Greeted by protestors holding signs that read 'Bush Get Out' and 'Number 1 Enemy of Humanity' President Bush arrived today in Sao Paolo, Brazil. He can say what he wants but his visit to region can only be seen as a move to usurp Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez's growing influence in the area. President Luis Inacia Lula da Silva (Lula) is a moderate who has ruled Brazil since 2002.
The overwhelming unpopularity of Bush (a.k.a. as 'El diablo') in the region will no doubt present some obstacles for him as he travels to Mexico, Colombia, Guatemala and Uruguay. He can expect to be met with protests wherever he goes. Opposition to the war in Iraq, American imperialism and immigration issues will hound him during his week long trip. Up until now, his foreign policy has been all about the war on terror.
'El diablo' with checkbook in hand, hopes to buy some allies in Latin America this week with some much needed aid and a pep talk about democracy. Chavez pushes oil, Bush pushes ethanol? Seems like a desperate attempt by Bush to get back into the good graces of Latin America.