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Saturday, October 03, 2009

“Uma vitória da lusofonia"


So said, Vicente Moura, the president of the Portuguese Olympic Committee, and ACOLOP, the Association of Olympic Committees with Portuguese as an Official Language. No, I didn't know either.

Sorry Portugal, this victory belongs to just one country. The one that was once the boss of you.

And to its president. One more quote from his speech: "For other candidate countries, [a victory] would be yet another edition of the Games. For us, it will be the opportunity to construct a new Brazil."

To wit: 6.1 million cariocas celebrated Rio's victory on Copacabana today. Six million, one hundred thousand people. On a single beach. That's more than twice the entire population of Chicago. And Lula is right about one thing: even if Chicago had won, you wouldn't have gotten even a hundred thousand of them to celebrate. And certainly not the Republicans among them.

UPDATE: For those of you who know a Romance language, here's video of Lula's press conference after the announcement, along with some funny anecdotes about Obama.

UPDATE #2: Brazil being Brazil, what is the only other big news getting attention at the trashfest that is Globo? The tsunami in American Samoa: a picture of a bathroom and toilet that were one house's lone survivors.

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