Monthly Archives: March 2009

Building Bridges, Burning Bridges

A few months ago I wrote a short post contrasting two yahoo news headlines for the same day, one about the amazing popularity of the Brazilian president, and another on the amazing lack of popularity of the Canadian Prime Minister.

Today is another one of those days where these two characters get symmetrically opposed headlines:  while the one meets Obama today and builds bridges, the other in a private meeting attacks Obama and burns bridges.

In this morning’s version of the article on Lula’s meeting with Obama, which was written prior to the meeting, the author actually praised the Brazilian president on his power to “build bridges” across the political spectrum: even to the point of being asked to “put a good word in” for Colombian conservatives on the one end as well as for “prickly” Venezuela and Cuba on the other. 

Unbelievable, you say. I think so too. It is thus very unfortunate that in the post-meeting update of the article this paragraph went missing, because it is such a good testimony of one of the qualities that make me really admire Lula.

Oh, well. You’ll just have to take my word for it.

On the other hand, the article remarking on Harper’s ability to do exactly the opposite is still there if you wanna read it. Though there is nothing there to admire (or even to be surprised about).