A man holds a banner which reads “Obama, the world needs peace”, Rio de Janeiro, March 20


Lots of anti-American protests too in Brazil the last few days (mainly over Libya), this was one of the friendlier guys!

30 Responses to “protests”

  1. 1 Jessica
    March 20, 2011 at 3:45 pm

    I’m all for peace but peace talks don’t always work. Hitler wasn’t hearing it, the Khmer Rouge wasn’t hearing it, the KKK wasn’t hearing it, etc. sometimes you gotta bring out the big guns.

  2. 2 Shirley Vieira
    March 20, 2011 at 3:52 pm

    We need love for each other and respect for human lives – no guns please.

    • March 20, 2011 at 3:56 pm

      Hiya Shirley, really lovely to have you here. In case anyone missed Shirley’s message on the ‘Hello’ page:

      “Hello President Obama, I live in Chicago, but I am carioca (from Rio de Janeiro), Brazilian. Thank you so much to treat all little kids so well, thank you so much to inspire this union between our countries. I left my county because there was no future, I finished college and still no future, no jobs. It has been many years and all are different now. I wish that your visit makes our countries partners for many business, so I could finally go home to share my expertise from here to help in the new cycle of economic growth. Best Wishes for you and know that I voted for you and will vote again 🙂 Shirley Vieira.”

      Lovely. Thanks Shirley, I wish you the best.

      • 4 barb
        March 20, 2011 at 4:04 pm

        Beautiful Shirley. I hope all your dreams come true.

      • 5 Shirley Vieira
        March 20, 2011 at 4:06 pm

        Chipstick 🙂 yeah only who live in Chicago knows that we could not live without. Just like you 🙂 thanks for the reply, it makes me even prouder of you.

      • 7 Gloria Powell
        March 20, 2011 at 4:11 pm

        Again, thank you chipsticks. I had missed seeing Shirley’s letter on the “Hello”page. I am grateful for this gentle soul among us…always enjoy her comments here and at BWD. And you, Chipsticks, with what awesomeness you nurture respectful, congenial commentary!

  3. 9 lisa
    March 20, 2011 at 3:57 pm

    Totally sucks that people are protesting, even though they are expressing themselves democratically. But seriously, what should PBO do? Leave thousands of men, women and children to be slaughtered by that Psycho now hiding away in Tripoli? Insane.

  4. March 20, 2011 at 4:02 pm

    From my twitter timeline:

    RT @BreakingNews: In an interview with the BBC, Nobel Peace Prize winner Desmond Tutu endorses the Western air strikes on Libya http://bit.ly/iaLTjf

  5. 11 barb
    March 20, 2011 at 4:13 pm

    There will always be protest no matter where he goes. My main concern is that he always be protected. I kindof like that guy. All he is asking is give peace a chance and he has brought his own flair with his message. 😀

  6. 16 CTGirl
    March 20, 2011 at 4:24 pm

    I think everyone is sick of these wars… but what do you do with a mad man intent on killing his people? Should our president sit back and do nothing? The answer is above my pay grade, I am afraid. So I just pray and hope for the best.

    • March 20, 2011 at 5:50 pm

      Generally, I am not a revengeful person but payback is a b**ch, isn’t it? All those Americans Gaddafi killed on that airplane over Lockerbie Scotland. THEN he gets that criminal back out of the hospital pretending to be is dying. He’s not dead yet, and that was a year ago. A lot of American families are grateful that this is happening to Gaddafi. They never got any justice for the colonel killing their loved ones. “No Justice, No peace”. You just can’t treat people like this and not expect repercussions. He also tried to assassinate the Saudi Prince’s family or something like that. He is delusional ANYWAY. Remember his UN speech last summer that went on for 2 hours and most attendees got up and left. The speech was written on a yellow legal pad..AND the pages were all crumbled up as if he had sat on them.
      C R A Z Y

      President Obama has said, many times, he does not like writing condolence letters to our fallen warriors. He treasures human life. He has no choice with Libya and he surely does not want our(Americans) men and women slaughtered for this Gaddafi crap. Our President says, he is opposed to “dumb wars”. This one with Gaddafi is a dumb conflict. This conflict with Libya can be stopped today, if that cray man would just walk away. Sorry for the rant. Don’t get riled up too often.

