The Perils for Latin America of Obama’s Fear-Inspired Re-Election (Opera Mundi, Brazil)

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So – does President Obama pose a geopolitical danger to Brazil and Latin America? For Brazil’s Opera Mundi, columnist Igor Fuser warns that President Obama was reelected not because of public satisfaction with his polices, but fear of his right-wing opponents, and that behind his sparkling smile, looms a growing threat to progressive governments and Latin American integration in general.

For Opera Mundi, Igor Fuser starts off this way:

The first Black president of a racist nation, Barack Obama came to the White House four years ago amid a sea of positive expectations, both nationally and internationally. For his first term, people had faith in his commitment to the welfare of ordinary citizens and more peaceful stance on the global scene. What a bitter illusion. Obama bowed to the interests of Wall Street at the expense of millions of his fellow citizens who impacted by the financial crisis, and he maintained a truculent foreign policy that was almost identical to that of his predecessor.

What led Obama to victory this time was not hope, but fear inspired by his far-right rival – a carrier of delusional ideas. Now there is no turning back. The empire will continue its slow decline, punctuated only by military aggressions in outlying countries.

From a Brazilian point of view, this new phase begins with certainty that nothing (good) can be expected of Obama’s second coming.

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  1. Certainly a different take on the election, but one I wouldn’t agree with. I know nothing about this particular author or Opera Mundi. I don’t think this is the way most people in Latin America view the U.S., Obama, and the election. I lived in South America for a number of years and one runs across this type of thinking from time to time. Its usually from left leaning publications with a definite anti-American tilt. Don’t know if this is the case with Opera Mundi, but it certainly seems like it at least in this piece.

  2. Speaking to your comment Willwright and to the topic of the article, I can anecdotally speak for my wife, who’s from Colombia (who just received permanent resident status here in the US). While she loves home (especially around Christmas – which is apparently very special in Medellin), she wants for us to stay here. She loves Obama quite a bit more than I do; I like the guy and I think he’s pretty centrist and even-handed, but I don’t fawn over him. I tend to agree with your perspective Will, that this is probably the views of a leftist from Brazil, who bought into the idea that Obama would be this world-changing far-left leaning US President. Most interesting to me is the assertion that the US is a racist nation. While I think it’s a little bit more complicated than that, it’s certainly interesting to speak with my wife (who is a little bit of everything – Spanish, French, African, Native American) about how much less they care about race in South America than we do here in the US (there’s a lot more “mixing”).

  3. Igor Fuser is the Dick Morris of Brazil.

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