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Obama’s Deft Diplomatic Touch Strikes Again

After that embarassing visit from Gordon Brown and Hillary’s recent blunder-filled excursion to Europe, surely the White House is paying more attention to their treatment of foreign leaders, right?:

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — His meet and greet with the U.S. president was bumped to Saturday, and when the White House announced his official visit, they misspelled his name.

But when Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva becomes the first Latin American leader to sit down with President Barack Obama this weekend, he brings undisputed clout. …

Silva aides said the trip was pushed forward from Tuesday because of the St. Patrick’s Day holiday — making Latin America once again look like an afterthought. Then, the White House announcement misspelled his name as “Luis Ignacio” and put “Lula” — a nickname that decades ago became a legal part of the Brazilian leader’s name — in quotes.

The White House quickly corrected the mistake.


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