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From: Rakesh Bhandari (rakeshb@stanford.edu)
Date: Thu May 30 2002 - 12:21:50 EDT

[Translated from Der Spiegel. Original at



Do you have blacks in Brazil?

It is said, that, before September 11, George W. Bush thought the
Taliban were a Bavarian brass band. Now, thanks to his comprehensive
knowledge, the most powerful man in the world has got into hot water

Washington - It was Condoleezza Rice, national security advisor, who
helped her boss out of the embarassing situation. During a
conversation between the two presidents, George W. Bush, 55, (USA)
and Fernando Henrique Cardoso, 71, (Brazil), Bush bewildered his
colleague with the question "Do you have blacks, too?"

Rice, 47, noicing how astonished the Brazilian was, saved the day by
telling Bush "Mr. President, Brazil probably has more blacks than the
USA. Some say it's the Country with the most blacks outside Africa."
Later, the Brazilian president Cardoso said: regarding Latin America,
Bush was still in his "learning phase".

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