In the case of Lula, hope overcame fear. In the case of Obama, hope overcame prejudice. Both leaders won peoples' trust that changes would come. Six years on, Brazilian electors are yet to see many of the dreamed changes come true. Can Barack Obama learn from the errors of a Southern neighbor?
Brazilians celebrate Obama's victory in Brazil and Obama lookalikes have been spotted all over the country. A blogger claims that Obama would not be born if it wasn't for Brazil, and another expects a Obama baby boom in there too. The US elected president still fascinates its southern neighbor.
"History never moves with the big things but with the small ones. History changes when, in the armpit of life, a seed of difference germinates, even if a small one. And Obama is this difference, his election was and is that difference. He will be a diagonal between the two theses. Little by little, against racists and racialists. With the whole Africa inside of him, fulfilling his Kenyan destiny. N'Kosi sikeleli Africa!"
Theyâ€™re cheering for Camp Obama. Theyâ€™re cheering for Camp McCain. They wear the pins, the t-shirts with the big logos â€“ you name it, itâ€™s on them. Dare say anything bad about their favourite candidate and youâ€™re in for a major debate. Yes, theyâ€™re the new mavericks â€“ or would want to be anyway â€“ except of course that theyâ€™re not Americans.
The world was abuzz on the eve of the historic November 4 election when news headlines revealed that Senator Barack Obama had already won by a landslide victory. Non-American bloggers from all corners of the globe got to typing their thoughts away early this morning, way before polling stations even opened in the US, all inspired by an isolated village in New Hampshire. Eunice del Rosario brings us the story.
The Morningside Post (a publication of Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs) will be liveblogging Election Day results. Bloggers from Brazil, France, Germany, Singapore, Japan, Russia and the UK will be joining Americans in covering the event.
This is the first US presidential elections in which Brazilians clearly see issues close to their hearts at stake. Both candidates have at some point touched on biofuels, international trade, Latin American integration and the place of Brazil in the world. Bloggers from Brazil have their say on who is a better president from their perspective.
Bloggers throughout Brazil have promoted a new banner in support of Barack Obama, in which the race question is imbued. The "NÃ£o vote em branco" strap line has a simple but yet clever word play: in Portuguese, it means both at the same time: "Don't cast a blank vote" and "Don't vote for a white person."
None of the six "Obamas" running for office in Brazil - despite trying hard to capitalize on the American candidate's popular appeal and the wave of Obamania that has taken the country aback - succeeded in getting elected in the recent October 05 municipal elections.