Friday, September 19, 2008

Brazil double-take: Barack Obama's on the ballot

Today's best thing on the Internets is this AP article about the Brazilian Barak Obamas.

Setting the new world record for long-distance coattail-riding, Brazilian Labor Party  (PTB / Partido Trabalhista Brasileiro) mayoral candidate Claudio Henrique is running as Barak Obama; Brazilian law states any name can be put on the ballot as long as it's not deemed offensive. Claudio is one of 8 such instances in the country.

Noticeably, on his campaign posters he is using his given name, Claudio Henrique (Brazilian style, first names only), and the slogan "The Barak Obama of the Baixada." 

In the second half of the 20th century, the Baixada Fluminense has, as wiki explains, "acquired a reputation for poverty, violent crime, and inadequate social services, which continues to this day."

(From my friend Xtina )

1 comment:

Guy Danus said...

its been 4 days? im starving for the interwebs...