  7. 18 Kelly
    March 20, 2011 at 5:13 pm

    lol Cutest protest ever. Hopefully after the disgusting Libyan dictator stops abusing his own people(mostly the black ones for those that don’t know) we will be on our way to the peace our dear President also wants. Since two Nobel peace prize winners, pres Obama and bishop Tutu are on the same accord (I am sure MSM remains crickets on the Bishop’s support of the military efforts), I stand with them as well as international coalition.

  8. 20 anniebella
    March 20, 2011 at 6:07 pm

    Tell the guy with the sign to pass that sign to that nutcase in Libya who have been killing his own people for over 40 years. And let us please remember the Americans he killed in having that airplane bomb over Scotland. Gaddafi could have handle this whole thing different if he had listen to the people instead of killing them. These people are tired of being mistreated, by some evil handed nut. So I don’t think the President wanted to do this. It was a tough decision for him, I believe.

    • 21 lisa
      March 20, 2011 at 6:18 pm

      Amen, sister.
      p.s- especially loved the first sentence: “Tell the guy with the sign to pass that sign to that nutcase in Libya…..”

      • 22 barb
        March 20, 2011 at 8:25 pm

        Actually anniebella & Lisa for a minute I thought that was the Libyan nutcase guy…….he dresses just like him. 😆 😆

        OHh and do you know what that nut did………..he wrote a message to OUR PRESIDENT and callled him SON….MY SON blah blah..can you believe it……….Now I know he is crazy.

  9. 23 V C prezOfan2
    March 20, 2011 at 7:08 pm

    Chipsticks, thank you for your integrity in reminding us that there are dissenters, as they always are when presidents travel abroad. Truthfully in my euphoria with the pictures I had forgotten and, while the protests will not detract from my enjoyment of this President’s mission, this touch of reality regrounds me a bit so that I’ll remember to continue to pray for his safety. I

  10. 24 Sue in Minnesota
    March 20, 2011 at 7:20 pm

    You know our President believes in Freedom of Speech and a citizens right to protest. Provided the protest is conducted peacefully, I’ld imagine that our President probably respects very much this gentleman’s effort, and maybe even his personal style. He is rockin some creativity.

    I understand the tendency to be over-protective of our President. An emotional investment is involved. President Obama understands, criticism is a guaranteed part of his job. Constructive criticism is actually very beneficial, our President not only accepts that, but I think welcomes it. He believes in the benefit and by producdt of the rigorous debate of ideas. We should too, which requires that we are able to differentiate between what is meaningful and practical, what is harmless and that which is fueled by less noble intentions. I think with respect to some criticism, we should draw on the example and strength of our President and embrace it, looking for opportunity in the obstacle.

    Pathways to peaceful resolution of the Libyan situation have been offered and rejected by Col. Crazy. The lives of innocent people and the principles of human rights now require more extreme measures. Lets pray this ends quickly and with as little collateral damage as is humanly possible.

  11. 29 Sonjia Duncan
    March 20, 2011 at 11:42 pm

    As I read thru all of your comments, I just kept thinking of the remarks his teacher Ms Nakamoto said “I think he’ll make a good president.” “I just feel like he’s not afraid. That’s how he was when he was small and that’s how he is now.” He was in Kindergarten and cool and calm already, he can’t help it. Mr. President you just go ahead and you do you and we will all be okay.

  12. 30 anniebella
    March 21, 2011 at 6:50 am

    I do not have a problem with anything “Sue in Minnesota” said. That protester have every right to protest if he wants too, that is the very thing those people of Libya wants, their rights to say or do as they please,but that Crazy Nut in Libya who have been ruling them for forty years want to keep things just like it has been. Fall down and worship him and things will be just find. Stand up and protest him and you will be killed. If that protester were in Libya with a sign saying “Gaddafi we want peace” he most likely would disappear. For good.

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