunning is quitting but unless people look at the facts instead of listening to the Fox, the will see that Obama is doing a better job on all dimensions, managing the unwinding of those stupid wars, trying to take the country back from the bankers and over paid CEO’s.

The last four administrations have given away every thing of value to a small group of people that do little real work, instead using their prep school backgrounds and Ivy degrees to create synthetic CDO’s, where people bet billions on the value of an imaginary portfolio.

Posted by jstaf | Report as abusive

It would be a rare and welcome turn of events if America were to develop friendly relations with a country, not because of the size of its economy or the potential to sell it faulty weapons, faulty wars on naturally abundant drugs or equally faulty nuclear technology, but because it’s the thing to do.

Posted by HBC | Report as abusive